Spring Break in Las Vegas is an everyone kind of affair

For college students, spring break is a time where they get to drop their books and studies and drink more than their livers can handle. Or for parents, this is where you can spend some quality time with your family. Some would say this is the most important week of the year. But how are you supposed to juggle school, your kid’s schedule and planning spring break in Las Vegas? No need to fear, the Vegas crew is here. We’re going to give you a checklist of things to do in Vegas for spring break, so by the end of it you’ll wake up even more sleep deprived. Spring break in Las Vegas is going to be off the chain.

Photo credit: The Mob Museum

Attractions

There’s so much more you can do (besides partying) that’ll make your spring break one for the books. First up, Indoor Skydiving. Here you’ll feel like you drank that bubble juice in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” You don’t have to jump out of a plane to get the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. This place will hand-deliver it to you with a side of awesomeness. After you’ve flown like a bird, it’s time to spread your wings to the next attraction, Pole Position Raceway. Feel the need for speed in these advanced go-karts. They have drifting abilities and the instructor clocks your time so you can prove that you annihilated your friends on the track. Now, we don’t want to have to tell your mom that we sent you home with a full-blown adrenaline addiction, so let’s take a breather and check out The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. You’ll learn all the history behind The Mob, you’ll get to interact with a crime lab and the use of force training experience. So hurry up and figure out who killed Harry because we still have one more stop to check off the list. Drum roll please. Slotzilla is the big finale finish. It’s time to zip line through Fremont Street with finesse. What’s so special about this zip lining experience you may ask? Well, one you get to people watch from a bird’s eye view, and two you get a stellar close-up look of the trippy digital canopy that everyone Instagrams about. Have we transformed you into an adrenaline junky yet? We hope so.

Photo credit: Wynn Las Vegas

Shows

This is where we get to the bread and butter of our city. Las Vegas shows are one of those things that you see, and your whole life is changed. Entertainment is our middle name, and once you witness one of these shows, you’ll see why. Absinthe at Caesars Palace is the first one on the list. You know why? Because it appeals to your filthy minds and makes you laugh with all their gentlemen and lady parts jokes. They have crazy stunts that will make your brain explode, much like that emoji on your keyboard. But, if you’re over laughing about the word, “penis,” and want to take a more serious dive into sensuality, head to Zumanity at New York-New York. They prove that your body can do a lot more than you think. And they use whips, chains, silks and even an erotic fruit pass between two mouths that will get your…attention. If you’re not looking to get naughty in Sin City, you know because you have a family and stuff. Blue Man Group at the Luxor will get the party going with a sensory overload with a heaping portion of humor on the side. At Le Rêve – The Dream inside Wynn, you’ll see our romantic side blossom. But what’s love without a little action. Not only will you follow the main character through her love story, but the cast will do double, triple and even quadruple flips into the water from high places.

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Pool Clubs

What’s better than night drinking on a weekend? Day drinking at a pool club on a weekday with 500 of your closest friends. We are known for our pool club scene, and that’s because it’s sunny all-year-round. We have DJs, specialty cocktails and even celebrity chefs that make world renown food that’s delivered to your cabana, poolside. But if our city is ever under the weather. We have a mega-dome, pool club called Marquee inside The Cosmopolitan that is open all year, rain or shine. If you’re looking for a more intimate pool club with 250 of your closest friends, try Daylight at Mandalay Bay or Liquid at ARIA. There, you won’t be smushed up against someone while trying to “dance” in the pool. And to make it better, they have fun floaties in the pool that are shaped like pizza and donuts. If you want to unleash your wild side, head to Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel. This is where it all began, so it’s more of a “history” lesson instead of a party scene. That’s what we tell our moms anyway.

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Bars

Shots! Shots! Shots! It’s time to keep that buzz going in the best way possible. Las Vegas bars are wild. And there are the people who would rather bar hop then go to da club. Stroll down The LINQ Promenade. They have more than enough bars to get even an elephant tipsy. If you’re a one bar kind of person, head to Minus5 Ice Experience at Mandalay Place or the Grand Canal Shoppes. This bar is completely made out of ice and you’ll look like Jon Snow with their faux fur coats. If you want to stray away from the cold and imagine you’re in Mexico, check out Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. They have a patio so you can soak up the sun and indulge in their many drink specials dedicated to you spring breakers. But, there’s also Fremont East. This place gives off a hipster vibe with a string of bars offering craft cocktails and beer. Hipster, Hipster on the wall, where’s the best bar of them all (that offers all organic, gluten free, cage free, everything-free stuff). The answer is Park on Fremont. They have some of the best cocktails downtown and they even have a seesaw for crying out loud. So check it out and check this last bar off your spring break list.

