It’s like the idiot cousin I need to take care of once in a while that gets me into all kinds of trouble. But I still love him. Even if it means jail time and restraining orders.
Hey, if we had a choice most would always pick Vegas over Atlantic City. Vegas is glitzy cheesy wacked out fun. AC is like it’s crazy family member you hide in the basement that reminds us of Chucky in the horror movies. Yet, Vegas for those living in the NYC area is thousands of miles away. AC is but a few hours by car or bus. You do the math. It’s much easier to do a quick weekend gambling party getaway and be back at work by Monday morning than flying out to Vegas and dealing with the hassle of travel.
Many of the casinos are older and can use a renovation. There are some newer casinos like Borgata, Harrahs, Golden Nugget, and now Revel that rival those out in Vegas. Terrific clubs to dance and party at. The shopping outlets they built here (The Walk) are terrific and offer a huge amount of places to go on a shopping spree. Plenty of entertainment, concerts to see here, and events to participate in. AC has a terrific oceanside boardwalk that is historic in itself with amusements, shops, and comfort food, along with beaches to enjoy, and now the casinos even have their own beach bars out by the water to party at during summer season. Also, White House Sub Shop is a must to experience an old school sub just as they made it in 1946. Plenty of great restaurants all around. There really is a lot to see and do here. Just don’t expect a Vegas-like experience. Hey, if you are into gambling there are more than enough tables and slots just like in Vegas. They have “The Strip” and we have “The AC Boardwalk”. Vegas is bright lights. AC has an ocean. Both places have their share of weirdos walking the strip and the boardwalk too.
Sure, it’s still a grimy place with many shady characters lurking around. The area is still a bit crime ridden. You don’t venture out to walk around many of the side streets off the main drag in front of the casinos late at night. Yet, Atlantic City has a certain gruff personality to it that is unique and screams east coast all the way. If you just stick to staying around the casinos and walking the boardwalk and streets of the outlets there is a great time to be had here, and actually pretty safe.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the one main reason to actually come here – Gambling! I can’t help myself as I love it. Usually, Blackjack is my game of choice. Roulette if I am feeling adventurous, but I will venture over to video poker and the occassional high-limit slots. Oh, those one arm bandits are the bane of my existence. To me they are goofy fun and you don’t have to think much. Plus, they serve you free drinks when you play them! Over the years I have had some decent successes here, to go along with the many losses. My biggest was a $9,000 win playing a $5 Triple Diamond machine. I almost crapped myself when that one hit!
There is nothing like seeing that “Welcome to Atlantic City” sign on the AC Expressway as you are getting close. Or, arriving late at night seeing all the casinos lit up in neon. The feeling of excitement is still a rush to me knowing that in minutes I will be sitting at a gambling table with a drink in my hand, a tasty dinner at a fab restaurant, and a fun weekend in store. As long as I don’t lose my shirt, and pants, all in the first few hours it will be a fun weekend getaway!
Well, I’m off on another AC weekend adventure! Enjoy the weekend everyone!
Helpful links –
Atlantic City – http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/