help with atlantic city, is it that scary??

Sep 29th, 2003, 08:12 PM
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help with atlantic city, is it that scary??

Planning a trip for one Sat. night to atlantic city. We've been to Vegas several times and love it! But I've read more than one post that says things like, "Go outside the casinos at your own risk" and "the area seemed very seedy." Is this city that dangerous and dirty? We've done a lot of traveling but not in the northeast. I appreciate any suggestions.
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Sep 29th, 2003, 08:35 PM
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On the Boardwalk and the streets immediately adjacent to the main casinos, it's not especially unsafe. Less safe than Vegas on the main part of the strip? Yes. But still overall low risk.
But the seedy parts nearly abut the casinos. You can't walk too far at night before you're putting yourself at risk.
Don't be fooled into thinking AC is anything like LV.
See it to say you've seen it.
But don't go with high expectations.
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Sep 30th, 2003, 06:19 AM
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We wanted to stay at one of the casinos until I realized how expensive it is for a one night stay (in Vegas we usually stay several nights which makes it cheaper.) Anyway, I have been considering places like the holiday inn AC boardwalk, or even a hotel in Abescon. How is that area? Since some of the casinos say they are steps or a block away from the strip it makes me afraid to stay at those because I'll be walking around. Arrghh, I can't decide what to do! Thanks for the earlier replies.
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Sep 30th, 2003, 07:50 AM
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Re Tobin's reply: Like you're going to get mugged if you "venture too far off the main streets" in Vegas? How far is too far? I totally disagree with this response..based on heresay at best and probably some sort of NYC outlook about safety in cities.
I also agree that AC does not begin to compare with Vegas...look up "seedy" in the dictionary and there's a picture of AC. But most folks going there don't leave the casio area anyway so why worry about safety in a part of AC that you'll never visit?
Sep 30th, 2003, 08:36 AM
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Route #30 in Absecon is perfectly fine, infact much better than most of A.C. All the major chain motels are there at much better prices than the Casinos. It is a short drive to the casinos where you can park. I think they all have parking garages. A.C. is no comparison to Vagas, but fine if you like to gamble and see a show.
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Sep 30th, 2003, 08:49 AM
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what do you find if you look up "heresay" Intrepid? hearsay and heresy are suggested, both of which work fine imo.
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Lots of people tried to talk me out of a night in AC, but I'm glad I did it.

I guess it depends on why you like Vegas. If it's the gaming, you'll like AC -- if it's anything else, you might be disappointed.

Although there are the beaches and the boardwalk, it may be getting a little late in the season. We went the first weekend in November & took small strolls on the boardwalk between casinos.

To be perfectly honest, we went to gamble so we didn't do ANY travelling outside the casino area. If you're planning to do the same, I would recommend staying at one of the casinos. I think we paid around $75 which is expensive by Vegas or Reno standards, but this isn't Nevada.

The only other thing I really remember is that it was pretty crowded on a Staurday night -- sometimes hard to find room at the tables.
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Sep 30th, 2003, 10:22 AM
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The last time I went (3-4 years ago) there were homeless people everywhere on and near the boardwalk constantly asking for money. One guy followed me and my bf around until we ran into a casino to lose him. That was a bit scary. I can only imagine that the situation is worse now since the economy is worse.

My advice: Dress down so that people won't think you have money. Sweatpants are the norm in A.C.

Also: Don't expect it to be like Vegas. I LOVE Vegas, and really dislike A.C. They are so incredibly different from one another. Vegas hotels/casinos have crazy, over-the-top themes while A.C.'s are just...bland. (Blame it on Trump?)
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Sep 30th, 2003, 10:53 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. Now I'm wondering if we should even go. We would probably gamble some, but if thats the only thing good about it then I can wait and gamble when we go to Vegas in December.
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Hey pianogirl,

I agree with the general consensus....there is no comparing Atlantic City and Las Vegas other than the gambling. Especially if you're going at a time when it may be too cold to walk along the boardwalk.

I'd say save your gambling for Vegas or if you really have an itch, go to Mohican Sun or Foxwoods in Connecticut....I actually like them better than AC.
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Sorry, but misspelled MOHEGAN Sun.
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AC is a hoot for a hop down from Philly on a chilly afternoon, for a saunter along the boardwalk and some second rate italian food along the street behind the casinos. But it is a dump, and not worth a night, even if comped, which some clubs do to attract some business around hoiday seasons. Suggest you do what players do at craps, and take a pass on AC.
Sep 30th, 2003, 12:49 PM
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Pianogirl: Don't let some of these people frighten you. Granted, AC is not Vegas, and no, I wouldn't recommend wandering too far from the boardwalk, especially if you're from out of town. That said, I see no reason why you shouldn't go if your main reason is for the casinos. There is the new Borgata casino which is getting a lot of buzz.

