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Nature and The Great Outdoors: Day-to-Day Itinerary

Nature and The Great Outdoors: Day-to-Day Itinerary

November 20, 2019


Atlantic City Sunrise

You’ve just awakened from your relaxing evening of sleep.  Now let’s get ready to go outside and enjoy some fresh air.


Day One: To get your day started, rent a bicycle or take a stroll on the world-famous Boardwalk. During the summer months, don’t forget your sunscreen!

After an early lunch or late breakfast, it’s time to hop in the car and take a drive into Oceanville for a quiet walk through the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  The refuge is home to more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitat, wilderness and nearly 275 species of birds.  For an up close and personal experience, bring a pair of binoculars with you, as the refuge is a popular spot for birding enthusiasts.

When the sun goes down and the bright lights come up, head back to Historic Gardner’s Basin for a bayfront dinner at Back Bay Ale House.  Sit out on the deck overlooking the bay and the various hotel casino properties whose lights glisten on the nearby waters.  Enjoy traditional American cuisine, unbeatable cocktails and a variety of ales on tap.

Day Two: Today is your day for action and adventure.  Your day to try something new and exciting that will make your trip to Atlantic City memorable for many years to come. 

Have you always sought to tame the wild ocean waters and ride the waves of the Atlantic?  Why not try surfing or parasailing?  Jersey Devil Surf offers premier surf lessons at their Boardwalk location next to Resorts and paddle boarding lessons at the Farley State Marina site.  Rentals are available for both activities.  If parasailing is your thing, Atlantic City Parasail, located at Historic Gardner’s Basin, offers safe, easy and fun for those ages 5 and up.  No experience is required.   

So you’ve conquered the waters, now try conquering the friendly skies.  Red Baron Air Tours in Ocean City offers exciting one or two passenger sightseeing rides and aerobatic adventures high above the New Jersey coastline.  You can experience history and fly in an original WWII era 1940 aircraft that was fully restored in the early 90’s.  On the other hand, book a helicopter tour with Steel Pier Helicopters.  

Your day of adventure is almost complete so why not cap it off with dinner at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant at Resorts.  After dinner hop across the Boardwalk to the LandShark Bar & Grill that features ocean-front views and fun for all.

Day Three: Today is all about relaxing and enjoying nature.  One hour to the south on the Garden State Parkway in Cape May Court House resides the Cape May County Park & Zoo.  Encompassing over 80 acres, the zoo is home to 200 different species of birds, amphibians and reptiles in its collection of over 550 animals.  Within the park grounds are picnic areas, playgrounds for the kids and fitness trails. 


A little over 30 minutes away north up the Garden State Parkway is the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum.  Celebrating the rich traditions and the legacy of the Jersey shore, this 40-acre site includes historic and recreated buildings, a maritime forest and wetlands nature trail, as well as a decoy gallery.   

In nearby Hamilton Township, Lake Lenape Park West is the perfect place for camping, fishing, hiking and more.  

Complete your nature-filled day under the stars along the Atlantic City waterfront at one of the city’s many famous beach bars for dinner, music, drinks, dancing and fun.

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Atlantic City Sunrise

The sun on the horizon in Atlantic City.

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