Today’s Atlantic City Airshow will feature a colossal star, guaranteed to overshadow everything else in the sky and draw a massive crowd to the resort’s beaches.
Please welcome, the sun.
A forecast of temperatures in the mid-80s with little cloud cover means the only thunder over the Boardwalk this year will be from the five hours of pilots soaring overhead. And the only thing in your way will be hundreds of thousands of other people.
The best move you can make is arrive early. Airspace closes at 10 a.m., with the first flyby scheduled at 10:30 a.m. The earlier you get there, the better — not only to avoid traffic, but also to grab a good location on the beach.
To do that, there are the three main driving routes — the Atlantic City Expressway, Route 30 and Route 40/322. On both the expressway and Route 40, there are park ’n’ ride locations, where you can park outside the city and pay $10 for a jitney to take you to the Boardwalk and back.
The Route 40 location at Bader Field takes you to the end of Albany Avenue, while the expressway location, near the visitors center, takes riders to Indiana Avenue, closer to the show’s center at Boardwalk Hall.
There are also trains to the Atlantic City Convention Center, within walking distance of the beach, for about $9 round trip from Hammonton for adults and even less from Egg Harbor City and Absecon.
That is assuming you’re planning on going into the city, which isn’t the only place to watch the show. Brigantine’s beach is another popular area to watch, as are private and chartered boats in the water. Parts of the show can be seen all the way down the island, and Ventnor is waiving its beach fees for the show.
But the center of the event, where most of the action is focused, is out front of Boardwalk Hall, between Mississippi and Florida avenues.
That’s where parachutists plan to land, where music and announcements about the show will be made and where many of the pilots enjoy roaring over the crowd.
The Pier at Caesars, Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar at Bally’s, Trump Plaza Beach Bar, Boardwalk Beer Garden, the Cabana Club atop The Chelsea and Atlantic City Hilton Beach Bar are a few of the other locations with rooftop or outdoor seating for watching the show.
People have also watched from the top floors of parking garages in the past.
Farther north on the beach, a sand-replenishment project since last year’s show has opened up more viewing areas there.
Revel casino, while still under construction, will host celebrity chef Jose Garces’ Gaupos Tacos food truck, selling gourmet Mexican fare. The huge new resort venue will also be welcoming people into its visitors lobby for a sneak peak of the building.
The best thing to do once the planes stop flying at about 4 p.m.? Stay put.
The mass exodus after the show is all but certain to create traffic jams, so it’s smart to plan an evening in the city, especially since the resort and its businesses try to encourage people to stay anyway.
Immediately after the show there is a free concert at Kennedy Plaza, where Mississippi Avenue meets the Boardwalk, featuring Louisiana zydeco band Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience as well as Allman Brothers Band tribute act Lil’ Martha.
Besides that, the city has a wide variety of new restaurants, bars, clubs and shows since last year’s airshow. You can get more info about these and a variety of other events in town by clicking the At the Shore link on www.PressOfAtlanticCity.com.
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