The number of tourists in 2012 set a record for Las Vegas that had not been broken in over five years – over 39 million people visited the city!
From “Sin City”, “Capital of Second Chances” and “Entertainment Capital of the World” – Las Vegas has many nicknames giving you clues as to what makes this city so popular.
In this place, people let their hair down, act a little crazy and do things they normally wouldn’t – after all the infamous slogan “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is not for nothing.
Las Vegas is known for its clubs, casinos and gambling, but there are many things that are fun about it other than just games of chance - so rather than giving you another post of the best pool parties and casinos to waste your cash, let’s look at some other ways to spend it …
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum opened its doors in 1991 – a quick nine minute ride from The Palazzo Las Vegas, the museum features permanent exhibits such as treasures found in an Egyptian tomb of the famous pharaoh King Tut that includes a mummy, and a dinosaur exhibit where the dinosaurs move including a 35 foot Tyrannosaurus Rex that roars.
In May of 2013, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum will open a new exhibit called Secrets of the Deep that will feature creatures that live in the ocean.
Bellagio Fountain Show
Imagine an 8.5 – acre lake in the middle of the dessert exploding with 1,214 spritzers shooting water up to 460 feet in the air, with water rockets and dances, perfectly choreographed to Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly or “One Singular Sensation” from A Chorus Line.
That is what goes on every half-hour between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from then ’til midnight at the Bellagio Fountains.
Roller-Coaster Through a Hotel
Although it’s not the craziest roller coaster in Vegas, it’s the whole concept that makes this ride unique: after all, how many roller coasters go straight through a hotel?
The New York-New York hotel which the roller coaster goes through is pretty interesting in itself, designed as a compressed version of Disneyfied Manhattan, and the roller coaster makes for a good tour around the building.
Adventuredome Las Vegas
For some more adrenaline rushing rides, the Adventuredome is a five acre indoor amusement park located within the Circus Circus Casino.
Five minutes away from The Palazzo Las Vegas, the amusement park has four different levels of rides from toddler age all the way to adult, and also a level of rides that is for the whole family.
The Adventuerdome has over 25 rides including a roller coaster called the Canyon Blaster has goes over 55 miles per hour, and the Sand Pirates ride that features a giant pirate ship that swings back and forth.
But the amusement park has more than rides, there is also an arcade filled with the latest video games, the Xtreme Zone that lets kids try their hands at rock climbing and bungee jumping, Pike’s Pass where everyone can play putt putt golf, and Midway Games, which features games where both children and adults can play to win prizes like they were on a boardwalk midway.
You can pay to ride the different level of rides individually, and the prices for the rides range from five to eight dollars each, or there is an all-day pass available that offers unlimited rides for one price.
Visit The Fake Capitals
Las Vegas is a city that embraces everything kitsch and tacky, and has made an effort to pay a tacky homage to other famous cities around the world.
If you want to visit Paris and the Eiffel Tower check out Paris Las Vegas, for Venice and a ride in a Venetian gondola, St Mark’s Square and the Venetian has what you’re looking for, and of course the New York New York has everything “Big Apple”, from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building and Central Park.
Las Vegas has two outlet malls that are located just minutes away from The Palazzo Las Vegas. Whether visitors to Las Vegas choose to go to the Premium Outlet Mall North or South locations, there are a variety of different stores for people to choose from.
Together, the two outlet malls offer over 290 stores including such famous brands as Calvin Klein, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and many other designer names.
Visitors to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets can enjoy a variety of different places to eat, and the Premium South Outlet also features Story Time and a giant Carousel that kids can ride.
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