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Old 02-04-2019, 11:57 AM
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Five days in Las Vegas, and I don't gamble-what to do?

I will be in Las Vegas from March 27-31 on a family trip, and I'm looking for places to do and things to see, emphasis on the weird and/or cheap. Strange museums, stores and tours, interesting places to eat, fun stuff to see etc.
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:18 PM
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I have a friend who has vacationed on the strip several times, trying to drink as much alcohol as he can, while spending as little as possible. Chugging mimosas at an AYCE breakfast buffet is how he starts his days. There are bars with slot machines where your drinks are free as long as you keep playing. He has a few "tricks" at those type places.

Then again, he considers Leaving Las Vegas to be a romcom.
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Red Rock Canyon just outside the city is pretty cool if you're into nature stuff. There are some good short hikes there, or you can just drive through the park and get some pretty good views.
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:30 PM
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Lots of good food, but the strip hotels restaurants are often over priced. And the Wynn. Crazy.

I like Firefly. The Chart House in the Golden Nugget has a huge aquarium and pretty good food too.

You've got tons of steak houses to choose from, if that's your thing.

I agree about Red Rock. There are some nice hikes and drives.




The Hoover Dam is fun, once.

There's a "mob museum," I've never been.
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:32 PM
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Lots of good food,
Be sure to try the shrimp.

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Old 02-04-2019, 12:34 PM
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Vegas Golden Knights play the Wild on Friday. That's where I'd be.
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Vegas Golden Knights play the Wild on Friday. That's where I'd be.
I thought the Knights home base was Gotham? When did they get moved to Las Vegas?
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There are shows, comedians, rides, and some interesting art to see in/near the strip. But for 5 days I think you'll want to get out of town. Will you have a car?

Red Rock Canyon was already mentioned, but Valley of Fire State Park is also a great day trip. The Hoover Dam and some activities in Lake Mead are another good excursion. Mt Charleston would be a nice hike but in March it'll probably be too snowy.
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Did the dam/canyon bit the last time I was there, would like to stick to the city this time around, if possible.
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There's all the shows. Look around for discount coupons. Seems like we saw Penn & Teller for like $40ish. Great show, and they take the time after the show to talk with everyone.
Hoover dam is kinda cool, and free if you drive over the dam and park up on the hills (the tours cost money).
Death Valley is not too far and one of our favorite places to visit. Go to Rhyolite if you want weird.
Even if you don't gamble, you can sit at a bar and play some video poker to get free drinks. This will vary by location.
The Double Down Saloon is a bit off the path but a lot of fun if you like punk rock. No cover, cheap drinks, live music most nights, and a drink called Ass Juice.
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Penn and Teller was my first choice...but they happen to be out of town that week. Is Tapeface or Piff The Dragon an good option?
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I thought the Knights home base was Gotham? When did they get moved to Las Vegas?
Assuming that this isn't a woosh...

The Vegas Golden Knights are an NHL hockey team, which was an expansion team last season (and they made it to the Stanley Cup finals in their first year of existence).

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Assuming that this isn't a woosh...

The Vegas Golden Knights are an NHL hockey team, which was an expansion team last season (and they made it to the Stanley Cup finals in their first year of existence).
I'm assuming that he's a comics fan since the 'Gotham Knights' is a generic 'sportsball' name for Gotham City's various teams. I remember them from Batman the Animated Series as their football team. I don't recall them ever using the name for a hockey team though, but I'm only a casual comic universe reader/watcher. BTAS though was an excellent show.

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Old 02-04-2019, 01:20 PM
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Penn and Teller was my first choice...but they happen to be out of town that week. Is Tapeface or Piff The Dragon an good option?
Piff is great. But Penn himself says the best magic show in Vegas is Mac King. He plays in the afternoons, I believe. Havenít seen him yet myself, but itís on my list.
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I'm assuming that he's a comics fan since the 'Gotham Knights' is a generic 'sportsball' name for Gotham City's various teams. I remember them from Batman the Animated Series as their football team. I don't recall them ever using the name for a hockey team though, but I'm only a casual comic universe reader/watcher. BTAS though was an excellent show.
Yeah, I suspected that it might be a Batman reference, though there is also a New York-based rugby team with the name (borrowed, no doubt, from the Batman universe).
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Oh yeah, the shows. There are some truly awesome shows in Vegas. You can't go wrong with any of the Cirque du Soleil shows, but I highly HIGHLY recommend Ka. That was without a doubt the most spectacular show I've ever seen.
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:25 PM
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Downtown:
- The Mob Museum is pretty cool, and interesting.
- Near the downtown area (walking distance) is the Container Park. A small shopping "center" with each shop built out of converted shipping containers. Some quirky little shops (not the usual touristy crap).

