If your staying multiple day’s at the Colonial Inn you might want to wonder to Atlantic City, it is just 12 miles from Historic Smithville and has a lot of fun and interesting things to do. I took a little time to put together an itinerary to help you plan. I hope you find it helpful !
The first and most likely the most obvious is the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
The Boardwalk in Atlantic City is the granddaddy of all boardwalks! Dating from 1870, Forbes Traveler.com rates it among the top of the “Top 10 American Boardwalks.” Lined with dining, gambling, nightlife and a wealth of fun family attractions (and some not-so-family friendly), this miles-long deck boasts some of the poshest hotel casinos in the world, including Caesar’s and the Trump Taj Mahal, as well as some kitschy tourist draws such as the famed Boardwalk Rolling Chairs. You can park at one of the many casino’s along the boardwalk or if your luck find some parking on the street.
Walking distance from Showboat Casino, Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest in the United States, towers 171 feet over the north end of Absecon Island. Built in 1857, it’s the oldest lighthouse in the country. Visitors can explore the museum and gift shop or brave the 228 steps to the top for a truly fabulous view of the Atlantic City sky line.
Adults $7, Children 4-12 $4, 3 & under Free, Active military FREE, Dogs are welcome
September – June
Thursdays through Mondays, 11am to 4pm
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
July & August
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Closed on major holidays
Adventure out to see with the capable seafarers at Atlantic City Cruises, where fun is just the beginning. AC has a variety of offerings to choose from, including the Morning Skyline cruise, the very popular Dolphin watching cruise, the happy hour cruise, or the sightseeing cruise.
Spend the day at the bay at Historic Gardner’s Basin, nestled on a protected channel along the back bays, directly across from the state marina and Coast Guard station. This bayside park offers shopping, dining, fishing and sightseeing boat rides for all ages.
From distinctive hand-crafted gifts in the Crafters Village and unique boutiques, to dolphin-watching and sightseeing cruises, Historic Gardner’s Basin is the perfect destination to spend a delightful hour, an afternoon or the day by the bay.
This maritime park on North New Hampshire Avenue replaces the hustle and bustle of the Boardwalk with a different type of activity. Sightseeing and fishing cruises come and go from the docks, the restaurants serve up seafood and ale house brews.
Located at the Historic Gardner’s Basin and a must see. The Aquarium offers an interactive aquarium and special events like the “Dive and Dine” that features the aquarium’s diver in the 25,000 gallon “Fish of the Mid-Atlantic” tank. Audiences can watch and interact with the diver as she hand-feeds cownose rays, swims with nurse sharks, and dives with dogfish in the tank. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle tank is one of the many crowd pleasing tanks.
Relive the Golden Era of the 1920’s in Atlantic City when the city was the premier place to visit with its grand hotels, a beach teeming with visitors, ‘Speakeasies,’ and a free-wheeling nightlife.
This fully narrated tour includes lunch at The Irish Pub.
Watch for my upcoming itineraries, Girls Getaway and Atlantic City Night Life!!