Atlantic City Journals

Atlantic City With the Entire Family - 2006

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A June 2006 trip to Atlantic City by mtemail

FantaSea Resorts Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey More Photos
Quote: Although known for casinos, it is a destination the whole family can enjoy!

Atlantic City With the Entire Family - 2006

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Overview

Atlantic City Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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When we got in the elevator at the hotel on the second day a woman looked at the children and asked, "What is there to do in Atlantic City for children?"...the answer is Plenty. The main attraction may be the casinos for adults, but the area offers many things families can do together. Also just south of Atlantic City is Wildwood which has all sorts of family oriented activities. It is a very good place for the whole family to enjoy.Quick Tips: Make sure you check what shows are going on well before your arrival to get tickets. Look at all of the casino websites where shows and prices are listed. Also, www.atlanticcitynj.com is a great place to start your entertainment and activity search....Read More

FantaSea Resorts

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Hotel | "Royal Suites at Atlantic Palace"

FantaSea Resorts Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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We stayed at the Atlantic Palace. Each unit has a kitchen (no ovens - -but stove top and microwave), full size refrigerator and dishwasher. We were traveling with a party of eight and had three one bedroom suites reserved ...just as in the Seinfeld car rental episode—apparently they know how to take a reservation but don’t know how to hold a reservation...on our arrival they did not have any one bedroom units—BUT—they did offer us the use of two bedroom units...which was our only choice so of course we took them. The two bedroom had a queen size bed in each bedroom and a couch which folds out...so the unit could sleep 6...the best aspect of this facility is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! On New York ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

FantaSea Resorts
New York Ave. and the Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 441-0500

Steel Pier Amusements

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Attraction | "Steel Pier"

Steel Pier Amusements Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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The steel Pier! What used to be a true destination—I remember (in the 1960s) going to the Steel Pier and seeing the Beach Boys in concert, and I remember the diving horse who ‘jumped’ from the diving platform into a tank of water, watching the elevator taking the horse to the top was just about as cool as seeing it go down—now it is a very overpriced amusement park with a carnival feel. The rides are all based on a ticket system and the tickets are $.75 each. The major rides (go-carts, wild mouse, disk-O, etc) take 9 tickets which is $6.75 a ride (and short rides they are). So, if a family of four goes that is a quickly spent $27 for about 2 minutes of fun. The other rides (i.e. tilt-a whirl, mer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

Steel Pier Amusements
1000 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 345-4893

Lucy the Margate Elephant

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Attraction | "Lucy the Elephant"

Lucy the Margate Elephant Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Quote:
Just a couple miles south of Atlantic City is Margate, New Jersey. This is where Lucy the Elephant lives! Lucy is a big building built in 1881 shaped like an elephant. It is well worth taking the family to see, it is truly something they will not see anywhere else. It is an activity which will only fill an hour or two. There is a small gift shop and a tour available which allows you to go inside Lucy and a short video describes her history (which describes how close she came to not being at all). The video is short enough that the kids will not become readily bored. After the video you get to go to her basket lookout and get a great view of the ocean and surroundings. Even without kids it is a place s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

Lucy the Margate Elephant
Harron Park
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08402
(609) 823-6473

Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy

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Attraction

Cirque Dreams Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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The show at Trump Plaza is PERFECT for families—it is full of bright colors and acrobatics, and the kids really enjoy it. You can get tickets ahead of time at Ticketmaster. The seating in the theatre is unique—the booth towards the back are the only seats with a rise to them, the sections on the floor are just placed chairs with no rise, so you have a child with you there is a very good chance in row three there will be some obstruction to their view. Close or far from the stage is about the same for this production, the most fun is that after the show all of the performers are out in the lobby and will pose for photos, which kids think is very cool! The costumes are very colorful! The casinos are cha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

B & K Bike Rental

Attraction | "B&K Bicycle Rentals"

B & K Bike Rental Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Well worth the experience is renting bicycles and taking a ride on the Boardwalk. There is one company who provides bikes. They are located in front of Resorts and Tropicana...the boardwalk is only open to bikes from 6:30am until 10am (bikes at more congested times would be a nightmare – especially with children!!!). We picked up our bikes shortly before 8 and returned them at 10. This allowed for a leisurely ride north to the end of the boardwalk, then back south to Ventor (which is the town south of Atlantic City) the full trip was about 12 to 15 miles total, which was the maximum for the 8 year old on a small bike (who is pedaling 2 and ½ times more than the bigger bikes require). The bike...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

B & K Bike Rental
1743 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 344-8008

Atlantic City Cruises Photo,
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Dolphin Watching Cruise. . .www.atlanticcitycruises.com. . .this company has been doing dolphin watch trips for about 20 years!!! It is a family owned business and has very little turn over from season to season. . .they are very pleasant to customers and are always seeking the positive experience for repeat business and good referrals. It takes about 2 hours and sighting dolphins is guaranteed and if not—they give you a free return voucher—but odds are. You’ll see dolphins and plenty of them. . .there are pods of know dolphins and they have a pretty predictable behavior pattern–thus the reason for the guaranteed sightings. These are wild dolphins so you will see them but there is no way of knowing...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

Atlantic City Cruises
800 N. New Hampshire Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 347-7600

Beach & Boardwalk

Attraction | "Atlantic City Beaches"

Beach & Boardwalk Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Quote:
The entire length of Atlantic City has open, public, no cost beaches. There are umbrella rentals in front of each of the resorts and there are lots of people all summer. During low tides there is lots of opportunities for children to find shells galore and this activity is probably the favorite of all I have traveled with. Seaglass is always a crowning jewel in the hunt!!! The cities south and north of Atlantic City had wonderful beaches also but require a tag system with an associated cost. Rather than purchasing your sunblock on the boardwalk or at the resorts...venture to the larger chain stores (i.e. Pathmark or Bradlees) in Ventnor for reasonable prices. The beaches are generally less crowd...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

Beach & Boardwalk
Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Ocean Life Center in Historic Gardner's Basin

Attraction | "Atlantic City Aquarium Ocean Life Center"

Ocean Life Center in Historic Gardner's Basin Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Quote:
The Atlantic City Aquarium Ocean Life Center is a terrific place for everyone—it is small and intimate and has a very nice selection of displays...there is an interactive touch tank that you will have a hard time getting the kids and the adults out of—there are starfish and crabs and all sorts of ocean life to touch and feel...there are displays throughout which will entertain and educate all—the third floors has an outside observation area which has a phenomenal view of the surrounding bay...there are two very good reasonably priced restaurants right by the center, the flying cloud, and the Black Bay Ale House...both have good food and outdoor dining areas for your enjoyment...this is well worth th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

Ocean Life Center in Historic Gardner's Basin
N New Hampshire Ave
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 348-2880