Details for Historic Gardner's Basin

Historic Gardner's Basin

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Average rating 3.4 stars from 43 reviews

Address 800 North New Hampshire Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401-2900

Phone609-348-2880 x15

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

09. However, it is best to call on the phone.

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Atlantic City




Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Stay close to the seawall on the way into the basin. This is the first marina on your port side.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 3
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: There was reported to be only 3 feer at MLLW at the center T-head dock on 06-2-2014. Basin is being silted in by passing large clam fleet boats.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 10
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2013-10-01)

Other price info: Caters to lunch and dinner crowd. Can get very busy. Transient slips are generally the T-heads. One is sometimes available past the restaurant in the comercial docks for bigger boats.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Not available

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 50 amp at commercial dock. T-heads can use 30 amp, but it is long way from the dock.

Pricing info: $5 for 30 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water located on the docks, but is not considered potable at this time (01 October 2013).

Dinghy access

Yes - At the T head/dock along the restaurant. Watch the pilings at the end.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: As long as dogs are on a leash and owners clean up, everything is fine. Lots of the long-term slip holders have pets and the management claims that they are very welcome.

Disability access

Yes - Floating Docks with Ramps.

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Ice machine at the tour boat ticket stand on the parking lot.

Ice is available at Gilchrist Restaurant 6 am - 2 pm.






Yes - They are reported to not be in very good condition. They are locked early roughly 7:00 pm, 6:00 pm during the off season.





Yes - Back Bay Ale House, Scales Grill & Deck Bar, Gilchrist Restaurant, and AC Sweets N' Treats.

Cocktails/lunch/dinner at Back Bay Ale House 11 am - 10 pm serving Basin Mason cocktails in mason jars. Gilchrist serves breakfast/lunch from 6 am to 2pm and sells ice for $3 bag. AC Sweets is open 12-9 daily, 8 am-10 pm Sat/Sun specializing in waffles, homebaked goods & ice cream offering discounts to sailors from ActiveCaptain with free coffee and free WiFi.

3 blocks away Kelsey & Kim's Restaurant serves Southern food and next door is Cedar Market. ATM located in both establishments.


Yes - Back Bay Ale House and Scales Grill & Deck Bar.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability


Yes - Taxi and Small Jitney Bus.

AC Jitney transportation at King Nepture Statue on New Hampshire Avenue for $2.25 will take you along the boardwalk area as well as Renaissance Point by Harrarh's, Borgat, and Golden Nugget. Ask the driver which direction they are going so you don't go in the wrong direction. Seasonally it comes to Gardner's Basin (July, August) then you can pick it up at the corner of New Hampshire and Melrose at Kelsey & Kim's Restaurant for the same trip from September through June. 2016

Other services

ATM located on the porch of Jersey Devil Surf Shop.

Basin Sailors Forum held at AC Sweets N' Treats 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm, May - October. 2016


Transient slip price gave us free access to the small aquarium. Small shops, 'street food vendor', 3 different restaurants and ice cream shop within 100 yds.

Reviews for Historic Gardner's Basin
A gem for AC, 2017-08-14
Captain: , Coltons Point (110)

$1.50/ft. Free for 4 hours while you visit AC. Very friendly and efficient dock hands. Gated access makes it more secure, although it seems like everyone knows the code. The aquarium is very small, but the two coral fish tanks are beautiful. And touching the cat sharks was cool. I will sure return.

great Atlantic City tie up option, 2017-06-16
Captain: , Marthasville (563)

Like others have said, you'll never get anyone on the phone or to call back (in their defense we heard Dan/Dockmaster was out when we came thru) so plan to dock yourself.

Also there are no power pedestals on the three T heads for transient tie ups. Since the marina only seems to be 1/3 full and not heavily booked we just ran our cords to the second slip since it was empty (the first pedestal we tried was dead so make sure you have enough power cable if you want to connect).

Other than that the nearby Back Bay Ales had great apps and a good menu. Gilchrists, next door is reported to be good for bfast/lunch and the food truck concession was just getting ready to open.

Easy bike ride to the boardwalk. Convenience store a 4-5 blocks away.

