About Stephen C
Lives in Arlington, Virginia
Since Aug 2007
The Washington D.C. Metro area has been my home for the last three years. I am originally from the UK but now live in the U.S. with my wife and daughter. I love to travel and am always keen to get up close to new cultures and foods. Only local knowledge can unlock those truly special travel experiences.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museums can be found around the world, and generally provide some quirky entertainment for tourists. Atlantic City's Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, located right on the boardwalk, features the world's smallest production car, a roulette table made of jellybeans (more than 14,000 of them!), and a 'Laser Maze Challenge,' where you can test you skills at climbing through a web of lasers.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum is located on the 1913 Garden Pier. It's small, but it tells fun local tales, from the horse who used to perform a high dive at Steel Pier to the story of Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson, the corrupt Prohibition-era politician who inspired Steve Buscemi's character in 'Boardwalk Empire.' There are plenty of vintage photos and cool artifacts on display, too.
Absecon Lighthouse has stood at the north end of Atlantic City since 1857. At 171 feet, it is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest in the U.S. Although the lighthouse is no longer operating, visitors can climb its 228 steps to be rewarded with breathtaking views.
You won't find any big sea creatures here, but the Atlantic City Aquarium provides a fun place for kids to touch (small) sharks as well as sea urchins and a variety of other creatures. Its location in the Ocean Life Center Complex at Historic Gardner's Basin is a nice diversion from the casinos, too.
The only fine art museum in the region, Noyes Museum of Art is located about 10 miles from Atlantic City, in a pleasant lakeside setting near the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge. Here you'll find a nice collection of American fine and folk art, including a good selection of regional artists. Closer to 'home,' the museum also operates the Noyes Arts Garage at Stockton University, in AC's new Arts District. The Arts Garage, a project to that focuses on enriching the community and support emerging artists, is the site of artist studios, galleries, and a satellite gallery of the Noyes Museum — in addition to shops, a café, and a classroom studio.
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is a small museum that explores the '20th-century experience' of African Americans through a vast collection of artifacts and memorabilia.