Adventure Activities in Atlantic City -- Try if You Dare
The emergence of casinos in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut may have served to diminish the original allure of the shoreline city -- but there are still many great reasons to head to the A.C. boardwalk or marina for a night of adult entertainment.
Here are five adventure activities in Atlantic City we dare you to try:
1. Test your skill at Texas Hold 'em
A few years back ESPN had a problem. The NHL suffered a work stoppage and there was an urgent move to fill air time. The network turned to poker, televising the World Series of Poker main event to help fill its night time lineup, and the game has since seen a huge boom. Poker rooms can be found in almost every casino in town with daily tournaments and cash games of both high and low limits.
The best place in town to play is Harrahs (777 Harrah's Blvd.). The dealers are friendly and it is typically a room full of amateur players who are there for enjoyment and not ultimate conquest. If you are looking for a higher-stakes game, head across the Marina to Borgata (1 Borgata Way) where high rollers will play five-10 no-limit games. The one place not to play is Trump's Taj Mahal (1000 Boardwalk) where an overly serious atmosphere has at times led to arguments and physical altercations.
2. Soak in the pool at Harrahs
By day, the pool at Harrahs is a summer oasis even during the coldest days of winter. The pool, enclosed in a glass dome, would make one think that they have been transported to one of the marvelously opulent pools of Las Vegas. Palm trees surround the pool; there are hot tubs flanking on all sides; and there is the option to rent a cabana with television and bar service for the day.
At night, the pool transforms into a hip nightclub with bottle service and skimpy clothing all around. It is a rare evening in the nightclub that patrons don't strip down to their birthday suits for a late-night dip. If you want the best party scene around, skip the Borgata and Taj and pull up a seat at the pool. It probably won't be long before you discover why it was voted Best Pool in 2008 by Casino Player Magazine.
Location: 777 Harrah's Blvd.
3. Drink a '40' at a Dam Good Sports Bar
Located in The Quarter at the Tropicana, this bar provides an excellent alternative for those who are not nightclub people. The bar features two 110-inch flat screens for the big game and the only billiards room in Atlantic City. The best part of this place is the laid-back atmosphere -- with a "party" attitude: The bartenders are friendly, and there is seldom a night when there are no bachelor or bachelorette parties with revelers enjoying a flashback to younger years while drinking a "40." That's right; it's a bar that you can buy 40-oz. beers. Chug a couple of those; go ahead -- we dare you.
A Dam Good Sports Bar
Location: 2831 Boardwalk
4. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Gold Tooth Gerties
After a long night of partying, the next day's after-effects can be adeptly combated by a visit to this Gold Tooth Gerties Buns and Bagels, a bakery located at the front entrance of Bally's Wild Wild West Casino. With huge doughnuts and bagels, Gerties can satisfy almost any craving -- of the sweet-tooth variety. Try the coffee roll. You may not need to eat until dinner time.
Gold Tooth Gerties Buns and Bagels
Location: 1900 Pacific Ave. (Park Place and the Boardwalk)
5. Lose your lunch at the Steel Pier
If you have had your fill of adult entertainment, take a break on a sunny afternoon and ride the Crazy Mouse roller coaster or the Drop and Twist tower at the Steel Pier. Amusement piers are a huge staple of the New Jersey Shore -- and the Steel Pier is one of its best. More than 24 rides and attractions make the visit worth it for kids of all ages.
Or, for a real adventure activity, take a helicopter ride from the pier (starting at $39 per person) -- and check out, from high above, all the places you've just enjoyed on your adventurous tour of Atlantic City.
Location: 1000 Boardwalk