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myVEGAS Free Chips and Calendars

The best deals in Las Vegas, are the free ones!  The best way to get these freebies, are with myVEGAS Slots.  It’s a free Facebook game that allows you to earn free and discounted Las Vegas hotel stays, buffets, shows and much more!  Just collect myVEGAS free chips daily, play the online slots or blackjack games, and earn Loyalty Points, which you can spend on free stuff!  It’s fun, it’s free, and you can save hundreds of dollars by playing a game you enjoy!

Earn even faster with a set of mobile apps, including myVEGAS Mobile Slots, POP! Slots, and my Konami Slots.  Each game links together, and with the Facebook game where all your Loyalty Points are pooled into one!  Play all mobile apps and the Facebook game to earn all those freebies even faster!   Collect myVEGAS Free Chips Mobile for free chips and codes on all the mobile games.

Some of the more popular myVEGAS rewards include One Complimentary Room Night or Two Complimentary Nights at 5 star hotels like the Aria or Vdara, free Dinner Buffet at Aria or Bellagio, $25-50 free slotplay at your favorite casinos, and much more!  Click on the links above to view the corresponding myVEGAS Room Calendars to see what kind of dates the free rooms are available for.

To start, set up myVEGAS Slots on Facebook.

Then either on iOS or Android, download the mobile apps, myVEGAS Slots, POP! Slots, and my Konami Slots.  Make sure to link them to your Facebook account.

When everything is setup, make sure to collect your free myVEGAS chips to get a head start on chips.  For myVEGAS mobile apps, remember to get the myVEGAS Slots free chips, POP! Slots free chips, and my KONAMI Slots free chips.  The free chips are added daily, so check back often so you don’t miss any.

 

Airbnb Travel Hacking – Double Sign Up Bonus – FREE $40 USD or $58 CAD Travel Credit

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Please read the entire post before you begin the sign up process, it will make things more clear and easier.

For a very limited time, take advantage of this special Travel Hack and get double the regular sign-up bonus on Airbnb!  Instead of getting the regular $20 USD, or $29 CAD in free credits when you first sign-up for an Airbnb account using my refer-a-friend link, sign-up through this new link and you’ll get $40 USD or $58 CAD (twice as much)!

Because this promotion is targeted towards the Chinese market, you must sign-up through the Chinese website, but there are instructions below to bypass this.

For those who haven’t used Airbnb yet, it’s a website where you can rent unique accommodations around the world from local hosts, including some incredibly popular areas such as Las Vegas, Hawaii, Paris, New York & basically anywhere else worldwide!  Find something through Airbnb that’s better, bigger, and/or more central for cheaper than your traditional hotel that you’d book otherwise!  If you’re looking to go on any vacation, anywhere in the world, definitely check Airbnb first!  I’ve used it myself for a short stay in Las Vegas, and it was central, convenient, cheap and luxurious and will use it again for my next vacation in Hawaii!

You can bypass the Chinese language barrier since the Airbnb page layout is exactly the same (Chinese instead of English) so you can either:

TIP: Skip the ones you can skip and do it later!

Use the screenshots provided as reference(click to enlarge):

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Or open up two browsers, open up Chinese version in one, and then the English version in the other and use it as reference, or us Google Translate on Google Chrome. Do not change the language to English until you finished signing-up or else you will get $29 free credits instead of $59.

Once you sign up, the free credits will be in your account, and you can go back to the Airbnb website in your local language, and use it for booking anywhere in the world.

Any questions feel free to post on the comments here and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.

Click here to sign-up and get your free $58 CAD travel credit (Chinese page).

Las Vegas Top 10 Best Buffets of 2015

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Heading to Las Vegas and trying to figure out which buffet to go to?  Here’s our Las Vegas top 10 best buffets of 2015!  For the list, we’ve considered everything from price, to quality and variety of food!  Which Las Vegas buffet is your favorite?

1. Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

After a $17 million renovation in 2012, Caesar’s Palace buffet soon set the standard for all other buffets after it.  The glamorous buffet inspired grand, Roman-style feasting, yet set in a chic interior.  Bacchanal has now celebrated its anniversary with even more dishes than ever, including varieties of seafood (hot & cold crab legs, ceviche, clams, oysters, shrimp, and so on), multiple seasonal cheeses, soups, and more than 100 pastries.  It even has small stations that let you design many of your own dishes!  If you don’t want to spend a bunch of money trying foreign cuisine you may not enjoy, Bacchanal has several dishes inspired by cultures all over the world you can experience without breaking the bank.  This by far, is one of the best buffets in Vegas to date.  Be aware, the lineups are insane for this buffet.  However, they have a kiosk that prints out a ticket with an entrance time so that instead of waiting in line, you can explore Las Vegas.

