The BEST List of Things to do in Atlantic County NJ with Kids

Posted on: June 22nd, 2019 by

 

Jersey Family Fun helps you explore things to do with kids in Atlantic County, New Jersey.

 

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What New Jersey towns are part of Atlantic County?

These towns are part of Atlantic County, New Jersey:

Absecon

Atlantic City

Brigantine

Buena

Buena Vista Twp.

Corbin City

Egg Harbor City

Egg Harbor Twp.

Estell Manor

Folsom

Galloway Twp.

Hamilton Twp.

Hammonton

Linwood

Longport

Margate City

Mullica Twp.

Northfield

Pleasantville

Port Republic

Somers Point

Ventnor City

Weymouth Twp.

Now that you know the towns that are part of Atlantic County lets talk about all the great things to do with kids in Atlantic County.

 

The Best Places to Visit in Atlantic County

There are so many great places to visit in Atlantic County, it can be hard to decide where to visit first. We recommend these as the best places to visit in Atlantic County. These include these top family attractions in Southern New Jersey that just happen to be in Atlantic County.

  • Make a difference to rescued animals at the Funny Farm Animal Rescue. Time and time again, Atlantic County families tell us visiting the Funny Farm Rescue is one of their favorite things to do with kids in Atlantic County. The farm has animals both behind fences and roaming free. There are all different animals from horses, cows, dogs and cats, to goats, turkeys and a skunk all living peacefully together. Food for the various animals is available for purchase and the animals are friendly and funny. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information visit their site at funnyfarmrescue.org or call (609) 742-9410. Read more about the Funny Farm in our article, Our Trip to The Funny Farm! ~ An Atlantic County Animal Rescue Center.

 

With horse at Funny Farm Animal Rescue in Mays Landing New Jersey

 

  • Step into a fairytale and ride the rides at Storybook Land – 6415 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Description coming soon. For more information visit their site at www.storybookland.com or call (609) 646-0103. Read about our visit to Storybook Land here.

 

Enjoy a Storybook Land roller coaster in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey

One of my kids’ first roller coasters was this one at Storybook Land.

 

  • Bounce at Get Air! – Located behind the Hamilton Mall at 4406 Black Horse Pike, in, Mays Landing Get Air is one of the newest attractions to hit Atlantic County. It may be new but kids are loving having a local indoor trampoline park, where they can bounce to their heart’s desire. For more information visit their site at www.getairmayslanding.com or call (609) 236-2166.

 

  • Climb the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City. – Located at 31 S Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City. Take a trip to the Absecon Lighthouse which is New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and the third tallest lighthouse in the county. Explore the artifacts and artwork in the exhibit areas below or climb the 228 steps to the top and get a great view of Atlantic City. Either way it’s a great Atlantic County family attraction. Parking is free in their small parking lot or on the adjacent streets. For more information visit their site at www.abseconlighthouse.org or call (609) 449-1360. 

 

Oma and family at the Absecon Lighthouse

Making a memory at the Absecon Lighthouse.

 

  • Feed stingrays at the Atlantic City Aquarium. – In addition to the stingray feeding tank the Atlantic City Aquarium has a small play area on the top floor where kids can color. The aquarium is also home to touch tanks on both floors. The Atlantic City Aquarium is located at 800 N New Hampshire Avenue in Atlantic City. There is a large parking lot. Parking is free. For more information visit their site at www.acaquarium.com or call (609) 348-2880. Read about our visit to The Atlantic City Aquarium here.

 

Dive into a good time in Atlantic City @Jersey Family Fun

 

  • Walk through an six-story elephant at Lucy the Elephant. – Your visit begins with a short climb up Lucy the Elephant‘s left rear leg to an open exhibit area. There, your guide, will tell you a little about Lucy the Elephant before you watch a movie about Lucy’s history. The film is short enough to keep the kids entertained and interesting enough to hold the parent’s attention too.  After that guests are free to explore the rest of the museum floor and Lucy the Elephant. Stairs will take you to Lucy’s howdah (rooftop/canopy) where you can get a great view of the Jersey shoreline and the top of Lucy. Lucy the Elephant is located at 9200 Atlantic Avenue in Margate. There is a small parking lot and limited street parking. Both are free. For more information visit their site at www.lucytheelephant.org or call (609) 823-6473. Read about our visit to Lucy the Elephant here.

