Off The Strip, Las Vegas
You can see these at the City Center shopping mall called the Crystals. It was created by WET Design (the company responsible for the Bellagio Fountains and The Volcano at Mirage), these water scultpures are really neat to see in person. The colors change and they are quite beautiful for being so simple.
Hours of operation: Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight.
3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
As we wondered through Outdoor World, we wanted to checkout the Silverton Casino and we came across the beautiful huge aqarium. The whole family enjoys these a lot. The colorful decorated tanks with the beautiful assortment of salt water fish. The aquarium is 117,000-gallons reef aquarium with 4,000 tropical fish, and three species each of stingrays and sharks. They have interactive feeding shows daily at 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm.
3333 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89139
My hubby and my oldest son wanted to try this, so off we went to another adventure. Well, I was apprehensive once they started to explain some of the rules and dangers. So they showed a video and had me sign waiver forms incase of an injury. So I swallowed my fear some and let them move into getting there skydiving suits on. They fitted them all properly with suits, helmets, gloves and made sure they were not wearing anything that would get them hurt or anyone else.
A training instructor is with you at all times and make sure to thank them verbally or with a tip, because they get a work out keeping you safe.
They're indoor skydiving went wonderful and everyone had fun. I must have taken a ton of pictures. Not an easy thing, but they will always have some wonderful memories.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Dr.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Toll Free: 877.545.8093
Current Hours Of Operation
9:45 am - 8:00 pm
Summerlin is a well-to-do, dare I say "normal" town just a few miles west of Las Vegas. Home to the spectacular hotel resorts, Summerlin is an extension of casino-loving Vegas but offers a more tame environment and plenty of golf terrain. If you like to do the slots and card games and shop but don't like huge crowds that Vegas draws, come to Summerlin.
To get to Summerlin, travel west on Sahara Ave from the Strip (about a 20 min drive) or take the 95 North, exit Rampart Blvd.
On our way to the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, we spotted the Little Church of the West, one of the city's few National Historic Landmarks. Dating back to 1942, this small wedding chapel is the oldest existing structure on the Las Vegas Strip. Built of beautiful cedar and California redwood, the chapel claims to be the people's favorite location to get married in Las Vegas, and they've got an ever growing list of celebrity weddings to back them up: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Johnny Hallyday, Dudley Moore, Mickey Rooney, Bon Geldof, Judy Garland and David Cassidy, just to name a few, have all tied the knot at this wedding chapel, as did Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford in 1991 and Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 (hey, there's no guarantee that the marriage will last!).
There was a wedding going on at the chapel when we saw it; however, by the time we had managed to cross the Strip, the 20-min ceremony was already over! We still walked up to the chapel to see what the interior looked like: the 50-seat little church was nicely decorated, and I guess I can understand why people would want to get married there. With packages starting at $199, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than most weddings I've been to and I have to admit that the Little Church of the West's cosy historic wooden structure adds a certain charm to the quick ceremony. Something to think about for your next trip to Vegas?!
The Little Church of the West is located at 4617 South Las Vegas Blvd, at the corner of West Russell Rd.
When you get off the Deuce, you will be on 4th, just in front of Fremont. When you get to the crosswalk at Fremont, instead of crossing to left and starting your walk on Fremont, go right toward the theatres. You will see an overpass that connects a carpark. There is an elevator that will take you up to the third floor where the theatres are. Instead of going to the theatres, go to the other side of the level and you will get to the overpass. From there, you have great views of Fremont street in both directions.
Crown & Anchor is, by far, one of my favorite bars in Las Vegas. It's located just a couple miles away from the strip and the University (Tropicana, east of Maryland Pkwy), which means you can expect a weird mix of students, adventurous tourists, and locals. You can easily miss it because it's not very big and, at times, it seems as though the few parking spots they have are not enough to accommodate the public, but all in all, it's for quite an entertaining experience.
There is both an indoor and outdoor seating area (considered its restaurant), seats around the bar with two dartboards nearby, an upstairs on one side with a pool table and a couple arcade games, and another upstairs area with more seating. If you come for the food, don't expect great service from the servers. They take forever to even realize you're sitting there waiting, and then even longer when you tell them you need a couple minutes to decide. If you want another beer, you better order it while your current one is still full in order to get it when you want it. Basically, if you plan on being there for a couple hours, you won't mind the slow service.
