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Old 04-02-2011, 11:48 PM
 
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Hi all,

I'm from NY and have never been to Atlantic City (believe it or not!).

I've saved up a little money and am thinking of taking one of those bus trips to AC for the day just for fun. I won't be bringing any more than $150-$200 with me to have some fun, play some slots, and have lunch.

Can anyone tell me a little about AC and what else is there on the boardwalk other than the casinos? I've heard the area away from the casinos is undesirable so I wouldn't be leaving the area but I would like to do a few other things than just stay cooped up in a casino all day.

Any suggestions? (and restaurant suggestions are welcome too! )

Thanks!!
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:06 AM
 
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Go swimming in the ocean. Play a few games on the boardwalk. Go to a beach bar.

That is more or less all you can do on the boardwalk outside of the casinos. Aquarium and lighthouse might interest you, but are off the boardwalk. Plenty of shopping, but again off the boardwalk (which is not terrible, especially during the day)

On a daytrip you aren't gonna get the full experience IMO.
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:17 AM
 
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I think once the bus drops everyone off, you're there for 8 hours or something like that. I can't imagine being stuck in a casino that long. Eek!

Where is the aquarium? That might be interesting. I don't think I'd go swimming or to a bar.

Are there a lot of shops on the boardwalk? (touristy kind of gift shops) What kind of shopping is there off the boardwalk area?

Any good (inexpensive) restaurants on the boardwalk?
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:34 AM
 
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I think once the bus drops everyone off, you're there for 8 hours or something like that. I can't imagine being stuck in a casino that long. Eek!

Where is the aquarium? That might be interesting. I don't think I'd go swimming or to a bar.

Are there a lot of shops on the boardwalk? (touristy kind of gift shops) What kind of shopping is there off the boardwalk area?

Any good (inexpensive) restaurants on the boardwalk?

There is really not much on the boardwalk. some amusement rides, a few games, and the ocean. There are outlet shops near the casinos, but they are a couple blocks from the water (it is a real touristy kind of area, not an unsafe area at all). You also got shopping at Ceasars and Tropicana connected to the casinos (think of it like a section of a mall filling the space)

You can find a suitable restaurant, I am sure. You will see what suits you when down.

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Old 04-03-2011, 12:48 AM
 
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I go to AC a lot, here's my insight.

Travel:

The bus is good. But there's also the Aces train if you're in NYC www.acestrain.com

Once you are there, you can take the Jitney bus to get around. This is helpful since it's worth visiting the nicer casinos in AC which are near the bay rather than the boardwalk. (Borgata and Harrahs) http://www.jitneys.net/

Shopping:

Right off the boardwalk near caesars (well in front of ceasars, inland), there are nice, safe, shopping outlet stores. Atlantic City Outlets The Walk - Shopping at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway

The Caesars Casino has a Pier that goes off of the boardwalk. It contains a free water fountain, show, shopping, and food.

Passing Time:

Many casinos have poker bars where you can sit down and have free drinks as long as you're playing video poker/blackjack. If you're really trying to pass time, you can sit down, slow play (one hand every few minutes) and watch whatever game is on the tvs. (Showboat has good bars for this)

Harrah's has music every night at the at the Eden bar for free (not on boardwalk):
Eden Nights at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City - and more Atlantic City Shows and Events

There's the beach, but the water would be quite cold this time of year.

I often try to go on a night with a show or a concert that I'm interested in seeing.

Eating:

Just my favorite places to eat:

Mansion Cafe, Showboat (similar to a diner)
McCormick & Schmick, Harrahs (not on boardwalk)
Burger place at Taj Mahal (I forget the name, but it's upstairs)
Wolfgan Puck, Borgata (Sit outside near the bar, not in the dining area, and try the pizza. Amazing!)
(not on boardwalk)
Hope that helps.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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Hi all,

I'm from NY and have never been to Atlantic City (believe it or not!).

I've saved up a little money and am thinking of taking one of those bus trips to AC for the day just for fun. I won't be bringing any more than $150-$200 with me to have some fun, play some slots, and have lunch.

Can anyone tell me a little about AC and what else is there on the boardwalk other than the casinos? I've heard the area away from the casinos is undesirable so I wouldn't be leaving the area but I would like to do a few other things than just stay cooped up in a casino all day.

Any suggestions? (and restaurant suggestions are welcome too! )

Thanks!!

There is a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum. That's always fun. It's also nice just to leave the casinos and walk along the boardwalk, taking in the salt air and people-watching.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:09 AM
 
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I think once the bus drops everyone off, you're there for 8 hours or something like that. I can't imagine being stuck in a casino that long. Eek!

Where is the aquarium? That might be interesting. I don't think I'd go swimming or to a bar.

Are there a lot of shops on the boardwalk? (touristy kind of gift shops) What kind of shopping is there off the boardwalk area?

Any good (inexpensive) restaurants on the boardwalk?
The aquarium is awful. Don't bother!
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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in addition to jitneys NJT has local rtes 508,505,501 and 504 which run 24/7 except 504and 508. they run all over AC
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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If I were going down for the first time, I would probably stroll the boardwalk end to end and "casino hop" just to see what they all look like...when you get down near the Showboat, there's the AC historical museum... I would go to the Pier at Caesars and stroll through there (stopping in at "It's Sugar" for a chocolate covered Twinkie) then go up to the 3rd floor and have a drink on the beach chairs overlooking the beach, until it was time for the free water and light show (all the way at the end of the mall) it goes off every hour on the hour. If you don't want a drink, go to the Starbucks there and plop down with your coffee on one of their plush couches overlooking the ocean and beach...I would probably walk down to the Walk, which is a big outlet section near the convention center (it is fine to walk in daytime in AC proper, you just don't want to be away from the tourist areas, but this does not mean you have to stay on the boardwalk). I would go to White House Subs, just because it's so famous, get a sub and look at all the pics of celebrities who have been there over the last however many decades. If I wanted to spend my money while not gambling, I might get a massage at the Spa at Bally's, which also entitles you access to their great indoor pool/hot tub area for the day...I heard someone is running a "Boardwalk Empire" tour now, which I assume takes you past the homes of the many gangsters who have called AC home through the years. I think it sounds fun, and will look into that myself!
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Thanks for the great info and answers everyone!!!!

Once I go (hopefully within the month) I'll let you know how it is!
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