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Atlantic City Attractions

If you’re after a vacation filled with nightlife, casino attractions, and spa treatments, you don’t have to head to the Nevada desert. Along the eastern seaboard lives another destination brimming with bright lights and the constant ding of slot machines: Atlantic City. While many travelers head to this New Jersey locale hoping to cross paths with lady luck, you will also find things to do in Atlantic City that celebrate the great outdoors. From boat charters to impressive golf courses, you can enjoy the summer months with gusto.

Things to Do in Atlantic City with Kids

There are loads of awesome experiences in Atlantic City that the entire gang will love. These are some of the top family friendly experiences in the area.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Atlantic City

Atlantic City is known for its boardwalk, and it’s true that this part of the city is quite alive with the sights and sounds of local casinos. But there is more to AC than one district: You will find a diverse array of neighborhoods in this New Jersey getaway.

Boardwalk Strip — The Boardwalk in AC is a gambler’s delight thanks to the major casinos. Of course, with street names like Park Place it also appeals to Monopoly enthusiasts. Many of the fun things to do in Atlantic City have set up shop here, and you can get around on foot.

Ducktown — Head to Ducktown, sometimes known as AC’s Little Italy, for an authentic Italian meal and some excellent hospitality. Family restaurants and taverns are serving up some of the best food in town.

Marina District — If you want to venture from the Boardwalk without sacrificing the experience of a casino and spa, head to the Marina District. Just a few miles from the Atlantic City Boardwalk, this thriving alternative is home to several major hotels and casinos replete with entertainment.

Things to See in Atlantic City

Before you put on your dancing shoes, remember that some of the best attractions in Atlantic City are the things to see. Entertainment abounds here. Nearly any night of the week, you can take a seat at a comedy show, burlesque performance, or concert. 3D lights shows and classical music recitals are also on the entertainment menu in AC. For an educational experience, head to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum or the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.

Sightseeing in Atlantic City

Many of the most popular things to do in Atlantic City, NJ center on nightlife. Just walking through the casinos is sure to yield some good people watching. If gambling and imbibing are not your thing, there is still plenty to do in the city. Take a nature and eco tour in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, where you can spot endangered birds and walk through the manicured gardens. Other Atlantic City activities include boat tours, parasailing, and the Steel Pier Amusement Park. Get a bird’s eye view of the area from the top of the Absecon Lighthouse, where helpful guides will also regale you with the history of the structure. If your trekking tires you out, don’t worry: You can always sign up for a massage or other relaxing treatment at one of the many spas.

Free Things to Do in Atlantic City

There's no need to constantly reach for your wallet in Atlantic City. The following won't cost a red cent.

Atlantic City Historical Museum - Bring the whole family and embark on a fascinating adventure through history with one another.

Atlantic City Cemetery - Swing by this historic attraction and experience a slice of the cultural heritage of the region.

Atlantic City Boardwalk - This is a bustling location where you can soak up the ambiance and immerse yourself in local life.

Atlantic City Public Library - Make room in your itinerary to visit this place of local significance.

Atlantic City Beach - Play catch with the young ones or just sit back and get some sun at this gorgeous coastal spot.

Absecon Wildlife Management Area - Refresh your mind and soul by spending a bit of time with Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Atlantic City

North End

If you're spending some time in North End, Ocean City Boardwalk and Ocean City Beach are top sights worth seeing.


If you're spending some time in Ducktown, Boardwalk Hall and Dante Hall Theater of the Arts are top sights worth seeing.

Old Town

While Old Town might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Ocean City Boardwalk and Ocean City Beach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I not miss in Atlantic City?

Steel Pier is one attraction you shouldn't jump back on that plane without stopping by.

Are there cheap things to do in Atlantic City?

You'll find plenty of experiences here that are just the ticket if you're watching your pennies:

What can you do in Atlantic City for free?

Your vacation in Atlantic City doesn't have to cost a fortune with free attractions like these to explore:

  • Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City
  • Tropicana Casino
  • Borgata Casino
  • Atlantic City Beach