Are you ready to go out? There are clubs all over Vegas. Are you ready to go ALL OUT? Then head over the LAX, the classy, hip nightclub fit for a king. Step into two spacious stories of red leather richness, dazzled with chandeliers and an intense sound system. Dress your best because you might just rub shoulders with decked-out celebrities or the social elite. The service is out of this world, but if you’re really feeling it, select one of seven plush lofts from the VIP section on the second floor. If you want to guarantee a spot, fill out a VIP Reservations Form online in advance.
Day or night, you’ll be entertained at Mandalay Bay, starting with 24 snazzy restaurants and Vegas-style gambling. Looking for something more original at this tropical-themed resort? Try DAYLIGHT Beach Club, the ultimate Vegas pool party. Dance in your bathing suit as DJs such as Skrillex and Sebastian Ingrosso pump up the music, and stick around for ECLIPSE, the late-night pool show. Before you leave, walk through the shark tunnel at Shark Reef Aquarium, the third largest aquarium in North America. You can also sit back and enjoy a show. Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil brings the King of Pop back to life. Energetic dancers, acrobatics and aerial feats compliment an exciting musical performance. Music lovers also enjoy dining at the House of Blues, with live music and a balcony overlooking the Strip. Check to see what’s booked at the Mandalay Bay Events Center during your stay. If you get lucky you can get a ticket to a major concert, Miss Universe pageant or boxing match.
The Rio Las Vegas provides classic Vegas entertainment. Its masquerade-themed casino boasts one of the world’s largest progressive poker jackpots, World Series of Poker, 1,200 video slots and the most popular table games. The Rio’s shows are a mix of sex, comedy and music. The Bevertainers’ professional singers and dancers are continually voted the “Best Cocktail Servers” in Vegas, and MJ Live gives tribute to the King of Pop. The ripped Chippendales offer the perfect girls’ night out, while the R-rated X Rocks satisfies the boys. Penn & Teller surpasses all of your expectations with by combining a gorilla, showgirl, magic, knives, comedy and guns into one show. If none of this piques your interest, then find a waterfall or real sand beach to park at in Voodoo Beach. The Masquerade Bar, iBar, Flirt Lounge and Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub pull out all the stops, as does the onsite spa and salon. Rio has shopping, golfing and tattooing, too. You could spend all weekend here!
Every Hard Rock provides a good time, but the one in Vegas exceeds everyone’s expectations. Come for the impressive display of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia or dive into the party and gaming scene. Sit down at a hip restaurant – maybe the Pink Taco – after you rock out to a concert on the property. Rather relax? Choose from a selection of pools and cabanas. After that, hit the casino to play slots, poker or table games. The online casino is even free. The Hard Rock also features a selection of bars and nightclubs. One floating bar even transforms into a dance floor! If you’re looking to party all day long, then Beachlife is for you: a palm-studded pool area, awesome music and hundreds of people splashing in their bathing suits. Rock on!
Beer lovers unite at Pour 24. Located in the New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, this is the perfect place to catch a sports game on a large flat screen TV. Choose from a large selection of domestic, imported and quality craft beers, as well as calzones, pizzas and salads. It’s a stylish upgrade from your average sports bar.
1 Oak 99
Want the crazy of Vegas and the style of NYC? Then party the night away at 1 Oak. This nightclub attracts impromptu performances by trendy, up-and-coming singers, and you never know when celebrities the likes of Fergie, Adam Levine or Pitbull may show up. This is an upscale nightclub, so leave your sneakers, baggy clothes and t-shirts in your hotel room. Check ahead for times as 1 Oak isn’t open every night of the week.
Minus 5 Ice Bar
Head to Mandalay Bay or Monte Carlo for Minus5 Ice Bar, “the coolest experience” in Vegas. You’ll want to put on one of the insulated jackets and hats provided at the door because this bar is made of ice! That’s right – the tables, chairs, couches, shelves, counters are all carved from ice. The staff keeps everything fresh by switching up the sculptures every few months, too. Sit back on an ice couch covered in deer skin as you sip a vodka cocktail in a glass chiseled from frozen water from New Zealand. Doesn’t that sound dreamy?
Palms Casino Resort features Rain Nightclub, a contemporary nightlife and concert venue. Two floors, 25,000 feet, eight high-backed booths and six VIP skyboxes facilitate huge parties. What makes Rain so special is its pyrotechnics and special effects. Make sure you book a reservation ahead of time so you don’t miss out on the fireballs and fog!
Apart from its size, the Hoover Dam may appear to be a simple concrete construction, but it is far from it. Named one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders, the engineering feat cost $49 million during the Great Depression, required thousands of workers and claimed more than 100 lives. The dam capitalizes on the Black Canyon’s natural resources, producing hydroelectric power and irrigation water. In many ways it tames the waterway by controlling flooding and housing water. After years of controversy over its name, Boulder Dam was officially renamed Hoover Dam by Congress in 1947. About half an hour southeast of Las Vegas, its deep blue waters and sloping façade attract upwards of a million guests a year. Drive over the Hoover Dam Bypass and snap some photos or take time to explore the Hoover Dam Visitor Center where tours originate. The surrounding Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a popular spot for boating and other water sports as well.
Aquarium at The Mirage
Looking for free things to do on the Strip? Enter the elaborate lobby of The Mirage to view the colorfully stunning aquarium behind the front desk. Voted one of the best hotel aquariums in the world, the 20,000-gallon saltwater tank is a rainbow bursting with fish and artificial corals. Eighty-five species, more than 450 fish in total, call this squeaky clean glass habitat their home. As your eyes dance over angelfish, puffer fish and tangs, see if your kids can spot any of the characters from Finding Nemo. If sea life captivates you, pay admittance to see Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Not only will you see bottlenose dolphins but also white tigers, panthers, leopards and lions! The Mirage also features a nightly erupting volcano and an atrium that recreates the rainforest in a 100-foot dome.
