By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’ve been on holiday for a month and have come back to hear from a friend of ours that Atlantic City’s casinos are closed. Is this true?

A: There was a major budget dispute with state governor Jon Corzine and the legislature which led to the closure of most state agencies including New Jersey’s casinos. However, earlier last week the dispute was resolved and the casinos are now re-open. USA Today reported on its web site, “State workers headed back to work Monday after a government shutdown temporarily halted most state services last week and closed Atlantic City's 12 casinos for three days.”

About 45,000 state employees across 31 departments, agencies and authorities were affected. The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority has provided a host of things to do in Atlantic City that don’t require gaming. Suggested activities include:

1. Enjoy Atlantic City’s Beach and Boardwalk. Recently named the Best Boardwalk by Reader’s Digest, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is the perfect place to stroll, ride or be pushed in a rolling chair while enjoying the sights and sounds of Atlantic City. Atlantic City also has some of the finest beaches in the country, with wide, white sand – the perfect place to pitch a blanket and umbrella or sun bathe in a beach chair.

2. Entertainment is king in Atlantic City. From headliners in Boardwalk Hall and each of the 12 casinos to review shows, comedy clubs and more, there is certainly no shortage of toe-tapping music or laugh-out-loud comedians to keep you entertained.

3. Atlantic City is the place to find first-rate accommodations in any of the hotel casino resorts. Try Resorts Atlantic City for the largest standard guest rooms in the city. Splurge on a suite at Tropicana’s recently opened Havana tower. Borgata’s rooms have been meticulously created including marble baths and plasma screen televisions.

4. You can say ahh to a number of spas in Atlantic City. Offering everything from eucalyptus breathing rooms to private skincare lines, there is no shortage of full-service pampering for your vacation pleasure. Borgata’s Spa Toccare features treatments for women, as well as a barbershop complete with billiards for men. Bally’s offers racquetball courts and a weight room.

5. You may not be able to throw the dice but you can take a swing at one of the Atlantic City area’s 20-plus golf courses. In fact, the area is quickly becoming a new golf mecca with high-quality courses. If you’re looking for diversity, you’ll find ocean courses, bayside links, pine-bordered fairways, pristine greens, challenging bunkers and wind-blown sand dunes.

For a complete list of alternative activities, visit the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority Web site at


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