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Spitball
04-23-2012, 11:17 AM
My wife has planned a five day vacation for us to Las Vegas in July. She booked us a room at The Flamingo because of its location, and it was affordable.

This is our first time, but I'm sure lots of you have been there. Does anyone have any tips?

BuckeyeRed27
04-23-2012, 11:29 AM
First of all good luck. That is a long Vegas trip. It would help to get some more information on what you like to do because you can sort of make Vegas into whatever you want.

Are you looking to gamble a lot? Shows? Are you looking for the best restaurants or the best deals and buffets? Are you a pool person? Are you looking at going to clubs? Do you want to go to the spa?

Spitball
04-23-2012, 11:46 AM
First of all good luck. That is a long Vegas trip. It would help to get some more information on what you like to do because you can sort of make Vegas into whatever you want.

Are you looking to gamble a lot? Shows? Are you looking for the best restaurants or the best deals and buffets? Are you a pool person? Are you looking at going to clubs? Do you want to go to the spa?

We are not big gamblers. I plan to do a little while I people watch and drink a few (several) beers.

My wife really wants to see a show. She says Carrot Top gets great reviews. We love comedy, but I'm not sure about that guy.

We would appreciate tips on best restaurants, the best deals, and buffets.

We are definitely pool people, and we enjoy going to clubs.

I don't think I am a spa person at all. I don't think my wife really is either.

Is the strip safe? Do people just walk from place to place?

RedsBaron
04-23-2012, 11:57 AM
We are not big gamblers. I plan to do a little while I people watch and drink a few (several) beers.

My wife really wants to see a show. She says Carrot Top gets great reviews. We love comedy, but I'm not sure about that guy.

We would appreciate tips on best restaurants, the best deals, and buffets.

We are definitely pool people, and we enjoy going to clubs.

I don't think I am a spa person at all. I don't think my wife really is either.

Is the strip safe? Do people just walk from place to place?

I was in Vegas a dozen years ago, so my info is hardly up-to-date, but the strip seemed to be safe to me. People did walk from place to place, as the various hotel/casinos are simply interesting to see.

RBA
04-23-2012, 11:57 AM
W

We are definitely pool people, and we enjoy going to clubs.



Since this is July, the temps will be in the high 90s/100s. So there will be plenty of pool activity going on. The trend for the last few years to combine the pool with the club. The pool is actually the club. Many hotels will have a club like atmosphere at the pool during the day. You can people watch there, dance, etc, and enjoy your liquor. (I am not lately a club person, so check out the latest online) Some of these pool parties from long wait list to get in and also some have entrance fees attached.

westofyou
04-23-2012, 12:00 PM
Place is a zoo, got married there myself

Fun place to people watch, party, cut loose

oneupper
04-23-2012, 12:02 PM
I was in Vegas about 7 years ago. The main day attraction was walking from hotel to hotel to check them out. It was October, however, and the weather was nice.
On the strip, hundreds of people walk up and down the avenue at all hours. I think its safe.

Shows were nice. We say Blue Man Group and Lance Burton (escape artist).
Still not my kind of town. Wife got allergies from all the cigarette smoke.

Sea Ray
04-23-2012, 12:08 PM
I've been there several times and I learn a little bit more each time. These are a few suggestions:

1) Rent a car. Options in Vegas are very, very cheap. Shop for it and you'll find about three different companies that'll charge less than $10/day. For five days even including taxes, you'll be cheaper than two taxis to and from the airport. Just about all the casinos have free parking. All you have to do is tip the valet or if you prefer you can skip the valet. This gives you the option to leave the strip which I'd recommend for one or two days.

2) Go to Old Town. Gives you a different flavor of the city. Also casinos are generally cheaper off the strip

3) Those good lookin' waitreses in miniskirts in the casino are passing out free drinks. Seriously! Order what you want from them and all they expect when they come back is a $2 tip.

