When in Vegas, the absolute must-dos include the Circle du Soleil shows. With just 3 days in Vegas, we decided to see 2 of the best possible shows. You will notice that there are plenty of shows in Vegas, and some much cheaper with coupon options, but we definitely wanted the classic Circle du Soleil shows.
We decided to watch “O” performed at the Bellagio. True to it’s tagline, ‘An aquatic masterpiece of surrealism and theatrical romance’, it is a must watch if you are interested in shows. Prices of the tickets very from $100 - $200 per person. We decided to go all out and buy the Golden circle seats towards the center front and I must say it was well worth the money. We bought full price tickets, but if you plan in advance, you can save a few bucks. The show was a saga of music, acrobatics and just vastness – of the stage itself and the water tank. It was a combination of several small and big acts together creating an absolute spectacle. So if you are in Vegas and have time and money for one show, this has to be it! Also, the show is just under 2hrs long so make sure you have either eaten or gone to the bathroom before it starts. Also, this is a family friendly show, so you don’t have to think twice before including children in the plan.
Our next show was Zumanity at New York, New York. But I must add here that it’s NOT a family friendly show and you must be 18 or over to attend. It’s termed as the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil and there is nudity and sexual conduct. Being in Vegas, we obviously wanted to go to a fun show, but both of us are not into ‘in your face’ and raunchy style shows. Being a Cirque du Soleil show, this one was sensual but in a very artistic way. It was quirky, funny, with audience participation and had a lot of sensual elements to it. So don't go with your parents or in-laws (unless you want to) and a fair warning that if you sit in the first 3 or 4 rows, you may be subjected to "unwanted crowd participation". It’s not overly expensive too, and we paid around $90 for good seats. It’s an average size theater and there was a lot of hooting from the balcony seats, we could see a lot of bachelorette party groups amongst the audiences. I must add that it wasn’t as amazing as the O we saw the previous day, but a fun experience nonetheless. Go if you have an open mind and want to have some clean fun.
Note: Keep in mind that there are offers at the box office and their website and also tickets at the Half Price Show Tickets booths everywhere on the strip.
You MUST take a limo ride, even if it's for a few minutes to go around the strip! And it does not cost that much more as compared to a taxi. Mine costed us $50 for a ride on the strip! On our last night, we went downtown to see the light show - neon color play at it's best, worth catching if you have time. There is also an old neon sign museum just outside of Vegas, in case you have exhausted everything else, you might consider visiting it.
Fun Fact: If you love the fountains so much that you wish you had your own, you can! For $250,000, Hyde Bellagio, a nightclub inside the hotel, offers at special package where you can control the water show. You'll get a 30-liter bottle of champagne (that's equivalent to 40 bottles); a VIP outdoor patio table and a gold-plated box with a red button. Hit the button and the fountains dance for you whenever you want them to, even if it's after hours. Haha, not so much in my budget but suit yourself!
We had considered taking out our car (preferably convertible if you can) to see the sights of the Strip (in day as well as night) but one look at the traffic and our plan was shelved. The traffic doesn’t seem to move at all, and in all the buzz and excitement, we were not ready to lose any time. You may also use the city bus to get on and off as you like, the cost is $8/24hours. And don’t forget the sunscreen and sunglasses, and easy breezy summer clothes before stepping out, you don’t want to be the barbeque of the desert heat!
The next day was a bit lazier as we started off with driving to the Wynn for brunch at the Silver Spoon. We figured it’s easier to cover the other half of the strip starting from Wynn and then looking at the other hotels around it mainly Mirage and Venetian. Wynn is a beautiful hotel with a refreshing new design and requires a couple of hours to go around it. We went during spring and all around Wynn were beautiful masterpieces of floral displays. Such a charming floral atmosphere was created that I can never get it out of my head. Although, the parking required us to walk at least half a mile within the hotel!
Venetian is a marvel in itself – the beautiful water canals indoors, with the ‘almost real’ looking artificial sky. That’s the beauty of being in Vegas and inside any of the hotels, they just transport you to an outer world you never imagined!And you have to get into a gondola and take the ride all over to St Marks Square. You may also consider visiting the Madame Tussaud's museum located nearby. For shoppers, there are the Wynn and Encore shopper Esplanandes, and yes it includes a “Ferrari” showroom.
Just stay hydrated, stay excited and energized for great fun in Vegas! The strip is considered as to be the ‘real’ Vegas and you have to see it transform to its electrical dazzle in the night for the best parties, buzz and spirit of Vegas. Not that the day stops you from doing any of these!
One thing I loved to do in Vegas was just walk and explore. I woke up early morning the first day, wore my fun Vegas holiday clothes, and set out to explore Vegas, in flats obviously! The best thing about Vegas is the Las Vegas Strip which is a stretch of resort hotels and casinos along its route. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles (6.8 km) in length, located immediately south of the Las Vegas city limits. It is said that fifteen of the world's 25 largest rooms by room count are on the Strip, with a total of over 62,000 rooms!