Hotel at a Glance: Bally's Atlantic City
Bally's Atlantic City sits on the famous Atlantic City boardwalk so guests don't have to leave the property to enjoy the city's legendary nightlife. The hotel boasts an onsite casino with slots, table games, and daily poker tournaments, plus live shows and nearly a dozen restaurants that range from an upscale steakhouse to a pizzeria. This Getaway even includes dining and beverage credits that you can use throughout the property.
- Popular table games: roulette, craps, and pai gow, which is played with dominoes
- Live music: The hotel's bars and lounges host bands and DJs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
- Ride a mechanical bull at Mountain Bar, which hosts a 24/7 happy hour and beer pong tournaments.
- 100 specialty martinis are handcrafted with glow sticks, gumballs, and other unusual ingredients at Blue Martini Bar.
- Signature spa treatment: bourbon-infused body scrub with a heated honey wrap
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.