2. The Buffet at the Wynn Las Vegas

The Buffet at Wynn is a feast in every sense.  This is where you can enjoy variety of flavors from all over the world in one experience.  It has a wide variety of choices, for example, king crab legs, sushi, a carving station, and plenty of desserts.  Even vegetarians go crazy for this place!  Aside from all the food, your dining experience will surely be memorable here.  This seating area is beautiful, particularly in the garden/atrium where it includes fresh flowers, so it makes for a pleasant and aromatic dining experience.

Interested in The Buffet at the Wynn and Le Reve?  Get passes to The Buffet and Premium Le Reve combo at a discounted rate today!  Use promo code SAVE10 for an additional 10% OFF!

3. The Buffet at the Bellagio Las Vegas

The Buffet at the Bellagio is just plain fabulous!  You will be overwhelmed with both the choices of food and the excellence of its preparation.  The selections are awesome either for vegetarian or meat eaters.  There’s an excellent assortment of sushi, cones, and more for you lovers of Japanese food!  This place is a classic and has maintained an unbelievable level of upkeep.  Oh yeah, if you’re up early enough for breakfast and want a buffet, the Bellagio is a must!

4. The Buffet at Aria Resort & Casino

So much food, so much seafood, different multi culture cuisine.  If you decide to stop here for the buffet, make sure you go with an empty stomach and you will enjoy it for sure.  The price compared to most buffets in Vegas shouldn’t break your budget, with lunch starting at $23.99 and dinner at $39.99.  They also have an unlimited beverage option for bottomless mimosas, bloody mary, sangria, and spritzer wines for an additional $12.99.  If you are feeling adventurous and like to try new things, this may just be the buffet for you.

5. M Resort Studio B Buffet

Whatta buffet!  If this was on the Strip, it would definitely be ranked first or second.  It is about 15 minutes south of McCarron Airport off is I-15, but worth the drive if you want a very good buffet experience.  With over 200 items to choose from, it has just about everything you could think of to eat.  The carving stations feature beef and lamb and offers from Asian, Mediterranean, Italian, vegetarian, and seafood for days!  If you have time, or want to treat yourself to a great meal, the StudioB buffet is well worth it.  One of the “must do’s” when visiting Las Vegas.

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6. Sterling Brunch Buffet at Bally’s Las Vegas

If this was cheaper, this would definitely top the list!  You can’t call yourself a true brunch lover until you’ve been to Sterling Brunch. A little pricier than other buffets around, but definitely worth the money.  At $85 a pop, come get your endless caviar, filet mignon, lobster tails, sashimi, made to order omelets, oysters and more. Oh, and don’t forget the bottomless Perrier-Jouet Sham-Pag-nuh (champagne).  Truly the brunch of a lifetime.  In a city known for stiff competition for Sunday Brunch, there isn’t one that comes close to Sterling Brunch.  Need I say more?  This one’s definitely worth trying, at least once.

7. Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas

Great buffet for half the price of the Wynn and Bellagio buffets!  If you’re looking for a buffet on the strip that offers different experience in both food and presentation, definitely try the buffet at Paris.  The ambiance here sets Le Village apart from other contemporary buffets.  Besides offering the more traditional stuff you’ll see at every buffet, Le Village has French inspired food, (obviously).  For those of you with a sweet tooth, there’s a crepe station, but be forewarned, the crepe line can get pretty long.  If there’s an opening, it might be smart to grab one real quick!  Here’s a quick tip, make a reservation on OpenTable.com and skip the lineup!

8. Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Sadly, this buffet has seen better days.  The quality has gone down a little bit, but still deserves a spot on our top 10 list.  This buffet has most of the things we’ve come to expect from a Vegas Buffet.  The options come endless with crab legs, mussels, oysters, chocolate heath bar covered strawberries, and gelato!  If you’re looking at a buffet where you don’t want to over indulge yourself, this may be your type of buffet as most food is served in individual serving dishes so it’s easy to have a nice portion without having the big troughs of food.  The main difference between the Wicked Spoon compared to other buffets.  They may not be the largest buffet in Vegas, but one of the best if you’re more into quality than quantity.  Definitely worth a visit!

9. Carnival World Buffet at Rio Las Vegas

One of the largest buffets in the world with the most variety you’ve ever seen, this buffet continues to be outstanding.  If you’re doing the 24 hour buffet pass or not, you should just have to go here!  Huge selection.  Many varieties.  They offer a large variety of food, including brisket, BBQ chicken, ribs, pho and a carving station that includes turkey, glazed ham, pot roast and so on.  If you decide to stop in, don’t forget to end with some gelato and cheesecake bites!

