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Ellis Island Casino and Microbrewery: Free Taxi Ride (up to $20)

For the month of October, Ellis Island Casino and Brewery are having a Free Taxi promotion.  Simply take a taxi to Ellis Island, get the receipt from the driver when the ride is over, and simply present it to the players club booth, and they will reimburse you the full amount(up to $20) in free slot play or matching table games play.  Do not forget the receipt, as they will not be able to reimburse you without proof.

Ellis Island Casino and Brewery is home to the famous $8.99 steak special, the #1 Brewerey in Nevada, and some of the best Karaoke in Las Vegas.  This is one of my favorite off-strip hotels in Las Vegas and I make it a point to try to stop by here at least once a trip.

Skip Lines at Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas


For all of you who have purchased the Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas Groupon, there’s some more good news.  Now you can make reservations online and skip those long lineups.  One of the problems of popular buffets, especially the discounted ones, is that there are some crazy lineups, some extending to over 2 hours long.  With the new reservation system, you are able to bypass the lineup.  Simply make the reservation online, and when you arrive, there will be a separate section for you to enter the buffet without having to lineup.

Le Village Buffet ranks number 7 in our Top 10 Buffets in Las Vegas list.

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Las Vegas Top 10 Kids Activities & Attractions


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

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Auto Collections at The Quad Las Vegas: FREE Admission Coupon

The Auto Collections at The Quad Las Vegas Free Admission Coupon

If you love cars, Las Vegas, and free things, then you’ll love the Auto Collections at The Quad Las Vegas (formerly Imperial Palace). Over 250 world class auto-mobiles on display in a 125,000 sq ft showroom, come visit one of the best secrets in Las Vegas.

Instead of paying $12 for entry ticket, or finding a 2 for 1 coupon, just print out a coupon for FREE admission here. See anything from the old classic cars that were once a part of history, to the new and rare exotics. And the best part of all, every car is for sale! So those who have unlimited funds, but are “frugal” enough to print a coupon, here’s your chance to grab the car of your dreams…or add to your 20 car garage. You must present an actual physical coupon to get free admission into the Auto Collections at The Quad, so remember to do so before you leave your trip, or do it at one of those print stations in Las Vegas if you forget. It’s open daily from 10am – 6pm.


“Open to the public daily, The Auto Collections is one of the top tourist stops in Las Vegas as it features hundreds of automotive treasures from the past. One never knows what they will be seeing when they visit the world’s finest classic car showroom. Visitors could see up close and personal, Johnny Carson’s 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan which he drove to his high school senior prom or the 1962 Lincoln Continental Towne Limousine used by President John F. Kennedy…”

Click here to print The Auto Collections at The Quad Las Vegas FREE Admission Coupon.

Travelzoo: Best Vacation Deals – Top 20 List

travelzoo is one of the websites that I check on a regular basis for the best air and vacation deals. They usually have a lot of great Las Vegas deals! If you have never heard of Travelzoo, I highly recommend you sign-up for a free account to get free access to all of their deals.

Once you sign-up, you’ll get full access to their website and receive their famous Travelzoo Top 20 Deals List, Newsflash and Local Deals alerts. They have over 26 million members worldwide.

I love receiving their weekly Travelzoo Top 20 list – there’s usually always a couple great Vegas deals.

The Travelzoo Top 20 is the definitive list of the week’s best travel, entertainment and local deals. Every week, our team of more than 250 Deal Experts in 25 offices around the world research, evaluate and recommend the hundreds of airfare, hotel, vacation package, cruise, rental car, entertainment and local deals. Only the most competitive make the Top 20. Our Test Booking Center confirms the accuracy and availability of every deal before the list goes out.

Click here to sign-up for a free Travelzoo account to get free access to all of their deals.

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic: FREE Show Tickets Coupon (Up to $208 Value)

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic FREE Show Tickets Printable Coupon
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You can get up to 4 FREE Show Tickets to Nathan Burton Comedy Magic at Planet Hollywood! The regular price of each ticket is $52 each (up to $208 value)! All you have to do is call the box office at 1-800-715-9219 or print this coupon and take it to Saxe Theater box office inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Casino to receive up to 4 FREE Back Row Section Tickets, or upgrade to the main floor for only $10 per ticket. For the price, I highly recommend the upgrade. And try to reserve your seats early, the free tickets get sold out quick. There’s a limit of 4 free tickets per adult. The show is great for all ages.

