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3 Days, 2 Nights in Alantic City

3 Day, 2 Nights Atlantic City, New Jersey, Summer 2009

Day One, Night One

Atlantic City is a short distance from many major Mid-Atlantic cities and summer time is a great time for a visit. From Philadelphia we always take the Black Horse Pike, and although it tacks on an extra minutes, it is more interesting for the kids (and us). We also love to stop at Peter's Diner (1741 S. Black Horse Pike) for a meal, or snack and we know we are "more than half way" there. Of course there is another major stop on the way, Storybook Land. We have loved Storybook Land since the kids were in diapers. It is an old fashioned themed park with great rides for the kids in a warm, inviting atmosphere. For dinner it's Tony's! That's Tony's Baltimore Grill. This is a great family place, red gravy Italian, great pizzas, great service and one of our favorites.

Day Two, Night Two

Starts with a hearty breakfast at Gilchrist Offshore (734 White Horse Pike). Great pancakes, great potatoes eggs, one of our family's favorite. It also happens to be just around the corner from our favorite U Pick blueberry farm, Legendary Blueberries (511 W. Duerer Street). This all-natural farm uses no pesticides or fertilizers. The berries are awesome, the proprietors are generous and fun (they always have popsicles for the girls) and the bounty is plentiful. The farm usually opens June 25th and runs until July 30th. With our bellies full and the sun shining bright we head for the beach. We love the Boardwalk and the beach at Atlantic City, it's free, it has lifeguards, and it is big.

After a full day at the beach there are two awesome choices for families: the nightly magic show at the Comedy Stop at the Tropicana Quarter (also home of an IMAX theater) or Steel Pier. At the Comedy Stop, Kozak, The Magician, is a star and he likes kids and families; he is a world-class entertainer. Enjoy dinner at the show with a special package put in place by the Comedy Stop. The other option, Steel Pier, will also result in a guaranteed great night of fun. In New York, there's Coney Island. In Florida, there's Disney World. In New Jersey, there's Steel Pier. Here you can enjoy dozens of rides, amusements games and the sights and sounds of the Boardwalk while dining on french fries and cotton candy, what could be better!

Day Three

We like Horizons at the Hilton for breakfast but there are many great choices at the casinos. In the morning choose between the small, but quaint, Aquarium and water front area known as Gardner's Basin or climb the 228 steps to the top of Absecon Lighthouse. For lunch head over to an Atlantic City institution, the White House (2301 Arctic Avenue) for extreme submarine sandwiches. You can admire the walls covered with all the folks that have enjoyed this establishment over the years as you stand in the long, slow moving, and somewhat intimidating line for your lunch. Spend the afternoon indoors at our favorite (and the strangest) Atlantic City attraction in town, Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum or outdoors with a round of miniature golf at Atlantic City Miniature Golf. Before you leave Atlantic City be sure to visit to one of the best candy stores we have ever been, it's Sugar at Caesars Pier.

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