Why Atlantic City is a Great Place to Have a Family Vacation

by Tom Lavecchia

Are you ready to plan a family vacation? Then add Atlantic City to your family vacation list. The coastal New Jersey city is the perfect place to have the kids and family enjoy leisure time together.

1. Location of the Renowned Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey is a perfect place to stay for your next family vacation. It offers many programs, services and specialty offers. The Atlantic City Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has over 20 dining outlets throughout the property to give the whole family plenty of food and beverage items to meet their dining needs. For this reason, outside food or beverage is not allowed on the property. You can use personal-size coolers for medical purposes in the hotel rooms. As for parking, self-parking and valet are available but rates are subject to change based on availability. Learn more about reservations here. All hotel rates are based on single or double occupancy. Each additional guest is $20.00 per person, per night and up to four adults per room.

Photo courtesy of Hard Rock AC

About the Hard Rock Atlantic City Casino

Vacationers rave about the Hard Rock City Casino, year after year because it is truly like no other. The Atlantic City Casino is dressed with a classic rock and roll spirit and it is renowned for its gaming scene.

What we like most about the Hard Rock is the high-energy environment and the variety of slots and table games offered. Hard Rock Atlantic City features 2,300+ slot machines and 130 table games to help you win big— including Asian Table Games such as Pai Gow, Baccarat, Asian Poker, and popular Chinese casino games.

You can also check out Hard Rock SportsBook to bet on your favorite Sports teams & leagues before or during games. Best of all, you do not have to leave your hotel room to enjoy the Casino. Your family can experience the thrill of the Hard Rock Casino Online from anywhere in New Jersey, even if they don’t stay at the Hotel.

Please note: Children of any age may NOT attend a concert or performance deemed for 18 or 21 and over age requirement to enter.

The Hotel Amenities include a pool open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., a Body Rock Fitness Center featuring innovative workout training systems, and Atlantic City meeting rooms that offer the best conference center and event venue in New Jersey. Treat your family to the Hard Rock Celebrity Suite, along with an adjacent room. Yes, these suites have city views and ocean views.

Photo courtesy of Hard Rock AC

But more importantly, don’t forget to visit the Hard Rock Sugar Factory. It is the most Instagrammed Restaurant in the United States of America. With its floor-to-ceiling candy walls, it’s a perfect place for the family to enjoy sweet treats in an array of colors and flavors. The restaurant offers specialty beverages, homemade doughnuts, and pastries. Some legendary desserts from the Hard Rock Sugar Factory are the famous King Kong Sundae ( 24 scoops of ice cream, serving up to 12 people), and Sugar Factory’s signature 64 oz. alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets. You can also enjoy savory crepes, salads, and monster burgers.

Hard Rock In-Room Features include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV
  • WiFi
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Fridge
  • Safe
  • Iron
  • Coffee Maker

2. Atlantic City Beach in New Jersey

The Atlantic City beach has so much to offer vacationers near and far. Your family can enjoy direct access to the sun & sand, with boardwalk hotels steps away from the beach. Take great family photos with beautiful views of the refreshing waves of the Atlantic oceans or lively beach bar candid photos with refreshments in hand. The convenient beach access makes it easy to feel the warm sand beneath your feet throughout the day. Do not forget to relax in any of the nearby cabanas and sip on your favorite frozen cocktails.

3. Great places to eat in Atlantic City with the kids and family 

There are many wonderful places to dine in Atlantic City. Whether it be for a date night or dinner with the whole family, there is no shortage of eateries for you to revel in.

The Yard. This beer-garden-style venue is a popular attraction because it serves great beers, eats, and beats. It has a gastro-pub style, live entertainment, and a curated tap list of local brewers. Some must-try drinks are Spellbound Citra Pale Ale & Spellbound Mango Pale Ale, national brewers, and craft cocktails. The kids and entire family can enjoy 90’s themed arcade games, lounge-style seating, and indoor and outdoor live entertainment. The Yard is located at the Bally’s Atlantic City courtyard just steps off the Atlantic City Boardwalk. After 9 p.m. patrons must be 21 years of age or older.

Casino Cafe & Grille.  If you are a brunch lover or searching for a great place for family breakfast in Atlantic City, New Jersey, The Casino Cafe & Grille serves breakfast and lunch daily as an All-American bar, grille, and restaurant. It is a great breakfast spot for the family to embrace the nostalgia of classic American diners. Enjoy farm-fresh comfort food such as the breakfast combo of eggs, bacon, home fries, and toast. Wake up with freshly brewed LavAzza Coffee and strawberry whipped cream cheese stuffed french toast.

For lunchtime, your family can enjoy the American Burger from Casino Cafe & Grille, which is a half-pound patty of Bally’s signature blend of brisket, sirloin, and chuck beef. The homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches are well-portioned. The Casino Cafe & Grille is a fine selection of Bloody Marys and Mimosas.

4. Great Attractions of Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City offers great attractions for the entire family to enjoy on vacation. Here are some of our favorite Atlantic city attractions:

Ripley’s Believe it or not. If you want to get the kids excited about seeing the unbelievable come alive, this is a must-visit attraction. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Atlantic City, New Jersey is a wonderful place for the family to marvel at hundreds of unusual artifacts and get hands-on with interactive attractions. Venture through the themed galleries to see incredible art, animal oddities, pop-culture memorabilia, interactive games, and stories of people and places that are truly hard to believe. Please note: After more than 25 years at the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the Ripley’s Believe it or not! Odditorium permanently closed on December 31, 2022.

The Arcade on the AC Boardwalk. The Lucky Snake Arcade is a great place to race family to the top at the go-kart center or laugh together as you hit the bumpers and lights on pinball game machines.

Escape room in Tropicana Atlantic City. The Escape AC is a great way to spend time with the family as you work through 60 intense minutes to solve puzzles and riddles that will allow you to escape through the locked door. It is a seriously good time with Escape AC offering four classic Atlantic-City-themed rooms to choose from: The Boardwalk, The Casino Cage, The Poker Room or Backstage. It requires attention to detail, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork to break out of each game room.

Enjoy your Atlantic City family vacation!

About the Author/s

Tom is a lifelong New Jersey resident, Rutgers and FDU alumni and the publisher of The Digest.

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