Photo credit: Hakkasan Group

Nightclubs

It’s time to get pretty and hit the city. The next thing on the list of things to do on your Spring Break in Vegas is hit the nightclubs. These are some of the best in the world! If you’re looking to dance with an extra-over-the-top chandelier, head to Omnia at Caesars Palace. If you’re trying to be a high socialite with a side of class, Tao at The Venetian is for you. If you’re hip and get down with the latest music trends, then check out the Chain Smokers at XS inside Encore. And if you want to hang with the O.G. of clubs, Hakkasan at MGM Grand is where it all started. Let’s see if you can create your own “Hangover” experience.

That completes your spring break checklist. Can you tackle it all? You’ve been pulling a lot of all-nighters for this very moment. It’s time to unleash your inner party beast, or Clark Griswold depending on who you’re with, onto the city of Las Vegas.

Time to cut down the nets at these Las Vegas Bars for college basketball in March

It’s that time of year where you bust out that old ratty college tee and show your school pride (even if you haven’t been to a game since you graduated). It’s the principal of the matter, okay? That’s right folks, March Mayhem is about to turn everyone into full-fledged couch potatoes with wing sauce dripping from their fingers. So now the question becomes, where are you going to go watch the games? Well, luckily there’s more than enough bars and restaurants in Las Vegas to catch all the action. It’s time to call the college squad up and party like you used to back in the day.

Photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas
The hoops, the hoops, the hoops are on fiyyya! See what we did there? Hoops Madness is back and it’s time to celebrate by bringing down the house at Beer Park in the front of Paris Las Vegas. This is one of the hottest places to watch college basketball, and we’re not just saying that because it’s on a rooftop patio. So call for a reservation or purchase a package before it’s too late and you don’t have a place to watch the games. They even make betting easier with their on-site sports book. So, you’ll never have to worry about being too far away from your beer or those delicious nachos. It’s okay, we have separation anxiety too. Is it getting hot in here or is Beer Park just bringing the heat? 

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MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

When March Mayhem gets rough, MB Steak inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is there to comfort you with burgers and beer. We all know how it feels when your bracket takes a turn for the worst. All you want to do is drown your sorrows in a good burger and even more beer. At MB Steak they’ll be serving a burger and beer pairing to help comfort you after that 5th seed upset. There, there, it will be okay.

Photo Credit: Umami Burger, Beer Garden and Sports Book

Umami Burger, Beer Garden and Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas

Your research is done, your bracket is made and now all you have to do is place your bets and watch the games. But it’s hard to watch all of them at the same time AND place your bets. Not at Unami Burger, Beer Garden and Sports Book at SLS! They make Hoops Madness so much easier by having it all in one place. To sweeten the deal, they’ll even have a few food options to choose from so biting your nails will only be your first course. Sit back, grab a beer with your buddies and may the best bracket win.

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Rockhouse at Grand Canal Shoppes

It’s time to request the month off for your favorite holiday, March Mayhem. If you’re anything like us, you’re a yeller and that’s perfectly fine, just not at work. We can’t help losing it when a monumental team in our bracket messes up and gets beaten. So when March Mayhem starts, we head to Rockhouse at the Grand Canal Shoppes instead of hovering over our computer screens or waiting for those ESPN notifications. There, we don’t feel judged by our co-workers or anyone else who doesn’t understand our obsession. They have premium open bar packages, tons of TVs to catch all the action and a no judgment zone for all the screaming that’s about to go down. March Mayhem is totally N.S.F.W., so it’s time to enjoy it here instead.

Mardi Gras in Las Vegas, what could go wrong?

