Water Activities

When visitors tire of the casino clamor, mile-long Boardwalk strolls, and frying marathons on the sunny beaches, respite can be found in what many consider Atlantic City’s “hidden gems.”

Historic Gardner’s Basin
On the bay at North New Hampshire Avenue

There’s something for everyone at this bay front locale. Full serve restaurants, food trucks, bars, and a killer ice cream shop offer delicious food and drink with a view. A crafters’ village, including a surf shop, provide a unique bay front shopping experience. Water activities include fishing, boating, sightseeing and party cruises, dolphin watching, recreation and commercial docks, and fishing docks. The Atlantic City Aquarium offers maritime exhibits and marine education programs

Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina
600 Huron Avenue
609-441-8482
This is the Cadillac of marinas with 640 berths (boats up to 300 feet length, 12 feet draft). Water, electricity, cable TV, and telephone hookups offer the basic necessities. Laundry, shower, and sanitation facilities add comfort. A restaurant, lounge, and luncheonette provide full service food and drinks. Bait and tackle, a ship store, ice, gas and diesel fuel, and holding tank pump out round out its offerings.

Atlantic City RV Park and Marina
1501 Albany Avenue
609-347-6359
This family oriented RV park on the bay, provides 24-hour security, free WIFI, sites with water and electricity, a dump station, full restrooms, and hot showers, lodge rooms, convenience store, TV and movie lounge, and a pet friendly environment. Kayaks, small boats, paddleboards, and wave runners can also be rented.

Boating and Fishing

To augment lure-of-the-land activities, there’s lots of water beckoning boating and fishing enthusiasts. For 29 years local resident Albert McReynolds claimed the world record striped bass catch, and he accomplished that feat in Atlantic City waters – without a net. Fishing off the Vermont Avenue jetty during a Nor’easter on September 21, 1982, Al landed the 53-inch, 79-pound striper in four hours. That record held until an 82-pounder was caught in Connecticut in 2011. Its time to bring that record back to Atlantic City!

Atlantic City Cruises
800 N. New Hampshire Avenue
609-347-7600
Boating choices include skyline cruises, dolphin watching, happy hour cruises, and private charters.

Atlantic City Fishing & Dive Center
455 N. Maryland Avenue
609-926-5353
Besides all types of fishing (sport, ship wreck, drift, ocean, bay), there are boat rentals, diving, sightseeing cruises, and group oriented activities (birthdays, bachelor parties, corporate outings, team building activities, family reunions).

Highroller Fishing
800 N. New Hampshire Avenue
609-348-3474
There’s no seasickness in back bay and inlet fishing. Half day sailing and private charters are offered twice daily. This is home of the Fanta-$ea fluke jackpot. Flounder fishing from late May to late September and striper fishing from mid-October to early December can be scheduled.

Kammerman’s Atlantic City Marina
447 Carson Avenue
609-348-8418
This facility offers transient and seasonal docking, marine mechanics, bait, fuel, and marine supplies. Conveniences include a ship’s store, water supply, showers, restrooms, pump out, electricity, and laundry facilities.

Karen Ann Charters
447 Carson Avenue
609-618-0366
The vessel is a 35’ diesel-powered Downeast custom Sport Fisherman. Sport fishing, wreck fishing, bottom trolling, and inshore/offshore trips are offered for four-, six-, and eight-hour trips for up to six passengers. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are welcomed.

Metamorphosis Boat Charters
59 Chelsea Court
609-225-3023
Take a casual cruise or high-speed thrill ride on the 40’ luxury Intrepid (six passengers). Departures are from the Farley State Marina or Gardner’s Basin for sightseeing, bachelor and bachelorette parties, ocean and bay cruises, personalized fishing trips, or wreck and bottom fishing. Also available are memorial services at sea, burials at sea, and ashes scattering services.

Reel Sports
609-432-2022 or 609-748-3653
Board a 32’ Luhrs Tournament Fisher that is canyon ready for tournaments, inshore/offshore fishing, sightseeing, and burials at sea.

