"Weekend on the Jersey Shore" Atlantic City by Lhenne1
Atlantic City Travel Guide: 505 reviews and 1,033 photos
The Boardwalk covers a long span of the shoreline and runs between the shore resorts. The boardwalk was originally built in 1870 so that the hotels could keep sand out of their lobby areas. Today, it’s a walkway full of shops and restaurants.
Across from the Trump Taj Mahal the boardwalk holds a small amusement park. A nice family spot, the park will most likely be demolished before the 2008 summer season in order to make room for more hotel and shopping development – so enjoy it now while you can.
The Casinos are many of the same chains found in Las Vegas and Biloxi. Harrah’s and Bally’s join the local Tropicana and Trump Casinos. Inside, gamblers can play a variety of slots, table games and simulcasts. The casino themes are fun and vary from the Wild West to Cuba to New Orlean’s French Quarter. New casinos like the Borgata are full of young clientele and a funky style.
Throughout the year, music and theatrical performances stop through AC. From Rod Stewart to Gwen Stefani, the shows offer any taste something to go see.
The Food is really something great. Hotels offer the expected casino-style buffets, cafes, delis, coffee shops and five-star restaurants. You can go for the weekend and choose anything from a boardwalk slice of pizza to a $500 meal of caviar and lobster tail.
The Shopping is probably my favorite facet of Atlantic City. The new Outlets near the Convention Center stopped me in my tracks (there was a Coach factory store!). Inside the hotels you’ll find eclectic art galleries, jewelry stores and interesting gift shops. I gave up on gambling (I’m not very lucky) and stuck to the sure bet – a shopping bag full of new stuff *smile*.
Atlantic City is a historical landmark on the East Coast. Because the city is so close to Philadelphia, its popularity as a beach resort grew through the 1890s and into the twentieth century.
Unfortunately, after the Great Depression and World War II, the city had a hard time sustaining itself and fell into disrepair. The neighborhoods became poor and the crime-ridden. In 1974, in an effort to revitalize the dying city, the population voted to allow gambling casinos to be built along the shoreline. This led to the city once again becoming a major vacation destination for many on the East Coast.
Today, commerce in Atlantic City is booming and the shops, restaurants and casinos are busy 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Pros:Sun, surf and a quick way to lose your money.
- Cons:Can get real expensive, real fast.
- In a nutshell:If you don't like AC, you're doing it wrong.
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