Best restaurants and things to do in Vegas?

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  1. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    just found out I'll be headed to vegas this summer and was wondering if anybody has done anything particularly fun that isn't in a travel guide and where the best places to eat might be. My GF wants to take her dad to a really nice dinner for his B day/fathers day.


    so far we plan on a trip to the hoover dam, zipline down freemont, planning to see a cirque du soleil(not zoomanity because it is all nude and with GFs father so, yeah), go to the pawn stars place, and we plan to stay at the MGM signature.
  2. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Good choice on your acomodations. Signature is attached to the MGM at a value rate rate, basically one block to the strip. Monorail runs behind the MGM. I would research the best of Vegas because the are so many places to eat there and stuff to do besides gamble.
  3. dreghorn2

    dreghorn2 Well-Known Member

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  4. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    $15 compared to $150, i think i'm good with fremont lol
  5. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    I did the Hoover Dam.. If you're going to do the tour, make sure you do the comedy one. Otherwise, you'll be bored out of your mind.

    Don't know how you feel about hypnotism, but my friend and I went to a clean, comedic hypnotist show and she got hyponotized and it was hilarious. She was literally on all fours barking like a dog. lol

    We also went to the Xcalibur Casino for the Knights of the Round Table dinner. It's about $50. You sit in a European country, and watch them duel one another while eating. They serve you a stalk of broccoli, a cornish hen, some sorta dessert.

    I'm too scary to ride the rollercoaster on top of New York, New York, but I did take in some of the amusement stuff in the Circus, Circus casino. And did it all before our flight back home. lol

    If you walk around, you might can catch some of their free shows in various casinos.
  6. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    thanks, i'll def look into the comedy tour. The hypnotist sounds fun i'll run that by them. i went when i was 15 and did all the rides at stratosphere and new york new york, not sure they will be up for those though
  7. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Well-Known Member

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    Nothing I can list on a " family" site.
    :)
  8. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Ahhh, an adherent of the "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" mantra...
  9. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    we don't want to here about your adventures out in mound house
  10. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Gotta be honest, if not for my friend, I doubt I would've gone to see the Hoover Dam. It just wasn't my kinda thing.

    Anyway, the comedian tells jokes throughout the tour, and she was pretty funny. On the way back, they stopped in a small town to allow us a little bit of time for shopping and to feed us at this quaint restaurant. The meal was part of the fee.

    Also, on the way back, as part of the tour, we stopped at some sorta chocolate factory. M & M, I think, and that was pretty cool.

    Overall, the hypotist thing was by far the best experience. The ridiculousness was too wild for words. And they videotape it, too. lol
  11. CowboyMike

    CowboyMike Stay Thirsty, My Friends

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    A couple years ago my girl and I took a trip to Vegas and I got this package deal for her birthday. It was dinner at Lavo, and fancy italian restaurant attached to the Venetian/Palazzo, then Blue Man Group, and then the club Lavo when it opened at 11, which was the one Jerry Jones was at last year I believe.

    The food was absolutely fantastic, show was awesome, and the club was top notch. I recommend at least trying out the restaurant if you're looking for something fancy for the birthday.

    We went back there last year and did the same for her birthday, except this time we sat outside and watched the pirates show across the strip.

    Other than that, I recommend you actually plan your days and what you're going to do in advance. If you just wing it you end up wasting a lot of time walking through hotels not knowing where you're going or what you want to do.
  12. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the recommendation, it looks like a cool place. my GF and her dad are itinerary people so it will all be planned lol.
  13. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    yeah i'm not too excited about the dam but i figure it is something you have to see once
  14. iceberg

    iceberg it's business, this emotional game Zone Supporter

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    when i went to the hoover damn w/a friend, our tour guide, she was pretty cool. told all the stories as if talking to friends. when we got to where everyone would touch the feet of the winged dudes, i asked her if she ever did that while we were standing next to a handrail leaning on it. she said "hell no - do you know what kind of germs would be on that"

    and i said "probably no more than the handrail you're holding now".
  15. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    The lady tour guide we had kept flirting with this engaged/married guy the whole trip. And the flirts would be so hilarous, because she would go from all Hoover-focused to all over this guy.

    She literally made the trip bearable.
  16. iceberg

    iceberg it's business, this emotional game Zone Supporter

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    yep. the guide makes all the difference and ours was cool.
  17. CanadianCowboysFan

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    I stayed at the Signature last year with my firm. Rooms are nice but the hotel is far from everything, it is about 10 minutes just to walk to the MGM Grand, although it is a covered walk. There is also no casino in the Signature.

    Venetian is really nice or Bellagio.

    Take a Grand Canyon Tour, I saw Cirque de Soleil Love, was stupid but the gymnastics were great.

    The Planet Hollywood Mall is nice, good jeans store there, Rock and Religion, jeans are pretty cheap at 150 or so a pair for Rock Revival Jeans. If you don't want to go cheap on jeans, there is True Religion right next to it.

    Forum Shops are high end but nice.

    My wife says Fashion Show Mall is great but I have never gone there.

    Eat at the Tao Restaurant or Spargo.

    If you have never been to the real Venice, you can take a Gondola ride at the Venetian.

    You might also want to go up to the Las Vegas Speedway and take a ride in a high end sports car. It is pricey but worth it big time.
  18. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    oh and make you sure you take a ton of cards from the illegals handing them out on the street, nice photos of Las Vegas' best
  19. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I highly recommend the Blue Ox Tavern as a place to go get a simple, not too expensive meal away from the bigger casinos. The food is good, the atmosphere is too. It's on Sahara.

    I personally always liked the Imax Theater at Caesar's Palace.

    Circus Circus used to have a great buffet with delicious prime rib. I haven't been there in 20 years so I am not sure how it is now.

    The Mirage is my favorite place to gamble. I have no idea why, I just seem to be luckier there.

    The show I would most like to see is the Cirque de Soliel. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I love that stuff.

    Garth Brooks would be next on my list. I have seen him twice and he is unreal in concert.

    If you want a magic show Penn & Teller are the kings. Cris Angel is popular, but Dick Arthur is the most unheralded guy out there and his show is awesome. < That is per my brother-in-law who is a magician.
  20. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    i consider $40 expensive for jeans and the absolute most i will shell out for them, usually a pair of nautica lol

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