Great dinghy/transient access, 2016-09-22
Captain: , Elizabeth City, NC (110)

We anchored in Brigantine but took the dink over. Free for four hours and cheap for longer. We walked over to AC Sweets n' Treats (next to Gilchrist) and had a good chat with one of the owners (Paul) who is full of local and mechanical knowledge as he is a cruiser as well! Good coffee, cold AC, and waffles helped crew morale too!

Great Value., 2016-06-24
Captain: , Charleston, SC (210)

Marina has floating docks, 30 amp power and water. for only !.50/foot,. Although there is a dockmaster, he does not greet and handle lines. If you call for a reservation you will receive a return call and confirrmation. However, it is mostly self serve. Pick your own slip and secure your own vessel. As this is an aquarium with docks. it is not a full service marina. The dockmaster was very diligent is solving an electrical problem. No internet or cable. If you desire a full service marina, there are others to choose from, but you must pay twice the price. Also, the casino marinas have outdoor bands playing half the night. The choice is yours, but if you looking for a secure place to stop over while traveling you cannot beat the value or the quality.

Would like to have stayed there but they never returned the call!, 2016-06-02
Captain: , Colchester VT (380)

I have stayed at Garner's Basin before and they were great and that is why I wanted to stay there again. However, this time, we could never get connected to the dockmaster. We left two (or three) messages leaving all our info and did get a call once but we were in the midst of sail changes. I called back 20 minutes later and again was sent to voice mail. We must have left another 4 messages and never got a call back. Unfortunate. Otherwise I am sure it would have been 4*s.

Enjoyable stay at a great price, 2016-05-25
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

It was a challenge to call the dockmaster because you have to go through the aquariums phone messaging, but I left a message and he called back when they opened. The staff was very friendly and helpful, helped us in and took our trash for us. There is 30 amp power (didn't notice if there was 50 amp) and water. The floating docks are in good shape. The aquarium is free with overnight dockage, it's small but worth a look. Very popular Bar and Grill next door as well as Gichrist's for breakfasr and lunch. We have bikes and could ride to the boardwalk but not much close by other than convenient stores. We stayed on the T head and saw 4.5 feet of water at very close to low tide. The grounds of the aqarium are very nice. There are restrooms in the museum and some public restrooms behind the aquarium but I don't know if they are open when the aquarium is closed. For the price it is a bargain.

Shallow, but more inexpensive alternative to casinos, 2015-10-14
Captain: , Long Island, NY (204)

Good for a one night stay on your way north or south. Good alternative to pricey casino marinas. We stayed there two nights due to weather issue, on the transient dock. No water or electric. Some T docks available, but all taken at time of our visit 10/11/15.

Fair price for a night's stay on a dock., 2015-10-14
Captain: , South Freeport (750)

We contacted the Atlantic City Aquarium staff who manage the docks here. $1.50 a foot for a dock and $5 a night for electric. Currently no water, but they promise this is a temporary issue. Gated access, so some level of security. Staff met us and helped tie us off. Free access to the Aquarium included. Access to bathrooms until 1630h (4:30p.m. or later if staff is still there). Easy walking distance to several restaurants, half block to pub like restaurant. We chose four blocks to Kelsey and Kim's Southern Cafe where we had supper. Not exactly cheap but pretty good Southern Food. An expanded convenience store next door.

Pretty good shelter, 2015-04-19
Captain: , Amherst (360)

I stopped here for one night at the long face dock and met one of the local boaters who told me that the dockmaster, Roy, had just quit and that they are looking to hire a replacement.

awesome reception to use free dinghy dock, 2014-09-30
Captain: , West Gardiner, ME (735)

Harbor master greeted us as we arrived at the dinghy dock and was very friendly and helpful. Gave us the combo to get back through the gate. Said limit was 4 hours, but since we are off season, longer should not be a problem.

All of the Previous Comments Plus Great Jitney Access!, 2014-08-10
Captain: , New Jersey (72)

Dock master Roy is very gregarious, helpful and knowledgable. Two very good restaurants and two good food trucks and bar are always hopping. Crafters cottages on premises. Nice aquarium free with slip rental ($1.50/ft.). Jitney at entrance will take you all over town for $2.25 or by a sheet of ten senior tickets for $7.50.

Rating as a dinghy landing, 2014-08-07
Captain: , United States (3192)

We anchored near the USCG station -- we draw too much for this marina. This municipal marina allows you to use the dock to shop or dine at the various businesses in the area. Marina gates are locked, but most businesses will give you the code once you patronize them We ate at both the Back Bay Ale House and Gilchrists during our stay; both were excellent.