10. Cravings Buffet at Mirage Las Vegas

Very fun buffet!  If you use MyVegas, you may be able to snag a great deal on this as well for a 2 for 1 deal so it’s half the price.  The buffet also offers unlimited drinks, which is a plus.  Their amazing drink station with many, many selections comes with so many selections it would even suit the pickiest person.  Overall, this buffet may not be the fanciest, but it has a few stellar options!

Honorable Mentions: The Buffet of Buffets at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts & Casinos

If you are looking for a great deal and have the time, the Buffet of Buffets is for you. This is a great option, if you feel like pigging out on buffets. It includes multiple buffets located in multiple hotels including Rio, Paris, Planet Hollywood, and other Caesar Entertainment hotels (be sure to use your Total Rewards to get a discount!). The trick is to squeeze in as many meals as possible within 24 hours. Though, the downside is that you may need to accommodate your activities around this, it is seriously the best deal in town for buffets.

Get 2 free passes to the Buffet of Buffets with a 2 night hotel stay!

Hungry after reading this, I know I am!  What are are you waiting for?  Head out to Las Vegas and check out one of the our Las Vegas Top 10 Best Buffets of 2015!

Insider Tips
Waiting in Line: Buffet lines can get long so going early or late then the popular times is a way to reduce your wait. Las Vegas tends to be a late-night crowd so going early for brunch can often make a big difference. You can also try to get a line-pass to get in front as a comp if you gamble enough, or are a valued hotel guest. Finally, tipping the hostess has been known to get people in early 🙂

Saving Money: If you go towards the end of the lunch schedule, you can sometimes stay for dinner too and will just pay lunch prices for the more expensive dinner buffets (depends on hotel policy). Going midweek will get you the lowest buffet prices. In addition, you can find great deals (50 percent off or more) if you go to a breakfast buffet instead of dinner or lunch – of course, the selection will be more limited.

Click here to view our “Top Vegas Buffet & Dining Deals” page.

Click here to view our “Top Vegas Show Deals” page.

Click here to view our “Top Vegas Hotels Deals” page.

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Free Buffets, Hotels & More for Las Vegas with Caesars Social Rewards

Caesars Entertainment Social RewardsOnly minutes a day to earn hundreds a year!  Well, the title lies a little.  You don’t actually earn cash, but you earn credits that you can use at Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas and other places in the world.  This includes Caesars Palace, Paris, Planet Hollywood, the LINQ, and all the other Caesars properties you love and visit every trip!   You can use the credits for dining such as buffet, hotel rooms, the spa and more!   You basically treat it as cash, and the best part is, because you’re using comps, you save on the tax as well!

Caesars Entertainment Social Rewards only takes 10 minutes to set up, and less than 10 minutes a week and you can earn unlimited FREE comps with Caesars Entertainment, not only in Las Vegas but anywhere else they have hotels such as Windsor and other cities.  Starting from February 2013, I already have over $800 worth of credits that can be used at any of their properties.

Much like the myVEGAS Slots game, Caesars Social Rewards is based on social networking.  You’ll need Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to participate.  You only need 1 of the above, but the more you have, the faster you earn!

To save time, I do this while I’m auto-spinning on myVEGAS to earn twice the comps!

Here’s the Step by Step Guide:

1) If you have a Total Rewards Card, proceed to step 2. If not, sign up now here http://www.totalrewards.com (Join Now on top right corner)

2) Sign up for Social Rewards (Register on top right corner)

3) Login to Social Rewards and connect your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google accounts.  You don’t need them all,  but having more means you earn faster.

 

4) Now you can start earning points, which translate into rewards.  Navigate to each of the properties by clicking on the hotel icon starting from Bally’s.  Don’t forget, there’s one more when you click the arrow.

a) You get 3 shares per day, just go around clicking shares/likes/etc and starting answering questions and you’ll be accumulating points.

b) Everything counts as 1 share, with the exception of videos in the Tube Rewards section, as well as Google Likes, as well as the Connect Rewards so do these sections first!

c) When you are done one property, navigate to the next one and repeat until you are done.  Repeat the next calendar day!

5) When you have at least 1000 points (Total of all properties), you are able to redeem.  Just click on “Redeem”, and follow instructions.  I recommend redeeming Total Reward Credits, as you can use them in multiple places/properties.  Reward Credits are treated as cash so you may combine coupons with them as well.