Between the strip and downtown (on LV Blvd) is the Pawn Shop where the TV show "Pawn Stars" is set. There is sometimes a line of people to get in.

Just off (east) of the strip Flamingo is the National Atomic Testing Museum. Very cool and very informative.

On the strip close to the MGM Grand is the M&M museum. A little touristy, but kind of fun.

Off the strip a ways, east on Tropicana is the Pinball Museum. There is also a Liberace museum near there, but I've not been.
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:27 PM
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The High Roller ferris wheel at LINQ is nice, especially at sunset.

The various rides atop the Statosphere are fun if you like dangling 1000 feet above the street.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is supposed to be a decent aquarium experience.

The Trick Art Museum looks interesting if you like that sort of thing.

Marvels Avengers Station at Treasure Island might be fun if you're a big fan of the movies.

The National Atomic Testing Museum
Erotic Heritage Museum
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:36 PM
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In addition to all the above, be sure to eat breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi (Paris). Get a seat on the patio and watch the various Walks of Shame every morning.

Check out The Conservatory at Bellagio. Michael Symon just open Mabel's at the Rio if you like good BBQ. Check out the Pinball Hall of Fame. Brings quarters. Go see Human Nature at the Venetian. Great show. Say Hi to Toby for me.
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:37 PM
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I took a non-gambling Vegas vacation about 10 years ago, so some of this information might be out of date.

First, if you've never been to Las Vegas before, everything is a lie. I much prefer the model where I know what I'm going to pay and know what I'm going to get. Las Vegas seems to be built more on the model of, "well how much money do you have?" Half price tickets are maybe 10% off. $40 tickets have a $50 service charge, etc. 10 years ago, there existed a discount coupon for everything, so a bit of work ahead of time meant that lots of things were much cheaper, so buy-one-get-one buffets, free admission to things, etc.

Here are some specific things that as non-gamblers my wife and I enjoyed. We weren't there as long, so we spent all of our time on the strip and downtown.

Walking through all of the casinos. Some of them have amazing art, some just smell of stale cigarette smoke, and they all have weird little displays and stuff. I remember Donny Osmond's winning outfit and trophy from Dancing with the Stars was on display in one. So stuff like that. Often not too exciting, but more of the, "hey look that's the guiter..."

The car collection at the Imperial was really cool. Is the Imperial still a thing? I know the cars still exist. When we went it was a floor of the parking garage, closed in and done up with indoor/outdoor carpeting. Admission was $10 or so, but free with coupon. We just wandered around and took pictures, and nobody bothered us. A few years ago I was not able to find a coupon for a friend, so it might cost real money now.

We went for dinner in a brewpub in one of the downtown casinos. There are probably more brewpubs now, but at the time it was the only one in the area. It was a nice change of pace, and much cheaper than the strip.

Getting downtown, we made sure to time our walk through the Fremont Street Experience to get one of the light shows. Again, not incredibly exciting, but an enjoyable enough way to spend 10 minutes in the evening.

A friend did one of those driving track day experience things. It's not cheap, but sometimes there are coupons.

Go to a show or two. They are expensive, but if you don't really care which one you see, you might be able to find something in your price range. Of the three or so I've seen, my favorite was Zumanity, and not just because it was attractive people being naked, but because it was incredibly athletic attractive people being naked and doing crazy stunts.
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:41 PM
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When I went to Vegas years ago, I went to a topless burlesque show and it was great. I'm a cis hetero woman and I enjoyed it. I'm pretty sure the venue offered the same show with the tops covered, earlier in the day. Honestly it was just amazing gymnastics and dancing with really skilled performers who happened to be topless. The opening act was a dude who did a routine with a bouncing ball and it was also good.