4) Go to the bank before you leave and collect a bunch of $2 bills. I'll try to get about twenty of them. These are great for tipping waitresses, valet parkers or baggage folks at the airport.

5) Check out the Lions at MGM, the dolphins at Mirage and the fountains at Bellagio. You might see Pete Rose outside the card shop at Caesars

6) Bring comfortable walking shoes. Lots of walking on that strip. It's good to burn off all the alcohol and good food you'll be eating

7) I'd recommend seeing Jersey Boys. Check websites for deals and there is a half off business which has many kiosks around town.

pedro
04-23-2012, 12:12 PM
If I was going to Vegas I'd check out this

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/love/default.aspx

medford
04-23-2012, 12:37 PM
Cirque Du Soleil is awesome. My wife & I agree that we've seen too many of them to be truely "awed" anymore, but if you've never seen a Cirque show, you'll enjoy. I've heard "love" which pedro linked above, is the best of the group out there. I haven't seen it, but O was very good, can't remember the name of the other 2 that I've seen out there. There are a lot of good entertainers/comedians out there, so if Carrot Top isn't your thing, just look around, you'll find someone you'll like.

If you're not a gambler, spend a morning going out to the grand canyon. Place is impressive, there are numerous tour groups going out each day.

Hit "old" vegas for an evening. The light show on freedom street is pretty cool, the casinos are a little run down compared to the strip, but offer cheaper gaming options.

Ever play craps? Find a casino that is running a teaching lesson on the game, I think New York, New York runs 1-2 sessions every mid morning, I'm sure most other casinos do the same. Its a fun game, plus its nice to learn something new. Although be prepared, money moves quickly in the game, its nothing to be up $200 or down $200 in a 20 minute span unless you play very conservatively. But even if you play conservatively, the action around a craps table is fun to take in, and no body cares if you're just betting the pass line and nothing else, or don't want to throw the dice.

Bring walking shoes and walk the strip. Its always been very safe, but due the scale of all the building, what appears to be a 5-10 minute walk often turns into a 30 minute venture when you realize how spaced out everything is. The venetian is fun to walk thru, they have gondala rides if that is your thing, or you can just walk thru it. The Hardrock is off the strip a bit, but offers an interesting scene. The Forum shops at Ceasars, Bellagio's fountain show and glass sculptures are a must.

Is music your thing? There's the house of blues at Madalay Bay which might have an interesting show, some big names perform out there regular that no longer tour coast to coast (like Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, etc...) No matter your taste, there's bound to be something up your alley in town.

There are great restaurants all over, great steak/seafood places in each of the large casinos. The buffets are generally solid. Food is expensive out there, at least in the casino's if you're willing to venture out you can find some pretty good deals off the strip, where perhaps the car rental idea would help out.

5 days is a long time in vegas, budget accordingly. Plan some things that can stretch out the time/cost. Grand Canyon as mentioned above can be an all day thing. Hit a sports book, drop $10 on the Reds, watch the game and collect the free drinks. Lounge around the pool, enjoy long dinners/lunches, etc..

Enjoy.

BuckeyeRed27
04-23-2012, 12:54 PM
Lots of good suggestions there.

The strip is safe. I wouldn't go walking down Koval at night (that is the street behind the strip), but you'll be fine on Las Vegas Blvd. It's a zoo. Also if you plan on walking the Strip in July, I'd do it at night. It is probably going to be about 110.

Somebody mentioned pool clubs and while it's not my thing, they can be pretty fun if you're looking to have a good drunk time during the day. The most popular ones are at Wynn, Hard Rock, MGM and the Cosmopolitan.

If it is just you and your wife going to a club you'll probably be fine getting in, but I would suggest going to the club you want to go to sometime before dinner and talking to the door guy and making sure you're on the list. Also some of the clubs have dining options, where you eat a late dinner before and then just go right into the club. Tao at the Venetian is probably the best option for this and the food is pretty good. The club scene changes pretty fast, but I think the "hot" clubs right now are at the Cosmopolitan, Caesars, Venetian and the Wynn. I also like Ghost Bar at the Palms because you get an amazing view of the Strip at night.