I have been to AC more recently then Suzanne, and did not see homeless people all over the boardwalk, nor have I ever had any follow me. Generally, homeless people are harmless, and if you feel uncomfortable in any way, there are plenty of stores and casinos along the boardwalk to go into.

While AC is not on my "favorite places" list, I do like to go every now and then for the boardwalk (very long) and the beauty of the ocean.
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I went to AC with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The area and marshes on the coast are quite pretty. However, once I got to the hotel, I never left until it was time to catch my plane.

Intrepid, what do you mean by "probably some sort of NYC outlook about safety in cities."? NYC is the safest large city in the US.
Sep 30th, 2003, 02:02 PM
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For the last 20 years I have been required to go to AC at least once a year for convention. AC is dismal.

Although there are all these sparkling, shiny casinos lining the boardwalk, walk one or two blocks west and you are in a different world: very scary after dark.

For several years there was this person with no arms and no legs that hung out on the boardwalk playing some instrument to earn money (does anyone remember this?)

The city is so sad because there are hundreds of old folks who flock in every day to "win big" because social security doesnt cover living expenses.

I think something went terribly awry in the planning of AC. You might want to visit just to see how an urban renewal idea could fail so miserably.

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I have traveled alot and there are only two places that I have been that I have felt unsafe , one of them was Atlantic City. I remember I had to walk just steps to the casinos from my hotel and got the creeps. We were suppose to stay three nights but, got out of there the next morning after one night. I don't recommend it at all.
I agree with Doug. We went to Mohegan Sun last Summer and had a blast. I won there too. I thought the slots were very loose. I also, agree that you should wait until Dec. and gamble in Vegas. I would place a bet that you won't like AC.
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Dear "Screen Name" - yes, there was a lady who had NO limbs whatsoever. She played an electronic piano keyboard with her TONGUE!! She passed away years ago. A friend of mine said she made some big $ off tips!! Too bad "pianogirl" missed her!

Anyway, I'm from Jersey, so I don't scare easily. If you are from a sheltered area in the midwest, or something, AC might be too much to handle. Then again, Miss America contestants come here every year, and THEY can handle it! I say go for it, since you like casinos. Look on discount websites, or in the travel sections of newspapers for discounts. Stay in a good hotel (casino hotel, or something on the boardwalk or marina). I stayed at Caesars & had a great room with a killer view of the ocean & the Borgata. You could also stay at a hotel on the highway & drive in (cheaper rates), but I think being in the middle of the action is more fun. You will not get bored if you spend a couple of days there. There is supposed to be an outlet mall opening where that Ocean One mall was (right on the boardwalk), but I don't know if it's completed yet.
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Oct 1st, 2003, 05:29 PM
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I go to Atlantic City quite often and have never experienced a problem with safety issues. Most people that go to Atlantic City often get free comp rooms. Other than that, to stay in Atlantic City is expensive. But if you're willing to spend the money for one night, I would suggest staying at Caesar's, I personally know a lot of the security there, and it is a very nice place. There is also a beach bar right outside of Caesar's that is a lot of fun. For just one night, you'll have to walk the boardwalk. Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe, lot's of cool bars and clubs, and a Saturday nigth will be a lot of fun. Some inside info though, I would suggest going to the casinos on a weeknight. You'll save a lot of money on a room. Also, from what I've heard form people that work there, you're more likely to win if you are playing slots. Hope you have a good time, make sure to get a card from every casino you visit. From Caesar's, you'll be able to go to Bally's, Wild Wild West without ever going outside. You'll receive discount coupons for your next visit if you get the cards.
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While I agree that Atlantic City is definitely not Las Vegas, I don't believe it is as bad or unsafe as many posters seem to believe. Actually, the last time I was there (which, admittedly was over a year ago), I thought it was improving somewhat. Yes, it is true that you should not go out wandering around the surrounding area at night but I don't know why you would. If you're there for one night, there really is no need to go off the Boardwalk. You can walk up and down the Boardwalk to almost all of the casinos (except for the ones in the Marina). There are plenty of people on the Boardwalk in the day and evening, so I wouldn't feel unsafe.

If you're going for one night, I assume that you are not traveling from too far away. Atlantic City is good for a quick weekend getaway but I would not recommend it as an extended vacation or if you're flying from any great distance.

Screen Name -I too remember the woman with no limbs - she would lie on her stomach and some kind of cart and play "Amazing Grace" over and over. It was the only song I ever heard her play. I remember the instrument being a harmonica but Amp322 said it was an electric piano and she could be right. I always had a mixture of revulsion, sympathy and fascination bout the scene. Several years ago, I read that she hit and killed by a car.
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"Limbless lady" (who is immortalized, at least on this board), apparently had several talents... doubling on the harmonica AND the "tounged" keybord! Didn't know she suffered such a horrible death. Shame. We should push for a special memorial on the boardwalk in her honor!
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