 

Lucy the Elephant in Margate New Jersey

Did you know that Lucy the Elephant gets manicures often? I wonder what color her nails will be on your visit.

 

  • Spend the Day in Historic Smithville. – Historic Smithville, located in Galloway Township is a small village of specialty shops on a lake. Start your day with a pastry and some coffee from at the bakery. Walk across the bridge and rent a paddle boat. Rentals are a half an hour and perfect for little ones. After the paddle boats make sure to check out the shooting gallery, remote control cars and boats and the arcade. Have lunch at Auggie’s Doggies, Costello’s Pizza or AJ’s on the Lake.  For a more upscale dining experience try Fred and Ethel’s who’s outside patio is a great place to people watch. After lunch make sure to take a ride on the train and the carousel. Finish off your day with some shopping and sweet treats from the Village Sweet Shoppe. 

 

  • Catch at family friendly performance at a local performing arts theatre. Atlantic County is home to 4 such theaters. Throughout the year they offer performances kids will love.
    • Atlantic Cape Community College – 5100 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing. For more information visit their site at www.atlantic.edu or call (609)343-4900.
    • Dante Hall – 14 North Mississippi Avenue in Atlantic City. For more information visit their site at www.dantehallstockton.org or call (609) 626-3890.
    • Gateway Productions – 738 Bay Avenue in Somers Point. For more information visit their site at www.gatewaybythebay.org or call (609)-653-0554.  
    • Stockton Performing Arts101 Vera King Farris Drive in Pomona. For more information visit their site at www.stocktonpac.org or call (609) 652-4607. 

 

MORE Indoor Things to Do With Kids in Atlantic County

Whether the weather is too hot, too cold, or too wet there are plenty of indoor things to do with kids in Atlantic County. Take a look.

  • Enjoy an Atlantic County indoor playground that’s open all year round.
    • The Brigantine Playroom is located in the Brigantine community center and run by volunteers. It is a fun play space for children 5 and under. Admission is a $2 donation per child. 265 42nd St S, Brigantine. (609) 264-7391. Read our review of The Brigantine Playroom here.
    • Shop while kids stretch, climb, and play at Hamilton Harbor Play Area at the Hamilton Mall. – The Hamilton Mall is located at 4403 E Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing. Admission is free. You can call (609) 646-8326 for more information.  Read about our visit to Hamilton Harbor Play Area here.
    • Eat while the kids play! – Chick-Fil-A has two restaurants in Atlantic County with indoor playgrounds for the kids.
      • Near Lowe’s at 6038 E Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. For more information call (609) 407-4100.
      • In front of Walmart at 6801 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. For more information call (609) 407-4900.
    • Kiddie Korner – Offers open play times Monday through Friday. 3156 Fire Rd, Egg Harbor Township. (609) 569-1600.
    • Jersey Shore Gymnastics Academy – Offers open gym for kids.  5101 Oakwood Blvd, Mays Landing. (609) 829-2184. 
    • Bright Stars Gymnastics – Open gym times for kids. 3330 Bargaintown Rd #4, Egg Harbor Township. (609) 926-2682.

 

Hamilton Harbor Play Area

Hamilton Harbor Play Area

 

  • Kids have two choices for roller skating in Atlantic County.
    • Young’s Skating Center – In the heart of Mays Landing at 763 Park Road, kids can roller skate during public skating sessions during various times (check the website for more details). Young’s Skating Center is also part of the Kids Skate Free. Learn more in our article, 4 Rinks Kids Can Roller Skate For Free in New Jersey. For more information visit their site at www.youngsskatingcenter.com or call (609) 625-1191.
    • Hammonton Skating Center – In Hammonton, not far from the Atlantic City Expressway, at 131 South 2nd Road is another Atlantic County roller skating rink. Kids can roller skate at Rollway Roller Rink during public skating sessions on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For more information visit their site at www.hscfuncenter.com or call (609) 561-8061.

