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Atlantic City and its surrounding environs are rich with culture and history. There are activities to enjoy and sites to see for explorers of all ages. Here are a few opportunities for you to really experience Atlantic City!

Atlantic City Historical Museum on Garden Pier: the Atlantic City Historical Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting the unique history of Atlantic City.

Absecon Lighthouse: Climb the 228 steps of  New Jersey's tallest lighthouse for a 360 degree view of Atlantic City.

Gardner's Basin: One of many sites in Atlantic City used for smuggling alcohol during Prohibition. Enjoy lunch, enjoy a boat ride, or enjoy the view!

Atlantic City Aquarium: Set in Gardner's Basin, watch a scuba diver hand feed live sharks and sting rays. Feed sharks and sting rays in a 900 gallon, interactive exhibit. Learn about local and exotic aquatic life!

Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society: Tour the world's largest pipe organ and get a behind the scenes look at Boardwalk Hall.

Lucy the Elephant: Constructed in 1881, Lucy the Elephant is the oldest example of zoomorphic architecture in the United States. Take a tour of Lucy and climb to the top of her howdah.

Noyes Museum: Just north of Atlantic City, the Noyes Museum focuses on New Jersey fine arts, crafts, and folk art. Check out their collections and their wide variety of classes and events.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: Part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is perfect for those who love the outdoors and wildlife photography.

Atlantic Heritage Center: The Atlantic Heritage Center maintains a museum collection of over 20,000 items related to greater Atlantic County history and a research  library. It also operates tours of the Risley Homstead historic house.

African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey: The AAHM of Southern New Jersey is devoted to the experience of African Americans both in New Jersey and globally. It hosts roating exhibitions and provides educational support to the communities of Southern New Jersey through its travelling exhibits.

Atlantic City Art Center: The Atlantic City Arts Center, located on Garden Pier, boasts an exhibit gallery over the ocean.

For more information about area businesses and sights to see, please contact the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA).


The Atlantic City Experience was produced and is managed by The Atlantic City Free Public Library, a service of the City of Atlantic City.


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