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Old 11-02-04, 06:48 PM
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Hi. I'm going to Vegas in a few weeks, and was wondering if anyone could recommend places to go, things to do, and places to eat, etc. Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated!

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Old 11-07-04, 06:05 AM
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I spend quite a bit of time there. What do you want to do and how much is your budget?

DO NOT BRING CHILDREN! They still have swimming pools but Vegas is not the family friendly town it was 5-8 years ago.
 
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Old 11-30-04, 09:27 PM
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Take advantage of ALL coupon opportunities you come accross! They're everywhere - will save you a lot and you can pick and choose which ones you'd like to use. Tours are good to outlying areas. Have fun
 
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Old 12-01-04, 06:49 AM
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Until a couple of years ago I used to go twice a year for sales meetings/trade shows, etc, but haven't been in a couple of years. Some of my suggestions are to get the Las Vegas Entertainment magazine, (sorry, I don't remember the actual name), that and a web search before you go should yield a long list. You'll find the stuff that's at all the other than huge casinos. About 10-12 years ago we saw that Steve Allen was playing off the strip somewhere. Since we're of an age that we grew up watching his variety show we hustled down to that. Not only were we the youngest once in the audience by about 15 year we were the only ones who duked the maitre de' $20 and we got "ringside" seating and autographs.

I've never been a huge fan of the "big name" shows that the big casinos offer but Cirque de Soleil-Mystere at Treasure Island is so fascinating that it would have to be close to a must see. I'm pretty darn cheap but I've seen it three times, the second and third with (also cheapskate) friends who I told I would reimburse them for their tickets if they didn't love it. Never had to repay anyone on that but it's probably about $100 now.

Excalibur used to have a "dog talent show". It was all dogs they had rescued from the pound and just doing lots of tricks and stuff, pretty cool 90 minutes or so. My wife had seen an ad for that and we both love dogs.

If you're into sports and recreation there is (or was) a company that takes you up to the top of Red Rock Canyon (worth seeing anyway), puts you onto a bicycle and points you back to downtown. Since it's downhill all the way you might only have to pedal for a couple of minutes, IIRC it's about 15 miles.

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Still the automobile museum, although only a fraction of the one that Harrah's had.

Buffets. Rio had one that we really liked, although most of them are pretty similar.
 
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Old 01-17-05, 05:08 PM
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I disagree about bringing children. There are a ton of things for kids to do. It is a very family oriented town now a days. Go and explore the malls at all of the casinos. Eat at all the different buffets. Visit the amusment parks (NYNY, etc.) See the hoover dam. GAMBLE! Watch sports! See shows as often as you can! Lastly - just have fun. Live on a whim..... whatever happens in vegas....
 

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Old 01-18-05, 03:58 AM
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Just like any large city Las Vegas has many things to see and do. But Las Vegas is no Orlando, FL by any means. Orlando area attractions are geared towards families. Las Vegas was built on gambling, drinking & pretty girls and it's largest draw continues to be gambling, drinking and pretty girls. It is a city for adults but they tollerate children because some parents won't leave the kids with grandma. Bringing children is fine, but what parent is going to put their child down for bed and leave them alone in the hotel room while they go see a show for 3 hours? Will you go see the show alowe while your spouse stays up in the room with the kids? All too often the parents don't want to miss THEIR vacation so they take the kids with them and you see tired & crankey children being pushed around in strollers at 1:00 am.

The main tourist areas of Las Vegas Blvd. and Freemont St. are not what I would call kid friendly. MGM shut down their amusement park long ago. Most casinos have added topless shows (including the required risque billboards and signs everywhere)(Momy, what's a Crazy Girl....Mommy, I want to go see Midnight Fantasies). TI has gotten rid of the pirate show to replace it with sexy Sirens in wet bathing suits Along Las Vegas Blvd. you will be handed trading cards and brochures for escourt services & call girls (hookers) most with tiny stars over the good parts and some showing it all. Las Vegas allows drinking in public 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week so don't be surprised if your children hear some bad language and see a little drunken behavior.

I love Las Vegas and go several times a year. If you want a fun adult vacation go to Vegas. If you want a good family vacation go to Florida.
 
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Old 03-06-05, 10:27 AM
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Old 05-22-05, 11:06 PM
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I know its a little late for this posting, but.. if anyone else is going, I grew up there and its changed tramatically.. but, one thing that hasn't is the "Hush Puppie"... its a southern restaurant located up on the west end of Charleston Blvd.. serves among other great items, southern fried catfish, all you can eat!... along with green tomatoes, coleslaw, etc.. ummmmh.. I always hit the Hush Puppie for dinner when I go to Las Vegas now..
 
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