Bargain in Atlantic City if you have a shallow draft, 2014-06-03
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

We have staqyed here 4 times over the years and counted it as a bargain marina in the high priced Atlantic City. Sad to report that it is steadily being silted in from the prop wash of the large clam fleet boats that use the channel adjacine to it. I was on the outside center tee head and had only 3' true water depth at MLLW using a boat pole to sound the bottom which is very soft silt.. This is a non profit marina so doesn't look like it will be dredged anytime soon.

Greatest people I have met anywhere!, 2013-10-23
Captain: , Vancouver (510)

When I arrived the dockmaster (Ray) was getting something to eat and Paul (local member/resident) took my lines and helped me dock. I was told that I could stay for a while as long as I was eating at one of the great places to eat within steps of getting off the boat. I bought Paul a beer at the great bar nearby and he invited me to dinner to meet his wife and granddaughter. I left next day and was very happy to have met Ray and Paul. Atlantic City gets a 5-star from me!

Solid 3 starts, 2013-10-01
Captain: , Marathon, FL (120)

We came off season on the way to the Keys. Roy the dockmaster made us feel at home, helped us move boat for power and tied us up. Great food just a block or so away. Easy access from the inlet. If they had a shower and 24 hour head, I would have given them 4 stars.

No reservations, 2013-09-08
Captain: , Bohemia Bay Yacht Harbor (66)

Dockmaster was off the days I called for a slip. When a person finally answered the phone I was told no reservations, first come, first served. Worked out OK but basically if you see an open slip on a face dock - grab it.

Nice area with food and an aquarium, 2013-07-23
Captain: , Atlantic City, NJ (320)

Area is a historic area with several restaurants, an aquarium and monuments.

Great bargain in Atlantic City, 2013-07-21
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

I concur with the other reviews. Not a "resort marina" but the price is right compared with the other marinas in the area. We are not gamblers, so we didn't need to be right next to a casino. Floating docks and well protected. Since we are 48ft, we were down near the commercial boats which was somewhat loud at times, but didn't bother us. Several places to eat nearby and about a mile bike ride to the boardwalk. Roy the dockmaster is great and very helpful. We will stay here again.

Another Hidden Gem, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Jersey City, NJ (190)

OK, this ain't a 'resort' marina. But it is half the price of the big state marina, the dockmaster, Roy, is terrific, the small aquarium (admission included with your slip fee) is wonderfully done, and the jitney will take you to the boardwalk for $2.25 a head. It is the place to be unless you've got your heart set on rolling off your boat into a casino.

Best place to stay in A.C., 2013-06-12
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4187)

I lived in the Atlantic City area for >55 years and IMO, this is the best place to stay for transient boats. Not saying how great it is, but the price is at least reasonable, they have floating docks, Roy the dockmaster is polite, courteous and helpful, and there are several restaurants right on site. Gilchrist's breakfast/lunch is not to be missed (see their red mark on Active Captain next to this one) and is a 3rd generation family run business. IMO, its worth it to come to Gardners Basin just to eat at Gilchrist's. Then there is Back Bay Ale House if you like to hang out in the evening. For those who really want to experience the BEST of Atlantic City, take a cab to Angelo's Fairmount Tavern, another 3rd generation family run business.

Aquarium Admission with your Berth, 2013-05-13
Captain: , Coles Point, VA (788)

The docks and power at Gardner's Basin were in excellent shape mostly, even after Hurricane Sandy. I found only one dodgy cleat/mounting, so chose the one next to it instead. My boat was a bit too big to fit in the slips, so stayed on the floating transient dock adjacent to the dock system and plugged into a pedestal from a nearby empty slip. slips appear to be ideal for boats of 12-feet or less beam and lenghts under about 32 feet overall. One nice feature is that your stay included admission to the Atlantic City Aquarium which is part of the Basin.

Dockmaster Roy was really helpful. He was very conscientious and friendly. I was single-handing my boat, and he was most gracious about helping me un-tie.

