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Beaches

I am leaving next week for 3 night in AC. I am going with my sister and her kids. We are looking for things to do, including beach and amusement. My question is where should we go AC, Wildwood or Ocean City? We would like to spend the day at the beach and then do some fun things with the kids at night. We are staying at the Showboat, but do have car access. Any suggestions would be great.

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If the kids are young there is an amusement park outside of AC called Storybook Land. Very nice and clean.

http://storybookland.com/

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AC beaches are free. The beach in front of Showboat is small. But you will be able to rent umbrellas/beach chairs from SB there & there is public restrooms at Garden Pier & outdoor showers. You may want to walk the boards downbeach for a larger beach and along the way, stop at Peanut World [at Illinois Ave, now MLK Blvd] for a $6 beach umbrella. There is a public restroom at New York Ave. There is a nice wide beach at New Hampshire Ave with a lifeguard station with a public restroom & showers, but it is a 5 block walk from SB past the Revel project and there is no commerce there on the boardwalk, so you will not get a visit on the beach by a man with a cooler selling ice cream.

Outdoor Public Showers are located at the Lifeguard District Stations. atlanticcitynj.com/visitors/…access.aspx

In OC, south of the boardwalk [you may find free street parking] the only public restrooms & showers are at 34th Street beach. I do not know the beach facilities in OC by the boardwalk. There is a beach tag fee of $5 pp per day.

WildWood beaches are free this year, but it is a long trek to the ocean. You cannot see the ocean from the boardwalk in WW.

For evening activities with kids, the Steel Pier is very close http://www.steelpier.com/ I LOVE the bungee ride and Central Pier offers an arcade & South Jersey's largest go~Kart track http://www.myspace.com/centralpier coupon njtickettosave.com/index.php… is also close by. Taj does have an arcade for kids, but their redemption for toys/gifts is not good. And there's a miniature golf course by Boardwalk Hall http://www.acminigolf.com/

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I suggest Ocean City. It's essentially two exits further south from AC Expressway - just take the exit and road straight across the causeway into the beach area. We have two kids - and although its convenient to just use the AC beach and boardwalk, the crowds, gamblers, homeless and others makes my wife feel uncomfortable about taking our kids to this beach. Plus, depending on where you are located - Showboat end, there are not many boardwalk activities for kids during the day - few beach/boardwalk food stalls. In the evening there is the Steel Pier.

AT OC, we generally park around 13th street - depending on where you find a spot, you may have free parking or $1 for an hour (bring quarters). Then, its just a couple block walk to the boardwalk and the sand. Here the crowds are here for the boardwalk and the beach - so having little kids running around in their flip flops and their little bikinis is not unusual. Plus, plenty of boardwalk food and activities - mini golf, rides, arcades. You can also rent a pedibike - we have rented a two bench unit and we peddle while the kids look at the sites.

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I'd go on the beach anywhere from tropicana to the Hilton, that's where the good beach is.

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If you decide to forgo the convenience of the beach right in AC and drive to OC, I suggest driving down through Absecon island rather than out the AC Expressway to the Garden State Parkway. It is less mileage this way [11mi this way & 20mi via GSP], there is only 1 toll @ $1 e/w [I do not know tolls on GSP, but ACX is 75cents e/w], it takes approx the same amount of time [check googlemaps directions: 800 Pacific Ave 08401 to E 9th St 08226] also I am guessing you have seen enough highways by the time you arrive in AC. Plus you can stop by Lucy the Elephant in Margate http://www.lucytheelephant.org/ which the kids will love and maybe make a right turn at East Drive to view Marven Gardens of Monopoly fame [Monopoly spells it wrong]. This route also offers a fair amount of signage as the route down the coast is called Ocean Drive 'Follow the Gull' . here is an example of 1 of the signs to help keep you from getting lost www.flickr.com/photos/wfyurasko/219882877/

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I enjoy AC but with kids OCEAN CITY for sure. It's clean, safe, enjoyable and although I don't agree with beach fees it's the only shore I will do with kids.

Trust me.

Anne

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Because gtski32 said that the kid-centered activities with be at night, Storybook Land will be no good ... it closes at 5:00 p.m.

I agree that Ocean City is the place to go in the evenings for the kids, but if you are looking for beach fun during the day, there's no reason to leave A.C. If you want a quieter beach with fewer hotel guests, drive a few blocks downbeach past the casino zone (from Showboat, that means going past all the other casinos on the strip), and you have a nice stretch of Atlantic City beach where pretty much the only people there are locals and house-renters. If you stay in A.C. there's no beach fee, but if you stray into the adjacent beach town of Ventnor you'll be subject to a beach fee.

Wildwood is a surprisingly long drive from A.C. ... door-to-door it can be almost an hour. But if these are teens who enjoy "big" rides, they'll be much much happier in Wildwood for the rides there. But if they're under about 12, O.C. will be a really great place for them.

As a former resident of Cleveland Heights (I moved out in '98), I hope you enjoy your stay in my adopted hometown.

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Gosh, what an amazing coincidence! I have a friend whose cousin's mother-in-law used to work with someone who also had a major life-changing experience on the beach in Atlantic City! A bottle washed up on shore with a message that said she'd die in the next three days if she didn't play a $20 slot machine while she was there.

And guess what! She did, and she won $50,000, but then the windfall led to marital strife and her husband got half of the winnings plus the house and half her pension. And she became so addicted to slots gambling that she ended up homeless and eating the food that good-hearted people leave for the feral cats that live under the boardwalk.

So yeah, you're absolutely right, no one should *ever* think about going to the beach in Atlantic City!

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Those aren't sewage pipes, they're rainwater runoff pipes, also known as outfall pipes.

Please disregard the angry and uninformed poster above! There's a difference between opinion and incorrect information. "I think it's dirty" is a valid opinion that someone can believe. "There is raw sewage from the casinos draining into the ocean" is incorrect information.

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TTP1 -

PLEASE tell me you are not registered to vote. Or, if you are, that you haven't voted in any major elections in the past couple decades. (Or maybe you have. That would explain some things . . .)

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