There are a lot of great dining options and Yelp is your friend. Most of the celebrity chefs have at least one restaurant in Vegas. Dining in general is pretty expensive. Some of my favorites are CUT, Mesa Grill and B&B. It is more of a lunch spot but BLT Burger at The Mirage is a good burger and shake place and won't destroy the wallet. Most buffet deals are going to be off strip, but I think the Bellagio buffet (which is out of this world amazing) has some type of mid week deal or at least they used to. If they don't have the deal is is like $100 for dinner.

BuckeyeRed27
04-23-2012, 12:57 PM
I forgot to mention shows.

O and Love are both amazing, however they are also both a little expensive, but I think worth it.

Carrot Top is actually pretty funny. I'm not sure if it's still there but Second City used to have a show in the hotel you are staying in and if you like improv it is top notch and cheap as far as shows go.

Based on second hand knowledge I've heard Jersey Boys and the Elvis show at Aria are both great.

Redsfaithful
04-23-2012, 03:56 PM
I stayed at the Bellagio last month. The buffet there was pretty amazing.

One small thing is that the place is seriously dry (obviously, it being the desert, but it wasn't something I thought about.) Drink lots of water.

jimbo
04-23-2012, 04:11 PM
We are not big gamblers. I plan to do a little while I people watch and drink a few (several) beers.

My wife really wants to see a show. She says Carrot Top gets great reviews. We love comedy, but I'm not sure about that guy.

We would appreciate tips on best restaurants, the best deals, and buffets.

We are definitely pool people, and we enjoy going to clubs.

I don't think I am a spa person at all. I don't think my wife really is either.

Is the strip safe? Do people just walk from place to place?

I've been to Vegas something like 13 or 14 times and it never gets old for me. I always end up seeing or experience something for the first time every time I go out there.

I haven't seen a lot of shows in Vegas, but my favorite is Blue Man Group. It's a little pricey but I thought it was worth every penny.

I don't visit the high end restaurants, but there are plenty of good buffets on the strip, although these days they are quite pricey. My favorites have always been the ones at Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, and the Wynn. Good food deals are harder to come by these days and you will usually have to go off the strip to find them. One of the more popular ones is the $6 steak dinner at Ellis Island. Good thing is though there are so many restaurants that you should have no problem finding something to your liking.

I've always felt safe walking on the strip. I still think it's cool that I can get a 32 oz Corona at the corner store at Harrahs and there's a bottle opener at the cash register so I can open it before I leave. Open containers on the strip is ok, as long as you are not causing problems.

With the Flamingo, IMO you selected the best part of the strip. It's centrally located and the casino/hotels are closer together. Carnival Court and the piano bar at Harrah's are fun places to hang out.

I would definitely suggest a trip to downtown for an evening. The Fremont Street Experience is pretty cool and free, plus there are street entertainers and bands playing. The casinos are very close together and you will find better gambling rules.

Have a good time!

Hoosier Red
04-23-2012, 04:17 PM
I second the recommendation for Old Town. It is a completely different feel. We took the bus there for roughly $1.50 but wasn't exactly a fan of the pace. From the Flamingo, your at one end of the strip and you can take the monorail to anywhere on the strip you want to go. Pretty cheap and very fast.


Also we went to see Penn and Teller which was a fantastic show, but it kinda has to be your flavor of humor.

15fan
04-23-2012, 06:31 PM
Stratosphere. Big Shot.

Best. Ride. Ev. Er.

Reds Fanatic
04-23-2012, 06:52 PM
As far as shows go two I recommend are Beatles Love at the Mirage and Jersey Boys at the Palazzo. I saw both shows a few years ago and they were excellent, Also you mentioned staying at the Flamingo. George Wallace does a good comedy show at 10 pm at the Flamingo

dabvu2498
04-23-2012, 07:00 PM
Bellagio buffet is unreal.

