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On the Boardwalk: Rediscovering Atlantic City

My family spent the 4th of July in Atlantic City as guests of the Atlantic City Alliance. Before our trip, I wrote about how Atlantic City is working to transform its image, and I was not disappointed by the spectacular new Duality show at Boardwalk Hall.

After a short drive from the Philadelphia suburbs, we arrived at the Golden Nugget Hotel. We stayed in a stylish, newly-renovated room and enjoyed dining with our children at the family-friendly poolside cafe as well as the breakfast buffet.

From the Golden Nugget Hotel, visiting the peaceful beaches at nearby Brigantine or the attractions in Atlantic City is easy.  If I’d been in Atlantic City for a girls’ weekend, I would have spent some time at the Tanger Outlets or the Golden Nugget Hotel Spa. Since I was with my kids, we headed to the Atlantic City Boardwalk and its famous Steel Pier, which was originally opened in 1898.  The Steel Pier has classic boardwalk amusement rides like Bumper Cars, a Ferris Wheel and a Carousel that are just the right pace for my four year old yet nostalgic enough for me to enjoy as well.

While my youngest actually managed to sleep through the Atlantic City 4th of July fireworks, my oldest watched in amazement from our picnic blanket on the beach. Following the fireworks, we watched the Moment Factory 3D light and sound show “Duality” premiere at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The “Duality” Show represents a major investment by the Atlantic City Alliance. This free 3D light show will play nightly on the boardwalk, and they hope it will attract new visitors to Atlantic City.

The audience actually gasped when the show started because it appeared as if the building was moving, transforming, even crumbling before our eyes. I’ve never seen anything like this, and my four year old declared it was “magic.”

DUALITY – Atlantic City Sound and Light Show – July 4th from Moment Factory on Vimeo.

This post is brought to you with the support of the Atlantic City Alliance. Join the conversation about the new Atlantic City at #HowIDoAC on Twitter. Find them onFacebook and Twitter.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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