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  • 1. Absecon Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The 1857 lighthouse was designed by George Meade, stands 171 feet tall, and is the oldest man-made tourist attraction on the Jersey shore. You...Read More

  • 2. Atlantic City Aquarium/Ocean Life Center

    Zoo/Aquarium

    An interactive facility with a variety of themed exhibits and aquariums. Watch feeding shows, view both freshwater and saltwater fish and turtles...Read More

  • 3. Atlantic City Cruises

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Ease into the morning with a skyline cruise, take the family on a quest for marine mammals with a lunchtime dolphin cruise, or toast the end...Read More

  • Atlantic City Famous Boardwalk

    4. Atlantic City Famous Boardwalk

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    Part thoroughfare, part three-ring circus, the Boardwalk is center stage for every imaginable oddity. Conceived in 1870 as a way to allow Victorian...Read More

    Atlantic City Famous Boardwalk
  • 5. Boardwalk Hall

    Sports Venue

    The 456-foot-long, 310-foot-wide, and 137-foot-tall architectural wonder was once the largest clear span space in the world. Opened in 1929...Read More

  • 6. Cape May Carriage Company

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Park the car and see Cape May's historic district the way they did when these building were born—aboard an elegant horse-drawn buggy. A dispatcher...Read More

  • 7. Cape May County Park and Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This small gem of a zoo houses 250 species, including lions, giraffes, lemurs, snow leopards, red pandas, crocodiles, and pink flamingos. Take...Read More

  • 8. Cape May Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    One of the oldest operating lighthouses in the United States, the 1859 beacon marks the southernmost tip of New Jersey and beams its light 24...Read More

  • 9. Cape May Point State Park

    Beach–Sight

    The diverse mix of ocean shoreline, dunes, freshwater coastal marsh and ponds, islands, forests, and fields makes the 235-acre park at the southern...Read More

  • 10. Cape May Whale Watch

    Tour–Sight

    Board the 80-foot M/V American Star for up-close wildlife viewing with the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center. An onboard naturalist identifies...Read More

  • 11. Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventures

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities organizes monthly sightseeing cruises that visit all the viewable lighthouses in the Delaware...Read More

  • 12. Divine Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Spring Lake, as the name suggests, is a spring-fed, ½-mi-long lake running northwest to southeast inside Divine Park. You can paddle along the...Read More

  • 13. Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    More than 47,000 acres of coastal habitats—including nearly 5,000 acres of woodland—are protected in this refuge. Peregrine falcons and bald...Read More

  • 14. Emlen Physick Estate

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Peer into the life of the Victorian elite during a 45-minute tour of the 18-room mansion built in 1879 for Emlen Physick, a nonpracticing physician...Read More

  • 15. Garden Pier

    Museum/Gallery

    A spot of culture in Atlantic City, the recently refurbished Garden Pier is home to both the Atlantic City Historical Museum and the Atlantic...Read More

  • 16. Gardner's Basin

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Once a home to pirates, privateers, and whalers, this neighborhood across the water from the Marina district is now a restored maritime village...Read More

  • 17. Historic Cold Spring Village

    Building/Architectural Site

    Craftspeople in date-appropriate costumes demonstrate their trades using traditional tools, methods, and materials at this nonprofit, living...Read More

  • 18. Historic District Trolley Tours

    Historic District/Site

    Take a 30-minute tour of the east, west, or beachfront area of Cape May aboard one of the MAC-sponsored red trolleys that ply town streets....Read More

  • 19. Historic Town of Smithville

    Town/Village

    This enclave of restaurants and shops (or shoppes , as they prefer) specializing in Early American antiques is centered on the 1787 Smithville...Read More

  • 20. Leaming's Run Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    Stroll on a winding path through all 25 themed gardens of annual flowers, which are started from seeds. In August, hummingbirds are frequent...Read More

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