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a) Watch the videos while you’re doing something else to save time or it ends up being quite tedious.

b) Although you are only allowed 1 account per person, if you have a partner/spouse/family member, you can do it for them at the same time too!  Just open up another browser!  Earn the comps twice as fast!

c) My favorite places to use the credits are for the Buffet of Buffets, Hash House a Go Go(combined with coupon) and Earl’s of Sandwich!

d) For a full list of places where you can use these credits, click here!

If you need help setting up Twitter, or have any questions or problems, we have a support group on Facebook here: Caesars Entertainment Social Rewards Guide

Click here to sign up for a Total Rewards account.

Click here to sign up for a Caesars Entertainment Social Rewards account.

FREE Flight to Las Vegas: Canadian Travel Hacking

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This offer is valid for Canadians only.  I’m looking into something similar for people in the USA as well.

Ever wanted to bring your kids to Disneyland, see the light and spectacles of Las Vegas, or visit family somewhere cross country?  Wouldn’t it be great if this could be done either free?  With travel hacking this is entirely possible.

Travel hacking is a method to use gather points from loyalty programs, or other areas, and travel for free or at a highly discounted price.  Normally, since these points are so rewarding, they take years and years to accumulate, and because of this, people think its worthless and time consuming, and so never try, but what if there’s an easier way?  Here’s the way to get a free flight anywhere in North America, including Las Vegas of course, with Air Canada’s Aeroplan loyalty program.

Right now, American Express is having a friends and family promotion where you are able to get 30,000 Aeroplan points for free, keeping in mind that you only need 25,000 for a free round-trip flight anywhere in North America.  You might think that it’s just another credit card deal, and normally, I would agree with you, but with this deal, in just the last 2 months alone, I’ve been able to earn over 300,000 points.  I just booked a trip for 2 to Asia in Business Class the entire way, stopping at Manila, Singapore and Thailand, and it was basically free!

  • With 30,000 free Aeroplan points, you can get a round-trip flight anywhere in North America for free!  Or save up more points and travel to other destinations for free!  See where else you can fly with this flight rewards chart.
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  • The first year is absolutely free, so if you decide the card is not for you, just cancel it and you get to keep the 30,000 free Aeroplan points!
  • Amex is a charge card, not a credit card, which means that it doesn’t hit your credit score as hard a credit card would.  The difference between the 2 is that you must pay off your balance every month, or else you’ll be charged a higher interest rate.  If you always pay off your card, then it doesn’t even matter!  Also, finally a card that you can use at Costco!
  • The very best part of this deal, and the reason I’ve earned over 300,000 points in the last 2 months is that Amex has a referral program.  If you refer someone to sign up for this card under you, you get 10,000 bonus points!  There is no limit on what you can earn!

If you consider all the points, this is a deal you can’t ignore!  Worst case, you take the 30,000 free points, and cancel the card before the fee is up, and best case, you refer plenty of friends and family and manage to rack up your very own round-the-world-trip!  The original plan was just to sign up, get the 30,000 points, and then refer my wife for another 40,000 points, but a great deal sells itself and it’s been astonishingly easy to get referrals.

Click here to get your Free Flight and start your Travel Hacking now!

If you have any questions about this or Aeroplan, feel free to ask here and I will reply as soon as I can.

For more Travel Hacking, check out myVEGAS and Social Rewards for free Las Vegas Rooms, Show Tickets, Buffets, and More!

FREE Flight to Anywhere in North America – Canadian Travel Hacking

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This offer is valid for Canadians only.

Ever wanted to bring your kids to Disneyland, see the light and spectacles of Las Vegas, or visit family somewhere cross country?  Wouldn’t it be great if this could be done either free?  With travel hacking this is entirely possible.

Travel hacking is a method to use gather points from loyalty programs, or other areas, and travel for free or at a highly discounted price.  Normally, since these points are so rewarding, they take years and years to accumulate, and because of this, people think its worthless and time consuming, and so never try, but what if there’s an easier way?  Here’s the way to get a free flight anywhere in North America with Air Canada’s Aeroplan loyalty program.

Right now, American Express is having a friends and family promotion where you are able to get 30,000 Aeroplan points for free, keeping in mind that you only need 25,000 for a free round-trip flight anywhere in North America.  You might think that it’s just another credit card deal, and normally, I would agree with you, but with this deal, in just the last 2 months alone, I’ve been able to earn over 300,000 points.  I just booked a trip for 2 to Asia in Business Class the entire way, stopping at Manila, Singapore and Thailand, and it was basically free!

