Hotel at a Glance: Tropicana Casino & Resort
Tropicana Casino & Resort's colorful lights blink from its spot on the lively Atlantic City boardwalk. Inside, the pace is even more dynamic: Vegas-style showgirls dance and sing, and slot machines flash nonstop and players go all in in the 24-hour casino's poker room. When hunger strikes, there's something for almost every taste, from Prime cuts of steak at the Palm to cheesesteaks at Tony Luke's.
- 2,600 slot machines jingle around the clock at the resort's casino; this Getaway includes $10 in free slot play
- Diverse dining options include gourmet Italian, fresh seafood, and traditional Cuban cuisine; your stay includes a $20 dining credit valid at select eateries or for room service.
- Sip cocktails to the sounds of traditional Irish music or live DJ beats at one of the dozen or so onsite bars and nightclubs.
- That's entertainment!: Live Vegas-style shows, IMAX movies, and musical acts that have included KC and the Sunshine Band and The Guess Who
- Recharge with sea-salt scrubs and shea-butter body wraps at the onsite Bluemercury spa.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos and Carnival Rides Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
No trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stroll along its signature boardwalk, which stretches for 6 miles along New Jersey's eastern coast. Originally built in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies, the boardwalk grew in popularity as a place where you could drink and gamble during Prohibition without much trouble from the police, as depicted in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The boardwalk is still popular for its casinos, but it's family-friendly, too; visitors are just as inclined to sit at the beach or stop at one of the many carnival rides.
On the boardwalk, it's worth it to check out the Absecon Lighthouse, which is more than 150 years old. It's possible to climb its 228 steps to the top, which features sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. Down at the base, you'll find a replica of the original light keeper's lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company.
Proving further that Atlantic City isn't all nightclubs, boardwalk, and casinos is Gardner's Basin, a maritime village along the bay. Here, a community of artisans uses seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes and picture frames. However, the Basin's biggest claim to fame is the 25,000-gallon Atlantic City Aquarium swimming with turtles and rays.
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