Mallard Bay Elder Vacation 2014: Atlantic City

Bright and early Sunday, September 7th, the Mallard Bay Crew set out on our Atlantic City Adventure.  Four lucky elders and five staff members left the building with much anticipation of what the next three days had in store for us.  We had a beautiful, sunny ride all the way there and arrived at Harrah’s Resort around lunch time.  We felt like royalty as the valet unloaded and parked our vehicles, and as we entered the hotel and casino we were in awe of our surroundings.  We decided to check our bags and grab a quick lunch at the Sack O’ Subs restaurant before heading out on the town. 

Our first stop was The Comedy Stop Café & Cabaret for the Magic & Mayhem show featuring Joe Holiday.  Warren was thrilled to be part of the show as Joe Holiday called him out to answer several questions.  After the show, we toured the Tropicana resort and did some window shopping.  Warren was again in awe when we came upon the cigar shop and he got a private tour of the humidor room where he got to hold a $150 cigar.  After some more browsing, we decided to head back to Harrah’s to check out the sights at our home for the next two nights. 

We had dinner at Primo’s Pizza and then we did a little sight-seeing of the hotel before heading off to get settled into our rooms for the night. 

On Monday morning, we had breakfast in our rooms and then headed to the Atlantic City Aquarium.  We were able to get face to face with some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures and some very unique land species, too.  Arthur got very up-close and personal with one of the small sharks in the touch tank as he not only touched it, but tried to pick it up. 

All of the elders had an awesome time touring three stories of exhibits including various types of fish, sting rays, lizards and even a giant sea turtle.  We also took many pictures of our group and the ocean from the observation deck. 

Next on our agenda was lunch.  We headed to the board walk and our elders got another treat fit for royalty as they were chauffeured in Atlantic City’s famous Strolling Chairs to the Rainforest Café for an amazing meal.  Chuck and Warren said their “big ‘ole steak was one of the best parts of the trip.”  Moise got to feast on her favorite food of fried shrimp and Arthur had fish and chips.  For the rest of the afternoon we traveled the boards and did lots of sightseeing, shopping, and playing games.  Later we headed back to our resort and decided we were so full from our huge lunch that we only wanted dessert so we snacked on various types of ice cream before hitting the slots.  Our elders were mesmerized by all the lights and sounds at the Casino. 

Finally, after a long and exciting day, it was time to turn in to our plush rooms for the night and get ready for day three.  Tuesday morning Arthur stated that he was “on vacation” and did not want to get out of his cozy bed so we treated him to breakfast in bed.  Once we were all up and moving, we decided to go check out the pool and do some souvenir shopping before loading up the car.  We all voted and decided to take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on our way home, which would take us and our vehicles from New Jersey to Delaware.  We stopped at the sub place and ordered lunch to take on the Ferry before saying goodbye to Angie and Dawn from the home office as we headed to our next adventure. 

Once we arrived at the Ferry, we were treated to amazing views of the Delaware Bay.  We reminisced about our favorite things about our trip over lunch.  Warren and Chuck said they very much enjoyed the steaks,  Moise said she enjoyed her huge comfy bed, and Arthur said he enjoyed just sitting and watching all sorts of people walk the board walk.  All of our elders and staff agreed that we can’t wait for our next vacation!