I can’t think of anyone saying, “I’m bored” when they are in Las Vegas. From the minute you get off the plane to the minute to board to go home, you are sensationalized by all Vegas has to offer. I mean, c’mon – what airport do you know aside from McCarran International Airport that has slot machines centrally located at the boarding gates?! I can’t wait to share with you my rendition of what to do in Las Vegas – on and off the strip.
The flight into Vegas was smooth sailing and beautiful as I was able to see the mountains from my window!
WHAT TO DO IN LAS VEGAS – OFF THE STRIP
We did some research on local street art and took a cab over to Downtown Las Vegas. The street art there was amazing. It was all within a 10 block radius. We were like kids in a candy shop wondering what art we would discover as we turned each corner. Here are some of my favorite pieces:
We stumbled upon the Container Park, a retail and restaurant section made entirely out of refurbished/recycled shipping containers. It was amazing! There were restaurants with roof top dining, the cutest toy store (we had to get the boys something!), and a play area for the kids. The tree house was by far the coolest part!
WHAT TO DO IN LAS VEGAS – ON THE STRIP
I can’t imagine anyone saying that they are bored or that there is nothing to do when they are on the strip in Vegas. People watching alone is amazing. As you walk along, you will notice life-size characters offering to take a photo with you (for a nominal fee, of course). The excitement goes away when they are standing there with their costume head propped against the light pole, talking to the other headless Elmo.
Don’t forget about the magicians, dancers, balloon character creators, show girls, and the people flapping small cards advertising the latest in adult entertainment.
Go into any of the hotels on the strip and you will be welcomed by the sound of chirping machines. Depending on the hotel, you’ll find everything from penny slot machines to high roller tables. My favorite – in Cosmopolitan they have a War card table. I wanted to play so badly!
We love Cirque du Soleil and Zarkana (at Aria) is up there as one of our favorites. I was so excited because one of the cast members hit my on the head and said hello! You can be starstruck by a Cirque actor, right?! Their acrobatics and talent amaze me – and the clowns are so funny! My absolute favorite was O in Bellagio. I sat at the end of my seat in awe the entire show. I didn’t want it to end. Other Cirque shows to look into are
- Ka at MGM Grand
- Zumanity (18+) at New York, New York
- Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay
- The Beatles LOVE at Mirage
- Mystere at Treasure Island
- Criss Angel BELIEVE at Luxor
A show similar in genre to Cirque’s is La RevE at the Wynn. We saw that last year and it was truly amazing!
Absinthe is similar and outrageous at the same time. Located in a tent outside of Caesar’s Palace, this is a show not to miss – its talent and risqué all mashed together. You’ll love the Gazillionnaire – I promise.
Magic shows are always fun for any age group. The first time I went to Vegas was with my family, in celebration of my dad’s birthday. We saw David Copperfield – I think my jaw was dropped the entire time. Amazing!
Famous singers set up shop here for months (or years) at a time. Currently Celine Dion, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Terry Fator (the puppeteer) and Boys II Men are headlining.
5 TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN SEEING A SHOW
- Confirm if your ticket is general admission or assigned seats. If they are general admission, keep in mind that it will be first-come-first-serve, so you may want to arrive earlier rather than later to secure a good seat.
- Most shows offer some form of concessions – drinks (of course) and small snacks. Either eat before or after!
- There is no smoking allowed inside any show.
- If your tickets are at Will Call, don’t forget your I.D. It’s happened – lesson learned.
- If you are always chilly, I’d recommend bringing a light sweater because it may be chilly inside the show.
Have you visited Las Vegas? If so, what was your favorite thing to do?