With our trip to Vegas a matter of hours away, frocks and rollers are strewn around the room in a last ditch attempt to pack in some kind of logical manner, the car has been booked to take us to the airport, amid the glitter covered chaos I thought I’d sit down to share a little travel inspiration featuring 5 fabulous things to do in Las Vegas.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Las Vegas a couple of times over the past few years and it’s the type of town where you’re never short of things to do, wether you’re watching the almighty Crazy Horse burlesque show, winning big on the roulette tables or just drifting down the strip in disbelief.
Vegas is an unusual manmade fantasy land, looking down from the airplane Vegas appears to have risen up slap bang in the middle of the Nevada desert. The beauty of Vegas is it really is what you make it. There is something in Vegas to suit everyone from the family friendly theme parks, roller coasters, animal sanctuaries, water slides, musical shows, shopping malls, endless novelty swimming pools, fabulous restaurants to the adult friendly dimly lit casinos, special poker tournaments, strip joints, nightclubs and bars. Whatever your taste I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to limit your activities to gambling and drunken debauchery. Actually, there’s plenty of fabulous geek-friendly fun to be had, both on the Strip and off. Here are 5fabulous things to do in Vegas that won’t break the bank!
Neon Museum– Known as the ‘bright light city’ Vegas is legendary for it’s neon signage. Take a trip to the Neon Boneyard, a two acre outdoor museum home to more than 150 donated and rescued signs dating back to the 1930s to present day, revel in the breathtaking, enormous vintage signs in sun bleached colours. Used regularly as a backdrop for high-fashion photo shoots the Neon Museum offers a visually rich day out. Adult ticket $18 Booking required.
Bauman Rare Books, The Palazzo- Bauman Rare Books at The Shoppes at The Palazzo offers a museum quality retail store full of rare and antiquity books from a 1691 edition of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar priced at $40,000, a first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses for $65,000 and the signed first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night for a whopping $75,000! You can browse the shelves, marvel at the older copies behind glass and enjoy that satisfying old book smell for free.
Pioneer Saloon–A real slice of the old Wild West, the Pioneer Saloon is the oldest bar in southern Nevada with a ton of history, bullet holes, taxidermy and plenty of character. The Pioneer Saloon opened for business in 1913 and has been the set for numerous films. As well as cinematic history the Pioneer Saloon has some real life tales including the tragic story of when famous screen legend, Clark Gable, waited for three days at the bar for word on his wife of less than two years Carole Lombard. She was lost in a plane crash near Mount Potosi. A real slice of American history! Pioneer Saloon, 310 W Spring St, Goodsprings, NV 89019 Goodsprings NV (35 miles south of Las Vegas)
Ethel M Chocolates– Take a tour of The Ethel M Chocolate factory and cactus garden. The self-tour is free of charge, so is the adjacent cactus garden self-tour. Most days you can watch the chocolate being molded, decorated and boxed, however, there are of course two different gift shops one for M & M’s related items and another where Ethel M chocolates are sold. The shop also features a snack bar and items for those interested mainly in the cactus garden, as well. Ethel’s Botanical Cactus Garden feature four acres of drought-tolerant ornamentals, cacti and other succulents. More than 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds, half being cacti. A healthy combination of chocolate and nature, ideal.
The Pinball Hall of Fame–The Pinball Hall of Fame is the realized dream of Michigan native Tim Arnold. For many years, Tim’s Pinball Pete’s arcades were leisure time musts for students attending the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and for the residents of Ann Arbor and East Lansing as well. By the early 1990s Tim’s focus had changed. He sold his interest in the arcades to his brothers and moved, with his wife Charlotte, to Las Vegas to pursue a new dream. His collection of nearly 1000 pinball machines moved with them! For a proper retro day out playing pinball this is the place for you. I love some of the super surreal designs on some of the machines too, wizard
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