This is a good spot for a night or two as long as you are not counting on showers, as it is not a full service marina. Restrooms are available in the Aquarium, at no charge.

best value, 2013-05-09
Captain: , staten island,ny (140)

City-foundation owned marina. Roy the dockmaster is super. Yes the jitney will take you to town or you can dinghy to the Golden Nugget. We stayed 3 days for weather and had a wonderful time. The neighborhood could be better but don't let that bother you. Use the Jitney or Dinghy and its an enjoyable stay with two cool restaurants and an interesting commercial fishery next door . Like big clams?

Docking No Reservations 1st come first served Good Restaurants, 2012-09-14
Captain: , Point Pleasant NJ (170)

The Dockmaster, Roy, is off Wed/Thur. He doesn't take reservations. If arriving Wed/Thur tie up where space is available and pay at the Aquarium. Other days call Roy at the Aquarium number ext 12. Once you get past the fact that there are no shower facilities ashore, the Gardiners Basin Marina has a lot to offer. The lowest marina price in Atlantic City. three good or better restaurants and an ok aquarium on site plus "Jitney" bus access to all of the AC boardwalk are there. The new Harbormaster, Roy, is very personable and is doing things to make your stay more pleasant.

Enjoyed our Stay-Staff were great, 2012-09-10
Captain: , Boulder City, NV (259)

After spending 2 nights across the bay at the Golden Nugget, we decided to move here at half the cost ($1.50/foot plus $5 for electric). Admission to the aquarium is included with your dock fees. We had no problem reaching the dockmaster (Roy) by phone (use the auquarium number and ext 12). Hiis workday starts at 10am and ends at 6pm. He was very helpful getting us tied up and gave me the grand tour.

We tied up on the 'T' and had both water and power (2-30amps) available. The aquarium (and heads) lock up at 6pm, but you are given a code to get through the gates to the dock. The heads are clean and neat but there are no showers or laundry available.

Access to town and the boardwalk is easy with the Jitney Shuttle stop just outside the aquarium. Cost is $2.25 each way.

Not bad, with exceptions!, 2012-08-23
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (184)

Like many other reviewers, we too had tried to for years to reach someone on the phone to get in here. And like many other reviewers, this time we just drove in and tied up! There was a nice guy there - a permanent sailboat resident - to help us. He explained that this is a typical A.C. enterprise..."build a nice facility and then watch it deteriorate". They are obviously not in the business of serving or making money. The dockmaster is off during the middle of the week (can't remember if it's Tues/Weds or Weds/Thurs. There are 3-4 T-head docks of varying but decent lengths (we are 52' and fit very nicely on one of them), but shallow water (we draw 4 and it was fine for us). No power there. So if you have your own power plant and heads, it's great! Good restaurants right there. Nice area for walking dogs.

AOK with me, 2012-06-20
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

Nice clean marina with facing docks for transients. May not be the best bet if you are spending a week here, but for only $1.50 per foot for a single night or two it can't be beat. Bathrooms are available at a public restroom until 6pm. Otherwise ok to use the bathrooms at Scales Restaurant. No laundry. Convenient to shuttle buses at downtown. 30 amp power only. We liked it.

New dockmaster in 2012. Your best $ bet in Atlantic City New Jerky!, 2012-06-15
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

In o9 $1.50 A FOOT PLUS $5 ELECTRIC,BUT NO LAUNDRY, DOES HAVE A JITNEY TO CASINOS,,ANDTRUMP PAID FOR OUR VISIT(WE WON, but just enough to pay the stay.) Take the jitney to casino's for $2.50 a person
Dockmaster actually answers phone and comes out to help ya!
Ice machine on parking lot tour boat ticket stand
BUT can be rolly in a wind.

Don't bother., 2012-06-12
Captain: , Marietta, GA (260)

We tried calling for two days straight to reserve a slip and could never get an answer. We finally decided to just show up and dock and then search out the dockmaster. Even then, he was nowhere to be found. Another boater said he had been sighted "the other day." While looking, we also noticed no 50amp hookup and slips were too narrow for our 14 1/2 beam. We tied up on the T, but there was no power. To date, a week later, still no return call from the voicemail we left. Not sure how this place stays in business.

Good stopover, 2012-06-08
Captain: , Port Lavaca, TX (451)

Relatively inexpensive. Could not contact the dockmaster by phone or radio, so just came in and tied up. Never saw a dockmaster. Sign said to pay in the Aquarium. The marina had locked gates, but no showers or pump out. Be prepared to be awakened during the night several times by large work boats. Other than that, several restaurants in the area and close access to the bus.

