ATTRACTIONS IN LAS VEGAS

When you think of Las Vegas you think of bright lights, slot machines and Poker tables but Vegas has so much more to offer than this. As well as playing on the slots, catching a show, and shopping in the designer stores you could check out some of the hundreds of attractions that are on offer.  Just a caution however, you will be hard pushed to fit in a fraction of these during your trip, unless of course you plan to stay for 6 months!  My tip would be to have a look at the main attractions I’ve listed below and make a list of the things that really appeal to you.  You will then get to see the places that you wanted and not get disappointed that you didn’t have time to fit in that one place you were leaving to the end of the holiday but couldn’t because you ran out time.

HOTEL/CASINOS - PAID

Below are a list of attractions that are in some of the hotel/casinos that you have to pay for.  I’ve listed the price for tickets but please note that whilst in Vegas you can pop into the numerous ticket stands that are doted around the strip.  These ticket stands sell the tickets at a discount and are well worth visiting before buying tickets direct.

PAID

The Venetian - Gondola Rides

Location:  3377 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV, 89109

Price:  Shared x 4 seats $24pp, private x 2 $96

Times: Sun - Thurs, 10:00am - 11:00pm

             Fri - Sat, 10:00am - 12:00am

This is another attraction that can be found in a shopping Mall but this time in the hotel/casino the Venetian.  The shopping Mall is designed to make it feel like you are walking the streets of Italy and I have to say it really works!  To help to add to this, they have added canals with working Gondolas that you can ride on.

New York - New York - The Big Apple Coaster

Location: 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Price:  $14 individual ticket

Times:  Sun - Thurs, 11:00am - 11:00pm

              Fri - Sat, 10:30am - Midnight

If you like the thrill of a rollacoaster then you will want to check out this ride outside the hotel/casino New York, New York. 

Paris - The Eiffel Tower Experience

Location:  3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Price:  $17 Adult ticket

Times:  Mon-Fri, 9:30am - 12:30am

              Sat & Sun, 9:30am - 1am

Just like the real thing you can take a glass sided lift to the top and view the 360 degree giddy heights of Las Vegas.  This attraction is half the size of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and 46 stories high.  The views from the tower are particularly good at night due to all the lights around the city.  This would be a good opportunity to take a loved one to the observation deck for a bit of romance.

Stratosphere Tower - Insanity Ride

Location:  2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV, 89104

Price:  $20 - $39.95

Times: Sun – Thu, 10:00am – 1:00am

            Fri – Sat, 10:00am – 2:00am

 

Ok so this ride isn’t called Insanity for nothing! This ride hangs over the side of the Stratosphere tower, 900 feet high and tilts and spins up to speeds of 3 G’s.  This really isn’t for the faint hearted but for any thrill seekers out there, this is defiantly something to stick at the top of your list.

The Venetian - Madame Tussauds

Locations:  3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

Price:  $29.95

Times:  10:00am – 7:00pm

I’m sure that most of you reading this have heard and may have even visited a Maddame Tussauds before.  In case you haven’t, then this attraction in full of 100 life like, waxed works of the most famous stars.  You can get up close and even grab some pictures of your favourite celebrities.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

The list of attractions below are places that can be found around the Vegas Strip and also in Downtown Vegas.  These are the attractions that you won’t find in any of the hotel/casinos and again, I’ve split these attractions between free and paid.

The Linq - High Roller

Location:  3545 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Price:  $23

Times:  24 hours

 

The high roller is located at the Linq Promenade which is an outdoor plaza containing shops, restaurants and entertainment.  The High Roller itself is a huge observation wheel, think the London Eye. At the top, it will give you access to a 360 degree view of the Vegas Strip.  The High Roller is open day and night and offers different perspectives at both times of the day.

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BEST FREE THINGS TO DO IN VEGAS

 

Las Vegas is a fantastic place to visit and it is most famous for its casinos, but if you are not much of a gambler or want to take a break from the tables then there are tons of places, attractions and other fun things to do around the strip. You may be surprised  that some of these don't cost a thing and are great things to do with the family.  Don't be put off and think that these places are not worth the visit, they do say that the best things in life are free!

The list below highlights some of the best activities, attractions and things to do for free which is concentrated around the Vegas Strip. This list will initially introduce you to the 'best of free' found at the hotels and casino's and continue with other locations around the Strip.