As for just going for the drinking, the establishment carries a variety of beers (They're all listed at its website under Bar Menu), and for a decent price, unlike what you will find at most of the bars on the Strip. My personal favorite is the Hefeweizen Apricot at $4 a glass - I suggest you try it if you're into Hef. The bartenders are all very attentive and nice, so tip well :)
There's also live music there every Saturday, which can be entertaining if you're into that, otherwise go on a Friday night instead for all the bustling of a busy night, minus the additional racket from a local band.
During soccer season, it gets pretty busy in there and both the crowd and staff get into every game, so it's a great way to watch them!
I've been here on many occasions, whether to celebrate a friend's birthday or merely hang out and talk for a while with some friends, and it hits the spot every time!
If you want a more local feel in Vegas, head off the strip from about 15 min to Putters Bar and Grill. During the day, families come for a quick lunch and at night, expect all kinds of hungry night owls to munch and swallow down fairly inexpensive drinks. There are diferent suburban locations. Come after midnight for a special graveyard menu, featuring excellent $8 pizza, which is good for about 3 to share.
7790 W Cheyenne Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
5821 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89142
5025 S Eastern Ave Ste 10
Las Vegas, NV 89119
We wasted $30 in cab fare lastnight to see this brief and unworthy "show". Save yourself some time and money and don't bother. Stay in the main Strip area and avoid downtown Las Vegas. Drunks and panhandlers are on the prowl and it just plain stinks there. The Christmas light show was very brief, lasting about 2 minutes or so. We left shortly afterward. What utter waste.
If you are curious and want to see the show, but don't want to actually be there, check out a video of the show: http://www.vegasrex.com/shows/fremont-street-experience/ and watch it from the comforts of your home. I wish I did.
Many of Las Vegas Visitors don't have a clue where the real thrill here is: It's not at the crab table in the casinos or at the Strip....you will get the REAL THRILL just 20 minutes south of the strip: In a professional kart, racing 50mph or more on a state-of-the-art track. You can arrive & drive, they provide all the equipment including gear, suit, helmet, etc.....
It's worth to put $50 into a lot of fun instead of a slot machine....!
look at these websites to see what I mean when I say: "Its totally FUN!":
It's off the Strip but easily accessible with the frequent buses .The Freemont Street Experience was erected to attract the tourists to downtown ( which was the original LAS VEGAS before the Strip Boom. Huge tent along the street with millions of bulbs synchronised with music and sound effects. It's like watching a 1000 foot T.V. and it's FREE
Freemont Street Experience is infact a wonderful experience. Do not miss it
Downtown Las Vegas past the low-budget casinos, there's a little restaurant called "The Saloon" that has great food and a great vibe. They were short-handed when we were there but the staff was so friendly and charming that it was not a big deal. If you're Downtown Las Vegas and don't want a buffet or Tony Roma's or the other restaurants that look like hospital cafeterias, try The Saloon.
A really great hotel off the strip is the "Alexis Resort & Villas" which is situated across from the Hard Rock hotel. It has been in the process of refurbishment but every room is a suite, all which are very nice.
Mr. Alan Alda told me about this hotel years ago and so we thought to give it a try. The price was reasonable and with AAA there was a nice discount.
The grounds were lovely and there is a lovely garden for weddings and rooms for conferences. It is a non gaming resort so it is perfect for families. The suite and villas vary in size but some have both an upstairs and a downstairs. There is a bit of a walk to the strip but this hotel is worth it.
Despite the fact that its minutes from the Strip, downtown Las Vegas is still considered by many as off the beaten path. The hotels are older and apprear far more run down than the gleaming behemoths that occupy prime real estate on Las Vegas Boulevard. But a visit to downtown is worth the cab ride just to take in the flashing neon billboards and the new and improved Fremont Street Experience.
If you have the time, and are interested in seeing some history, you should take a drive over to the "Old Vegas" I can't remember how far it was from the "New Vegas" strip, but you will definalty have to drive/ or take a taxi.
"Old Vegas" (Which I call it) just features all the original hotels and casinos, and has the huge notorious "Cowboy" sign that you always see lit up in the movies. You use to be able to drive all through it, but they blocked off the roads (that are now walk-ways).