Dueling Pianos

Friday, 24 July 2015 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

The love for piano bars in Las Vegas makes a lot of sense. Las Vegas is a town of excess and doing one thing at a time is never enough. Sitting at a bar and drinking often needs something else. In Las Vegas there’s something extra for everyone. The entertainment of dueling piano players while you’re having a couple drinks is similar to a sports bar showing fans the different games on TV.

There was a time where the piano bar was among the most popular attractions in Las Vegas. That’s not the case today but there’s still a desire for this form of entertainment. In fact, rumor is that the Tropicana will be adding Dueling Pianos to their entertainment lineup soon.

Here’s a look at where you can catch Dueling Pianos in Las Vegas:

 

Bar at New York New York

This is one of the most popular piano bars in Las Vegas. This bar is so popular that there’s often a line to get in. Every night from 8 p.m. – 12 p.m. you’ll be able to enjoy dueling pianos at the Bar. There’s always a cover charge for dueling pianos at The Bar unless you live in Las Vegas. Locals get in free with valid state ID. If you must see the dueling pianos here it’s recommended that you make a reservation. There’s a daily happy hour from 3-7 to get you primed for the dueling pianos. There are multiple TV’s to keep an eye on the games if your friends, your drinks and the dueling pianos aren’t enough entertainment.

 

Napoleon’s Dueling Pianos at Paris Las Vegas

Napoleon’s Piano Bar offers 3 different piano experiences: solo, comedic and dueling pianos. If you’ve never noticed Napoleon’s in the casino that’s because it’s located in the promenade/mall area. You may have to walk into a part of Paris that you’re not too familiar with. The small throwback venue offers a custom cocktail menu and wine list that’s perfect for filling the two drink minimum. The comedic piano players play the hits from old party classics to current pop music and they play almost all of the audience’s requests. The entertainment starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.

 

The Piano Bar at Harrah’s

Harrah’s is home to what is probably the most popular Dueling Pianos in Las Vegas. The main attraction at The Piano Bar are identical twins Kim and Tamara Pinegar who show off their piano skills in this ultimate sibling rivalry as they compete for your applause. If you visit The Piano Bar when they’re not performing you may be treated to karaoke or Big Elvis. Gamblers know that there are a couple low limits craps tables just outside of The Piano Bar.

 

Other Piano Bars In Las Vegas

While Dueling Pianos on the Vegas Strip is a raucous time you can find piano based entertainment at other venues around Las Vegas.

 

Eastside Lounge at Wynn Las Vegas – Michael Monge and his band performs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 9 p.m.

Petrossian Bar at Bellagio – Live pianist’s from 10 a.m. – 12:45 a.m

Don’t Tell Mama on Fremont Street – A New York-styled Piano Bar, with an open mic. beginning at 8 p.m.

 

Renovations Everywhere

Thursday, 23 July 2015 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

We often look forward to entirely new Las Vegas projects because they’re just that – 100% new. Sometimes it’s easy to look past some of the less grand renovations and upgrades that will affect a visit to a hotel and casino right now or in the near future. There’s actually a slew of renovations and upgrades happening to hotels and casinos up and down the Vegas Strip.

 

Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan was sold to Blackstone Real Estate Partners last year and they announced that the property would undergo a bunch of changes in order to make the hotel and casino profitable. Those renovations are underway and include the following: Book & Stage is closing to make way for a new lounge concept. Another new hotel lobby bar may also be built. 46 new hotels are currently being built in previously unused space. There will be a new restaurant or nightclub built atop the East Tower of the hotel. Other plans haven’t been revealed by Cosmopolitan yet but they will focus on bringing more life to the casino floor. There are rumors of a new location for the sports book which is currently on the second floor and a new poker room being built but these haven’t been confirmed to actually be happening.

