My Top Tips for Spending Your Winnings in Las Vegas

By Beverly Greer
Published on May 14, 2018
Mystere by Cirque du Soleil, David-Copperfield, City-Lights Helicopter Tour and Las Vegas Roller Coaster

Imagine this scenario: you plan a five-day vacation to Las Vegas. It’s your second day in Sin City, and you just won big money in the casino. You decide to cash out while you are ahead, but you still have three more days to fill.

The good news is that Vegas offers you plenty of choices of things to do, and you have a pocket full of cash to pay for any and all of it!

There are some common ways to spend time and money in Las Vegas other than gambling, like lounging by the pool, shopping, and sight-seeing.

But if you are looking for something a little more exciting and really want to make your vacation to Vegas the trip of a lifetime, there are lots of ways to spend your money on some amazing experiences.

Check out this post to see five ways to spend your extra cash on some memorable experiences in Las Vegas.

I will guide you on how to choose the right show, which tours are worth your time, how to find museums that might actually interest you, which thrill rides will really make you scream, and which restaurants are worth the money.

Go to a Show!

Las Vegas is known for its entertainment. Almost every hotel on the Strip offers some form of show or concert on a nightly basis. From Cirque du Soleil to tribute shows to magicians, there indeed is something for everyone.

So how do you choose which show or shows to see? I have highlighted a few of my favorites for you below.

Family Show: Blue Man Group

With showtimes nightly at the Luxor, Blue Man Group is truly a masterpiece of showmanship.

It combines comedy, music, visual effects, and audience interaction into one fantastic show. It is appropriate for families, but there are some innuendos that only adults will find funny.

You can stick around and meet the Blue Man performers after the show. If you are looking for a show that is an all-around good time with a little bit of everything, this is the show for you.

Magician: David Copperfield

David Copperfield is an incredible magic show, and you will be impressed and puzzled by all of his illusions. If you are one of the lucky few to be pulled on stage for some audience participation, you will start to believe in magic in a whole new way.

Hailed as the most celebrated illusionist of our time, David Copperfield performs nightly at the David Copperfield Theater inside the MGM Grand. This show will have children and adults of all ages in awe, wishing they could be a magician too.

You can find more information on the show by visiting www.mgmgrand.com/en/entertainment/david-copperfield.

Acrobatics: Mystere by Cirque du Soleil

The first Cirque du Soleil show to come to Las Vegas, way back in 1993, was Mystere, and it has impressed audiences ever since. Mystere is a beautiful combination of acrobatics and athleticism that includes a cast of over 60 international artists.

It challenges the way we see the human body and its capabilities while stretching your imagination to the limits.

Performing Saturday through Wednesday for audiences of all ages at the Mystere Theater in Treasure Island, Mystere is a must-see masterpiece.

Take a Tour

Tours may not be the first thing you think of when you plan to visit Las Vegas, but the city is located near some incredible sight-seeing destinations, not to mention sights of the city itself. You can choose from several locations and several types of transportation for your tour.

From helicopter tours of the Hoover Dam to ATV tours of Hidden Valley, these tours are far more exciting than the museum tour guides that you might be used to. Here are three things you have to experience while you are in Vegas.

Grand Canyon Combination Tours

Why choose just one way to see the Grand Canyon, especially when you have time to kill and a jackpot to spend? Grand Canyon combination tours are a great way to get out of the city and see nature at its finest, while still living that high-roller life.

Depending on the options you choose, you can include a drive to the Grand Canyon in an SUV or a limo, a meal on the Canyon’s edge, a helicopter ride into the canyon, and even a boat tour down the Colorado River.

This is the best opportunity to see and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon from virtually every angle.

Here’s a list of Grand Canyon tour operators.

City Lights Helicopter Tour

Las Vegas is known for its outlandish neon lights and flashy displays. But you can’t really get the full effect of all of those dazzling lights from the ground. That’s why you need a helicopter tour of the city at night.

These short helicopter rides take you on a tour of the Strip from the air for 15 minutes once the sun has gone down. This is a truly unforgettable way to see Vegas that you won’t want to miss!

Mini Baja Chase on the Nellis Dunes

For the adventurous visitor, the deserts surrounding Las Vegas are the perfect place to do some off-roading. These dune buggies are custom built for the sand dunes and terrain in the desert outside Vegas. After a tour and orientation, you can race around trails with the help of your tour guide.

The intensity of the trails depends on your comfort level. As the driver, you get to decide just how thrilling you want your ride to be. Couple and group buggies are available for those who don’t want to go it alone.

Check out www.vegas.com/tours/las-vegas-extreme-tours/vegas-mini-baja-chase/ for information on what to wear and other restrictions. The Baja Chase dune buggies are an adventurous way to experience all of the fun that the desert has to offer!

Get Your Adrenaline Rush

Vegas hotels have been known to do anything and everything to get customers to choose them. With so much competition on the same street, they have had to get creative. So, they started adding roller coasters to their building plans.

Las Vegas may not have as many rides as actual amusement parks, but it certainly has a lot to offer for those seeking to scream. Here are some of my favorite thrill rides in Las Vegas.

The Stratosphere

The Stratosphere has been drawing in thrill-seekers for years, and its excitement has never dulled. The hotel’s 1,149-foot-tall tower is one of the tallest towers in the United States. There are three thrill rides located at the top that take rollercoasters to the next level.

