Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day Five - Jersey Shore

The weather had been forecasted to be pretty crappy on Wednesday so anything we could do was a bonus. We wandered out in the morning to a humid and cloudy day, but no rain.  We walked down to the Korean War Memorial on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.  We had seen it the night before but wanted to get a look in the daylight.  Turns out Jacob was fascinated by it.  It was pretty striking.
In the background is a waterfall with soldiers carrying a wounded soldier.  in the foreground is a soldier holding dog tags.

This was on the other side of the wall to the left of the previous picture (the names of New Jersey's Korean War victims was on that wall).  Another waterfall on this side, and another sculpture of a male and female soldier carrying a wounded soldier.
We wandered up a block to see some other angles of the casinos.  Here's the front of Caesar's...

And here's a co-mingling of Caesar's, Bally's, and the Wild Wild West Casino...

Back up on the boardwalk, we got a daylight view of Boardwalk Hall, a landmark and the original home of the Miss America pageant, as well as other sporting events.

We also checked our the Pier Shops at Caesar's, and pondered grabbing lunch.  However, it was hot and Jacob wasn't hungry so we decided to go back to our room and regroup.  Well, we got a little sleepy and all ended up taking a two-hour nap.  We slept through lunch and figured we'd grab a snack somewhere along the way to the aquarium.  We only ended up passing by one place right at the beginning, so we had to settle for a snack from the vending machine at the aquarium. 

When we got there, Jacob ran right up to this diving tank outside, and willingly smiled without us asking.  Where was that the rest of the trip?!

Once inside, Jacob enjoyed the touch tank with small sharks in it...

We saw a bunch of animals...fish, rays, reptiles, jellyfish, tropical fish, and more.  There was also a touch tank with stingrays, and one was apparently trying to escape.  Here he is trying to climb the wall...his entire snout (?) is out of the water!

Out on an observation deck, Jacob checked out a captain's wheel...

And refused to pose for a picture with the pirate...

But then he wanted a picture with the diver guy after checking out a collection of diving helmets upstairs...

After a short time at the aquarium (it wasn't that big), we decided to head to one of the casinos in the marina district to find a place to eat dinner.  Well, the family-friendly place we were looking for via the GPS was no longer there...so we hopped back in the car to visit the Borgata, the fanciest casino in town, because they had a fast food-filled food court.  However, when we got to the elevators in the parking ramp, there was a sign that no children under 18 that weren't registered guests were allowed in the building.  Seriously?!  So we piled back in the car, frustrated and hungry. 

We decided to head back to the boardwalk and try The Rainforest Cafe.  Once we got there, we discovered there was a two-hour wait!  Johnny Rockets wasn't much better, and we couldn't really do any of the outdoor stands because it was still drizzly--ok to walk in, but not eat in.  Dejected and starving, we decided to head back to our room and just order pizza.  Domino's, no less.  On the way, we stopped in the visitor's center and snapped this picture:


We ate our pizza and watched one of Jacob's movies.  I was pretty bummed about the way the whole day had gone.  We finished off the evening with another walk on the boardwalk, mostly in light rain, but we still got to check out Steel Pier, the Trump-owned amusement area.  No rides this time as the weather was bad, but at least we could say we'd been there.  We headed back and Jacob was wide awake...and he stayed that way for a while again.  Ugh.  So much for going out with a bang.

The next day we were heading back, but we still had a couple fun stops on the agenda...

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