Things to See & Do in Las Vegas?

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  1. David Williams

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    I'll be making a pilgrimage to Sin City in January with my family. I've never been before so I was hoping that those of you out there who have could tell me about the neatest things to see & shop. I'll be there for 4 days (staying at the Luxor) and I already have some things on my list:
    • King Tut's Museum @ Luxor
    • Art Museum @ Bellagio
    • Star Trek Experience @ Hilton
    • Mystére @ Treasure Island (Is this a better show than O?)
    • Green Valley Ranch (Hope to spot some of the American Casino regulars!)

    I don't drink and rarely gamble, so most of my time will be spent doing the touristy thing and shopping.

    Any more ideas? [​IMG]
     
  2. Greg*go

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    I was there last weekend in phase 2 of my road trip, and all I did was drink and gamle. So I can't help you out much, but it seems like you have a pretty good schedule planned so far. It was my first time there as well though, and I had a blast. Talking to one of the pit bosses, he said there are plenty of family activities, and it's gotten much cleaner in the past 10 years. Try going to vegas.com to plan some more shows. I know my post might not help you much, but it's hard not to post about Vegas when I was there 7 days ago.
     
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    There also used to be a very fun pirate show at the Treasure Island, but they've recently gone post-modern (a.k.a., weird) and are currently re-vamping the show. I don't know if the old show is still running or if the new show is available, but you could do some searching and find out if you're interested in that.

    Funny story, when we went to the Hilton, we went through the Star Trek Experience, but we didn't check out the bathroom that I've since heard about. Apparently, this bathroom is in the main casino and is a little bit (nothing major, but still interesting) futuristic. However, during the Experience, we did stop off into a normal men's room, hoping it would be futuristic. It was completely normal, except that it had one of those new motion-operated paper towel dispensers that are now ubiquitous. We thought they were cool. [​IMG]

    Also, check out the magic show and indoor carnival at the Circus Circus and the "old" downtown Vegas, where they have four hotels on a corner and a very large lightbulb ceiling on which they play lots of light shows.

    I think the Mirage has cancelled all of their shows since Roy Horn's incident; however, they used to have the tigers on display.
     
  4. Grant B

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    We rented a convertable and drove down the "extraterristerial highway" down to the Lil Alien Inn.
    Kind of different and if you tired of the Vegas glitz this is just your ticket.
     
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    I liked Mystére more than O, but each show is quite amazing in its own right. If you like thrill rides, the Big Shot on top of the Stratosphere is the most thrilling (albeit brief) I've experienced. Their X-Scream is good, but doesn't provide quite as much pure mortal terror IMHO.
     
  6. David Williams

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    Thanks guys for the responses so far.

    I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for the futuristic bathroom! [​IMG]


    No probs and thanks for the vegas.com tip.

    BTW, has anyone used one of the travel guides to plan their trip or is the internet the only way to go? On my last trip, to Memphis, I found a combination of both to be useful in pinpointing what I wanted to see in the short time I was there. Any tips?
     
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    Go see Danny Ganz(Mirage) or Penn & Teller(Rio).
     
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    I loved Blue Man Group. Great fun for kids and adults alike.
     
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    Oh heck no! Now it may have helped that I had front row seats at O, caught the life preserver, and got pulled up on the stage to dance with one of the clowns. But I thought the show blew Mystére away. Mystére includes a rehash of acts seen in other shows and Cirque du Soleil videos, albeit on nice permanent (and elaborate) staging. O will never be able to travel. It's staging is...wet. The acts occur in, above, on, and over water. It's not to be missed!

    - Steve
     
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    Oh! I forgot about Blue Man Group. Go!! You'll love it. If I remember correctly, seating is first come first serve, so get there early and try to sit up front (maybe not so close that you have to wear the plastic covering because of all the paint, but close). We sat about 3/4 of the way back, and while it was very easy to see the big performances, the simple fun stuff that the men did between themselves could have benefited from a closer view The auditorium is not huge, nothing concert sized, so even if you're in the last row there's still a good view, but try and sit about 1/4 of the way up from the stage and you'll definitely enjoy it.
     
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    Although I've never personally been on them, I hear that the roller coaster at New York New York is pretty cool, although the "big drop ride" on top of the Stratosphere is scarier. Personally, I'm not into gambling and just enjoy walking around and taking everything in. I especially liked the Vinetian (sp?) and the hotel with the "Aladdin theme" (can't remember the name).

    The nearby Hoover Dam was ok, although they didn't let me walk on the outside of it like Clark Griswold got to do in Vegas Vacation.
     
