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suejai
06-16-2009, 08:35 AM
for 4 days and you don't gamble what is there to do after you've walked the strip. Do you need to rent a car? We are looking for a relatively inexpensive long weekend trip for our anniversary in October. Any ideas?

DeluxePrincess
06-16-2009, 08:42 AM
There is lots to do! For discounts on shows, check out openvegas.com. You can get some really good deals. There are also half price ticket booths in Vegas where you can get discounted shows for that night. You don't need a car, so put that money towards the room/entertainment/food. Walking the strip and taking in the sights takes a long time. It's a lot longer than it looks in pictures. We would usually walk up an end of the strip and Taxi back to our hotel, usually less than $10. There are also buses, if you don't mind riding with crowds. DH and I are going to be in Vegas next week.:goodvibes

Meriweather
06-16-2009, 08:45 AM
I've never rented a car. We always use the Duece bus.....we buy a day pass, as many trips as you want. It goes to the outlet mall....where there is a Disney outlet :hyper:

Last trip BBF and I did only free things. It filled our 4 days. Carnival at the Rio, water show at the Wynn, pirate show at Treasure Island, Volcano at Mirage, M&M movie, walking around the Forum shops is fun, lions at MGM, over to Fremont street to walk around too, walked the strip and looked in all the resorts, Bellagio fountain, chocolate fountain there too.

chisnpeke
06-16-2009, 08:45 AM
You can walk but distances are deceptive in Vegas. They also have a monorail but it doesn't cover the entire strip. I don't think I'd rent a car because of the other ways of getting around.

There are a lot of good shows. I think you'll have a great time!

Hoodie
06-16-2009, 08:52 AM
There are a bunch of tours too. Ask the concierge at the hotel. Hoover Dam is not that far and there's hiking and horseback riding in Red Rock Canyon. A lot of those places will pick up on the Strip as well.

As others have said, most of the hotels are worth wandering around themselves. They are all so different and almost all of them have some sort of free show.

storzo
06-16-2009, 09:11 AM
There's plenty to do in Vegas but as pp have said it will take some time if you plan to walk the entire strip. It is very long.

You can stop into each hotel/casino even if you don't gamble just to check out the theming and there is usually some type of free "show" at each one...the fountains at Mirage, the laser lights at Luxor, etc.

You can spend a day poolside at your hotel, you can see shows, ride rides, take a Hoover dam tour, get married (LOL), the list is endless. Vegas is not just for gamblers anymore.

We went for 8 days last trip and we only rented a car one day to drive to a golf course. I don't think you'll need one, the buses and cabs are great although the buses do get a little crowded.

And if you don't have on near you, I suggest you try a Fatburger...fast food but excellent.

MoniqueU
06-16-2009, 09:20 AM
Well I like to have cocktails so just the bars and lounges could keep me busy for 4 days. We usually drive there so have a car but I have flown. You couldn't pay me to take the bus there or the monorail for that matter. The monorail stops are in the back of the hotels and some are a real long walk from their drop off/pick up stops to the front of the hotel. Also Oct can be quite warm so if you pick a hotel with a nice pool that could be something to do as well.

Golf4food
06-16-2009, 09:58 AM
Hoover Dam is not that far...

Take the dam tour.

Ask dam questions.

Take dam pictures.



Sorry, couldn't resist. Love that scene. :lmao:

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

ols386
06-16-2009, 10:06 AM
I love Vegas, and I really don't gamble very much at all.....maybe $20 or so in the slot machines, and that's about it.

You can go to the old downtown, that's fun to walk through, and they have that video show with music, on that overhead screen, nightly, I think.

Once when we went there, we signed-up for a river rafting trip. It wasn't one of those wild rafting trips, it was very smooth and no white rapids or anything like that. It started at the base of Hoover damn. I think it lasted about 4 hours. There were about 20 people, and everyone gets on one large raft. We met at a specified location that morning, (I can't remember which hotel), and then they take you on a bus to where the trip begins. By the time you take the bus there, do the rafting down the river, and then get back to Vegas, it's pretty much the whole day.

There are also many comedy shows you can go to. Donny & Marie have a show. And there are many other shows you can go to with popular entertainers.

And then there's the food. Some great food to be eaten out there!!

There certainly isn't a lack of things to do.

IDoDis
06-16-2009, 10:27 AM
Do you like to ride rides? If so, you can get an Adventuredome pass at the Circus Circus:
http://www.adventuredome.com/rides_and_attractions.aspx

You can also walk around the circus circus midway, play carnival games and take in the free circus acts. Best of all, it's all indoors!
http://www.circuscircus.com/las_vegas_entertainment/circus_acts.aspx

You can also go to the top of the Stratosphere and and ride on thrill rides that are over 1000 feet high:
http://www.stratospherehotel.com/thrills/insanity_the_ride.cfm

Check out other ideas and reviews here:
http://las-vegas-hotels.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g45963-Activities-c22-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html

dizluvah
06-16-2009, 10:37 AM
As everyone has stated; there are plenty of things to do for non-gamblers in Vegas.

