abound in Atlantic City, NJ. There is something of interest for
people of all ages.
From the historic Absecon Lighthouse you can get a panoramic view of
the Atlantic City shore and surround areas. This is the tallest
lighthouse in New Jersey (171 feet tall) and the third tallest in
the U.S. It is over 150 years old and has 228 steps leading you all
the way to the top. There are landings for you to stop and rest on
the way up. The landings have pictures and some written history for
you to read while you catch your breath. In the summertime there are
activities for kids such as Wacky Wednesday programs, moonlight
climbs and sleepover adventures.
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The Atlantic City Aquarium gives you the opportunity to see a wide
variety of marine life that you probably have never seen before -
not unless you have done some deep sea diving. There are 18 large
tanks, including a gigantic 25,000 gallon tank, that are filled with
cownose rays, black sea bass, a southern stingray, lookdowns, smooth
dogfish and more. There are a variety of exhibits where you can get
up close to horseshoe crabs, clownfish, anemones, live coral, moray
eels, moon jellies, sea urchins and a loggerhead sea turtle by the
name of Groman. There are several touch tanks where you have the
opportunity to touch things like baby stings or sharks.
For those who are interested in arts and culture, plan to visit the
Atlantic City Historical Museum and the Atlantic City Art Center.
Both are located on Garden Pier. The Historical Museum showcases 150
years of Atlantic City's interesting history. For instance, Mr.
Peanut, who previously stood in front of the Planters Peanut store
on the Boardwalk for many years, is now housed at the museum.
Glimpse into Atlantic City's past through videos, photos, artifacts
The Atlantic City Art Center has several galleries that feature
paintings, drawings, etchings, paper sculpture and other unique
works of art of all types of media. The exhibits change on a regular
basis. There are art items for purchase in the gallery shop if you
see something that catches your eye. The Art Center also sponsors
many activities, including talks, concerts, artist demonstrations
and readings of various literature.
Ripley's Believe it or Not is a museum filled with strange, bizarre
and interesting exhibits, art and genuine artifacts that are hard to
believe. Even the outside of the building has a peculiar look. Some
of the things you can see are a bona fide shrunken human head,
14,000 jellybeans put together to create a roulette table and
chicken wire sculpted to look like a figure of Jimi Hendrix.
The Steel Pier has been around since 1898 and became world famous
for the entertainment and attractions it provided. The pier was
destroyed by fire a couple of times and was rebuilt with changes.
Extending over the Atlantic Ocean, the Steel Pier is 1,000 feet
long. This is 600 feet shorter than the original Steel Pier. There
is a long history of family entertainment and amusement associated
with Steel Pier. There are rides for kids, thrill rides, plenty of
places to eat, games, shows featuring top entertainers, a family pub
and even a bar with a view of the ocean. At the end of Steel Pier is
a helipad where a helicopter with a professional crew awaits to take
you skyward to see the city from above.
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