I don't remember the show I went to being overtly sexual to be honest, but I could be mis-remembering.

I would definitely recommend finding a burlesque show to attend, topless or not! (They probably require you to wear a shirt tho )
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Any unusual restaurants, and where does one go to not get ripped off with watered down drinks?
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:13 PM
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Downtown:
- The Mob Museum is pretty cool, and interesting.

- Near the downtown area (walking distance) is the Container Park. A small shopping "center" with each shop built out of converted shipping containers. Some quirky little shops (not the usual touristy crap).

Between the strip and downtown (on LV Blvd) is the Pawn Shop where the TV show "Pawn Stars" is set. There is sometimes a line of people to get in.

Just off (east) of the strip Flamingo is the National Atomic Testing Museum. Very cool and very informative.

On the strip close to the MGM Grand is the M&M museum. A little touristy, but kind of fun.

Off the strip a ways, east on Tropicana is the Pinball Museum. There is also a Liberace museum near there, but I've not been.
I'll add my thumbs up for the Mob Museum (I'm a member) and the Pinball Hall of Fame, if you're into pinball.

OTOH, the Pawn Stars pawn shop is heavily overrated, if you ask me. There is a halfway decent BBQ restaurant (Rollin' Smoke) near there, however.

The Liberace museum used to be across the street from the PHOF, but it closed in 2010.

Other places to consider:

The Neon Museum, located near downtown; it includes a number of neon signs from Vegas's past.

If you're into the M&M "museum," Hershey's has one that is literally across the street (the street in this case being the Las Vegas Strip). Keep in mind that what both charge for candy is significantly more than what you can get for pretty much the same stuff at any supermarket. There is also a Coke "museum" next to the M&M one.

The closest thing I can think of to an "unusual restaurant" is Hell's Kitchen, which is supposed to be patterned after the one on the TV show, but, like pretty much every "name" restaurant (especially on the Strip - even Guy Fieri has one), it's somewhat expensive.
Well, unless you count Dick's Last Resort (inside Excalibur), but that's a chain.
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Any unusual restaurants, and where does one go to not get ripped off with watered down drinks?
The only watered down drinks are the free ones you get while gambling. If you are paying for them (directly) they will be full strength. And pricey.

Define "unusual." Vegas has everything.
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Piff is great. But Penn himself says the best magic show in Vegas is Mac King. He plays in the afternoons, I believe. Havenít seen him yet myself, but itís on my list.
I second Mac King. I had the pleasure of opening for him once during my stand-up days. Fantastic show, and Mac is a super nice guy.

2 shows a day 5 days a week at Harrah's.
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Did the dam/canyon bit the last time I was there, would like to stick to the city this time around, if possible.
I did see this post, but I'm going to make this rec anyway: get in touch with the folks at Desert Adventures and rent a kayak for a day. The price will include the boat, a PFD, a paddle and the necessary permits and admission so you can spend the day on the Colorado River.

They will drop you off early (7a or 8a, usually) and pick you up mid-late afternoon at Willow Beach, about 14 miles downriver. The current is about 3-3.5 mph, so you don't really have to do any work to get to Willow Beach, you just have to be in the boat on the water and not going upstream. I've done this trip at least 2 dozen times now and it's always fun and interesting. There are a few hot springs you can visit, if you don't mind some light hiking/climbing. Mostly, the river time is relaxing with constantly changing views. (There's also a high probability of seeing big horn sheep: I have pics of a family of about 2 dozen that I saw one time, with a few of them less than 10 feet from me at the water's edge.)

Sunday and Monday are the best days to go as motorized traffic is restricted on that stretch of river: no speedboats, no jet skis, just a couple of commercial party barges that will cruise thru.

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Of course, when you're back in town, don't forget to visit the Pinball Hall of Fame, one of my favorite places in my own town.

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I did see this post, but I'm going to make this rec anyway: get in touch with the folks at Desert Adventures and rent a kayak for a day. The price will include the boat, a PFD, a paddle and the necessary permits and admission so you can spend the day on the Colorado River.

