Off the Path / Off the Wall, Las Vegas
Shine Alternative Fitness is west of the strip but is totally worth getting to if possible. It is a gym owned and operated by Cirque de Soleil performers and workers. It is just a completely amazing experience. You can go see a show and learn some of the moves from the performers themselves.
They offer things like Antigravity Yoga, Ariel Silks, Pole, Dance Classes, Stretching Classes and much more. The instructors make you comfortable because they are so knowledgable. You actually learn from them. Definitely make it out there if at all possible. And the prices are not too bad either. Anywhere from $10-$20 for classes.
Don't know if any of you young folks remember, but they have this very old fashion shooting gallery location in Outdoor World. At the time it only cost five cents to play. My boys got a kick out of it. Almost couldn't get Nate away from it.
8200 Dean Martin Drive Las Vegas, NV 89139
36.0427ºN, 115.1818ºW (WGS84/NAD83)
Open: 364 Days a Year!
Regular Store Hours
Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
The Concierge Desk is located on the first floor at the bottom of this very unique sculpture. It is where you can get a map of the Citycenter unique features, such as the art and scultpures.
This sculpture wraps over the terrace of the Mastro's Ocean Club. It is very unique, but it looks like a hair dryer to me. Still it is impressive when you enter the front entrance of the Crystals Mall.
Located at Crystals
3720 S Las Vegas Blvd.,
Las Vegas, Nevada 89158
This is where the old neon signs from the strip go to die. It is a photographer's dream!! You must make advance reservations for a guided tour. You have some limited time while the guide is talking to wander in the immediate periphery, but a lot of wandering around is discouraged due to broken glass, sharp metal, and other hazards. If planning to photograph, you will be asked to sign a disclaimer that the pictures are only for personal use.
There are two tours, one at 11:00 am and one at 2:00 pm. Tours can be cancelled at any time for various reasons or due to volunteer availability. If you have booked a tour always phone ahead to reconfirm.
My recommendation is to take a cab, then after the tour, walk up Las Vegas Blvd north about 8 blocks (a safe and not a difficult walk) to the downtown area to see Freemont Street and other vintage signs. If you're taking a cab, the drivers usually don't know where it is, so print out the instructions given when your tour is booked to give to the cabbie.
Want to see a 'typical' Las Vegas Wedding Chapel? Each major casino has a chapel. But if you want the 'real original' try one like the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel -- 1205 Las Vegas Blvd. South/The Strip -- here you can get any number of themed or traditional weddings! The basic is only $225! I'm not sure which photo to use so here is the building
As soon as we unpacked, my kids were off to the pool area which gave an incredible vantage point to the rollercoaster-like contraption strapped to the peak of the tower. Tower of 108 stories or 854 feet above ground! Since we went to Magic Mountain the previous week, they were on the lookout for more thrills. And mind you, 108 stories up dangling in mid-air was the right stuff to feed that thrill seeking adventure. Fyi, there were no shoulder harness, just leg harness on each buggy.
My cousin had membership tickets with the hotel which entitled 4 people to experience the ride. I allowed 4 kids to enjoy the ride while I just paid a nominal fee to go up the tower and view deck. Tower restaurant goers are exempt from paying any fees to the view deck.
The rides were short but well worth the trip since they were entitled to ride-all-you-can and the rides are open till the wee hours of the night. I can still hear my kids talking about that experience months after the trip.
Address: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89104
We were just walking to the north of the Strip. We wanted to get in to the Mandalay swimming pool as the children wanted to swim (they ended up going to Circus Circus Swimming pool) as they are getting too hot from walking. We asked from the attendant if he could allow us to get in. It looked so much fun and exciting inside as there were waves on the pool and some children were having a blast. The attendant said that since we were not residents of Mandalay Bay Hotel, we were not allowed to get in.
In frustration,we walked to the back of the hotel and found a beautiful garden with animals spouting water, water fountains and some tropical plants for shade.
We took some pictures and headed back to the south of the Strip to swim at the Circus Circus Swimming Pool!
For more information about Mandalay Bay Hotel, log on to their website.
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
I didn't really know what category to put this under so I put it here as people may not know about it. Television City at the MGM Grand is good for a little rest if you don't feel like lounging by the pool. You get taken into a room to watch a new tv show and you give your opinion (on computer) of what you thought of it. Your opinions are given to the bosses in tv land to determine whether the show is good enough to be aired. Its all anonymous so you can be as honest as you like. If you see a show you like then you can tell all your friends about it, if you see a show you didn't like then the experience is still something a bit different.
Television City is free to do and as a gesture, when you leave the viewing room, they give you some vouchers, a bumper sticker and a keyring.
UPDATE: The television show we saw when we went to TV City was 'Cane'. It has just begun being aired on UK tv station ITV 2!
The First Friday of each month sees the art scene in downtown Las Vegas come to life. Tour art galleries, antique shops and visit vendors. It's really a funky environment. The first time I went I had to keep reminding myself that I was in Las Vegas. It's so "hippy, trippy sixties". Check it out for something truly different.
Top 10 Things to do in Vegas for the Adrenaline Junkie
Do you get a rush by doing exciting, exhilarating, and sometimes even crazy things? Are you a thrill seeker at heart? Vegas can be the place for you. By land, sea, or sky, there is an adventure to be had for even the toughest adrenaline junkie.
