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Is AC appropriate for kids?

Is this a good place for kids ages 3, 5, and 15 for a quick summer getaway for a few days. When I went there last week I did see some kids. Has anyone brought their children and what activities are there for them.

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1. Re: Is AC appropriate for kids?

I think if you're looking for a place to vacation with kids Ocean City, NJ is the better choice. It's a more family oriented location and not that far away from Atlantic City for the adults to travel to.

Atlantic City does have 1 amusement pier- steel pier, Ripleys believe it or not, the Imax at the trop and the small aqaurium at Gardners Basin. There is a minor league baseball team called the Surf that is kid friendly. As a whole though the drinking, smoking, and gambling activities of casinos are not places for children.

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2. Re: Is AC appropriate for kids?

Hi Ginger - I agree with everything Jerry says, PLUS AC is pretty expensive in the summer hotel-wise. Ocean City has a wonderful boardwalk and beach, and is a dry town (at least it used to be). And close enough for a trip to AC, too.

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Yes ACmama, Ocean City still is a dry community and is the perfect family vacation destination (sorry...we're a bit prejudice as we have a house there). It's 12 miles south of AC and a short hop.

When our kids were smaller we spent many short vacations with them in AC, but I think things have changed and what I hear the kid oriented things are gone. We use to bowl with them at Showboat and every casino seemed to have a very good video arcade which they all loved. Our guys are 20, 20 and 25 so it's been a bit since they were young and we were in AC with them.

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4. Re: Is AC appropriate for kids?

Ocean City will *always* be a dry town unless the US Congress passes a Constitutional Amendment to the contrary . The land was donated to the state of NJ under the condition that it remain "dry" ( no alcohol sales) . If this were changed the land would revert back to the heirs and cause , as you can imagine , much chaos .

1. Problem in AC with children is what to do with them when you want to do adult stuff .

2. Many casinos don't allow minors (usually under 18) in Public Areas after a certain hour ( 11pm or so) . Or unattended under 16 y.o anytime .

3. I guess you already know you can't have children in the gaming areas at all .

There are family activities that can be enjoyed in the area . ( But see # 1) The prices will be high unless you have a comp . Also with the age spread of the kids it makes it a bit harder . For example the 3 & 5 y.yo. may be too young for the Imax Theater or Ripley's , but they all might like the aquarium .

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Years ago on the way back home from a Florida trip we wanted to have a look at AC since they had just introduced gambling at Resorts. We had an 11 year old with us and we stayed at Ocean City for a couple of days and he loved it. We drove up to AC and he didn't object to sitting on the beach with me for a couple of hours while my husband tried his luck in the casino. He still remembers Ocean City and the amusement park and the posters he bought. I think that is the way for you to go. Your kids will like it and it won't take you any time to drive to AC. If I recall there were plenty of places to stay so it won't cost anything like a room in AC will cost.

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6. Re: Is AC appropriate for kids?

thanks everyone for your responses I guess I will look somewhere else. I think I have already worn out Wildwood and just looking for a new place to go. I have looked into Ocean City but the hotel prices are outrageous, double the price of Wildwood. I guess I will have to look further into it.

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7. Re: Is AC appropriate for kids?

Ginger9708, you might want to try an apartment rental which may be cheaper than a motel. Several OC realtors are on the web that offer rentals at a variety of prices. Having lived in OC for about 15 years I know that is a much bigger market than motel/hotels and if you don't mind being a couple of blocks from the beach, possibly closer to your budget.

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8. Re: Is AC appropriate for kids?

there is an ocean city forum that should be of help.

of course, it's not nearly as fun as this one :)

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9. Re: Is AC appropriate for kids?

I agree that OC is good choice. Many families also like Beach Havaen on Long Beach Island. No boardwalk, there is a small amusement park perfect for your younger kids though! I also agree a house or condo rental is usually cheaper, but those are generally only available on a weekly basis. Once I had more than one kid, I found I also saved a lot by not eating out all 3 meals a day!