 

Encore

Wynn Las Vegas recently announced that all 2,034 suites in the Encore Tower will undergo renovation this summer. The renovation includes updated furnishings, floor coverings, technology, aesthetics and record-setting custom bed linens with 507 count sheets, the most of any hotel in the world. The room modification includes upgraded 55-inch 4K televisions, as well as enhanced technological amenities such as convenient USB ports and outlets for mobile phones and tablets at bedside and desk with environment controls allowing guests to adjust curtains and lighting from the comfort of their Wynn Dream Bed. New rooms at Encore are expected to be ready this fall.

 

The Mirage

The Mirage has been slowly renovating their casino floor off and on for the past couple of years. The sports book was upgraded a couple of years ago and looks to have a whole new life to it today. Earlier this year the Poker Room was closed and renovated. The new poker room is smaller and prettier than its predecessor. The casino cashier now occupies some of the space from the old poker room. It was moved to make way for a 5,000+ square foot Center Bar which will give the entire casino floor a new look and vibe. Construction on the Center Bar is happening right now and won’t be finished until fall. Expect a little congestion when playing table games at The Mirage for the next couple of months.

 

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo and New York-New York have both been under renovation for the past couple of years. The goal of the work is to create a synergy between the two properties that lead to a new arena that’s being built behind New York-New York. This park-like area will have new restaurants and bars and it won’t feel as though you’re walking between two hotels as much as will feel like you’re walking through a park type atmosphere that happens to be surrounded by hotels. Eater Vegas is reporting that the Blue Man Group Theater will be demolished to make way for a large concert hall. We should expect many more renovations coming to this part of Monte Carlo before the new arena opens next April.

 

Bonus Nugget

Mandalay Bay just finished a renovation of their hotel rooms. You can see a preview on their website.

 

5,000 Seat Theater at Monte Carlo

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

We recently teased you with some major news happening at Monte Carlo. MGM Resorts, who owns Monte Carlo, is planning on building a new theater at the hotel and casino. This ramps up the expansion of The Park area in between Monte Carlo and New York-New York. Let’s look a little deeper into this theater and what remains to be build for project because it will reshape this part of the Vegas Strip.

The new concert venue (name still TBD) will amplify the vibrant entertainment district that’s taking shape on the west side of the Vegas Strip in between the two casinos. The plan for the theater includes a robust calendar featuring special engagements by many of the music industry’s most-celebrated performers once it’s open. We should also expect to see some resident artists performing here to help fill the holes. 365 days and nights in a year is a lot of options.

With more than 7 million entertainment tickets sold in 2014 alone, MGM Resorts’ performances are unrivaled in Las Vegas. The company owns and operates two arenas (MGM Grand Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay Events Center); two Las Vegas Strip festival lots (62 acres); seven theaters housing Cirque du Soleil production shows; 14 theaters for concerts, headliners and comedy performances; and more than two dozen lounges and nightclubs. Additionally, MGM Resorts is currently developing a new world-class Las Vegas arena behind New York-New York.

This isn’t just a run of the mill theater for MGM Resorts. The 5,000-seat venue is unlike any other MGM Resorts property has in Las Vegas. For perspective, consider that Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues, where artists like Santana and Heart play regularly, seats about 1,800. The Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage, where Boyz II Men perform, seats a little more than 1,200. The Mirage’s LOVE Theatre, the largest of the Company’s Cirque showrooms, seats 2,000.

While The Park and unnamed arena are expected to open in April 2016, the new theater at Monte Carlo is projected to welcome its first act near the end of 2016. This will round out a lively entertainment district that will include not only the new 20,000-seat arena, but also Toshiba Plaza, with its permanent stages, and many new Food & Beverage venues lining The Park.

This announcement and construction will also bring the relocation of two resident shows; Blue Man Group will move this fall to Luxor, while the Jabbawockeez will dance across The Strip to MGM Grand.

Some of the bars and restaurants planned for the area that haven’t opened yet include Bruxie (cafe), Sake Rok (sushi bar and lounge), beer garden, Robert Mondavi Wine Experience (wine bar and restaurant), Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar.

Once complete the idea is that this concept of shopping, dining and entertainment will resemble LA Live in Los Angeles. The project has evolved a few times since first being announced so don’t be too surprised if there are changes over the next year or so.