  • With 30,000 free Aeroplan points, you can get a round-trip flight anywhere in North America for free!  Or save up more points and travel to other destinations for free!  See where else you can fly with Flight Reward Chart.
  • The first year is absolutely free, so if you decide the card is not for you, just cancel it and you get to keep the 30,000 free Aeroplan points!
  • Amex is a charge card, not a credit card, which means that it doesn’t hit your credit score as hard a credit card would.  The difference between the 2 is that you must pay off your balance every month, or else you’ll be charged a higher interest rate.  If you always pay off your card, then it doesn’t even matter!  Also, finally a card that you can use at Costco!
  • The very best part of this deal, and the reason I’ve earned over 200,000 points in the last 2 months is that Amex has a referral program.  If you refer someone to sign up for this card under you, you get 10,000 bonus points!  There is no limit on what you can earn!

If you consider all the points, this is a deal you can’t ignore!  Worst case, you take the 30,000 free points, and cancel the card before the fee is up, and best case, you refer plenty of friends and family and manage to rack up your very own round-the-world-trip!  The original plan was just to sign up, get the 30,000 points, and then refer my wife for another 40,000 points, but a great deal sells itself and it’s been astonishingly easy to get referrals.

Click here to get your Free Flight and start your Travel Hacking now!

For more Travel Hacking, check out myVEGAS and Social Rewards for free Las Vegas Rooms, Show Tickets, Buffets, and More!

Why All Trips Become “Groupon Trips”!

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Lauren from Groupon, Raymond from JustVegasDeals

I like to travel a lot, and Las Vegas is one of my favourite destinations.  As a deal hunter, I like get the best value for my money.  I book my flights when there are seat sales, book and re-book my hotels if there’s a better promotion, and check out Groupon every day to see what kind of deals are available.  I’ve coined this as my “Groupon Trips”, where I try to fill all my meals and activities with Groupon vouchers, and Las Vegas is probably the city with the most options available!

During my most recent 6-day Vegas trip in January 2014, attending a conference for bloggers and internet marketers (Affiliate Summit), I had the privilege of meeting up with representatives from Groupon, and our conversation eventually lead to whether I used Groupons or not.  This is when I reached into my bag and brought out a stack of Groupons I purchased, printed, and planned on using for the trip!  Here’s the breakdown of what me and a friend used during my last trip and how much we saved!

Restaurant and Buffet Deals:

Total Spent: $210.99 ($411.98 value)
Total Savings: $200.99

Activity and Entertainment Deals:

Total Spent: $307 ($777 value)
Total Savings: $470

So by planning all my meals and activities ahead, I managed to save $670.99!  The best part of all of this is that most of the restaurants and activities are highly rated, we would’ve eaten at most of these places, and done most of these activities at full price anyways!  So for your next trip, whether in Las Vegas or anywhere else, try to plan ahead, see what Groupon deals are available, and hopefully you can save as much as I did on your very own “Groupon Trip”!

Click here to check out all of Groupon’s Las Vegas deals.

Las Vegas Top 10 Best Pools

Las Vegas Top 10 Best Pools

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Las Vegas is famous for its Strip, its hotels and their magnificent pools.  Some are fun and exciting, and others are pure, laid-back relaxation, so go get ready for pool season and check out our top 10 pools in Las Vegas.  Just be aware that to enter the pool complexes of the hotels, you probably need to be a guest or will have to pay a fee, but anyone should be able to enter the ones listed below.

1. Mandalay Beach
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Mandalay Bay Beach is the most action-packed pool on far south strip.  The beach features a relaxing lazy river experience with or without inner tubes, a great recreational wave pool where you can body surf on the waves into the shore, and real California sand!  In addition to those amazing features, the 11-acre beach contains four additional quieter pools to swim in and two jacuzzi’s to relax in.  Try your hand in the beachside casino, have a meal at the Beach Bar & Grill, grab a drink at the Bikini Bar or from any of the red bikini-clad servers walking around, or relax in Moorea Beach, Mandalay Bay’s European-style pool experience.  If you want the option for an even greater resortist experience, you can rent one of their many cabanas, daybeds, bungalows, or personalized villas.  You will never be at a loss of things to do at the Mandalay Bay Beach.

 

2. Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesar’s Palace 
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Caesar’s Palace– a classic Vegas escape featuring five acres of the Garden of the Gods pool.  It offers eight different pools surrounded by beautiful Roman architecture and a clean, relaxing design.  With so much space you won’t know where to start.  Immerse yourself in cool waters freshened by waterfalls and the stark white of the Greek statues.  Each pool has a different purpose; the Fortuna pool for swim-up blackjack, the Venus pool for the European topless experience, the Temple pool for family-friendliness, the Neptune pool for casual laps, and even the Bacchus pool for celebrities and the like alone.  Rent a daybed for a flexibly comfortable lounge or go all out and rent a modern, nautical-style cabana.

