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Cookiesaur
02-13-2009, 06:32 PM
My sister-in-law is getting married in April in Vegas, and the 'Hubs and I plan to spend a week out there, mainly because we can't ever imagine ourselves getting sufficiently motivated/interested enough to head out that way again. Neither of us likes to gamble, and we're not that big on the whole club scene (although I am always up for at least one round of thrashing around pretending I can dance), so I thought I would see if anyone here had any ideas.

We plan on hitting at least one of the Cirque shows, and I'm probably going to bully him into taking me to a Drag show at some point because I've never been to one and I bet they're adorable. The only other real standouts so far include him taking me to the restaurants of several chefs I've admired for years.

If you know of anything that shouldn't be missed and is maybe a bit unusual or not so well known, please let me know. I am all for hitting up little-known restaurants or museums or whatever.

depechemodefan
02-13-2009, 07:43 PM
There's the Liberace museum. I think the guided tour is at 1pm or 2pm. The museum is in two "buildings" in a strip mall. The first building use to be a bank, and there are his cars and pianos. Then you have to walk to the end of the strip mall to see his costumes and his room. What I hated was my mom and my aunt were in back of the line, and we all had our hands stamped. The receptionist in the second place told them they had to pay to get in. Hello, look at stamp, bitch!

They also have a small library at the end near the Luxor.
Oh, the Luxor has the Tomb and Museum of King Tutankhamun. Which is just reproductions. If you are crazy for Egyptian stuff, go see but I wouldn't make it a priority.

The New YOrk New York has a roller coaster that is scary.

But as a librarian, I say, get a guide book. Like from Fodors.

auntiem
02-13-2009, 08:26 PM
Showtime tours has a great night tour - it goes around to many of the free features - like the fountain at the Bellagio and the Freemont Experience.
I would catch a showgirl show - the Crazy Horse (Tropicana) one is excellent and classy.
MGM has several amazing restaurants - I like the Brazillian buffet (Sambas is the name I think) - it is kinda spendy, but worth it.
There is the wine angel at the Manadalay Bay that is cool to watch.
There is a skydiving experience that I've always wanted to try - it is indoors so no jumping out of a plane or risk of smacking into a tree.
If you like spa treatments - there are tons of excellent spas - my spa lady clients think the one at the Luxor is the best.
If you like sushi - there is an excellent sushi buffet at the mall area next to Planet Hollywood.

Elspeth
02-13-2009, 08:27 PM
Yeah, something I know about!!

Alrighty, here is a overview of what I can remember. We used to go every summer.

Fountains at Belliago (free)
Sirens at TI (free)
Shark Reef at Manadaly Bay (very cool, approx 15 to 20 a person)
"O" at Belliago (one of the better Cirque shows, half in water/half out This one is my fav)
Mystre at TI (another Cirque show, very cool)
Forum Shops at Caesar's
Lion's at MGM Grand
Small Zoo (has penguins) at the Flamigo
Straosphere (if you don't mind high places, also don't take a tripod)
Eifel Tower at Paris (especially at night)
Show in the Sky at Rio

Well that should get you started. :D

wagegoth
02-13-2009, 08:52 PM
If you like chocolate:

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Eric the Grey
02-14-2009, 03:58 AM
If you know of anything that shouldn't be missed and is maybe a bit unusual or not so well known, please let me know. I am all for hitting up little-known restaurants or museums or whatever.

The only thing I can think of would be the show at the Excalibur Hotel, which is a jousting and feast-style dinner. I saw it years ago.

Here is a site (http://www.vegas.com/shows/) I've been digging through in preparation for our honeymoon. We've all but decided on spending a week in Vegas.


:cool: Eric the Grey

derangedperson
02-14-2009, 04:42 AM
Penn and Teller.
The view from the Stratosphere.
Fremont Street at night.
Penn and Teller.
The Hard Rock Cafe.
The Vegas sign.
The Forum shops at Caesar's Palace.
Penn and Teller.
Aimlessly wandering through the Venetian.
The dancing fountains at the Bellagio.
The celebrity impersonator dealers at Imperial Palace.
Penn and Teller.
Elton John's The Red Piano (if it's still running).
The train at McCarran.

Basically, a whole bunch of crap.

And did I mention Penn and Teller?

Becks
02-14-2009, 04:55 AM
If there's a Ripley's Believe It Or Not, go for it.

Bella_Vixen
02-14-2009, 06:21 AM
Grissom.










Go to the police department, and beg to see the CSI stuff.