The Big Shot shoots you an additional 160 feet in the air in just 45 seconds. Another fun option is Insanity, which extends over 60 feet off of the tower and spins you around at 3-G speeds as you dangle over 900 feet in the air.

Stratosphere also has X-Scream, which is a giant teeter-totter that sends you diving off the 900-foot top of the tower to sway above the Vegas skyline before zipping backward to do it all again.

And for those of you who just aren’t content buckling into a ride, there is also Sky Jump, a vertical zipline that lets you dive from the 108th floor of the tower.

You can’t be considered a thrill-seeker until you have experienced all of the adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping excitement at the Stratosphere.

Here’s a link to the official Stratosphere website.

Voodoo Zipline

The Voodoo Zipline is a combination of traditional ziplines without the uncomfortable harness and a high-speed ski lift.

Once you are strapped in by a single lap belt, you will race between the two towers of the Rio Hotel and Casino at 35 miles per hour.

Did I mention that this ride is situated 490 feet in the air?

It may not compare to the height of the Stratosphere, but the Voodoo Zipline is still a thrilling way to see the views of the Las Vegas Strip. Please see their website at www.voodoozipline.com for more information.

Circus Circus Adventuredome

The Adventuredome inside Circus Circus might seem like a glorified arcade at first glance, with its clown shows, mini-golf, bowling, and Midway games, but there are a few rollercoasters that make it worth your time.

The Canyon Blaster is an indoor rollercoaster with multiple loops and corkscrews that will remind you of other amusement park rides at places like Six Flags. Another ride is El Loco, which has a 90-foot vertical incline before you dive backward, with barrel rolls and 180-degree turns along the way.

Finally, the Inverter spins you around and leaves you hanging upside down before doing it all over again, backward. These and other rides inside the Adventuredome make it worth a stop on your trip.

Learn Something New

Learning is certainly not the first thing people think of when they hear Las Vegas, but the city is actually full of some unique learning experiences and interesting collections.

Whether you want to learn all about the human body, play in the world’s largest collection of pinball machines, or you want to listen to a wire-tapped recording of some mobsters, Las Vegas has several museums and galleries that are sure to make you curious.

The Mob Museum

Located inside the former federal courthouse where the first televised mob-related event, the Kefauver Hearings, was held, the Mob Museum is an interactive museum.

It is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of organized crime, the police who brought some of these gangsters down, or the glamour of how the Mob has been portrayed in movies.

With interactive exhibits, tons of photographs and video clips, and actual mob artifacts, the museum will keep you entertained for hours. Be aware that some of the content might be too graphic for young audiences.

Hollywood Cars Museum

Car and film enthusiasts are both at home in the Hollywood Cars Museum. This incredible museum houses some of the most famous cars to ever hit the big screen, including the DeLorean from Back to the Future, James Bond’s submarine car, the Lotus Esprit, and Herbie the Love Bug.

There are also TV favorites, like the Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch, and a collection of tribute cars designed by Jay Ohrberg. I suggest having a movie marathon the night before you head to the Hollywood Cars museum to see all of these iconic vehicles.

Neon Museum and Boneyard

The technological revolution has changed the scenery of Las Vegas immensely. LED screens have taken over the places of the traditional neon signs that used to light up the Strip.

But these neon signs have been painstakingly preserved and put on display at the Neon Boneyard.

There are 120 neon signs on display, and more are added as casinos continue to renovate. Many of the artifacts have been restored to their full light-up glory, so I recommend visiting this exciting collection at night.

Grab a Bite to Eat

In my opinion, there ought to be a difference between vacation meals and any old meal that you eat at home. Las Vegas offers you some incredible opportunities for complete dining experiences, from dinner and show packages to exquisite meals with fabulous views.

Here are just a few of my favorites.

Favorite Meal with a View: Top of the World

Top of the World is the rotating restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere tower. The room spins slowly around, so you can see all of Vegas as you enjoy your meal. Reservations at sunset are an absolutely stunning experience. But the view is only half of the delight.

The gourmet menu offers steak, seafood, and other entrees, with vegan and gluten-free options available. Pair your meal with a suggested bottle of wine for the ultimate experience!

Favorite Poolside Meal: Overlook Grill

Located at the Cosmopolitan hotel, the Overlook Grill is a glamorous poolside restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Although it is only open until 3 p.m., it is a brunch and lunch destination that will not disappoint.

They serve breakfast all day, including a fantastic Eggs Benedict, and casual lunch options like burgers, tacos, and some delicious blue crab lettuce wraps. The Obnoxious Bloody Mary is their famous signature cocktail, but on Sundays, they offer bottomless mimosas!

Favorite Buffet: The Buffet at Bellagio

The Buffet at Bellagio offers delicious Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and American cuisine. There are so many options that you can get exactly what you want.

Take your buffet experience to the next level by reserving a seat at the Chef’s Table, where you can enjoy table-side carvings of rotisserie meats, excellent desserts, and the chance to interact with the restaurant’s executive chef. On weekends, they offer some specialty caviar dishes and bottomless drink specials.

Conclusion

No matter how much money or time you are looking to spend, there are hundreds of options of things to do in Las Vegas that will make your vacation unforgettable.

I have highlighted a few of my favorites, but there are hundreds of other options that I wish I could include. There is no wrong way to spend time in Vegas, so find the opportunities that work best for you.

No matter what you decide to do,
I hope you enjoy your Vegas vacation!
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