7 Things To Do in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

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Words and Images by Jo Ann Lawery–

     Long before Las Vegas ,  Nevada  became the place for gambling and entertainment ,  Atlantic  City  was the place to  be seen and gamble. Atlantic  City  had performers  like Frank Sinatra  who performed as well as being the home for the famous beauty pageant, the Miss America Pageant, which takes place every September . In late July of 2018, I  took a trip there . I hadn’t  been there in four years. Atlantic City ,  or “AC” as most of us here on the east coast  of the United  States  call it, is 2-3 hours away from Philadelphia  and New York  City ,  so there’s  no need to take a plane five hours to Las Vegas . You just need to get a bus which  stops either at the Atlantic City  Transportation  Center or one of the casino hotels, some of which have branches in Las Vegas . If you go to Atlantic  City ,  here are the 7 things that you can do.

1. TAKE  A  WALK  ON  THE  ATLANTIC  CITY  BOARDWALK

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You can walk it or take one of the jitney carriages that take you down the length of the Boardwalk .

 

2. GAMBLE

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Take a chance at the slots, even if you don’t  gamble a lot or at all. Get yourself a players  card from the casinos  so you can earn comps on food and  hotel stays

 

3. EAT

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Hot dog stands, salt water taffy, and 1950’s  Style diners like Bricker’s, which is an Atlantic  City  institution

 

4. VISITING  THE  STEEL PIER

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That big ferris  wheel ,  which lights up at night, is the focal  point of the Atlantic City  Boardwalk .  There’s  rides and food stands ,  surrounded by the Atlantic  Ocean
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Showboat  Hotel  where I  stayed is one of the old hotel’s
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The Hard Rock  Hotel  and Casino.

 

5. EXPLORING THE CASINO HOTELS

This city doesn’t  have as many casino hotels like Las Vegas ,  but the new hotels like the Hard Rock  Hotel  and Casino ,  which  just opened in June of this year ,  puts the Hard Rock  Hotel  in Las  Vegas  in my rank of best hotels.

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A guitar  from Prince in front of Elvis Presley ‘ s car inside of the Hard Rock

 

6. TAKE  A  DIP IN  THE  ATLANTIC  OCEAN

      Look outside your hotel window. That’s  not any old beach in front of you, that’s  the Atlantic  Ocean .  They advise against swimming  in it, but just take a dip in it.

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7. SOUVENIRS  

This goes without saying. Get your souvenirs   from one of the many vendors on the Boardwalk ,  not your hotel. They’ll  be  a lot cheaper .

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Buy a tshirt  from AC.

 

 

     I’m  sure that I’m  leaving  out something ,  but if you do go to Atlantic  City ,  and if you’re  in or visiting  New York  City or Philadelphia,  take a side trip to Atlantic  City .

If you buy the “Casino Package  ” from Greyhound bus  company    you’ll  even get a voucher for free slot play.

 

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