I recently enjoyed my first Vegas vacation in more than a year. Living in the Las Vegas suburbs can only offer so much fun. Prior to this vacation, visiting casinos was either to work in a room or just to check out the scene. This was the first trip that involved no work and only fun. This was a vacation for eating, drinking, and gambling in various casinos like the good ole days! The experience was different but still as much fun as I remember.
Wynn Las Vegas has a packed entertainment schedule this summer for fans of standup comedy. Some of the performers are new to the luxury casino resort while others are making return engagements. Beginning June, six different comedians will grace the stage at the Encore Theater. The summer comedy performances will kick off with one of the most popular comedians in the country returning to Wynn for shows in front of a packed audience once again.
Harrah’s Las Vegas recently unveiled “new” renovations to the property. Well, some of this is new but this has been an ongoing project for a few years. Hotel room renovations at Harrah’s started waaaay back in 2016 and again in 2018 with the Valley Tower. All 2,542 rooms at Harrah’s are now completely renovated.
How do we know Las Vegas is back to business as usual? Parking fees are back at casinos up and down the Vegas Strip. Caesars, MGM Resorts, and Cosmopolitan have all reinstated paid parking. You can read about the self-parking fees here. The fees change periodically and you can find current information for the three casino operators here:
Resorts World Las Vegas is the first casino to open on the Vegas Strip in a decade. While two other casinos have opened in Las Vegas over the past year, Resorts World is the only one in this area. The property sits on 88 acres of land. Its size is reminiscent of some of the most popular casinos on Las Vegas Boulevard. I visited a couple of times during its first week being open to the public. The first visits were a bit of a challenge with some soft opening glitches. The problems are being fixed and it’s easy to see the vision of what Resorts World could become.
Resorts World Las Vegas is finally open! The integrated casino resort was built on the land that was once home to the Stardust. Boyd Gaming imploded the beloved casino in 2007 to build a mega-resort complex called Echelon Place. Construction started on a very ambitious project (see more info here) shortly thereafter and ended in 2008. The current owners, Genting, broke ground on Resorts World in 2015. Plans for the $4.3 billion property have changed a few times since Resorts World was officially announced. It’s finally open and a great addition to the Vegas Strip.
During my weeklong vacation at the Cosmopolitan, I realized that I could see into the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. That was pretty cool since I love this free attraction. Unfortunately, there was nothing to see. The horticulture team from Bellagio was setting up a new display that would debut after I left the comfy confines of the Vegas Strip. Maybe I’ll see something next time.
You can now see the debut of “Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness” at Bellagio. The new exhibit pays homage to the elements needed for life to flourish. The summer display has more than 30,000 flowers and plants. The garden beds are artistically designed to represent earth, wind, water, and fire.
There are signs every week that Las Vegas is returning to the place so many have come to love. An annual tradition returns to Mandalay Bay Beach this summer. The Concerts on the Beach series returns to Mandalay Bay after a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first show will take place on Sunday, July 4. The holiday weekend show will include Sublime With Rome. This year Mystic Roots and Hirie will open for Sublime with Rome. Tickets start at $55 ( plus service charges or fees). This show starts at 8:30 pm but most will begin at 9 pm.