I was recently getting ready for my first visit to the all-new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (Virgin) and Mohegan Sun Casino. We’ve shared just about everything being built at the property so I pretty much knew what to expect. However, I was doing extra research to see if anything on the casino floor stood out as being special. After reading and rereading all of our updates, I came up with a list of a few things I wanted to see. Unfortunately, nothing really jumped out at me.
This bothered me because I’m a pretty excitable person. It really doesn’t take much to get me pumped up to visit a casino. Circa has the amazing Stadium Swim and huge sportsbook. Resorts World will have a slew of interesting dining options, a sweet rooftop pool complex, and a sportsbook that is also a saloon. If nothing else – I’m curious to check it out.
All this got me thinking that pretty much every casino in Las Vegas has something unique. Today we’ll look at some of the things to see at each Vegas Strip casino. Between shows, gambling, restaurants, and attractions there’s something for someone at every property. We’ll walk north up and across the Vegas Strip starting at Mandalay Bay.
Mandalay Bay: The 11-acre pool complex is probably the signature item at this property but don’t skip something as simple as the House of Blues for dinner and a concert. There’s also an aquarium if you’re looking for something to take up time with the family.
Luxor: The casino is in a pyramid. Nuff said.
Excalibur: I’m not sure how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the Tournament of Kings but that’s something unique at this property.
Tropicana: This is one of the oldest casinos on the Vegas Strip. It’s changed a lot over the years but you can still feel the history walking through the casino floor. Don’t forget to look up at the ceiling. Seriously.
MGM Grand: One of the largest casino floors in Las Vegas has so many shows, restaurants, and attractions that it’s difficult to choose one. That said, the lazy river in the pool complex is one of the few in Las Vegas.
New York-New York: There’s a roller coaster inside the casino. There are also plenty of outdoor dining options at the north end of the property next to Park MGM.
Aria: “I’m not a foodie, I just like to eat good food.” This mantra was created for Aria. This property has some of the best fine dining restaurants in Las Vegas. Jean Georges Steakhouse is probably my favorite.
Cosmopolitan: The Chandelier Bar is not only a beautiful multi-level bar, each with a different vibe but the bartenders make great drinks.
Planet Hollywood: I’m not much of a mall person but the Miracle Mile Shops are a great option to get away from the action, walk around, shop, and grab a cheap meal or drink.
Bellagio: The fountain shows outside of the casino and the conservatory inside the casino are two of the best free activities in Las Vegas.
Paris: There’s a big ole Eiffel Tower that goes right through the casino.
Bally’s: The casino is rather large and the table minimums are often low. It’s a great option for the gambler that doesn’t want to spend higher limits at the other properties in the area like Bellagio and Cosmopolitan.
The Cromwell: Easily my favorite place to gamble on the Vegas Strip. Excellent rules for blackjack, craps and roulette, and some of the nicest dealers on the Vegas Strip.
Flamingo: Another one of the oldest casinos on the Vegas Strip with a fun pool that’s open to both hotel guests and visitors. The latter have to pay to enter.
Caesars Palace: There’s so much to see and do here. If I’m going to pick one unique thing, it’s going to be the cigar shops. Montecristo inside of the casino and Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops are great places to grab a smoke and a drink.
The Mirage: The only casino in Las Vegas where you can see dolphins.
The Linq: The Linq shopping promenade has access to everything from bars to a giant ferris wheel.
Harrah’s: This is home to my single favorite craps table which is right by the entrance to Carnival Court. It’s also just outside of the Piano Bar which one of the few places to karaoke on the Vegas Strip.
Casino Royale: Home to the only White Castle on the Vegas Strip. You know you love em!
The Venetian: So much to see and so much to do. There are lots of great restaurants here but the gondola rides are something unique to this property.
Treasure Island: The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N is an attraction that can’t be found anywhere else in Las Vegas. They also sell skull mugs of frozen drinks or beer. You may not realize it but it’s fun to tell people you’re drinking a skull mug of beer in Las Vegas.
Wynn: The only casino on the Vegas Strip with a golf course.
Sahara: Some will want to visit when the Magic Mike show opens. Until then, this is really just another casino.
Circus Circus: The reason to visit is in the name. It’s a giant circus with a casino.
The Strat: The tallest building on the Vegas Strip with rides and attractions at the tippy top.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.