 

3. Cosmopolitan 3 Pool District
http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/explore/pools-and-cabanas.aspx

For the new kid on the block, they sure have made some waves with their rooftop Boulevard pool.  Considered one of the hippest pools on the strip it contains sweeping city views, a shaded area for table games such as foosball and billiards, special events, innovative alcoholic concoctions, and a 65’ digital marquee screen.  Their upper-level Marquee pool boasts private cabanas with their own individual infinity pools and Monday night showcases “Dive-In Movies”.  For a posh and semi-wild adult escape, Cosmopolitan may be for you.

 

4. The Mirage Pool
http://www.mirage.com/amenities/the-mirage-pool.aspx

Mirage represents a beautiful mix of a creative hotel pool with magnificent landscaping.  The area of water is fascinatingly massive and emanates the idea that you could swim there forever.  They focused on quality over quantity with just two perfect pools and two secluded whirlpools.  It is considered one of the best pool retreats in Vegas for a reason.

 

5. Go Pool
http://www.flamingolasvegas.com/things-to-do/go-pool.html#.UnpUbPl2F8E

Flamingo– options for families and die-hard partiers alike.  An experience itself, the Wildlife Habitat of the Flamingo Hotel provides lush greenery, wandering pink flamingos, and picturesque waterfalls.  Follow the path back to the extensive pool complex featuring pools for adults and kids.  The family-friendly pool features a maze of waterslides and the GO pool, which becomes a party pool during busier hours, is complete with sitting ledges and a full grotto beneath the large, cascading waterfall.  It’s an adult-only retreat where you can rent cabanas with startling amenities and play poolside blackjack.  When the party happens, you will see crazy crowds, flowing alcohol, and scantily clad dancers on landings.  Follow the trail past the pool to find the wedding chapel, tennis courts, and more interesting monuments.

 

6. MGM Grand Pool
http://www.mgmgrand.com/amenities/grand-pool-complex.aspx

MGM Grand- An island oasis in the desert.  Whether you like it wild or you like it calm, you can plan around different times to experience either in this jungle oasis.  Boasting fresh trees and greenery, hidden whirlpool nooks, and a relaxing lazy river, the complex has a little something for everyone.  Visit the Director’s adult only pool as an escape from the family-friendliness or choose a quiet spot throughout the complex to just sit and enjoy not being able to see the forest through the trees.  A real gem of beauty, action, and options in the middle of the desert, the MGM Pool will make you feel like a star!

 

7. Monte Carlo Pool
http://www.montecarlo.com/pool-amenities/pool.aspx

Monte Carlo features an outdoor paradise complete with the first strip wave pool, a lazy river, and a sand volleyball court.  They regularly have DJ’s and MC’s pumping out the music, volleyball competitions, weekend pool parties, and poolside food service.  Everything you want is at your fingertips including a kiddie pool complete with mini lounge chairs and available admission for non-guests.  This pool is known more for a family-friendly spot than a party pool so if you want to avoid the crazy party scene, this is a great place to kick back and relax poolside.

 

8. Bellagio Pools and Courtyards
http://www.bellagio.com/amenities/pools-and-courtyards.aspx

Bellagio– Who can resist the faux Italian villas and the atmosphere where no detail is overlooked.  Take in the scenery from the balcony before descending down the stairs into aquatic oblivion.  Five pools grace the beautiful grounds for a calming, luxurious experience on a beautiful tiled cement deck.  Athletes will love the lap pools for their morning routine and daytime loungers will appreciate the escape from the action of the strip.  Dine at the poolside café, take a soothing dip in one of the four whirlpools, or order a massage poolside.  For upscale pampering, Bellagio has it all.

 

9. Tropicana Pool
http://www.troplv.com/las-vegas/pool-spa-fitness/tropicana-pool

The Tropicana Resort’s newly renovated pool complex sits on four acres of South Beach-inspired landscaping.  The grounds include a large and beautiful main pool, the Lagoon, an adult-only retreat, and a six foot deep Garden Pool.  With tropical lagoons, wild waterfalls, plush daybeds, shaded eating areas, and peaceful winding paths, you could spend the entire day lost in another world.  The grounds are impeccably manicured and the offset jacuzzis offer some peaceful reprieve from the fun in the pool.  To feed your wilder side, visit the Lagoon Pool for the music, eye candy, and swim-up blackjack that get your heart pumping.  The fun doesn’t stop for the winter months when a portion of the complex is enclosed for a heated 24 hour a day experience.

