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Gardner's Basin


At the north end of Absecon Island, where Clam Creek meets Absecon Inlet, lies one of Atlantic City's little known treasures: Historic Gardner's Basin.

Gardner's Basin is home to some serious commercial fishing boats. However, a large part of the basin has been restored to provide attractions that would appeal to visitors who want a break from the casinos. These include sightseeing and fishing cruises, boat charter and dive services, watersport equipment rental, and restaurants that specialize in fresh seafood and ale house brews.

Crafters Village is there, with numerous quaint and interesting shops and an artist colony. The Atlantic City Aquarium is also located at Gardner's Basin.



Gardner's Basin Descriptions and Photos


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Entrance to Gardner's Basin


Gardner's Basin, Atlantic City NJ

Entrance to Gardner's Basin, Atlantic City


Gardner's Basin Sign


Gardner's Basin Sign

This sign lists the many neat things to do and see at Gardner's Basin. Some examples are shown below.


Gardner's Basin Marina


Gardners Basin Boats

Boats docked at Gardner's Basin. You could dock your boat here.


Atlantic City Boat Cruises


Atlantic City Boat Cruises

Atlantic City Cruises offers the following boat cruises on the "Crusin 1":
Morning Skyline cruise starting at 11:00 AM, Monday - Friday
Dolphin Watching cruise, daily starting at 1:00 PM
Afternoon Delight cruise, daily starting at 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday
Happy Hour cruise starting at 6:00 PM, Monday - Friday

These cruises all operate out of Gardner's Basin.
Give Captain Jeff George a call at: 609-347-7600 .

After your cruise you can grab a cool drink, and a delicious meal, at the Flying Cloud Cafe' or Back Bay Ale House (see photos below).


Back Bay and Inlet Fishing


High Roller Fishing

"High Roller Fishing" offers two 4-hour back bay fishing trips each day.
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Phone: 609-348-3474

After your fishing trip you can grab a cool drink, and maybe a delicious meal, at the Flying Cloud Cafe' or Back Bay Ale House (see photos below).

To find out more about Highroller Fishing follow this link:
Highroller Fishing


Atlantus Deep Sea Fishing


Atlantus Deep Sea Fishing

You can book a deep sea fishing excursion on the "Atlantus" by calling them at 609-408-3564.


Web Feet Watersports Equipment Rental

Web Feet Watersports

Web Feet Watersports rents all sorts of gear for the water and beach, including kayaks, surfboards and wet suits. It also rents fishing gear and bicycles.

Phone:609-572-1004
Website: Web Feet Watersports


Back Bay Ale House


Back Bay Ale House

The Back Bay Ale House features great cocktails, a variety of ales and tasty food, along with an outstanding second story view.

Phone: 609-449-0006


Scales Grill & Deck Bar - previously Flying Cloud Cafe

Flying Cloud Restaurant

The Flying cloud Cafe was recently purchased by the owners of the Back Bay Ale House. They renamed it the Scales Grill & Bar. Scales has a new menu featuring casually priced seafood and cold beer and ale. It still has outdoor seating on a deck overlooking the inlet.

Phone:609-345-8222

Gilchrist Restaurant


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A new restaurant named "Gilchrist Restaurant" has recently opened in Gardiner's Basin. It has received high praise for its oustanding breakfasts.

Phone: 609-345-8278


Atlantic City Aquarium


Atlantic City Aquarium

The Atlantic City Aquarium, located at Gardner's Basin, has eighteen tanks and more than 50,000 gallons of water that feature a variety of sea creatures native to the waters of New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic region.


Crafters Village


Crafters Village Sign



Crafters Village is also located at Gardner's Basin. This sign lists the many shops. Some examples are shown below.

Enchanted Cottage


Enchanted Cottage


J & S Custom Crafters


J & S  Custom Crafters


Galleria dei Leopardi


Galleria dei Leopardi


Tossed and Found


Tossed and Found



Some views as seen from Gardner's Basin are shown below.

Pleasure Boat Underway


Pleasure Boat at Gardner's Basin


Drive Your Boat Right Into the House

Houses at Gardner's Basin

During prohibition, in the days of Nucky Johnson, smuggled liquor was unloaded into homes and buildings along Gardner's Basin.


Golden Nugget and the Atlantic City Coast Guard Station

Trumpm Marina Casino and the Atlantic City Coast Guard Station


Harrah's


Harrah's


The Borgata and The Water Tower


The Borgata

The Farley Marina is seen in the foreground.


Farley State Marina


Farley State Marina

The Farley State Marina just across the Bay.

To find out about the Farley State Marina follow this link: Farley State Marina


Gardner's Basin Map


Gardner's Basin map

Map by Google

To get to Gardner's Basin go north on either Atlantic or Pacific Avenues, then west on New Hampshire Avenue.


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