Fleeton Year of Adventure travel blog

Boardwalk entrance to the Showboat, where we stayed the first 2 nights

Showboat and Trump's Taj Mahal (one of only two themed casinos in...

The old Steel Pier, the only one with rides left in existence

The Taj Mahal

Walking the Boardwalk (it really is boards!) - ocean beach on the...

A Boardwalk taxi - cars aren't allowed, so these are big baskets...

A Boardwalk history card of Atlantic City

And another Boardwalk card

And ANOTHER Boardwalk card

From the sand dunes, looking at Ballys' Wild Wild West Casino and...

One of the old, dilapidated piers, at sunset

And the lights are coming on along the Boardwalk...

Taj Mahal lights

The Absecon Lighthouse, right in the city, to the north of the...

On November 8th, we moved into the Showboat Hotel and Casino (we got cheap room rates on the internet). We had a very nice room, and settled in to have a good time, starting with a big buffet dinner. The next day, on Monday, we headed outside to walk the Boardwalk itself, along the seashore. Now, it stretches for a few miles, but we did walk down about 3/4 of a mile to where a number of the bigger casinos were, to look inside all of them. There aren't many of the old piers left in operation: the famous Steel Pier is now midway rides (closed for the season), the big concrete pier is now covered with Caesars' expensive shops, and the oldest pier, now much reduced in size by fire, is carnival games (also apparently closed for the season). A lot of the rest of the space along the Boardwalk is taken up with souvenir shops and bars, like any tourist trap. There is a Boardwalk Museum, which we didn't go to, but it had installed signs which aligned with each street running north-south in the city, even when the streets didn't come all the way to Boardwalk. Each sign was designed to replicate the Monopoly card for that street, and featured interesting facts about A.C. I have included photos of several. We also saw lots of cats! Cats running wild are apparently a problem here, but they are being fed and watered and the population being humanely limited (according to signs), so you see them all over the waterfront. Anyway, by the time we poked around in some of the casinos and had a bit of lunch, evening was arriving so we saw some of the night-lights, and finished getting our daily exercise walking back to our hotel.

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