So, I'm totally going to Vegas next month. NBA Summer League is happening and we are going to hit up some games, do some sightseeing, visit family and eat so much food. It's going to be a billion degrees, but whatever. I'll be working with Smart Destinations and their new Las Vegas GoCard, which is very exciting, because I'll be bringing you cool reviews of things I probably wouldn't get to do otherwise, and certainly not at such a discounted rate if purchased on it's own. Did you know that a trip to Sin City doesn't have to break the bank? Thank goodness, because we still have a big trip to Orlando on deck.
There is no shortage of things to do in Las Vegas, but without proper planning, you can easily go overboard with your spending. Between the expensive buffets, Broadway-style shows and gambling, your money can quickly vanish. Luckily, it is just as easy to find free and inexpensive experiences in Sin City that can make your trip much more budget-friendly.
All You Can Eat
Many of the major buffets can be a big blow to your wallet, even for breakfast. If you’re willing to get a bit off the Strip, you can find affordable food in other hotels. The following buffets will satisfy your hunger and your budget:
- The Fantasy Market Buffet at the Palms
- Circus Buffet at Circus Circus
- Studio B Buffet at M Resort
- French Market Buffet at Orleans
- Ports O’ Call Buffet at Gold Coast
- Any of the Fremont Street casinos offer cheap buffet prices
Sit down to a real meal with some of these great deals:
· Ellis Island, behind the Paris, has an inexpensive and hearty breakfast.
· Get a table at Mr. Lucky’s in the Hard Rock Hotel. Ask for the “Gambler’s Special”, which is not on the menu, and receive an 8oz flatiron steak, three jumbo shrimp, salad and mashed potatoes for just $7.77.
· Linger over a Parisian lunch at JJ’s Boulangerie at the Paris Hotel and Casino.
· Find dinner at the Four Queens Hotel and Casino’s Magnolia’s Veranda and get a prime rib dinner for just $8.95.
Just because you’re in Vegas doesn’t mean you have to stay there. In fact, you can visit several other cities while you’re there without ever living the Strip.
- Stroll past sidewalk cafés and Paris sights at the Paris Hotel and Casino. Take advantage of discounted rates at the Eiffel Tower if you visit before the dark of evening sets in.
- Experience the streets of New York City, with an amazing skyline inside and a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge outside at New York New York Hotel and Casino. Unfortunately, they've taken out Central Park and some other fun things to make space for more slot machines.
- Walk along the canals of Venice at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.
- Explore the ancient glittering city of Rome at Caesars Palace.
Your budget can stretch much further when you mix free activities with paid ones. If you know where to look, you can enjoy a lot of totally gratis in Las Vegas.
- Make your way to the Bellagio and wander the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Like the rest of Las Vegas, it’s open 24 hours a day.
- Behind Caesars Palace in the forum shops you can watch The Fall of Atlantis. This animatronic show that happens every hour that shows the struggles between the Gods and how Atlantis ended up on the ocean floor.
- See flamingos and other pretty birds and animals in the habitat at The Flamingo.
- After the sun goes down, several hotels offer nightly shows, including the fountains of Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage and the Fremont Street Experience – a lighted canopy that plays designs and videos to music.
With just a bit of planning and knowing where the deals are found, you can make what would usually be a spendy trip into one that fits your budget and allows you to do more with the money you have. With so many things to do in Sin City, it’s definitely fun to see a different side of Vegas that doesn’t always include the clanging of slots, although, I'm going to be spending a few dollars there, too. What are your favorite ways to spend the days (and nights) in Vegas?