MyVegas Updates New Games and Rewards

Thursday, 02 October 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Social casino revenue is almost a $3 billion business according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. When it comes to social casinos in Las Vegas there’s really only one that seems to matter – MyVegas. MyVegas can lay claim to $60 million of $3 billion revenue. Wow, almost 20% of social casino revenue goes to a game that’s based on giving reward to Las Vegas hotels, casinos, activities and restaurants. When you think about it, this percentage of social casino revenue for MyVegas is small

Most social casino games are created for you to play simply to have fun. Your sole reward from most social casino games is fun. When you play MyVegas you can actually win physical rewards to use in Las Vegas (and elsewhere, now) while still having fun. If you’re going to spend money on a social casino game for fun why not actually get some useful rewards?

MyVegas has exploded in popularity since it was introduced two years ago. Surely some of the early players have stopped visiting the game on Facebook or haven’t looked at the mobile games lately. If you’re one of those people you’re missing out on a variety of new rewards. MyVegas has expanded from its humble beginnings where they offered rewards at MGM Resorts hotels. There’s nothing wrong with that but as the saying goes “if some is good, more must be better”.

Saving Money in Vegas Starts With Taxis

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Sometimes real world skills help make their way into Las Vegas. Budgeting skills from work or home life can make your vacation more affordable and even better. We discuss ways to save money when in Las Vegas pretty often but budgeting is one example of a way to get stoked for your vacation to Las Vegas well in advance of your visit.

 

Don’t confuse budgeting with planning. Personally, I like to keep plans in Las Vegas to a minimum. I enjoy the times when I get lost in the chasm that is Las Vegas. However, I always plan for my vacation in Las Vegas by getting a budget prepared. Budgeting for a Las Vegas vacation will help in an effort to save money. You can still enjoy your vacation without a plan but as long as you have your finances in order before visiting you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck.

 

Budgeting begins with getting out to Las Vegas. Planning your vacation well in advance will give you better opportunities to find less expensive flights and hotel rooms. Even discount and complimentary hotel rooms increase in price as inventory decreases. Once inventory disappears so do the discounts.

Loyalty Clubs – Players Cards – VIP’s O My…

Monday, 29 September 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Loyalty clubs are great! Loyalty clubs are a waste of time! Opinions on joining loyalty clubs are wide ranging. Like everything else in Las Vegas, loyalty clubs are different and you’re going to want to be a member.

 

Loyalty clubs are more commonly called players clubs in Las Vegas because they started differently than all other loyalty clubs. Loyalty clubs in Las Vegas started as slot clubs offering loyal slot machine players benefits such as free buffets. Slot clubs slowly morphed into players clubs and offered rewards to slot machine players and table game players alike. The evolution of the slot club continued to where many players clubs now mirror loyalty clubs in other businesses.

 

The newest iteration of casino players clubs offer rewards and discounts for all spending in a casino and its hotel from dining to casino to shows. It’s pretty great and for this reason anyone who visits Las Vegas should sign up for players clubs before or during your trip to Las Vegas.

Saying Goodbye To Two Vegas Legends

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Las Vegas is a city of constant change. Every week there are new shows, restaurants, bars and hotels announced. Last weekend we saw two Vegas legends say goodbye. Neither were human but both were beloved by many. In a strange coincidence both happened around the same time – 12am on Saturday.

Some time around midnight Saturday morning the Lion’s Share slot machine at MGM Grand paid out a progressive jackpot that’s been building for 20 years. The Lion’s Share jackpot reached $2.4 million when it was finally hit this weekend.

Legend has it that the Lion’s Share slot machine has been around for so long because it could not be turned off or removed until the progressive jackpot was hit. When the Lion’s Share machine was first installed 20 years ago it was one of an entire bank of machines. Since then the other jackpots were won and the machines were removed like most other old slot machines.

Budgeting During a Las Vegas Trip

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Sometimes real world skills help make their way into Las Vegas. Budgeting skills from work or home life can make your vacation more affordable and even better. We discuss ways to save money when in Las Vegas pretty often but budgeting is one example of a way to get stoked for your vacation to Las Vegas well in advance of your visit.