 

  • Go bowling! In Atlantic County we have 3 places kids can bowl. What’s even better is that all 3 participate in the Kids Bowl Free during the summer months. You can read about that in this article, 25 Places New Jersey Kids Can Bowl Free with Kids Bowl Free Program.
    • Di Donato’s Bowl and Lounge – 1151 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton. For more information visit their site at www.didonatofuncenter.com or call (609) 561-3040.
    • King Pin Bowling – 6622 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. For more information visit their site at www.kingpinbowlingnj.com or call (609) 641-5117.
    • Strike Zone – 1400 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City. For more information visit their site at www.strikezonelanesehc.com or call (609) 965-2299. 

 

9 year old boy dabbing at bowling alley.

Someone got a strike!

 

  • Ice Skate at the Flyers Skate Zone – Located at 501 North Albany Avenue in Atlantic City, the Flyers Skate Zone is the only place families can ice skate in Atlantic County. Public skating sessions are held daily 12:30 – 2:30 and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. For more information visit their site at www.flyersskatezone.com/atlantic-city or call (609) 441-1780.

 

  • Paint something beautiful! Yes, Atlantic County has plenty of places where kids can create.
    • Anchor Arts – Offers open art time for a small fee. 17 S Essex Ave, Margate.  (609) 412-8985.

 

  Coral Reef Adventures, Tropicana IMAX Theatre in Atlantic City

 

 

  • Go old school gaming with one of these arcades in Atlantic County.
    • Central Pier Arcade – 1400 Boardwalk, Tennessee & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City. (609) 345-5219.
    • Chuck E Cheese – Hamilton Commons, 4215 E Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. (609) 645-9899.
    • The Smile Factory – A family friendly fun center featuring arcade games. 1307 W Brigantine Ave # B, Brigantine. (609) 266-3866. 

 

  • Discover the unexplainable unbelievable exhibits at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. – 1441 Boardwalk  Atlantic City. (609) 347-2001

 

For more indoor play areas in Atlantic County visit our listing of indoor play areas in Atlantic County, New Jersey.

 

MORE Outdoor Things to Do With Kids in Atlantic County

When the sun is shining, the sky is clear, or you just need to get outdoor with the kids we are here to help you. Consider these outdoor things to do with kids in Atlantic County when you are looking for outdoor family fun in New Jersey.

  • Plan a day at or two at one of Atlantic County’s many beaches. Each town along the coast has a great beach to visit. Lifeguards are on duty in most towns Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Check out our listing of local beach tag rates and beach restrictions. Most towns offer one day a week that the beach is free. There are 6 main Atlantic County beaches (for more information on beach policies and pricing for Beach Tags visit here.)
    • Atlantic City 
    • Brigantine 
    • Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area – (free dog beach) on the Egg Harbor Township end of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.
    • Margate  
    • Somers Point
      • Municipal Park Beach

        This beach on the bay in Somers Point is a bit of a hidden gem in Atlantic County. The beach has lifeguards in season along with a playground on the beach. There is a fishing pier, public restrooms and free parking which makes this an excellent location for hitting the beach with little kids. This beach is rarely crowded and small enough that you can keep an eye on your kids from the comfort of your beach chair. On Friday nights, in the summer, from 7:00 – 9:00 the Municipal Park Beach is host  the Somers Point Beach Concert Series. Check out our free Somers Points concerts listing for more information.

    • Ventnor 

 

Auer boys on the beach

The Auer boys have enjoyed the beach since they were little. We don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

 

 

