Off The Strip, Las Vegas
Located about a mile away from Downtown, walking south along the area of Coolidge Ave. The Arts District was something I stumbled across researching online.
Now, when you come to Vegas, you're gonna wanna remain on the Strip and see all the shows, no doubt about it. That's what people come to Vegas for, to party it up! The last thing on your mind would be to go to some Arts District. If you are a frequent visitor, though, you should break away from the mold and check it out.
The district we walked around wasn't too impressive, a mix up of strip malls and auto repair businesses. AH! But walk around and you will find some dope street art! If street art is your thing, you will love it. There's a lot of gems here. Who would've thought in Vegas eh? Of course, we only walked one section of the district, so there might be some more hidden gems I didn't come across. Definitely check it out!
If you are into fitness or just a huge fan of Cirque du Soliel you have to check out Shine Alternative Fitness! I was trying to find something fun for my friends to try when they came to visit me in Vegas and I found Shine. Many of the instructors are Cirque performers. They have classes like aerial silks, anti-gravity yoga, fitness pole dancing, and many dance, stretching and cardio classes.
My friends and I tried aerial silks. There were a few more advanced people in the class, but the instructor was awesome and made sure to tailor the class for our individual levels.
The prices were not bad at all, somewhere between $15 - $25 per class depending on what you take. Its such a unique experience since very few studios in the world offer these classes and if you are looking for something memorable to do off the strip I definitely recommend it! The classes are so individualized that anyone from any fitness level can do it.
I have since returned for anti-gravity yoga and Xtreme boxing. The yoga class is done in a swing so that no pressure is put on the joints. After that class was the most stretched and limber I have ever felt and the boxing class was a high energy and exciting way to amp up my cardio.
The instructors and staff are extremely friendly and open and the gym is unlike any other I have seen. There are no cardio or weight machines, just mirrors, poles, silks, swings and an open area.
You can find out more and read about their classes on their website. http://www.shinealternativefitness.com/
We discovered this while strolling along the paths at the Wildlife Habitat and pool areas at the Flamingo. It was kind of eerie since there is so many paths that wind along among some beautiful foliage, plus it was at night and they had this lighted and it was at the end of a lovely latticed walkway. Located by the Garden Chapel. I would NOT recommend doing this at night, not a safe place for anyone alone.
The plaque reads:
“The Bugsy Building”
On this site Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel original Flamingo hotel stood from December 26, 1944 until December 14, 1993.
The hotel, which housed 77 rooms, including the notorious Mr. Siegel “Bugsy suite” or “Presidential suite” as it was sometimes referred to. Was unique in more way than one, the window panes for instance were bullet proof, although there was only one entrance to the top floor suite, there were five possible exits. The included a hidden ladder from the hallway closet to a basement tunnel, which lead to an underground garage which Bugsy allegedly had a chauffeured getaway car awaiting at all times.
But Mr. Siegel’s reoccupation with safety and escape routes proved to be geographically misplaced June 20, 1947 300 miles from Las Vegas at the Beverly Hills Mansion of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, Bugsy was killed in a hail of gunfire from unknown assailants.
Since that day, The Flamingo has change ownership 3 times, including final sale from Kirk Kerkorian to the Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1970.
Flamingo Hotel & Casino
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Outdoor World is not just a place you can go shop, but explore. My boys like the wildlife displays that are located all over the store. It seems to be very popular with most of kids that are here with their parents.
Open: 364 Days a Year!
Regular Store Hours
Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8200 Dean Martin Drive Las Vegas, NV 89139
tired of the hordes of tourists and crowds at the Strip? looking to gamble with less noise and more privacy? going on a day trip to Lake Mead and/or the Hoover Dam? you can all to this in one sitting if you have the whole day! why? since the Hacienda Hotel and Casino is the nearest Gambling area from the hoover dam and lake mead and even though gambling is prohibited in Boulder City, the Hacienda sits on the Freeway at US route 93 so that it is far from the center of Boulder City. The Complex is just minutes away from the hoover dam and lake mead and you would even see the lake if you are staying at one of their rooms here. The lower limit on the table games are just $ 5 and the casino is open 24/7.
address is: Highway 93, Boulder City, Nevada 89005
according to their webiste:
Dining options at Hacienda Hotel and Casino include 4 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include a spa tub. This 2.5-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms. Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). This Boulder City property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a casino, a coffee shop/cafÃ©, and an arcade/game room.
