On The May Fast Track: Showboat Opening The Raceway At Lucky Snake

Written By Bill Gelman on April 11, 2022
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When it comes to family-friendly entertainment, Showboat Atlantic City is literally racing toward the finish line.  The Raceway at Lucky Snake is targeting a May opening.

Don’t bother looking for it along Pacific Avenue as this custom-designed, 40,000-square-foot indoor electric go-kart track will be indoors.

According to the press release,

“racers of all ages will travel through the theme of ‘escaping Las Vegas’ on high-performance electric go-karts custom manufactured in Italy.”

For an added bonus, drivers will have the option of filming their ride experience. All helmets will be equipped with 4k cameras.

After exiting the car, racers can upload the riding experience to Facebook or Twitter.

Showboat upping family-friendly offerings

For those thinking an indoor go-kart track concept seems out of place, it’s not.

The Showboat is sandwiched between Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Casino Resort. Plus, Steel Pier is footsteps away.  They each offer entertainment amenities.

But as far as the Showboat goes, the Raceway at the Lucky Snake is part of a bigger business plan.

“We continue to break the mold on what entertainment looks like in Atlantic City, and the recent addition of go-karts to our ever-expanding venue is yet another example of that commitment,”  said Brandon Dixon, president of Tower Investments, the owner of Showboat.

Here is a rendering of what the indoor raceway will look like.

Adding laps to Showboat Lucky Snake experience

When Bart Blatstein, founder and CEO of Tower Investments, purchased the Showboat from Stockton University in 2016, slots and table games were not an option. A deed restriction prevents the Showboat from offering casino gambling.

When the property reopened during the summer of 2016, it included a vacant casino floor. However, that changed last year when Blatstein unveiled the Lucky Snake Arcade. And we aren’t talking about another run-of-the-mill Atlantic City Boardwalk arcade here.

At over 100,000 square feet, the Lucky Snake is the largest arcade and entertainment center on the East Coast.

Once the raceway opens, it will be even bigger.

For guests who prefer not to get behind the wheel, plans call for various elevated viewing areas where family and friends can watch while playing different arcade games and enjoying food and drinks.

Additionally, the Raceway at the Lucky Snake will host its own go-kart racing league.

There will be an educational component as well in which students and campers can be trained on the mechanics of the go-karts by licensed professionals.

Island Waterpark under construction

Making the Showboat a full-fledged family resort is a several-year transformation.

And the biggest piece of the puzzle – the Island Waterpark – is targeted for a 2023 opening. The official groundbreaking took place earlier this year. Despite taking place outside in the middle of January (swimming pools included), there is excitement surrounding what the finished project will look like.

Here is what we know about the 103,000 square-foot aquatic attraction so far:

  • Estimated cost: $100 million
  • Retractable roof to make it a year-round destination
  • Amenities will include water slides, pools, a zipline and an adult-only area

And a little more than a year from now, guests will be sitting on rafts floating around the lazy river.

For those wondering what are the odds of the Island Waterpark opening around Memorial Day 2023, don’t bet against Blatstein.

“I promise you, this is happening,” Blatstein said during the January press conference.

Rendering provided by Showboat Hotel 

Photo by AP/Wayne Parry
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Bill is the Managing Editor for PlayNJ. He graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Starting as a lead writer for PlayNJ, Bill's focus is on the NJ sports betting and online casino industries. He frequently analyzes how and why NJ online revenue records are set on a monthly basis. Bill also makes regular trips to Atlantic City to meet with casino executives and cover gambling-related events. Bill appears on The Atlantic City Boardwalk Talk and Why Eagles Why podcasts, both of which can be seen weekly on YouTube.

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