Written by: Emma Veon
“What should we do?”
“I don’t know. What do you want to do?”
You’ve probably gone through this routine with your friends a million times. This year, grab your closest friends, ditch the adults, and take a look at the most fun attractions in Atlantic City for the under 21 crowd.
Set aside a day to do some shopping! Atlantic City boasts a lengthy list of outlets and shops where there’s something for everyone to buy. No matter where you are, there will always be a prime shop-portunity nearby. Check out the Tanger Outlets on Baltic Avenue, The Pier Shops at Caesar’s Casino (which are kid-friendly), or the Atlantic City Premium Outlets on Atlantic Avenue. If you’re looking for somewhere a little more familiar, hit Hamilton Mall. There are also a few shops along the boardwalk.
You should definitely spend some time soaking up the sun and playing in the sand on the beach, but after your beach day, what’s left? Plenty! Atlantic City may be known for its many casinos, but the unique attractions geared towards a younger generation are equally abundant. First, stroll down the boardwalk and stop for a meal. Some of its more popular eateries include: The Continental, Dock’s Oyster House, Kelsey’s, and Cafe 2825. White House Sub Shop and Pancho’s Mexican Taqueria serve food in a more casual setting.
After a meal, head over to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, the Atlantic City Aquarium, or the Atlantic City Historical Museum. If you want to keep the history lesson going all day, take a trip over Lucy the Elephant in Margate, NJ. Even if you’re not exploring history, give Lucy a visit anyway (it’s an enormous elephant statue, what’s not to love?). Absecon Lighthouse is another Atlantic City landmark with a wealth of history – it’s construction began in 1855! A more thrilling day can be spent at Steel Pier Amusement Park. You can leave the younger siblings on the carousel (while mom and dad are watching, of course) and escape to test out intense rides like the Mix and the Slingshot.
There’s nothing more fun than a concert, and there’s a constant stream of them in Atlantic City. Some concerts are held in casinos, but any performances at Boardwalk Hall are open to everyone! Big names are always headed down to Atlantic City, so check for tickets regularly.
Don’t let the adults have all the fun! If you’re headed over to Atlantic City, grab the camera and some quarters and get ready for a parents-free vacation. 🙂