Post # 1
So my husband and I are headed to Vegas next week (yay!) for no apparent reason lol. I got a super amazing deal on airfare and hotel so we just booked it on a whim with no plans. We’re not really big gamblers so we probably won’t spend all that much time doing that.
Here are some things I know we’d like to do:
– spend lots of time by the pool (we’re staying at monte carlo)
– see the light show on freemont street
– go to inn n’ out burger! (lame i know, but we live in ohio and we’ve never been to one)
– hang out at a sports book (not sure which one yet)
– see a show (which one?)
This wasn’t really a planned thing so we’re kind of looking to do it on the cheap.
any suggestions for good shows? (preferably at 75 or less/ticket. we saw Love last time we were there and it was great… but the cirque shows are all $$$)
any suggestions for other cheaper non-gambling stuff to do on or around the strip?
Post # 3
Definitely get your In’N’Out Burger mustard grilled if you like mustard and pickles! They also call it mustard fried sometimes. In fact, I will just direct you to the “Secret Menu” so you can arm yourself with information before you go!
There are a ton of great things to see! I love Penn & Teller. They’re at the Rio and the tickets aren’t too pricey. VEGAS! The Show at Planet Hollywood is great. Mandalay has the Shark Reef, MGM has lions, Excalibur has Medival Times (which is super cheesy but a lot of fun if you get into it), you can visit the Pawn Stars shop, check out the shopping at Miracle Mile, Crystals at City Center (super expensive but a beautiful building) and Fashion Show Mall. There are tons of things to do! Zipline at Fremont, rides at the Stratosphere…
Post # 4
If I went to Vegas I would definitely see Cirque du Soleil!
Post # 5
Last time we got a power pass, it is something like $50/one day or more for several days. It gets you access to lots of events (and since most are $10-15 each, it’s quite a savings). We went to the eiffel tower in paris, the stratosphere tower (really neat at night), the lion/tiger/dolphins exhibit, the wax museum, the roller coaster in NY NY and some other things, can’t remember them all.
also went to see the drag show! pretty fun.
Post # 6
@Aure: thanks for all of the ideas!
@PitBulLover: Yea my first thought was that I’d really love to see “O” but its so expensive! And we’ve seen cirque twice already (once here and once in Vegas when we saw Love).
@kerensa: where do you buy that? And what drag show did you see? Sounds fun 🙂
Post # 7
Right next to the Venitian maybe there’s a place where you can buy same day tickets for a big discount. It’s legit stop and take a look. That’s where we always buy our tickets.
The Cirque shows are amazing. O or Ka are great and if you’re into something a little more daring you could see Zumanity (nudity). I hate the blue man group even though I know lots of people love it. Holly Madison’s peep show at Planet Hollywood is fun too.
Post # 8
I would spend a few hours at the Wax Museum. So much fun! We’ve gone twice, and spent oodles of time there on both occasions. You can usually find discounts on the admission fee online, or in the Las Vegas magazine.
Penn & Teller at the Rio are also an AMAZING show. They are less than $100, though I don’t remember the exact price. David Copperfield is also an incredible show, but I think his tickets are a little more than you are wanting to spend.
Other free shows to watch on the strip would include the animatronic Atlantis show in the Caesar’s Forum Shops; Volcanic eruption at the Mirage; TI Sirens at Treasure Island; watch the Lions at MGM or the dolphins (I think?) at the Mirage, and of course, you must watch the fountains at the Bellagio at night.
The Titanic Exhibit is amazing, and is currently at the Luxor. This time of year, a lot of the shows are on hiatus, but I think they might be starting up again right away here, so you might luck out!
Post # 9
Inside the Imperial Palace there is a restaurant called Hash House A GoGo. You have to go there for breakfast and have the Fried Chicken Benedict. It’s one of the best things I have ever eaten. #1 it’s cheap. #2 it’s huge and you can split it. #3 it’s farm fresh organic food #4 it’s amazing I promise
Post # 10
Definitely go see one of the “topless” show girl shows for a true Vegas experience. If I remember correctly, tickets were pretty cheap. I don’t know if it’s still there, but over at the Sarah ish area, they had a test track and you could test drive a car for 10 bucks, like a race car.
Post # 11
Penn & Teller at the Rio is great, I saw them years ago and really enjoyed it. Also at the Rio, eat at their Mexican restaurant (omg so good!), and go up to the lounge on the top floor for an AWESOME view of the strip. Oooh and I also really liked their Mardi Gras parade they have in the casino. I won’t tell you too much about it and spoil it, but it’s lots of fun!
Otherwise, honestly, you can just wander through all the casinos for HOURS marvelling at how amazing it all is! I seriously forgot that the point of it all is to get you to gamble, I was just jaw-on-the-floor gawking the whole time, lol!!! The Venetian is pretty amazing with the canals and gondola rides, and the Paris hotel is really pretty too 🙂
Post # 12
@bakerella: I’m with you! Both times I’ve been to Vegas I just spent hours wandering up and down the strip gawking at the casinos and the people and the bright lights.
Try and find one of those free coupon books that are in the back of the Cabs, we got two tickets up the Eiffel Tower for the price of one.
Post # 13
You should definitely check out the ghost tour. It was such a great way to see Vegas and even learn some history. It was the highlight of our trip!
Post # 14
Okay so we found discount tickets for Penn and Teller since they seemed to be a hit! Got those booked and my husband found a deal on LivingSocial for cheap tickets to Sin City Comedy club so we’re going to do that another night. I know we want to do the sports book one night and the freemont light show one night, so we’re probably set for our evenings!
Still welcoming any tips on things to do during the day 🙂 I’m not really concerned that we’ll run out of stuff to do between seeing the hotels, hanging at the pool, etc… but I always like to hear about people’s favorite stuff.
Post # 15
I would check out the Peppermill Lounge on your way back from Downtown Freemont one night after 1 a.m. They have a romantic litle lounge with fire pits and big drinks you can share and they also have a decent restaurant for food after 2 a.m. As for shows, if you are into comedy I would highly recommend Carrot Top. I know he gets a bad rap, but his show REALLY WAS funny. And you can usually get tickets the same day for 1/2 off at the Hal Price ticket booth in the M&M building.
ETA: Peppermill is open 24/7
Post # 16
@CorgiTales: How fun! It sounds like you have your shows set, but I wanted to let you know to check with the concierge desk too if you need more tickets. I stayed at the Monte Carlo last Nov, and was able to get tickets to LOVE for 65 dollars each for the next night.
Wear good walking shoes! My poor feet got so tired. There is a free tram from the Monte Carlo to the Bellagio- that helped cut down on some extra walking outside which was nice 🙂
Also- I really wanted to go to In n Out burger, but it’s not really walkable from Monte Carlo- you might have to take a cab!