Fun Times in Las Vegas

Now I see why everyone talks about Las Vegas, there is so much to see and do. Expensive and free fun things to do.

MGM Grand

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Sask99 on November 28, 2007

I would call it the MGM not so grand. It is very grand looking from the outside, but the inside not as much.

When you first step inside the inside lobby is very spacious and looks luxurious. The check-in staff were very friendly. Then came the long walk to our hotel room. We were located in the West Wing, which required a very long walk down the hall as the elevator is strangely placed at the end of the rooms (for this reason I wouldn't recommend the 1st floor). The room itself had very cool lighting, bathroom features, etc, although it was very small and had little seating. But being Vegas you don't spend much time in your room anyways. The most disappointing thing was the fact that the sheets were not clean - although once the front desk was contacted fresh sheets (but not also pillowcases as requested) were brought promptly to the room even though it was 1AM. Having to make the bed at 1AM is hardly my idea of fun though. We did not have a room with a good view, ours overlooked the green light that lights up the hotel at night.

The casino inside the hotel is similar to the other casinos I saw on the strip. They do have an area for non-smokers, although I rarely saw any of those tables open to play at. The sports betting part is a bit larger than some other hotels with comfy seating.

Resaurants inside the hotel ranged from Mcdonalds to Joel Robuchon.

There are a few stores inside the hotel, although not extensive shopping.

The fitness center and the business center are not free for hotel guests.

The Lion habitat is probably the coolest thing at the hotel. This is a no charge viewing of lions at various times throughout the day. The habitat is located on the main floor of the hotel, and anyone can come and see the lions for free. Trainers are with the lions and there is someone explaining about the age of the lions, where they live, etc.

This was not worth the $177 per night it cost. Next time we will stay at Excalibur again. If you are interested in staying here their website is If you wait until just before you go you can get some good room rates on-line.
MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
(702) 891-7777

Wolfgang Puck MGM Grand Hotel

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Sask99 on November 28, 2007

This is an excellent moderately priced restaurant located in the middle of the MGM grand.

The front and sides have no walls, so the resaturant is completely visable from the walkway and some nearby gaming. This leads to the only drawback I saw for the restaurant - it was very noisy.

We went for supper and I had the roasted salmon which was excellent. My husband enjoyed the shrimp. Many people around us had pizza, which they are supposedly famous for. They serve wonderful tasting bread with the meal. They have an excellent wine menu, but I opted for a peach bellini instead (note there was no ice as they do not serve blended drinks here).

Excellent food, moderately priced, and excellent service. Others we had spoke to also enjoyed their meal here.

I would definately go here again if I was looking for a good sit-down meal.
Wolfgang Puck MGM Grand Hotel
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
(702) 891-7777

Outback Steakhouse

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Sask99 on December 6, 2007

The Outback Steakhouse is a great way to relax after a hard day of shopping. Located just across the parking lot from the south Outlet Mall, it is a great choice compared to the food court. The decor gives a homey feel with lots of wood and low lighting.

Excellent appetizer choices are their famous Bloomin' Onion or the Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp.
For an entree steaks are always a good choice as it is a steakhouse. Ribs and the Alice Springs chicken are also excellent.
Many of the food choices are given Austrailian sounding names as this is the "Outback".
Entrees come with a choice of two sides if you are their for dinner, garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables were the favourite choices amoung our group.
They also have a good variety of drinks and desserts to choose from.
Staff was very friendly and were only too happy to call us a cab and even let us know when it arrived.
Outback Steakhouse
7380 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89123

Howie Mandel

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Sask99 on November 28, 2007

We wend to the Howie Mandel comedy performance at the MGM and it was great. Both he and the opening act were hilarious.

We waited to get our tickets until the day of the show. We went to the TIX4TONIGHT to get half-price tickets. There they give you a voucher that you have to take to the box office. Just outside the Hollywood theatre where the show was to take place, I handed over the voucher and the very friendly gentleman gave me the tickets and showed me on a map where our seats were to be that night.

When we arrived there was security that resembled the airport (way more than at the improv I had been to). Once inside, ushers show you to your table. Most tables are for 4 to 6 people so you are likely going to be sitting with people you don't know.

Typical of shows of this style seating is not extremely comfortable. Drinks are around $10, which appears to be the going rate wherever you are.

The comedians were very funny, and the show was almost 2 hours so it was well worth the time and money.

The Improv

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Sask99 on November 28, 2007

The Iprov was a very funny show well worth going to.

Make sure if you order tickets ahead of time, that the ticket they give you is for the right day and time. We had a large group and they actually gave us tickets for the early show when we had requested late so we almost never got in. We missed the beginning of the show, although we were allowed to walk in late.

Give yourself time to find the showroom. It is on the second floor, at the first escalators from the front of Harrahs hotel, not the second set of escalators. The doors do not open until 1/2hour ahead of time. Don't go earlier than that, as there is nowhere to sit and barely anywhere to stand outside the improv showroom. I do recommend going early however, as there is some entertainment before the stated show time.

Typical of other shows of this kind, seating is at tables of about 4 to 6, so often you are seated with people you may not know. Seating is not terrible comfortable.

I had a $11 marguarita, which was very good.

