Many of the shows are wonderful, but they cost an arm and a leg.
Unique Suggestions: Research the show you want to see carefully before plunking down your $$$$
Fun Alternatives: There is a lot of free entertainment around if you look for it. Some of it is found in people-watching. Some can be found in the hotel malls such as the Forum Shops [The Twilight of the Gods], the thunderstorm at Desert Passage and the mimes and singing gondoliers at The Venetian. You don't have to pay for the ride to enjoy their voices!
The Venetian calls this shoppertainment
Cover is the largest waste of money for the partier and the biggest profit for clubs... I mean, you are paying them to go buy drinks at their establishment??? Just ask a cabbie or your hotel clerk and they will have PLENTY of these free no-cover charge passes to almost anywhere...
You will need to drink plenty of water in Las Vegas. The hotels and casinos often charge $1 or $2 for a bottle of water. This is ridiculous! Instead, buy a case of water when you get to vegas, and put it in the mini fridge.It will save you a lot of money.
Strip hotels will sell you liquor, toothpaste, laundry service etc. for inflated prices. Likewise, the price of your wife's manicure (or yours) will be $35 from the hotel instead of $15 off-strip. The Fashion Show Mall (3200 S. LV Blvd just N of Treasure Island) is very ritzy compared to, say, the Boulevard Mall 3/4 mi to the east.
Unique Suggestions: Win lots of money from the casino first.
Fun Alternatives: A few blocks east of the Strip there are regular shopping areas where you can visit drugstores / clothing stores / get your hair or nails done and save half (compared to the same products or services at your hotel). Example: Boulevard Mall (3258 S. Maryland Pkwy between Desert Inn & Flamingo) is a shopping mall surrounded by lesser (read: normal) shops. Good, fun laundromats in this area will really save you a bundle.
Vegas makes a lot of money on people who get tempted by the sparkly lights and itch to spend money. Some people make money off gambling and immediately go and buy a watch. Be smart. Just about anything you can buy in Vegas, you can buy elsewhere, most likely for cheaper. So if you're eyeing something, take down the model number and buy it online or somewhere else.
Las Vegas "Locals" consider all of the mega-resorts on the Strip to be Tourist Traps because with the exception of Concerts and Live Production Shows everything that is available on the Strip is available elsewhere at much lower prices. Consequently, we only go to the Strip to see concerts by famous performers or to see live production shows - or sometimes just for some tourist watching :-)). Please do not misunderstand me - the "Strip" is the wonderland of the world for adults but if you are planning on spending all of your time in Las Vegas on the "Strip" just be certain to bring plenty of money because you are going to need it...
This is a must for any vacation in America! This is a thick book composed of "buy-1-get-1-free" coupons to hundreds of places. There is a fine dining or classy section of coupons. There is also a casual section. For those who like Jack in the Box and other informal restaurant, they have that section too. In addition, there are quite a few coupons to various shops and online companies, which offer 25% and below off products. And Finally, there are many hotels listed in the back of the book which offer 50% off rack room rates. The list contains all the participants across the U.S. You can usually finds these books at colleges and universities or you can buy one online at http://www.entertainment.com. These books usually go on sale around October and they all expire November the following year. Usually around February, you can get the books around half price, just because the company doesn't want to get stuck with any printed books. I just bought 2 books for Vegas at $12.50 each, which includes free shipping. Below, is a list of all the fine dining and casual restaurants which offer the "buy-1-get-1-free." I have only listed the restaurants in Vegas, however, there are a few in Henderson, Boulder City, Bullhead City, Jean, Mesquite, and Laughlin. My other page entitled: Entertainment Book (Part 1), has a list of all the fine dining & casual coupons listed in the book. And my other page entitled: Entertainment Book (Part 2), has a list of all informal coupons listed in the book.
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Please note: The numbers in parenthesis corresponds to the quantity of coupons for that particular place.
