Monday, June 13, 2011

Jersey Shore Fact of the Day 51: You CAN Take Kids to Atlantic City

Atlantic City is a gambling town, but that doesn't mean kids are banned. Here's are six tips if you're taking the wee ones to America's Playground:

1. Don't stay at a casino. I know people bring their kids to casino/hotels, but kids look really out of place, and they will not be allowed in some of the hotel pools. Good news: You do have other options. Two great ones are the Chelsea and the Sheraton. The Chelsea is right on the Boardwalk, and they will do chair set up on the beach for you if you're staying at the hotel. The crowd can get boisterous on weekend nights, though. The Sheraton is connected to the Convention Center, so it's a bit of a walk to the beach, but that hotel was built with business travelers and kids in mind.

2. The beaches are free. Yes, really. I promise. No beach tags required.

3. See the water show. The Pier Shops at Caesars has a fantabulous water show that happens every hour. It's at the far end of the shopping/restaurant plaza, closest to the ocean.

4. Ride the Rides. The Steel Pier is still alive and kicking. No matter what the age of your kids, make sure you go on the antique carousel.

5. Raining? No problem. The Tropicana has an IMAX theater that shows the latest and greatest blockbuster in IMAX 3D. The theater also shows an educational IMAX film if you want your kids to get a fun, colorful lesson that day. The IMAX theater is in the Quarter portion of the Tropicana, which is far from the gambling floor, FYI.

Say hi to Lucy. Lucy the Elephant is in Margate, yes, but she's a short drive south from Atlantic City. You can't get so close to the old gal and not stop by to take a tour, can you? I didn't think so (and if you haven't been to Lucy's website in a while, go there now. There's a hilarious animation of her in a top hat on a surfboard)

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1 comment:

Chris McClain said...

Don't forget about the Absecon Light House, Gardner's Basin, and the Atlantic City Aquarium. Also the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is only a short trip away.