Don’t confuse budgeting with planning. Personally, I like to keep plans in Las Vegas to a minimum. I enjoy the times when I get lost in the chasm that is Las Vegas. However, I always plan for my vacation in Las Vegas by getting a budget prepared. Budgeting for a Las Vegas vacation will help in an effort to save money. You can still enjoy your vacation without a plan but as long as you have your finances in order before visiting you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck.

Budgeting begins with getting out to Las Vegas. Planning your vacation well in advance will give you better opportunities to find less expensive flights and hotel rooms. Even discount and complimentary hotel rooms increase in price as inventory decreases. Once inventory disappears so do the discounts.

The Westgate Las Vegas (Formerly Known As LVH)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

It’s an exciting time for Las Vegas. Downtown Vegas is adding new restaurants and bars almost every week. The Vegas Strip is renovating just about every casino that hasn’t been touched in the past 10 years. The locals casinos are even getting into the action with Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch casinos getting renovations and new restaurants.

LVH is the most recent casino-hotel to reveal plans for a major renovation. The first thing to go at LVH (formerly Hilton Las Vegas and The International) will be its name. LVH was purchased by timeshare company Westgate. The new name of the hotel-casino will be Westgate Las Vegas.

The Westgate Las Vegas will become part timeshare with between 100 and 200 rooms being converted into timeshare units. The rest of the 3,000 rooms will remain hotel units. The casino and restaurants will remain but everything will get freshened up. Future plans call for a separate timeshare building to be built but the property will be renovated first. Elvis fans and fans The International might remember Elvis’ Penthouse Villa. That villa will also remain but may become more of a historical room.

The Quad to Become The LINQ Hotel

Monday, 07 July 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

It has been rumored for a while now but The Quad will be changing it’s name to The LINQ Hotel & Casino. It seems like just yesterday when we were discussing the completion of the facelift of this hotel from Imperial Palace to The Quad. Those renovations have officially been expanded and will be completed by October 30. Expanding The Linq name into the casino really makes this one massive property. It will be much easier to explain to people where you are now.

The renovations of The Linq Hotel will feature 2,256 brand new rooms and suites, a completely renovated welcome experience built around a signature lobby bar, all new retail and spa amenities and a new pool deck to deliver an entirely new experience. When combined with the mall and world’s largest observation wheel, the High Roller, and The Linq, dining and entertainment promenade, The LINQ Hotel & Casino plans to become the new center of the Vegas Strip.

The Linq Hotel & Casino will feature design details and elements with an eye towards social interaction and catering to the “connected” consumer. Connected consumers are those that are always digitally connected with mobile phones and wifi devices. The Linq promenade area currently offers complimentary wifi and that will make its way into the casino-hotel. High speed Wi-Fi will be available throughout the resort in all common areas, hotel rooms and on the gaming floor with guests able to stay connected seamlessly between The Linq Hotel & Casino and the Linq promenade.

The Linq hotel will boast 2,256 rooms including 204 suites along with 29 cabana suites with private access to the all-new pool area. The standard room features a fresh, modern design with floor to ceiling windows, boasting views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip or the High Roller. The centerpiece of the room design will be three distinct accent wall murals featuring stylized interpretations of vintage Las Vegas glamour.

The Linq hotel is boasting a digitally curated resort experience. This means that the guest arrival experience will be centered around an automated check-in process, and a concierge touchscreen option for immediate bookings of favorite dining and entertainment offerings. At the heart of The Linq Hotel & Casino, the all new lobby bar experience will feature a unique beverage program with wines on tap, and table games.

If you’ve been to The Quad in the past year you’ve seen many of the changes that are being described. The Linq Hotel will continue to be a mid-range property on the Vegas Strip. It will be upper mid-range but it will still be priced in the middle of the market. When the room renovations are complete you’ll find base rates (before Travel Vegas or Total Rewards discounts) for the The Linq Hotel around $80-$100. You can currently stay at The Quad for under $50 on most weeknights.

SLS Opening – Here is What You Need to Know

Thursday, 19 June 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

SLS Las Vegas just announced that they will be opening a week earlier then schedule. Opening date for SLS Las Vegas is now August 23rd. The hotel is being built using the bones of the Sahara which closed in 2011. The hotel towers remain in tact but will be renovated. The same can’t be said for the casino, showroom and restaurants. That building was gutted and will have a new floor plan. Let’s look at what to expect from SLS Las Vegas when it opens later this summer.