~ Regal Cinemas, United Artist, & Edwards Theatres (36)
~ Angel Park (3)
~ Speed the Ride
~ Theaters of Sensation
~ Southern Nevada Zoo (3)
~ High Roller
~ American Superstars
~ The Auto Collection
~ Callaway Golf Center (3)
~ Casino Player Magazine
~ Central Park West
~ Cinema Ride
~ Clark County Heritage Museums
~ Crystal Palace USA (3)
~ Dansey’s Indoor R/C Hobbies
~ Emerald River
~ Green Valley Golf Range
~ Guinness World Records Museum
~ Invensys Classic at Las Vegas PGA Tour
~ Cyber Speedway
~ Las Vegas Little Theatre (LVLT)
~ Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix (3)
~ Las Vegas Natural History Museum
~ Laser Force (3)
~ Laser Quest
~ Liberace Museum
~ Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
~ Madame Tussaud’s
~ Mickey’s Cues & Brews (2)
~ Mountasia Family Fun Center (3)
~ Lost City Museum
~ Paintball Adventure Quest
~ PINK E’S (2)
~ Riviera Comedy Club
~ Crazy Girls (Riviera)
~ La Cage Show (Riviera)
~ Scandia Family Fun Center (3)
~ Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society
~ Bowling at Terrible’s (3)
~ Utah Shakespearean Festival
~ Wet’n Wild (3)
~ Disney On Ice
~ Knott’s Soak City
~ San Diego Wild Animal Park
~ Knott’s Theme Park (3)
~ San Diego Zoo
~ Six Flags Magic Mountain
~ Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
~ Universal Studios Hollywood (3)
I noticed that most photo-processing on offer was a rip-off in Las Vegas, especially in the Casinos. There's a supermarket right on the strip (I think it's called Walgreens), which does it much cheaper!
A tourist trap is having people coming up to you and ask if you want your picture taken. We had a picture taken of us at the Excalibur show and for TWO small pictures, it cost us about $20.00! Have somebody you met take the picture instead.
before going on a Las Vegas haunt and you don't want to spend extra for the basic stuffs like bottled water or bottled juices or drinks and even cheap breakfast goodies, then try using the internet before going to vegas or using the wireless internet at your hotel (you get charged a resort fee) to find the nearest 7-11 stores or walgreens or CVS or even other convenience stores to purchase your basic necessities since the convenience stores located at the casinos and hotels tend to charge more. way much more for th basic necessities. for example, a large bottle of water at the Wynn Encore convenience store will cost you $ 5 per bottle (only $ 2.49 for walgreens and that is already the evian brand). Go ahead and find a cheap convenience store near your hotel and use your laptop or Ipad or Iphone to search,
Unique Suggestions: if you don't want to go on long walks to the cheaper convenience stores or are not a cheapskate, then buy at the convenience store of the hotels.
Fun Alternatives: search the internet for nearby walgreens or 7-11 or cvs.
While I'm sure the Stratosphere is an excellent casino, the thrill rides at the top are not quite so stellar. While there is an assumed thrill to riding one of the world's highest roller-coasters, in fact the better coasters can be found closer to the ground at the other casinos. Its especially annoying that you are charged to go up the tower and then charged again to ride either the drop or the coaster.
Althought buses seem to be the cheapest and easiest way to get around, check your
options. OFTEN buses are packed and fare is 2.00. If you don't mind splitting a cab
with your group and are not going far, you will get there with less aggravation and also
quicker without making stops on every corner
Hotel Stores - If you forget your sunblock please I beg of you use the Walgreens in the middle of the strip. A small bottle of sunblock inside the Hotels costs ten bucks. THe Walgreens is located center strip at 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. S, tel. 702/739-9645
Avoid the stratosphere roller coaster, it's a real joke. It's nice novelty to have a roller coaster at the top of the tower, but it's wimpy and expensive. The observation deck is cheaper and just as exciting.
Las Vegas is a very expensive town. Not gambling will save you a bundle. Last trip I gambled and lost $2.50. It would have been $1., but I got bored at the airport :) It's hard to avoid the ubiquitous "slots."
Unique Suggestions: Set yourself a limit. Mine is usually $2. -- but I was having so much fun doing other stuff I didn't do that much until I got to the airport:)
Fun Alternatives: The alternative is to shop -- ooooopppps that's money too :)))) Or just enjoy the craziness of the buildings and the people walking around.