- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A look at some of the non-gambling attractions in Atlantic City as the resort city tries to move beyond offering just gambling:

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- The Playground. Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein’s $52 million redo of the former Pier Shops at Caesars project into a music-themed entertainment attraction.

- Borgata Festival Park. $3.5 million outdoor concert facility that can hold 5,000 fans.

- Bass Pro Shops. $15 million outdoors-related superstore in the heart of the city’s shopping district.

- Caesars Waterfront Conference Center. $126 million conference center opening in August to grab a bigger piece of the Northeast meetings trade.

- Tropicana renovations. The casino spent $50 million on renovations this year, including a huge outdoor video display, on top of $25 million in 2012.

- Margaritaville. Resorts spent $35 million on its Jimmy Buffett-themed Margaritaville dining and entertainment complex in 2013, and this year spent another $9.4 million to expand its meeting space.

- The Water Club. $400 million non-casino hotel opened by The Borgata in 2008.

- Borgata renovations: $50 million upgrade to hotel rooms in 2012.

- Steel Pier Ferris wheel. $14 million, 205-foot-tall observation wheel being assembled now in Italy, with installation to begin on Steel Pier by year’s end, along with a zip line ride.

- The Pool at Harrah’s. Enclosed swimming pool by day becomes one of the city’s hottest dance clubs by night, part of a $550 million hotel, spa, dining and shopping expansion in 2008.

- The Claridge. Florida firm TJM Properties purchased the former Claridge for $12.5 million in 2013 and now runs it as a non-gambling hotel. The company is in the process of selling the former Atlantic Club, which it bought for $13.5 million, to a Pennsylvania developer whose plans for the site include a water park and beach bar.

- The Chelsea. Curtis Bashaw’s $110 million boutique hotel with 330 rooms opened in 2008 and could become a small casino under a bill being considered in the state Legislature.

- The Quarter. Tropicana’s Old Havana-themed dining and shopping wing opened in 2004 as part of a $265 million expansion.


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