 

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SLS Las Vegas has three different hotel towers each with a different type of room. The Story Tower has the smallest rooms. These rooms start at just 325 square feet. That’s about as small as you’ll find on the Vegas strip. The design work in these rooms should make the rooms feel slightly larger. The World Tower will feature mid-sized rooms. These rooms will be as large as 400 square feet which is around the size of your average hotel room in Las Vegas. These rooms were designed by world famous French designer Philippe Starck. If you’re familiar with SLS hotels then you might feel most comfortable in the Lux Tower. This tower offers your more traditional SLS-style rooms. These are the largest rooms starting at 425 square feet.

If you’re looking to step up your vacation SLS Las Vegas will offer multiple types of suites from 600 square feet. Unlike many hotels in Las Vegas they will offer suites with two queen beds in one bedroom instead of just one king.

There are a lot free things to do in Las Vegas. A lot of the free things to do in Las Vegas are inside but there are still many things to do outside. Since it’s the beginning of summer we might as well head outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!

There are free things to do day and night on the Vegas Strip, in the mountains and in Downtown Vegas. The best part of these free activities is that they are completely free and fun for the whole family. Here are 12 of our favorite free things to do all across the Las Vegas valley.

Be Cliche – The “Welcome To Las Vegas” sign is iconic. It’s outside near Mandalay Bay and is a place that every tourist should stop by. Nothing says VEGAS! more than this sign.

Bellagio Fountains – The Bellagio Fountains are the most popular free attraction in Las Vegas. Enjoy a free show of the dancing waters every 15 – 30 minutes during the day and at night. There’s a different feeling to the shows when the sun goes down.

First Friday – Enjoy the art, music and culture of the Las Vegas arts community outdoors on the first Friday of every month. First Friday is a free event for singles and families to enjoy. Get weird.

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat – Head inside the casino and to the rear. Once you reach the section of the casino that’s farthest from the Vegas Strip you’ll see some of the most crisp landscaping that you can touch on the Vegas Strip. A short stroll and you’ll enter the free Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo. This is one of the most serene areas on the Vegas Strip.

MGM Resorts Expands The Park Vision

Monday, 12 May 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Last year MGM Resorts announced the beginning of “The Park”. The development includes renovating the Monte Carlo and New York-New York restaurant offerings and renovating the area between the two hotels. When complete this Park concept will go from the Vegas Strip to behind each hotel where there will be an arena. The 20,000-seat arena is set to break ground later this year but MGM has revealed more of what The Park will offer.

When it opens in 2016 in conjunction with the arena, The Park will create an immersive outdoor destination spanning more than eight acres. Both New York-New York and Monte Carlo will transform their park-facing facades with a series of unique indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment venues, cultivating a vibrant patio culture that encompasses The Park’s landscaped spaces.

To create a harmonious feel between resorts, Rue de Monte Carlo, the adjacent street providing access from Las Vegas Boulevard, will be realigned as a gently curving, tree-lined parkway: a grand approach to the new arena. New cobblestone walkways in front of New York-New York and Monte Carlo will lead guests into The Park from both directions and blend seamlessly with the mosaic tile patterns that canvas the space.

The Park hasn’t announced all of  its retail outlets just yet but they have offered a look into the bars and restaurants coming to Las Vegas in the next year or two.

Las Vegas Freebies For Your Birthday

Thursday, 08 May 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

You can find a lot of free and cheap things to do in Las Vegas yourself just by visiting Las Vegas and finding new discounts during your travels. It happens every day and thankfully people share those tips. You can also read awesome blogs like this one if you’re not in Las Vegas very often. We like to share. If you have time and like to play with the google, as my mom would say, you can search different terms and find a few gems hidden deep in the interweb. Today I believe I found a money saving tip that few people think about when visiting Las Vegas.

One of the top tips I often recommend to people looking to visit Las Vegas is to travel when it’s less busy. Mid-week and off-season are my personal favorite times to vacation in Vegas. To this day my friends from all different parts of the country come to Vegas the week before Christmas. It’s easy to get time off of work and it’s crazy cheap in Vegas. Now, if I had a friend with a birthday during that week we could get a free breakfast at Denny’s in Downtown Vegas, pizza pie from Grimaldi’s at The Palazzo and free birthday cake at Yolie’s Brazilian Steakhouse on Paradise.

