Well... we booked our adventure to VEGAS !! We are a family of 3 but there will be 8 more family members going @ same time - staying in a different hotel ! We are spending 3 nights @ NY NY and 2 nights @ The Grand (son wanted to check them both out...lol)
What are some good things NOT to miss out on ? My son is 14... niece is 5, nephew is 10.... we will need stuff for them & an accompaning (sp?) adult to do... other family are only staying Thurs - Sun.... so we will have 3 days ALONE !
Where are the good buffets ? Ive heard some START @ $20 pp ! Please tell me there are some less expensive ones cause I could never justify $20 for probably one plate of food and son is Vegatarian and PICKY at that ! No way do I want to throw away $60 for us to NOT eat our monies worth....
Come on world travelers, I know y'all have TIPS !!
We were at MGM Grand for 4days, two years ago. Had a great time. I don`t play the machines but, my wife does a bit.
Be sure to see the free outside water fountain show at the Bellagio. Go up the Eiffle Tower at Paris, fantastic view of the strip and you get a good view of the water fountain
Take the bus or a taxi for what they call ``downtown``, they took a few blocks and covered it. They have this light show on the ceiling with music which is just awesome, also free. Also if you want to play cards, it`s a lot more fun downtown which is old Las Vegas. If you make a mistake, they don`t look at you as though you just fell off the turnip truck.
We saw Cirque du Soleid production of ``O`` which is quite pricey (believe it`s still on at the Bellagio). We enjoyed it.
Just visiting the big hotels, like Bellagio, Paris, Venetian, Caesar`s etc., was quite amazing. If someone in your group want to see antique cars, there in for a treat at the Imperial Palace. With a coupon, it`s very reasonably priced.
Depending on your budget, you can see the best of entertainment. We had gone there several times during the 70`s and the shows were quite reasonable. They offered shows at a good price to bring in customers. I read somewheres that Vegas now make more money on accomodations, restaurants and entertainment than on gambling.
We are going June 15 - 20 - yeah we know its gonna be hot !! We are considering "O" for us 3 - I doubt the others will want to spend that kind of $$ !! We got the "FODOR" book for review & my son uses it like a bible ! Im sure time June gets here, I will be sick of hearing about Vegas... rest of family is staying @ Golden Nugget... Im upset cause I will want to gamble SOME... but if I go with them, I wont be eligible for any "COMPS" where Im staying. My MIL & FIL / Aunt & uncle ALLWAYS get comps .. but they play ALOT too ! Would be nice on my first time out if I got something "comped" - I rarely turn my back on a FREEBIE.... would be nice if they comped our whole hotel room like happened to MIL & FIL & aunt & unlce last year.... then, I could put the savings towards the next vacation....
I guess I should just go & not expect any freebies, then I would be thrilled IF I actually got any !
I am meeting 3 girlfriends in Las Vegas at the end of April. Three of us are not gamblers so I would like to find things to do also. Fourth person is getting a free room so obviously she gambles quite a bit. I am sure the other two will not spend any money to see shows so if I want to see anything I will be going by myself. I was there four years ago with girlfriends and we did keep busy just going from casino to casino seeing all the free shows and shopping.
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We went in 2001- family of 4 - son was 14, daughter was 17. Am trying to remember what we did - just remember we did have a great time.
We did do "O" - sat in 2nd row - it was amazing and worth every penny. Cirque De
Soleil has a new show opening, that looks really amazing also, and have heard great things about Mystere(at Treasure Island). We stayed at the Excalibar - the kids picked. They enjoyed it, and the dinner show that they had which was similair to Medieval Times. We also went and saw Michael Flately's Feet of Flame at the New York, New York - more for my daughters enjoyment, though even my son somewhat enjoyed it. We all loved walking around that Hotel - lot's to see there. They have a restaurant called "America" which was very reasonably priced and had great food. Of course the roller coaster is a must.
We did a breakfast buffet in the morning - we tried the one in Excalibur, but found we prefered the one in the Luxor better, for only a dollar more. The hotels are connected by an inside walk way, or a train, so it was no big deal to go there. One morning we spluged and had the one in Mandaly Bay - which was wonderful - and connected by the same walkway/or train. Only a little more. We also did the Aquarium thing in the Mandalay Bay - which was a nice time. In the Luxor I think we did an IMAX movie, but can't quite recall. We did go to the pool some, but in Feb - it was a little chilly. We went to Madame Toussaud's wax museum - and took lots of fun pictures there. checked out most of the free display stuff at many of the hotels - the Pirate ship thing at Treasure Island, the Atlantis show that was in Ceasars Palace. We went to the Secret Garden at the Mirage. Went to the Stratosphere and did the Roller Coaster there and the boys did the ride on the top. We atea at a 50's styled diner there with singing waiters - it was very reasonably priced too. The Excalibur had different entertaining things going on at different times of the day, and had an arcade which the kids had fun at.
