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    First Time in Vegas

    Taking a trip to Vegas the 28th through the 2nd of September. Currently have a Bally's Room Booked as the rates were to good to pass up.

    Any advice on a first timer getting their feet wet, best attractions that me and the wife must see and do?
    Best new member promotions we are from the MS Gulf Coast so we do have some players cards currently, but it will be my wife's birthday so any places that take that into account would be great.
    Good Restaurants that will not break the bank?

    Honestly just looking forward to a good trip have budgeted around $500 per day gambling funds so hopefully I can get some traction on that.

    Any tips and advice is welcome. Thanks

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    Hi @jcp243!
    Bally's is a good location on the Strip to stay as you will have lots of options around you for gaming, entertainment and food. It's not the most glamourous place to stay, but the rooms are decent (and you are just sleeping there anyways!) I'm guessing that since you are from MS Gulf Coast, you already have MLife and Total Rewards cards? If so, you might want to play at those casinos so that your points will travel with you home as a first time visitor to Vegas.

    CET/Total Rewards Properties: Planet Hollywood, Paris, Bally's, Flamingo, Caesar's Palace, Cromwell, Harrah's, The Linq
    MLife: Luxor, Monte Carlo/Park, New York New York, Mirage, Aria, Bellagio

    New member promotions change often, so it would be best to check on the websites of the casinos you wish to visit to see what's available. You might also want to check out the Las Vegas Advisor coupon book and American Casino Guide coupon book to see if any Strip locations have coupons you might be interested in. Typically those books will have better offers for downtown and off-strip properties.
    For good restaurants, I generally avoid the overpriced strip and strip buffets. Right behind Bally's (one block behind) is a place called Ellis Island Casino & Brewery that has really good food for decent prices. They have a BBQ restaurant and a Cafe that has a Steak special that is $7.99 (have to get a player's card, play $5 in a machine then print the coupons at the kiosk for the discounts). They also have brewed beer and homemade root beer as well. It's a small casino, but you can play games here for relatively cheap and do OK. They are doing some expansion work as well. Takes about 10 minutes maybe to walk back there from the East side of Bally's.
    I'd also recommend the Paris La Creperie restaurant for delicious, homemade crepes. They are a little high, but for a quick bite they are really good.

    Biggest tips:
    - Bring good walking/tennis shoes: you will do a ton of walking..those places aren't right there and the casinos themselves are huge!
    - Stay hydrated: the weather will start cooling down..but it is a desert and you will dehydrate due to the dry air. Bring chapstick!
    - You wont be able to see and do everything, so don't rush through it all. You will have to come back to get more things in and go to downtown Las Vegas (my favorite!)
    - Use the Monorail: Bally's has a station and it can take you up to SLS and down to MGM Grand. Trains usually arrive every 7-8 minutes at the stations. You can purchase the tickets ahead of time or at the station from the kiosk. If you are going to be using it a lot, I recommend a 24 hour pass or a 2 or 3 day pass as it would be unlimited.

    If you have any other questions, juet post them here and I'll answer them for you. I've been to Vegas several times and still don't get to do everything when I'm there I planned on!

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    Thank you so much for such a detailed response yeah we plan on doing as much as possible in the week we are in Vegas. Does the Monorail run only down the strip? Would this be a better option than Uber?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcp243 View Post
    Thank you so much for such a detailed response yeah we plan on doing as much as possible in the week we are in Vegas. Does the Monorail run only down the strip? Would this be a better option than Uber?

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    The Las Vegas Monorail only goes up and down the East side of the Strip, from MGM Grand to SLS. There are 3 smaller monorails on the west side of the strip that connect as follows. These are FREE unlike the Las Vegas Monorail.

    Mandalay Bay - Luxor - Excalibur

    Monte Carlo/Park - Crystals (shopping Mall/Aria) - Bellagio

    Mirage - TI

    Depending on where you want to go, the monorail may be a good solution as opposed to Uber or Lyft. Be aware that Uber and Lyft can only pickup and dropoff in specified locations at Strip properties, so be sure to know where those are if you choose to use that service.

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    Wear comfortable shoes!!
    Definitely visit Downtown/Fremont Street.... a lot of fun!
    Go see a show...we saw Cirque du Soliel The Beatles LOVE and really enjoyed it! There are tons of quality shows in Vegas and it gives you a break from gambling.

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    Be mindful that "just next door" can mean a ten block equivalent walk back home. If it is hot, consider not walking.


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    I was just in Vegas. Uber is an option but be SURE to choose the "share or POOL" ride. It is MUCH less expensive, and we only had to share our car once in 7 days. The bill for our Uber trips was around 100 bucks for 7 days of rides. The airport Uber rides are the most expensive. The Yard House that is on a side street right by the Ferris Wheel has a really good happy hour, and great prices on their happy hour food menu. You can spend hours just walking around in the casinos... because they are just so amazing. There is nothing like Las Vegas.... it is just a place like none other. Have a great time!! If you rent a car, take the time to go to Valley of Fire state park... it is like going to the moon... the terrain is just so amazingly pretty and different. Also... Red Rock canyon... a nice way to spend time outdoors away from all the noise and flashing lights.

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    JCP243 - Vegas is a great choice to celebrate your wifes birthday; you're both in for a treat! So much to do. You already have great suggestions but I wanted to add a few:
    **Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
    **Floral creations at the Wynn hotel
    (Most of the hotels on the strip have something over the top thats worth seeing but you must see the two above)
    **Mat Franco is fabulous, I recommend this show to everyone - Magic Reinvented Nightly, at the LINQ Hotel & Casino.
    **Purple Reign at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is such a fun show to see- I wasn't a Prince fan but this guy is awesome and the music wonderful. Westgate was also a great place to gamble.
    **Jennfer Lopaz's show is very good. Diana Ross was there and is definitely a show wirth seeing. She'll show you why shes the Diva of Entertainment!

    I've been to Vegas on many occasions and used to always stay on the Strip until last year. I now stay downtown at the Golden Nugget and I love it there. I've also stayed at Red Rock Canyon, its very nice but its so isolated, but a very nice place to visit if you have the time.

    **A great place to eat and play if you're in the downtown area is Garden Court Buffet. http://www.mainstreetcasino.com/dine...n-court-buffet.

    **The Plaza Hotel downtown has bingo. I used to think playing bingo was like watching paint dry, until I won $500. Now its a good diversion from the slots for a couple of hours. They have early games and I'm not sure how long they go but they have several sessions.
    *******Hash House A Go Go is in the Plaza and another great place to eat. Breakfast there is awesome.

    Have a great time and early birthday wishes to your wife!

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    Thank all of you for the suggestions. Sounds like we should have a wonderful time 14 days remaining till we take off.

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    And don't forget about a 'block' behind Ballys is Ellis Island. Not a posh place, but decent food at really good prices. They have a café, BBQ, taco joint and their own brewery. You can read all about it in other threads. You also have to see the conservatory at the Bellagio. Good luck and have fun!!

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