Things To Do In Las Vegas
By Chuck Hawks
- You must see the Freemont Street Experience light show. Above Freemont Street in downtown Las Vegas, it is the best free show in town. Shows start on the hour (after dark) and run until midnight. For a complete evening, dine at Hugo's Cellar bar and restaurant, fine dining at its best, in the Four Queens (located at the epicenter of the Experience) and enjoy the light show after dinner.
- Enjoy the free water shows set to music created by the spectacular $35,000,000 computer controlled fountain in the lake in front of the Bellagio. A different show starts every 15 minutes during the hours of operation. While you are at Bellagio, stroll the conservatory and enjoy the flowers, visit the art gallery, then relax with refreshments in the airy and pleasant lounge just off the lobby (they stock Irish Mist).
- Buy a ticket to the observation deck of the 1149' tall Stratosphere tower (the 6th tallest structure in the world) for the breathtaking view. Be sure to take your camera. Ride the Big Shot (the ultimate thrill ride) at the top of the tower if you're addicted to such things and have a strong stomach.
- It is worth the modest price of admission to see the Habitat (featuring white tigers, white lions, and dolphins) at the Mirage. The lovely waterfalls, lake and a volcano that periodically erupts are all free. The lounge to the right of the spectacular "jungle" entry way to the main casino entrance stocks Irish Mist and features good live music in the evenings.
- Catch the free naval battle in front of Treasure Island. It starts every 90 minutes during the hours of operation. A free tram commects Treasure Island to the Mirage.
- Ascend to the top of the 1/2 size replica of the Eiffel Tower in front of Paris, Las Vegas for a great view of the strip from approximately 450 feet up. It is not scary and the view is worth the price.
- Stroll the world famous shopping mall in Caesar's Palace, and see the talking statues; there is no charge. At the same time, you can enjoy the saltwater aquarium. For cocktails and dinner, visit the Cheesecake Factory (directly behind the aquarium); try to save room for desert.
- The Harley-Davidson Cafe features some of the best American food on the strip, and fascinating Harley memorabilia. Also an excellent bar, with motorcycle seats for bar stools, where you can enjoy a drink if you have to wait for a table. Good food and plenty of it.
- Have cocktails and dinner in the Star Trek theme lounge and restaurant at the Las Vegas Hilton. You will think you are on Deep Space Nine and the drinks and food are good. If you are a "Trekkie" you should also take in the Star Trek experience while you are there.
- Stroll around Mandalay Bay (at the south end of the Strip). Enjoy the trained birds and the aquarium near the registration desk, marvel at the huge wave pool and the beach that fronts it and spring for a visit to "Shark Reef," a large walk-through salt water aquarium.
- Visit the Luxor and walk around inside the amazing pyramid. The beacon at the top is the brightest light in the world. Have a drink and enjoy the music in their spacious lounge, or in the cozy bar that overlooks the casino one floor up. A free monorail connects Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excaliber.
- Rent a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from my friends at EagleRider and explore the out of town sights like Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon. Fun in the sun on two wheels!
- Recommended hotels for adults. On the strip: Venetian (*****), Mirage (*****), Mandalay Bay (****+), Monte Carlo (****), Stratosphere (***), Riviera (***). Downtown: Golden Nugget (*****). Off strip: Green Valley Ranch (*****). They all have good, 24 hour coffee shops.
Before you go: Visit the Travel Links and follow the Vegasnet and LasVegas.com links for maps and information on hotels, restaurants, sightseeing, etc. Book hotel rooms through the Las Vegas Reservations System for the best rates and your Harley via the link to EagleRider. Enjoy!