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Atlantic City as home base with a family?

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Atlantic City as home base with a family?

We are a family of 4 with 2 children ages 12 and 14. We were thinking about a family vacation in Southern NJ in July or August. We thought AC might be convenient home base for us. We are looking into a timeshare there so we could stay in a 2 bedroom condo. Would we have enough to do for a week? Is it convenient to Wildwood and other family attractions? Our children like rides, water sports, history... Are there any day trips you would recommend? Is a Philly day trip doable?

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1. Re: Atlantic City as home base with a family?

Atlantic City is not nearly as family friendly as other shore towns. Your kids will get bored after 1-2 days. It is much more adult oriented.

Wildwood is perhaps a little over 1/2 hour away. Unless you gamble there is little reason to stay in A.C. vs Wildwood.

The only real plus might be you can often get a room in A.C. Sun.-Thurs. inexpensively.

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2. Re: Atlantic City as home base with a family?

Are y'all getting a good price on the timeshare? And is it Flagship? Flagship is away from the Boardwalk.... it IS closer to the Aquarium & Lighthouse though. And on a jitney line

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3. Re: Atlantic City as home base with a family?

you don't need a beach badge in AC. there are ride at steel pier . wildwood is close enough for a day trip as is Ocean city and cape may. philly is an hour or so, again fine for a day trip. the time share is where it is, enjoy it

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>>Are there any day trips you would recommend<< You bet your sweet bippy there is. tripadvisor.com/…55101962 >>Here is an old post of mine that I need to update the links occasionally + readd the links that are shortened by TA >>in Clermont is Cape May Wicker. You may have been to the one in Cape May, but this one is huge. There is no website, it does business by word~of~mouth.. or we could call it a well~known secret. Cape May Wicker 1930 N Route 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609) 624-3031 ‎

Once you've parked you can visit two other places on foot

Next door is Teaberry Antiques www.marketplaceatteaberry.com/index.html

Accross Rt9 is Woodland Village It's a bunch of little shops including a butterfly house https:/… Here is a YouTube video I just found for Woodland Village http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usQsViqrlT8 Please use caution when crossing rt9 as there is no signal and the speed limit is 50mph

Also, visit the Cape May Zoo [near the ↑above↑]. Its FREE, donations gladly accepted capemaycountygov.net/Cit-e-Access/… <<

I highly suggest both the zoo & butterfly world [or whatever it's called in Woodland Village]. The other places they just may enjoy too<<

And another from the Top Qs. Whoa, this is a long one. I'd forgotten. I typed it 3yrs ago and here is the link instead of copy&paste tripadvisor.com/Travel-g29750-c157815/Atlant… Meanwhile, I need to review that↑ one to see if the links are all up~to~date

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5. Re: Atlantic City as home base with a family?

As a home base AC is fine. Wildwood is about 45 minutes away and has great rides and waterparks, on the way you can visit the Cape May County Zoo off if exit 11 of the parkway. AC has the steel pier for rides, central pier for go carts and arcade games. There is a family friendly magic show at the Trop as well as an IMAX. There are also dolphin cruises that the kids might enjoy. Ocean City is about a half hour away with some rides and family friendly boardwalk. Philly is about an hour away, you could also visit the Aquarium in Camden and tour the Battleship NJ. If the kids like baseball check if the Phillies are home. Tickets on stubhub might actually be cheaper than face value this year.

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6. Re: Atlantic City as home base with a family?

There is lots of disagreement on this board concerning this subject. There are some who think AC is fine for families and some who don't.

I happen to think that there are much better Shore towns for families. But, you will need to make that decision. Do some searches on the subject.

And BTW since you are driving down from Rhode Island take a look at some of the beach towns in Monmouth and Ocean Counties...your travel time would be greatly reduced by going there.

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7. Re: Atlantic City as home base with a family?

We are getting a good deal on the timeshare. It is a Wyndham property.

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I did the Jersey shore family vacation for many summers. With children, I would never consider Atlantic City, since as mentioned, it is more adult orientated.

I have heard of a few who tried, and they did not have a good time. Their children were bored due to the low level of available things to do, the adults were bored because they could not do the adult things (Casino, lounges, shows, dancing, fine dining etc.) with the children present.

…..It ended up as a lose / lose proposition.

Your family vacation will be much more enjoyable at a more family orientated venue - such as LBI, Wildwood etc

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Oooh~la~la! I like the Skyline Towers. Especially the 2BR size ones. They have a daily activities board posted and a lot of the activities are geared towards children. Now there is a downside to Skyline Tower. It was built at a condo tower, so all the units are large & have full kitchens, dining area & living rooms [wait, that's the upside], the downside is, the building wasn't built as a hotel, and the two elevators have a difficult time keeping up with demand = waits for the elevators. And there is a little diner~type place near you for inexpensive breakfasts named Constantinos [geez, I just had a senior moment and could NOT recall the name of this place] tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g29750-d43… but y'all will probably be cooking breakfast in the kitchen.... ←despite that, I'm typing there is a Courtyard Marriott near Skyline Tower with a buffet breakfast for around $13. Yup, this is steeper than Constantinos and [the up~until~now typed] Gilchrists tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g29750-d21… ←Oh Mah Garsh! Y'all HAVE to try Gilchrists for A. blueberry pancakes B. a waterfront breakfast. Oh yeah, the Marriott is a buffet

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10. Re: Atlantic City as home base with a family?

Thank you everyone for the great suggestions. I understand that AC is not the ideal location for a family on the shore. I am just trying to see if it something that we could make work for us.

Our ideal locations are booked up by now. We have been to the northern end of the shore but have never visited the soutern end.

With the fantastic suggestions from jerrysnj, rship1 and bushwacker44, I am thinking we could make it work. My children would love to visit Philly, Wildwood, Ocean City and Cape May. Smithville & the surrounding area also sound intersting.

Although we mighht not spend too much time in AC itself, it sounds like a good home base for day trips.

Thanks again for all the advice!