289 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hacienda Hotel and Casino feature coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Accommodations offer mountain or desert views. Bathrooms feature showers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Televisions have satellite channels. Guests may request refrigerators, irons/ironing boards, and hair dryers. Housekeeping is available daily.
Notifications and Fees:
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
* Pet fee: US$ 20 per pet, per day
* Pet deposit: US$ 100 per stay
* Deposit: US$ 10.00 per stay
* Fee for high-speed Internet (wired) in business center: US$ 3.00 (for 10 minutes, rates may vary)
* Fee for wireless Internet in business center: US$ 9.99 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
* )Fee for in-room high-speed Internet (wired): US$ 9.99 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
* Refrigerator: US$ 10 per day
* Rollaway bed: US$ 5 per day
Not sure if this is Budda, but this little shrine is off the strip and in front of CVS Pharmacy near Monte Carlo. People just pass by it all time and probably do not think much of it. I thought it was neat. It is coin operated, so I am sure its little secrets or advice might be interesting.
3758 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Take the Tram from Excalibur Hotel and stop at the Mandalay Bay. From the front of the Mandalay Bay, follow the sgns going to the Lobby where there is a Fish Tank. To the left of the lobby is a grand stairway that leads you to the back of Mandalay. This is also the way to their pool.
There is a beautiful garden there called the Oasis. It passes through a water fountain of elephants and palm trees. You can also see the gated pool.
This is a display Garden of the many desert plants. Located on the not=rth side of town. There are indoor displays and stuff. The outside display gardens are free. And there is usually a "Master Gardener" present to anmswer any questions.
Grab your blanket or folding chairs and ice chest and take a half hour trip to Lake Las Vegas. Jazz on the lake on Saturday nights is free! We bring a bottle of wine, finger food dinner and our love of music each Saturday night are never disappointed. If you check the calendar (link provided) you'll see there is also music on Fridays and other scatterd activities. ..
It is reported that 85% of the first time visitors to Las Vegas never get past or off the Strip. But as locals and experienced Las Vegas travelers know, there is much more to do away from the Strip and at a great savings. Soon, a downloadable eBook that identifes and previews all of those places in Las Vegas will be available online. This fact-filled eBook will give the traveler a whole new perspective on Las Vegas. Live and enjoy Vegas like the locals do. Visit and win at payback friendly casinos without all the glitter, glamour or glory. A bonus chapter lists the best websites to visit BEFORE you travel to make your stay more productive and enjoyable. A must read for anyone going to Vegas for the first time or for someone who's been there 100 times.
The tour of the Ethel M chocolate factory ends with a free sample! It was a holiday the day we went through so there wasn't much activity. Here you see some satin creme filling being mixed -- that's a BIG pile of butter off to the left!!!
Do NOT miss the cactus garden. For my pictures please visit the travelogue on this page.
Henry Moore – “Reclining Connected Forms” 1969-1974, Roman travertine marble, 10 x 17 x 7 feet
The Park between ARIA Resort & Casino and Crystals retail and entertainment district
3730 LAS VEGAS BLVD • LAS VEGAS • NEVADA 89158
Guests happen upon “Reclining Connected Forms,” 1969-1974, a sculpture by English artist Henry Moore, one of the most celebrated sculptors of his time. Inspired by the fundamentals of the human experience – the primary theme of his life’s work – the sculpture measures approximately 10 feet tall and 17 feet long by 7 feet deep, represents a baby wrapped in its mother’s embrace. The graceful outer shell of the sculpture depicts the changing shape of a pregnant figure as it protects the new life growing within. Moore’s work was traditionally inspired by the human body, organic shapes found in nature and the sculpture of ancient and exotic cultures such as Egypt, Sumeria, Africa and pre-Columbian Mexico. Surrealism, the modern European art and literary movement with a tendency toward abstract forms, also was a major influence. Moore was given his first major retrospective abroad in 1946 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1948.