Forget Valentine’s Day or The Big Game, February is the month we dedicate to the best holiday of the year, Mardi Gras. It’s the best time of year to look at the sparkly green and purple beads among many other things that flash before your eyes. We know what you’re thinking, you think we are some random drunk uncle pervert from across the yard; but that’s not the case. We’re getting in the holiday spirit, and so should you. We might not get crazy like New Orleans, but as a sister party town, we feel it’s our duty to rage with them during this purple and green frenzy. It’s the last day before we try and give up alcohol for the 113th time for Lent. We’re trying people, what else do you want from us? Mardi Gras in Vegas 2018 is about to blast off, so let’s turn this city upside down with these things to do in Las Vegas.

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Topgolf near MGM Grand

On Monday, February 12, Top Golf is hosting a Mardi Gras party with the help of MarchFourth. This circus-like-troupe will be entertaining guests with their kaleidoscope-like costumes and wild acts. They have stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers to get the party started while you’re hitting balls out onto the green. Most people find golf a very quiet sport, but not on this day. With the help of MarchFourth, the game as we know it is about to become ten times more fun. The only time you’ll be yelling “FOUR” is when you start swinging your clubs around, trying to start your own circus career. And if you whack yourself in the head, don’t worry you can crawl over to MGM Grand for the night and get some much-needed rest. 

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Therapy in downtown Las Vegas 

Why wait for the week of Mardi Gras to come around? Let’s get this party started early and get a buzz going before it’s time to really throw down on Tuesday. Therapy in downtown Las Vegas is bringing Bourbon St. to Sin City. You know, that famous street in New Orleans where people drunkenly stumble around? Yeah, that one. And in true honor of that great city, the bar is busting out a well-known cocktail called the “Hurricane.” It sounds exactly how it feels, so drink up; it’s time to give New Orleans, and the rest of the world, a run for their money.

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Freed’s Bakery

We want to be on that next level of extra when it comes to Fat Tuesday in Las Vegas. Instead of only experiencing the festivities, we want to TASTE the festivities. Like a wise man once said: “Don’t just eat the food, but smell the food, feel the food, BE the food.” Yeah, it sounds a little weird at first, but once you stuff your face with a King Cake from Freed’s Bakery, your insides will turn purple and green to really get in the spirit, so technically you will become the food. No, not really, but the idea of that happening sounds cool. So, for $26.95 get ready to consume the green, purple and gold cake that’s topped with beads to truly make it Mardi Gras style. Oh, and don’t eat the plastic baby placed inside; that’s for good luck, not your belly.

Photo Credit Anthony Mair

Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas 

Get ready for hurricane season, and we’re not talking about the tropical storm. Now, you might be wondering, “are they drunk?” Not yet. But we will be after we chug a few of these yummy concoctions. In celebration of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, Beer Park at Paris is hosting one big storm of a party and we’re going to be in the middle of it. But, if that’s too much for you, head to the edge of the patio and take in the Bellagio Fountains. With a little wind, and the gusto of the blasts of water, the fountains will cool you off with a little splash. Drink up people, it’s time to create our own storm. 

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Lola’s – A Louisiana Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas 

Lola’s in downtown Las Vegas and Summerlin (the bougie west side of town) brings a little bit of the bayou to us. And this Mardi Gras we’re going to celebrate by eating great creole and cajun food, listening to a live jazz band and having a party. Their flavor combos explode in your mouth with every bite and their crawfish is something straight outta the mud. If you told us that we had to eat the whole menu to save our family, we would eat it twice without even thinking. So don’t threaten us with a good time, because we’ll rise to the occasion for Mardi Gras. And since we’ve been talking about food so much, excuse us while we dive into their blackened catfish and grits.

Las Vegas pool parties: the side you don’t see

“Tell us a bit about yourself.” If you’re hearing that question in January, chances are you’re being interviewed to work at one of the most coveted businesses in the world: Las Vegas day clubs.

You don’t have to be Neil deGrasse Tyson to know there are plenty of rad things to do in Las Vegas, but we’re pretty sure you don’t know what it takes to work at one of the best pools in Vegas. And you know what? We don’t blame you. Who has time to consider what that security guard or bottle server is doin’ when you’re waist deep in a margarita and raging your face off to Rae Sremmurd or Calvin Harris? But that’s where we come in. We’re going to show you how the sausage is made and let you see what it takes to make sure the phrase, “Vegas pool parties are the best pool parties” lives up to the hype.