All in all we had a great time at the show.
The Improv
3475 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
702/369-5111; +1

le reve

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Sask99 on December 4, 2007

Wow! This show is great. The athleticism and artistry is unparalleled. This show combines air and water acrobatics and syncronized swimming. The title Le Reve literally translates to "the dream". There is a story line about good and evil. Everything from the huge acrobatic dives to the costumes and facial expressions is wonderful. There are 40 performers made up of acrobats, gymnasts and synchronized swimmers.

The seating in the theater is in a circle, completely surrounding the water and stage. As mentioned when you go on-line the first three rows (A,B,C) may get wet. We were in row C and recieved only the occasional bit of water, but you may get soaked in A. Towels are provided for these rows. The farthest seats from the center stage are 32 feet. Due to this and the circular seating there really is no bad seat in the place.

The show is "dark" (not on) Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with varying showtimes throughout the rest of the week. You can view this and ticket prices at

I recommend going early as there are good laughs from some of the performers who perform gags with audience members before the show itself starts.

Everyone in our group (from truck drivers to medical professionals) really enjoyed the performance.

Freemont Street

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Sask99 on December 10, 2007

You can spend hours for free at Freemont street. The star attraction of Freemont street is the 4 block long overhead video screens that have different shows. The shows start at 6PM (in the winter anyways) and are seen every hour on the hour until midnight. Shows are different each hour and vary from area 51 to lucky Vegas. It really doesn't matter what the show is, it is fascinating to watch. When the show is about to start, all of the lights on the front of the casinos go off, making it easier to see the show.

There are a variety of vendors on the street, ranging from jewelry to artwork. My favorite to watch is the aerosol painters. We usually spend at least 15-20 minutes watching them create their pictures. It is amazing how quickly they can create their artwork.

The other good thing about Freemont street are the older hotels and casinos. They are a great break from the strip and its prices, especially the drinks. There were a variety of places with 99 cent drink specials.

If you go to Las Vegas, you definately cannot miss a show at Freemont street. It is free anyways, so there really is no excuse.
Fremont Street Experience
Westernmost 5 Blocks Of Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101
(702) 678 5777

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Sask99 on December 28, 2007

The Shark Reef is located at the back of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. There are over 100 different species of animals that can be viewed - the most exciting of which are the sharks, piranha, and crocodiles. There are lots of different kinds of fish, as well as jellyfish and eels that are pretty cool, too.

The size and variety of animals that are located here is similar to the one in the Mall of America, but not as extensive as a full-size aquarium. The touchpool is pretty cool and it is always manned by a staff member to explain how you can safely touch what is in there.
There are some descriptions of what the animals are posted, but the written information is limited. They do provide everyone who comes in a device that looks like a telephone that you can use to get more information on each exhibit. You look at the number beside the exhibit, punch it in your device and listen. This provides a fairly extensive amount of information on many of the different spiecies of animal located here.

This is definitely a family-friendly way to spend an hour or so. Adults are $16 and children are $11 which is expensive considering this is not a large aquarium.
There is no food or drink allowed so don't go hungry. There is also no smoking allowed, which is a refreshing change from a lot of Vegas.

The Shark Reef is open 10am to 11pm (last entry is allowed at 10pm). For further information check out the Mandaly Bay website at or call (702) 632-7777.
Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119
(702) 632-7777

Maverick Helicopter Grand Canyon Tour

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Sask99 on March 25, 2008

Wow! This was definately the highlight of our Las Vegas trip.

The trip started with a van picking us up at our hotel. They dropped us off at the office where we paid, signed our waivers, had our ID checked, and were weighed. Yes, we were weighed. According to their website currently if you weigh over 300lbs you have to pay for 2 seats. Different companies have different weight and payment policies, so if you are 250 or over ensure you check with whatever company you are flying with.

They also weigh you because each helicopter has a passenger weight limit. The helicopter seats 7 and the pilot. If you have a large group they will allot you depending on weight.
The pilot also decides where everyone will sit, as size matters.

Once you are already to go, the pilot takes you to the helicopter where he goes over the safety instructions. They also take a group picture of you that you can purchase later.

Then you are off! Flying in a helicopter is exciting in itself. On the Grand Canyon tour you get a great view of Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, you can see Hoover Dam in the distance, the Bowl of Fire, and downtown Las Vegas on the way back to the city. We took the 3.5 hour flight that landed in the Grand Canyon for the light lunch and champagne. There is time to enjoy the view and take pictures. We used this opportunity to get our picture taken by the helicopter with just the two of us. Note that while you are in the Grand Canyon there is no bathroom, so make sure you go before you leave the airport. There is also no smoking so bring your nicotine gum or lozenge if you require.

The pilot was excellent. Not only does he fly, but he gives an excellent narration of what you are seeing and answers any questions you may have. He was extremely patient with the people in our group who did not speak English.

We purchased the DVD that was taken on our trip. Unfortunately the colors on the screen aren't as good as in real life. The DVD does include sound - so everything that you say while you are in the helicopter is on the DVD(they do warn you ahead of time). The excellent part about this is that it includes what the pilot tells you while you are flying - which is helpful so that you remember the sights along the way.

For reservations you can see their website or phone them at 1-888-261-4414. They have an excellent cancellation policy so that you only have to give them 24 hours notice. We just phoned the morning we wanted to go to book our flight.

If you can afford it (our trip was about $450 each)I definitely recommend to go on at least one helicopter trip. The views on the Grand Canyon tour are spectacular.
Maverick Helicopter Grand Canyon Tour
6075 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas
(888) 261-4414

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