Off The Strip, Las Vegas
Henderson is the suburb just outside of Vegas. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and a large portion of its population works in tourist related occupations. Its interesting to drive about 15 miles away from the Strip and find yourself in a regular suburban neighborhood. The Vegas Strip seems larger than life, at least it did to me, but its just a small portion of this area.
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'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
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
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.
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.
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!":
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
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/
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.