I just wanted to recommend cheapovegas.com - I found it to be an excellent resource on free/low cost activities and they have reviews that I found enjoyable to read, etc.

Also, don't under-estimate the fun of people watching in Vegas. One warning: beware the people offering discount or free show tickets - they are timeshare salespeople (we call them vultures) and they will start their speil with friendly banter like where are you from? The often are placed in hotel lobbies or near the entrances to catch the crowds walking by.

Have fun!!

suejai
06-16-2009, 10:44 AM
Thanks everyone! I will definitely look into some of the suggestions. I forgot about all the shows. I wonder if DH will go see Mama Mia with me, he can't stand ABBA music. The Hoover Dam sounds like a dam fine idea, too:rotfl:

DeluxePrincess
06-16-2009, 11:10 AM
One warning: beware the people offering discount or free show tickets - they are timeshare salespeople (we call them vultures) and they will start their speil with friendly banter like where are you from? The often are placed in hotel lobbies or near the entrances to catch the crowds walking by.

Have fun!!

Oh, yes. Beware of the people with the cheesy smiles that jump out at you and ask where you are from.:thumbsup2 Just walk away! Don't even get started with them unless you want to spend one of your days touring a timeshare.

MichelleVW
06-16-2009, 11:14 AM
Oh, yes. Beware of the people with the cheesy smiles that jump out at you and ask where you are from.:thumbsup2 Just walk away! Don't even get started with them unless you want to spend one of your days touring a timeshare.

Yeah..my usually easy going DH hollered "NO" at those people once because he was just so sick of it.....it was so funny because he usually isn't like that, but he had had enough.

We usually get nice hotel rooms and order room service and chill by the pool when we go to Vegas. We are boring Vegas people but it's really relaxing to have no time schedule whatsoever.

We went once and didn't rent a car and I will never do that again....

shellybaxter
06-16-2009, 11:17 AM
I love Vegas and am not a big gambler. I would have no problem with the not gambling part of your question - but the inexpensive part would be a problem. I like the fancy hotels and the upscale dinning. I like the $10 drinks and the best seats for the shows. We go to Vegas a couple of times a year. I can spend in three days (without gambling) in Vegas what I would spend for 7 in Disney

shellybaxter
06-16-2009, 11:21 AM
Oh, yes. Beware of the people with the cheesy smiles that jump out at you and ask where you are from.:thumbsup2 Just walk away! Don't even get started with them unless you want to spend one of your days touring a timeshare.

The answer to the question, "when do you go home" is ALWAYS - early tomorrow morning - LOL

blissventure
06-16-2009, 11:34 AM
The answer to the question, "when do you go home" is ALWAYS - early tomorrow morning - LOL

Another option is to just ignore them and keep walking. I'm not interested in conversing with these folks, at all. Not even one sentence. :goodvibes

DeluxePrincess
06-16-2009, 11:54 AM
The answer to the question, "when do you go home" is ALWAYS - early tomorrow morning - LOL

After we caught on, our answer was always we are leaving "today". Shuts em right up.

Another option is to just ignore them and keep walking. I'm not interested in conversing with these folks, at all. Not even one sentence. :goodvibes

After a few days, we switched to this method. :lmao:

Imzadi
06-16-2009, 12:09 PM
I don't gamble, and I purposely want to go to Vegas to see Donny & Marie and then Bette Midler. :cool1: :thumbsup2


Isn't Cher doing a show there too, now? I can finally see her too.

blissventure
06-16-2009, 12:19 PM
Just wanted to add that it's not at all unusual to enjoy Vegas and not gamble. It's a great adult vacation spot, and frankly, I don't know anyone who gambles beyond maybe a few quarters in the slots. It's far much fun spending money on shows, The Fashion Mall (love that place!) , and the amazing restaurants!:goodvibes

kaytieeldr
06-16-2009, 12:25 PM
The answer to the question, "when do you go home" is ALWAYS - early tomorrow morning - LOL
I like my brother's answer better. When one of them in the Rio asked "where are you from?", he pointed and said, "five miles that way". They left us alone - no point in trying to sell a Las Vegas timeshare to a local, ya know? ;)

kaytieeldr
06-16-2009, 12:28 PM
Thanks everyone! I will definitely look into some of the suggestions. I forgot about all the shows. I wonder if DH will go see Mama Mia with me, he can't stand ABBA music. The Hoover Dam sounds like a dam fine idea, too:rotfl:
I'm pretty sure Mamma Mia closed back in January. On the other hand, its theater may be where they are or will be staging Lion King. Two big shows closed around the same time, and I don't remember which is being replaced by LK.

I was going to recommend cheapovegas.com, but I see a wise person already did. Really good forums, see everythinglv.com.

