You know, the thing about Vegas is around 4 days is enough. If you are like our group of friends we like to hit it hard and party. We go to excess with food, booze, walking, shopping, gambling – and you get tired after around 4-5 days. However, 4 days isn’t nearly enough to even touch what Vegas has to offer. Here are a few highlights that we enjoyed.
- The outdoor fire pit at The Flamingo. While Vegas can certainly be expensive, this fire pit outside of the hotel by the pool is an easy way to save money and meet people. We sat here our first night, grabbed some beers from the convenience store inside and met a ton of super nice people from around the U.S.
- The GO Pool at The Flamingo is 21+ and has music, cabanas, food, bars and whatever you need. The pool is huge and tropical. The water was a bit cold, but the sun warms up quickly. $45 pitchers of Miami Vice might seem pretty spendy, but they don’t shy away on the Bacardi 151! I wish we had more time to spend at the pool, so fun. It opens at 9 am and you must show ID to get in. It is free and you cannot bring in outside food or drink. They have towels and chaise lounges for your use.
- Just outside The Flamingo is an alleyway (not sure what it is called) that features a ton of shops, restaurants and O’Sheas Casino. Great for walking up and down and easy access to The Linq, The Cromwell, the monorail and The High Roller.
- Strolling and sightseeing on the strip – check out all the big casinos, see the water show at The Bellagio, check out the Paris Eiffel tower, the NYNY roller coaster and the amazing, stunning artwork and displays in the casino. Of course, if high end shopping is your thing, there is no shortage of that. Along the strip you will see plenty of street performers wanting your tips as well.
- The shows – pretty much any show you want, Vegas has it. Britney, JLo, Donny & Marie, the Cirque shows and more are all amazing I’m sure. Of course, they will cost and I bet they are worth it. We decided to go with a smaller show at Planet Hollywood called The Mentalist. The Mentalist is Gerry McCambridge and he is the longest running show in Vegas. He also wrote the TV show called The Mentalist which you might have seen on NBC. CBS liked the concept of merging the skills of a mentalist with a detective and made a weekly TV series about that. He is a magician/mind reader and the show was about 75 minutes long. It was great. It’s crazy to see how he can read people’s minds. Tickets were about $35 and we just got them at a ticket kiosk on the strip. As with everywhere in Vegas, there is a bar and drinks available during the show. I’d go again!
- Shop – I am not a huge shopper but we had fun trying on a few things. If you love chocolate, you can visit the M&M store, the Hershey’s store, Ghiradelli, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Godiva and all the other big names. You want it? Vegas has it. Some of the girls went to a Ross store which we don’t have that I am aware of and got some cute clothes for very affordable prices.
- Fremont – located in downtown Vegas you won’t want to miss the overhead light show, SlotZilla zip lining, free music shows and a few breweries are down there too. Buy a beer at a store and walk around. Can’t beat that. We ended that night at Hogs N Heifers and had a blast with the music and fun bartenders. Drinks weren’t too badly priced and the security guards made sure us ladies were always safe.
- Limo – if you are in a group, it makes sense to grab a limo or limo bus instead of a few taxis. It isn’t every day you can say you rode around in a limo anyway. All drivers we encountered were more than friendly. Open containers are not an issue.
- High Roller – my Mom and I went on the 550 foot High Roller Ferris wheel. We went when it first opened at 11:30 during the day. The trip is 30 minutes up and down. The spheres are super safe feeling and have pretty much 360 degree views. I would love to go back at night with the open bar option. The ride is narrated on the TV’s and for the day trip was about $25.
- Utilize the Monorail – for $12 you can get a 24-hour pass to ride the strip. This was the first time I went all the way north to the SLS Casino which was nice and modern and a short walk to the Stratosphere. If you want to go all the way south, you will end up at the MGM Grand with easy access to the Luxor, Monte Carlo, Showcase Mall and more.
- And hey, if anything, you can always get married in Vegas!!
I can’t wait to go back again.