Summer is finally upon us and I know we’re excited to get some sun and have some fun. But these days, it’s not always easy due to financial woes and time constraints. Well, I’m here to tell you that we have some of the best sights, beaches, events, and happenings right in the Atlantic City area and guess what? Some are even free!
First of all, what would summer be without going to the beach? In case you didn’t know, Atlantic City beaches are free. How cool is that? No hassling with going and getting badges or having the agenda of trying to hide from the beach patrol. Depending on where you park, you will probably have to pay, but it will definitely be worth your trip with the casinos, Boardwalk and other Atlantic City attractions nearby. Especially if you plan on going from one casino to another, you can take your parking receipt from your first place and use that as payment for the next place. All casinos participate.
While you are in Atlantic City, you can check out the Atlantic City Historical Museum located on the Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue on the Garden Pier. The museum is filled with many historical pieces that represent old Atlantic City and it’s open from 10am-4pm. All this with free admission and parking; how can you beat that?
Have you seen the water show yet at The Pier Shops at Caesars? Inside, toward the ocean end of the building, you can see this show every hour on the hour. The free show lasts six minutes and is open to the public.
Another free show takes place at Showboat as the Mardi-Gras themed casino presents three free parades daily every Wednesday through Sunday at 3:30, 6 and 8pm.
If you’re into people watching, there are some great beach bars off the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, such as the Hilton Beach Bar, the new Sammy’s Beach Bar at Bally’s, The Beach Bar at Trump Plaza and The Deck at the Trump Marina. Plus, every Friday night through Labor Day you can be entertained right on the Boardwalk outside of Resorts with the retro disco party “Boogie on the Boardwalk,” hosted by the popular ’70s and ’80s nightclub Boogie Nights. Festivities go from 5-9pm and it’s free.
Next weekend, on June 26, the first Atlantic City Summer Solstice Parade will kick off the beginning of the summer on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Many casinos and organizations will be participating and celebrating, so make sure to come out and be a part of the festivities. With a Carnivale theme, you’ll be sure to see a colorful selection of floats, costumes and people as well as top-notch entertainment. Plus, there are still opportunities to walk in the parade; check out acsolsticeparade.com for more information.
For those of you who are looking forward to seeing the fantastic free fireworks in Atlantic City for the July 4 weekend, the first display will take place on Friday, July 2, near The Pier Shops at Caesars. On July 4, the fireworks in Atlantic City will happen near the Marina district.
Off the island there are some other great free things to attend.
One is the 24th annual Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Hammonton at the Hammonton High School, which takes place on June 27 from 10am-5pm. It’s free admission and parking. Also, in a couple of weeks over in Margate, you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate Lucy the Elephant’s 129th birthday on July 18 from 10am-7pm. And, if you have talent and want to show it off, every Sunday at Sam’s Bar and Grill in Pleasantville you can be a part of Ray Tyler’s Soul Connection open mike night starting at 7pm.
There are so many great, fun, free, inexpensive things to do in and around Atlantic City. You can find most by checking out acweekly.com.
This week’s column is dedicated to a self-proclaimed penny pincher, Grandma Edith Fleischman, a Holocaust survivor who recently passed. Her wisdom and survival stories will be sorely missed.
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