TeamSelig
04-23-2012, 09:42 PM
I made the mistake of going in August. It was like walking around inside of an oven. It doesn't really cool down at night either.

I'd recommend to get some sort of a plan put together. We ended up roaming around and wasted alot of time trying to figure out what we wanted to do.

Make sure you get one of those 3 foot margaritas.

Also, I decided I was going to attempt to collect as many of those porno cards the hispanic guys are handing out on the strip... my wife was getting pretty angry at me but I had like 300 of them by the time we left haha

Spitball
04-23-2012, 10:04 PM
Whoa! This is the place to go for information! Thank you, everyone. We still have a few months to go so we will have lots of valuable insight to sift through. Thanks, again.

RBA
04-24-2012, 03:08 AM
Stay away from the Heart Attack Grill.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-heart-attack-grill-20120423,0,2915767.story?track=icymi

fearofpopvol1
04-24-2012, 04:08 AM
Stratosphere. Big Shot.

Best. Ride. Ev. Er.

Agreed. It's crazy but awesome.

I also agree that renting a car is a good idea. They're super cheap and every casino has free self-parking. Besides, Vegas is deceiving. Everything is not as close together as it seems.

If gambling, you may want to stick to BlackJack or Craps. Both games do have the best odds. I personally like gambling at Mandalay Bay. They have a better selection of more top shelf spirits that you have access to, even if you play the slots. Plus, there is a great restaurant there called the Burger Bar. Great burgers and shakes.

I never tire of the Bellagio Fountains.

The Beatles Love is the best show I've seen in Vegas. If you look around, you can probably find discount tickets.

Since your trip is longer, you may consider a sidetrip to Hoover Dam, with the newly built bridge they have there or the see through glass Grand Canyon spot. Neither are too far away.

You should visit Downtown Vegas. It's old school and you can feel the history there. Plus, they have a zip line there now.

Spitball
04-24-2012, 10:52 AM
Stay away from the Heart Attack Grill.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-heart-attack-grill-20120423,0,2915767.story?track=icymi

Hahaha! But it appears they have highly qualified nurses on staff. :laugh:

medford
04-24-2012, 11:44 AM
I'm not exactly the most health conscious person in the world. Although I attempt to run regularly, especially when the weather warms up, I don't mind my share of Chipotle or burgers or pizza, etc.. Still I have no idea how anyone attempts to eat one of those (Burgers that is) I couldn't imagine doing a double based upon the size of the patty, let alont a quad.

oneupper
04-24-2012, 11:51 AM
Stay away from the Heart Attack Grill.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-heart-attack-grill-20120423,0,2915767.story?track=icymi

I absolutely love the way the owner addresses the health issue. No qualms, no excuses. Eat at your own risk.

RBA
04-24-2012, 03:28 PM
In-N-Out Burger. Puts Five Guys to shame.

paintmered
04-24-2012, 05:17 PM
In-N-Out Burger. Puts Five Guys to shame.

They're both good in their own way. Besides, for fast food burgers in Vegas, Farmer Boys blows them both away.

TeamSelig
04-25-2012, 01:06 AM
Puts Five Guys to shame.

Nothing in this world puts Five Guys to shame. It's not possible. I don't believe you.

fearofpopvol1
04-25-2012, 01:56 AM
Nothing in this world puts Five Guys to shame. It's not possible. I don't believe you.

Sorry, but RBA is right. I'll take In-N-Out all day over 5 guys.

medford
04-25-2012, 08:23 AM
Nothing in this world puts Five Guys to shame. It's not possible. I don't believe you.

ehh, I've never been to In-n-Out, though I've heard great things, but I'll take Smash Burger over Five Guys every day of the week.