The New Delano Hotel Opening Fall 2014

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay was closed earlier this year for renovations. Renovations to the hotel tower formerly known as THEhotel will be drastic as the space will become Delano Las Vegas and operate as a hotel within a hotel. Opening this Fall, Delano Las Vegas will function similar to Four Season at Mandalay Bay. There will be separate check-in, valet, entrance and restaurants that you can access from Mandalay Bay but you’ll be in a separate environment.
 
The Delano Las Vegas will be the newest outpost for the luxury boutique hotel originally based in Miami, FL simply known as Delano South Beach. Delano is owned by Morgans Hotel Group which also operates Light Group which runs Light Nightclub. Not coincidentally, both the nightclub and hotel will use the same entrance near the parking garage end of Mandalay Bay. Now that you know the background of Delano Las Vegas, let’s look at what it will offer.

20 Ways To Save Money On The Las Vegas Strip

Sunday, 04 May 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

1. Play MyVegas – Earn a few complimentary items ranging from hotel rooms to dinners from this Facebook game.

2. Enjoy Free Activities on the Vegas Strip – Walk up and down the Vegas strip. There are plenty of freebies all the way from Wynn to Mandalay Bay.

3. Leave The Vegas Strip – The Vegas Strip is made for tourists and besides the free activities there’s a upcharge for everything. Besides prices being lower there are plenty of free activities off the strip.

4. Use Free Or Cheap ATM’s – Not everyone walks around with dollar bills falling out of their pockets. Save a few bucks each time you need money by using these ATM’s.

5. Spend Less Than $20 On Activities – Here are 15 fun things to do in Vegas under $20. Spending thrifty isn’t cheap it’s smart.

6. Maximize Comps – Your comps will go farther if you use them in less luxurious hotels. Compare comps and get the best value for your time. A comp dollar will get you more in a mid-range hotel rather than a luxury hotel.

7. Go On An Art Tour - There are free art exhibits all over Las Vegas. This is a great way to spend a day without spending any money. It’s also a great way to beat the heat in the summer.

8. Take The Road Less Traveled – Las Vegas is bigger than anyone who doesn’t live here realizes. There are lots of cheap things to do when you explore the outer limits of Vegas.

9. Make Resort Fees Work For You – These fees are added on to your reservation on top of your nightly bill. At least the hotels offer something in return. Make use of those “benefits”.

10. Be Early And Save Money – Happy hour is a great way to save money on dinner and drinks in Las Vegas. See an early show instead of the more expensive prime time shows.

We all want something for nothing or at least we don’t want to pay too much. When you visit Las Vegas you can depend on your nice smile and good looks and ask the desk agent for a free upgrade to the hotel room you reserved or you can stack the deck. Depending on the day both can work. However, stacking the deck will work more often. The $20 trick in Las Vegas is real and still works. What is the $20 trick? Glad you asked.

In brief the $20 trick is simply sliding the desk agent $20 in hopes of getting an upgrade to the hotel room that you’ve already reserved. Here’s how it works: When you check into a hotel place a $20 bill with your credit card and drivers license when prompted by the desk agent. When you hand the “sandwich” over with your $20 just ask “Do you have any complimentary upgrades available?”. That’s it.

The $20 trick works and so does the $50 trick and $100 trick. If you’re staying for a weekend you probably want to stick to $20. If you’re staying for a week you may want to offer more. Ultimately the $20 trick will save you money on a nicer hotel room in Las Vegas. If the hotel is booked solid and can’t upgrade you or the front desk clerk isn’t interested in your $20 this won’t work. If the desk agent can’t help you they’ll usually return your $20. These are tricks – not guarantees – so there’s some risk that you might lose your investment. Las Vegas is a gambling town and you should never risk more than you can afford to lose.

