New Jersey Greater Atlantic City Region Region
New Jersey’s Greater Atlantic City Region covers the southern county of Atlantic, which is along the Atlantic Coast. Highlights of this region include seaside communities and historic buildings, boardwalk history, lighthouses, fishing heritage and military history.

In 1870, the first road into Atlantic City was completed. The resort town of Atlantic City, New Jersey was formally opened with great fanfare on June, 16 1880. The town grew quickly in size and in popularity; prominent doctors and businessmen from Philadelphia and New York built their summer homes here, and along the boardwalk, immense, elaborate hotels and amusement piers began popping up. By 1900,there were over 27,000 residents in Atlantic City, up from 250 just 45 years before.


Atlantic City became known for its entertainment, from numerous games and amusements to vaudeville and Hollywood entertainers (Kozek nd). In 1921, Atlantic City became the home of the first Miss America pageant, and in 1935, the classic Parker Brothers game Monopoly, set in Atlantic City, was invented (PBS online nd). In 1976, the Casino Gambling Referendum was passed (Kozek nd), and the city quickly became best known for its casinos. Today there are twelve casinos in Atlantic City, many open 24 hours a day, attracting tourists from all over.

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The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, where more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats are actively protected and managed for migratory birds. Forsythe is one of more than 500 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat and represents the most comprehensive wildlife resource management program in the world. Units of the system stretch across the United States from northern Alaska to the Florida Keys, and include small islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific. The character of the Refuges is as diverse as the nation itself.


Other points of interest include the Brigantine Lighthouse and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, where injured animals are treated and released.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Brigantine as its 36th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.

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Lucy the elephant Margate NJ

Margate is a charming island community in Atlantic County, New Jersey. With a bay to one side, a beach to the other, and Atlantic City just 5.3 miles away, Margate offers residents and visitors ample opportunities for world class dining, entertainment and outdoor adventures. The town’s historic charm and uniqueness, combined with its ideal location, quality schools and strong community spirit, make Margate an attractive place to both visit and live.


Margate City has a long and rich history. Originally known as South Atlantic City, in 1869 the State Legislature paved the way for Margate to be chartered as a municipality.


The extension of a railroad line through the City and the building of a restaurant-hotel in 1881 in the shape of an elephant named "Lucy" began to shape the growth of Margate.

Mays Landing  

Bayshore Discovery Project
2800 High St.
Bivalve NJ 08349
(856) 785-2060.
NJ's official tall ship. Sailing trips and museum. Environmental programs.


Bridgeton Southern N.J. All Sports Hall of Fame Museum
Bridgeton Recreation Center Burt Ave. & Babe Ruth Rd.
Bridgeton NJ 08302
(856) 451-7300.
Memorabilia of famous professional teams.


Cohanzick Zoo
Bridgeton City Park
Bridgeton NJ 08302
(856) 455-3230.
Animals and birds from all over the world.


Dutch Neck Village
Mon.-Sat.: 10 am -5 pm
Some shops open Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm
97 Trench Road
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 451-2188
Explore an exciting world of unique and unusual shops.


East Point Lighthouse
Where the Maurice River meets the Delaware Bay, southwest of Heislerville; under restoration by the Maurice River Historical Society:
Maurice River Historical Society
P.O. Box 141
Heislerville, NJ 08324
Originally known as the Maurice River Lighthouse, it was erected in 1849 by the United States Lighthouse.


Historic Bridgeton Walking Tour
50 E. Broad Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 451-9208 (Recreation Commission Office) for brochures on self-guided tours
Take a walk through time in New Jersey's largest historic district and visit over 300 years of American history.


The John DuBois Maritime Museum
Open April through November Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm or by appointment
5 miles off Rt. 49, Country Road 607
Greenwich, NJ 08302
(856) 455-1774


Millville Army Airfield Museum
Building 1A & #149
Millville Municipal Airport
PO Box 1547
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 327-2347
Open weekends 10 am to 4 pm
Dedicated to preserving the history of the first U.S. Army Base built for the defense of our country in 1941.


Swedish Village
Bridgeton City park
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 455-9785
Open mid-May through Labor Day
Sat: 11-5, Sun: 12-5
Open for tours 12 months a year by prior arrangement.


Pat Witt's Barn Studio of Art
814 Whitaker Avenue
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 825-5028
Offers all students a warm haven for their creative outlets.


Wheaton Village
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 825-6800
Daily: Apr.-Dec.: 10 am - 5 PM
Wed.-Sun.: Jan.-Mar.: 10 am - 5 PM
Focuses on the creative spirit with a special emphasis on glass.

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