Tropically Themed Casino Resort in Atlantic City
Towering palm trees set amid Spanish architecture seem a little out of place in the middle of New Jersey. That’s part of the exotic charm of The Quarter, a three-story streetscape that evokes old Havana, located at Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. This colorful hub is the beating heart of the resort, lined with chic shopping boutiques and numerous restaurants spiced with international flavors from Cuba, Italy, and China.
Just an elevator ride from The Quarter, upgraded classic guest rooms feature huge windows with dazzling views of the bright lights below. Downstairs, the 2,000-seat Tropicana Showroom hosts concerts, comedians, and Vegas-style variety shows complete with chorus girls and interactive improvisation. Guests can enjoy post-show entertainment at nightlife venues such as Tango’s Lounge, a stylish spot to sip cocktails and listen to jazz, reggae, and salsa.
Inside the casinos, gamers are free to explore 2,600 slot machines and 170 table games, ranging from craps to baccarat to the 24-hour Trop Poker Club. Elsewhere, Hollywood hits and educational documentaries are shown in 3-D at an onsite IMAX theater, projected on a 5.5-story screen to approximate the actual size of a giraffe’s limbo pole.
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.