They will drop you off early (7a or 8a, usually) and pick you up mid-late afternoon at Willow Beach, about 14 miles downriver. The current is about 3-3.5 mph, so you don't really have to do any work to get to Willow Beach, you just have to be in the boat on the water and not going upstream. I've done this trip at least 2 dozen times now and it's always fun and interesting. There are a few hot springs you can visit, if you don't mind some light hiking/climbing. Mostly, the river time is relaxing with constantly changing views. (There's also a high probability of seeing big horn sheep: I have pics of a family of about 2 dozen that I saw one time, with a few of them less than 10 feet from me at the water's edge.)

Sunday and Monday are the best days to go as motorized traffic is restricted on that stretch of river: no speedboats, no jet skis, just a couple of commercial party barges that will cruise thru.
This is not gonna happen. All I want to do is tool around town with My Beloved and see the sights-neither of us are in the best of shape, she cannot hike and climb, and such an "adventure" would be followed by my taking her to the emergency room.
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I second Mac King. I had the pleasure of opening for him once during my stand-up days. Fantastic show, and Mac is a super nice guy.

2 shows a day 5 days a week at Harrah's.
Seriously considering this one, along with the trifecta of overblown merchandising-Hershey, Coca Cola and M&M World. Will definitely hit the Pinball Hall of Fame(The Black Knight and I have a long history), the Burlesque Hall Of Fame, and The Erotic Heritage Museum.
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A few I can recommend;

The Heart Attack Grill on Fremont is a fun experience, and the burgers are pretty tasty to boot.

There's a place in the Cosmopolitan called Secret Pizza that does absolutely delicious New York slices and is open late. The Peppermill, across the street from where the Riviera used to be, is 24 hours and has massive breakfast platters. The seafood buffet at the Rio is quite nice, but I haven't found a buffet in Vegas that isn't.

There are also a number of southern CA chains that have locations around town - In-N-Out, Tommy's, Roberto's, Tacos El Gordo, and Hash House A Go Go come to mind.
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Secret Pizza is OK, but there are several Grimaldi's locations around town, including 2 on the Strip. Better pizza. For that matter, eat/drink your way through Downtown. It's become a hot spot for new and inventive comestibles and beverages.

Working South to North, casino by casino, cheap or fun stuff to see/do/experience:

Mandalay Bay - Shark Reef
Excalibur - Tournament of Kings
New York New York - Manhattan Express roller coaster
Park MGM - Eataly
Bellagio - Conservatory, fountains
The Linq - High Roller wheel
Venetian - gondola rides
Circus Circus - the circus, duh
Strat - thrill rides for crazy people

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Seriously considering this one, along with the trifecta of overblown merchandising-Hershey, Coca Cola and M&M World. Will definitely hit the Pinball Hall of Fame(The Black Knight and I have a long history), the Burlesque Hall Of Fame, and The Erotic Heritage Museum.
If you haven't seem them yet, I'd also recommend the aquarium at Mandalay Bay, and the Siegfried & Roy tiger & dolphin habitat at the Mirage. Luxor has an exhibit of artifacts from the wreck of the Titanic as well as a "Bodies" exhibit of preserved dissected human remains which is very interesting if a bit gruesome. Mme. Tussaud's at the Venetian is pretty cool, and most of the wax figures you're allowed to walk right up to and touch and get selfies with.

The rides at the Stratosphere have been mentioned, but if you've got the stomach for it I recommend trying the SkyJump - they dress you in a flight suit, attach you to a tether, and you jump off the observation deck for an 835-foot controlled freefall that slows you down as you approach the ground so you land safely. It's the scariest thing I've ever done, and one of the most fun as well. For a little extra they'll even strap a GoPro to your wrist and give you a flash drive with a recording of your jump - here's mine.
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Penn and Teller was my first choice...but they happen to be out of town that week. Is Tapeface or Piff The Dragon an good option?
Every time I've gone to Vegas to visit my father, Penn and Teller aren't there. I hate Las Vegas. I hate casinos. I hate the environment, but I love my dad, and I always console myself that at least I can see Penn and Teller, but they're never there. The last time I saw them must have been some time in the 1990's in Detroit. It was an awesome show.

