When you think of Atlantic City, New Jersey, you probably think gambling and the beach. While that is partially true, this East Coast town offers so much more, from all-star concerts and special events to festivals year round. The Tropicana Resort has just undergone a $90 million dollar renovation in just two years, and it looks fantastic. Take a look at all you can do in this upbeat and vibrant resort – without ever putting your money on a table in the casino.
Ladies, please tell me you take girls getaways! How else can we stay sane with all of the responsibilities as mothers? Don’t feel guilty about taking a little “me time” to cut loose and enjoy time with friends.
Living only 2.5 hours from Atlantic City, my sister and I decided it was time to enjoy a little getaway. Even if it was just one night, we would still have the ability to do whatever we wanted without the kids. Did you catch that ladies? Without kids! The Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City offers many amenities for the ultimate girls getaway, from a spa to ocean front beach access. You will enjoy the time to relax and rejuvenate. Take a look at everything you can enjoy – without gambling – in Atlantic City at the Tropicana Resort. I’m betting you will love it!
Atlantic City Girls Getaway: Tropicana Resort
During the renovations the Havana Tower, located in The Quarter, was completely remodeled. I love this location because it isn’t directly off the casino; instead, the location is right in the middle of great shopping and dining. For a casino resort, the rooms are very large. Many I have visited in the past have small rooms, but this is not the case at The Tropicana. This is ideal for a girls weekend because, let’s face it ladies, we bring a lot more stuff with us than the guys do. The bathrooms also offer two sinks, a big bonus when traveling with friends.
If you are traveling with a large group, you can book a suite. The Tropicana offers rooms to suit groups of all sizes for your girls getaway.
Traveling Mom Tip: If you want to avoid the weekend crowd and still enjoy the nightlife, visit on a Thursday night! Plenty to do and the rooms are half the cost of a weekend rate.
Upscale to Casual Dining
Dining options are endless at the Tropicana. Offering 19 restaurants and a grab and go marketplace, there is surely something for every palate. We dined at Il Verde, the resort’s signature Italian restaurant. I have not had a meal this excellent in quite some time. The hand rolled ravioli was exemplary to say the least. My sister and I certainly overdid ourselves with a stunning antipasto platter, signature salads, pasta and polenta. After that meal, I was ready for bed, not a night out.
If you are looking for something more casual for dinner, try Chickie’s and Pete’s, located on the Casino Floor. This sports bar offers burgers, pizza, their famous crab fries and even seafood pots. We dined here for lunch the next day and were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. If you are looking for late night treats, the Zeytinia gourmet marketplace is open 24 hours and offers grab and go sandwiches, chips and sweet treats. Full disclosure – after a fun night, I ate Juniors cheesecake at 1:30 a.m. in my room, thanks to the marketplace.
When you visit in the summer you can dine al fresco on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk over looking the ocean.
Traveling Mom Tip: The Fiesta Buffet offers a late night a la carte menu from 11 p.m.-4 a.m. if you really need to cure that hunger.
What’s a girls getaway without dancing? When it comes to night life, the Tropicana is king, offering over a dozen bars and night clubs to choose from. Thursday is a slower night and a really great time without the crazy crowds. If I were 15 years younger, I am sure I would love the weekend night life here.
Ivan Kane’s Kiss Kiss Night Club is a brand new club on the scene at The Tropicana. This is certainly much different than any other night clubs in the resort. It is a burlesque club, but in the most tasteful way. Honestly I couldn’t stop watching these uber talented girls. Looking for something a little less risque? Head to Boogie Nights, the ultimate 70’s and 80’s nightclub. It was actually 90’s night and we had a blast reliving all the songs from high school and our twenties.
After you recover from a night out, make a spa appointment to get all the toxins out. The Bluemercury Spa is located in the Tropicana and offers a full service spa experience from massages, facials and pedicures. In addition to offering their celebrated skincare treatments, Bluemercury’s highly-skilled therapists also perform the brand’s world-renowned oxygen facials, therapeutic couples massage, and a special selection of signature luxury body treatments. This is the ultimate way to relax your cares away with your friends.
Shopping, Swimming and Escaping
Remember when I said that you’ll have so much to do, gambling will be an afterthought at The Tropicana? I was being serious. Enjoy a bit of retail therapy in The Quarter in the fantastic boutique shops, or sit back and enjoy Starbucks chatting with friends. If you are visiting in the summer, head up to the rooftop pool or out to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Once the sun goes down, plan your escape at Escape 60, a fun group game.
No matter what your group of friends decides to do during your girls getaway, there is truly something for everyone at The Tropicana in Atlantic City. Bet on it!