Atlantic City in the summer has it all. The world's first Boardwalk, glittering casinos, beautiful casino lounges with lots of fantastic live music, casino-owned bars on the beach with even more live music, fabulous restaurants, cool ocean breezes. And the brand new (opened May 2012) $2.5 billion dollar Revel Resort and Casino, an immensely beautiful, upscale hotel -- a marvel of modern architecture and style -- that is as hip and elegant as the very latest Las Vegas hotel casino masterpieces.
Beyonce performing at Revel's Opening - May 2012
Revel features two nightclubs, one dayclub, ten pools, fourteen restaurants, and three live entertainment venues. The resort has a two-acre landscaped rooftop deck containing a few outdoor pools, cabanas, fire pits, and a Sky Garden with over 30,000 live trees and plants. The lobby is located on the same level as the outdoor deck, six stories above the ocean. A three-story nightclub overlooks the lobby. All the main areas of the building are connected by a five-story glass-enclosed atrium in the center of the resort.
We'll be seeing a total of TEN casino hotels during our all-day stroll down the Boardwalk. We will be stopping in each of the ten casinos. We'll stay at some longer than others.
Throughout Atlantic City is an abundance of casino lounges. They are basically free as long as you order a drink. They supply wonderful entertainment and an elegant atmosphere for the cost of a soda. It is incredibly fun to visit one lounge after the other while strolling down the Boardwalk from hotel to hotel. And the casino bars right on the beach are a blast of summertime fun and a lovely way to relax by the ocean while enjoying great music. And how literally cool it is to spend a beautiful summer night at these beach bars, with the Atlantic Ocean in front of you while the casinos are lit up behind you.
There's a beautiful shopping, restaurant and nightclub pier -- The Pier at Caesars. Built by Caesars Hotel and Casino and extending 900 feet out into the Atlantic Ocean (with a street address of "One Atlantic Ocean"), it's a fantastic place to eat and shop. The top level is all upscale restaurants, and has a stunning view of the beach, the ocean and the rest of the casino hotels all lit up at night.
At the ocean end of The Pier at Caesars is "The Show" -- a (free) soaring water show in a three-story atrium. It's the world's largest indoor water fountain display in a shopping mall. The fountain is choreographed and set to music. The show is performed on the hour and has two variations: a day show and a night show. This is one of Atlantic City's most popular attractions, and we'll of course be seeing it.
Will we be gambling? Yes. When we get to Atlantic City we'll be having lunch at the Tropicana Casino Resort. Right after that we'll be gambling. I am an expert gambler and I will teach you how to play. You can optionally just watch. Mostly we'll be playing low-stakes roulette and craps (dice).
Even those that don't want to play the table games (roulette and craps) will want to use the $25 in free slot play that comes free with your bus ticket. This is a "use it or lose it" promotion, you can not take the $25 in cash. But once you play the $25 in free slot money, you can keep whatever cash winnings you get. Or take your winnings and join us at the tables for some low-stakes gambling: $2 & $3 roulette and craps (or just watch).
***PLEASE NOTE*** My goal here is to show you all the most we can possibly see in one long day, while still having a lot of time to relax at the casino lounges and beach bars, and having some time to gamble. We are going to be packing a huge amount into one long day, while still balancing this with a lot of relaxation and fun. I will need your cooperation throughout the day to make this go smoothly for everyone. You should be ready, willing and EAGER to be "marched around all day" and see a maximum number of sights. If you are looking to see Atlantic City on a slow pace or "your own pace", then please don't RSVP for and don't attend this trip. I've been to Atlantic City over a hundred times, have taken many people here, and happen to be an expert Atlantic City tour guide -- and on this particular day, I am catering to those who want to see LOTS of great sights, have fun, and be active all day -- alternating with relaxing in casino lounges and listening to live music.
***ALSO PLEASE NOTE*** This is NOT a vegetarian or vegan tour of Atlantic City. I've been a vegan for 28 years and I've never had a problem eating here, but Atlantic City is NOT an especially vegan place. This is NOT a tour of the vegan restaurants in Atlantic City -- I don't know of any. This event is similar to our "Veg Night Out" drinking events and is NOT "vegan-themed". The only thing especially vegan about this event is that vegans and vegetarians are going on the trip. If you are looking for vegetarian or vegan restaurants on this trip, this is not the trip for you.
We'll be meeting at 10:00 AM, on line for the bus at Gate 80 at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. We'll catch the 11:00 AM bus to Tropicana at Gate 80.
The first thing you should do when you get to the Port Authority Bus Terminal is go to the ticket selling booth (which is close to Gate 80) and buy your round-trip ticket to Atlantic City. The bus is called the Lucky Streak. Be sure to specify that you want a round-trip ticket from the Port Authority to Atlantic City. Tickets are $37 roundtrip, and you usually get back $25 in "free slot play" when you arrive at the casino. You must either play this slot credit on a slot machine or lose it, it cannot be cashed. After you have played the credit you may keep your winnings.
After buying your ticket, look for me, David Greene. I am 6'5" and will be wearing a dark blue baseball cap with a big white stitched whale on the front and the words "Sea Shepherd Conservation Society". We'll all be lining up for the 11:00 AM bus to Tropicana.
Question: If I am going to be gambling, how much money should I bring for gambling? My answer: $20 to $50. But of course, feel free to bring any amount you wish. If you are only going to be playing penny slot machines, you could do very well to bring $5. And you do not have to gamble at all with your own money. You could just use the free $25 in slot play the casino will give you.
The great thing about going by Greyhound from the Port Authority is that you can catch Greyhound buses going back from Atlantic City to the Port Authority 24 hours a day. That means that you are not locked in to returning at 6:00 PM, as you are with many other buses. We'll be leaving Atlantic City at 12 midnight, and our bus will be getting in to the Port Authority Bus Terminal around 2:30am.
Those who wish to travel by car may do so of course. Email me and we'll make arrangements to meet in Atlantic City.
Get ready for a great time in AC!