Sunday, July 28, 2013

Las Vegas Friday Fun

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

Are you coming to Las Vegas for some weekend fun? Are you too lazy to plan your own weekend?! You’re high maintenance, but that’s OK; we all have to be good at something! ;) Fret no more, I’ve got you covered. I’ll tell you how and where to spend your money (that’s what I’m good at)! There are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas!

It’s Friday, you wake up, and the sun is peeping through the blackout drapes in your hotel room. You THINK about getting out of bed, but you’re SOOOO comfortable wrapped in those 1500 thread count sheets, burrowed in the soft down comforter, atop the luxury pillow top mattress, that you merely roll over and cover your head. No problem. It happens. When you finally manage to drag yourself out of bed, start your day out right and head to a buffet to fill your belly. 

Bacchanal Buffet, at Caesar's, is sleek and contemporary.
Photo by SSSteve.O

Bacchanal Buffet

Bachanal Buffet, at Caesar's, is fairly new to Las Vegas, just coming to us at the end of this last year. In Vegas, we go big or go home! Bachanal isn’t your ordinary “feeding mill” style buffet. You’ve got to try this place. The décor is modern and sleek, and the atmosphere is more “restauranty” than “buffetish”. There’s plenty of food choices (over 500 items) to tame even the most wild foodie beast; dishes from around the globe are prepared by highly capable chefs and many of the dishes are prepared to order in front of your very eyes. The pricing is reasonable at $25-$50, depending on the day and meal.


What are some other things to do in Las Vegas after your belly is filled with delicious goodies and, hopefully, several mimosas? You might as well get the gambling out of your system! You’re itching to sit at a poker table or down at one of those shiny, fun-sounding slot machines and MAKE SOME MONEY! You know the house always wins, right? Who am I to stop you, I love gambling as much as the next person! All of the casinos sport the same games, so wherever you decide to stop, you’ll be in good hands.

Pool Time at Wet Republic

Wet Republic pool in Las Vegas at MGM Grand.“Hmm, things to do in Las Vegas? It’s Friday and my time is limited so where do I go next?!” At this point, you’re fed, you’ve scratched that gambling itch, so why not take advantage of the sun and catch some rays (and drinks) at Wet Republic pool at MGM Grand? You’ll “get your tan on” while basking on a partially submerged lounge, in their saltwater pool. It’s a great way to beat the heat, during the hottest part of our desert days, here in Las Vegas.

Walk the Strip

Don’t bother showering at this point (and don’t bother putting on those high heels), just throw on some clothes (or don’t, as you’ll quickly find that people like to “expose” themselves here) and take a walk up the Las Vegas Strip. Take in the free attractions, look at the street performers (aka “people doing anything for a dollar"), and walk through all of the hotels, where you can enjoy the outrageously expensive décor while enjoying a little air conditioning. Grab a small bite to eat at one of the many food courts while you’re out; you’re probably still stuffed from this morning's buffet!

Helicopter Tour of the Strip

Now that you’ve walked the Las Vegas Strip, head back to your hotel and get cleaned up for a Friday night out. Get dressed up and plan on having a great time at a Las Vegas nightclub, or finding a seat at a blackjack. BEFORE you do that, take advantage of the fact that one of the best things to do in Las Vegas, is to enjoy a helicopter tour! A quick night tour is fairly inexpensive and, really, how often will you get the chance to go up in a helicopter?! You’ll see more flashy lights during your helicopter flight than you ever did on your gaudy, childhood Christmas tree!
Gorgeous nightview of the Las Vegas Strip via helicopter tour.

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