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10. Re: Is AC appropriate for kids?

this is from previous posts [its easier for me to cut & paste as I am long winded]

my brother comes down w/ his teenage kids all the time and they love it in AC. here is a few of the things they do:

check out The Walk [outlet stores], http://www.acoutlets.com/

and The Quarter at Tropicana, http://www.tropicana.net/thequarter/index.htm

The Garden Pier, http://www.acmuseum.org/gardenpier.html [FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING]

This is the last year for the amusements on the Steel Pier [Donald Trump is not renewing their lease], so you may want to visit there http://www.steelpier.com/

The Pier at Caesar's

http://www.thepieratcaesars.com/

the Atlantic City Aquarium, http://www.oceanlifecenter.com/aquariums.html

after aquarium for lunch/dinner, Back Bay Ale House [by aquarium] good food at reasonable prices http://www.backbayalehouse.com/

The lighthouse

http://www.abseconlighthouse.org

Lucy the Elephant - unique

http://www.lucytheelephant.org

discount coupons: www.atlanticcitynj.com/greatdiscounts.asp

for the kids are approaching grade school age, try Storybook Land

http://www.storybookland.com/

The Central Pier has the biggest Go-Kart track in South Jersey - for the teenager. They also have arcades with skeeball & claw machines for the young'uns. And my favorite - The 99cent Store.

Atlantis Food Court at 1919 Boardwalk [yellow awning in front of Bally's]. They have a wide selection of food, a liquor license and are very reasonable. I suggest gathering food/drink and eating downstairs as it is usually empty. There are murals of old AC hotels on the wall and it will be an air conditioned escape from the sun.

If you want to explore outside the city, here is a nearby suggestion: Smithville is a short drive of 10+ miles to Historic Smithville [EZ directions: Showboat is on Delaware Ave, take Delaware Ave out of AC [turns into Rt 30 aka White Horse Pike], follow to Shore Road in Absecon [aka Rt 9] and make right [You will see Black Cat Tavern on corner] and will see signs for Noyes Museum, Edwin B Forsythe and Smithville respectively [can't miss 'em]

http://www.smithvillenj.com/

It is a village of unique shops with loose chickens, ducks, geese. There is a pond on-site that has pedal boat rentals & radio-controlled toy boat rentals [warm weather]. Fred & Ehtel's has american fare at reasonable prices - this is especially a plus as it LOOKS like a pricey tourist trap, as well as the shops are affordable.

Near Smithville is the Noyes Museum http://www.noyesmuseum.org/

Noyes includes [or used to] Starbucks coffee in admission price [$4 pp].

and Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife area http://www.fws.gov/northeast/forsythe/

Forsythe has an 8 mile wildlife drive with 2 observation towers that have free binoculars. They brag about their AC skyline view... but it seems out-of-character for a wildlife refuge. Admission is $4 and inculdes all car occupants If you want to do all 3, this can be an all day excursion and is REALLY close to AC. If you are still in the area,

If you want to try OC, NJ, as suggested by previous posts, here is a hotel suggestion: Pier 4 in Somer's Point [demand a bayview room] http://www.pier4hotel.com/rates.html is a great hotel on the water, heated pool, tiki bar both w/ bayview, a liquor store and an excellent restaurant on-site [crab trap] http://www.thecrabtrap.com/ which usually has a LONG wait, but you can phone reservations from hotel, sit on the balcony overlooking the bay and they will call your room when the table is ready. Ocean City is just over the bridge from there and is a family resort [dry town w/ cookie-cutter houses & people] - lots of arcades, but no games of chance, even the claw games are not 'chance' as you win everytime [it's like Ned Flanders founded a beach resort - gee, there IS a huge old hotel/condo named 'The Flanders' on 9th Street http://www.theflandershotel.com/ it makes you wonder...]. Ocean City has beachtags [$5 a day pp] & the only beach shower and bathroom I know of is at 34th St.

OC, NJ is in Cape May county, so you should also check out The Cape May Zoo [FREE, but request donations]

co.cape-may.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm…

it's less than an hour drive. Bring pocket change as there are vending machines that dispense purina animal chow in the zoo - also bring wetwipes or scope out a bathroom, the chow leaves a strong smell on your hands

[gee, I am long-winded]