Hey, I'm off to NYC in June and I will be there for a week. This is 'plenty of time' to explore NYC (as we visit regulary) and a few of us were wondering whether to venture south to see Atlantic City for a night or two. I understand that it was the place to be years ago and then took a nose dive, is it worth going? We just want to party and play a little blackjack etc in a cool hotel/casino and figure Vegas is too far away! Our interests basically cover that and are not in the mood for culture, just beers. Also, what is the best method of getting there from Manhattan? There are 4 of us, so a car could work?
I hope you can help and appreciate any help in obtaining answers to these relatively open questions.
I was in Atlantic City a few months ago and enjoyed it. It was a bit quiet because we went midweek and it was winter, but it should be busier in the summer.
There are parts of the city that seem a bit dodgy ... but we didn't really leave our casino - there was no need to. We stayed at the Trump Taj Mahal and really like it. Also, if all four of you don't mind sharing a room it's pretty cheap.
Getting a room in AC on a weekend in June can be difficult. Once the beaches open, the crowds come down. Expect that if you are there peak times (fri-sat) the casinos will be crowded as well.
AC isn't what it used to be, but you certainly can party and gamble. They just opened up a new casino which is pretty nice too.
Going by car is easy, there are also a number of buses that run from the city.
Atlantic City is a bit of a dive, I think. It's okay for a walk along the boardwalk and some gambling, but there isn't much there otherwise. If you've been to Vegas, Atlantic City will seem small and dingy.
Renting a car is probably your best bet with 4 people (unless you are going to drink a lot). You can get the Chinatown buses to Atlantic City - I think it's 15 bucks a person. With 4 people, though, you might as well just get a car. It'll probably be 40 a day.
The other option would be to go to the Mohegan Sun Casino up in Conneticut.