This city has had its fair share of good and bad days but continues to thrive in all of its glory. A couple of years ago, its residents realized that they lost most of the tourism income to gambling and that they had to offer something more if they still wanted non-gambling visitors. They doubled down on a couple of significant improvements, and now cash sales and non-gambling outlets within the casino venues have grown from 22.3 to 39 percent in the last two years. Let’s check what those improvements are and whether they were worth the investment.
The Hard Rock Casino & Hotel
The staff behind this popular brand have always stated that they were not a gaming, but an entertainment brand. Up until 2018, there were no live shows or performances at this venue. However, before turning into the spectacular establishment it is now, this resort was named the Trump Taj Mahal and provided a fair gaming experience even then. Although, with outdated decor and an Indian-themed exterior, this site was not on top of the lists and was labeled as outdated.
In 2018 the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel was opened, and a few musicians held a ceremonial guitar smash in their new 7,000-seat arena. And if you choose to visit their huge casino floor, you will be satisfied with the choice of 50 table games and a more modest number of slot machines — just around 1,200. Not too shabby, but what you will surely notice is the separated casino space filled with go-go dancers, bringing a great and exciting vibe.
This resort’s membership scheme is what you should go for as soon as you enter the premises since you will be awarded free show tickets, meals, and gift cards that can be redeemed anywhere on the site. Otherwise, you can stroll off the gaming floor to the halls containing the Hard Rock memorabilia where you will find everything from portraits and stage costumes to the personal belongings of your beloved rock stars.
Moreover, this resort boasts one of the most extensive music memorabilia collection in the whole country. So if you are a fan of the Beatles, Presley, Springsteen, or Bon Jovi, there is a piece of their memorabilia waiting for you. And if you consider yourself to be a true musician and wish to partake in jam sessions and revisit some old sounds, you can enjoy in their Sound of Your Stay package and rock out with some of the top names in the music industry.
Also, since this resort is all about the music memories, visit the second floor and take a little piece of hard rock home. The Rock Shop provides a world-class replica of all of your favorite rock icons so that you can bring a memento home. Finally, after a relaxing day, visit the Rock Spa, where relaxation and rock magically work together, giving you a therapeutic experience. Music drives us, and this is precisely what Hard Rock had in mind. So don’t be afraid to get all personal with the music at this venue — just like a real rock star!
The Steel Pier
When you decide to take a walk or you need a bit of fresh air, just steps from the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel resort, you can find miles of beautiful New Jersey beach and the famous Steel Pier, which is the oldest theme park in Atlantic City. This centerpiece of this family entertainment center amuses thousands of visitors every day with some of the best novelty acts around. It is a surefire way to find entertainment for people of all ages.
So take a walk and create unforgettable memories with thrilling rides and panoramic views. Remember, it will only take you a couple of minutes to get there, and the sight of the Atlantic Ocean while standing on the Jersey shore is sure to help up your mood in but a few moments.
The Wild, Wild West Casino
This casino hotel opened its doors and captivated the Atlantic city’s audience with the Wild-West-meets-the-modern-Las-Vegas vibe. This uniquely themed hotel is set just at the Boardwalk and offers over 2,000 suites, combining contemporary decor with the brightly-colored theme of the Old West.
Their recently remodeled Ruby rooms are filled with tube TVs, stale and dark wood furnishings, and zebra-print couches. So if you are not interested in any other activities — get cozy and enjoy on-demand movies and a view of the ocean. However, if you are more into gambling, brace yourself for the classic Vegas grandeur.
There are over 200 table games in their game library to choose from, with staff dressed appropriately — in the true Western style. If you are a slot fan, we are sure that you will be astonished by this casino’s offer — there are over 6,200 slot titles. Visit Billy’s Poker Parlor or play at a casino for real money in the Baccarat Palace, where tournaments are organized every day.
Moreover, the western theme is evident in every detail and corner of this venue. From the Green Valley Bank, which represents the cashier’s cage, and the three-story brick building to the toilet-stall doors and many other Western-themed features. And when it comes to partying, you will find that happy hour never ends at the Mountain Sports bar, where free drinks and discounts on unique beverages are available 24/7. On the other hand, if you prefer a selection of craft beer, we suggest going to Guy’s BBQ Joint and AC Snack Shack, where you will be able to enjoy an abundance of frozen drinks, craft beers, or some of the tastiest tacos out there.
Furthermore, when you finish with winning and dining, try visiting the Buck Wild Arcade — the realm of arcade games available 24/7, where you can test your Pacman skills, play beer pong, or enjoy bull riding.
Finally, if you are not too tired, go to the Party Pit where live performances are held almost every evening. So take a ride on the Patty Wagon, try a perfect taco, or get lost in over 6,000 slot machines and enjoy your ride!
The Tropicana Casino & Resort
This venue went through a significant renovation effort just a couple of years ago, when $90 million was invested, and it shows. Located just a short ride from the Rail and Bus Terminal and within walking distance from other casinos, the Tropicana is set just at the right place on the Boardwalk. Its tower is divided by a spiral staircase that contributes to the feeling of luxury, and even though the decor is not luxurious in every part of it, it fits well with the overall ambiance.
Overall, this resort has over 2,500 rooms to offer and additional 200,000 sq feet of an entertainment complex where you can find over 30 MasterChef restaurants, over 20 bars and lounges, two pools, and two spa salons. However, before we get into the vast entertainment space, let’s jump to the Tropicana’s mega-casino area of 130,000 sq feet of gaming space.
Here, you will be able to play at a casino for real money and enjoy the rich offer of 130 table games, separated poker room with additional 22 tables, and around 2,500 slot machines. While there, join Trop Advantage Players Club and get a bunch of benefits thrown your way. Also, if you are a fan of Asian games, visit the Tropicana’s Jade Palace and enjoy a rich ambiance filled with Pai Gow Poker, Gow Tiles, and many, many more. Finally, when you are done, finish your gambling day with some tasty noodles at the famous Noodle Bar.
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you will be able to enjoy Sake Sushi Spinning at the Okatshe bar. And if you decide to get funky, try Boogie nights and join the famous event — Unleash the Wild. The Primal Men Male Revue group is prepared to make your wildest fantasies come true, with state of the art lighting, dance performances, and video imagery. Ladies, make sure that you have a tantalizing and energetic experience.
Additionally, you can warm up from bar to bar before visiting any of the live show performances, and the best thing is that the whole resort has a discount scheme for devoted guests. Wherever you choose to spend over $30, you will be able to get a discount when visiting the next event. For instance, if you move from Whiskey Five Bar where you drank your cocktails for $30 worth, you can get a discount when running to the next comedy show, magician performance, or a concert.
All in all, the Tropicana is a megaresort with upbeat nightlife energy. No matter if you go shopping, dining drinking, or gaming, the Tropicana will give you a high-end experience!
Overall, non-gambling activities are not the sole reason why the Atlantic city’s economy improved, but this matter is surely a big part of that.
For decades, Atlantic city stood out as one of the best gambling destinations in the Northeast, and it seems that the city is trying to change its reputation for the better. Now, tourists who are not all about the best gambling experience have something else to do. With exceptional nightlife, daily organized events and performances, along with gaming spaces easily comparable to the ones found in Sin City, this city’s overall performance is getting better.
So if you are one of the many who continue to associate Atlantic city only to gambling, we strongly suggest you come, indulge in fine dining, and enjoy many other attractions this city has to offer!