You get into the aquarium for free., 2012-05-16
Captain: , Putney, VT (40)

Great! No toilets at night. You get into the aquarium for free. Great price. Helpful dockmaster.

Labor Day 2011, 2011-09-07
Captain: , City Island New York (600)

At $1.50/ft this is a nice snug marina to stop at. They are hard to reach, but keep trying. Trish welcomed us in and helped us dock and get oriented. There are no facilities to speak of. Scales restaurant next door is good, as is a pub across from it. The Aquarium takes 10 minutes to visit and is OK, $2.25 Jitney takes you into the city center.

Inconceivable, 2011-07-06
Captain: , Richmond VA (281)

We stayed for one week and it was a very nice place to be. You do get waked a few times a day by the passing commercial fishing vessels. The aquarium was fun but not the best we have ever visited. By far the best valued marina in Atlantic City. There is no ship store or any grocery center nearby. However you are at a local stop for the Jitney system that will take you up and down the boardwalk for 1.25 (worth it)

Historic Gardner's Basin, 2011-07-04
Captain: , Hampton, VA (389)

The 1.50 per foot swayed us to stop in Atlantic City and take a look around. You can use the Aquarium bathrooms while they are open. Entrance into the Aquarium is free with dockage fee. There are small wakes due to the clam boats coming in and out of the inlet.

Gartners Basin Marina, 2011-07-03
Captain: , Beach haven NJ (510)

Price is good at $1.50 per ft but public bathrooms are dirty and have no showers. Security is also an issue due to a history of breakins of unattended boats in the marina. Restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinners are close by and are very good. Access to the Aquarium is included in the slip fee which does have clean bathrooms but close at 6pm.

Good Spot for Stop Over, 2011-05-02
Captain: , Atlantic Coast (341)

Yes, very difficult to get ahold of - but dockmaster was hanging out down at the docks. Said to call on 9 but didn't respond - said he thought he heard someone calling (I tried 4 times!). Phone call ahead and you will get a response. Great $ deal and secure. Docks are in good shape but only 30 amp service.

Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City, 2010-09-26
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

This is the best deal in AC. Farley's at $4.00 per foot is ridiculous. OK, if you have it, spend it. The restrooms are public so, don't go there. They do have water and electricity. Two nice restaurants next door. It is gated with a combo lock so, security is OK.

Wouln't answer phone or VHF, 2009-09-23
Captain: , Buffalo (1154)

Didn't stay here because we couldn't make contact with anyone

Best value stop in Atlantic City, 2009-07-18
Captain: , san diego (30)

Great price at $1.50 a foot and $5 for electricity. Helpful dock master.
Bathrooms are public and dirt but docks are secure. Casual food close-by, plus good ice cream. Will come again.

Best price in the city, 2009-06-08
Captain: , fairland (2653)

If you need to tie up, this is a good place. Weekends are very, very busy as it caters to the lunch crowd. If you don't need to tie up, anchor in Brigantine, its an easy dingy ride over. At the end of the basin there is a very nice park thanks to the casinos and past it there is a sports park with tennis, basket and base ball and a track.

Avoids Atlantic City, 2009-06-05
Captain: , Great Island, Maine (323)

An excellent price for the harbor, with fair floating docks, nearby craft shops, aquarium, and restaurant. The bathroom facilities leave a lot to be desired. It was pleasant to be able to stay in Atlantic City without being subjected to Atlantic City.

Gardners Basin, 2009-06-04
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

$1.50/ft +$5 elec. Limited slips for larger boats. Affiliated with the aquarium (you get in free as part of your slip fee).

Easy entrance thru the inlet. Jitney (bus system) picks up right outside the gates ($2.25/person) and can take you to all casinos. They are frequent and fast (excessively fast)

Good basic marina, 2007-06-26
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (551)

At $1.50/ ft + $5 for electricity it is a bargain in A.C. I'm not sure what you get at Farley that makes it worth twice the money!

Gardbers Basin, 2007-03-18
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3103)

We dropped someone off here to catch a bus. Local shuttle stops at corner. There may be transient dockage available. Floating docks.

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