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    The hotel with the Aladdin theme is actually called Aladdin [​IMG]

    I actually thought the Aladdin was pretty mediocre. We walked around it back not long after it opened, and I thought it was rather tacky looking(there were like plastic looking 'jewels' on all of the columns in the hotel) and offered nothing you haven't seen (in fact, the 'shopping area' with the faux sky painted on the ceilings seems to be a direct rip-off of Caesars!)

    Paris is actually very impressive to me. Although supremely gimmicky, it is very well done. Bellagio is probably just hands-down the nicest in general.
     
  13. Shawn C

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    Places to go:

    Bellagio: Fountain show out front. Best free "show" in all of Vegas. Just awesome. Probably the classiest casino out here. The conservatory is also nice. Best buffet by far, but expensive. Everything is fresh. Nothing frozen.

    Venetian: Another nice place. Has a corny gondola ride inside. Good shopping.

    Ceasar's Palace: Gotta see it just 'cause it's old school. Pretty good mall attached to it. Cheesecake Factory.

    Stratosphere: The casino and hotel are pretty scummy, but the tower is cool. You get a good view. You used to be able to walk all the way around the top, but you can only go about 1/2 way now. There is a new ride that hangs over the edge that is taking up some space.

    Mandalay Bay: Only for the Shark Reef. It's actually pretty excellent and way better than the sharks at Sea World. That have something new there that just opened. We are going there this weekend. Oh, and the tower of wine at one of the restaraunts is cool. Their pool area is like a water park.

    Blue Man Group: Must see.
    'O': Must see.

    The new monorail that just opened up last week is great. (NOT the little train that goes between Mandalay Bay / Luxor / Excalibur). The new monorail.

    Nothing special / avoid

    Hoover Dam: I would avoid this place in the summer. It's HOTTER THAN HELL down there in the summer. They did finally build a new snack bar / gift shop. (No need to go to the 'snackateria' any more)

    Luxor: Cliched and played out. I know you are staying there, but there isn't anything special. (Except Blue Man)

    Excalibur: Old and busted.

    NY, NY: Mildy interesting. Roller Coaster is VERY rough.

    MGM: Again, nothing special.

    Monte Carlo: Eh....

    Mirage: Volcano is pretty weak, tigers are usually sleeping.

    TI: Ruined the pirate show out front.

    Tropicana: WAY old and busted. They have a neat meandering pool.

    Sahara: NASCAR themed nowadays. Rednecks galore. Had actual shit on the bathroom floor the last time I went.

    Stardust: Nope.

    Riviera: Nope.

    Downtown: Maybe to see the upgraded Fremont Street Experience. Just changed all the light to LEDs. Supposed to be a lot better. Don't wander off of Fremont!

    ALL of the buffets are essentially the same. EXCEPT for the Bellagio buffet, but you pay for it.
     
  14. David Williams

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    Penn & Teller are on the Entertainment Short List (Since I'm going as a family group, it's majority rule). Blue Man Group is also on the list.

    Thanks guys!
     
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    When Shawn C said...

    ...I just had this vision in my head of Will Smith in his Men in Black suit saying, ....."Excalibur: Old and busted.....Bellagio: New Hotness"

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'll second the Hoover Dam, only with extra enthusiasm. I was really impressed when I went. Nothing special about the tour, but the dam itself was awe inspiring. I'm dying to bring my kids there.

    I also seem to remember enjoying the Liberace museum. It's just a 1.5 hour collection of tacky stuff - but boy was that guy weird!

    And don't forget the hotel shows. I took in some that I wouldn't ordinarily see and enjoyed the change of pace.

    And there's Circ du Solei; althought I believe the Vegas show is particularly mature. Something to consider if your family has young kids).
     
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    Of the three Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas (Mystére, 'O' and Zumanity), Zumanity is the only show explicitly intended for adults. There were families at the other two shows when I saw them.

    - Steve
     
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    Oops, poorly timed refresh
     
  19. Greg*go

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    Shawn C, great advice. I was going to ask this question for myself, but forgot to. Which makes David the exact opposite of me, since he's going in 5 months.

    I'll second the water fountain show, it was pretty neat and more importantly... free. We came from Arizona, so we drove over the Hoover Dam. It was night time so we couldn't see much, but it was very impressive with it lit up the way it was, but didn't make for good pictures. Coming from the Grand Canyon, I think we saw the 2 of the largest (or massive) things built by nature and manmade in this country in a matter of hours. I'm guessing the Hoover Dam probably gets pretty crowded in the daytime. We were there at 11:30 p.m. and had to wait in line to make sure we weren't terrorists. I can't imagine waiting in line in the middle of a scorching day.
     
  20. Shawn C

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    Yeah, don't get me wrong. Hoover Dam is pretty impressive. It's just SO HOT down there this time of year. It's 108 in Vegas and it's usually a litle hotter down ther.
     

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