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  • Do AC… on a Budget: Affordable Day Trip Attractions

    Atlantic City is one of South Jersey's most coveted tourist hotspots, and locals enjoy it just as much. From the towering, brightly-lit casinos to the crashing waves and bustling boardwalk, there's much to do and see. Don't be intimidated by the grandiose appearance of the Taj Mahal or the price tags inside the shops at the Pier, though – some people do visit this city ready to drop a lot of cash, but there's plenty to do on a day trip to AC for a small price tag, or even free! Our city is also more family friendly than you might initially think, too! Round up the kids and take a fun but surprisingly affordable trek to the Jersey shore.

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    Everybody's favorite free attraction, of course, is the beach. Catch some shade under the pier or stretch out in the sunshine on the sand. AC is one of the few beaches in South Jersey that remains free and open to the public, so you might as well take advantage of it while you're there! Afterwards, grab some lunch at the Rainforest Café. It's one of the more reasonably priced restaurants on the boardwalk and kids love it because of the interactive experience. It "thunderstorms" inside every half hour, during which the ceiling mimics a cloudy sky with lightning and thunder, and the replica creatures around the restaurant react. Plus, there's a fish tank filled with enormous tropical fish and plenty of kid-friendly food!

    After lunch, head over to the James Candy factory tour for a truly sweet experience. Learn about the invention of salt water taffy, see the creation of chocolate and your other favorite confections, and enjoy some sweet treats…all for fewer than five dollars per person! The tours end August 31st, so you've got until the end of the summer to soak up this boardwalk fun.

    If you're still in the mood for a tour, be sure to check out the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum on the boardwalk. For just $15.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids, you can see some unbelievable exhibits, strange pieces of art, and real weird artifacts from all around the world. It's definitely the weirdest (and most interesting) family fun you'll find on the boardwalk.

    Finish off the night with a movie on the beach! Movies begin at dusk on Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays all summer long and play every family's favorite titles like Madagascar 3, Hotel Transylvania, and more. No shirt or shoes are required for this movie night, and at the low, low price of FREE, it's cheaper than a trip to the theater! See the full schedule here, and enjoy your AC day trip!

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