Atlantic City Aquarium
Three of the best are the Smile Factory, 1307 W. Brigantine Ave., Brigantine, (609) 266-3866; JiLLy’s, 1168 Boardwalk, Ocean City, (609) 399-2814; and Mariner’s Arcade, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, (609) 522-5563.
Meet fish, stingrays and other sea creatures that call the Mid-Atlantic region home.
$8. 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City, (609) 348-2880.
Cape May Lighthouse
Built in 1859, this is the third lighthouse incarnation to occupy the site. Climb the 217 steps for spectacular views of the ocean, bay and surrounding countryside.
$8. Cape May Point State Park, 215 Lighthouse Ave., Cape May, (609) 884-5404.
A guided tour of its 15 restored rooms offers a taste of life in the Victorian era. Adults $12, kids $8. 1048 Washington St., Cape May, (609) 884-5404.
Explore more than 25 restored buildings dating from 1789 to 1840. Period-clothed interpreters demonstrate what daily life and work were like for residents back then.
$12. 720 Route 9 S., Cape May, (609) 898-2300.
Bring the gang to paint their own pottery or learn the art of glass fusion or mosaic.
$15 and up. 261 96th St., Stone Harbor, (609) 368-6500.
Exhibits include themed rooms and thousands of artifacts, ranging from Native American to modern. Kid-friendly tours are available.
$8. 504 Route 9 N., Cape May Court House, (609) 465-3535.
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
Check out over 24 planes and helicopters, flight-simulator games, and an air-traffic control tower.
Adults $12, kids $10. 500 Forrestal Road, Cape May Airport, (609) 886-8787.
This eclectic collection of artist shops and galleries includes the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, AC Oriental Gallery, Atlantic City Art Gallery and the Atlantic City Artists Collective.
Free. 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, (609) 626-3805.
Kids and adults alike can create their own bracelets, necklaces or anklets. $5 stringing fee, plus price of selected beads.
944 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, (609) 399-4400.
Browse its dozens of independent boutiques, shops and galleries.
2015 Washington St., Cape May.