The 5 Worst Casino Bets

Friday, 17 July 2015 by Blog Category: Gaming.

Last week we told you about saving money in Las Vegas by making the right wagers. Playing games with a smaller house advantage extends your bankroll and gives you a better chance to win in the casino. This week we’re going to look at the other side of things. Making bad bets are the easiest way to lose money quickly in the casino.

Below you’ll find some of the worst wagers you can make in the casino. If you enjoy the games or specific wager or game feel free to play it but approach with caution or limit your wagers. For example, I only allow myself $20 per penny slot game. I know it has a large house edge but I love playing them. This just helps minimize the damage while maximizing fun.

 

Blackjack Insurance

If you play blackjack with perfect basic strategy you can bring the house edge to almost zero (actually 0.20% on a game with favorable rules). Blackjack is a great game that involves just a little skill. One of those skills is to avoid buying insurance when the dealer shows an Ace as their upcard. Depending which blackjack game you’re playing the house edge on insurance can be almost 8%. When you play blackjack you’ll almost always see other players wave off insurance as soon as they see the dealer’s Ace. Follow your fellow players.

 

Big 6 Wheel

The Big 6 Wheel is a game anyone can play. It involves absolutely no skill and you’ve probably played a similar game before ever walking into a casino. You’ve grown up seeing variations of the Big 6 Wheel at carnivals. The game is easy, you place a wager on a number (or dollar amount) and if the wheel lands on your number you win. There’s a reason this game is displayed so prominently as soon as you walk into a casino. The Big 6 Wheel comes with a huge house advantage ranging from 11% on the $1 wager to over 24% if you play the joker or wild slot on the wheel. If a casino game looks to easy that’s because it comes with a large house edge.

 

Craps Prop Wagers

You can make certain wagers when playing craps that take away almost the entire house edge. When you play the pass line with max odds your house edge can be as low as 0.00099% depending on the odds available in the casino. Unfortunately the craps table is littered with bad wagering options. Most of these are the proposition (or prop) bets you see in the center of the table. The hard way wagers (rolling doubles) have a house edge between 9% and 11%. The worst wager at the craps table is that “any 7” will show up on a roll. The house edge on “any 7″ is 16.67%. Avoid the center of the table and you’ll be safe from the bad wagers at craps.

 

Live Keno

Live Keno (as opposed to video keno) used to be a popular casino game but that popularity has waned over the years and you’ll no longer find a live Keno lounge in every casino. They still exist and should probably be avoided. The game is played similar to the lottery where you pick a certain amount of numbers and when a ball matches enough numbers selected you win. Prizes vary depending on how many numbers are hit and where you play. Live Keno has almost a 25% house edge depending on which casino you play. Over time you’re going to lose $25 of every $100 wagered at Live Keno. That’s more than any other game in the casino.

 

Penny Slots

The casino floor isn’t filled with these bright, shiny and loud games because they’re the most fun slot machines to play. They also give the casino a large house edge without even paying a dealer. While high limits slot machines may have a house edge as low as 4%- 5%, the penny slots may have a house edge as high as 15%. A 15% house edge may not seem like a lot when you’re playing a game at 9 cents per spin but some of these games have a maximum wager above $5 per spin. Even though the house edge is the same for each type of spin you feel it a lot quicker when you’re playing that higher maximum wager.

 

 

Downtown Vegas aka Old Vegas aka Fremont Street brings a great collection of new and old Las Vegas fun. Downtown Vegas was more of a gambling pit stop than an destination for much more. That’s changed a lot in the past few years as casinos have been renovated, new shopping areas have been built and new restaurants and have opened.

Today you’ll find some great places to eat that offer a wide spectrum of options from modern to classic and casual to fine dining. Whether you stay in Downtown Vegas or just visit the area it’s now a fantastic location for destination dining. Recently a friend visited Las Vegas from out of town and we specifically made plans to go downtown for dinner one night.

You’ll see that (dinner) recommendation below as I outline 3 meals that you can eat throughout the day for under $30. With that in mind these restaurants are all casual and all delicious. These are all meals that will make you rethink how you dine on a budget in Las Vegas.

