28. Gaufest July 2021

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Atlantic City, NJ!

Entertainment Capital

Overview & Family Fun

Atlantic City is the resort and gaming capital of the East Coast, hosting over 27 million people a year, making it one of the most popular tourism sites in the United States. It has all you could want for a terrific summer vacation! Rides There’s the beach (it’s free – yes, other beaches in NJ charge to enter – weird), the ocean, the sun and the boardwalk. There are all the fun activities you can find on the water. That includes surf, fishing, sailing, cruising, and parasailing.

There are lots of family fun things to do on or near the boardwalk – rides, games, the Aquarium, miniature golf. If you like shopping, there’s beachy shopping along the boardwalk and Tanger Outlets is nearby. Also, there’s no sales tax on clothing and shoes! A fun family adventure is to go to Absecon Light House, the tallest light house in NJ at 171 feet. Also see Amusement Parks and other ideas below.

If you need some evening fun before or after the Gaufest, Atlantic City has clubs and dancing, casinos and shows. Enjoy the sunset by the ocean or watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. For more information about Atlantic City, go to the https://www.atlanticcitynj.com. If you don't have a car, consider Jitney Shuttle Buses to get around.

Amusement Parks, Water Fun, and More

Clue meets Beat-the-Clock at Escape AC located inside the Tropicana Atlantic City.  This live-action, team-based game challenges groups of 2 to 10 people to ‘escape’ a designated room in sixty seconds.

Rides At Virginia Avenue and the Boardwalk, Steel Pier is one of the most historic and iconic landmarks in Atlantic City.  Featuring rides, games and multiple food options, Steel Pier also offers helicopter rides, boasts a custom carousel that shows hand-painted scenes from the city’s history and is home to The Wheel, which is 227 feet tall and has 40 temperature-controlled gondolas.

Ready to Hang Ten? AC Surf & SUP School is the original and premiere surfing organization in the Atlantic City. Offering a program for everyone, be it beginner or advanced, AC Surf has some of the most experienced staff to help develop and improve skills.

Atlantic City Parasail operates several trips daily from Gardner’s Basin offering 500-foot flights with dry take-off and landing. Breathtaking scenery from up in the air awaits! No experience necessary. Reservations required.

And here are a few more ideas:

Atlantic City Aquarium in Historic Gardner's Basin
Atlantic City Miniature Golf Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue
Central Pier Arcade & Speedway 1400 Boardwalk
Playcade Amusements 2629 Boardwalk
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 1441 Boardwalk

Light Houses, Brew Houses, and Such

Rides Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest lighthouse in the United States. Visitors willing to climb 228 steps up the lighthouse tower are greeted with a spectacular view of the Jersey Shore. The same first-order Fresnel lens used in 1854 to light the way for mariners is still in use today. Visitors can enjoy strolling the 2-acre property and visiting the Keeper’s Cottage museum and gift shop.

While strolling along the boardwalk, stop into the Biergarten for one of your favorite German beers. Hofbrau, Spaten, Weihenstephan, to name a few. Located next to the Tropicana between Iowa and California Avenues.

Located in the heart of prohibition-unfriendly Atlantic City, Little Water Distillery is a craft distillery owned and operated by brothers Mark and Eric Ganter, producing small batch rum, whiskey, vodka and other artisan spirits for thirsty souls in the Garden State and beyond. We also offer educational tours and tastings at our facility along with a variety of special events throughout the year.

Tun Tavern Restaurant & Brewery is Atlantic City’s only brew pub! This tavern takes pride in being a fine restaurant as well as a brewery. Whether it’s inside soaking up the atmosphere or outside on the deck, the Tun Tavern provides a great dining experience.

Tours, Cruises, Shopping

As you can tell, Atlantic City offers something for all ages. More ideas include a walking tour from The AC Tour Guy, Atlantic City Cruises from Historic Gardner's Basin, the studios and shops of local artisans at Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, and shopping at the over 100 retailers and restaurants at Tanger Outlets. Or find even more via your favorite search engine. Atlantic City awaits you.

Note that this is a sampling of things to do and should not be considered an endorsement of any. Please visit various travel sites for reviews of any activity or venue you are considering. We do wholeheartedly endorse attending the 28. Gaufest itself!

AC at Night