Nathan Burton was a winner of America’s Got Talent and has been performing in Las Vegas for over 4 years. Get free show tickets to his show at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Nathan Burton’s Las Vegas magic show will astound you with a unique & comedic approach to magic that leaves audiences of all ages in complete amazement. “Nathan Burton Comedy Magic” performs at Planet Hollywood at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops. Nathan’s stunning magic show incorporates dazzling showgirls, whimsical illusions, and that boyhood charming personality, which makes this fun & action packed magic show a perfect mix of sheer comedic illusion for people of all ages.

Click here to get the printable coupon that will get you up to 4 FREE Show Tickets to Nathan Burton Comedy Magic!

Click here to visit Nathan Burton’s website for more details about the show.

Enjoy the freebie!

Wynn or Encore Las Vegas: 2 FREE Buffets Daily and Discounted Rates (Until July 31)

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The Wynn and Encore Las Vegas have an amazing summer offer right now where you can get 2 Free Buffets daily and a discounted rate.  Prices start at a refundable rate of $139/night or a non-refundable rate of $129/night.  This offer is only limited to dates up to July 31st, 2013.

For Wynn and Encore, this is probably one of the best deals I’ve seen.  Rarely do they do good discounts and rarely do they give out freebies.  Either way, compare these rates with Expedia or something and you’ll see the savings, and get the buffets as a bonus!  And considering the dinner buffet costs $38.99/person and is one of the best in Las Vegas, there’s no reason not to book this deal even if you’re not considering a 5 star property.

Use promo code: “MARWLV1” for the refundable rate of $139/night, and “MARWLV2” for the non-refundable rate of $129/night, or just use the following links.

Here are the links for more details or to make reservations


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Las Vegas Top 10 Most Popular & Best Shows

Las Vegas Top 10 Best Shows

I’ve seen just about every popular show in Las Vegas. I love watching shows and try to watch at least 1 a night while I’m in Vegas. Here’s Las Vegas Top 10 Most Popular and Best Shows. “O” by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio is by far my favourite. I’ve seen it 3 separate times and it blows my mind everytime.

1. “O” by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino

  • Mesmerizing show featuring aerial acrobatics, water dives and special effects
  • The international cast of world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers and characters perform in, on, and above water to create a breathtaking experience in a magnificent theatre.
  • Choice of two evening show times
  • The most sought-after show tickets in Las Vegas


2. KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

  • Fascinating show featuring aerial acrobatics, puppetry, martial arts and an incredible moving stage
  • Choice of two evening show times


3. Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas

  • French for “The Dream,” Le Rêve combines water, fire, swimming, acrobatics and spectacular effects.
  • In this theater no seat is further than 42 feet from the stage.
  • Voted “Best Show in Las Vegas”


4. Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

  • Tantalizing show featuring champion acrobatics, singers and dancers
  • Choice of two evening show times


5. Penn and Teller at the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino

  • May reveal secrets to their tricks but still manage to leave you startled
  • Pushes the boundaries of traditional magic
  • Voted “Best Magicians” in 2013 by The Best of Las Vegas
  • One evening show time


Terry Fator at Mirage Las Vegas: 40% Off Show Tickets Through 2013!

Terry Fator at Mirage

Through the rest of the year (2013), all seats to “Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment,” at Mirage Las Vegas are 40% off! Including the best seats in the house are discounted!

  • Category E … $35.98 (reg. $59.99)
  • Category D … $47.98 (reg. $79.99)
  • Category C … $59.98 (reg. $99.99)
  • Category B … $77.98 (reg. $129.99)

Terry Fator was voted the 2013 Best All-Around Performer and Best Show by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers. Named Best Impressionist by Las Vegas Weekly, Fator performs Mondays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m. His show includes singing, comedy and more than 100 celebrity impersonations. This deal is through TravelZoo. Note: Pricing on the booking website will include a 10% Live Entertainment Tax.

This is one of the few shows that I haven’t watched, but really want to. I loved Terry Fator on America’s Got Talent.

Click here to book online at Terry Fator at Mirage Las Vegas

  1. Click “Find Tickets” next to desired performance.
  2. Select seating section, then let the page reload.
  3. Select quantity of tickets, then enter the security check word and click “Get Tickets.”
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