 

Breakfast – $7.75

pancakesDuPar’s Restaurant & Bakery at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino offers diner/cafe style food. To be honest most of the menu is pretty average and few dishes really stand out. The superstar at DuPar’s are the pancakes. Ohhhhhh, the pancakes! These are the most fluffy and perfectly cooked pancakes you’ll find in Las Vegas. They’re topped with a ladle of drawn butter which seems like the secret ingredient that makes the dish. Stick with the short stack for $7.75 so you don’t get too weighed down. This makes the perfect late night snack if you’re in need of a “4th meal” but it’s a great way to start the day.

 

Lunch – $9.95

Le Thai is one of the newer free standing restaurants you’ll find in Downtown Vegas. It’s located just outside of the Fremont Street Experience in the Fremont East section downtown. The food is all fresh and affordable with most, if not all, dishes under $15. The quality of the food and relative small size make this one of the more crowded restaurants for lunch as it has become a favorite of people that work in Downtown Vegas. Nothing on the menu is outrageously priced but the lunch special may be one of the best deals you’ll find. For $9.95 you’ll get a large, delicious plate of food and a drink. It’s worth the wait if you show up on a busy day.

 

Dinner – $8

pizza-rockPizza Rock is another great new(ish) free standing restaurant in Downtown Vegas. It’s located on 3rd Street across from Downtown Grand and one block from the Fremont Street Experience. It’s a fairly progressive pizza restaurant with a menu full of great options. To date, I haven’t had a disappointing meal here. If you’re not in the mood for pizza or other Italian dishes you can step over the the burger section of the menu and have one of the best you’ll find in Las Vegas. While some items on the menu may be pricey there you’ll find one of the best Happy Hour deals in Vegas here. The 3-5-7 Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. until close. You can enjoy an appetizer of 3 meatballs for $3 and a main course of a personal pizza with one topping for another $5. Together you’ll be perfectly full for the night. If you’re a beer drinker you might want to enjoy a few craft beers they offer on tap but we’re just focused on the food today.

 

These three restaurants offer a great variety of dining from breakfast through dinner. 3 meals for under $30 is hard to beat when you’re on vacation in 2015. If you want to add drinks to your breakfast and dinner you can still dine all day at these restaurants for under $50 per person. Welcome to 1990’s pricing for some of today’s best food!

 

Alon Las Vegas Will Exude Luxury

Monday, 13 July 2015 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Not much is known about Alon Las Vegas yet. Last week local Las Vegas media got their hands on some of the plans for a new casino to be built on the Vegas. Alon Las Vegas will be built on the land once occupied by the Frontier across the street from Wynn Las Vegas and next to the Fashion Show Mall.

 

Last year billionaire and casino mogul James Packer purchased 34.6 acres of land next to where Resorts World Las Vegas is currently under construction. Now we vaguely know what his plans are for the land. Alon Las Vegas will be a new brand of luxury hotels for Packer. The Las Vegas location of Alon will be the first built for the brand and will become their flagship property.

 

If the name James Packer rings a bell it’s because he isn’t a stranger to the casino business or Las Vegas. Packer owns Crown Resorts in Australia and has toyed with the idea of opening a casino-resort in Las Vegas a couple of times in the past. Joining Packer at Alon Las Vegas is Andrew Pascal who most recently helped open SLS Las Vegas. Pascal knows the luxury gambler market in Las Vegas as he previously worked closely with Steve Wynn at Wynn Las Vegas.

 

In an interview last year Pascal told the writer to expect unparalleled luxury from this project once it opens. We now have a glimpse of what Alon will offer as a casino-resort. Alon will have only 1,100 hotel rooms spread out among two towers and villas (for perspective Wynn has almost 3,000 in its main tower). The larger tower is currently referred to as the “Resort Tower” while a smaller tower is being referred to as the “VIP Tower”. There isn’t detail of how the villas will be arranged just yet.