Summer Breeze Sailing Charters
571 N. New Jersey Avenue
609-652-874
Hop on the Catalina 34 and take the wheel and/or lend a hand as crew. Book it for private charters, dinner cruises, picnics, theme cruises, and sailing lessons. Offers include customized times with half day, full day, twilight cruises, or romantic dinner trips.

Sundowner
1-888-395-2564
The 37’ Sea Ray offers inshore/offshore/near shore fishing, reef and wreck fishing, and bottom and drift fishing. Heavy tackle, spinning, jigging, and trolling are used.

TMT Marine Terminal
725 N. Maryland Avenue
609-340-8333
This facility focuses on marine equipment, supplies, and repairs.

Water Sports

For those looking for a bit more adrenaline, Atlantic City is the perfect place. New Jersey has 130 miles of general coastline, with much of that in South Jersey and Atlantic City. When offshore islands, sounds, bays, rivers, and creeks are included, that number skyrockets to 1,792 miles. So, it’s pretty easy to find a spot to SPLASH!

Atlantic City Parasail
800 N. New Hampshire Avenue
609-345-1212
The craft is an Ocean Pro 31 custom parasailing boat that accommodates up to 12 passengers.

American Diving Supply
609-646-5090
Besides scuba diving equipment, recreational diver training and certified courses for all levels of divers are available.

Atlantic City Dive Center
455 N. Maryland Avenue
609-344-5353
Take your pick from a variety of diving trips.

Atlantic Divers
609-641-7722
Scuba training, wreck dives, rentals, wet and dry suits, air and nitrox fills, shipwreck information, accessories, and repairs are all on the menu here.

Atlantic City Surf School
609-515-4969
Beginner, intermediate, and adult instruction in surfing and Stand Up Paddleboard (group and private) are offered. Day surfing sessions are listed seven days a week with board and wetsuit rentals included. Surf camps run Monday through Friday. Stand Up Paddleboard departs from a private dock at 537 N. Massachusetts Avenue every day. Their newest offering, Zen Surf, explores physical and mental connections among Tai Chi, yoga, and surfing.

Atlantic Surf Sessions, LLC.
Boardwalk and Mississippi Avenue
609-231-5555
Surfing lessons are given from June through October. Sign Up At Boardwalk Hall

Jersey Devil Surf Shop
1133 Boardwalk at Resorts Casino (609-431-4501)
800 N. New Hampshire Avenue (609-345-9283)
These stores feature a full line of surf gear, clothing, and accessories. Stand Up Paddleboard and paddle boarding lessons and rentals are available at Frank S. Farley State Marina at 600 Huron Avenue. Rent surfboards and receive lessons at 1133 Boardwalk, with lessons conducted on the beach in front of the store. Boogie boards can be rented at the Boardwalk store.

Paddle Shack
609-653-4386
Rent boats for recreation and fishing, kayaks (various styles available), Stand Up Paddleboards, and a wide range of equipment. Tech wear and canoes are available for purchase.

Surfing Beaches in Atlantic City
Crystal Beach at New Hampshire Avenue
States Avenue beach
South Carolina Avenue beach
Downtown beach at Raleigh Avenue

Kayaking and Windsurfing Beach
Jackson Avenue

Boogie Boarding Beaches
Allowed on all beaches (conditions permitting)

Bait and Tackle

When it’s time to find the right tool for the job, check out these neighborhood shops, which are operated by friendly locals who are knowledgeable in supplies and equipment. When the fish are biting, these bait and tackle guys know where to hook ‘em. After catching a few big ones, maybe we won’t have to listen to your “fish stories.”

One Stop Bait and Tackle
416 Atlantic Avenue
609-348-9450
This inlet store offers live bait, tackle, fishing gear, and tips on where the fish are running.

Offshore Bait and Tackle
433 Maryland Avenue
609-343-1548
Back bay site provides bait, tackle, and fishing gear and is wheelchair accessible

Bass Pro Shop
30 N. Columbus Boulevard
609-449-4500
A major chain store that sells full service fishing and outdoors gear.

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