Photo Courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub

Let’s start with Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell. This place is a whopping 35,000 square feet and has a mind-blowing 40 cabanas and bungalows. Think about that. You’re basically partying on a football field. Now add about 2,500 people, cue that gazillion-degree Vegas heat and you can begin to see that working at a day club takes a bit more than a pretty smile or mountain-sized muscles.

Photo Courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub

But what does “a bit more” actually mean? Like, we all want a bit more guac on our burritos, or a bit more money (hey bosses, what up?!), but usually asking that of your employees can be hard to zero in on. Not for Drai’s though. They got “a bit more” nailed down like that prized family heirloom. To them, it’s not all about whether or not a potential employee has experience. The team at Drai’s can teach proper workplace etiquette with their eyes closed. What they’re looking for is personality. Are you personable? Are you entertaining? Are you friendly? Are you a member of The Partridge Family? Ok, we’re sorta kidding on that last one. But if we’re being honest, Las Vegas pool parties are a dime a dozen. It’s a commitment to the customer experience (and super rad live music) that keeps Drai’s Beachclub in the mix as one of the best pools in Las Vegas. So, an outgoing and accountable personality is what they hang their swimsuits on.

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

Google “day clubs Vegas” or “pool parties Las Vegas” and you’re sure to stumble upon Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Liquid Pool & Lounge at Aria Resort & Casino. Shiny jewels in the the Hakkasan Group crown, these two venues are as synonymous with Vegas as slot machines and Elvis. But what keeps these spots as easy to remember as your favorite “drunchie” order? Well, the employees at Wet Republic day club and Liquid are able to fall back on the values and standards that made Omnia, Jewel and Hakkasan Las Vegas so successful: service, design, innovation and experience. This doesn’t just apply to the cutie parading that giant bottle of booze to your cabana. It’s also the dude bringing fresh towels and a mop bucket to clean said alcohol once you’re too drunk to correctly put liquor in your glass. And we haven’t even touched on how the marketing teams at these venues work year-round to bring the dopest acts to Sin City. We’ve never wrangled cats before, but we imagine getting an A-lister to Vegas is very much the equivalent. Countless hours are spent talking and negotiating with managers and agents. You have to make sure the money is right, the dates are available, there are no yellow Skittles in the green room, etc. etc. We’d say that “Professional Cat Wrangler” is a fitting job title.

Photo Courtesy of Encore Beach Club

Encore Beach Club at Encore has a couple hundred team members working at any given time. We’re talkin’ everything from the ID checker all the way up to an on-site barbecue chef (didn’t see that coming, did ya?). To say that keeping this ship running at full speed is a challenge is like saying “Las Vegas hotels are only OK.” It’s a bit of an understatement. But it’s the staff’s Hallmark Channel type of vibe and desire to deliver that “unique Vegas experience” that keeps these guys and gals coming back to work each and every morning (and seeing David Guetta or Marshmello up-close probably doesn’t hurt, either). Speaking of perks, they have to be pretty sweet. Imagine walking into a job where all day, every day people are trying to recreate “The Hangover.” Free meals or a dap from a celebrity does wonders for the morale. Especially if you’re a lifeguard and you have to keep fishing merkins out of the drain.

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

So there you have it. The next time you’re soakin’ up some rays at one of the best Las Vegas pools or are flippin’ through the Las Vegas day club calendar, go “Inception” and think about all the things that have to happen for you to not think about the things happening behind the scenes. And if that last statement just mind freaked you, find comfort in knowing there are plenty of Las Vegas tours, Las Vegas shows and Las Vegas nightclubs out there to help you unwind.

Las Vegas pool parties: the side you don’t see

“Tell us a bit about yourself.” If you’re hearing that question in January, chances are you’re being interviewed to work at one of the most coveted businesses in the world: Las Vegas day clubs.

You don’t have to be Neil deGrasse Tyson to know there are plenty of rad things to do in Las Vegas, but we’re pretty sure you don’t know what it takes to work at one of the best pools in Vegas. And you know what? We don’t blame you. Who has time to consider what that security guard or bottle server is doin’ when you’re waist deep in a margarita and raging your face off to Rae Sremmurd or Calvin Harris? But that’s where we come in. We’re going to show you how the sausage is made and let you see what it takes to make sure the phrase, “Vegas pool parties are the best pool parties” lives up to the hype.