 

Details on the rest of Alon Las Vegas are sparse right now as the information hasn’t been officially released yet. The only other notes about the property is that there will be a nightclub, pool and a ballroom. Alon responded with the following statement after plans were found by local Las Vegas news outlets.

 

“Alon Leisure Management, LLC is a new leisure and hospitality company with a focus on developing one-­of-­a-­kind luxury resorts. The destination of the company’s first project, Alon Las Vegas, is strategically located on the Las Vegas Strip and will contribute to the revitalization of the market.

“Alon Las Vegas is a gaming resort being developed on the historic Frontier site. As the flagship destination, Alon Las Vegas will set the creative tone and operating tempo for the company’s developments.

“‘Central to our vision for Alon is the careful consideration, creative exploration and uncompromising execution of the resort experience. We are building a team of seasoned industry operators, entrepreneurs and global designers who bring a fresh, new approach to what we think the future of Las Vegas should be,’ said Andrew Pascal, founder, CEO & co-­chairman of Alon Leisure and Alon Las Vegas.

“Alon is envisioned to include approximately 1100 guest rooms and suites and will provide a full complement of integrated resort offerings. The project will generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs for Nevada residents.”

 

There’s no construction timeline for Alon Las Vegas. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon. New casino-resorts openings are always exciting.

 

New Vegas Players Club Partnerships

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 by Blog Category: Gaming.

Last week MGM Resorts and M Life announced a new partnership with Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity’s Captain’s Club and MGM Resorts’ M life players club members can choose from exclusive premium offers throughout the year. These offers include complimentary cruises for qualified M life Platinum and Noir members, and Captain’s Club members can enjoy benefits and special access at MGM Resorts’ destinations including concerts, events, entertainment venues, restaurants and more.

This partnership encourages guests to sign up for both loyalty clubs as it offers rewards for members of both. The current MGM Resorts/M Life cruise partnership with Royal Caribbean is still in tact (you can find details here). This means you now have two cruise partnerships to choose from if you’re an MGM Resorts M Life rewards member. The addition of Celebrity Cruises just adds to your travel options when you’re in the mood to cruise.

M Life has some of the most robust players club partnerships that you’ll find in Las Vegas. M Life is currently partnered with Hyatt Hotels, Southwest Airlines, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Avis, Pinnacle Entertainment (casinos), Cirque Du Soleil and more. You can find more information on these and other partnerships on the M Life website.

M Life isn’t the only Las Vegas players club with outside partnerships. Here’s a quick look at some other partnerships:

  • Caesars Entertainment (Total Rewards) – Hawaiian Airlines, Starwood Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line, 1-800-Flowers and more. You can find more details here.
  • Cosmopolitan – Marriott Hotels
  • SLS – Hilton Hhonors and other sbe venues across the country.
  • Tropicana/M Resort (Penn National) – Carnival Cruises
  • Venetian/Palazzo (Grazie) – Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG)
  • Wynn (Red Card) – Southwest Airlines

 

Generally the larger the Las Vegas players club the better the chances are that they have rewards partners aligned with their hotel and/or players clubs. These partnerships may or may not offer you casino players club points but they will offer you savings that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Casino-resort operators are constantly looking to expand their marketing reach so you should expect to see more partnerships between Las Vegas casino-resorts and non-Vegas businesses in the future. While the big names may be leading the way you will find some partnerships with smaller properties in Las Vegas.

Right now Best Western and Casino Royale may have the most surprisingly useful partnership on the Vegas Strip. Many people stay at Best Western hotels across the country while traveling for business. Earning loyalty club points from work to use on a hotel for vacation right in the center of the Vegas Strip is a pretty sweet.

Years ago I stayed at Planet Hollywood for the first time because of their partnership with Starwood. Planet Hollywood became my go-to hotel in Las Vegas for a few years after that visit.

These partnerships allow you to try new hotels, airlines, cruise lines and more for free or at a discount just because of your love for Las Vegas. The world might be a better place if all things we loved were so giving.