CAESARS PALACE FALL OF ATLANTIS

LocationCaesars Palace Forum Shops

Cost: Free

Map:  Forum Shops

Times: On the hour, Sun- Thurs, 11:00am-11:00pm

                                   Fri - Sat, 11.00am-12pm

Whilst walking around Caesars Palace Forum shops you may welcome a little rest stop.  Located in front of the Cheesecake Factory, you will get to see the statue of Atlantis and his children come to life.  This animatronic show tells the tale of King Atlas who has to decide which of his children will rule the throne.  This show has the works, smoke, water, fire and a large dragon! The special effects and the fact that this is free, it is a great little bit of entertainment for 10 minutes.  Caesars Palace statue show times run on the hour so time this just right whilst in the area and you will enjoy this freebie.

The Mirage Volcano

Location:  The Mirage

Price: Free

Times:  Sun - Thu, 8pm and 9pm

              Fri - Sat, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm

This is one of the oldest of the free attractions on the strip and is still one of the most popular.  The Volcano uses sound and visual effects to bring the Volcano alive and you can really feel the heat from all that fire!  This really is a must see to anyone who hasn’t been to Vegas before.  Tip: Time this well and get to the Mirage about 20-30 minutes before the volcano show starts as this attraction brings in a lot of people.

The Bellagio - Botanical Gardens

Location:  3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Price:  Free

Times:  24 hours

The gardens are full of a bright array of plants and flowers, over 14,000 square foot and the display changes depending on the season and have their own magical twists.  This is quite something, although the gardens are not very large and will not take up a lot of your time.  Go check this out though if you are in or around the Bellagio.

Circus, Circus - Worlds largest permanent Circus

Round up, round up to a great activity that all the family can enjoy based at Circus, Circus.  Here you will find the worlds largest permanent circus showcasing performers from around the world who perform acts such as the flying trapeze, strength and balance, clowns, juggling, acrobats and uni cycles. 

 

Back in the early days of Circus, Circus these acts could be found performing above the players on the casino floor with just a net between separating the two! Now however the acts can be found upstairs in the carnival midway, which is on a separate level above the casino floor.   Circus, Circus first opened it's doors back in 1968 and the famous Midway appeared in the James Bond blockbuster, Diamonds are Forever.

 

The shows start from 11.30am daily and be warned there is very little seating available so the advice is, arrive 15 minutes earlier to grab yourself some seats with great views to avoid any disappointment.

Whilst at the Midway you may also want to check out the arcade and carnival style games/old fashioned fair ground games that are available, just a caution, this part is not free.

 

Just a word of warning, Circus, Circus it is technically based on the Strip however, it is a little off the beaten track and can be a bit of a trek.  This shouldn't be a problem however if you are staying here or have access to a bus pass.

Bellagio - Fountains

Location:  3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV, 89109

Price:  Free

Times:  Mon – Fri, 3:00pm – 8:00pm every 30 mins; 8:00pm-12:00am every 15 minutes.
Sat, 12:00pm – 8:00pm every 30 minutes; 8:00pm – 12:00am every 15 minutes. Sun, 11:00am – 7:00pm every 30 minutes; 7:00pm – 12:00am every 15 minutes

 

The fountains are another popular and famous attraction on the strip, and there’s a good reason why.  The fountains squirt water high into the air which is perfectly timed to a sound track.  Each showing plays a different song so even if you watch this once you can catch another showing and you will see something new. 

 

Tips this is a popular showing so get here early to get a good view. 

The Wildlife habitat at the Flamingo

Within the grounds of the Flamingo Casio and Hotel and a stones throw away from all the hustle and bustle of the The Linq there is a great little attraction for the whole family to enjoy.  The wildlife habitat is home to a varied number of birds, fish and turtles including parrots, swans, ducks and of course flamingos.  Time this just right and you may just catch one of the two live feeding times.

Las Vegas Sign

Location:  5200 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Price:  Free

Times:  24 hour

 

Unless you have been living under a rock then you would have seen pictures of the infamous ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign.  This sign is located south of the Strip in the middle of a busy highway.  Be advised however that there are crossings which will enable you to cross safely to where the sign is located.  Once there you can wait in line to take pictures in front of the sign.

 

Tip:  This is located by Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino so it’s a long way down the strip.  I would recommend buying a bus ticket that will take you south of the strip, once you have the bus ticket you are able to jump on and off the buses for a 24 hour period.  There is a bus stop just outside the sign and another on the other side of the road which will enable you to get back up to the main strip.  More about the buses can be found in the transport section of this website.

The Golden Nugget - The Hand of Faith

In Australia back in 1980 Kevin Hillier found a gold nugget weighing 875 troy ounces just 12 inches below the surface using a metal detector.  It is the largest nugget ever found by using a metal detector in the world.  This nugget was then sold The Golden Nugget hotel casino for over 1 million dollars.  Today The nugget can be viewed by the general public by heading towards the back of the casino and entering the hotel area and locating the display case found just off the lobby.

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