I love Vegas! There is so much to do in Vegas that you can never do it all in 1, 2, or even 3 trips. I’ve been 3 times and each time was vastly different. The first was as a family trip, second as a couple , and the third time was a girls’ trip.
Vegas a Couple
I’m going to start with the trip as a couple. Hubby and I went in May 2016. We stayed 3 nights. Now that I think about, 3 days was the length of all of my trips to Vegas. Am I a creature? Aren’t we all…
I like to get there as early as possible and that is exactly what we did on this trip. We landed around 9:00 am. Our hotel room at the MGM Grand was not ready but we checked our bags with the front desk and walked the strip. We visited New York, New York and ate some yummy New York-style pizza.
We were able to catch 2 Cirque Du Soleil shows, Zumanity and Za. Both were awesome. We shopped, gambled, and ate. We particularly enjoyed casual dining options with awesome views of the strip like Tom Urban.
This was also a chance for us to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company so it was slow-paced, much different than our home life.
We relaxed by watching basketball games in nearby sports bar. We also walked the strip and ooh and awe at the different casinos. The Venetian was a favorite of ours and Cosmopolitan was a favorite of mine. I don’t think Brandon cared for fanciness of the enormous (and gorgeous) chandelier that spans 3 floors. One day, we enjoyed the pool complex at the MGM. Visiting MGM Grand’s pool is a must even if you dont stay there during your trip. After checking out and before our late evening flights, we played in the casino. Of course we started to win right before we had to catch our cab to the airport. We attempted to continue our lucky streak at the airport casino (you read that right) but it didn’t work properly.
A Girls' Trip to Vegas
The Girl’s trip was great! I will say that it did not involve as much relaxing as the couple’s trip. The itinerary was jammed packed with things to do. We had high tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, we ziplined down Freemont Street, rode the New York New York roller coaster, day-partied at the Rehab Pool complex, had a night out at Drai’s’, and more. We dressed up every day and night, wore makeup, and did girl things like shopping and people watching.
I almost forgot, we left (and went back to) the airport in class. We had a private car come pick us up, equipped with holding a sign with our names and bubbly waiting in the car. The driver made a stop to the liquor store where we picked up some snacks and alcohol for the room. I found that on the girls’ trip we were much more pressed for time because we wanted to do something requested by everyone in the party. It was fun and thrilling and I felt younger while there but it wasn’t a trip of spas and sun bathing.We mostly ate wherever we fancied because one thing about Vegas, there is no shortage of dining options. Sometimes as a group, we ate at the different places to please everyone’s taste buds and dietary restrictions but Vegas is well designed for that.
For transportation, we ubered pretty much everyone unless we walked. We did sneak on a private shuttle to go Downtown. We wasn’t sure it was private until we got on it. But, hey we did tip the driver.
Vegas as a Family
When I first went to Vegas, I was 23 years but it was with my family. My youngest brother at the time was only 15 years old. We stayed at Circus Circus, which is budget “kid friendly” hotel north of the strip. There’s Adventuredome there which is an indoor amusement park. There’s also Circus acts scheduled throughout the day and a Midway game area, We were able to spend an entire afternoon enjoying it. Since I visited there, Circus Circus has added a water park, Splash Zone. It opened in 2017. It features a 50 foot slide tower which includes 3 different slides and a splash pad for the little ones. There’s an onsite casino and restaurants. It’s a little inconvenient for main strip activities but we made good use of our bus pass. We stayed here Pre-Uber/Lyft so we didn’t have many options.
We also went to Gameworks, it’s like a Dave and Busters. We saw the Lion King Cirque show at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Resort- it was absolutely gorgeous and moving. I just remember crying during the same scene from the movie. This was my first Cirque show and I was stunned and sold. We also visited the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum on strip.
Because we stayed north strip, we ate at a lot of cheap buffets down there. We were able to get dinner buffets for under $20 while dinner buffets were going for $40plus farther south.
Vegas with Children
I have not taken my children to Vegas yet and honestly, it’s not on the priority list to bring them just yet. I think we will all better enjoy it once they are ages 10 and up because I plan to do an extended trip to Grand Canyon when I bring them to Vegas. But if you do decide to bring younger children to Vegas, there are plenty for them to do and see.
- Circus Circus Adventuredome and Splash Zone
- Circus Shows
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
- M&Ms store
- Shark Reef Aquarium
- Discovery Children’s Museum
- Wet n Wild Vegas (seasonal)
- Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
There’s so much to do in Vegas that you can’t possibly fit it all in one trip! That’s okay, that just gives you multiple reasons to visit often. I can’t wait to go to Vegas again!