Atlantic City Attractions
· No tour of Atlantic City is complete without a walk on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. The world’s most famous Boardwalk was built in 1870, and there is still nothing like it in the world. Lined with shops, restaurants and food stands, casinos and more, it’s a people-watcher’s delight.
· Ready to get spooked at the Jersey shore? The Ghosts of Ocean City Tour promises “fear in the dark after fun in the sun.” The 90-minute walking tour in nearby Ocean City goes along the Boardwalk, past houses, the World War I-era Flander’s Hotel and the site of the Sindia shipwreck, all believed to be haunted. (609) 814-0199; http://www.ghosttour.com/
· Nestled along the working fishing boat docks in Atlantic City’s Inlet section, Historic Gardner’s Basin hosts several special events each year, and is home to the Atlantic City Aquarium - Ocean Life Center, a restaurant featuring fresh seafood, an ale house and a variety of boat cruises and fishing boat charters. The Atlantic City Aquarium in Historic Gardner’s Basin features touch tanks, sea life exhibits and educational seminars about the marine life of the Atlantic Coastal area. The Aquarium is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children. (609) 348-2880; http://www.oceanlifecenter.com/
· Now over a hundred years old, Lucy The Elephant was originally built to lure real estate investors to South Atlantic City (now Margate). Since then she has served as a restaurant and even a house. She was restored in the 1970s and moved to her current location at Washington and Atlantic Avenues in Margate, where she has resided ever since as a museum. You can climb to the “howdah” on Lucy’s back for a panoramic view of the ocean, beach and surrounding area. Open during the winter from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and during the summer Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. (609) 823-6473; http://www.lucytheelephant.org/
· The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine rehabilitates stranded sea animals including whales, dolphins, seals and turtles. It offers public visiting hours and features an animal husbandry museum and other educational exhibits. Open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In season: open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Mondays. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. (609) 266-0538; http://www.mmsc.org/
· Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, located on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk, features the world’s most unusual, fascinating and bizarre exhibits. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. till about 11 p.m. Admission is $12.95 for adults and children 13 and up, $9.95 for seniors and $7.95 for children ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under are free. Students, military and AAA members are $10.95. (609) 347-2001; http://www.ripleys.com/