:lol:

AdminAssistant
02-14-2009, 06:36 AM
Check out Food Network and Travel Channel's websites - and be sure to get off the strip! Check out some more 'local' places - you'll save a lot of money!

smileyeagle1021
02-14-2009, 08:30 AM
OK, since no one else has said it (bad CS, bad)... if you are in Vegas you must make the hour drive to Hoover Dam... that place is incredible. The sheer size of it, it is a true engineering marvel of the 20th century. Oh, one word of advice when you go to Hoover Dam... pay the extra to park on the Nevada side, it's cheaper to park in Arizona, but then you have to walk across the dam, which, don't get me wrong, it's a beuatiful walk, but when it gets hot (which April it will start to be) it is miserable climbing the hills on the other side to get back up to your car... granted I went in august, but it was 130 degrees in the canyon... and the cheap parking on the Arizona side is a good 30 foot climb... which doesn't sound like much, until you remember, it's 130 degrees.

Though my really honest answer on what to do when you go to Vegas... don't go to Vegas, go to Reno instead :p It's not as hellishly hot, it's cheaper, there's Lake Tahoe half an hour away, and a LOT of non gambling stuff that you can do... just my two cents.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
02-14-2009, 09:34 AM
We plan on hitting at least one of the Cirque shows

Love. At the Mirage. Go see.

It's a Cirque show set to Beatles music. It is fantastic.

Cookiesaur
02-15-2009, 02:07 PM
We might end up seeing the Cirque show they have at Treasure Island instead because . . . well . . . it's at our hotel. :) We saw La Nouba on our honeymoon; my hands were sore from clapping afterwards.

Believe me, if we had the choice of destinations, Vegas wouldn't be at the top of the list, but hey; not my wedding. I figure we just might as well have a good time while we're there. The downside is my husband and I don't know how to go on a vacation without hemorrhaging money; we have no restraint at all.

wagegoth
02-15-2009, 06:40 PM
Though my really honest answer on what to do when you go to Vegas... don't go to Vegas, go to Reno instead :p It's not as hellishly hot, it's cheaper, there's Lake Tahoe half an hour away, and a LOT of non gambling stuff that you can do... just my two cents.

I miss Reno. Go two blocks off the strip and you realize it's a university town. Not as hot in the summer, not as cold in the winter as Vegas. If I had to live in Nevada again, it would definitely be in Reno.

Jester
02-15-2009, 06:52 PM
I have spent very little time in Vegas. Actually, only been there twice, and the first time doesn't count, since I was simply passing through, getting gas and info.

The second time, I was flown in to do magic at a private party. It was a fun town. I, like you, do not gamble. I did, however, enjoy much good food and MUCH good drink.

Beyond that, there were two events that stood out for me. One of them you cannot go to, as you are not in the industry. (It was a weekly magician's meeting. Magicians only, you know.)

The other was, as Derangedperson mentioned, the Penn & Teller show (http://www.pennandteller.com/03/tickets.html) at the Rio. I recommend it very, VERY highly. If you don't have fun at that show, you don't have a pulse.

you must make the hour drive to Hoover Dam... that place is incredible. The sheer size of it, it is a true engineering marvel of the 20th century.

and the cheap parking on the Arizona side is a good 30 foot climb... which doesn't sound like much, until you remember, it's 130 degrees.

It is absolutely awesome. However, as a Zonie, I am going to contradict my friend Smiley here, and say if you want to park on the Zona side, go for it. It will be warm in April, certainly, but it will NOT be 130 degrees. High 90's is about the limit that time of year, give or take a few degrees. And that is actually rather comfortable, believe it or not. However, any time you are a non-desert person in the desert, make sure you have ready access to liquids. You'll thank me for it at some point.

Cookiesaur
02-15-2009, 07:08 PM
The second time, I was flown in to do magic at a private party.

Seriously? That's so cool! I can't even pull a penny out of my own ear! What type of magic do you do? My husband happily divests himself of any cash wherever magic is concerned, especially the sort of magicians that deal in the sort of "close-up" tricks. (I am continually upset that Steve Valentine doesn't seem to be preforming in Vegas anymore.)

Jester
02-15-2009, 07:11 PM
Actually, I am a close-up magician, dealing mostly with cards and other "six inches in front of your face" type tricks. My routine is heavy with the comedy--frankly, the magic is a medium for my own brand of comedy, though I have been told I am not horrible at the actual magic part of it, either.

And yes, to be flown across the country just to make people laugh and mess with their brains was, as you said, really freakin' cool!

