Atlantic City and its surrounding environs are rich with culture and history. There are activities to enjoy and sites to see for explorers of all ages. Here are a few opportunities for you to really experience Atlantic City!

Absecon Lighthouse: Climb the 228 steps of  New Jersey's tallest lighthouse for a 360 degree view of Atlantic City.

African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey: with locations in Atlantic City and nearby Newtonville, see the exhibits and learn about the rich heritage of the area's African Americans.

Atlantic City Aquarium: Set in Gardner's Basin, watch a scuba diver hand feed live sharks and sting rays. Feed sharks and sting rays in a 900 gallon, interactive exhibit. Learn about local and exotic aquatic life!

Atlantic City Art Center: The Atlantic City Arts Center, located on Garden Pier, boasts an exhibit gallery over the ocean.

Atlantic City Ballet: Atlantic City's resident dance company.

Atlantic City Free Public Library: in addition to books, magazines, movies and computer access, the library houses the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, as well as special exhibits and programs.

Atlantic City Historical Museum on Garden Pier: the Atlantic City Historical Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting the unique history of Atlantic City.

Atlantic County Historical Society: The Atlantic Heritage Center maintains a museum collection of over 20,000 items related to greater Atlantic County history and a research  library. It also operates tours of the Risley Homstead historic house.

Boardwalk Hall Organs: Tour the world's largest pipe organ and get a behind the scenes look at Boardwalk Hall.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: Part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is perfect for those who love the outdoors and wildlife photography.

Gardner's Basin: One of many sites in Atlantic City used for smuggling alcohol during Prohibition. Enjoy lunch, enjoy a boat ride, or enjoy the view!

Lucy the Elephant: Constructed in 1881, Lucy the Elephant is the oldest example of zoomorphic architecture in the United States. Take a tour of Lucy and climb to the top of her howdah.

The Noyes Arts Garage Stockton College: The Arts Garage houses 15 artist studios, galleries, shops, a cafĂ©, a flexible classroom studio, and hosts special events throughout the year.  It includes a 1,200 square ft. satellite gallery of The Noyes Museum of Art and the new home of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.

For more information about area businesses and sights to see, please contact the Casino Reinvestment and Development Authority (CRDA).