The Quad Facelift is Nearing Completion

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The Linq opening for business is probably the biggest deal on the Vegas Strip right now. There are restaurants, bars, concert venues and the world tallest observation wheel. There’s a lot to do but it seems as if people don’t have much of an idea of what it is beyond “that place with the big ferris wheel.” It’s an entirely new concept to the Vegas Strip so it’s understandable that it will take some time getting used to it. Well, it looks as though the confusion will continue throughout this year and into 2015.

Right now there are two options when telling people to find The Linq. 1) It’s across the street from Caesars Palace. 2) It’s in between Flamingo and The Quad. There have been rumors discussed that the latter reference will be changing in a few ways. Caesars Entertainment is the company that owns and operates both The Linq and The Quad. Vital Vegas noticed something that makes me think that those rumors may be true. In a recent post they noticed that every Caesars hotel was represented in a mural at the High Roller – except for The Quad.

Where there’s smoke there’s usually fire and rumors continue to spread that Caesars is  considering a name change for The Quad. The Quad name isn’t even two years old and most people are just getting used to it. There are some that still call The Quad by its previous name, Imperial Palace. Others call it The Linq hotel.

The newest casino and hotel, The Cromwell, opens this week. You may be familiar with area The Cromwell was built as it sits on the same plot of land where Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gambling Hall once stood. While Barbary Coast and Bill’s were considered small casino-hotels, The Cromwell considers itself a boutique hotel. It’s probably more accurate to call The Cromwell a boutique party hotel and casino. Here’s a look at what The Cromwell offers.

Each of the 188 hotel rooms features luxurious accommodations in an intimate, Parisian-inspired atmosphere. Whether it’s the hardwood floors, plush furnishings or romantic lighting, each room gives guests a glamorous experience. The hotel’s blend of modern and vintage design is another unique element. Exclusive amenities include hallway coffee and tea service, steam showers and Muk bath products.

The casino will be small but practical. The 40,000 square foot casino will feature 66 table games including blackjack, craps, mini baccarat and Pai Gow poker and 440 slot machines. There will be two small high limits rooms of three tables each. One of the high limits rooms, The Abbey, will only be available for players that reserve it. There won’t be a poker room or sports book. Sports bettors can use a sports betting kiosk or head next door to Flamingo.

There’s only one formal restaurant at The Cromwell but it’s a doozy. It will be Giada De Laurentiis’ first and only restaurant. The restaurant is simply called Giada and will feature Italian cuisine with light and refreshing, Californian influences. Don’t expect a heavy bowl of spaghetti and meatballs here. Featured menu items include lemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, marsala herb chicken meatballs, rosemary focaccia and lemon flatbread and vegetable Bolognese rigatoni. There will also be family-style options, along with a vegan and gluten-free menu. Giada will be located on the second floor and should have some stunning views of the Vegas Strip.

How Much to Tip in Las Vegas?

Monday, 31 March 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Everything in Vegas is at your finger tips. Great service may seem like a lost art in many cities but that’s one of the things that separates Las Vegas from anywhere else in the world. It’s almost impossible to take a step in Vegas without someone offering to help you. The great service is a blessing but it can become costly. Tipping for great service isn’t mandatory but it’s a way to show appreciation for good service. Tipping is optional but if you are one who likes to tip for good service you might want to plan for it. Today’s tip isn’t about saving money, rather it’s a planning activity so you know what you’re in for.

When I go out in Vegas I’ll spend a few minutes at a bill changing machine or at the casino cage filling my pocket with singles and five dollar bills. I’m a tipper – scratch that, I’m an over-tipper. Great service goes a long way to a good time for me and I like to make sure that the people helping me have a good time are thanked. A dollar goes much longer today than a simple “Thank You”. I’m also an over-preparer and like to be ready for any situation that may come my way. That’s my prerogative, not everyone tips the way I do and that’s fine. To each their own.

Even if you receive a comp meal, limo ride or room from a hotel you’re still responsible for a tip. Generally, you should tip on what the full value of the item would normally be. If your meal would have cost $100 you should tip based on that amount. Tips are not included in the bill so just tip what you normally would. I usually throw a few extra bucks down for the tip if the service is great, which it often is. Same thing goes for a limo or car service provided by the hotel. You can easily find price approximations for rides. Not everyone tips the maids in a hotel but a few bucks can get you better service if you need something.

