Dancing Poolside in A.C.

Fall is upon us, but you can still enjoy some fun times poolside. Just take a trip to Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

I’m not a frequent nightclub crawler, but every now and then, I like to dress up and go dancing. And since this past weekend was my birthday, I had the perfect occasion. So with a few friends in tow, I booked a room at Harrah’s, and we headed to its main nightclub, the palm-tree decorated Pool After Dark (harrahsresort.com).

During the daytime, the pool is a typical indoor swim area, complete with lounge chairs and towels as in any hotel—but at night, the chairs and swim accessories are stashed away to make room for packs of stylish guys and girls.

The club has two floors, with multiple bars throughout, and VIP seating options at tables, cabanas or hot tub spaces available for purchase. Above it all is a glass dome structure that let’s you see all the changing pink and blue lights of the resort’s exterior. It’s a very cool sight, especially when you realize you’re still actually in a casino.

I’m not sure what the official swimming policy is for the main pool, but even at night there were a few brave souls splashing around. We stuck to dancing to the DJ and chatting with others near the pool.

The mix of people dancing was great—both young and old—and having a room just right upstairs eased any later concerns about hailing a taxi, or walking back to a hotel late at night. On certain nights, vouchers for free admission before 11 pm can be found throughout the casino. (A promoter offered ours earlier that evening.)

By 3 am, we decided to call it a night. We grabbed a late night snack at the mini food court located right outside the pool, then headed back to the room, my sore feet a reminder that I’m another year older.

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