Staring into the Fresnal lens atop Absecon Lighthouse is like looking into a giant, all-seeing eye—one that's guarded New Jersey for more than 150 years. It was 1857 when a lighthouse keeper first climbed the tower's 228 steps and brought the lens to life, offering safe passage to ships and fish with poor night vision. In 1999, the tower opened to the public, solidifying Absecon Lighthouse's current role as a museum and educational center.
Today, Absecon Lighthouse lets visitors climb its spiral staircase and gaze out from the third tallest lighthouse in the United States. Beyond the view, expansive grounds house a replica of the original keeper's dwelling, as well as several exhibits showcasing photos from the 1800s, info on shipwrecks, and much more. Absecon Lighthouse also hosts fun and offbeat events, from fashion shows to murder mysteries.
With services for both boat owners and renters, Atlantic City Boatyard is for everyone. Fishing parties of up to four can cast lines off the 16' rented skiffs for up to eight hours, and can stock up on bait and tackle at the marine store before heading out on the water. Those who already own boats can gas up at the boatyard or enjoy a bite to eat at the waterfront restaurant.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.
Life in Color starts parties in cities all over the globe with a vibrant mix of electronica, acrobats, pyrotechnics, and, of course, gallons upon gallons of paint. Alongside DJ-in-residence David Solano, the Rebirth spectacular features pulse-pounding performances from a different guest artist on each tour stop. While remixes sizzle and original tracks thump, performers that might include stilt-walkers and contortionists display their powers of balance and knot-tying. And at the evening's peak, an explosion of colorful paint douses the dancing crowd.
Girls Night: The Musical will bring to the stage of the 14th Street Theatre a heartfelt, comedic story of five friends celebrating their history and future together while embarking on an epic night of karaoke. Actresses belt out renditions of such female classics as "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and “Lady Marmalade” amid vibrant set pieces. Theater seating harkens back to intimate cabarets of yore, with up to four seats and a Dean Martin wax figure adorning each table. Groupon holders receive the best non-VIP seats possible (any table other than tables A-G) upon the redemption of their vouchers at the theater's will-call station.
Supplied with more than 30,000 gallons of seawater, Atlantic City Aquarium showcases more than 100 varieties of marine life. A plethora of abyssal exhibits take explorers into underwater lands, allowing them to peer into the natural habitats of endangered diamond-back terrapins and intimidating sharp-toothed piranhas, or have a glance at what a clown fish does when not constructing balloon plankton. A tank of the ocean's oddities offers a glimpse at unusual nautical fauna, such as the deadly stonefish, which exemplify nature's infinite variety and bizarre adaptations. On the aquarium's shores, the tropical rainforest and exotic animal show provide a genuine zoological experience completely free from high-heels and feather boas.