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Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

Please help....

First time visitor - how user friendly is Atlantic city? Any ideas of accommodationhotel/apartment good quality -which is near the beach but easy to all other activities/sight seeing etc. Would like pool facities. My husband uses a scooter/wheelchair so we would need to hire one, brought to accommodation. Where is the best time of year to visit?

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1. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

All casinos offer wheelchairs, based upon availabiltiy, for free. I saw one last night in the men's room and it was really in good shape. The city has beach access wheelchairs for free too atlanticcitynj.com/visitors/…access.aspx I suggest calling far in advance. AC is very wheelchair/scooter friendly. All jitneys can accomodate one. There are a few corners in the city without convenient cutouts, but the boardwalk is ideal for them

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2. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

The best time of year to visit is from mid June through mid September, but it is also the most expensive time. I would suggest you consider staying at one of the boardwalk casinos. In the middle of the boardwalk you have Trump Plaza, Caesars and Ballys. The newest casino Revel will be opening sometime soon. and is at the far end of the boardwalk near Showboat, Trump Taj Mahal and Resorts. They haven't started taken reservations yet but I'm sure they will be soon.

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3. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

I would also suggested staying at either Bally's, Caesars or Trump Plaza due to the central location. In addition to being in the middle of the boardwalk you also have The Walk outlet mall right outside Caesars and Caesars is also connected to the Pier Shops which is an indoor shopping mall.

All casinos are ADA compliant so you will not have a big problem getting around or getting a room.

As for the pool, the only pool I remember being handicap accessible is the one the the Taj. They have (had?) a wheel chair lift that would put you in and bring you out.

Bally's charges $10 per room, per day if you want to use the pool. Caesars is free but is outdoors and only open after Memorial Day weekend. Trump Plaza has an indoor pool which is free to use.

The best time to visit without breaking the bank would be midweek in June. The weather will be warm, the crowds won't be terrible and the prices will be reasonable.

"Season" in the north east doesn't kick off officially until July 1 and then runs through Labor Day weekend in September. That will be the most crowded and expensive time to go.

London, United...
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4. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

Thank you for the web site - most intresting. What is Jitneys?

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5. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

What is the weather like in December and January?

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6. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

December and January are cold months. Temps this year have been warmer then normal. It would usual for highs in the 30's f and lows in the teens to low 20's f. Potential of snow would make venturing out in a scooter impossible. A jitney is a small bus that is privately owned and operated and runs the main routes around the casino district.

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7. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

Hi, my boyfriend uses crutches and we spent a week at Caesars last summer at the end of July. Like others, I recommend Caesars due largely to location. We were in the Centurion tower, which we found convenient to both Caesars and Wild West Casino. We were able to go to the Outlets, the Pier (is that still open???) and the Boardwalk with relative ease. One thing I will say is finding an elevator is not that easy! We wanted to go down to the Boardwalk and the elevator signs are hard to come by. Once we found it, it was much easier to figure things out. (we found this to be the case with most casinos we visited though, the elevators were few and far between).

But there were accessible ramps in most areas, if a little out of the way.

The room was well equipped and roomy. The shower is a roll-in with a shower bench, but we also requested a secondary shower chair. Using crutches, my boyfriend found the marble flooring WAY too slippery and we brought in one of the chairs just in case.

In my opinion, there weren't enough handicapped accessible parking spaces. Too often, we had to park on the uppermost floors, which wasn't a big deal, but looking for a spot made me really frustrated by the sixth floor!

Harrahs parking is across the street from the casino, but they do have a handicapped person drop off/pick up area which we found convenient when parking in the garage.

Please let me know if I can help at all with further information!

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8. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

All of the casino/hotels and larger hotels are fully wheelchair accessible. However,you must ask for and reserve a fully wheelchair friendly room.It will have a bigger shower and more room to use the toilet.All casino/hotel bathrooms have one urinal lower than the others for wheelchair use and one stall that is large with handles to lift yourself onto the toilet. All city sidewalks have ramps at intersections and ramps lead down to the beach.I would highly recommend a boardwalk hotel/casino for your stay.The boardwalk is a full 4 miles long. So make certain your electric vehicle has both a full charge and the range for your sight seeing.So don't forget to plug it in at night. As for a pool I would call the hotel/casino you are interested in staying in. Make certainThey have one and it is open and not down for maintanance.

The best time to visit? Summer would have the best weather. Here is a link to Atlantic City average tempatures by month.

weather.com/outlook/…USNJ0015

This is a map showing casino locations

http://www.theatlanticcitycasinos.com/

This is the Atlantic City weekly it is free along the boardwalk in boxes. It has entertainment information.

http://www.atlanticcityweekly.com/

London, United...
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9. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

Kittykittygrr - thanks for the info...

Caesars looks good - although the price/tariff is all over the place. This visit is for my husbands birthday.

Do you think two weeks would be too long in AC? If so could you suggest an additional location.

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10. Re: Additional needs visitor using a wheelchair

Thanks Dave12038457 I would hire a scooter or wheelchair, do you know if the hotels would do this for us? useful links for infomation!!

As we are from UK, USA is quite expensive for us. Are there any voucher books 2 for 1 in resturants etc.

I notice with Caesars hotel breakfast in not included - is this usual?