I like to go to Red Rock, as already suggested. Not just drive, but actually hike there. Make sure you have a lot of water if an anxious father is watching you from the car. And if you've already been to Red Rock and don't want to go again, go again anyway, and visit Bonnie Springs, which is really close. Yeah, a bit hokie and a bit touristy, but it's something to do, and it's pretty neat.


You can easily spend a day trip going through Death Valley, and there's actually a lot to do there, and there are a lot of beautiful sites. Take a look online, and plan a trip. I don't ever get tired of going there when I can't see Penn and Teller.

China Ranch Date Farm is also a really neat diversion. They grow dates, and make date milkshakes, and have some old farm equipment. I love it, and it's a great pastime.

My dad hates Las Vegas but ended up there for work. I hate Las Vegas because it's a big city, and also because it's a big city with nothing to offer, but at least there's a lot of really cool, natural stuff to do nearby.

Although I've not done this yet, there are some exotic car track day things you can do. I want to look into this more carefully myself.
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Last time I was there we didn't gamble, went to a lot of shows, including the Cirque at Treasure Island. Went from casino to casino checking out whatever they had going, Dolphin habitat, Sigfried & Roy's tigers, Titanic, Marvel. The Venetian has a lovely pretend outdoor plaza, perfect for sitting down with a coffee and a cookie. Caesars has a huge pretend outdoor mall with an aquarium and a free show every hour.

We also really enjoyed a day trip to Hoover Dam. Parking was not too difficult on the Nevada side, you pay but you don't have a long walk. If you're renting a car, you can stop at the iconic Las Vegas sign for a hokey picture. They built a little parking lot there, and folks line up for their turn. When we went, we actually had a nice time, it was a relatively friendly experience, musicians playing off to the side, an Elvis impersonator getting a few bucks to take pictures with folks on line.
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Just a reminder: I am looking for experiences in the city of Las Vegas, not hiking, mountain climbing or river rafting excursions, and I have already been to the dam and the canyon.
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How are you on Cirque du Soliel? There are at least 50 bazillion Cirque or Cirque-esque shows currently playing in Vegas. Start with "Love" and "Ka" and go from there.
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How are you on Cirque du Soliel? There are at least 50 bazillion Cirque or Cirque-esque shows currently playing in Vegas. Start with "Love" and "Ka" and go from there.
They are on my "A" list.
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The VOID at the Venetian is a VR type attraction where you walk around a room the size of a garage but it feels much larger due to you wearing a VR helmet.
Takes about 30 minutes, costs about 40 dollars. The have different themed ones. We did the Star Wars one where you go raid an imperial base. I loved it.
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My favorite Cirque-type show was "La Reve" at the Wynn. Not a big fan of "Ka" but I know I'm in a minority there.

I'm also a big fan of "Absinthe" at Casear's. Adult show, so topless girls and jokes that are sexual and/or offensive in nature.
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Personally, I always found people watching a great Las Vegas sport. Any of the big casinos will be a giant human zoo.
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Doesn't fulfill the "cheap" aspect but definitely weird, we enjoyed our visit to The Haunted Museum. Maybe not for a family trip, I think you need to be at least 16 to visit.

Neon Museum is interesting but you need to book ahead of time
There's also Container Park near Fremont Street for food and light shopping, often free concerts
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The end of March is going to be busy. Vegas will be crawling with conventions and basketball fans. Be prepared for that.
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There's a place in the Cosmopolitan called Secret Pizza that does absolutely delicious New York slices and is open late. The Peppermill, across the street from where the Riviera used to be, is 24 hours and has massive breakfast platters. The seafood buffet at the Rio is quite nice, but I haven't found a buffet in Vegas that isn't.

There are also a number of southern CA chains that have locations around town - In-N-Out, Tommy's, Roberto's, Tacos El Gordo, and Hash House A Go Go come to mind.
Keep in mind that what I like to call "Secret No Name Mystery Meat Pizza" is called "secret" for a good reason; there is no reference to it anywhere in the hotel (it's not marked on any maps, and there is no sign telling you where it is), or on its website. To get there, take the escalator up two floors above the casino; if you look just to the left of Jaleo, there is what appears to be a corridor with old-style LP covers on the wall (note that it's blocked off before it opens at 11 AM) - enter there; Secret Pizza is at the other end.

