We love to travel, but we rarely find ourselves in tourist destinations during the on-season. We like the lack of crowds, the ability to wander around like a local, and also the ability to save a little money (which we in turn spend on more trips). For Christmas last year, Michael surprised me with a 2-day mini getaway to Atlantic City. It was a great deal through Groupon – 2 nights, $50 in food vouchers, free admission to the casino nightclub, and some dollars to play the slots, all for under $150. The only catch: it was in March. And Atlantic City is COLD in March.
So what is there to do in a beach town during winter? Follow us on our photo tour of sights to see and find out!
We left crazy-early in the morning. Atlantic City is about 6-7 hours from Pittsburgh, depending on how you hit traffic. So if you leave around 4am, you’ll make it in time to grab lunch and hopefully check into your hotel early.
We took a detour to a National Park just off the route!
The casinos are really like mini-resorts. We stayed at Revel, which is the very last casino/hotel on the Boardwalk.
I think I was in love with this place because the room style reminded me of a Kimpton (which is merely the best chain of hotels ever).
One of the main reasons we went to Atlantic City was to see the sights from the HBO show, Boardwalk Empire. We found out that they do not actually shoot any of the show on location, but the sets are incredible and look just like the Boardwalk looked in the 1920s. (This is not one of the sets. This is just a model. Promise!)
The Tropicana is the cutest. Like many of the casino/hotels, it’s an entire little city inside.
No trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stop at Fralinger’s! They’re open year-round.
In addition to Boardwalk Empire, I was excited to see the scenes from one of my favorite movies, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. The Steel Pier was the home to Doc Carver’s Diving Horse Show, with Sonora Webster as the star diving girl!
To recover from our disappointment, we stopped in Caesars.
In the Pier Shops, there are two floors of restaurants, and just to the side of them are these cute little beach chairs where you can sit in a patch of sand and look out at the ocean without freezing!
And if you’re up for a little bit of a drive, you can head down to Margate and see the famous Lucy the Elephant! (She closes a little earlier than posted in cold weather, just be warned. When she is open, you can climb up to the top and take photos.)
We’ll be back with a second post to highlight some of the best places to eat and drink in Atlantic City!