Atlantic City Attractions

Atlantic City is a city of spirited entertainment, which had its beginnings in the 1920’s when the piers of the famous Boardwalk competed against each other to deliver some of the most outlandish entertainment known to man.

The Diving Horses were one such feature which continued well into the 1970’s until the Steel Pier was sold to Resorts International. The horses were trained to jump 60 feet into 10 feet of water, all in the name of entertainment. The last two diving horses, Shiloh and Gamal were rescued by a fund and spent their remaining days chilling out in the sun!

Atlantic City Attractions – Museums

  • No wonder one of the major attractions in the city is the world famous ‘Ripleys Believe it or Not!’ museum
  • It houses some really weird treasures:
  • A dried up ‘mermaid’ from the Fiji Islands which the famous circus entertainer PT Barnum actually exhibited as a genuine mermaid!
  • A survivor if a Great White shark Attack, scars and all.
  • A life size statue of Michael Jordan made out of, what we effectively call trash – paper, plastic wire and shards of broken glass.
  • A collection of shrunken heads
  • A roulette wheel made entirely out of jelly beans

Hours

  • May – August daily from 10am – 10pm
  • September – April Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
  • September – April Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 8pm

Prices

  • Adults 13yrs and up – $14.99 & tax
  • Children 5-12 yrs – $9.99 & tax
  • Students/AAA/Military – $12.99 & tax
  • Seniors – $11.99 & tax

The Atlantic City Historical Museum has preserved some of the mementoes from the heady days when it was a top beach destination and a favoured venue for the Miss America Beauty Pageant. It records the growth of the city from a sleepy Oceanside village to the gamblers paradise it unequivocally is today.

The experience is free and the museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm. It is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Contact details – Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue – Garden Pier

Telephone – 609 347 5839

At 171 feet high, the Absecon Lighthouse is New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and one of the oldest in the country. It is one of the best Atlantic City attractions, not only for the fascinating example of a lighthouse keeper’s dwelling, an excellent educational museum and a well-stocked guest shop, but the fabulous views of the back bays of the island. Interestingly enough, it still uses its original First-order Fresnel lens!

It is situated on Rhode Island Avenue, is open daily in July and August from 10am-5pm; September – June Mondays, Thursdays to Sundays at 11am – 4pm.

Adults are $7.00, children $4.00 and seniors $5.00.