Irving Patrick Freleigh
02-15-2009, 10:19 PM
We might end up seeing the Cirque show they have at Treasure Island instead because . . . well . . . it's at our hotel. :)

I assume you mean Mystere? That's a good one too, and I would've recommended that one had I not seen Love after.

FWIW Treasure Island and the Mirage are right next to each other and might be connected by a bridge or something. You will find that a lot of the places on the Strip are connected to other places by bridges or walkways.

PepperElf
02-16-2009, 12:45 AM
BLUE MAN GROUP!!!!
:)

but you have to get your tix ahead of time and they're not cheap for the vegas venue. they're priced for the area i think.

depechemodefan
02-23-2009, 04:54 PM
There's a book in the library called Weird Las Vegas and Nevada, by Joe Oesterle an Tim Cridland. It mentions a fragmetn of the Berlin Wall in the men's room at Main Steet Station. And the book mentions ghosts, like the ghost of Red Foxx at his home on 5460 South Eastern Ave. (no tour for that). But most of the book is about things through out Nevada, so not a lot of Vegas. But you should pick it up or flip through it in the bookstore.

Caveat Emptor
02-23-2009, 06:00 PM
My mom and I stayed in LV last June for a few days (the Luxor) and I enjoyed Mystere at TI, but that's about it. I don't gamble; I fed $60 total into three slot machines, was up by $20 on one but wound up with squat. I had seen Carrot Top in college 15 years ago, no interest at all now. The rest of the shows and events did not interest me. Also (I know it's a desert) but the heat took away most of my desire to do anything outside of the hotel.

We went to the Grand Canyon for a day, and if you have time and have never been, *****highly***** recommended. Gorgeous. Sign up for the Desert View tour at the Yavapai Lodge.

jnd4rusty
02-23-2009, 06:16 PM
M&M World makes one very happy (well except for the prices) but is so awesomely full of EVERYTHING M&M!! Taking the Duece (bus) up and down the Strip is pretty cool, if you love to people watch then it is a great way to experience all types of people. NASCAR Cafe is pretty neat at the Sahara.

HorrorFrogPrincess
02-23-2009, 11:09 PM
How did I miss this thread? O.o

I live in Vegas, so know ALL the free shows that you gotta see.

The Bellagio has the fountain show once ever 15 minutes after a certain time. Different shows and awesome. Great place to kill time. MGM has the lion habitat. Not sure what time they feed the kitties, but it's fun just to see the giant kitties. And of course, the Mirage Volcano show.

I haven't see the new TI show, since I have no interest in seeing sluts in improbable "pirate slut" gear shake their asses. I liked the original show with the battle.

At the M&M place, there is a free 3D movie on the top floor. That place is fun to browse through on its own.

At Caesar's Palace Forum Shops, there are 2 Moving Statue shows. The first is Bacchus and Co in the center area, near the Banana Republic. The other is near the FAO Schwartz and is the Fall of Atlantis. By far the more impressive show.

For clubbing, Cleopatra's Barge in Caesar's Palace is no cover, but has very expensive drinks and they keep it very hot. Or did when I went. I was also wearing a short-sleeved sweater top, so you might want to go lighter. Think Summer. And the DJ will play requests.

Caveat Emptor
02-23-2009, 11:16 PM
The other is near the FAO Schwartz and is the Fall of Atlantis. By far the more impressive show.



:rolleyes:

I saw that. Cheesy cheesy cheesy. I took a video of it with my digicam, posted it on my FB page and commented "Cheesy, campy and over the top - Vegas in a nutshell!" :p

HorrorFrogPrincess
02-23-2009, 11:33 PM
That's why it's awesome!

Plus, flames and fountains.

If you want Shakespeare, go to the theater. It's a freaking robot show, just a few steps above the instrument-playing bears at pizza places.

sms001
02-23-2009, 11:41 PM
Absolutely seconding the Hoover Dam trip - it is almost unreal. HUGE.

Can't get enough Cirque shows here either. Still throw the LaNouba CD in every once in a while.

Have fun.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
02-24-2009, 12:42 AM
At Caesar's Palace Forum Shops, there are 2 Moving Statue shows. *snip* The other is near the FAO Schwartz and is the Fall of Atlantis. By far the more impressive show.



Holy dear fucking Lord does that thing throw off the heat though! Just a reminder not to stand too close. It definitely is worth seeing and I make a point to catch it every time I'm in Vegas.

Also, in the shops at the Venetian/Palazzo (they're connected), you might see this guy, assuming he's still around:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f395/nkl_1980/004.jpg

He's a human statue. He stands in one place and doesn't move a muscle. At first glance you wouldn't even be able to tell he's a human being, he's that good.

