By Erin Behan
Yes there is more to Atlantic City than gambling (although with 11 casinos, there’s plenty of that, too), but once the cooler weather sets in you’ll have to skip sunning on the beach. On your fall or winter Atlantic City vacation, you might set your sights on something more pedestrian — a walkable Monopoly board, sitting in front of Bally’s Atlantic City. It’ll put life-long Monopoly gamers in the mood to wager.
Bally’s constructed the game board, which includes larger-than-life dice and the famous green houses, red hotels and signature game pieces, located at Boardwalk and Park Place, naturally. And, yes, you can “Pass Go! Collect $200,” which is also the name of the casino’s promotion for a chance at more than $1 million in prizes through Dec. 2 (see, plenty of chances to gamble!).
After a romp on Reading Railroad, it’s time to explore the Boardwalk’s rich history via walking tours downloadable on iTunes. There are 17 short episodes set at famous Boardwalk locations (Central Pier, Boardwalk Hall and various casinos among them) courtesy of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. You’ll get just enough info to feel like you’ve learned something but nothing too strenuous on the grey matter — hey it’s vacation after all.
Of course a trip to the Boardwalk wouldn’t be complete without a stroll by the newly installed replicas of storefronts from the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” The 108-foot-long façade showcases storefronts from the series. Get photographed in front of Babette’s Supper Club, Fralinger’s candies or the Steel Pier, and impress your relatives back home. You’ll find the stretch of faux storefronts in front of the West Hall of Boardwalk Hall near Florida Avenue.
Erin Behan is a freelance writer and editor in Brooklyn, N.Y., who counts good food, intoxicating drink and adventurous travel among her favorite things.