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Beach Activities


Beach, boardwalks and open-water fun


Some people see the beach as a place to spread a towel out on the sand, lie down and bury their faces in a paperback for the day. You can certainly do that here in Atlantic City, but when you can go surfing, parasailing or fishing, why pass up the chance to create a story of your own? There’s more than one reason Atlantic City has the most fun beaches around. The beach Boardwalk offer shopping and dining while the ocean is a prime spot for water sports.

Surfers should head down to the Downtown Beach at Raleigh Avenue, Crystal Beach at New Hampshire Avenue or the Delaware Avenue Beach. Surfing lessons and gear rentals are readily available.

Kayakers and Windsurfers are permitted at the Jackson Avenue beach only.

Fishermen can try their luck from the jetties located on Maine Avenue or the inlet off the boardwalk, or surf fishing on the beaches during non-bathing hours (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.).

Swimmers, it's hard to resist the rolling waves on Atlantic City beaches for body surfing and body boarding - but please stay safe.  Swim only when lifeguards are present.  Atlantic City Beach Patrol is on site daily from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the summer.

If you’d like to stay on shore, you can always get a game of volleyball going, build sandcastles with the kids or break out the metal detector for a treasure hunt. Getting thirsty? Enjoy one of Atlantic City’s great beach bars or open-air restaurants for drinking and dining in an idyllic setting. Beachfront hotels and resorts provide beautiful and comfortable places to stay each night, both for families and couples looking for a romantic getaway. It’s no wonder Atlantic City is regarded as one of the most fun beaches around!

Atlantic City’s beaches are a free and family-friendly vacation destination. Whether you’re looking to travel on a budget or go all out, your trip to AC’s beaches will be the highlight of your summer! Plan your trip to one of the most popular spots on the East coast.
Unique to AC!
Unique to AC

Lucy the Elephant

A National Historic Landmark in New Jersey, Lucy the Margate Elephant is an elephant-shaped building located on the beach at Margate. The elephantine structure stands 65-feet high and weighs 90 tons. Since its construction in 1881, Lucy the Elephant has enjoyed several different "careers."

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