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Family trip to Atlantic City today

July 21st, 2007 at 04:10 pm

The 3 of us took a drive down to AC today, after stopping to pick up our copy of Harry Potter, of course. DW and I thought there would be enough non-casino stuff to do with DD and I'd still be able to play a little while they shopped or snacked or something.

We got down about 11am and parked at Caesars. I had suggested having lunch at Bally's buffet, where DW and I have eaten before, but we got there to discover that folks under 21 aren't permitted at the buffet. Not quite sure why that is but that's the rule. We decided to eat at Pickles deli also at Bally's. Service was very good as was the food. We all enjoyed our meal.

After lunch, we walked up the boardwalk a bit and browsed in a few shops. Then we headed over to the Pier, the shopping mall across from Caesars. We wanted to show DD It's Sugar, the big candy store there. She loved it, of course, and we bought a couple of snacks for dessert.

After that, we split up. I went into the casino to play for a little while and they stayed at the mall to see the fountain show and wander the shops.

I did ok in that I left with more than I started with, but only by $12.50. I had been up more than that at some point, but slipped back down before quitting. I did get a comp for free parking, so that's worth $5 for total winnings of $17.50 for the day. Any winning is better than losing, so I'm happy with that.

I met up with them and we walked around a little more before heading for home. DD thought it was a great day, so bringing her along worked out fine. It definitely isn't a real family friendly place. Vegas has a lot more to do with kids than AC does, but for a few hours, it's fine. I wouldn't want to spend days there, though. We took DD to Vegas a couple of years ago for 5 days and we had tons to see and do and we could easily go back for 5 more days and see stuff we didn't see last time. AC just doesn't have that kind of set up.

3 Responses to “Family trip to Atlantic City today”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Glad you had a good time!!

  2. fern Says:

    Casinos were supposed to resurrect the downtrodden Atlantic City, but from what i hear, it hasn't at all. A rough town, once you leave the immediate vicinity of the casinos.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    fern, there has been some limited progress, most notably the new convention center and the outlet shops known as "The Walk" which are still expanding and now cover a few city blocks. You can take the train to AC from my area and walk safely from the train station (at the convention center) through the outlet shop area to the casinos/boardwalk. That's something that you couldn't have done 5 or 10 years ago.

    In some respects, Vegas isn't any better. Once you go a couple of blocks off the strip, the neighborhood goes downhill quickly. The difference in Vegas is that the resorts are so massive where in AC they occupy one city block (2 if you count the parking garage), so things are much more compact.

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