Exploring Las Vegas
Taking advantage of all there is available at The Rental Show 2013 will likely fill up anyone’s schedule, but in case you have a spare moment or plan to come early or stay after the show, there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas as well as the surrounding area to meet almost any interest.
If this is your first time to Las Vegas, you might want to hit the most popular tourist spots. For example, get a photo at the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign at the south end of the Strip and see the Fountain Show at the Bellagio, which goes off every half hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and every 15 minutes daily from 7 p.m. to midnight, choreographed to music.
Off-Strip, Fremont Street downtown has a nightly light show and features some of the original Las Vegas casinos like Binion’s and the Golden Nugget.
Shows are endless in Las Vegas. There are musicals, comedy, magic and more adult options, and many have daily showings to accommodate anyone’s schedule.
If you’re staying at Bally’s Las Vegas, you can see Jubilee!, a classic showgirl revue, at Bally’s Las Vegas, offering traditional Las Vegas entertainment with shows daily except on Fridays. For tickets for both, call 800-237-7469. If you like the TV show “American Idol,” you'll probably remember Taylor Hicks. He has concert dates at Bally’s Indigo Lounge on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. To see Hicks perform, call 888-746-7784 for tickets.
At Harrah’s Las Vegas, the Legends in Concert celebrity tribute show gets you that once-in-a-lifetime experience with your favorite artist impersonator. The cast rotates often, but you might see Elvis or Lady Gaga on stage. For reservations, call 702-369-5111. Harrah’s also offers karaoke, improv, comedy, more music and plays, including Defending the Caveman, the longest running solo play in Broadway history. This play, written by Rob Becker, talks about the difference between men and women with a humorous approach.
Nearby Paris Las Vegas has several shows including Jersey Boys, a behind-the-scenes look at Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons or how four blue-collar kids ended up as a pop sensation. Call 702-777-7776 for tickets. You also can check out the dueling pianos lounge. If music is not your game, there is hypnotist Anthony Cools, whose world-renowned skills have made him the longest-running hypnotist show in Las Vegas history. For tickets, call 800-237-7469. Need a larger view? The Eiffel Tower – The Ride takes you up 46 stories above city level for an unparalleled view of the Las Vegas Strip. That’s only 35 stories below the real Eiffel Tower.
Treasure Island has several entertainment options. Mystère Cirque du Soleil just celebrated its 18th anniversary in Las Vegas and has shows twice daily at Treasure Island. For tickets, call 702-894-7722. You also can catch the free Sirens of TI show, which includes a
pirate battle, every 90 minutes outside the hotel.
At The Venetian Hotel Resort and Casino, big musical acts are king. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will play their Soul2Soul concert on Feb. 15-16. To buy tickets, go to venetian.com, click on “entertainment” and “Soul2Soul.” This will lead to an online ticketing site. “Rock of Ages” is a journey of a 1987 love story told in 1980s classic rock hits. For more information, go to venetian.com.
Animals and fish are another mainstay of Las Vegas sightseeing. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage has lions and other big cats, and while the dolphins don’t do tricks, you can watch the handlers feed them in the large pool. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children age four to 12 and free for children under three.
Wish it was Halloween all year? Head to Eli Roth’s Goretorium, located on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard at Harmon Ave., just past Planet Hollywood, right above Walgreens. The Goretorium is open 5 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The Baby Dolls exhibit is open from 6 p.m. to “late.”
If you want to see your favorite celebrities and get photos without even going to Hollywood, then head to Madame Tussaud’s Interactive Wax Attraction in The Venetian. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, this two-floor museum includes more than 100 life-size replicas of people you may know, including historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Wayne Newton and Liberace to Angelina Jolie and Beyonce. For group tickets, call 702-862-7814.
If adrenaline is your trip, try the zip line over Fremont Street with Flightlinez Fremont, located next to Walgreens at 425 Fremont Street. Rides cost $15, and $20 after 6 p.m. Need more? Go to Vegas Indoor Skydiving, located south of the Riviera Hotel & Casino on Convention Center Drive. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, a single flight costs $85 and a repeat flight is $50. If that’s not enough, you can go to the Stratosphere for a few options, including the SkyJump, a vertical controlled jump, or amusement rides that extend from the top of the tower, like Insanity, The Ride.