We walked up and down the strip alot and checked out things in the other hotels, I just can't remember everything. My husband wanted to go to Hoover Dam, before he became an electrical lineman, he worked on hydro generation for the electric company, so we did a bus tour there as well. We went to the Coke place and the M&M factory.
We were busy all the time and never saw all we wanted too - the kids had fun, and never complained.
We will be visiting for 6 nites at the end of this month and will be staying at our time share in Flamingo. A show not mentioned is the Blue Man Group which I really enjoyed because it is so different. Let me mention that your biggest enemy will be fatigue--especially if you intend to walk from casino to casino. MGM is on 300 acres of land!!!! I always rent a car and drive from place to place. Parking is free and is very convenient to the main area of each resort. There is a monorail that runs the length of the strip but it will leave you at the rear of many casinos. You still have to walk across the strip if you want to get to resorts on other side. Be wary of the "cheap buffet" because you may be very disappointed in the quality. Our favorite dinner is at Aladdin. It is pricey but worth the extra $$$. We generally eat breakfast at the Flamingo and skip lunch.
Take the kids and go see EFX show at the MGM Grand if it's still there, it's awesome and for people of all ages though you might want to double check if the late show is topless as many are, The show is about a Dad and his son, they travel through time, and so do you. The music, costumes, lights and effects are dazzling! I sat in the cheap seat ($35-40) I think and loved it. There are 2 life size fire breathing dragons, part of the show is in 3D. I saw it with Tommy Tune but Rick Springfield took it over last i heard. David Cassidy started it, wonderful and easy to get tickets for since it's an older show.
I would also do a web search for Vegas Reviews they have everything on Buffet reviews to shows, free and pay, restaurants, shopping, etc.
Go down town and see the Fronter Street experiance at night. Its free, and every hour on the hour I think it's a new show, very cool lights and you can take pictures outside the casinos with all the lights around you, and unlike the on the strip you won't be ant sized next to the giant signs. Also do the free show at The Rio Carnival in the Sky is not to be missed, skip the Excaliber free show it was voted the worst. Ceasers Palace Forum shops have the Statues and Fountains come to life for their free show, really cool the kids will love it!
I like the Rio Buffet best, lots of variety, warning some of the bargain buffets can make you sick, we got ill at the Stardust buffet. Paris buffet is supposed to be good if you like french food.
Go see the Star Track Experiance and the Borg Experiance at the Las Vegas Hilton. It's really cool especially if your a fan, you get beamed about the Enterprize, I don't know how they do it but it feels real. Everyone stays in character and they interact with you. Kingons, Borg, etc...
We also like Legends show at Imperial Place it is a less expensive show about $30-35 they have singers who look and sound like the person they are imitating including Madonna, Shania, Elvis, Sammy Davis, Elton John, The Temptations etc, I've seen it twice and always have a good time. I also like the day shows at the Stratosphere, I forgot the names but they are super cheap around $12.00. You can play tick tac toe with a chicken at the Tropicana I hear the chicken is real good.
I saw Glades Knight at the Flamingo paid for the good seats and sat one seat away from the stage center, I was close enough to touch her if I tried. She was wonderful, a perfect preformer, one of the best concerts I've ever seen, the show had variety and was funny also.
Lance Burton the magician is great, La Cage is adult humor funny, drag show at the Rivera I've seen it twice. The guy who does Liza is amazing! There is so much to do and see I've been there 3 times and still haven't scratched the surface. I love Vegas, oh for a decent cheaper meal try the coffee shops there is one in the Flamingo, that's pretty good, one in the Rivera, almost all hotels have one and now days they are cheaper then many buffets!
We spent a week at the MGM Grand in April about a year and a half ago. MGM is (to me) just a playland for kids and adult alike. I'm sure you've probably been all over their website- it's great.
They have nice shops, the studio cafe is a good restaurant in the hotel and reasonable, and like someone said, the pools (5 ACRES of pools and a lazy river) are phenominal. Your son will love the lazy river.
Most days we'd have breakfast, go walking around and sightseeing for 3 hours, then come back to swim and lay by the pools until dinner. Would have dinner out and then live it up until the next day!
Have a great time, Mary
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Friends of mine were in Vegas recently on a tight budget I might ad. They won $500.00 at the blackjack table and would you believe they took this money and put it in a 500 slot and with one pull they won 40K. Pretty amazing and a gutsy move for people who have so little!
I highly recommend the Blue Man Group show also. Purchase your tickets now as the show sells out quickly.
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