 

10. Excalibur Pool
http://www.excalibur.com/amenities/pool.aspx

Excalibur’s pool complex is probably the most underrated pool on the strip.  Freshly renovated in 2007, the area features 30,000 square feet of sundeck, four different pools, three Jacuzzi’s, and Drenched, their poolside restaurant.  They thought of it all when they designed the complex; two pools are for casual swim, one pool is family-friendly with two waterslides to keep the kids entertained, and one pool and Jacuzzi are located in the back corner with a fire pit and reserved for those over 21 only.  The area is lined with tons of lounge chairs, private cabanas, and convenient amenities.

 

Which Las Vegas Pool do you like best? Tell us by posting in the comments.

 

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Las Vegas Top 10 Kids Activities & Attractions

adventuredome

As a child, my parents brought me to Las Vegas several times for family vacations.   You might hear things like Las Vegas isn’t for children, or there’s nothing for kids to do in Las Vegas so leave them at home.  I can tell you that some of my best childhood memories are from our Vegas trips.  Whether just exploring and checking out sites like the Mirage Volcano, or winning plush dolls at Circus Circus, there is definitely many things for kids to do, and if you plan your trip well, they’ll have just as much fun as you.  Here are our top 10 kids activities in Las Vegas.

1. Adventuredome
http://www.adventuredome.com

An entire 5-acre indoor theme park devoted to the underage crowd exists on the Las Vegas strip in the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino.  No matter what the weather you can spend a fun-filled family day riding the corkscrew Canyon Blaster, swinging in the large Sand Pirates ship, spinning on the Disk’O, watching one of multiple 4-D movies, playing laser tag, and more.  With rides ranging from toddler joy to premium thrill, there is something for everyone.   Each ride can be purchased individually or you can buy an all-day pass for unlimited access to everything, $27.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 33-47” tall, and free for those under 33” with a paying adult.

2. Excalibur Midway/Circus Circus Midway/Coney Island Emporium

The most popular arcade and carnival-type attractions are displayed together because they are all similar barrels of fun for the little ones.  Try your hand at popping balloons, competing with your child in a race, trying to get the ping pong ball in the glass, and more to build up your stock of stuffed animals and toys- kid favorites!  Adults and children alike can also play arcade games to earn tickets toward prize redemption.  Each game is priced individually, but some are so easy to win there’s no way you’re walking away empty handed!

3. Las Vegas Strip Attractions

There are many things for kids to do on the Las Vegas Strip.  From the massive hotels they can explore, to the free attractions they can see, there’s something for kid’s of all ages to keep them occupied.  A few of the better ones for kids would include the Bellagio Fountains, the Volcano at the Mirage, the Sirens of TI, and of course the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo.  Best part of all, all these activities are absolutely free!

4. Afternoon comedy shows- Mac King Comedy Show/Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
http://www.mackingshow.com/
http://www.comedypet.com/ – use promo code MYCV50 for 50% off tickets

What better place to take your children than afternoon shows designed for family friendliness?  Mac King contains a mix of comedy and magic and is a top-rated magician by many sources.  He will awe your family as he swallows goldfish and performs the most amazing magic tricks with no evidence of foul play.  What child doesn’t love animals?  The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops is full of rescued dogs and cats that are trained to do tricks.  Not only does your family get to witness the cutest show in Las Vegas, they are also contributing to the well-being of abandoned animals.

5. Tournament of Kings
http://www.excalibur.com/entertainment/tournament_of_kings.aspx

Enjoy dinner and a show in one swoop while cheering for your assigned knight.  Dinner includes tomato soup, a whole chicken, broccoli, potatoes, and a pastry all without the use of silverware!  Why?  Because there was no silverware in medieval times- but apparently unlimited Pepsi was the drink of choice.  Your family will sit in one of the designated countries and while enjoying your meal you will watch the games unfold in the arena before you.  With live horses, medieval details, and the must-have villain, this action packed show keeps your children mesmerized.

6. Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat
http://www.mirage.com/attractions/secret-garden.aspx

The entire family can enjoy the serene atmosphere of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat located on the Mirage Hotel & Casino property.  Greet the dolphins as you walk in to the open walkways surrounded by pools and lush greenery that is the Dolphin Habitat.  Watch them swim around, do jumps, and even witness a dolphin training session.  Take the ramp down below to see the dolphins in action under water and capture the most amazing photos.  When you’re ready for a change, move along to the back where you can find the Secret Garden complete with a sanctuary of wild cats such as white tigers and leopards, almost close enough to touch.  Admission is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.

