Atlantic City has some pretty great restaurants (at least 13 of 'em!), but you'll probably never go to any of them. Why not? Because you're supposed to wait an hour after eating before you go swimming, and that's something you definitely won't want to do after checking out our list of AC's eight most epic pools:
H20 Pool + Bar
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino (address and info)
Sure there's a pool, and hot tubs, and a fire pit, and private party cabanas, but this rooftop swim spot's also got tennis/basketball courts (!) and a cafe/bar, where -- instead of what the place is named after -- you should probably order the Spiked Tea (four different types of booze w/ a "splash" of Coke), and maybe some coconut shrimp tacos.
The Pool at Harrah’s
Harrah’s Resort (address and info)
Thanks to its towering glass roof, this 86,000-gallon water park/weekend party destination boasts lush tropical plants, chirping birds, and year-round 82-degree humidity, not to mention hot tubs, VIP cabanas (with a TV, iPod docks, a mini-fridge, bottle service, etc.), and an elevated deck/bar, where you can gorge yourself on lobster rolls and boozy slushies for as long as you want without worrying about getting sunburned, since the dome above you is UV-absorbent.
Revel (address and info)
This heated, year-round pool starts inside and winds past an island in the center and a "play zone" stocked with pool tables and big screens, to the outdoor roof deck, which you could skip altogether, since the enclosed section of the pool has floor-to-ceiling windows that make you feel like you're already out there.
Blue Parrot Beach & Pool Bar
Tropicana Casino & Resort (address and info)
With both an indoor, year-round pool and an outdoor, seasonal one (called the Blue Parrot Pool Bar), this secluded, outdoor oasis with ocean views on the sixth floor of the North Tower is the perfect place to sprawl on a lounge chair and let the world slip away... at least until the DJ starts playing and the cocktail waitresses start serving drinks with names like the Frosty Sunbather.
The Chelsea Hotel (address and info)
Located on the fifth floor of this casino-less spot, the CC's a Vegas-style destination complete with some seriously pimped-out cabanas (they've got plasma TVs, mini bars, PlayStation 3s, and a DVD/game library) and DJs spinning all day on weekends.
The Rooftop Pool
Caesars Atlantic City (address and info)
It may be smaller than its counterparts, but it makes up for it with a killer canopied bar and an adults-only sun deck with lush chaises and waitresses who'll keep the drinks/room service eats coming, or set you up with a cabana that comes with either two drinks and a fruit basket, or a massage... from a professional, not from the waitress!
Indoor / Outdoor Pool
Resorts Casino Hotel (address and info)
This domed, indoor/outdoor pool offers an adults-only swim every hour, but it's almost completely unnecessary, 'cause this place is almost never packed, making it the perfect place to take in some sun on their sprawling tanning deck, while consuming a copious number of frozen cocktails from their frozen margarita machines, in what passes for privacy at AC's pools.
The Water Club
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (address and info)
This Mediterranean-style spot sports five heated pools -- two indoor, two outdoor, and a 25-yard infinity-edge lap pool -- plus a bar partially hidden by palm trees, eats from Manhattan Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, private cabanas, and no kids, since you've got to be what you haven't been getting at the tables, 21, to get in.
1. Golden NuggetHuron & Brigantine Blvd, Atlantic City
2. Harrah's Resort Hotel & Casino777 Harrah's Blvd, Atlantic City
3. Revel500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
4. Tropicana2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
5. The Chelsea111 S Chelsea Ave, Atlantic City
6. Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City
7. Resorts Casino Hotel1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
8. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City
With a 75,000sqft casino, 728 guest rooms, a nightclub, a 462-seat theater, and a beer-filled outdoor paradise called The Deck, you can experience the wonders of Atlantic City without ever leaving The Golden Nugget.
With its marina setting, a casino packed with 3,800 slot machines and over 40 poker tables, and famous Pool After Dark, Harrah's is the ultimate adult playground. Did we mention there are bikini clad go-go dancers at said pool? Yeah... you're welcome.
Buckle-up, this aptly named beachfront resort houses two ridiculous entertainment venues, a full-floor casino, a nightclub entirely devoted to the art of the burlesque striptease, and thirteen different places to chow down, proper or pauper style, depending on the dice.
The Tropicana more closely resembles an all-inclusive resort than a normal hotel. With ample dining options, a health club and spa, live entertainment and nightlife venues, and the only movie theater in Atlantic City, you'll never run out of things to do. And that's without mentioning the expansive casino that provides nearly endless ways for you to gamble your money away.
On a mission to return "glamour and sophistication to America's Playground", The Chelsea is Atlantic City's wealthy cousin, who still wants to feed you booze but in, like, the exact right kind of glassware. Note that it is also casino-less, so you'll have to get a bit more creative about losing all your money. Perhaps while crowd surfing at one of their pool-side DJ parties, or at their packed lineup of relaxation/restaurant/nightlife options.
Caesars Atlantic City has it all: spectacular hotel rooms, a variety of casual and fine dining options, a relaxing spa, the pier shops, bars, a nightclub, and an indoor pool. Don't let these amenities distract you from the real reason you came to AC though. Try your luck at slot machines, poker, table games, and race book. If that doesn't work out, then you can head back to the spa.
This spot is actually the VERY FIRST hotel/casino ever built in AC. With a modern Margaritaville-vibe, Resorts also rocks a pool with an "adult-only" swim. So. Yeah. Do that.
The Italian-chic, 2000-room Borgata is home to a 161000sqft casino, two event venues, four nightlife concepts, a spa, and an Iron-Chef heavy lineup of restaurants, including Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck. Skip the Boardwalk and just live here for a month.