Known for its casinos, boardwalk, and beaches, Atlantic City is a great place to go and have fun. Of course, the beautiful views also add to the overall mix that makes this resort city a special one.
Atlantic City comes with a very interesting story as, in an attempt to revitalize New Jersey in 1976, voters passed a referendum that approved casino gambling in this location. Second to Las Vegas as a gambling destination, it’s easy to understand why this was a very good decision for the local economy at the time.
However, just like in many other areas around the world, there are some things that make this city a great one, and others that make it not so great. The key here is to be informed beforehand and avoid any potential risky situations.
Although the initial thought might be that the city is not necessarily one to enjoy with your family, don’t leave the convertible car seat at home right away, as you can surely find plenty of attractions that you can enjoy with your loved ones.
On the other hand, there are some places you might want to avoid, so let’s take a closer look at what these might be.
The Boardwalk and side streets
This iconic part of the city is one that you can surely enjoy, especially since all the fuss around the casinos is nearby. However, the same cannot be said about the side streets that are further away from it.
This general rule applies in most of the cities around the world, namely that you should avoid small, dark streets, especially after sunset. The same applies in this case, so keep close to the touristic part and you’ll be fine.
Although the casinos in Atlantic City are lively and even kids are welcomed most of the times, you might want to check their reputation before venturing from one to the next. This is because some of them are not such fun environments as one might think.
Moreover, there are numerous individuals outside of the casinos that might try to take advantage of tourists, either by running scams or offering illegal services, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
This is not everything, as you should also make sure that all of your belongings are securely on your person and not lying around loosely even within the casinos. Given the wide range of people that step into these places, you can never be too sure about who is sitting right next to you.
Although this might seem rather scary to even think about, the parking garages can be a potentially dangerous place. As we’ve said before, it’s better to be informed and, more importantly, constantly aware of your surroundings.
When it comes to parking garages, you should try to park as close as possible to the elevator and avoid walking for too long from or to your car, as this means additional exposure to potential thieves that might be around.
This might seem a little funny but it’s something to consider, especially if you are traveling with children that might get easily scared. The seagulls are the famous boardwalk birds that are just about everywhere.
They fly very low, just above the heads of the visitors and, if you have food on you, they might be pushy and try to get it, so beware.
Power in the numbers
Since this principle works well in most cases, it’s a good thing to take a moment and remind ourselves that many times the best idea is to have a larger group of friends or family that you walk around the streets with. This way, you can worry a little less than if you were to be alone.