 

4th of July in Las Vegas – Hot Spots

Monday, 29 June 2015 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Independence Day is just a few days away and Las Vegas is ready to celebrate. The Vegas Strip will light up in a way you’ll only see a couple times during the year. There are fireworks from Mandalay Bay to Stratosphere but that’s not all the fireworks action. You will find excellent fireworks shows off the Vegas Strip if you’d rather avoid the crowds.

 

Vegas Strip

 

Mandalay Bay – Mandalay Bay Beach will have concerts featuring the band 311 on July 3 and 4 to go along with their fireworks. Both shows will be followed by a fireworks show above the south end of the Vegas Strip. Doors open at 8 p.m. and performances start at 9 p.m. Tickets to the concert are $55.

 

Caesars Palace – Caesars Palace will begin their fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. sharp on July 4th. The fireworks are visible outside from most hotels in the center of the strip but you’ll get some of the best views from the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris and the High Roller observation wheel at The Linq.

 

Stratosphere – This fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. sharp and will go off from various points atop the Stratosphere tower. You can see these fireworks best from the Stratosphere but SLS Las Vegas has some excellent vantage points as well.

 

Off Strip

 

Green Valley Ranch – GVR will have a fireworks show on July 4th just after 9 p.m. The “We Love Locals’ July 4th Fireworks Blast” will be a nine-minute fireworks show produced by the world famous Grucci’s of New York. The fireworks can be seen outside just about anywhere in Henderson.

 

Red Rock Resort – Red Rock will have a fireworks show on July 4th just after 9 p.m. The “We Love Locals’ July 4th Fireworks Blast” will be a nine-minute fireworks show produced by the world famous Grucci’s of New York. The fireworks can be seen outside just about anywhere in Summerlin.

 

Specials

In addition to fireworks you’ll be able to find food and drink specials at different hotels and restaurants on the Vegas Strip. This special at PBR Rock Bar is one of the better deals available.

PBR Rock Bar is keeping it classic for the Fourth with a Burger/Dog + Brew combo deal. For just $15, guests can enjoy most of the restaurant’s specialty burgers (not including The Double Trouble) or hot dogs, plus a 16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon draft beer on Saturday, July 4. Guests can sit outside on the renovated patio’s picnic-style tables for a traditional Fourth of July vibe. They’re also offering the Cold One deal which is a Rock Dog (100 percent beef foot-long hot dog with bacon, onion, tomato, jalapenos and cheese) and a 16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon on draft served for 50 percent off, or right around $11.

 

Independence Day is one of the busiest times of the year in Las Vegas. With July 4 falling on a Saturday you should expect larger crowds than normal. If you want to see a show or go out to dinner make sure you have tickets and reservations.

 

 

5 Un-Vegasy Things to Do in Vegas

Friday, 26 June 2015 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Las Vegas is synonymous with many things including being called Sin City. It’s possible to have just about anything you can imagine when you’re in Las Vegas. That’s a large part of the mystery that attracts people to visit. However, not everyone is in the mood or needs to do something just because they can only do it in Las Vegas. There’s some comfort in doing things that are familiar. Here are some things that should be familiar to you at home but you probably wouldn’t expect to find or experience in Las Vegas.

 

Relive Your Childhood

Visit the Pinball Hall Of Fame is actually something you’ll only find in Las Vegas but it’s something you may still enjoy back home. You can relive the pinball games you grew up with. This interactive pinball museum is both historical and fun. The interactivity will cost you a quarter or two but the fun is free. The Pinball Hall of Fame is just off the Vegas Strip at 1610 E. Tropicana so you’ll need to hop in a cab for a quick ride.

Visit pinballmuseum.org for more information.

 

Check Out The Fishes

There are two options in Las Vegas to visit different kinds of fish. The aquarium at the Silverton is unique in that it’s right on the casino floor. The aquarium is small but it’s such a unique attraction that it’s worth traveling to see. Depending on the time of your visit you may find some special mermaid friends swimming around the stingrays and other fish.

For more information visit sivertoncasino.com.

