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A Day of Family Fun in Atlantic City

Atlantic City has been pushed aside for too long. Once the jewel of the northeast, the city still shines. You just have to know where to go. Parents who think AC is for high rollers and senior citizens at the slot machines are mistaken. There’s plenty for families to do as well.

With fabulous restaurants, a sprawling boardwalk and miles of beachfront, AC is a great option for a family outing. Read on for our top picks of the best spots to visit on your next trip.


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Breakfast Bites

Breakfast Options
These local favorites are great choices for a bite to eat before hitting the beach or boardwalk. Stop in with the family for a delicious meal or get your favorites to go.

Lenox Café

Address: 2730 Atlantic Avenue
Description: At this old-school restaurant, diners watch as their meals are being made in front of them. Choose from Cuban breakfast platters, waffles and other tantalizing dishes. Both breakfast and lunch are served.
More info: Visit the Facebook page or you can give them a call.


Maria’s Luncheonette

Address: 2319 Atlantic Avenue
Description: Eggs, potatoes and French toast are among the delicious selections at this cozy AC restaurant. Lots of affordable options and friendly service make this a great choice for hungry families.
More info: Visit the Facebook page or you can give them a call.


Gilchrist Restaurant

Address: 804 North Rhode Island Avenue
Description: Snag a stack of hotcakes, a made-to-order omelette or yummy home fries at Gilchrist, an Atlantic City favorite. Drop by for breakfast or brunch–the restaurant is open from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm daily.
More info: Visit the Facebook page or you can give them a call.


Family-Friendly Activities

Steel Pier

From strolling along the boardwalk to digging in the sand, Atlantic City is the perfect location for a day of family fun. Check out these fabulous activities to keep the whole gang busy.

The Steel Pier

Address: 1000 Boardwalk
Description: An amusement park of yesteryear, the Steel Pier is situated on a boardwalk above the Atlantic Ocean. First opened in 1898, the Steel Pier was once famous for its diving horses. While you won’t find them anymore, there’s still plenty to do. Take a whirl on the Ferris wheel or hop on the Beach Buggies. Step up and try your luck at some carnival games too.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


The Beach

Address: Boardwalk
Description: Atlantic City is one of the few American beaches with boardwalks. Relax for the afternoon and take in the ocean views while the kids build sandcastles or splash in the water. If you’re up for physical activity, try out surfing, kayaking, windsurfing or fishing.
More info: Visit the website.


Absecon Lighthouse

Address: 31 South Rhode Island Avenue
Description: Put on your walking shoes and enjoy a climb up the state’s tallest lighthouse, reaching up to 171 feet. After ascending 228 steps to the top, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the AC skyline. Recently renovated, the lighthouse also features a replica of the lightkeeper’s home and a museum.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Lucy the Elephant

Address: 9200 Atlantic Avenue, Margate
Description: Nearby Margate is home to Lucy the Elephant, a national historic landmark. With its six stories and interior spiral staircase, Lucy is a marvel. From the howdah on Lucy’s back, you’re treated to a spectacular view of the shoreline. The giant elephant makes for an amazing backdrop for a family photo too.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Where to Have Dinner

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After a long day of activity, your family has likely worked up an appetite. Here are some great choices for dinner, whether you’re looking for a casual spot or a fancier sit-down option.

White House Sub Shop

Address: 2301 Arctic Avenue
Description: Open since 1946, this sub shop was a favorite of Frank Sinatra and many other celebrities. The delicious sandwiches are loaded with the finest cold cuts and the bread is made fresh daily. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so stop in anytime for a casual bite.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Borgata Buffet

Address: 1 Borgata Way
Description: Buffets are typical at the AC hotel casinos. But Borgata’s is epic. While a bit pricey, you definitely won’t leave hungry. Indulge in an assortment of meat, seafood, pasta, comfort food and dessert. There’s plenty of choices so everyone in the family can find their favorite.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern

Address: 2300 Fairmount Avenue
Description: This third-generation family restaurant is an Atlantic City favorite serving delicious Italian food. Their menu features classic Italian dishes, seafood specialties and savory steak. A children’s menu offers pasta, chicken and fish options for the little diners.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.