Photo Courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub

Let’s start with Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell. This place is a whopping 35,000 square feet and has a mind-blowing 40 cabanas and bungalows. Think about that. You’re basically partying on a football field. Now add about 2,500 people, cue that gazillion-degree Vegas heat and you can begin to see that working at a day club takes a bit more than a pretty smile or mountain-sized muscles.

Photo Courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub

But what does “a bit more” actually mean? Like, we all want a bit more guac on our burritos, or a bit more money (hey bosses, what up?!), but usually asking that of your employees can be hard to zero in on. Not for Drai’s though. They got “a bit more” nailed down like that prized family heirloom. To them, it’s not all about whether or not a potential employee has experience. The team at Drai’s can teach proper workplace etiquette with their eyes closed. What they’re looking for is personality. Are you personable? Are you entertaining? Are you friendly? Are you a member of The Partridge Family? Ok, we’re sorta kidding on that last one. But if we’re being honest, Las Vegas pool parties are a dime a dozen. It’s a commitment to the customer experience (and super rad live music) that keeps Drai’s Beachclub in the mix as one of the best pools in Las Vegas. So, an outgoing and accountable personality is what they hang their swimsuits on.

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

Google “day clubs Vegas” or “pool parties Las Vegas” and you’re sure to stumble upon Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Liquid Pool & Lounge at Aria Resort & Casino. Shiny jewels in the the Hakkasan Group crown, these two venues are as synonymous with Vegas as slot machines and Elvis. But what keeps these spots as easy to remember as your favorite “drunchie” order? Well, the employees at Wet Republic day club and Liquid are able to fall back on the values and standards that made Omnia, Jewel and Hakkasan Las Vegas so successful: service, design, innovation and experience. This doesn’t just apply to the cutie parading that giant bottle of booze to your cabana. It’s also the dude bringing fresh towels and a mop bucket to clean said alcohol once you’re too drunk to correctly put liquor in your glass. And we haven’t even touched on how the marketing teams at these venues work year-round to bring the dopest acts to Sin City. We’ve never wrangled cats before, but we imagine getting an A-lister to Vegas is very much the equivalent. Countless hours are spent talking and negotiating with managers and agents. You have to make sure the money is right, the dates are available, there are no yellow Skittles in the green room, etc. etc. We’d say that “Professional Cat Wrangler” is a fitting job title.

Photo Courtesy of Encore Beach Club

Encore Beach Club at Encore has a couple hundred team members working at any given time. We’re talkin’ everything from the ID checker all the way up to an on-site barbecue chef (didn’t see that coming, did ya?). To say that keeping this ship running at full speed is a challenge is like saying “Las Vegas hotels are only OK.” It’s a bit of an understatement. But it’s the staff’s Hallmark Channel type of vibe and desire to deliver that “unique Vegas experience” that keeps these guys and gals coming back to work each and every morning (and seeing David Guetta or Marshmello up-close probably doesn’t hurt, either). Speaking of perks, they have to be pretty sweet. Imagine walking into a job where all day, every day people are trying to recreate “The Hangover.” Free meals or a dap from a celebrity does wonders for the morale. Especially if you’re a lifeguard and you have to keep fishing merkins out of the drain.

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

So there you have it. The next time you’re soakin’ up some rays at one of the best Las Vegas pools or are flippin’ through the Las Vegas day club calendar, go “Inception” and think about all the things that have to happen for you to not think about the things happening behind the scenes. And if that last statement just mind freaked you, find comfort in knowing there are plenty of Las Vegas tours, Las Vegas shows and Las Vegas nightclubs out there to help you unwind.

Breaking up in Vegas

Love: the four-letter word you should always bleep out. When it comes to that sappy, romantic foolery, The J. Geils Band had the right idea: “Love Stinks.” And we get it, we know exactly what you’re thinking –bitter much? Damn straight we’re bitter! Four divorces in three years will do that to you. But luckily, we’ve had Vegas to help us stay strong. This city has kept us more like Beyoncé and less like Lindsay Lohan (depending on the night, we’re guilty of being a little bit of both). And with there being so many things to do in Vegas and Las Vegas restaurants basically being a catwalk, it’s hard to even think about being down in the dumps. So toss that bum and their negativity to the curb! Here’s how to make the most of your breakup in Las Vegas.

