Back in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, my parents would take me and my sisters to Atlantic City for a week each summer. Other family members would often come along. Sometimes, we would sneak people into one room when money was tight. And what memories we made. Traveling with family in Atlantic City included adventures and hilarity. Adults and children away from home, smelling the saltwater, shopping for taffy and fresh roasted peanuts and rolling chair rides are some of the best times in my life. We often stayed at the Chelsea Hotel, which had a pool on the roof. Going from splashing in fire hydrants to a unique resort was heaven. Most of time was spent outdoors, reveling on the beach or seeing the sights.
One of my fondest family travel memories was trying Kentucky Fried Chicken for the first time. A gang of us were in the movies on a rainy day. My father snuck the food into the theater. As we munched on it, one person looked at us, and then all eyes were on us as the aroma wafted through the room. You’d never know what you would find in Atlantic City in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s. My mother was given a sample of Pampers on the Boardwalk. It was the first time she had ever seen a reusable diaper. There were hawkers selling their wares, waffles with ice cream, a magic card stand and Lucy the Elephant.
Before gambling was legalized, this summer resort town was filled with families strolling along the Boardwalk. It was a safe place where I and my cousins were allowed to walk to and on the Boardwalk on our own. Family travel memories in Atlantic City won’t be forgotten.
Connie Roberts is a professional blogger who makes it her mission to advocate for people with medical issues. Travel with a disability is not a struggle, but an opportunity to see the world and let others see that it’s possible and a lot of fun. Tweet with her @ConnieFoggles.