Visiting Atlantic City

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  1. boognish

    boognish Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking that a trip to the beach would be a nice thing to do with my kid now that she's 3. We go to our beach house on the Outer Banks every year, but it seems a shame not to visit the beach here as it's so close. The thing is, I have no idea what to do in Atlantic City. I've only been one time: to see ween at the House of Blues. The city looked like a gigantic slum. But I know that there must be something under that grime that has been bringing people there for the last 100 years.

    So I'm looking for some advice. Where to park, where to snack, what to do, good seafood markets, etc. This will just be a quick day trip. My little one has started waking up around 5 every day, so I'll just throw her into the car, hit the beach and boardwalk, eat lunch at Dock's Oyster Bar (also, open to suggestions here), and shoot home.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. boognish

    boognish Well-Known Member

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    Good call. Thanks! She'll love that.
     
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    Speaking of AC, Tropicana just put this inside the Metro talking about the 40 million they spent on this:

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  6. boognish

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    Wow...that place is truly...not awful, but certainly not worth one's time on a busy day.

    I can't get over the number of places that were closed today. I was hoping to drop some serious cash at Doc's Oyster, and they told me it wouldn't be open for at least a week. Thankfully I bought a ton of good seafood for home, but still...I would have paid someone to cook it for me.
     
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    They have a second place at ballys. It's actually pretty nice, it's in the courtyard of one of the few preserved hotels
     
  8. boognish

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    Good to know! The trip was actually worth my time: I parked by Knife & Fork on a recommendation. 5 hours of parking for $1.25. The only problem was that we were miles away from the "scene". Luckily, my daughter never complained, even though she had good reason as we walked for what seemed like an eternity.

    Grabbed the world's largest hoagie at White House plus a black bass & 1/2 dozen live crabs at Barbera across the street.

    We'll definitely return. The first trip is always...exploratory.
     
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    We spent a long weekend down there, the white house was the best breakfast we had.
     
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    Best thing in AC is the Whitehouse Sub Shop !
     
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    Bumping this because I'm taking her down there tomorrow for a day trip. Parking by Knife & Fork was great in May, but when we returned in September, the parking was all new kiosks. Does anyone have a favorite place to park in order to hit the beach and boardwalk? I like the area by K&F, but she wants ice cream and skeeball, so we have to either walk 100 miles or move the car and park again (which isn't a terrible option).
     
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    eh, all worked out. Took her to Lucy (she just wanted to get to the beach), then found a spot in the beach lot at K&F. Drove down to California and parked for free while we played skeeball and she had amazingly crappy water ice (a four year old does not discriminate). Finally hit White House for a White House Special. The kid slept the whole way back. Left West Philly by 10:30 after donuts and home by 5.

    Tell ya what, for as crummy as AC might be in certain areas, I'm darn glad I could spend a day with the kid there. She'll never forget these days.
     
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    I know your trip is over, but just in case for others/next time, you can park in most casino hotel self park spots for $5. This is true for Ceasar and Ballys right as you get off the expressway.
     
  14. boognish

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    Good to know. Thanks!

    I grew up in the Appalachians of Central PA, so it still amazes me a bit that I can be at the beach in a little over an hour from my house.
     
  15. DCnPhilly

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    That's awesome. I grew up in the Appalachians of Virginia and I'm still amazed whenever I get to the beach in an hour or so. If I had a car I'd be there every weekend. You honestly can't beat the NC beaches (at least as far as the East Coast goes), but with a kid, I could see how the Jersey beaches might be more fun. We usually did the Outer Banks thing when me and my sister were in high school, but when we were littler we went to Virginia Beach because it had the boardwalk and so much for kids to do. I vaguely remember one trip to a beach in NJ, I think it was Wildwood, and I just remember thinking it was the coolest thing. For all people like to dump on AC, it's not horrible, and kids are only going to remember the fun stuff anyway.
     
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    Yeah, the Outer Banks are quite beautiful. We have a house there where we spend a week or two with my entire family every year (and considering I only went to the beach a handful of times as a kid, owning a beachfront house is completely bizarre). But that's such a commitment. I start planning for next year on the drive home.

    Agree so much about the kids rememboring the good stuff. She's too young to see what I see. Which I'll hold onto for as long as I can.
     
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    That's awesome! Enjoy it. My grandparents had a house in Duck and a gaming lodge on Knott's Island when I was a teenager, and I have so many amazing memories with my family: my grandfather telling stories about Blackbeard on the beach at night and then pointing out to sea, claiming to see an old pirate ship in the dark. Taking a boat through the canals in Carova. The wild horses. It's an amazing place.
     
  18. boognish

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    That's awesome. I know we're veering dangerously off topic, but our place is between Duck and Corolla. And when I say "our" I mean my folks'. They didn't even own the land until 93 or so, but they built as big as they could to help with attracting renters. I did spend my "honeymoon" there in the winter of '94 before returning to Japan with my new (central PA high school sweetheart and Penn student) bride (now deceased ex) when the horses could still roam free.

    We have no real roots there at all, which is somewhat of a shame, I guess. But we're making memories with every visit. And my daughter will always think of "the beach" and the Outer Banks. I'm cooking extensively out of the Zahav cookbook for my meal this year. Lamb shoulder for days. Which reminds me--I need to source a square-cut lamb shoulder.

    cheers!
     

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