Maya Lin – “Silver River” 2009, Cast reclaimed silver, 84 feet long, approximately 3,700 lbs
Suspended over ARIA’s registration desk
3730 LAS VEGAS BLVD LAS VEGAS NEVADA 89158
Considered one of the most important artists of the 21st century, Maya Lin’s remarkable body of work maintains a careful balance between art and architecture, including large-scale, site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks and architectural works and memorials. Perched high above ARIA’s reception desk against a panoramic window is Lin’s first work of art in Las Vegas: “Silver River,” inspired by the boundaries and topography of the Colorado River as it carves the desert landscape of the United States. In the spirit of CityCenter’s commitment to sustainability and in light of Nevada’s standing as “The Silver State,” Lin used reclaimed silver to develop her creation. Lin’s work reflects a strong interest in the environment; she has made many works of art inspired by waterways and natural forms sculpted by the presence of water, including other river works. She also created a pin river, which hangs in the U.S. Embassy in China. Lin has served as an advisor on sustainable energy use and as a board member of the National Resources Defense Council. Lin, whose highly acclaimed body of work includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., also has become a celebrated architect. Her life and work were detailed in the Academy Award-winning documentary, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. Lin is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen – “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X” 1998-1999, Stainless steel, fiberglass and acrylic polyurethane paint, 19 x 11 x 11 feet, 3rd edition with one Artist’s Proof –
City Center Entrance from the strip, nearest 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Adjacent to Mandarin Oriental, features “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X,” 1998-1999, a legendary piece by Oldenburg and van Bruggen. Designed with the pair’s classic approach to creating large-scale outdoor sculptures of popular commercial objects, the four-ton, 19-foot stainless steel and fiberglass sculpture depicts a giant blue and red typewriter eraser with the bristles of the brush turned upward in a graceful, dynamic gesture. This edition is the largest of three sculptures created of the form, beginning in the 1970s. Oldenburg is most widely associated with the beginnings of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. His capricious and – at times – deconstructed forms of everyday objects transform the notion of how sculpture is viewed and made. Throughout his career, he collaborated with his wife Coosje on more than 40 monumental projects throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Their most recent work is the 144-foot-long, 64-foot-high “Cupid's Span” for Rincon Park on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Nancy Rubins – “Big Edge” 2009, Stainless steel and aluminum water vessels, 51 x 75 x 57 feet
Located at: Vdara’s main drive
Vdara, 2600 W. Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Nancy Rubins created one of the most visually stunning commissions at CityCenter with a large-scale installation: “Big Edge.” Cantilevered over Vdara’s main drive and measuring approximately 57 feet wide and 75 feet long, Rubins’ work of art at CityCenter is a colorful composition of numerous aluminum rowboats, canoes and other small river and ocean vessels finessed into an eye-catching, gravity-defying form the artist calls “a blooming flower.” The boats are connected with thousands of pounds of stainless steel wire cable forming a web-like structure, where compression and tension create what Buckminster Fuller referred to as “tensegrity,” making the whole stronger than the parts. Each boat was precisely placed according to Rubins’ direction based on its color, shape and structural contribution to the whole. Rubins maintains the look, shape and feel of her chosen objects, so each reclaimed craft showcased in the piece is exactly as originally found. The commission is located on the exterior of Vdara Hotel & Spa and is one of Rubins’ few works with a permanent home. Rubins has designed amazing works of art from mattresses, trailers, hot water heaters, airplanes and small appliances since the 1970s. For more than 25 years, Rubins has exhibited extensively around the world in major solo and group exhibitions.