  • Hike and learn at these Atlantic County nature centers that also have hiking trails.
    • Historic Batsto Village-When you visit Batsto Village you take a trip back in time. Walk around and see the sawmill and blacksmith, the farms and housing, among other buildings, from an earlier time. There is a nature center with information about local plants and wildlife. You can rent canoes and there are numerous hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties. The Museum and Exhibit Gallery is housed in the Visitors Center and contains permanent displays tracing Batsto’s history. Entrance fees just on weekends and holidays are $5 for NJ residents and $7 for non-NJ residents. Tickets to tour the Mansion are $3 for ages 12 and up, $1 for ages 6-11 and under 6 is free. For more information visit their site at http://www.batstovillage.org/default.htm or call (609) 561-0024. Read about our visit to Batsto Village here.
    • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. – At this refuge there are opportunities to walk, drive, and explore. Animals such as wild turkey’s, white tailed deer, along with many other animals call the refuge home. Take a walk on one of the many nature trails and have kids spot all the different animals they see. There are several paths to hike of varying lengths, including a very short boardwalk that goes over the marshes. There is a 9-mile drive that takes you out to the edge of the bay with great areas to bird watch. There is a children’s play area where everything is made of natural materials and the visitor’s center has many hands-on items to explore and a large window to bird watch through.  Nature backpacks which include binoculars can be borrowed from the Visitor Center. While at the visitor center pick up a workbook to become a Junior Refuge Manager, complete the book, and your kids will receive a nature badge. Next visit the Nature’s Discovery area where kids can dig for treasure, climb rocks and explore. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all the animals that you spot. The refugee also offers free bird and nature walks. The Refuge is located at 800 Great Creek Road, Oceanville. Admission is based on a drop box that uses the honor system. Visitors are asked to contribute $2 per person or $4 per car. For more information visit their site at www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe/ or call (609) 652-1665. 

 

Mazda CX-9 at Forsythe Wildlife Refuge

We test drove the Mazda CX-9 on Forsythe Wildlife Refuge wildlife drive.

 

    • Egg Harbor Township Arboretum – The Egg Harbor Township Arboretum and Nature Center is located at 18 School House Road. ADD DESCRIPTION. There is no charge for admission. For more information visit their site at ehtenvironment.org/arboretum.html or call (609) 926-4093. 
    • Estell Manor and the Warren E. Fox Nature Center – At Estell Manor you can view live animals and taxidermy animals in the Nature Center. There are many paths to explore and even bikes that are free to borrow (you have to bring your own helmets). The park also has playgrounds, ball fields, swing sets and a volleyball court. List address in sentence form. Admission is free. For more information visit their site at www.atlantic-county.org/parks/estell-manor-park.asp or call (609) 625-1897. 

 

Batso village stove at Historic Batsto Village NJ

My boys exploring an old cast iron stove at Historic Batsto Village. @Jersey Family Fun

 

  • Watch sheep get shorn at the Swan Bay Folk Art Center in Port Republic. The small, family run farm, has been in business for over 25 years. Gary Giberson and his wife, Niki, open the sheep farm to the public on several occasions throughout the year. Read about our visit in our article, Education & Farm Family Fun at Swan Bay Folk Art Center.

 

a group of sheep from the sheep farm in Atlantic County, Swan Bay Folk Art Center

 

  • Learn and see animals upclose at two different animal rescue farms in Atlantic County.
    • The Funny Farm Animal Rescue as described above.
    • Farm Critter Haven – 3014 Ivins Ave Egg Harbor Township. For more information call (609) 618-5109.

 

Funny Farm Animal Rescue in Mays Landing, New Jersey

Funny Farm Animal Rescue

 

 

  • For amusement park fun Atlantic County is home to two theme parks.
    • Storybook Land as described above.
    • Steel Pier – Located right on the Atlantic City boardwalk at 1000 Boardwalk, Steel Pier is open for rides and games during the summer months. MORE DESCRIPTION For more information visit their site at www.steelpier.com or call (609)(609) 345-4893.
    • For more amusement park fun visit our listing of NJ Amusement Parks for our complete guide of local amusement parks.

 

  • For waterpark fun we recommend Sahara Sam’s in Camden County – This water park has something for everyone lazy rivers, long tube or body slides, and a wave pool are just a few of the options. In the summer there is an outdoor deck to enjoy but in the winter there is an indoor pool.
    • For more waterpark fun visit our listing of NJ Water Parks for our complete guide of local waterparks.

 

  • For splashpad and sprayground fun we recommend Bridgeton Zoo in Cumberland County. – Click over to find more NJ splashpads.