Personally, my choice for pizza is Pizza Rock, located across the street from the Downtown Grand hotel downtown (one block south of the Mob Museum).

There's also what many people claim to be the best Thai food they've ever had; Lotus of Siam. However, it's a bit out of the way.

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The end of March is going to be busy. Vegas will be crawling with conventions and basketball fans. Be prepared for that.
March 28-31 are the regionals (Sweet 16 & Elite 8 rounds), although they're not in Vegas (the men's west regional is in Anaheim; the women's is in Portland), so I don't think it will be more crowded than usual. Of course, Vegas on any weekend is crowded enough as it is.
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Personally, I always found people watching a great Las Vegas sport. Any of the big casinos will be a giant human zoo.
My thoughs exactly. I do gamble a little but people watching is the real draw to Vegas for me. Walk the strip or downtown while enjoying the relaxed open container laws.

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The Peppermill, across the street from where the Riviera used to be, is 24 hours and has massive breakfast platters.
I highly recommend a meal at Peppermill and a quick drink at the adjoining Fireside Lounge.
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Personally, I always found people watching a great Las Vegas sport. Any of the big casinos will be a giant human zoo.
Or go to the DMV on Sahara.
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I will be in Las Vegas from March 27-31 on a family trip, and I'm looking for places to do and things to see, emphasis on the weird and/or cheap. Strange museums, stores and tours, interesting places to eat, fun stuff to see etc.
Whatcha got?
It's been over a decade since I was there, but you could check to see if the 4 Kegs is still a thing, if you like pizza and wings. Obviously there are tons of places to eat on the Strip, this one would be a bit outside of that, but if it's still there it used to be a really good place to go. It wasn't terribly expensive, but you'd either need to get an Uber or something like that or have access to a car.

As for (cheap) things to do, there used to be a neon boneyard that had all of the cool old signage from the past. Again, don't know if it's still there or still a thing, but I always thought it was cool. There was actually an homage to it in Fallout New Vegas, IIRC. I think someone up thread mentioned the Red Rock national park...that was cool when I was younger. Used to go hiking up there...no idea what it's like these days.

Other than that, check to see what shows are in town when you are going to be there. Some of them will cost quite a bit, but sometimes they are pretty cool to go to and not that expensive. There are tons of buffets in and around the Strip...the food was one of the best things when I was there. And there is a huge variety.
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Or go to the DMV on Sahara.
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Take a drive to a legal brothel. Get a drink and talk to the ladies.
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Agree with people-watching on Fremont Street. There are some excellent buskers there also. Grab a beer from one of the many outdoor bars and watch the show.

Aside from that, and the many Cirque de Soleil shows, there is always standup comedy. Brad Garrett's Comedy Club at the MGM Grand is worth checking out, as are the Aces of Comedy every Friday night at the Mirage. I've seen such comedians as Tim Allen and Ray Romano and David Spade there.

It's not a museum, but it might as well be: Bauman's Rare Books, at the Venetian. Their former manager (Rebecca Romney), was the Pawn Stars' book expert; and while she is no longer there, Bauman's staff today are just as knowledgeable. As a rare book collector who has done business with Bauman's many times, I can attest that their stock is wide-ranging and interesting, even if you're not buying.* Worth a look, in other words. Just note that you cannot handle the books without permission from a staffer, but one will always be glad to help, and to demonstrate how to handle these rare books.

* I'm at the point where I have my own designated bookseller at Bauman's, and I make an appointment with her when I'm in town. She has my wishlist, and will give me a heads-up at other times if they get something I might be interested in.
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Be sure to try the shrimp.

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The shrimp consumption in Las Vegas is over 60,000 pounds per day, higher than the rest of the nation combined.

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Since total US consumption is about 1.5 billion pounds a year I think they have got that very wrong.
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OP: I know you said you didn't gamble, but if you're on Fremont, you should check out the second floor of The D, which exclusively features old-school coin-op slot machines. It's one of the last places in the world with a functioning Sigma Derby - an elaborate 10-seated electromechanical device from the '80s, where you bet quarters on the outcome of a horse race run by miniature figures on a track in the middle of the table like so.

It's worth having a gander at just for the spectacle of it, even if you're not up to playing.

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