Las Vegas Journals

Las Vegas - Family Budget Style

An October 2002 trip to Las Vegas by BurliBear

Leisure Resort Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: This is about visiting Las Vegas without Gambling and attending the High Priced Casino shows but having an enjoyable time. Free/low-priced things to do: Business Tours. Casinos Free Shows. Quilt Shops. Boulder Dam. We had a great time. And we did it "Our Way". (Sorry Frank)

Las Vegas - Family Budget Style

Overview

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Best Things to do on a low budget. 1. Ethel M's Chocolate Company and Cactus Garden. 2. Ron Lee's World of Clowns. 3. National Vitamin Company's Tour. 4. Excalibur Casino's Fantasy Faire. 5. Circus Circus's Circus Acts and Midway. Quick Tips: Use a car and stay off the Vegas Strip when driving. With a good map and a little thought, you can get around Vegas quickly and easily most of the time. Best Way To Get Around: See Quick Tips above for getting around. Want to do the Strip. Walk. Our Timeshare was right behind the Imperial Palace and we simply walked through it and were on the strip with a lot of ...Read More
Leisure Resort Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Best Things Nearby:The Strip. This resort is located right behind the Imperial Palace. You walk across the street from the resort into the back of the Imperial Palace Parking Garage, halfway through the garage is an entrance into the Imperial Palace and then walk through and you're on The Strip.Best Things About the Resort:The closeness to The Strip and a number of the Casinos. We were within easy walking distance of the Imperial Palace, but also Harrah's, The Venetian, Treasure Island, MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Barbary Coast, Bally's, and Bellagio.Resort Experience:This is an older resort which appears to have started life as a motel and then late...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 30, 2002

Leisure Resort
100 Winick Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada

Emperor's Buffet

Restaurant

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This is one of the least expensive buffets available in the Las Vegas Casinos these days. Cheap food used to be one of the draws in Vegas but not any more. The food was excellent. A somewhat standard buffet selection with Roast Beef, Ham & Turkey being carved at your request. It includes a nice selection of hot dishes to go with the carved meets and a well stocked, varied Salad Bar with both tossed salad makings plus a nice variety of other salads like cole slaw, cucumbers, potato salad and pasta salads. You finished up your meal with a nice variety of dessert selections from their dessert bar and soft serve ice cream dispensers. One thing, you should not go away hungr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2002

Emperor's Buffet
3535 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-731-3311

Sahara Buffet

Restaurant

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This was the cheapest buffet we found in any of the Las Vegas Casinos. The price was $6.95 but there were coupons to be found giving $1.00 off that price. That's the best part. The food selection was okay. They were carving roast beef, ham and turkey which is pretty standard fare for these buffets. The meats were nicely cooked and fresh. The hot side items were limited in number and while fresh, were basically pretty bland. Same for the salad bar. Tossed salads and fixings with dressings were fine but the other types of salads such as pasta salad, potato salad and beets were pretty bland. A nice dessert bar with soft serve ice cream finished up our meal....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 30, 2002

Sahara Buffet
2535 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 737 2111

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Ethel M's tour consists of three parts. There is a self-guided walk along the candy production line tour where you can watch them making candy through glass viewing windows. Only drawback is that the process could stand being explained a little better on signs. There is the Candy Store and Gift Shop. Each tour visitor is given a sample and you can choose which candy that you want to sample. That's quite a chore as they make lots of different candy. While their candy is quite good, it is also quite expensive. We didn't buy any as it wasn't as good as they thought it was in their pricing scheme. Finally you can walk through the Cactus Garden at your own pace. It is nicely...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2002

Ethel M's Chocolates and Cactus Garden
2 Cactus Garden Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada
(800) 438-4356

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Ron Lee creates 1 1/4 inch to 18 inch pewter sculptures of clowns as well as other animated characters such as Bugs Bunny, Superman, Taz (The Tasmanian Devil), Tweety Bird and other Disney and Looney Tune Characters. This is a self-guided tour around the workrooms where these figurines are created. Among the work you get to see is the creation of the molds, the pouring and forming of the basic pewter figurine in the molds, the cleaning of the figurine, the coating of the figurine, painting of the figurine (and yes, they are all hand painted with a painter probably working on 2 to 3 dozen figurines at the same time), the quality control checking, the final spray lacquer coating and the packing f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2002

Ron Lee's World Of Clowns
330 Carousel Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89014

National Vitamin Factory Tour

Attraction | "National Vitamin Company"

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It is billed as a new "state of the art" manufacturing plant. The tour is a free self-guided tour with video monitors explaining what is happening at each of the stations as you stand and watch. We particularly enjoyed what they call the encapsulating room where they create hard shell capsules or gelatin capsules. It is very intriguing to watch the gelatin capsules being produced. Watching hard pressed tablets being created was informative but the process is a little hard to follow because the machinery moves so fast. You can't really see the pressed tablets being formed as the pressure to take all the loose granules and compact them into a solid capsule has to be done with the mach...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2002

National Vitamin Factory Tour
7440 S. Industrial Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89139

Fantasy Faire

Attraction | "Fantasy Faire at Excalibur Hotel & Casino"

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Throughout the day from 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. shows are scheduled every 30 to 60 minutes. Most of the shows last 15 to 20 minutes giving time for people to come and go. They have musicians whose shows are geared to children. It is not current hit music but fun music. Puppet shows and jugglers perform with lots of silliness and good humor. All the performers we saw were excellent. Seating is limited and the crowd kind of comes and goes from show to show. If you don't get a seat for the first show you arrive for, stay and you'll probably get one for the next. Do you want to stay straight through? No, as shows are repeated throughout the performance times. There is a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2002

Fantasy Faire
Excalibur Casino / 3850 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-597-7777

Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Hotel | "Circus Acts at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino"

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Circus Acts of all kinds perform every half hour to hour. You may see one act or two or three with the approximately 20 minutes that each performance lasts. Magicians, jugglers, acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns, and contortionists...if you've seen it at the circus, there's a good chance you'll see it here. While each act is limited in scope and time, the ability of these performers is excellent. Limited seating is provided but the crowd comes and goes, and if you don't get seating at one performance, you'll get it for the next if you plan to stay for two or more performances in a row. The acts repeat throughout the day, giving you an opportunity to see some, skip s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2002

Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 734-0410

Circus Circus Midway

Attraction | "Circus Circus Carnival Midway"

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If you've ever been to a carnival with its midway games, then you know more or less what to expect here. There is a big difference at these Carnival Midway Games and that is these seem to be really geared to letting the contestants win. Not all but many seem to have continual winners. People are roaming the area with bags full of fun things they've won. Prices to compete are not real expensive, and many of the prizes are fairly cheap but the kids are thrilled to win something. How much you spend will be strictly up to you. In addition, there is what they define as a "State of the Art electronic arcade" also located in this area with many of the popular arcade games...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2002

Circus Circus Midway
2889 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 734-0410