Photo Courtesy of Sapphire Las Vegas

Let’s be honest. You wanna see some skin.
We all learned about this in middle school, so we’re not saying anything new here, but the three things essential to human life are food, shelter and a little bow-chicka-bow-wow. So it makes sense that after a breakup, the usual routine is to stay inside, stuff your face and try to find someone to bring back home. You know, once you’ve inevitably grown tired of the first two things. And what a place to be single. Gah, Las Vegas strip clubs like Sapphire, Men of Sapphire and Crazy Horse III make finding love in a strip club seem not so farfetched. T-Pain was a pioneer. But, like we said, if you’re a little more Beyoncé and looking for a subtler eroticism, the hunks of Magic Mike Live inside Hard Rock Hotel know how to get a gal off her seat. They have biceps, washboard abs, doey eyes AND they know how to make you feel like a woman. Wow, we think we just found the perfect Tinder date. Don’t be alarmed fellas, because the women of Fantasy at the Luxor are the ladies in the street and the freaks on the stage that Ludacris was talking about in his song, “Yeah!” They reenact all the fantasies we’ve had since something got slipped into our cereals when we were going through puberty. We’re talking bedtime snuggles, slippery showers, cowgirls, schoolgirls and more. Can you tell we’re into it?

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

Party, party, party, party!
There’s no better way to sweat out the nasty juju’s of a broken relationship than to hit the club and shake your money maker. And these hips aren’t lyin’ when we say that nightclubs in Vegas are the best. Whether you’re into mega clubs like Omnia inside Caesars Palace and Hakkasan at MGM Grand or prefer getting down with at a place with a Strip view like Chateau at Paris or Voodoo Nightclub at Rio, you can expect world class DJs, boomin’ sound systems and bottle presentations that’d make King Midas jelly. This is Vegas, you’re going to see celebrities out the ying-yang, ok? A good rule of thumb is to act like you’ve been there before even if your insides are telling you to act like a teenage girl at a boy band concert.

Photo Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Blow your own freakin’ mind
If you haven’t noticed, we firmly believe that the best way to recover from a breakup is by having a great time. How could we not be? Las Vegas attractions and Las Vegas tours are Uh-Maze-ing. Oh, and the best shows in Las Vegas aren’t too shabby, either. For a quaint evening out, it’s hard to beat one of the Cirque Du Soleil shows in Vegas. No two are alike, and like a great holiday movie, they always leave you feeling awed, inspired and wondering how the big guy fit through the tiny hole. Prefer to get your kicks like a teenager who just got their driver’s license? Then Exotics Racing is for you. This is your chance to ditch that battery-powered minivan and go full-throttle behind the wheel of a Porsche 991 CT3, Audi R8, Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Huracan. Even better, there’s a professional instructor to tell you how to drive the thing! But personally, we’re suckers for a view, that’s why we’re so high on the Vegas Nights tour. You don’t have to be Pablo Picasso (or Drake for that matter) to know Vegas at night is visually pleasing. And seeing it from up above in a helicopter? It takes every ounce of our being to not squeal.

Love still stinks, but we’re beginning to have a change of heart. Maybe we’re not the loveless, soul-sucking heathens our exes claim. Maybe we’re just hopeless romantics who can’t find a love like Vegas. And to all of the scrubs out there telling you they’re “cut from a different cloth,” first off, they’re napkins. So the next time you’re feeling down in the dumps and thinking about calling your ex, visit Vegas.com instead. You won’t regret it. And you won’t have to explain it to your parents, either.

How to plan a Vegas vacay with the family

Planning a family vacation is like trying to navigate Disneyland on a Saturday afternoon in July. It sounds like a great idea, but it’s hot, you always end up losing one kid and someone’s crying. Not only do you have to worry about them, but you also have to take into consideration some R&R for yourself. Clark Griswold made it look so easy, but unfortunately it isn’t. So, we’re here to help you out with a full guide on how to book the perfect family vacation in Vegas. While we do this, focus on packing Tommy’s lunch for tomorrow, you don’t want history to repeat itself by accidentally smearing mustard on his PB&J.

