While Philly Loves Fun tends to stay local in the city of brotherly love, we also love a good road trip! Who doesn’t, right? Atlantic City already was on the top of our list for reasonable and exciting vacations within an hour or two of home. Earlier in July we were let out of the office long enough to spend the night – and we got to rediscover our favorite boardwalk fun spot with some new twists and turns along the way. Join us for a recap and see what you missed..
BOARDWALK COMES TO LIFE
We have always been a big fan of cheesy boardwalk fun. We’re a sucker for fried Oreos, games, rides and cheap pizza. We love buying a $5 tee-shirt only never to wear it again (or even get it back to the house). Nothing beats playing skee-ball for useless paper tickets we will never turn in. While it’s always a good time, we’ve been there and done that.This year, though Atlantic City and #howidoac turned out boardwalk experience upside down with the new DUALITY 3D experience.
You might ask, “Isn’t that just a glorified light show? Aren’t these a dime a dozen, like a fountain display?” In this case, we say a big loud “NO!” From the moment Duality hit the face of Boardwalk Hall our mouths dropped and we were held hostage by its brilliance. It started quietly with some ambient sounds, fog and dancing flickers of light. Then the surround sound, theatrical lighting and video mapping kicked in – and we went on a roller coaster of a ride. Paying homage to Atlantic City and Boardwalk Hall’s roots and personality, the show explores themes of collaboration, exploration and creation. Production of DUALITY was done by Moment Factory (ie. Madonna’s MDNA tour). The original music score was created by musician and composer Vincent Letellier.
DUALITYis a must do free attraction that runs nightly, every day of the year, twice an hour, at Kennedy Plaza on the Board Walk. For a great video, visit http://vimeo.com/45316779
New restaurants and fooderies are popping up all over town — and our regular standbys are upping their menus and game to compete. What does this mean for foodies!? Win win! From fine dining, to fun thrills, to sweets, here’s are top three picks this visit…
Revel Resorts’ Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces served up stunning views, delicious tapas and even live flamenco dancers. While Borgata‘s Izakaya isn’t necessarily new, but it is new to us. When we first read ‘fine dining,’ we yawned. Yet, this experience was anything but boring. This modern Japanese pub had a simple decor but it was also thrilling, dark and mysterious. We sampled sake and sizzled with beef short ribs. We might have had one, two or four (!) desserts here, including a Smore’s milkshake and a chocolate souffle. Last, but not least, was the sugar fest we had at Golden Nugget‘s The Chocolate Box. We made a whole meal out of salted caramel, hand-made truffles, cotton candy gelato and cake balls. While we felt some extra jiggle in our trip to their brand new pool, our worries went right away when the food comma swept in.
We heard ho-hum things about Trump Marina’s pool scene, view and game floor. Nothing ever prompted us to take action. However, when Golden Nugget then came to town and renovated Trump Marina we were intrigued. Who could refuse an invitation to “strike it rich?” We felt like we were in a castle fit for a king with amazing decor, delicious eateries, modern rooms, great views, great slots and a vending machine that sells pieces of gold. (No kidding!?)
We were so enamored by the space from the start that we even fell off the escalator as we gazed upward to the beautiful and massive light sculptures. Note for future: Get off the escalator first before taking pictures! During our stay, we experienced the brand new pool on the roof with a happening bar and rentable cabanas. We enjoyed a sip of wine and wi-fi with with self-pour stations. We toured the colorful and hip Chart House – which was a stark contrast from basic and outdated version in Philly. And slots, oh the slots! We played Jack Pot Party until our hearts content. (Which might have been a few hours too long, but who’s keeping track!?) We didn’t even have to wait in line, as they had plenty top favorites to go around.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
With the launch of Duality and the other gems listed above , Atlantic City continues to solidify its standing as a world-class destination and a “must see” destination. While its fun to stay local in Philly for an hour of slots on Delaware Avenue, nothing beats a weekend or overnight in a newly polished Atlantic City. You’ll be glad you did! When you visit, make sure to Tweet #howidoac so we can follow along!
Stay tuned in the next week for a full photo album from our visit and watch for blogs during future road trips to Atlantic City (and beyond).