Cookiesaur
02-24-2009, 02:40 AM
Good deal. Keep it coming, guys. :) Any restaurants in particular you can think of? We're renting a car so we can venture off the strip if the need strikes. (Or if I whine hard enough.)

crashhelmet
03-03-2009, 07:11 AM
I live in Vegas as well, so feel free to PM if you have any particular questions.

There are about 7 different Cirque shows on the strip now. The newest one is "Believe." It's based around Cris Angel's illusion/magic act.

Just about every casino has a night club that will take you forever or a huge tip to get in. one of my favorite places to party at is at the Carnival bar at Harrah's. It's outside and is only a $15 fee for guys. I believe ladies are free. i find the small lounges and bars with the house bands are far more enjoyable than the clubs.

MGM has the lions, Mirage has the Tigers, The Siren's at TI isn't all that great and if the wind is blowing, they won't do the show. as already stated, the Bellagio fountains are every 15 minutes til 11pm, the Volcano at the Mirage is every half hour, I believe, but won't run if the wind is blowing as well.

If you want to get out of Vegas, you can go out to Lake mead, Hoover Dam, or out to Red Rock Canyon. I go hiking out there a lot when the weather is nice. There are Warm Springs in the canyon.

About an hour outside of Vegas is a town called Pahrump. There you'll find the Chicken Ranch and Sheri's Ranch. Two of Nevada's legal brothels. They have a souvenir shop. Nothing like having the groom wake up the day of his wedding wearing one of their t-shirts. Makes for quite the conversation. :p

There are helicopter tours that will take you to the Grand Canyon if you want to do that.

There's quite a bit of stuff to waste your time with out here. I'm sure HFP and myself could probably help you all out.

CH

Sheldonrs
03-03-2009, 04:15 PM
I actually like just walking around the strip in the early evening. It's great for people watching.

But if you want an eye-opening experience, spend a day at the Blue Moon Resort.

hehehe

Irving Patrick Freleigh
03-03-2009, 06:43 PM
Any restaurants in particular you can think of?

I prefer the buffets. The one at the Orleans is my personal favorite, and a favorite of the locals, which should tell you something (good food and lots of it, reasonably priced). It is off the strip on Tropicana, but they run a shuttle to the strip every 15 minutes or so.

On the strip, my favorite would be Excalibur's , which is pricey but well worth it.

The fancier restaurants in the casinos are well out of my league, and probably too expensive for what you get. Most of the casinos also have fast-food places like McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and so forth if you need a quick bite to tide you over.

crashhelmet
03-04-2009, 01:34 AM
As far as restaurants are concerned, here is my list of favorites...

Italian: Battista's Family Restaurant, corner of Flamingo and Audrie, across from Bally's. Caters to both Northern and Southern style cooking.

Mexican: Canonita Taqueria, inside the Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. It's Mexico City style cooking, so it may be different from what you expect. (i.e. Black beans instead of Pinto beans)

Buffet: Rio, Orleans, or Mirage. All three are great. A little pricey, but great. ($15-20 per person, I believe)

Chinese: The cafe at the Orleans has some of the best Chinese food in town. Good food without paying out the arse. The only other place I'll go, outside of fast food style, would be P.F. Chang's. They've got several across the valley. There's one inside the Planet Hollywood hotel.

BBQ: Lucillle's BBQ, it's off the strip at the shops outside the Green Valley Ranch Casino. It's about 10-20 minutes from the strip, but the food is worth the drive in my opinion.

Steak House: I forget the name of it, but there is a Brasilian Steak House inside the Mirage. GREAT food and they've got it buffet/all you can eat style too. There is also the Savannah Chop House inside the Tropicana.

Gawd I'm getting hungry now.

CH

HorrorFrogPrincess
03-04-2009, 05:23 AM
I actually like just walking around the strip in the early evening. It's great for people watching.


Ah, the Strip is great. I had my first encounter with a drug dealer there, and that was only a couple months ago. *le sigh*

...he was very polite.

crashhelmet
03-04-2009, 05:39 AM
Ah, the Strip is great. I had my first encounter with a drug dealer there, and that was only a couple months ago. *le sigh*

...he was very polite.

A bunch of friends were in town for my little sister's 30th birthday last year. One of them was mugged outside the Silverton when he went out for a morning Jog. it's sad, but no different than any other city in that these aspects.

Just don't go out alone and don't carry $400.00 in your wallet like my jack ass of a friend did.

CH

teller
03-04-2009, 08:38 AM
whatever is worth leaving vegas