TeamSelig
04-25-2012, 10:32 AM
I will have to try those places some time. I love Five Guys.

cincyinco
04-25-2012, 02:37 PM
ehh, I've never been to In-n-Out, though I've heard great things, but I'll take Smash Burger over Five Guys every day of the week.

And here I thought I was the only one on here that knew of Smash.. Sooooooooo good.

Spitball
07-20-2012, 06:04 PM
We just got back from Vegas. The input here was amazingly helpful.

We did a lot of walking from casino to casino to restaurants. It was in the 90s, but it was a dry, tolerable heat. We also purchased 24 hour bus passes for trips to Fremont Street and the farther reaches of the strip.

We did a little gambling and lots of people watching. There certainly are all kinds there. On walks between locations, we were usually confronted by little people (porn slappers) handing out cards with naked women and numbers to call. I collected a lot, but our 28-year-old daughter had more than 400. She said she was going to invent a drinking game or figure a way to use them for currency back in Little Rock.

We saw a pretty amazing, sexy pirate show at (I think) Treasure Island while we ate on the deck of Senior Frogs. Fremont Street was a neat experience. The late night ceiling show featuring Queen and amazing visuals was quite amazing.

We saw the Phatom of the Opera which was very good/confusing with amazing special effects. We were going to see Love on Wednesday, but contrary to posters around town, it wasn't playing on Wednesday. We usually ended every night/early morning listening to talented kareoke singers and drinking $9 pitchers of beer at Wild Bill's Gambling Hall next door to the Flamingo.

I won't go into everything we did, but it was a great experience. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions. This forum is the best place to go for advice from worldly, experienced people.

Spitball
07-20-2012, 09:38 PM
Also, we saw Pete Rose sitting at a table rapidly signing his name multiple times to what looked like sheets of stickers. He was at a mall store (maybe attached to the Bellagio) that featured autographed memorabilia. The store was virtually empty, and I stood there and politely waited to talk to him. He never looked up. He did glare at me when I asked the Asian woman standing there if he was her father.

I was a little embarrassed. I have talked about and defended Pete Rose to my kids their entire lives. They are in their twenties and have heard me explain how he played the game, and how I considered him the heart of the Big Red Machine. I have bragged about a brief conversation I had with him in (I believe) the Sheraton in Boston after the Reds arrived for the 1975 World Series.

He was not friendly or receptive Wednesday. He doesn't owe me anything, but I hope he doesn't think I would give a dime for one of his mass produced autographs.

westofyou
07-20-2012, 09:43 PM
Also, we saw Pete Rose sitting at a table rapidly signing his name multiple times to what looked like sheets of stickers. He was at a mall store (maybe attached to the Bellagio) that featured autographed memorabilia. The store was virtually empty, and I stood there and politely waited to talk to him. He never looked up. He did glare at me when I asked the Asian woman standing there if he was her father.

I was a little embarrassed. I have talked about and defended Pete Rose to my kids their entire lives. They are in their twenties and have heard me explain how he played the game, and how I considered him the heart of the Big Red Machine. I have bragged about a brief conversation I had with him in (I believe) the Sheraton in Boston after the Reds arrived for the 1975 World Series.

He was not friendly or receptive Wednesday. He doesn't owe me anything, but I hope he doesn't think I would give a dime for one of his mass produced autographs.

He yelled at my buddy (who was eight) for not having a pen when he asked for an autograph at the Cincinnati Gardens

My buddy said after that day he was a Johnny Bench man

Spitball
07-20-2012, 11:40 PM
He yelled at my buddy (who was eight) for not having a pen when he asked for an autograph at the Cincinnati Gardens

My buddy said after that day he was a Johnny Bench man

Haha! I am definitely with your buddy on this one.

George Anderson
07-20-2012, 11:46 PM
He yelled at my buddy (who was eight) for not having a pen when he asked for an autograph at the Cincinnati Gardens

My buddy said after that day he was a Johnny Bench man

I love JB but he is a notorious jerk also. Jerks or not though I am glad they were both Reds.