7. Shark Reef
http://www.sharkreef.com/

Experience 1.6 million gallons of natural wonders in the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.  In addition to the sea of sharks, you and your family can also witness other sea creatures such as the endangered sea turtle, jellyfish, and the rare golden crocodile.  There are a total of over 2,000 animals housed in this attraction for all ages to experience and learn.  Who knew education could be so fun?  Adult admission is $18, children 5-12 are $12, and children 4 and under are free.

8. M&M World
http://www.mmsworld.com/

With 4 stories of amazing M&M color and every type of M&M themed memorabilia imaginable, your kids won’t stop talking about their trip to the fascinating M&M World conveniently located on the Las Vegas Strip.  Take a free picture with an M&M right outside the store, even with a different color each day!  The second floor features a rainbow wall of chocolate goodness featuring every color of M&M imaginable all sold by the pound.  Once you get to the 3rd floor, not only can you make your own personalized M&M’s, but you can also see the free 3-D movie “I Left My M in Vegas” featuring Red and Yellow as they desperately search for Red’s lost “M” logo.  No matter what your purpose, to shop or not, the store is an attraction in itself and can’t be missed.

9. Coca-Cola Store
http://www.coca-colastore.com/

Who doesn’t love anything Coca Cola?  Outfitted with a larger than life 2-story Coke bottle for an entrance, you walk into the world of Coca-Cola featuring logo merchandise everywhere.  From home goods to apparel, trinkets to bottle skins, there is definitely something for everyone to take home as a souvenir.  Make your way up to the Coca Cola bar to experience Coca-Cola drinks and floats from around the world or just to pick up your favorite cold, refreshing Coke.  If you get lucky, you may have the opportunity to get your photo taken with the Coca-Cola bear himself!

10. Las Vegas Thrill Rides at the Stratosphere
http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Tower/Rides

For the older children in your pack who are into thrills and action, check out the top of the Stratosphere tower.  You not only get a gorgeous, complete view of the Las Vegas strip, but you can partake in death-defying rides that fling, spin, and drop you over the edge of the tallest tower in the west.  There are various packages available depending on how much thrill you can take that vary from $22 for one ride to $34 for an all-day pass.  This would be much higher on the list if it weren’t for the age limitation.

Bonus. Wet ‘n’ Wild
http://www.wetnwildlasvegas.com/index.htm

While the resort pool areas of the hotels in Las Vegas are much better than your average hotel pool, if you are looking for even more water-filled thrills than what your hotel has to offer, Wet ‘n’ Wild is a great place to take your family for the day.  It is a brand new water park with 25 rides and attractions located just 10 miles west of the strip.  With warmer than average temperatures year-round and very little rain, this is a great spot for most vacations.  This would be near the top of the list but due the location, it’s not readily accessible by many families on vacation.

 

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Las Vegas Strip Top 10 FREE Things to Do and See

Las Vegas Strip Top 10 FREE Things to See and Do

The Las Vegas Strip is one of the top tourist attraction and vacation destination in the world. However, to a Las Vegas novice, it can get expensive and overwhelming. Good thing there are lots of amazing FREE things to do and see on the Las Vegas Strip. Here’s the top 10 best and must see FREE things to do and see on the Vegas Strip.

 

1.    Bellagio Fountains

Located on Lake Bellagio, these iconic fountains are a staple on the Las Vegas Strip.  The flawless choreography and powerful music evoke joy and emotion to locals and tourists alike.  They are described as the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived.  The fountains are not only to be seen, but experienced, and will leave you breathless and wanting more by their finale.

For more details: http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx

 

2.    Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
A world of botanical beauty lies just outside the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino waiting for you to experience it.  Carefully fashioned to represent the current season, this room of wonder contains flowers and other matters of nature in the most unique and breathtaking arrangements.  Some unique features have included talking trees, real birds, a life-size ferris wheel, and even a harpist to set the mood.  Whether you want something to do on a leisurely afternoon or during a romantic after dinner stroll, this is a great way to spend your time.

For more details: http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/botanical-garden.aspx

 

3.    Las Vegas Sign
The Las Vegas sign is the ultimate photo opportunity, a true status symbol to show off your trip to sin city.  Located just a few blocks south of Mandalay Bay, it is accessible by foot, car, limo, or whatever method of transportation you desire.  Just make sure to bring someone with you who can snap a pic that will keep the memories alive for years to come.

For more details: http://www.lasvegas.com/listing/welcome-to-fabulous-las-vegas-sign/12716/

 

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