 

 

  • Plan an attack, a paintball attack with Gear-Up Paintball – 240 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton. (609) 561-7060.

 

More Free Places to Visit in Atlantic County

Cheap family fun in New Jersey is possible. Add these free places to visit in Atlantic County to your list of things to do with kids in Atlantic County.

  • Explore art for free at the 4 Noyes Museum locations throughout Atlantic County. Each one is in a unique location and offers a different collection of art. Read our Noyes Museum of Art museum review in Noyes Museum of Art – Explore Art with Your Kids. For more information or to see their list of locations visit their website at noyesmuseum.org or call (609) 347-5839.

 

Kids art at Noyes Museum Art Garage

My boys loved seeing the art they made during the Noyes Museum Art Camp.

 

  • Learn more about African American history at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. – Go in with an open mind. Come out with a new understanding of how African Americans have contributed to the history of South Jersey and the legacy left from their contributions. The museum has 2 locations in Atlantic County: 661 Jackson Rd, Newtonville, 609-704-5495 and 6500 Fairmont Avenue in Atlantic City. Read our African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey museum review in this article, Eye Opening Exhibits at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. For more information, visit their website at www.aahmsnj.org or call (609) 350-6662.

 

Stereotypes on Exhibit at African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey Atlantic City location photo credit Jersey Family Fun

Stereotypes on Exhibt at African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey Atlantic City location

 

 

The nature center at Estell Manor

The nature center at Estell Manor.

 

  • Estell Manor and the Warren E. Fox Nature Center – as described above.

For more free places to visit our listing of Free Places to Visit in New Jersey.

 

More Ideas for Things to do With Kids in Atlantic County

There’s no stop to the family fun in New Jersey that you can have with your kids. Keep on reading for more ideas.

  • Libraries are always a great place to go for family fun. Check out a library event with this guide to Atlantic County Library Events to learn more about the activities and events offered by the local libraries.

 

on computer library

Kids can learn to use the computer at their local library.

 

 

 

  • Go swimming. With lakes and indoor pools, there are at least 10 places to swim across Atlantic County beyond the beaches.
    • Atlantic County Indoor Community Pools
      • Brigantine Aquatic Center – 3118 Bayshore Ave, Brigantine. (609) 266-7946. 
      • Bright Stars Gymnastics – 3330 Bargaintown Rd #4, Egg Harbor Township. (609) 926-2682  
      • Hess School – 700 Babcock Rd,  Mays Landing. (609) 476-6100.
      • Jewish Community Center – 501 N Jerome Ave, Margate City.  (609) 822-1167. 
      • Tilton Pool (members only) –  Fabian Ave & Harvey Dr, Northfield (609) 641-2051.
    • Atlantic County Outdoor Community Pools
      • Galloway Swim Club –  6th Ave, Galloway. (609) 652-7946.
    • Atlantic County Lakes 
      • Egg Harbor City Lake – 2300 Philadelphia Ave, Egg Harbor City. (609) 965-0123.
      • Hamilton Township Cove Beach at Lake Lenape – Hamilton Township.  (609) 625-4762. 
      • Lake Lenape East – 753 Park Rd, Mays Landing. (609) 625-8219. 
      • Lake Lenape West – 6303 Harding Highway, Mays Landing. 
      • Port Republic Beach/ Mill Pond – Mill St, Port Republic. 
    • Atlantic County Splash Pads and Waterparks
      • There are no known waterparks in Atlantic County.

 

Visit our  New Jersey Families with Jersey Family Fun Facebook group for more ideas and to connect to other families from your area of New Jersey.

 

For a great meal in Atlantic County we recommend these restaurants:

  • Restaurant recommendations for family restaurants in Atlantic County coming soon.
  • For restaurants in Atlantic County with kids eat free nights visit our NJ Kids Eat Free guide.

 

For an overnight stay in Atlantic County we recommend these family friendly hotels:

  • Hotel recommendations for family friendly hotels in Atlantic County coming soon.

 

Or go camping in Atlantic County at the Atlantic County Campgrounds.

 

Thank you for visiting this guide to family fun in Atlantic County, New Jersey. If you like what you see please consider

 

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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