Strolling along a timeless boardwalk – Atlantic City, NJ
Our short visit to NYC was just that – too short – but we had to keep moving on our southward migration. We continued southeast of New Jersey into the Atlantic City area. Our plan was to see the historic Boardwalk in Atlantic City, and to take a breather after that hectic stop in NYC. The weather had been cooperating, but the forecast for our arrival in AC was rain and wind for the next few days. So, we wasted no time hopping in the car to visit the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk.
The original boardwalk was built in 1870 and opened on June 26th of that year. At that time, it was one mile long and built as a solution to keep sand away from the railroad tracks and hotels. The city used $5000 in bonds to build the Boardwalk, which consisted of individual 12 foot long wooden sections, 10 feet wide. No commerce of any kind was allowed within thirty feet of the walk, and for many years it was actually disassembled at the end of each summer season and put in storage for the winter months.
Fast-forward 140 years – the Boardwalk has survived business debacles, heavy use, hurricanes and fires. Today, the Atlantic City Boardwalk has expanded and runs along 4.5 miles of the beach. It’s the backbone of this seaside resort city, providing access to hotels, resorts, casinos and many other businesses. And, it continues to help keep sand out of those hotels and casinos!
I discovered that in the board game “Monopoly”, the value of the Boardwalk has even been updated to keep up with the current real estate values. Bet you didn’t know that! Oh, you probably couldn’t care less…
If you get tired of walking, you can hop into a “Rolling Chair” and enjoy the boardwalk while being pushed in a wicker stroller. Introduced in the 1800’s, Rolling Chairs have been a boardwalk fixture to this day. The wicker, canopied chairs-on-wheels are manually pushed the length of the boardwalk by attendants. Steve thought it looked like folks were being pushed around in big baby strollers, and he refused to get into one. How infantile of him!
Stemming from the Atlantic City Boardwalk are several piers featuring a number of attractions. Steel Pier, originally known for showcasing the world’s top entertainers, is now a place for thrilling amusement rides and games of chance. However, we were not amused to discover it was closed on the day we visited. Steve may not like baby strollers, but he loves roller coasters!
With summer over, the beach was pretty empty. I was all alone and a bunch of sea gulls trying to catch a few rays. I can imagine how packed this place would be during the summer months, though.
Another way to enjoy Atlantic City (besides gambling or playing Monopoly) is to have dinner and drinks at Borgata, one of the newest casino hotels. My lovely niece Maristelle and her friend Christian showed us one way the city can be enjoyed – over big Margaritas, of course! Cheers to that!
Back at our home base (Chestnut Lake RV Campground), I snapped a few pictures of the area – before the big Nor’easter arrived (Steve’s first). The park was quiet (read Steve’s review here), except for the sounds of the migrating geese flying overhead. I think these guys are trying to tell us something!
We were inundated with wind and rain during the next few days. It seemed to follow us as we moved on to New Castle, Delaware, where we mostly just stayed home and did trip planning while waiting for it to pass.
Next up: Frantic sightseeing at the nation’s capital!