Stop into the Atlantic City Expressway Welcome Center on your way to Atlantic City. It's located on the Atlantic City expressway just before you reach the city. The people are very friendly and helpful. They gave us some really good coupons for meals and fun, 1 was worth $20.00 for lunch, buy one get one buffet at the Trump Plaza, which was really good food and service. So stop by and check it out for your discounts.
Fondest memory: Atlantic City Expressway Welcome Center Farley Plaza Rest Area
Favorite thing: Over the years, the casinos here have really changed the look of the casinos..they all have their own theme and parts of casinos are decorated specially to reflect a certain theme.Here at Bally's its the " Wild Wild West" theme and they have animated shows too ,every 15 minutes or so,right outside the wild wild west section.its nice for families and visitors.
For the 3rd year in a row, Atlantic City hosts a free air show on the beach. The center location to see all is at Historic Boardwalk Hall, right next to Trump Plaza.
This is fast becoming a favorite of tourists & locals alike & it's free for the watching. Just go out to the beach, sit down & enjoy! The beach is free also, no beach tag needed, you may bring coolers & chairs or rent any of the numerous cabanas in the beach bars or free standing. It occures every year at the end of August, so feel free to plan your trip then & come see me too!
Fondest memory: The tang of salt in the air, the crashing of the waves against the shore, the call of gulls winging overhead along with the shouts of excited children & the lifeguards whistle are what set this air show apart from all others.
On the Atlantic City Expressway there is a huge Visitor's Center where you can stop and grab some maps and other related information especially places of interest located nearby. You can also find your usual tourist items for sale like postcards, books, magnets, etc.
You can also find a Visitor's Center on the Boardwalk, next to Rainforest Cafe on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
Both locations provide the same information and if you have a particular question, ask the host handing out maps.
The parking lots at the individual Casinos charge for parking, even if you are staying as a guest of the hotel (expections, see below). As of 2009, there are various levels of parking fees as follows:
$20 - Non Rewards Members
$ 5 - Gold Members
$ 0 - Platinum or the equivalent
You can also pay with Reward points that you may have in your card.
** Bonus - If you pay the fee at one parking lot, you are given a curtosy of one additional lot for free at any of the other casinos, just show your receipt and you won't have to pay again.
There are designated smoking and non smoking areas in all the Casinos in AC. The non smoking areas are usually tucked away to a corner and provide a small area of smoke free environment (though this is tuff since smoke travels), where you don't feel like you are chocking from all that smoke.
I would advise that if you are a non smoker and want to play the slots, find a machine further from the main area as well as for the table games.
The areas will have signs or postings as to whether the area is designated smoking or non smoking.
Many people think that having a casino card, is simply for gambeling. I can assure you, it is not just for gambeling. Casino cards, are like discount cards. With them, you will get half off parking in the garages - which is a plus , at the taj , you get free parking ( but only if you have your card up front ) -- that is where they get ya ... you pay before you park . So tell someone to go inside and get a card, wait outside and when they come back with one - THEN park in the garage - its free ! All the cards are free to get, it just takes about 10 minutes, and you got your ticket to everything ! Spend 5 bucks on a slot, and you will start getting coupons sent to your house, and you may even get a comp on a room !
*Casino cards are not the devil , they really do help !
*Start your collection today !
Favorite thing: Just in case you need an excuse to take someone’s picture, the Boardwalk offers a multitude of props for that Kodak moment. See my Boardwalk Kodak Moments for pictures of other points of interest along the Boardwalk.
Favorite thing: After a hard day at the tables or even just walking up and down the Boardwalk, who wouldn’t want a massage? There are several establishments, although they seem to be clustered at the south end (Downbeach) end of the Boardwalk. On offer are Aqua Massage, Chinese Massage, Back and Foot, Acupressure and Tuina.
go hopping. If you park a car at showboat, it is free, then you can go from one casino to the next all night long.
Fondest memory: Fondest memory was my most recent visit to Trump Taj Majahl. Using a complementary pass for a one night stay, I expected your basic room, well, did I feel like a Princess when I arrived to find I had been given the King Suite, with a goregous view of the Altlantic as far as the eye could see.
Many of the casinos offer rewards programs. The more you gamble (the more money you spend) the more comps they offer you. Comps can include free meals, shows, and even nights in the hotels. The programs are free to join and only take a couple minutes to sign up. It's definitely worth it if you're going to be visiting these places frequently.
We signed up for the Total Rewards Program, which is good at Caesars, Bally's, Harrah, Showboat, etc. It's also good to be used at these casinos (and their sister casinos) in Vegas, Biloxi or wherever the company owns gambling properties.
Favorite thing: Talk a walk on the boardwalk. It´s a wooden boulevard between the hotel casinos and the beach. Street artists, musicians and tourists make this car-free zone a fun place. It is a mixture of Las Vegas and a typical tourist beach resort with souvenir shops and small fast food shops.
walk the boardwalk. This is America's first boardwalk. The famous wooden walkway offers 4 1/2 miles to stroll and sightsee. No matter where you go, the Atlantic Ocean is always in sight.
Fondest memory: Walking on the boardwalk and beach with Mike.
The best thing about Atlantic City is the casinos and nightlife. You MUST indulge!!! If you don't want to enjoy the casinos (and/or shows) then Atlantic City will probably NOT be the right place for you.
Fondest memory: Winning $5,000 in an evening of blackjack, roulette and craps after starting my crusade with only $500! (I must comment that this fondest memory was short-lived, since over the course of the rest of my 3-day adventure, I spent and gambled the rest away PLUS an additional $500!!!)
If its not to hard, walk the boardwalk from one end to the other, or take a ride. I did this and was pretty impressed with what I saw.
Fondest memory: This picture was taken from a pretty high location. The scene is magnificient. It's looking south down the beach and boardwalk area.