Posts Tagged ‘Historic Gardner’s Basin’

A.C.’s Annual ‘Chefs at the Shore’ Furthers Culinary Careers and More

Friday, July 12th, 2013

chefsATLANTIC CITY — Michael Kranich of Galloway Township (pictured above center with, left to right, chefs Wolfgang Geckeler, Guy Dunagan, Peter Guzzo and David Goldstein) was a $1,000 scholarship winner from the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey during the 2013 Chefs at the Shore annual fundraiser. 

The event was held at Historic Gardner’s Basin on June 20, bringing out over 50 chefs and more than 500 guests who contributed to a good cause and got to sample some outstanding culinary creations.

Noted restaurant critic and broadcast personality Ed Hitzel served as master of ceremonies for the event. Culinary students from Atlantic Cape Community College and the Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT) volunteered their time to assist the chefs in setting out and serving food at the event.

Proceeds from the event are used to fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association, as well as educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium in Gardner’s Basin. A graduate of ACIT, Kranich will use his scholarship funds to further his culinary education.

Santa Takes the Plunge; to Appear at Atlantic City Aquarium on Dec. 17 & 18

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Diving SantaATLANTIC CITY — Probably best known for being a frequent flyer and dealing with land-dwelling critters like reindeer, Santa will prove that no domain is out of his realm when he visits the Atlantic City Aquarium on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, and swims with the fishes (sharks, stingrays and other marine life).

Santa will again soak his red suit during the “Live Diver Feeding Show” at the A.C. Aquarium — located in Historic Gardner’s Basin at 800 North New Hampshire Ave. — at 11am both days. Visitors can watch and interact with Ol’ Saint Nick  in scuba gear as he hand feeds the stingrays and sharks inside the aquarium’s 25,000-gallon tank.

Later, starting 2pm, visitors can get up close and personal with the aquarium’s more unusual inhabitants at the “Exotic Animal Show.” The show features the largest species of scorpion in the world, the softest- furred mammal in the world, and others. Aquarium handlers discuss their native habitats, their suitability as pets, their natural defenses, predatory instincts and other interesting facts.

The Atlantic City Aquarium is open daily from 10am-5pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children under age 3 are admitted free. The aquarium offers a fun and educational look into more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals.

For more information call (609) 348-2880 or click here. Coupons for discounted admission are also available on the aquarium’s Web site.

New Jersey’s Tall Ship at Gardner’s Basin

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

This week, tall sails will be seen at Atlantic City’s Gradner’s Basin as the A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s Tall Ship, arrives in port offering nightly cruises starting Monday.

acw-AJ_Meerwald In celebration, Gardner’s Basin officials have also created  a public transportation challenge.

Take the train, Jitney, bus and/or taxi to see the Meerwald and receive an entry to win dining and merchandise gift certificates.

“The challenge came out of some conversations with visitors who had taken the train down from Cherry Hill to visit the Atlantic City Aquarium,” said Executive Director Jack Keith. “Because environmentalism is our mission, we wanted to promote the fact that it’s easy to get to Historic Gardner’s Basin using public transportation. We also wanted to reward the visitors who do so.”

Historic Gardner’s Basin will offer free entry into a prize-winning raffle at the A.J. Meerwald during the week it is docked in Atlantic City.  Entrants must specify the public transportation they used to arrive at the ship. The winning raffle tickets will be pulled at random, following the ship’s departure.

The A.J. Meerwald is a Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner, built in 1928 to meet the needs of New Jersey’s oyster fishing industry, which, at the time, was one of the backbones of the region’s economy and culture. The A. J. Meerwald was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore before the decline of the shipbuilding industry that coincided with the Great Depression. The ship has been authentically restored and serves as a sailing classroom for the Bayshore Discovery Project.

Historic Gardner’s Basin is located at 800 N. New Hampshire Avenue in Atlantic City. N.J.

A.J. Meerwald Schedule

Monday, July 25th

  • Ship met by a welcoming flotilla
  • 5-7 p.m.: Free ‘Open House’ on board the A.J. Meerwald


Tuesday, July 26th through Thursday, July 28th

  • 6-8:30 p.m.: Evening public sail, $45 adult, $40 senior, $22 child

Friday, July 29th

  • 1:30-4 p.m.: Afternoon public sail, $30 adult, $25 senior, $15 child
  • 6-8:30 p.m.: Evening public sail, $45 adult, $40 senior, $22 child

Saturday, July 30th

  • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Family special sail, $40 adult, $35 senior, $20 child
  • 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: Marine critters sail with Atlantic City Aquarium Educator, $30 adult, $25 senior, $15 child
  • 6-8:30 p.m.: Evening public sail, $45 adult, $40 senior, $22 child

Sunday, July 31st

  • 1:30-4 p.m.: Pirate sail with costumed re-enactors, $30 adult, $25 senior, $15 child
  • 6-8:30 p.m.: Evening public sail, $45 adult, $40 senior, $22 child

Children are aged 12 and under.  Children aged three and under are free of charge. For more information, contact: Lisa Schall, (609) 348-2880, ext. 17.

Don’t be a Landlubber, Take a Cruise!

Friday, June 17th, 2011
The Cruisin'1 party boat out of Gardner's Basin

The Cruisin'1 party boat out of Gardner's Basin

ATLANTIC CITY — As mentioned in No. 27 of this week’s Atlantic City Weekly Summer Guide issue, a fun way to liven up your summer is to take a tour of the A.C. area by water.

If you don’t have your own boat, or you can’t con a friend into taking you on theirs, an easy and affordable way to see the sights via the high seas is by getting on Atlantic City Cruises “Cruisin’1” party boat out of Gardner’s Basin.

There are several daily packages available from 11am (the “morning skyline” cruise) through 8pm (the “DJ dance cruise”), and the earlier ones are all family friendly, including a two-hour dolphin-watching cruise at 1pm that runs through Sept. 18.

Enjoyin' the Happy hour cruise.

Enjoyin' the Happy hour cruise.

The dolphin cruise is $34 for adults, and all packages offer discounts for seniors, students and members of the military. Children under age 5 can ride free. A typical single-hour cruises would cost $17 for adults, and there is also a nightly Happy hour cruise at 6pm and the two-hour DJ dance cruise starting 8pm (must be at least age 21 for that one).

Go here for more details or to reserve a spot onboard.