 

The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is more of the traditional aquarium experience. The exhibit houses everything from different sharks to tropical fish to a variety of reptiles including komodo dragons. The Shark Reef opens daily at 10am for children of all ages.

For more information visit sharkreef.com.

 

Go To A Circus Every Day

Starting every day at 11 a.m. you can catch a variety of circus acts performing At Circus Circus. This hotel let’s you experience the world’s largest permanent circus, highlighting the center stage of the Carnival Midway daily. Free shows run all day long and include performers such as trapeze artists, jugglers and more.

Visit Circus Circus for more information.

 

Take A Hike

The last thing you probably think about when visiting Las Vegas is the beautiful desert surrounding all of the casinos and hotels we love so much. You’ll find Red Rock Canyon just 15-20 minutes off the Vegas Strip. The mountain region isn’t just beautiful scenery but there are very active trails to hike. This is one of the best free activities you’ll find in Las Vegas if you enjoy being one with nature.

Visit the BLM for more information.

 

Hang With Actual Wildlife, Not People On The Strip

Similar to the aquariums in Las Vegas you have two options to see wildlife on the Vegas Strip. Likewise, one is free while the other comes with an entry fee. The Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo allows you to roam lush grounds for free. Take in the sun and real grass (that’s a big deal in the desert) and check out waterfalls, swans, ducks, giant koi and of course pink flamingo’s and more.

You can find more information here.

 

An all day pass to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage will cost between $15 and $20 depending on how old you are. You’ll come face-to-face with some of nature’s most exotic and majestic creatures including Bottlenose Dolphins, White Tigers, White Lions and Leopards hidden (in plain sight) behind The Mirage.

For more information visit The Mirage.

 

How to Beat The Heat While Enjoying Las Vegas

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Summer officially started this weekend and Las Vegas had its highest temperatures of the year. This weekend high temperatures peaked around 113 in the shade throughout the Las Vegas valley. There’s no relief in site as weather people say that the high temps may not dip below 110 until after July 4.

This may sound silly but temperatures actually feel much hotter when standing in direct sunlight. The “dry heat” is hot but bearable in the shade. The same can’t be said when the sun is beating down directly on you. Buckle up…it’s summer in Vegas!

If should go without saying but you should drink plenty of water when it’s this hot. Booze, coffee and soft drinks can all lead to dehydration. If you’re like me and must have a few cups of coffee throughout the day just make sure you’re alternating with water. This goes a long way to a happy and fun summer day in Las Vegas.

You’ll also want lip balm (chapstick) and moisturizer for your lips and skin during the summer. Water only hydrates the body so much. It’s a pretty gross feeling to have dry skin and lips while you’re out and about. You may even want to carry both with you if you’re eating, drinking and gambling. It’s easy to lose the protection when doing these activities.

I like to walk the Vegas Strip no matter what the temperature is outside. When it’s really hot outside I’ll dip into a casino for some air conditioning to cool down for a few minutes. I find it best to do this on the east side of the Vegas Strip where you walk from Paris to Bally’s without going outside then cross the street to The Cromwell which is just a few steps from Flamingo. Flamingo, The Linq Hotel and Harrah’s are each separated by a 5 second to 15 second walk. Getting to The Venetian will take a few more steps then you can walk into The Palazzo which is connected.

When it’s super hot like this weekend I’ll often make a game out of a strip walk by planning something for each casino passed through. Here are some examples of things to do at each stop:

  • Grab a drink and a cup of ice water. Drinking is fun while ice water keeps you cool and hydrated.
  • Play a slot machine. Keep your buy-in low so you can move along quickly.
  • Take a picture somewhere memorable. Each casino has something iconic to remember it.
  • Sit and take 2. –  Just sit down at an empty slot machine for a couple minutes and take a load off. It helps.

Be creative and see what might work best for you. Regardless if you make your strip walk into a game just make sure that you build a little extra time into your walk. The heat slows everyone and it does strange things to people.

One final hydration reminder: Make sure that you’re hydrating properly. Not to be an alarmist but Las Vegas is no fun if you’re laid up with heat exhaustion.

 

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