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.
Las Vegas is rapidly returning to the place so many people remember from 2019 and before. There are multiple concerts, residency, and show announcements every day. It’s almost overwhelming until we remember that this is Vegas…baby! This is the action we’ve been craving for the better part of a year.
The NFL recently released the schedule for the 2021-2022 season. Much of the scheduling information was already available but there were no dates attached. As you’d imagine, there were fans of teams all over the country looking forward to when their favorite team would be playing the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. While this is the Raiders’ second season playing in Las Vegas, it will be the first time fans can watch the games in person at the stadium.
We recently shared some entertainment returning to Las Vegas. As previously mentioned live shows and events are being announced almost every day. Even though we shared the reopening of a few comedy clubs, there was no mention of one of the most popular comedy series in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts recently announced that Aces of Comedy will be returning to The Mirage this summer.
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.
Now that Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is open all eyes are on to the next casino opening in Sin City. Resorts World Las Vegas remains on schedule to open this summer. Resorts World recently announced it will open its doors to the public June 24. Even though summer doesn’t technically start until June 20, this weekend is the unofficial kick-off to the summer season in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas has changed a lot over the years. There are many eras featuring different hotel designs. Luxor opened in 1993 and remains a reminder of the era of specifically themed casino-hotels on the Vegas Strip.
Resorts World Las Vegas continues to come together. The casino-resort on the north end of the Vegas Strip is still on schedule to open this summer. In the meantime, the company keeps releasing new information about the property. This batch of news about Resorts World is two bars and lounges. Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge is a brand new concept. Wally’s Wine may be a brand familiar to some visitors familiar with locations in California. As you’d imagine the Las Vegas location will be a bit different.
Las Vegas continues to reopen and live events are back. The whole shebang of entertainment from nightclubs reopening to national tours, residencies, and stage shows like Cirque Du Soliel are once again available. This is great for anyone visiting Las Vegas but there is a downside. Hotel room prices are beginning to increase as large events return. The amazing hotel deals from 2020 are slowly going away.
The reopening of Las Vegas continues with sports, concerts, residencies, and stage shows that Sin City is famous for getting ready for the summer. Shows in Las Vegas are being announced almost every day and people are ready to have some fun. Tickets for UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena in July sold out in minutes. Garth Brooks‘ sold-out show at Allegiant Stadium will finally take place in July as well. Usher is even adding six more dates to his Caesars Palace residency. Unlike most extensions, these shows will happen sooner than later with six performances this summer.