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Family Friendly Attractions in Atlantic City

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While Atlantic City is famed for its decadent casinos and thriving nightlife, there are plenty of fun attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you’re after retro arcades, head-spinning theme parks, or a touch of fascinating history, Atlantic City has you covered.

 

Amusement parks

 

Atlantic City has its share of classic attractions and futuristic roller coasters. There are rides suited to the very young – think miniature trains drive past fairytale characters – as well as those white-knuckle experiences that leave you dazed but hungry for more.

 

Steel Pier

 

Steel Pier, which stretches out into the shimmering ocean, is Atlantic City’s classic, old school amusement park. Candy-striped carousels twirl around, and a bright Ferris wheel rocks you high into the blue sky. The other dizzying and stomach-plunging rides at Steel Pier will satisfy any adrenaline-seeker.

 

1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ 08401. Tel: +1 609 345 4893

 

Steel Pier website

 

Kid-friendly museums

 

Spend a day exploring Atlantic City’s kid-friendly museums, where oddball exhibits and historic memorabilia offer an educational and inspiring experience. But it’s not just about the smaller members of your party - these museums will have parents rubbing their eyes in wonder, too.

 

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum

 

You'll love spending a quirky afternoon in the company of Ripley’s weird and wacky collection of oddities. This eccentric museum is home to shrunken heads, jewel-encrusted Tibetan skulls, and even a lock of George Washington’s hair.

 

1441 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ 08401. Tel: +1 609 347 2001

 

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum website

 

Lucy The Elephant

 

South of the city, along the sweeping sands of Josephine Harron Park, you’ll discover a strange and surreal sight – a gigantic elephant, decorated in gold and red. This is Lucy The Elephant, a wooden structure built over a 100 years ago. Have a picnic in the surrounding park - there are plenty of tables and benches - before touring the elephant’s interior. You can even climb to the top of its back and enjoy a dazzling 360 degree view.

 

9200 Atlantic Avenue, Margate City NJ 08402. Tel: +1 609 823 6473

 

Lucy The Elephant website

 

The buzzing boardwalk

 

You can't visit Atlantic City and not spend quality time along its single most iconic stretch: the famous boardwalk, which was the first of its kind in the country.

 

The boardwalk

 

When you visit this part of the coast, strolling along the vast wooden boardwalk established in 1870 is an absolute must. It stretches for miles, and during the day it bustles with family-friendly activity. Visit its vintage arcades, quaintly traditional salt water taffy stores, go-kart speedway circuit, and - for sun-seekers - its adjacent beachfront.

 

Boardwalk, Atlantic City

 

Family dining

 

Atlantic City’s dining scene provides sumptuous seafood, classic American fare, and eclectic international dishes. Whether you want to treat the kids to up-market dining, hearty grab-and-go good-eats, or prefer a warm and vibrant atmosphere with reasonably priced menus, the city has a place for you.

 

Atlantic City Bar and Grill

 

With an immense menu that mixes fresh signature seafood dishes with classic steaks, burgers, and homemade pizzas, Atlantic City Bar and Grill provides a dish for every member of the family. This family-owned restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of Atlantic City.

 

1219 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City NJ 08401. Tel: +1 609 348 8080

 

Atlantic City Bar and Grill website

 

Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern

 

If you love authentic Italian cuisine, look no further than the family-friendly Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern. This home-cooking style eatery serves up traditional pasta dishes and other hearty grub that'll please even the fussiest palates. With black-and-white Hollywood memorabilia lining the walls, warm red decor, and roomy floor space, Angelo’s will have the whole clan feeling relaxed in no time.

 

2300 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Tel: +1 609 344 2439

 

Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern website