There’s no better feeling than preparing for a beach vacation – well, maybe just the smell of coffee in the morning (you tell me!). Whether you have planned a bachelor or bachelorette weekend, a family vacation, or just a simple beach getaway, our happy place aka the shore has a lot to offer!
Well, since we’re all on social media (kids included!), aside from researching the best places to eat, drink or go out, we always check the most instagrammable places for photoshoots nearby, right? No need for you to Google further, because we’ve done the hard work for you, and all you have to do is prepare your perfect beachy outfits and your big smiles because the list of Instagram-worthy spots near Atlantic City is just a scroll away! Not a bit of fear of missing out is needed here.
Best Time for a Photoshoot in Atlantic City
Lights, camera, action! Talking about lights, that is a key factor to take the perfect photo and get the most likes! You will get the best results using either morning or evening light (and you’ll have the chance to use the sunrise or sunset as a background too!). Skipping the active part of the day also means avoiding the crowd, and that’s not only safer nowadays but guarantees fewer people (and a lesser chance for photobombs) in the background.
And just as a reminder and a bit of a geography lesson; Atlantic City being an east coast destination, the sun rises over the ocean rather than sets on it.
Places Near Atlantic City for your “Just Married” or Engagement Photoshoot
The Jersey Shore is not only the East Coast’s favorite playground, it is also well-known as the home of breathtaking sceneries that are just perfect for your “just married” photos. Here are some of the top places for wedding and engagement photos in and around Atlantic City.
A location popular among the locals, Historic Smithville Village is a hidden treasure. Just a 15-minute drive from Atlantic City, Smithville offers a trip back in time, and lovely scenery – a lake with ducks, roosters wandering, surrounded by charming shops that sell artisan products and crafts. You will instantly fall in love with this place!
Something old, something new, as they say, and AC is a land of paradoxes. Contrasting the rustic charm of Smithville is the contemporary glam and award-winning design of Ocean casino. Ocean Casino Resort, the newest hotel gaming property in Atlantic City, and its park and terraces will get you the perfect atmosphere for getting likes and follows on your Instagram, hashtag #herefortheview. Open to the public but big enough to find some privacy for your photos, all new and fancy, this might be the prime location for your engagement or wedding photoshoot.
A photo with The Wheel at the Steel Pier is a vacay must-do. But it is also a top spot for engagement and wedding photos. What could be more romantic than images with the almighty Atlantic ocean, the casino lights, and the boardwalk from 227 feet high? Even better, plan your shoot at sunset and capture the sky ablaze in color. If you’re planning a professional photo shoot, please check with the pier’s management.
Absecon Lighthouse may just be the perfect spot for your wedding or engagement photo. New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse is also one of the most photogenic ones. “Abby” as the light is known, offers stunning background for newlywed photos. And what could be more romantic than him on bended knee atop this historic light? (Open every day except Tuesday, 11 AM to 4 PM.)
Riding the rolling chairs on the Boardwalk is one of Atlantic City visitors’ favorite past-times. This unique means of transportation introduced more than 100 years ago makes a charming addition to the Boardwalk experience. They also create romantic “Just Married” or Anniversary photos.
Atlantic City’s Heartwalk located at New York Avenue and the Boardwalk is a fantastic spot for lovers to create fun and romantic images. The Heartwalk began its life as a mobile art installation constructed of wood from the section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
Atlantic City’s Top Spots for Kids and Family Photoshoots
Atlantic City offers a wide variety of fun things to do and places to go! Of course, Steel Pier is tops, as an amusement park created in 1898, and one of the landmarks of our beautiful city! Amusement parks always make great backdrops for kids’ pictures and also provide plenty of props such as ice cream cones, cotton candy, and giant lollypops.
Head to Brigantine and swing by the Jetty beach at sunset – the view towards the bridge, Harrah’s, and Borgata is just magnificent! You won’t find a better beach location for family and kids photos.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is another main Boardwalk spot that represents not only a fun background for photos creating optical illusions but there are museum exhibitions inside too if you’re curious to take a sneak peek. The whole museum experience takes approximately two hours, and it’s suitable for kids 7 years and older.
Imagine capturing the glee on your child’s face as he or she meets an Alpaca or Emu for the first time. There are two places near Atlantic City where that image can become a reality; Reeds Organic Farm and The Funny Farm Animal Rescue.
Reeds Farm, located in Egg Harbor Township is less than 20mins drive from Atlantic City. The new owners certified the farm as organic and added an animal sanctuary. A mini donkey named Violet, mini horses, ducks, guinea fowls, and an alpaca will make your kids smile while you shop around, or enjoy their new murals. Farmer’s market hours in May are 11 am – 2 pm.
Similar to Reeds Farm is the Funny Farm Animal Rescue in Mays Landing. This 15-acre farm is home to over 600 rescued animals including, chickens, horses, cows, dogs, cats, ducks, donkeys, goats, and more. Most came to the farm unwanted, sick, elderly, or abused. Today Laurie Zaleski and a number of volunteers care for these great animals. Visiting hours are Sunday and Tuesday 8 AM to 4 PM.
Since kids love animals and so do we, Lucy the Elephant, located in Margate makes the list of Instagramable spots for kids’ photos. She’s open for visitors, and she’s a bit of a local celebrity having been featured in TV shows and a movie! After your fun visit and photoshoot, check Margate’s restaurants, you won’t be disappointed.
Places Around Atlantic City for Fun and Creative Photoshoots
Stop by the Pier Shops and you will instantly be attracted by the colorful inviting background of It’s Sugar. This store is a must-visit – not only for photos but for sweet treats and the funniest cards and souvenirs in the area. Laughter and good times are guaranteed.
Head a little further down the boardwalk to Kennedy Plaza, where you will find a statue of Miss America waiting to crown you the next Miss A. Stepping beneath her crown and snapping a photo is fun for girls of all ages.
Game time! Monopoly is a classic way to spend time and have fun with kids of all ages! Murals always offer fun and colorful backgrounds for photos, and now we can combine both of them with the Monopoly mural! It’s located near Texas avenue (there’s no way you could miss it!) and with its impressive 20 by 30 feet dimensions will make your kids go “Wow”.
Another fun mural for photos is the “Still I Rise” mural by Loryn L. Simonsen. This colorful butterfly image located at Ventnor and Lacledes Aves provides a whimsical backdrop for your #instapic.
There are a number of beautiful parks throughout Atlantic City that offer unexpected scenery for interesting images.
O’Donnell Park welcomes visitors entering Atlantic City on Albany Avenue and is home to the World War I Memorial Monument. The monument’s Grecian columns make an awesome backdrop for moody black-and-white images.
The Civil Rights Garden located on South Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard is not only a place for quiet reflection but offers stunning gardens and sculptures ideal for photos.
With so many photogenic spots around Atlantic City, you will have trouble deciding on just one location for capturing your memories. Make sure you leave time for the moments that make an Atlantic City vacation a year-after-year event. You can get some of those other locations next time.
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