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Las Vegas is a city that I’ve visited twice. I can say Las Vegas isn’t my favourite place in the world, but I have enjoyed my time in Sin City. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well, I’m gonna break this rule and tell you some things to see and do in Las Vegas.
I’m not much of a gambler. I didn’t go to Las Vegas to waste all my money at the casinos. That said I did gamble, but I gave myself a pretty strict budget. I recommend you set a budget as well if you plan to gamble. Give yourself X amount to spend at the casino per day. My limit was $5/day (told you I’m not a gambler). If you win something, then that’s great. Keep playing (or quit while you’re ahead). Once you lose your money, move on and find something else to do. You don’t want to leave Vegas with a hazy memory and gambling debt.
Wander Through The Hotels
Even though I don’t gamble much, I made sure to wander through some of the hotels on The Strip. Many of the hotels have a different theme. Luxor has an Egyptian theme. My friend and I got a reasonable rate at The Excalibur Hotel, which has a cheesy King Arthur theme. The Venetian has a Venice theme. New York New York is well pretty self-explanatory. It’s fun to wander through the hotels and see the shops and restaurants. As a bonus, they’re all air-conditioned. When it’s 100F out, you’ll appreciate this.
Go to a Show
It might not be New York or London, but Las Vegas has a fair share of shows. Most well known would be the Cirque du Soleil shows. Even if a regular circus show isn’t your thing, these shows are always worth going to. I’ve seen O at The Bellagio and more recently my friend, and I saw Michael Jackson: One at Mandalay Bay. Both shows were amazing. Las Vegas usually has a couple of musicals playing around. There are hypnotist shows. There are comedy acts. There are magic shows. There are adult-only shows like The Thunder from Down Under. There are concerts and lots of other entertainment for you to enjoy.
If you’re not picky about seeing something in particular head to Tix 4 Tonight. It’s located in the giant Coca-Cola bottle next to M&M World on The Strip. Here you can get discounted tickets for same-day shows. Sometimes they will have deals for local restaurants as well. For a free show check out the Fountain Show, which happens outside The Bellagio Hotel every night. The Mirage has a volcano show in the evening.
Visit The CBS Television City Research Center
Inside The MGM Grand is The CBS Television City Research Center. Here you go in and watch a pilot episode for an upcoming show on CBS. While you’re watching the pilot, you get to rate the show. They use this feedback to help decide whether to air the pilot on television. It’s free, and something fun and different to do in Las Vegas. Afterward, you’ll get a little voucher to spend at the CBS Store next door. I bought a pair of “soft kitty” socks from The Big Bang Theory.
Visit Fremont Street
This was my favourite area in Las Vegas. In the evening there’s the free Fremont Street show, but there is more to check out here. There are famous casinos like The Four Queens and The Golden Nugget. Here you can play the slots with your change. Just know your winnings will come back to you in coins. There are excellent restaurants and bars. A Zipline (if you want some adventure), and street musicians and buskers. Nearby in Fremont East, there are some really cool neon signs. They even have a park made from shipping containers. It’s a fun place to check out. If I go back to Las Vegas again, I’ll be staying on Fremont Street.
Have you been to Las Vegas? What’s your favourite place in Las Vegas?