Some may think my children are not normal. When asked whether they want to go to Florida or Las Vegas, they always pick Sin City, um, I mean Las Vegas.
Just because we live in the South does not mean that we are confined to it.
Las Vegas may have a seedy reputation, but there is still much that a family can do and still tell others about it when they get home. Although I am not an expert, my family and I have been three times and I am glad to offer a few of our Must Do’s from our perspective.
Must Do #1: Eat at Serendipity 3. Its in front of Caesar’s Palace in a quirky little building with an incredible ceiling. It’s not cheap, but it is so worth it. Serendipity 3 is known for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. We ordered the dessert for two ($15). Since my husband does not eat chocolate, we also ordered a Strawberry Fields Sundae ($15). Two desserts for four people for $30. (This is one place that we will definitely dine at each time we go to Vegas.)
We have also had the Las Vegas chicken Strips appetizer ($13) and a side order of French fries ($5) at Serendipity 3. It’s all good. If but nothing else, go for the dessert.
People watching ranks high on our to-do list. The white statue above on the left – that’s actually a man. Street performers are everywhere. They will happily let you have your picture taken with them. (Just be sure to leave a tip.)
The top right photo was taken after we had eaten at the Tournament of Kings. Everyone gets chicken, potatoes, broccoli, bread, a drink and dessert. People sit in sections that correlate to countries and everyone is taught how to appropriately cheer for his or her king. It is good and we have eaten there on two different trips, but it will be the last time for us. It’s time that we discover more of what Vegas has to offer.
The middle photo above was taken at CBS Television City inside the MGM Grand. For the price of FREE, all of us got to preview a television show before it aired. We then were able to rate the show on the computers in front of us. A winner from the audience won tickets to a Cirque du Soleil show. (Our odds were really good but none of us won.) We all left with some nice coupons that we spent at the gift shop – it was a great way to buy some souvenirs at a good price. My husband and I were selected to take part in focus groups where we discussed with others our opinions about the show we had watched. We actually made money there. (It’s our Must Do #2)
Like gelato? It seems to be everywhere. (I would rather save my caloric intake to indulge at Serendipity 3.)
There is an M&M’s store on The Strip. Located near the MGM Grand on the southern end, there is a free 3D movie that families can enjoy.
Must Do #3: Go to Fremont Street. The above left photo is a snapshot of the overhead canopy. Fremont Street is a pedestrian-friendly zone that comes alive at night. There are a lot of street performers and famous lookalikes wandering around.
You never know what will come and go while in Las Vegas, so if you see something that you are interested in trying – do it! My kids were able to zip line down Fremont Street over the people. It has since closed.
We also enjoyed eating at Gameworks. The child’s pizza was enough for two adults. It has closed but it is slated to reopen soon.
Las Vegas even gets in the Christmas spirit. Our second trip was during the Thanksgiving holidays and the Vegas was gearing up for ‘Ole St. Nick.
Must Do #4: If at all possible, attend a Cirque du Soleil production. We saw Criss Angel’s Believe and “O” at the Bellagio. Words cannot describe how incredible “O” is. Tip: try to sit in the middle section, even if just a little bit higher. We sat closer but on the side and part of our line of vision was obstructed.
We like taking the double decker buses when traveling The Strip. With passes, you can hop on and off at any time. We also traveled by bus to get to Fremont Street.