Thursday, March 4, 2010

Seeing Las Vegas

We wanted to get away somewhere a little warmer and relax and have a good time. We were not disappointed! We only had 3 nights and 2 ½ days to explore Las Vegas and we were on a tight budget. We tried to see a little of every casino on the strip but we didn’t make it to all of them. We also missed the beautiful pool areas because most of them were closed until spring.

Our favorite three casinos were Wild Bills. O’Sheas, and Casino Royale. They all have drink specials, slots, and blackjack and were not far from Bally’s. They were older establishments, less expensive, and more our style than the richer and more luxurious casinos. Wild Bills was across the street from Bally’s and was like an old West Saloon. It has a Victorian Restaurant with lots of Chinese food and a $6.99 steak and egg breakfast starting at midnight which is truly delicious. There are 99 cent bottles of Newcastle and strawberry margaritas and $2.00 drafts. Karaoke begins at 9pm and there are many props and costumes you can use. Karaoke is really fun here!

O’Sheas is a little farther down the strip and is an Irish themed bar. Ask the bartender for the $3.00 hot dog-beer deal. Drafts are $2.00. There is a food court with a Subway and a Burger King, pizza, Mexican food, and chicken wings. There is a beer pong gallery which is really fun to watch. There are lots of young people there.

Casino Royale is across from the Mirage. It has a free outdoor slot machine where you can win free slot play and drink specials. We signed up for a slot card and got a free coupon booklet for lots of free play and food and drink specials. Bottles of Michelob are $1.00 and margaritas are $2.00. Trust me, the strawberry margaritas are delicious! They have a food court with Subway, Dennys, and an Outback Steakhouse. We ate dinner at Outback and it was very, very good although maybe a little more expensive than the Outback at home. We were able to watch the Volcano Show across the street at the Mirage while we ate. It was awesome and we could feel the heat from it!

The second day of our trip was a little colder and windier but we walked up and down the other side of the strip. We walked through and played a few plots in each of the following: Planet Hollywood, MGMGrand, Hooters, Tropicana, Excalibur, New York New York, Monte Carlo, Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, the Mirage, Treasure Island, and the Venetian. It was a long walk and our middle aged feet and legs were aching when we got back to our hotel. But we saw the Lion Habitat at the MGM, we toured the 3 story M&M’s Store, we joined the Owl club at Hooters and got $100.0 in free slot play, we ate lunch at the food court at The Excalibur, and we watched the choreographed fountain show at the Bellagio which would have been better at night but was still very impressive. The Bellagio is beautiful and luxurious. We saw the conservatory which is so pretty. It was decorated in the Chinese New Year theme. Apparently the theme changes with the seasons. We watched the Pirates battle the Sirens at the entrance of Treasure Island. It was surprisingly good but not for children. It gets very crowded too. We saw gondola rides at the Venetian and I definitely want to ride a gondola next time around. It is so romantic!

The Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, Mirage and the Venetian are all very beautiful, luxurious, and expensive. Caesar’s is full of very exquisite and ritzy shops.

We were tired the last day of our trip and took the bus down to Circus Circus. The bus is very easy to use and very inexpensive. I wish we had used it the day before. We watched a couple of free circus acts that were very good and entertaining. Circus Circus is full of little kids and it is a fun place. Right next door is Slots of Fun. We played games for a while and ate lunch at the food court. There are a lot of food courts on the strip. We walked across the street and visited the Riviera. We stayed there quite a while playing slots and swilling free beer brought to us by the cocktail waitress. We hiked back to the hotel and got ready for our show.

We had the best time! Las Vegas has everything you could possibly want except for a beach and I’m sure there is a replica somewhere. You can have fun on a budget and even more fun if you have plenty of money to spend! There are all kinds of restaurants to try and shows to see. The shopping is awesome. There are museums. And there are lots of games. You won’t go home disappointed unless you lose lots of money!

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