Those of us that frequent the top gambling destinations in the country, such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City are constantly asked “do you gamble?” No, not necessarily! We often go to these cities for the atmosphere, people watching, food (buffets!) and entertainment.
Atlantic City, New Jersey has been notorious in the news for properties closing, but there is so much potential for this seaside city, especially for younger generations of travelers and beach goers. AC has several exciting new plans for development and expansion in the upcoming year.
This summer, our bus trips to Atlantic City leave daily from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. You can stay for the day or overnight, and choose to receive free slot play from Tropicana, Resorts or Caesar’s. Here are our personal recommendations for a getaway in AC!
Take A Surf Lesson
You don’t need to travel to California to try out surfing! Look no further than AC Surf School which offers one-on-one or group lessons seven days a week. You will learn the basics of the surf board so you are able to balance and catch some waves! AC Surf School also offers lessons for stand up paddle boarding, which is a watersport that combines the movements of both surfing and kayaking.
See A Show
The beauty of Atlantic City concert venues is that they are historical and quaint, and their aesthetic makes a great backdrop for a show. Boardwalk Hall (pictured above) is an underrated place to see major acts in the tri-state area, with other venues such as Madison Square Garden or Wells Fargo Center being first to come to mind. Boardwalk Hall’s capacity is approximately 13,000 as compared to Wells Fargo and MSG averaging 20,000, so you will experience a more intimate show. Also, tickets here are usually not as pricey as the more in-demand venues. Other AC concert halls include Borgata, Circus Maximus at Caesar’s and the Tropicana Showroom.
Photo courtesy of Escape AC
Try An Indoor Activity
“Escape the Room” is becoming a national phenomenon across the country. What exactly is it? ETR is a live action game which gives puzzle themed challenges to groups of 2-10 people that need to be completed within an hour. If you complete the challenges correctly, then you will have “escaped the room!” Choose from fun AC specific themes such as “The Poker Room” or “The Boardwalk” located in north tower of Tropicana Casino.
The Imax Theatre is the only movie theatre in AC, so you have no choice but to see a film on a screen that is five and a half stories high in 3D! Imax is also perfect for groups and offers special rates for private film screenings and birthday parties. The theatre is also located inside of Tropicana Casino on the street level in the North Tower.
Check out a Beach Bar or Beach Concert
AC is home to several beach bars on the boardwalk, our favorites being Bungalow and Landshark. Each offers a different type of atmosphere and all with an ocean view. Bungalow, which is across from Tropicana, has plenty of chairs (and even beds!) to lounge on and a rooftop area where you can order food. Landshark is located across from Resorts Casino where there is always live music and plenty of margaritas to go around. These locations are convenient for when you arrive or depart from one of our buses!
Do you want the ultimate concert experience? There’s nothing like attending a concert with the ocean as your backdrop! About 50,000 people showed up to pop artist Pink’s concert on the beach, and more shows will be taking place later this summer.
There are several plans in the making for AC that will attract a whole new generation of visitors. We are excited about new properties, such as the Hard Rock Casino opening next year along with the unique 360 degree observation wheel being built on the Steel Pier. In the meantime, there is so much Atlantic City offers that isn’t just gambling, so view our schedules and make your plans before the end of summer!
Upcoming AC Events
Atlantic City Airshow- August 23rd
International Winefest- August 25th
Atlantic City Seafood Festival- September 9th
by Janelle Marshallick