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Flying or Driving to Vegas

You have two options, depending on how far you are from Las Vegas. You can hit the road like a traditional family vacation where your kids get sick of you singing your old-fashioned tunes. Or you can fork over the cash and make it easier on yourself by booking airfare for the whole gang. We make flying ten times easier on our site. You can book your flight and hotel at the same time, all while getting a packaged-rate discount! We understand your time is limited, so we’re here to make it easier for you. Little Suzie can’t get to soccer practice and violin lessons by herself, so we’re lightening your workload by combining the two. Check out our Air + Hotel packages, and you’re one step closer to relaxing poolside with a cocktail in your hand with your kids splashing away.

Photo Courtesy of Alonzo Wright Photography

Hotels

There’s a reason people call The Strip, “The World on One Street.” We have hotels that offer a variety of different themes, some which mimic other cities or countries. It’s like you get two vacations in one. The most family-friendly resorts are Luxor, Excalibur, Flamingo, Circus Circus, New York-New York and Paris Las Vegas. All of these hotels have unique themes and things to do that make staying there so much easier for you and the kids. But what makes some of them stand out are their kid-friendly attractions like the arcades and the hotel pools. Specifically, the 15-acre pool at Flamingo. It’s like taking a dip in a Hawaiian paradise. They have majestic waterfalls for you to swim under and waterslides for the kids. Another perk to these hotels is that they are all cost-effective so you have more money to spend on more Las Vegas attractions.

Attractions

Speaking of activities, there are a million and one things to do with the whole family, some of them are completely free. Yep, your favorite four-letter word is coming into play here. You can check out an action-packed animated show at Fall of Atlantis in The Forum Shops or embrace the beautiful gardens at the Bellagio Conservatory. After you check those off your list, you’ll want to check out the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo or the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. These three Las Vegas attractions offer you a look at wildlife that doesn’t have anything to do with the Strip at 3 a.m. It’s our version of the zoo, but with a tropical twist. If you’re not into animals, you can head over to Marvel’s Avengers Station for an action-packed, interactive experience. The whole family will become secret agents for the day and help save the world while checking out real artifacts from your favorite superhero movies. After the sun sets, you’ll want to stroll the boulevard and check out the world-renown Bellagio Fountains and the Volcano at The Mirage. Both are free and if you’re like us, you’ll really get into the fountains and start singing along while the water shoots into the air. This is nothing like the pictures you’ve seen on “the Google” as some parents like to call it. As soon as the first fountain goes off or the oozing lava comes down, you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty and sheer mechanics of it. But don’t worry about little Liam jumping into the water with all his clothes on, because there are guardrails to keep people out.

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Shows

We might have the nickname “Sin City,” but that doesn’t mean we don’t have family-friendly shows. We are the Entertainment Capital of the World for crying out loud, we have something for everyone. If you’re looking for a sensory overload (in a good way) with a side of comedy, Blue Man Group is the way to go (think laser beams and a truck-load of confetti). But if you want to be transported back to the Medieval ages, check out Tournament of the Kings at the Excalibur. There are horses, action and it even comes with dinner. Fun fact: they didn’t have utensils in those days so you eat dinner with your hands. The kids will love it and you can let loose and have fun too. Last but not least, head to Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action. Your kids will have a sparkle in their eyes from his circus tricks and you’ll get a laugh out of his goofball behavior. It’s a win-win for the whole family. And if the baby can’t sit through a whole show without crying, do things the old-fashioned way and have him suck on your “special” coated fingers for a couple seconds. Our grandparents used to do it on us and we turned out perfectly fine. And this way, you won’t have to worry about him crawling out of your sight again like the last big birthday party.

There you have it moms and dads, Tommy’s lunch is packed correctly, Suzie is at soccer practice, Liam is dry and the baby is fastened in his walker. Now pat yourself on the back for being a great parent and go to Vegas.com. Follow our advice, scream woohoo and start packing your bags. It’s time for a grand old family vacation filled with the best family-friendly activities.