The Sky’s the Limit…
10.) Skydive Las Vegas specializes in first time jumpers and can be the ultimate heart-pounding experience. Cruise at an altitude of 2,000 feet in the biggest skydive aircraft, over beautiful landscapes featuring Lake Mead, the Colorado River, and Hoover Dam. Take a leap of faith and freefall at 120 MPH. Convenience is the key, and pickup is across from Mandalay Bay and takes 2-3 hours for the whole trip.
9.) Not ready to leap out of a plane? Try Flyaway Indoor Sky Diving. After a quick 20 minute training session, gear up in a flight suit and helmet to soar in America’s first vertical wind tunnel. 3 minutes in the air, and you will float weightlessly. Single sessions start at $75.
8.) Ever want to be a real life fighter pilot? Well here is your chance to gun down a few enemies with Air Combat USA. For around $1500.00, dogfight over the Nevada desert with the most widely known air combat school in the world.
7.) In Vegas, your dreams to float weightlessly can be achieved with Zero G. A specially modified 727 Aircraft entitled “G Force One” is the only way to literally “hang” without leaving for outer space. Join the ranks of Tom Hanks (for Apollo 13) and NASA astronauts (for trainings) for the price of a little over 4k.
6.) Ever want to see Vegas from the Colorado River and gaze at the Grand Canyon from the bottom? Try out your inner daredevil with a white water rafting trip from The Destination Store. With a pickup at your hotel, Hoover Dam stop, and Route 66 tour, you cover all bases.
5.) Get away from the bright lights of the big city with a Jet Ski excursion on serene Lake Mead or Lake Mohave. Enjoy fun in the sun atop your own personal watercraft. Rentals for Skiwi can include trucks and is quick and easy.
4.) Bang, bang, you’re dead. Try out your sharp shooter skills at Las Vegas Gun Range and Firearm Center. More than just a shooting range, experience the excitement of firing a machine gun, rifle, or exotic handgun. Hang out in the Safari Lounge, or stock up the gun safe with firearm accessories.
3.) Dune Buggy adventures take you to the beautiful sands of the desert in your state-of-the-art buggy. Travel up to 35 MPH over rugged terrains and
feel the adrenaline rush as you check out the rattlesnake cliffs and Look Out Dune.
2.) Be one with nature and embrace your inner cowboy with a horseback ride in Red Rock Canyon. Visit 19th Century Gold mines, check out the Colorado River, and explore the magical canyons. Choose a lunch or dinner package starting from $115.
1.) Have your share of roller coaster rides in Sin City, starting with The Canyon Blaster at Circus Circus, Speed/The Ride at Sahara, and The Manhattan Express at New York New York. Touted as the first “hyper coaster”, The Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s sported the tallest (209 feet), the fastest (80MPH), the longest (5843 ft of track) and highest drop (225 ft.) in 1993 during it’s debut.
Not so much off the beaten path, but perhaps a little different. Coca Cola World Las Vegas (on the strip just a short distance from the MGM Grand, next door to M&Ms world) offer an experience called 'Tastes of the World'. For $7 you get two trays which contain 16 different drinks from around the globe (apparently each drink is only available in the country listed next to it)
Incase my pictures don't work too well here is a list of the drinks we tried-
1. Lilt - from UK
2. Kin Cider - from Israel
3. Stoney Ginger Beer - from South Africa
4. Inca Kola - from Peru
5. Vegitabeta - from Japan
6. Mezzo Mix - from Germany
7. Beverly - from Italy
8. Smart Apple - from China
9. Fanta Orange - from China
10. Smart Watermelon - from China
11. Fanta Passion fruit - from Argentina
12. Kinley Lemon - from Israel
13. Fanta Birch Beer - from USA
14. Krest Gingerale - from Israel
15. Fanta Kolita - from Costa Rica
16. Lift Apple - from Mexico
My personal favourite, probably because I am used to it, was Lilt from my home country, the UK. My least favourite was Beverly from Italy... it tasted like ear wax! URGH nasty!
I would say if you are planning on doing this, don't buy an 'experience' each, it will make you feel sick. Me and my boyfriend shared the 16 drinks and couldn't manage them all before we started to feel sick. Still, if you're in that area its a fun little experience!
This place is Ron Lee's factory, cafe, shop, collection, and offices. Ron Lee has made hundreds of sculptures for Disney, Warner Brothers, Magic Mountain, and other companies. There is a vast display of his work. There is also viewing glass, which you can see a step-by-step process of his sculptures being made (hand crafted). Of course, all of the viewing was free. I was able to meet Ron Lee and have him sign my book that he published. The hours of operation are as follows:
Monday - Friday (9am - 4pm)
(Cafe closes at 4pm)
The location is at:
330 Carousel Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014
Ron Lee's web site is well put together and informative.
At first glance, it appears that someone has violated FCC regulations here, but even in Vegas, certain words are not to be aired. The letters on the sign stand for "French Connection U K" If you read something different, take your mind out of the gutter..
He made us lunch, did the dishes and told some great stories of when he met John Wayne. He used to cook on the wood stove next to him in the picture. Now, he has a modern electric range and makes some good barbecue beef and dutch potatoe salad and serves warm cookies for dessert.
If you're tired of walking down the strip but don't want to spend a million bucks having drinks, this is a great place to relax, sip a frapp, and watch the world go by.
This Starbucks is located right on the Strip next to the Harrah's Stage. It's on the walkway between Harrah's and Imperial Palace.