If you’re afraid of heights, go somewhere else. The Stratosphere Tower is America’s tallest freestanding tower and features the world’s highest thrill rides! The aptly named Insanity hurls you through the open air at 900 feet until you reach three G’s. Big Shot is Vegas’ version of the Tower of Terror, catapulting 16 riders 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour. If 160 feet doesn’t scare you then add that to the starting distance of 921 feet in the air. The ride X-Scream is a giant, adult size teeter-totter that propels and dangles you, and then propels and dangles you again! Last but not least is SkyJump, the tower’s newest and pricier thrill. This is for the crazy individual who has always wanted to know how it feels to jump off the side of a skyscraper in a jumpsuit.
Pool at Bally's
Looking for an economical afternoon resting by the pool? Grab a lounge chair at Blu Pool, Bally’s oversized outdoor swimming pool. The lush palm trees and DJ pumping music set the mood, whether you’re sun tanning or cooling off. It’s not Vegas’ biggest party pool but it’s a good selection, especially with a heated area and game room to boot. Food and drink services are available too. If you’re ready to escape the Vegas crowds and party scene, opt for a private cabana, supplied with a refrigerator, TV, telephone and more.
Glow, a Mandara Spa
Mandara Spas entwine the spirituality of Bali with the technique of Europe for a luxury healing experience. In Las Vegas, this takes the form of Glow, a spa that captures the feel of a luxury beach boutique hotel. Sip a fruit-infused water as you sink into a plush sofa decorated with billowy fabrics. Then select one (or a few) of 50 treatments to bring out your inner glow. Couples delight in oversized baths and couples showers that join them in this rejuvenating experience. Thai Poultice is a rhythmic massage that releases herbal scents as the tension is released from your muscles. Glow Light aims to tone your body with a holistic shrinking treatment. The Acne Attacker will send you home with revived skin, and the Bamboo Massage rolls your muscles into submission with warm bamboo shoots.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
The “unsinkable” Titanic continues to haunt the world’s memories and inspire people’s imaginations. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition brings its passengers’ stories back to life with more than 250 authentic artifacts and recreations of well-known areas of the ocean-liner. Salvaged from its watery grave, the exhibit features the ship’s whistles, an unopened vintage bottle of champagne, luggage, tiles and a window frame. As you walk through the full-scale recreation of the Grand Staircase and first- and second-class rooms, you’ll see furnishings from the original manufactures. The outer Promenade Deck even simulates the frigid weather from the night the luxury liner collided with a notorious iceberg. Within this exhibition you may feel the same excitement that Jack and Rose showed in the movie the Titanic. Just remember you’re in the Mojave Desert – no life boats needed here!
Drift Spa at Palms Place
The Drift Spa and Hammam at Palms Casino Resort will make your vacation the rejuvenating escape that it should be. The luxurious amenities of the Drift Spa embrace solitude and intimacy with Indoor Hot & Cool Soaking Pools, Private Outdoor Garden Lounges, Couples Treatment Rooms with Private Gardens, and a Steam Room & Sauna. The first hammam in Vegas may be a new experience. This sanctuary is a Turkish co-ed steam bath that evaporates stress before your eyes. This curvy tiled room is a custom you have to try! Basic treatments include a Swedish massage, mineral detox wrap, manicure, pedicure, deep pore cleansing facial and hot stone massage.
Discovery Children's Museum
Museums might be the last thing on your list when you’re in the entertainment capital of the world but families will find this hands-on museum to be surprisingly fun. The Discovery Children’s Museum has nine interactive, themed exhibits that are nothing like an ordinary classroom. Do you kids like to play pretend? At the Fantasy Festival, they get to dress up and act out a roll: doctor, astronaut, queen, prince, pirate, etc. Young at Art brings their creativity to life and Solve It! Mystery Town challenges their investigative skills. It’s Your Choice teaches kids about lifestyle habits through game shows and engaging contexts. Help your kids build a Quake Proof structure in Patents Pending and create a current with air blowers in Water World. Just when you think you couldn’t possibly have any more fun, go to Eco City and play house like you never have before. You’ll get to withdraw money from the bank and shop for groceries! One of the main attractions is The Summit, a 70-foot tower that’s taller than the museum itself! Inside you’ll discover 12 levels devoted to sound, space science, magnets, air pressure and more. You even get to lift a car with a giant lever! This is one experience that won’t stay in Vegas – your kids will remember it for years!
As the largest indoor theme park in America, the Adventuredome at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino offers 5.5 acres of nonstop fun, rain or shine. It has all the rides you would expect a good park to have: bumper cars, roller coasters, miniature golf, laser tag, spinning rides, arcades, merry-go-rounds and Ferris wheels. The dome also has the typical carnival games with prize stuffed animals and toys. The food is everything you’d expect as well. Munch on nachos, funnel cake or soft pretzels as you laugh your way through the clown show. Not sure if you can handle this much fun? Don’t worry – there’s a cocktail stand for adults! If you’re visiting in October, don’t miss out on Frightdome. The glass amusement park becomes full of ghosts and goblins making their way between haunted houses.
Jubilee Walking Tour
Get backstage access to Bally’s famous Jubilee! by a showgirl, who will give you a tour of the workings of one of the world’s most technologically advanced stages. On the tour, see up close the shimmery feathered costumes and giant props. Explore the light booth that houses cutting-edge effects and witness a make-up demonstration and costume change. As a backstage guest, you can even take a photo with a showgirl! Please note that this tour includes stairs, making accessibility difficult for some.