Planning a reunion is never an easy task, and narrowing down the list of cities and towns where it will take place is usually the first step. It’s vital to consider what types of accommodation, dining and entertainment are available, and also how difficult it may be to arrive at the chosen destination.
Atlantic City, New Jersey, with a location convenient to a large chunk of the U.S. population, provides all the amenities necessary for planning the reunion you`ve been dreaming of. Its vast, scenic beaches, legendary boardwalk and luxurious resorts provide everything groups need for creating a memorable reunion getaway.
What can my reunion group do in Atlantic City?
Choosing a reunion location can be a daunting experience, and a number of things must be taken into consideration. One vital aspect of any successful reunion is having enough activities planned and making sure they appeal to reunion members of all ages and interests. Deemed the entertainment capital of the Jersey Shore, Atlantic City is a place anyone can enjoy. The oldest and most famous boardwalk in the U.S., the five-mile Atlantic City Boardwalk is lined with beautiful, sandy beaches and is a perfect place for group members to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the wooden way, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing and parasailing. The Steel Pier is an Atlantic City staple, where groups can take a spin on the illuminated 220-foot Ferris wheel and new in 2017 an Observation Wheel, debuting in May. Adults can enjoy a night of gaming at any of the seven major casinos along the boardwalk, including Resorts Casino Hotel, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City and Showboat Hotel.
For a unique Atlantic City experience, visit Escape Room AC, where groups are locked in a room and must solve clues and use their wits in order to escape. From high-end retail shops to outlet malls with discounted brand-name fashions, reunions can enjoy a day of tax-free shopping at places like Tanger Outlets The Walk, The Quarter at Tropicana and Hamilton Mall.
To get away from the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist town, visit Sharrott Winery in Hammonton, just a 30-minute drive northwest of Atlantic City, for a day of wine tasting and relaxing. The winery can take groups of up to 50 people with reservations made in advance. They also provides free motorcoach parking.
Groups can explore the many itineraries that Atlantic City has to offer.
Where can my reunion group dine?
While Atlantic City undoubtedly has a wide variety of dining options to choose from, planners need to consider which restaurants can accommodate reunion groups big and small. Carmine’s, an Italian spot, has a fashionable private room with a 25-foot bar and a dining area that can seat up to 200 dinner guests, 300 for buffet-style meals and 350 for cocktail receptions. Included in the space are a private, off-street entrance, private restrooms and coat-check services. Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City offers reunion groups flexible spaces, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and a wide variety of catering options. Seating up to 450 guests, Hard Rock Cafe offers seasonal outdoor events on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The historic Smithville Inn provides scenic dining areas overlooking Lake Meone, private dining rooms with cozy fireplaces and formal banquet facilities. It offers a variety of event packages, including the plated banquets and a group lunch buffet. Other dining options around Atlantic City include Margaritaville and local favorites Angelo’s and Kelsey’s.
Where can my reunion group stay in Atlantic City?
Whether seeking charming bed and breakfasts, luxurious boutique hotels or accommodation options with picturesque golf courses and relaxing spas, Atlantic City is sure to have what you’re looking for. While the seven major resorts are best known as gambling hotspots, they make good lodging choices for large reunion groups. When groups book five or more rooms at Bally’s, they receive complimentary amenities, including exclusive dining reservations, show tickets, VIP entries and chef table dinners. Golden Nugget guest rooms offer modern key systems, an in-room safe, refrigerator, iPod docking systems and 24-hour room service. Non-smoking and handicap-accessible rooms are available. Tropicana Casino and Resort provides reunion groups full-service event planning, catering services, and decor and staging services. Talented, professional consultants will handle every nuance of an event, making reunion planning stress-free. Atlantic City’s five other major resorts ideal for reunion groups are Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Caesar’s, Harrah’s Resort, and Resorts Casino Hotel. There are no shortage of brand name hotels such as Sheraton, Marriott and Wyndham as well.
How do we get to Atlantic City?
New Jersey is conveniently located from 1/3 of the nation’s population and close to East Coast cities such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, so there isn’t a lack of transportation options for traveling to Atlantic City.
Located about 12 miles west of Atlantic City along the Atlantic City Expressway, Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) is serviced by Spirit Airlines. Just 60 miles west of Atlantic City is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), a larger airport option with more flights.
NJ Transit offers train service $10 one-way) from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to Atlantic City. From New York’s Penn Station, groups can take the Northeast Corridor Line to Trenton
Atlantic City is extremely well connected by a number of major highways. Atlantic City Expressway connects Philadelphia and South Jersey, and Garden State Parkway intersects the Expressway about 10 miles away from Atlantic City.