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Eat Stay & Play – Plan Your Family Staycation to Tropicana Atlantic City

In full disclosure, we were given a night’s stay at Tropicana Atlantic City to make this post possible.  We appreciate the Tropicana Atlantic City’s support of Jersey Family Fun and our efforts to find family friendly hotels and destinations for our readers. As always, our opinions are our own


A few things to know about my family and Atlantic City.

  1. I grew up going to Atlantic City as a teen, for day trips and overnights with my mother.
  2. My husband did not.
  3. My children have never been to Atlantic City.
  4. We live in northern New Jersey and our perception of the city hasn’t been overly positive lately.




When we were offered a stay at the Tropicana hotel, on what happened to be our 15th wedding anniversary I was excited!  I remembered when it was TropWorld and I spent time at the amusement park. I knew if we were lucky enough for good weather it would be a great mini vacation. My husband, did not feel the same. All the negative press and the depressing economic situation had him skeptical. My children – they are just thrilled to be in a hotel with a pool – anything else is a bonus! Lucky for us the school district was closed on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, so we could make it a two day trip, with perfect weather forecasted.


We knew Tropicana was one of the best Atlantic City locations for kids. With an arcade, an IMAX theater and more, it was bound to more than bachelorettes or retirees at the property. There would be families! We felt comfortable there and were far from bored. It might seem unconventional, but a family trip to Atlantic City is something to consider – read on for why! For the record – not one quarter was gambled by the adults and we didn’t feel like we missed anything.


Three Reasons To Bring Your Kids to Tropicana Atlantic City


View of The Quarter

View of The Quarter


Shopping and Eating at The Quarter and The Marketplace

If your memory of Atlantic City casinos is a labyrinth of public spaces with restricted casino space taking up most of the area, you’ll definitely think you can’t bring your kids into a casino/hotel building, but you would be wrong. While some properties are still like that, the Tropicana is far from it. Right off the boardwalk entrance is The Marketplace – an indoor area with family friendly eateries and treats. It’s perfect for quick bites, or staying close to the casino or boardwalk should your party need to split up. For sit down dining, shopping, and to just be impressed by the decor, visit The Quarter! We walked through The Quarter multiple times to get to our room at the Havana Tower, and it was always active and inviting. Your kids will marvel at the ceiling that looks like the outside sky and they will definitely want to visit some of the shops! Whatever palate your kids have, there will be dining options for them.


The Beach


Off to the beach!

Off to the beach!


Atlantic City beaches are FREE! For those of us in northern New Jersey, this is a bonus! There are lifeguards, the ocean is a manageable walk from the boardwalk, and there’s plenty of access points. We sat at the Brighton Avenue beach entrance at the Tropicana, and trips for food and the restroom were quick and easy. Just visiting for the day? Parking is available at the Tropicana for a fee that is comparable to other beach towns, and valet is offered.


Free Multimedia Light & Sound Show/ Weekly Fireworks

This summer, experience a weekly fireworks show to top all others! 10 PM every Saturday night through September 10th, fireworks light up the ocean sky to a soundtrack of popular music. We were treated to the first show and were wowed! There were so many being set off that the whole show felt like a finale! It was about ten minutes but felt much longer, with no pauses between booms. It’s a must see.


Take a look at our Tropicana AC Fireworks video. What we posted on Instagram is just a small part of the magic we saw in the air over Atlantic City.

Slo mo fireworks at @tropicanaac #tropit #doac #jerseyfun #jffhosted

A video posted by Jersey Family Fun (@jerseyfamilyfun) on


The Multimedia Light & Sound Show has five new fantasy-themed light and sound shows: The Illusion Show, The Sailor’s Log, Pinball Magic, Fauna and The Stroll. Featured shows play nightly on the Boardwalk starting at dusk with shows at 8:30 pm, 9 pm, 9:30 pm, 10 pm, 10:30 pm and 11 pm (schedule is subject to change). It’s another must see. The graphics are amazing!



Tropicana Atlantic City offers all this and much more for your family to enjoy.  See our Tropicana Atlantic City hotel review for more family friendly features at Tropicana.


For more photos from our stay at Tropicana Atlantic City, see our Facebook Album. Here’s a preview.


Click over to see the rest of our Family Travel to Atlantic City series.

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In full disclosure this post was made possible by Tropicana, who provided Jersey Family Fun with an overnight stay at no charge to make this review possible, but as always all opinions are our own.


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