There are a million things to do in Vegas… well, at least 999,999. It can be overwhelming trying to narrow down all your options. This is where we come in. In Las Vegas magazine’s ongoing Day Planner series, we’ll take you to a different place in Las Vegas and help you plan your day; this week, let’s look at the South Strip area at the corner of Russell Road and Las Vegas Boulevard South. A word of advice: Wear comfortable shoes between destinations, as it may be farther than expected, apply that sunscreen, stay hydrated, and allow some walking time.
9 a.m.: Yes, it’s early, but you have a lot to do today. Most coffee kiosks open at 7 or 8 a.m., and if you’re staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas or the Mandalay Bay, Hurry makes a great place to enjoy a cup of joe. If you are hungry, also take a pastry. It’s really too early for a big meal.
10 a.m.: The first place to rush is shark reef aquarium. This super cool experience in Mandalay Bay takes you through the ruins of a temple and a shipwreck, all populated by exotic creatures. You will find Komodo dragons, sea turtles, piranhas, jellyfish and an octopus, in addition to the eponymous sharks. Your ticket is good for an entry time slot of one hour, while anytime tickets are more.
Midday: Take a walk on the boulevard to Bali Hai Tiki Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy a range of American dishes like wings and burgers in a casual environment with tiki decor, as well as surprisingly light and delicious tiki drinks. For a more trendy lunch, wait to take a look at the menu at Sayulitas on Las Vegas Blvd. The restaurant offers many super hearty and inventive Mexican dishes, as well as a bacon-wrapped carne asada burrito that is huge. Grab a Mexican soda to wash it down.
1-4 p.m.: Then a round of golf at Bali Hai, or some retro goodness at pinball hall of fame on the east side of the Strip, a laid-back destination where you can stroll through a huge number of working machines through the ages. Throw in some neighborhoods for inexpensive entertainment.
5-6.30 p.m.: Take a slice at Vegas Slice in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place if you are traveling to Luxor for America’s Got Talent Las Vegas Live.
7 p.m.: If you are a fan of the TV series, America’s Got Talent Las Vegas Live in Luxor lets you see some of the show’s best performers, like magician Dustin Tavella. You will leave this spectacle amazed.
9 p.m.: On the way back check out the speakeasy style bar Prohibition bar from 1923 and enjoy a good cocktail.
… or 6pm-10pm: Dinner at Social libertine (the balloon bread is exceptional), then a bit of gambling – we encourage you to take home a jackpot. Next, dress to party.
11 p.m.: Make sure you have a reservation or tickets for Light, or you just can’t get in. The nightclub features an array of DJs and performers. Next door, the S Bar features an art deco design, an intimate bar and delicious food and drink from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
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