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If you are someone that likes to save money there’s a few things you can do before you head out to the land of glitz…
Visit www.Vegas.com to view the shows and headliners that are playing during the time you’ll visiting the city. Then go visit discount Websites to buy tickets.
My favorite Website for tickets:
If you want to wing it, you can check out Tix4 Tonight ticket agencies: http://www.tix4tonight.com/index.html. They sell tickets to shows that have leftover tickets; usually lounge type or casino standard magician shows. Typically you will not find the higher end shows, but you might be surprised. You can look at their website for a sneak peak of their show offerings and to find their locations.
Another idea for saving money is to buy a local Entertainment or Gold C book. You can go online at www.entertainment.com. Usually after December they start to discount their books. They have coupons for various attractions, Golf discounts, Circus Circus Adventuredome and some awesome unknown restaurants in town, like M&M Soul food, it’s very authentic down south atmosphere – what a fun experience! (call (702) 453-7685 - M&M Soul Food 3923 W Charleston Blvd)
Some Free Stuff and Some Not Completely Free Stuff
Old Downtown Freemont Street light show – during the Summer months this starts (typically) on the hour starting at 6:00 pm ending 11:59. This is definitely an attraction you should see at least once.
Free picture at Binion’s (middle of Freemont Street)
This is really a fun thing to do. They take your picture with a 1 Million dollar mountain of bills. They allow you to take a picture with your whole group, and then they'll let you take a single picture or pictures of the couples in your group. The digital picture is free and is great quality and color. Each person that gets their picture taken will get a sheet of coupons for some great values like buy one get one meal at their restaurant; and they have great prime rib!
Golden Gate Casino (end of Freemont Street by the Plaza Hotel)
This used to be the home of the famous 99 cent Shrimp Cocktail ... The price is now $1.99 but it's still a good deal.
New York New York Casino – great arcade and roller coaster. They generally offer combination deals for the arcade games and the Manhattan Express roller coaster.
Circus Circus Adventure dome – Fun area for kids aged up to 14ish. Be careful in the casino though – lots of crowds, lots of warnings to keep an eye on your purse.
M & M’s Shops and Movie – themed clothing and novelty items. You can buy every color M & M in the rainbow. If you travel to the top level take the time to go to the M & M movie; you won’t be disappointed.
Red Rock Canyon
Beautiful canyon area for hiking, biking, and rock climbing just off NV 159 (Charleston Blvd (West)) , you'll see the turnoff for the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center (tel. 702/515-5350; www.nv.blm.gov/redrockcanyon), which marks the actual entrance to the park. There, you can pick up information on trails and view history exhibits about the canyon. The center is open daily from 8am to 4:30pm.
Caesar’s Palace – you absolutely cannot pass up spending time within the Caesar’s mall. Lots of fun high end jewelry and art stores that I could never afford – the staff in these stores are for the most part very friendly and hey, they don’t know if you have money or not! There are great restaurants as well; try the Cheesecake Factory or the La Salsa Mexican restaurant. Both have great food at reasonable costs. The Festival Fountain (in the west wing of the mall there is a show every hour on the hour daily starting at 10 AM: a robotic Bacchus hosts a party for friends Apollo, Venus, and Mars, complete with lasers, music, and sound effects; at the end, the god of wine and merriment delivers a sales pitch for the mall – a little cheesy but fun. The "Atlantis" show is a little less cheesy; (although it's in front of the Cheesecake Factory – funny how that works out) Atlas, king of Atlantis, can't seem to pick between his son, Gadrius, and his daughter, Alia, to assume the throne. A struggle for control of the doomed kingdom ensues amid flame and smoke. The mall is open until 11 Sunday through Thursday, until midnight Friday and Saturday.
Bass Pro Shop – can be found in the Silverton Casino (way south on the strip off of Blue Diamond Hwy). This is one impressive Bass Pro Shop. It has lots of equipment for camping, fishing, hunting and boating as well as some really fun Las Vegas Bass Pro Shop clothing. It also has a shooting gallery.
Another personal favorite of mine is the Las Vegas Outlet Mall:
Las Vegas Outlet Center Shopping Mall
7400 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89123
The Las Vegas Outlet Center is situated at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard South and Warm
Springs Road - Just passed the road to the airport. There are entrances into the Center's parking lot from all sides. On the South side of the parking lot is another small strip of shops with my ALL TIME favorite “Disney Outlet Store.” It’s got a big selection of clothing, but it also has other trinkets. Each time you visit they have different items.
Young 20’s and 30’s crowds
Girls can usually score VIP passes from club promoters; you’ll find them outside of some of the clubs and around casino entries like the escalators at New York New York.
Gambling and Casinos
The Las Vegas strip is home to some of the most magnificent buildings and imaginations in the country. They don’t call it the adult Disneyland for nothing. You have the opulent Wynn properties, Encore, Bellagio, Encore; Caesar’s Palace, and Mandalay Bay. There are incredible reproductions of Venice, Egyptian pyramids, New York, etc. It would take you weeks to visit everyone, so pick a theme and go visit it.
If you like dropping large denominations onto the tables, then the strip is where it can be done. There are a few smaller casinos on the strip where you can find the lower-end wager. Typically weekdays and daytime hours is when you’ll find the lower limits.
Most downtown (Freemont St) casinos have lower limits than the strip, as do the off strip casinos like the “Stations”; i.e., Boulder Station; Fiesta Station; Palace Station, etc.
Other Stuff to do off of the Strip
Springs Preserve – The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre non-gaming cultural and historical attraction designed to commemorate Las Vegas’ dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future.
Known as the birthplace of Las Vegas, the site of the Preserve was once home to bubbling springs that were a source of water for Native Americans living here thousands of years ago. It also sustained travelers of the Old Spanish Trail and Mormons who came to settle the West.
Unique Fun Activities
Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Fast Lap - Indoor Go Carts
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
SkyMania Trampolines and Dodge-ball…
Las Vegas Motor Speedway – From NASCAR events to race driving school. Events are held throughout the year.
Great Food Deals
When you're not taking advantage of the kitchen in the Las Vegas vacation house, you can (still) find great food deals in Las Vegas. One of the best is at Binion’s downtown. If you get your picture taken with the 1 million dollar stack of bills (great picture by the way and it’s free!!) you will get a buy one get one free meal that can be used on their prime rib dinner so it ends up costing you about $10 for two people.
Hard Rock Hotel has their $7.77 Steak and Shrimp special in their Lucky 24/7 Restaurant – it’s not on the menu you have to ask for it.
Ellis Island (behind Bally’s in the Motel 8 Casino, 4178 Koval Lane) has “the secret special,” a locals-only (not really, you only need to ask for it) deal that appears neither on the menu nor on the list of specials at the dining room’s entrance. You’ll get your choice of soup or salad, a huge hunk of fillet-cut sirloin and a potato cooked the way you like it, garlic-buttered green beans and a 20-ounce microbrew beer—all for $6.99!
Main Street Casino (downtown, one block north of the Plaza Casino (Freemont Street) – it is on “Main Street” not Freemont. Great prices in their Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery: Click for Menu
They also have a late night menu: Click for Menu