Everyone knows that there is plenty to do at the shore for families. For various reasons, we have a soft spot in our hearts for these spots.
Storybook Land is loaded with fairy tale, amusement park classics such as Bubbles the Coaster, the Whirly Bug Ferris wheel and the Tick Tock Clock Drop. There is even water fun at Storybook Seaport. Great for the (very) little ones. Open daily. 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township; StorybookLand.com
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Ripley’s is chock full of thoroughly bizarre exhibits that will leave you dumbfounded, plus a Laser Maze Challenge. Open daily. 1441 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; Ripleys.com
One of Atlantic City’s most classic attractions, the Steel Pier is more fun than ever with over 25 extreme rides, an arcade, helicopter tours and a bar and grill way out at the pier’s end that offers one of the best views around. Do not miss the 227-feet-tall Observation Wheel, the third-largest Ferris wheel in the U.S. 1000 Boardwalk; SteelPier.com
Atlantic City Aquarium
Rain got you down at the shore? There’s no better place to take the family than to the A.C. Aquarium. With so many interesting species of sea life, like Cownose rays, loggerhead sea turtles, moray eels, moon jellies, a live coral tank and a shark touch tank, the kids will be amused for hours. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City; ACAquarium.com.
Lucy the Elephant
You simply can’t miss Lucy the Elephant, a six-story-high, 90-ton steel elephant on Atlantic Avenue in Margate. Built in 1881, she is the world’s most famous animal-shaped building. Tour Lucy to get her interesting history while climbing through her legs, belly, up to her back where you’ll be treated to a 360 degree view of Absecon Island and the Atlantic Ocean. 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate; LucyTheElephant.org
Ocean City Boardwalk
Two-and-a-half miles long, the boardwalk in Ocean City is a family’s dream come true. Loaded with rides for kids of all ages, miniature golf, eateries with pizza, ice cream, fries and tons of other items, plus fudge, T-shirt and souvenir shops, free weekly events and the iconic Music Pier, this boardwalk might be the only place you need to visit on your vacation.
Ocean City Theatre Company
Ocean City Theatre Company has an ongoing Children’s Series that will produce exciting musicals all summer long which the whole family will enjoy, but especially children. Shows include “Willie Wonka,” “Junie B. Jones,” The Stinky Cheese Man” “Beauty and the Beast” and more. OceanCityTheatreCompany.com
Midmer Losh Pipe Organ Concerts and Tours
Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is home to the world’s largest pipe organ, or “The Sonic Mount Rushmore.” and you can not only listen to a free half-hour recital and half-hour tour noon Mondays through Fridays from May to September. Year-round recitals take place noon on Wednesdays. Lastly, you can get a free, 2-hour, in-depth behind-the-scenes tour of the organ 10 a.m. on Wednesdays all year long. Note: the tour features extensive walking and stair climbing although there is a limited mobility option. No reservations required. 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; BoardwalkHall.com; BoardwalkOrgans.org
Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University
The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University is located just at the foot of the A.C. Expressway. It boasts numerous galleries full of interesting, local, fine art, crafts and folk art, as well as Second Friday receptions 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City;
African American Heritage Museum
In the rear of the Noyes Arts Garage lies the African-American Heritage Museum with rare graphics, drawings, paintings, advertisements, dolls, household and decorative items depicting African-Americans throughout history. 2200 Fairmount Ave., A.C.AAHMSNJ.org