We are looking for a Vegas alternative. A little smaller and on a beach. Sounds like AC is just what we need!
BUT I'm concerned that the town my be dying, We don't want to get there and be disappointed to find empty hotels and store fronts. Can anyone tell me if this town is alive or dying? We have never been there and have no point of reference, but it looks fun! What time of year is it y'all are considering visiting? They're more likely beachcombing, taking photos, comptemplating at where the Earth ends and the ocean begins And numerous other hotels, etc.
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Compared to Vegas it might seem a bit tamer and it certainly isn't as busy or crowded but if you're looking for a gaming destination with great restaurants, shopping, and the beach then AC is your town. You're going to want to come in the summer to truly take advantage. There are beach bars and plenty of clean sand and it's one of the only free beaches in NJ.
Stay mid-boardwalk at Caesars for a great experience. Nah, it's sposedta look that way, I hate it because it's a tourist trap. It IS open days a year.
Love going to Atlantic City. So much fun-the casinos, restaurants,bars,the boardwalk, the beach, pools and the outlet stores.
Great time always. It's still alive, maybe not as healthy as ten years ago but you'll be hard to find a room in a casino hotel on a weekend in the summer. The beach is nice with good lifeguards and no beach fees but the beach season is really mid to late June through September. There is no doubt AC is economically hurting due to the standalone casino competition which has opened along the East Coast. During the colder off-peak least busiest seasonal period bet. Although I deeply enjoy the continuous nonstop active action that LV offers me, I also enjoy going up to AC as well, even though AC is far much less entertaining all around.
Whenever I'm not looking to do a week's vacation out in Vegas, AC for 3 or 4 nts. There is a reason that hotel rates can go for the high 's in the summers and you will find rooms sold out.
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Are there stores closed? Sure, but I just went to arundel mills mall two days ago I Maryland and half of the food court is gone, for a remodel, but the same restaurants aren't coming back. The Gap relocated to a unit half the size. Many changes, but that's life.
There is an outlet mall in AC that you can walk to. The beach has beach bars. The pier has amusements.
The restaurants are plentiful. The press is correct, the city of Atlantic City itself is on life support. Which is terrible for the people that live and work there.
BUT, you are not looking to move to AC! So enjoy it as many other tourists do! Like others have pointed out, AC is best when its warmer. Same can be said for any beachtown. All of the touristy places are safe and fun.
You wont see anything dead in the places you shoudl be. The Walk, their big tax free outlet mall, is filled. And the casinos that are still there are pretty big and nice. You will find sad stories in any city, but for a vaca spot we love AC. We used to go to Vegas times a year. Now we do AC twice and Vegas once.
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