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30 Fun Free Things To Do In Vegas That Don’t Involve Gambling

30 Fun Free Things To Do In Vegas That Don
Almost everyone comes to Vegas to gamble. However, there are a heck of a lot of ways to entertain yourself in Vegas without gambling. Here are 30 fun free things to do in Las Vegas, just for starters. ALADDIN – They have a rain display where water falls from the ceiling into a reflecting pool below. ANDERSON DAIRY – Dairy Tour ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN – First Fridays BALLY’S HOTEL – Light, water and sound show BARBARY COAST HOTEL – Big Elvis BASS PRO SHOPS OUTDOOR WORLD – the layout of this store is similar to a natural history museum. An extra special feature is the live bass aquarium. BASS PRO SHOPS – Fishing demonstrations BELLAGIO – They have an elaborate fountain show on every half hour and can be seen from the street or by standing on the casino’s front porch. 1200 nozzles and 4500 lights are used. The Bellagio is also famous for its botanical garden. There are over 7500 flowers, trees and plants displayed and the atrium is changed six to eight times a year. BELLAGIO – Stunning Bellagio hotel lobby BELLAGIO – Chocolate fountain BONNIE SPRINGS PETTING ZOO/OLD NEVADA – Less than half an hour west of Vegas you will find this extensive free petting zoo though donations are accepted gratefully! The whole place is like a recreation of the wild west of Nevada. There is a mining town (small fee), plus a miniature locomotive. BOULDER CITY – Hoover dam CAESARS PALACE – Caesar and Cleopatra walk around inside waiting for you to quiz them about historical events. There is also a circular aquarium at the far end. You can take a free tour every weekday to find out how the fish tank works and what the employees do to keep the fish happy. CAESARS PALACE FORUM SHOPS – Every hour two fountains come to life. There are two shows. The first show features Bacchanal and the second show features Neptune. Very popular and crowded. To easily slip out watch near the back of the crowd. The show starts promptly on the hour. CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER – Movies and popcorn. CANNON AVIATION MUSEUM – This is located at the McCarran International Airport. There is a large exhibit about the aviation history of Las Vegas. CHINA DATE RANCH – This is a small working farm with a huge selection of fresh dates and baked goods. The date palms have brightly coloured petticoat skirts which keep the birds away and the dates happy. CHINATOWN – Just like many Chinatowns around the world. A great experience and lots of fun. CIRCUS CIRCUS – The AdventureDome is free to walk around in though rides cost. The theme here is the Grand Canyon. From 11am to 12pm, every 20 minutes, a different circus act performs on the midway above the casino. COFFEE ROASTERS OF LAS VEGAS – Find out everything you wanted to know about tea and coffee here. There are tours and classes – tours are free – and you also get to enjoy a free sample. DESERT DEMONSTRATION GARDEN – A display of hundreds of desert plants and explaining how desert plants ....read more

Dining In Las Vegas

Dining In Las Vegas
Not too many years ago, using the word ‘dining’ in relation to Las Vegas would have elicited laughter from any gourmet. True, you could get a steak for $2, but it was barely edible. The ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffets for a few dollars were no better. The cheap food was there, as everyone knew, simply to draw in the crowds, who would then spend money gambling. There are now almost as many fine restaurants in Las Vegas as there are in New York or Paris. And ‘fine’ in this case is an understatement. Having long ago attracted some of the world’s most notable chefs, Las Vegas has become a true restaurateur’s town. Whether you want some good but simple fare at Planet Hollywood, or won’t eat anything less than Emeril’s finest creations, you’ll find something here to satisfy. Bouchon at the Venetian is a popular attraction for Vegas food lovers. Moderately priced, the food is outstanding in this French bistro setting. With a full bar and private rooms, you can have the kind of atmosphere you want to go along with the fine meal. For truly 4-star French, though, you’ll want to visit Le Cirque in Las Vegas. An import from New York, it has all the outstanding features of that metropolitan delight. The lobster is, as they say, to die for even if your diet allows for no more than a few bits in a salad. The already excellent heirloom tomato soup can be livened up with morel mushrooms to give a distinctive dish. An intimate setting fleshed out in a circus-themed decor, the atmosphere is hushed, making it the perfect spot for dinner for two. Be sure to dress well, though. Las Vegas casual doesn’t cut it in this up-scale establishment. For the finest seafood in town, Commander’s Palace inside the Planet Hollywood Resort is the place to go. Known by its New Orleans roots, of course you can find many cajun and creole offerings. But the atmosphere is fine, too. The cream and black decor accented with gold makes it a visual treat to go with the gustatory. Items are pricey but worth every penny. The tasso shrimp henican appetizer, for example, could be a meal all its own. For the truly daring, there’s turtle soup. For a main course try the pork loin with cayenne catsup and be ready to pig out. Don’t forget to try some of the bread pudding dessert, even if you have to split it to make room after the huge meal. For a great steak try The Tillerman, a Las Vegas specialty for more than 25 years. The fish is equally good, but the menu has enough choices to satisfy the whole family. For the adults, the wine list is superb, offering vintages from California, Spain and even Argentina and South Africa. These last two offer delightful variations on familiar themes. For another American delight, try Planet Hollywood. Located inside Caesars Palace the now-iconic establishment offers everything from burgers to gourmet pizza to a range of sandwiches. ....read more