Things I’ll miss about America- Casinos and Concerts

One of the perks about our lives here in America is that we live minutes from the resort town of Atlantic City and I work for radio stations.

DO AC Marketing Campaign - Real Life Recess

Everybody needs a DO AC magnet

That means I’m always in the know when it comes to shows, special events, fundraisers, festivals, and concerts in the area. Atlantic City is so much more than gambling; there’re award-winning restaurants with celebrity chefs, loads of outlet shops, the boardwalk, free and clean lifeguard-protected beaches, surfing, fishing, an aquarium, arcades and amusement rides, posh nightclubs, and an ever rotating selection of shows and concerts.

Boogie Nights- Real Life Recess

Our best 70’s look for Boogie Nights at the Tropicana



On any given night (any day of the year!) you’re promised a great show. Burlesque, comedians, impersonators, light shows,  and magicians- find them all on offer at one of the half dozen Atlantic City casinos.


Boardwalk light show - Real Life Recess

Nightly 3D and light show on the facade of Boardwalk Hall


Being less than a half an hour’s drive from these great venues tempts us to see a lot of shows. Add to the temptation that more than half the time I get the tickets for free from work (radio promotion leftovers- holler!) and we could easily fill up all our free time with AC’s entertainment. In the past two years alone we’ve seen Bruce Springsteen (in Philly, just a short drive), Third Eye Blind, Eddie Money, Kanye West, Motley Crue, Journey, Steve Miller Band, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, John Fogerty, Pat Benatar, Jane’s Addiction, Counting Crows, the Wallflowers, Halestorm, and The Who to name a few.


We saw Jane's Addiction on New Year's Eve 2012

We saw Jane’s Addiction on New Year’s Eve 2012

Pat Benetar

Dressed up for Pat Benatar at House of Blues

Being so close to a resort town also means that a lot of your friends probably work in the hospitality business. More perks!


We’ve gotten to go to Revel’s ultra-luxurious Bask spa, enjoy bottle service at the Beachclub (a day club overlooking the beach with a pool in the center filled with beautiful people), and attend some swanky charity events where we rubbed elbows with the rich.

Phil at Revel Spa- Real Life Recess

Revel Beach Club - Real Life Recess

Don’t know who these guys are

Revel Beach Club

I will certainly miss the occasional rock star status my job and friends afford me here in New Jersey but hopefully those connections will persist and when I come back from Belize to visit they’ll roll out the red carpet for me.

Megan face massage


About the author

Megan Rodden

never met a vacation she didn't like. Megan is a self-centered, snarky, unambitious derelict... like most of her peers.

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