Holidays for the locals

You don’t have to be a Sherlock Holmes or Inspector Gadget to know that a lot of things to do in Las Vegas are geared towards tourists. But as Las Vegas locals, we like to do things too and we’re not a bunch of cotton headed ninny muggins (well, most of us anyways). Despite all the shows in Las Vegas, tasty Las Vegas restaurants and various other great things this city has to offer, we know that locals often avoid Las Vegas Boulevard like the plague. So, locals, this one is for you (and any tourist brave enough to venture off the resort corridor). Here are the best things for locals to do this holiday season.

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Las Vegas Christmas Town inside Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas
A Christmas town inside a water park? We know it sounds weird, but so did Jon Snow shacking up with Daenerys Targaryen, and so far that seems to be working out. For the low, low price of one Andrew Jackson you’re going to get admission into the village and access to ALL ACTIVITIES (except for paintball). Yeah, you read that right, Las Vegas Christmas town has paintball! Our love affair with paint filled balls aside, this thing has it all. Over 3 million lights, an ice skating rink, a 40-passenger train ride, 100ft snow sledding hill, bounce houses, games, a 40ft tall Christmas tree, a “snow” ball pit, Santa Claus village and a ton more. We may or may not need to slip a little extra somethin’ somethin’ into our nogg to help us unwind.

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Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolates
Just because we don’t live in the snowy hilltops of the Sierras or Rockies doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the holidays. It just means that we have to enjoy it a bit differently. And nowhere is that resourcefulness better displayed than at Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden. Over a million lights cover this three-acre cactus garden. Safe to say it’s as lit as our drunk Uncle Kenny. More than 300 types of cactus, including yuccas, agave plants, Texas prickly pears and spotted aloe will be living their best holiday life. Taking things up a notch, Ethel M added a skating rink. It’ll cost you $10, but if given the choice, we’d rather fall on ice than in cactus.

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Winter’s Village at Green Valley Ranch
Remember how excited you were that time you got exactly what you wanted for Christmas? That’s how we feel about Winter’s Village at GVR. We’re not elf-ing around here, we’re legit schoolgirl giddy. And you’ll be too once you see the ice rink, holiday lounge area and weekend Saint Nick visits. Just so we’re clear-ice clear, parking at GVR is free (we know how sensitive of a subject that is), meeting the man in the red suit is free, but photos with him are going to cost ya $10. Them’s the breaks (unless you bring your phone or camera. Workaround!).

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Glittering Lights
Does the beauty of lights inspire you? Does the cold of the night make you want to keep your tushie inside? We feel you. Thankfully, Glittering Lights does too. Displaying at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you’re able to take a 2.5 mile drive through three million lights and more than 500 animated displays. We mean, don’t let us tell you how to live your life, but if you wanted to, there technically isn’t a rule about not wearing pants in your own car.  And with tickets starting out at $20 during the weekday and $30 during the weekend, that’s a small price to pay for holiday merriment, warmth and a clothing optional stich.

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The Nutcracker at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Is it really the Holidays if you don’t see The Nutcracker? For us, there are three time honored traditions during the season: Christmas caroling, The Nutcracker and Uncle Kenny getting too drunk to function. But seriously, what’s not to love about The Nutcracker? The four-story doll house is incredibly lifelike, the musicians are brilliant and the actors are uh-maze-ing. And besides the stunning choreography and brilliant music, the venue ain’t too shabby either. If we had a vote for utter sophistication in Las Vegas, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts would take the toffee.

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Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
All joking aside, the magic of the holidays is in giving to others. And nothing embodies that spirit more than the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village. All proceeds raised from the magical forest benefit individuals with learning disabilities at Opportunity Village. So what exactly makes this forest so magical? Well, let’s start with the lights. There’s more than three million of them. There are festive trees out the wazoo, more gingerbread houses than you can count and an enchanted carousel. And for you competition-aholics out there, there’s even a miniature golf course, because nothing says the holidays like pulverizing your family and friends at a game of putt-putt.

The world knows about attractions in Las Vegas, tours in Las Vegas and of course the numerous shows and restaurants. But now they know this city has the holiday spirit. So whether you’re a local or a tourist, you know about all of the Las Vegas Strip holiday events and those happening away from it. So get out there and enjoy the season. Or be a Scrooge. Your call.

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