Going to Atlantic City, one may feel that the need to bring a lot of money and leave the family at home. But on the contrary (and as you already know from last week’s column, there is a great babysitting service here), there are quite a few things to do in and around Atlantic City that are very budget friendly.
So, in conjunctiion with this week’s Cheap Thrills Issue, here are my top 10 cool things to do on a budget in the Atlantic City area:
1) Grab your free copy of Atlantic City Weekly. It’s the go-to guide for all of the art and entertainment going on in and around the city and best of all it’s FREE.
2) Check out Atlantic City’s beach — no beach tags required. Sometimes you can find great street parking, but if not it brings me to number 3.
3) Pay for parking in one casino and use the receipt to park for FREE in any other casino.
4) Check out the Tony Mart’s “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk” series. It’s a FREE live dance and concert series. (See cover story, on p. 54, for details.)
5) Every Friday night at the Comedy Stop Cafe and Cabaret inside the Tropicana’s Quarter is Locals Night. Which means if you are from Atlantic, Ocean, Cumberland or Cape May counties, you will receive special treatment. For $30, locals receive two show tickets plus a free bag of popcorn. You must be 21 or older and have a valid New Jersey driver’s license. Tickets must be purchased at the Comedy Stop box office on the day of the show. You can also stop in to see Kozak the Magician. He is the comic-magician of the decade, and his show is priceless — in my opinion it’s one of the best values in town.
6) With gold prices sky high and coin collecting becoming more popular, you can come out to the Atlantic County Numismatic Society and talk to experts in the area. They meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm inside the Linwood library, with a social hour before (6pm) and an auction after (8pm). Go to accoins.org to learn more. It’s FREE but bring money for the auction, or you can make money if you want to sell at the auction.
7) The Water Show inside the Pier Shops at Caesars is a lot of fun, it’s FREE and there’s one every hour. Plus with all of the great shops to browse, you can’t go wrong with a visit.
8) Take the kids to the Absecon Lighthouse. It’s FREE parking, adults are only $7, children ages 4-12 are $4, and kids under 3 are FREE. Active military members are also FREE and dogs are welcome. I’ve climbed those stairs, and boy is it a workout, but so much fun. Plus it’s the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and on the New Jersey Historic Places list.
9) Take up the hobby of metal detecting. With all of the crowds at our area beaches you will surely find some type of treasure hidden in the water and/or sand. Maybe you’ll get lucky and find a lot of money or even some jewelry. Or you can help others find their lost possessions — that’s always a great feeling.
10) Every Thursday and Saturday through Oct. 1, check out the Atlantic City Farmers Market from 10am-4pm at Center City Park (Atlantic Avenue between North and South Carolina avenues) or the Steve & Cookies Farmers Market every Thursday in their Margate parking lot on Amherst Avenue from 9am-1pm.
Mark your calendars for Monday, Aug. 29, from 6-9pm, as the fourth annual Taste of The Quarter event to benefit the United Way will be held at the Tropicana. If you purchase a ticket in advance for $25 you’ll save five bucks off the door fee. With that you will receive a special wristband that will allow you to try all of the food and beverage specials at the 22 participating venues at The Quarter. You’ll be served by local celebrities, including several members of the Atlantic City Weekly team — see you there!
What cool things do you do on a budget in Atlantic City? Leave your comments online at acweekly.com
Whitney Ullman dishes out advice on various topics related to networking, dating, current affairs, shopping, events and more. She is the Founder of GoToWhitney.com.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.