|Diving horses are gone but the streets made popular by Monopoly game boards are still there. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
The good news for Levelers: It's flat.
The bad news for Levelers: Casino hotels are like airports with flashy decor and electronic slot machines. In other words, you will have to walk a lot to get wherever you want to go unless you are content to stay in the casino.
Apologies to casino owners' bottom lines, but that would be a shame.
|Nucky's hotel home. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Hard to miss the Steel Pier. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Games are popular but pricey - $5 a go. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Atlantic City shoreline at night as seen from the end of the Steel Pier. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Strolling the boardwalk is a must. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|A new museum on the boardwalk.Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Mr. Peanut was a popular regular on the old Boardwalk. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Ducktown and Southern Italian cuisine are synonymous. Photo © by Judy Wells.
Head to Ducktown for southern Italian fare. The once marshy area where ducks congregated is where Italian immigrants settled, bringing with them those rich, dense tomato sauces.
|Seafood Zuppetta at Capriccio. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Other arts installations have been introduced to revitalize the downtown but are dwarfed by casinos.
|Absecon Lighthouse. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Gardner's Landing and the back bay.Absecon (Ab-SEE-kin) is the original name of the island now known as Atlantic City and you will find a far less flashy world as you head away from the ocean.
Blocks of pristine, pastel-toned Victorian Modern homes - attached, single, condos - are a successful example of city revitalization and gentrification.
|Boats, breakfast and the view are highlights of Gardener's Landing. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Yum. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Bootleggers' paradise. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Dale Chihuly greets you with a splash at Borgata Water Club. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Good view from Water Club's Immersion Spa. Photo © by Judy Wells.||i|
The better casinos have door-to-door limo services from the Philadelphia International Airport. In town, the jitney service goes just about everywhere for $2.25.