2017 Roost

September 11-15 | Atlantic City, NJ

Welcome to Coast Guard Aviation Association 2017 Roost at Atlantic City, the ideal location for this year’s Roost with a beach front hotel and casino. September is a great month at the Jersey Shore, with warm ocean water and sunny days. Come join us, kick back and enjoy the sand, sun, and surf.

Atlantic City Attractions

Hotel Reservations

Casino Resort HotelResorts Casino Hotel is situated on 11 acres overlooking the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk and Atlantic Ocean. Without even leaving the property there is a lot to do with at the main casino floor at Resorts, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and a an indoor/outdoor pool offering a summertime feel 365 days a year. Experience a change of latitude when visiting the iconic Margaritaville restaurant, themed coffee and retail shops, 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, and the innovative LandShark Bar & Grill – Atlantic City’s only year-round beach bar. Rumor has it that “Jimmy” will even be there!

Make your reservations soon for this beachfront hotel and casino resort.
Phone: 1-888-797-7700
Group Code: VCGAA17
Group Rate: $59 per night plus tax.  If you want to stay over on Friday night the room rate is $149.00 plus tax.

Make a Reservation

2017 Roost Activities

All activities are tentative, keep checking back for schedule updates.

September 11, Wednesday

Wednesday will feature various local opportunities such as a Cape May Air Museum and Cape May Winery tour, a Cape May Victorian house tour and tour of historic Cape May, a trip to Philadelphia to the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall, a golf tournament, and a poker tournament. All activities will depend on interest as usual and are in the early planning stages.

Reception – 1800-2200

Wednesday evening will be a reception at Margaritaville Restaurant.  The restaurant will be exclusively ours, and YES — we have “highly reliable intel” that Jimmy will be joining us on Wednesday night!

September 12, Thursday

The annual Business Meeting will be Thursday morning.
The banquet will be on Thursday evening.

Explore Atlantic City!

September 11-15 – Early arrivals and self directed activities as desired.

Casinos – Collect those coin buckets or win back your airfare

Caesar’s Atlantic City
 Trump Taj Mahal (now closed – but you can wander by!)
Golden Nugget
Bally’s Atlantic City
Area Attractions

Absecon Lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse – tallest in NJ at 171 ft – 3rd tallest lighthouse in USA, open for climbing – only 228 steps! Gorgeously restored, the lighthouse features breathtaking 360 degree view of seascapes & casinos & resorts. Built in 1857, it still features its original first order Fresnel lens built in Paris. The light is visible for over 19 miles out at sea. Admission includes museum and associated gift shop.

Lucy the Margate Elephant

Lucy the Margate Elephant

Lucy the Elephant  – free to Active Duty military. 
A truly unique NJ original – in fact, its builder holds the US patent from 1882 for “animal shaped construction!” Built on the beach of southern Absecon Island in 1881 to attract visitors, it is a whimsical 65 ft high wooden structure built like an elephant. A designated National Historic Landmark, it is lovingly restored and a “must see” for Atlantic City visitors! Walking the grounds for photos is free, there is a charge for tours, and (of course) an elephant-themed gift shop. Located in Margate, NJ.

Renault Resort & Winery – One of America’s oldest continuously operating wineries, Renault was established in 1864 and is listed on the NJ Historic Sites. As its developer originally came from France, it is the only winery in the USA that is authorized to use the champagne name as they still use the techniques from ancient France. Open for tours year-round, it features wine tastings, two gourmet restaurants, and a championship 18 hole golf course that opened in 2004. Cleverly, Renault won government permission to operate continuously through the 14 years of Prohibition – making “religious wine & medicinal potions.” Only 22 miles (30 minutes) from Atlantic City, located in Egg Harbor Township.

Cape May Painted Ladies

Cape May Painted Ladies

Cape May, NJ – Enjoy the glorious, beach-surrounded community at famous “Mile 0” of the Garden State Parkway (approx. 45 miles from Atlantic City). Home of the USCG’s only Recruit Training Center, and several operational USCG units, this charming burg contains several wineries and many gourmet restaurants featuring ocean views. View the nationally-known “painted Ladies” – the uniquely designed & lovingly restored beautifully ornate homes of the city – relax and tour by bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. Attend the impressive and respectful nightly sundown ceremonies for our deceased military members at Sunset Beach – one of few East Coast beaches that faces the setting sun. Collect the amazing “Cape May tears” (sea glass) from the beaches near the monument to the infamous concrete-hulled ships of WWI, the S.S. Altantis, off Sunset Beach.

IMAX Theatre at Tropicana – 5 story high screens & only movie theatre in Atlantic City
Ripleys’ Believe it or Not
Haunted Tales of Atlantic City


Wildlife/Outdoor Activities:

New Jersey Wetlands

New Jersey Wetlands

Marine Mammal Stranding Center & Sea Life Museum – This unique federal & state permitted facility responds worldwide to mammal and sea life strandings & beachings – and has recovered over 4800 creatures. While some of the center is not open to the public, visitors are welcome at the Sea Life Education Center, observation tank and gift shop. Their main building, a 12-sided structure (a dodecagon!), was originally built to disguise the sonar equipment on the Coast Guard Base that was there on Brigantine Island. Go see what the old USCG structure is doing for the world now-a-days!

Atlantic City Aquarium
Whale watching

Wetlands Institute

Historic Sites:

Touring Options Information – Trolley Tours, Bike rentals, Atlantic City Cruises, Boardwalk Train


Entertainment: Boardwalk Hall – concerts & headliners perform weekly

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Amusement Parks & Family Activities:

Steel Pier Amusement Park – tons of rides, right on the boardwalk!
Ocean City Waterpark – it’ll still be warm in Sep!
Atlantic City Paintball – take out your frustrations with the Roost committee…;)
Jersey Shore Children’s Museum and Story Book Land
Pier Arcade & Speedway – again, walk to it on the boardwalk!