The Best Views of Vegas off The Strip

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The Vegas Strip is beautiful. There’s nothing like it in the world. No matter how many neon signs Times Square put up in New York City there’s nothing better than the memories and beauty of the Vegas Strip. That said, there’s more to Vegas than the strip. We’ve given you some of the best places to eat and drink with a view of the Vegas Strip and now we’re going to take you off the Vegas Strip for some of the best views of Vegas off the strip.

You don’t have to be on the Vegas Strip to have a great view of it. Ghostbar at Palms Hotel and VooDoo Lounge at Rio All Suites Hotel have amazing view of the Vegas Strip from about a mile away. Ghostbar and VooDoo Lounge are both on Tropicana and sit at or near the tippy top their respective hotels. Each has ample views from large windows and both have decks where you can grab a drink with a great view of the entire Vegas Strip. Ghostbar’s deck even has a window looking down to the ground below. If you’re afraid of heights you might want to stay to the sides and away from this unique view. Besides, the best view are in front of you – not below.

When you head to Downtown Vegas you have two great views of the area with very different perspectives. Coincidentally both great views from Downtown Vegas are from steakhouses. Binion’s Steakhouse is at the top of the casino (the hotel is closed) and offers views of the Las Vegas valley above the Fremont Street Experience. Oscar’s Steakhouse sits on the outermost edge of the Plaza Hotel on the 6th floor with amazing views of Fremont Street and its experience. Both steakhouses are among the best in Downtown Vegas but the views are really what set each above the competition. Literally.

4 Overnight Trips From Las Vegas

Monday, 24 March 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Some people visit Las Vegas for a crazy weekend of fun while others enjoy Las Vegas for a relaxing vacation destination and plan long trip. If you’ve been to Las Vegas often and are looking to break up a long trip you might want to take overnight trip to a nearby city. Traditional Vegas is great for most people but if you’ve been to Las Vegas often taking an overnight trip to nearby Mount Charleston, Laughlin, Primm or Pahrump is a great way to change things up. Here are some highlights and reasons to make an overnight trip during your Vegas vacation.

Mount Charleston is the closest of the “out of Vegas” overnight trip destinations. Mount Charleston is under an hour away from the Vegas strip but it feels as if you’re in another state. Temperatures here are often 20-30 degrees less than the Vegas Strip. In the winter you’ll find the mountains packed with snow. Yes, it’s amazing that you can go skiing or snowboarding so close to Vegas. During the summer the mountains are a nice respite to the desert heat. The beauty of the mountains is wonderful no matter what the season.

Laughlin, Nevada is probably the most popular day trip destination from Las Vegas. The drive through the desert is just under 2 hours long but goes pretty quickly since it’s so desolate. Laughlin is similar to Las Vegas because it has a designated strip where you’ll find most of the casinos. Despite the older feel of the casino decor many enjoy the fact that they’re right on the Colorado River. The more laid back nature of being on such a beautiful body of water goes right into the casino. If you have some time on your overnighter to Laughlin from Las Vegas make sure you stop in Searchlight, NV for a unique western experience.

6 Free Things To Do Off The Las Vegas Strip

Thursday, 13 March 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

There are never too many things to do in Vegas – especially when they’re free! There are a lot of things to do in Vegas for little money (here are 15 under $20) but if you have a rental car there are a lot of free things to do just a few minutes off the beaten path. Here are 6 free activities to enjoy off the Vegas Strip.

1. Pinball Hall Of Fame – The Pinball Hall Of Fame isn’t as much a museum as it is a play space with games throughout history for you to learn about and explore. The Pinball Hall Of Fame is 10,000 square feet made of of pinball and arcade games that you can play. There are games as “new” as Super Mario Brothers from 1985 along with wooden pinball games from the 1940’s. This is a fun way to spend a day off the beaten path. Any profits made from the games goes right back into the Hall of Fame.

2. Aquarium (Silverton) – The Aquarium at Silverton Casino is a few miles south of the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef exhibit and totally free to watch. It’s a cool place to visit when you’re hanging out in the casino but the daily fish feeding (1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) and mermaid show (about every 30 minutes) offer some fun to the giant fish tank in the middle of the casino. The Shark Reef may be a mammoth exhibit but the Aquarium at Silverton is free, interactive and right on the casino floor.

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