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Family Activities

Family Activities
Family Activities

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Despite its reputation as a playground for adults, Atlantic City features a number of delightful family activities. Trips to the Birch Grove Park and Zoo and the Cape May County Zoo contain plenty of excitement for both the pint-sized visitors and their keepers. Whether strolling or pushing a stroller, the Boardwalk is a must-see and, after getting the kids sugared up on salt-water taffy, leads families towards Gillian's Water Theme Park, which is sure to use up the most hyperactive child's energy. When visiting Atlantic City, parents don't have to drop their kids off at the grandparents, unless they really want to.

Atlantic City | Family Activities

Atlantic City Aquarium
  • Atlantic City Aquarium
  • Come face to face with elusive jellyfish, moray eels, and a variety of exotic, brightly colored fish from around the world at the three-story Atlantic City Aquarium.
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Birch Grove Park and Zoo
  • Birch Grove Park and Zoo
  • After an eventful day of gambling losses and fried Boardwalk food in Atlantic City, 271-acre Birch Grove Park invites you to put your feet up in the shade, fire up the barbecue, enjoy the fresh air on a nature walk, or drop a line into one of 21 well-stocked ponds.
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Cape May County Zoo
  • Cape May County Zoo
  • From the furry to the scaly, the two-legged to the four-legged, the winged to the finned, this zoo has it all covered and will delight all ages. Native and exotic animals call historic Cape May County home at the Park & Zoo, where over 200 species are represented across 80 acres.
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Gillian's Island Water Theme Park
  • Gillian's Island Water Theme Park
  • Whether you're after the thrilling experience of hurling yourself vertically down a rushing water slide or drifting lazily through winding turns and light and refreshing waterfalls, you can get your kicks at Gillian's Island.
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Lucy the Elephant
  • Lucy the Elephant
  • An attention-grabbing example of creative late-Victorian architecture, Lucy the Elephant looms majestically over the surrounding buildings of Margate City, just two miles south of Atlantic City.
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Playcade Amusements
  • Playcade Amusements
  • While Atlantic City is often thought of as an adult playground with its myriad of casinos and bars, Playcade Amusements offers an array of arcade-style games to entertain little kids and big kids alike.
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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
  • Imagine wandering aimlessly through a collection of bizarre, shrunken heads, a roulette wheel made entirely of jellybeans, and a skeleton of a Fiji Island mermaid. No, you have not stepped right into the latest Tim Burton movie.
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Steel Pier
  • Steel Pier
  • The Steel Pier, which first opened in 1898, is one of Atlantic City's most storied landmarks and still operates as a fun, family-style amusement park in spite of continued announcements that it will be closing for redevelopment.
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Storybook Land
  • Storybook Land
  • Ask anyone in South Jersey what a most cherished childhood memory is and a likely response will include visions of Storybook Land.
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