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.

Plans are being made to expand, and transform Gardner's Basin into a major attraction, to widen Atlantic City's appeal to more than casinos. See: Gardner's Basin Concept Plan.

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.

Website: Web Feet Watersports

Jersey Devil Surf

Jersey Devil Surf

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.

Scales was badly damaged by the Sandy Superstorm and has not been rebuilt.

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.

Donna Elias Bayside Gallery

Donna Elias Bayside Gallery

Jewelry Beads & Things

Jewelry Beads & Things

The Little Dollhouse By the Sea

Little Dollhouse By the Sea

Kimmies' Knick Knack Shack

Kimmies' Knick Knack Shack

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



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.

Gardner's Basin Concept Plan

Gardner's Basin Concept Plan

View Toward Retail Village

Gardner's Basin Concept Plan

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