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Atlantic City Boardwalk

We just got back from Atlantic city and with a couple of exceptions really enjoyed our stay in the area. We decided to stay at the Showboat casino, which is right on the Atlantic city boardwalk with full access to the beach and all of the other hotels and casinos. For those of you who have never been to the Atlantic city area the attractions include: Seven miles of boardwalk with a combination of shops, restaurants, casinos and homes; miles of sandy beach with lots of sand bars to wade out on; bars on the beach beside the boardwalk; bike riding on the boardwalk, and for us beautiful weather!

We will discuss each of these in a bit more detail, and we will provide a link to a YouTube video that we shot which really shows how large the beach and the boardwalk really is. Unfortunately Atlantic city is going through some tough times right now due to government overspending and imposing taxes and tolls on visitors. They also have a lot of competition from casinos in other states.

Atlantic City Outlets

If you like to shop, Atlantic city has seen a huge change in this environment. For many years it really was not even safe to leave the boardwalk and go into the downtown area. Now if you head down Michigan Ave, which is just beside Bally’s Casino, past the hospital for 3 blocks, you have over 250 outlet shops, McDonalds, Starbucks and Subway to choose from. This is upscale, safe and the deals are there just like any other major outlet mall and it is in easy walking distance of the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

The picture we have at the top left of this post shows a section of the boardwalk early in the morning. We took this picture when there were not many people around. It stretches for approximately seven miles and it is all in good condition, safe for bike riding which you can do from 6:30 am to 10:30am every day. After 10:30am it just gets too crowded with people. On the right of the picture is the beach which we show in another picture in the next section. Watch a video of the boardwalk on YouTube, click here

The Beach

This is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches anywhere. Miles and miles of sand with a large area between the sand dunes and the water to catch the sun’s rays. The picture we took was near the time when the low tide was at its maximum so the beach area was almost doubled. People were just coming out to suntan, stroll along the water and look for rings etc with metal detectors. We spent a very enjoyable two hours just strolling along the water’s edge taking in the sights, sounds and the smell of the ocean.

The Atlantic City Casinos

As we mentioned we were staying at the Showboat Casino hotel. It is located at the north end of the boardwalk, beside the Taj Mahal and the new Revel Casino which just opened in April 2012. We have stayed there before and enjoy this hotel, however next time we will stay at Bally’s or Caesars which are in the middle of the casino action and closer to the outlet shop area. You can walk from the Showboat to the outlets , however it is a long walk and some people might find it just too far. Here is a list of the casinos in Atlantic City that we are aware of (some of these are now closed or going through bankruptcy hearings):

  • Atlantic Club Casino
  • Bally’s
  • Borgata
  • Caesars
  • Golden Nugget
  • Harrahs
  • Resorts
  • Revel
  • Tropicana
  • Trump plaza
  • Trump Taj Mahal

All but the Borgata, Harrahs and the Golden Nugget are on the boardwalk. There are shuttles to these hotels to and from the boardwalk. If you plan to go to Atlantic City to gamble, sign up for a slot card and use it while you are there. You may receive future comp’s for rooms and meals which makes it a much less expensive vacation.

What Do We like About Atlantic City

The boardwalk is our favorite along with the beach areas. We really enjoy strolling along the boardwalk and also renting bikes to ride the boardwalk in the morning. We play the slots a bit and obviously try different restaurants, but we spend the majority of our time strolling along the boardwalk, taking in the sights and sounds and people watching.

What We Do Not Like About Atlantic City

Well it is the tax grab that the state applies to people coming to and staying in Atlantic City. We spend ten or fifteen dollars alone on tolls just getting there by car. Then we had to pay five dollars to park our car at any of the casino parking garages. We had to pay thirteen dollars a day in state taxes for each night we stayed at the hotel.

Now if that is not a rip off of tourists, I do not know what is. We would probably go back to Atlantic City every year if it was not for those taxes. There are just so many other places to go, why would you go to some place were you are taken advantage of by all of these taxes?

For more details about Atlantic city, click here.

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3 Responses to “Atlantic City Boardwalk”

  1. we visited atlantic city this summer as well and loved the boardwalk. It was crowded with lots of families on the beach as well. September with good weather would be fantastic. The boardwalk, the casinos and restaurants, the beach, what more could you ask for.

  2. We love going to Atlantic city and strolling along on the boardwalk on a hot sunny summer day. We also like the casinos too

  3. Atlantic city will be years recovering from hurricane Sally . This is devastating for the city and for new jersey

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