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It's no secret, we don't drink alcohol or gamble, so what is there to do in Las Vegas, then?! A TON! Here is our top 10 list for what not to miss in the City of Sin, if you don't sin ;-)
#10 Zipline down Fremont Street:
The glittering Fremont Street is a bustling lane, filled with side-walk cafes, street performers and a fantastic night life. Fly down the avenue and see all the excitement from above at SlotZilla! With two heights available, you can zip line 7 stories high for $25 or 11 stories high for $45.
#9 Eat at Lotus of Siam:
Our favorite restaurant in all of Vegas is Northern Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam. This award-winning restaurant with fabulous reviews, fills up far in advance, but it is well worth it! And good news, they recently opened a second location in Vegas to accommodate even more diners!
#8 Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage:
Come face-to-face with bottlenose dolphins at Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Located in the Mirage resort, the Dolphin Habitat offers many ways to interact with these magical creatures. You can pet and swim with them, or even paint and do yoga with them! Then head on over to the Secret Garden on the same ticket to see tigers, lions and leopards. Regular admission is $22/ person.
#7 Free Circus show at Circus Circus:
This is a great place for FREE entertainment! Circus Circus hotel has a stage right in the center of their lobby and they put on circus shows hourly starting at 11:30 a.m. daily! Check their calendar online to see who is performing when and go stop in for a free show!
#6 Blue Man Group
We've seen several Las Vegas shows, and Blue Man Group is a top favorite! A variety show with good music, humor, acrobats and surprises, you will love this act at the Luxor Hotel. Tickets range from $35-$150 depending on seat location.
#5 Eat at Top of the World Restaurant
Housed in the tower of the Stratosphere Hotel is a spinning restaurant called Top of the World. See the strip from high above as the restaurant rotates a full 360 degrees every 80 minutes. This multi-award winning restaurant is an experience like no other! Entrees are approximately $50 each.
#4 Bellagio Fountain Show
One of the most iconic Vegas highlights is the Bellagio Fountain Show. When in Vegas, you must watch this spectacular show of thoughtfully interwoven water, music and light designed to mesmerize the viewers. Choreographed to music, this free Las Vegas water show is guaranteed to blow you away. The show runs every 30 minutes from 3pm to 8pm and every 15 minutes after that until midnight. You don't want to miss it!
#3 Top of the Eiffel Tower
Another absolute favorite thing to do in Las Vegas is to ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower. At 46 stories high, it is an exact halfscale replica of the real landmark in Paris. They also now have a new nightly light show every half hour with sinchronized and choreographed twinkling and colored lights. The top of the tower is also the perfect viewing place for the Bellagio Fountain show above as you get a perfect bird's eye view. Tickets cost $18/ person.
#2 The Big Apple Coaster at NYNY
This fast moving roller coaster takes you through a lifelike replica of New York City in an intense battle with alien invaders. Equipped with Virtual Reality technology, it combines thrill-seekers need for speed with immersive graphics, resulting in a 4D experience guaranteed to blow your mind! Basic tickets are $15/ person.
#1 Gondolas at the Venetian
Finally, our #1 top attraction in Vegas for its romance and beauty is riding the Gondolas at the Venetian Hotel. Glide down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola. Float beneath bridges, under balconies and through the enchanting Venetian streets, as your singing gondolier serenades the night away.
Did we miss your favorite Las Vegas attraction? Let us know down below your favorite thing to do in Vegas!
Tampa International Airport and Delta Airlines are giving away a free trip to Amsterdam!
The giveaway provides you and a guest with two round-trip tickets on Delta's nonstop flight between Tampa and Amsterdam. The tickets are good for one year on flights less than $4720.
Contest ends Monday, September 16th.
If you ask the online community for their opinion on whether or not to fly Spirit Airlines, the U.S. based budget carrier, advice will come pouring in to run the other way. Sadly, they haven’t earned the greatest reputation, but we think they're pretty awesome!
We recently tested out Spirit Airways on a short flight from Los Angeles, CA to Las Vegas, NV and were pleasantly surprised. Because it was such a short flight and a last minute trip, we decided not to use points and booked with cash (or rather, credit card-- to collect more points, of course!)
At the time of booking, we noticed that they had four first class seats available to upgrade for only $29 per seat! (Spirit calls their first class “Big Front Seats”). If you’ve always wanted a chance to fly first class, but haven’t yet and don't have points, Spirit would be the place to go ahead and give it a try. We enjoyed the seats more than many first class domestic products we’ve flown, including American Airlines domestic first class, and the price is super cheap.
When we first walked in to the check-in area, we were greeted with utter chaos. Apparently a recent flight had been canceled and there was a pack of frustrated fliers crowding the desk trying to get refunds or put on other flights. But after only a short moment of standing there trying to assess the situation and what line we should be in, we were approached by a Spirit Airlines employee who helped us right away. He was able to check us in without waiting in line, weighed, tagged and checked our bags and sent us on our way to the gate in just a few short minutes. He was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and positive despite the chaos swirling all around. What a great way to start our trip!
The actual hard product of the Big Front Seats is impressive. The seats are large, comfortable, modern and clean. There is a lot of legroom and space. They don’t serve any meals or drinks, even in first class, (nope, not even peanuts!) so be prepared with snacks or prepared to buy. However, the prices to buy snacks are not outrageous, and are actually quite fair. For example, our daughter bought a bag of snack mix for $4 but it ended up being a huge bag that the four of us were able to split. Although there is no personal entertainment, Spirit Airways has recently equipped their entire fleet with WiFi available for purchase.
Keep in mind, that although Spirit can look ultra thrifty at first glance, they do have a lot of hidden fees. So beware, because those fees can quickly add up making your flight more expensive than other options. When researching, be sure to consider all the fees in advance to assess whether the price you see really is a steal.
Spirit Airlines extra fees consist of:
**Note: you are entitled to 1 personal item to bring onboard for free which can be a small backpack. I put my purse inside a backpack and filled them both up, which allowed me to bring on many items without purchasing a carry-on bag, and still allowed me to bring my purse.
We really enjoyed flying Spirit Airlines Big Front Seats and look forward to flying them again in the future. We’ve heard nightmare stories of them canceling flights and always running late, so try them out on a flight when you're flexible. (For the record, our flight was slightly late boarding- about 15 minutes- ,but it was not a huge inconvenience and we made up some of that time in the air anyway. There may be blips along the way, but if you come with flexibility, patience, and snacks, you can score a great flight for a super low price! Even considering we had 3 checked bags (One was overweight), upgraded first class seats, and a few purchased snacks, we still ended up paying less than a Southwest economy flight!
Did you love or hate Spirit Airlines when you flew them? Tell us your experience in the comments!