Fodor's Expert Review Bally's Atlantic City
When you land at Park Place and the Boardwalk, you know you're standing on prime real estate. The property, which includes the historic 1860 Dennis Hotel and the grand old Claridge Hotel from the city's heydey, is actually several casinos in one, with multiple gaming floors, 13 restaurants, and two nightclubs. Bally's has a six-story-high escalator, twin waterfalls, and tropical plants. The centerpiece of nightly entertainment is the "Legends in Concert" series, which brings celebrity impersonators to the stage, and sometimes to the tables to deal blackjack. There's always an Elvis, of course, but also Madonna, the Blues Brothers, Adele, Bobby Darin, and a rotating cast of performers. The attached Wild Wild West Casino is a themed frontier town with animatronic prospectors and other sordid characters. This is where you'll find some of the lowest table minimums in town and a hard-partying atmosphere exemplified by beer pong tournaments.