Vacationers looking for
free and affordable family fun in New Jersey need look no further than the many things to do in Atlantic City.
Along with one of the top East Coast beaches
, there are plenty of events and attractions to enjoy for free or
less than the price of a movie ticket. Here’s a list of some of the most affordable ways to find family fun for cost-conscious visitors who want to have fun at a great value.
Unlocking the Ocean
April 15, 2013
So you know Atlantic City is ready for summer fun, an honored annual tradition demonstrates it for you...
April 15, 2013
No more teachers, no more books – it’s the official beginning of summer and the end of the school year!
Boardwalk Empire Tour
June 5, 2013
Find a full list of Boardwalk Empire locations and embark on your own self-guided Boardwalk Empire tour of AC!
|DO FREE IN AC
- Atlantic City Beaches – no beach fees (a rarity in NJ)
- The Atlantic City Airshow soars over the skies and is one of the most popular free things to do in New Jersey. Check it out on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
- The AC Boardwalk is the perfect place to stroll anytime, or ride bicycles (6am - 10am)
- The AC Free Public Library and Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation presents the 14th Annual Jazz on the Beach series at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk in July and August from 7pm - 10pm. Click here for schedule of performances.
- The AC Free Public Library and City of Atlantic City presents International Nights at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia Aves. Shows begin at 7pm. Click here for a schedule of performances.
- ArtLantic brings art outdoors for public exhibitions at sites around Atlantic City, including 7-acre site at Pacific Ave and Martin Luther King Blvd., and California Ave and the Boardwalk.
- The Atlantic City Farmer's Market open Thursday & Saturday from 9am - 3pm, at Center City Park, 1200 Atlantic Avenue, AC. Live music performances every Thursday.
- Crafters Village at Gardner’s Basin – stroll the docks in this historic back bay area, window shop at the unique craft shops, or visit the AC Aquarium for a small fee.
- "Boardwalk Beat" Light Show at Boardwalk Hall, featuring 3D video technology, stunning animation and an original music score spanning the history of music. Every night, after dark. Free.
- Korean War Memorial honors the contribution made to help gain freedoms for both the U.S. and South Korea, and Civil Rights Garden symbolizing the passion of the human spirit.
- Movies Under the Stars - Free movies at various locations on the beach throughout the summer months. Bring your blanket, beach chair and picnic baskets for family-friendly movies.
- The Pier Shops (3rd Level) – Hit the Adirondack chairs on the fake sandy beaches on rainy days or when you want the best seat in the house for a sunset over Atlantic City's skyline. Don't forget to see the dazzling illuminated Water Show that takes place every hour at the ocean end of the Pier.
- Wind Farm Tours - ACUA (Atlantic County Utilities Authority) offers free open house tours of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm every Monday and Friday at 12 pm during the summer. No appointment necessary!
June 14 - Fireworks
June 15 - Free Concert at Landshark Beach to launch Margaritaville at Resorts Casino Hotel. Andy Grammar, Mac McAnally and Wilson Phillips will appear along with DJs and prize giveaways. Starting at 1:00pm.
by Grucci honors the "Summer of Revelation" in the sky over Revel Beach at 9:30pm.
|DO $10 AND UNDER
- Absecon Lighthouse - Tallest lighthouse in New Jersey - open for climbing 228 steps to the top
- Atlantic City Aquarium - Ocean oddities, sharks, sea anemones and more at Gardner's Basin
- Bicycle rentals - Permitted on the Boardwalk between 6:30 am and 10am daily
- Boardwalk Arcades - A roll of quarters goes a long way at Central Pier or Playcade arcades
- Forsythe Wildlife Refuge- 43,000 acres of protected coastal habitat and nature trails
- Haunted Tales - Theater of animated local folklore featuring pirates and the Jersey Devil
- Historic Cold Spring Village - Open-air hands-on Early American living history museum
- Lucy the Elephant - Restored giant historic landmark first built in 1884, open for tours
- Marine Mammal Stranding Center- Rescues and rehabilitates stranded mammals and sea turtles
- Miniature Golf - 18 holes of world-class mini golf at AC's premier course on the Boardwalk at Mississippi
- Noyes Museum of Art - Fine art, crafts and folk art exhibits with a focus on the mid-Atlantic region
- Rainforest Café - Part tropical rainforest, part restaurant, with sweet treats for the kids for under $5!
- Rolling chair ride - See the Boardwalk sites being pushed by an attendant (fee based on distance)
- Skate Zone - Cool off on the Flyers Skate Zone ice rink as you skate or play ice hockey
- Tuckerton Seaport Museum - Working maritime museum with folk artisans and entertainment
- Wetlands Institute - Guided beach walks, back bay boat rides, kayaking, animal shows and more
- Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center - Glass, ceramic, flamework, woodcarving artists at work