Just 8 miles from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk, Shady Pines Carefree RV Park, 443 South 6th Avenue, Galloway, NJ, is a beautiful small park in a residential area. Only 100 sites, this 55+ park has many trees and is immaculately maintained. The majority of sites hold park models for year round tenants and they are well-kept with colorful plantings of flowers and bushes. They have a large community/activities center, a pool, dog park, and 30/50amp FHU. The campground honors Good Sam and AAA club discounts resulting in $37.80/night.
Shady Pines is 177 miles from our last stop at the Delaware State Campground in Rehoboth Beach, DE. We passed by the large Dover AFB and also Dover International Speedway where NASCAR weekend was revving up and we could see dozens of RV’s parked on the grounds ready for some Friday afternoon tailgate parties.
We passed through some road construction but the majority of the roads were 4-lane and smooth. GPS works well for the trip and the lowest overpass we encountered was 13’11”. The only bad parts were the seemingly umpteen toll booths. We paid a total of $23.35 for our 4-axles coming in. That includes the Delaware Turnpike ($8), the NJ Turnpike ($6.35), and the Atlantic City Expressway ($9). The staff recommended a local Italian restaurant and we found the food to be very good.
Saturday Afternoon on The Boardwalk in Atlantic City has to be one of the top ten spots for people watching! It’s an easy drive from the campground down Rt 30 to Atlantic City. The streets are congested but easily driven with the help of a watchful Navigator. Parking in AC depends on what you want to see and do. We wanted to make a circuit of the city, and have a walk on the famed Boardwalk. We first attempted to park in the garage at Trump Plaza but seeing the sign stating the clearance was only 6’6″ we did a quick turnabout. The casinos have parking and will be either free or just a nominal charge if you have your parking voucher stamped by the casino. There are dozens of parking lots on the side streets leading to the Boardwalk. They charge $5 for 6 hours, and the lots closest to the beach and Boardwalk charge $7 for the 6 hours. We parked a couple of blocks from the beach and walked to the Boardwalk. Niki did well for quite awhile before becoming tired and sore.
There is no end to the offerings along the Boardwalk. All types of food, souvenirs, T’s, jewelery, Ripley’s, and many psychics and tattoo parlors. It’s all beachfront and every style of dress or undress can be seen. We had lunch at a small Italian place on the Boardwalk and were both surprised that it was very good quality. We noticed that many, if not most, of the beach-goers bring their own food with them. It’s definitely a family atmosphere with all nationalities and all languages present, welcomed, and having a good time.
We stopped off for dessert at a DQ on the way home and made a needed evening trip to the local laundromat, grocery store, and also fueled up for tomorrow’s trip farther North ($3.409/Gal) and a night or two in the quiet beauty of Catskill, NY.
From the road on the Jersey Shore,
Jack, Niki, K.C. & B.B.