Cool-Beans
06-16-2009, 12:33 PM
I wouldn't go to Vegas if I didn't wish to gamble. And when I go, I want to win buckets of money. ::yes::

But if I somehow got sucked into being there when I didn't want to gamble, I'd rent a car and drive to see Hoover Dam. Or Disneyland. Or both, depending on how long I was there.

kaytieeldr
06-16-2009, 12:40 PM
More information: while Las Vegas Boulevard is actually a highway that runs for miles and miles and miles and miles and... "The Strip" is generally considered to start at Mandalay Bay at the south end and continue up to the Stratosphere - a distance of about three miles.

DON'T try to jaywalk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are overhead walkways at the busy intersections; where you must cross at street level, obey the walk lights.

The better of the half-price day-of-show ticket agencies is Tickets2Nite in the Coke bottle building, just north of MGM and across from Monte Carlo. Sales start at 11, the list of available shows starts running on the overhead displays at 10:30, and if you check the listings in the What's On magazine in your room, they also do some phone sales ("that other place" doesn't, as far as I know).

Also check goldstar.com for reduced cost - as low as free - tickets to some shows.

The CAT (public) bus runs reasonably frequently; you can get to at least one of the outlet malls, south of Mandalay Bay, all the way downtown. The bus also runs on the cross streets and, well, really, into the neighborhoods because it's there to serve the local residents, too.

Anyway, Carnival in the Sky at Rio is fun, but the Rio is off the Strip. You can walk if you want - it's less than a mile, but CAREFULLY, please. You need to cross some highway on/off ramps. Or, there's a free shuttle from the front of Harrah's - which is not the Strip/casino side, but all the way through to the hotel lobby then out the door and around the corner to your right.

blissventure
06-16-2009, 12:49 PM
More information: while Las Vegas Boulevard is actually a highway that runs for miles and miles and miles and miles and... "The Strip" is generally considered to start at Mandalay Bay at the south end and continue up to the Stratosphere - a distance of about three miles.

DON'T try to jaywalk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are overhead walkways at the busy intersections; where you must cross at street level, obey the walk lights.

The better of the half-price day-of-show ticket agencies is Tickets2Nite in the Coke bottle building, just north of MGM and across from Monte Carlo. Sales start at 11, the list of available shows starts running on the overhead displays at 10:30, and if you check the listings in the What's On magazine in your room, they also do some phone sales ("that other place" doesn't, as far as I know).

Also check goldstar.com for reduced cost - as low as free - tickets to some shows.

The CAT (public) bus runs reasonably frequently; you can get to at least one of the outlet malls, south of Mandalay Bay, all the way downtown. The bus also runs on the cross streets and, well, really, into the neighborhoods because it's there to serve the local residents, too.

Anyway, Carnival in the Sky at Rio is fun, but the Rio is off the Strip. You can walk if you want - it's less than a mile, but CAREFULLY, please. You need to cross some highway on/off ramps. Or, there's a free shuttle from the front of Harrah's - which is not the Strip/casino side, but all the way through to the hotel lobby then out the door and around the corner to your right.

Great advice--especially about not jaywalking! Watch the cars turning, they aren't always carefully watching for pedestrians...even when the pedestrian has the right of way.
May I add a couple of other tips? Tuck some 10's, some 5's, and a few 1's away in your wallet. Having smaller bills makes taking the occasional taxi much, much easier! (I often take a taxi from the MGM to the Fashion Mall (about $11-12.00, and then walk back. It's a hike, but I enjoy the walk.)

About the Rio--the little shuttle buses you can take from Harrah's to the Rio are very nice...and free! (And the Rio has a seafood buffet that is second to none in my opinion.)

SamRoc
06-16-2009, 01:03 PM
I go with a group of girls 3 times a year and we never rent a car. We walk from MGM grand and love to see the fountains at the Bellagio. Have lunch at Paris at Mon ami Gabi (their hamburgers are amazing) we went to the Mirage to see Zeigfied and Roys Secret Garden. The lion habitat at MGM grand. But my favorite is the view from the Voodoo lounge at Rio. I think its 50 stories up and the view of the strip is amazing. We were there in May and the weather was perfect, the crowd was great and we had such a fun time.
http://www.riovegasnights.com/
My birthday is early November and my friends is late October so were planning on going again for Halloween.

Imzadi
06-16-2009, 01:15 PM
Great advice--especially about not jaywalking! Watch the cars turning, they aren't always carefully watching for pedestrians...even when the pedestrian has the right of way.

Yes, DITTO on the jaywalking tip.

Is NV a state where pedestians have right of way? MA is one of those states. I wish they would have BIG signs up as you cross the border into MA.

In NY, we loosely have that rule when at a traffic light, and you must let the pedestrian go first.

In MA, apperantly ANY time a pedestrian is standing at a curb and wants to cross the street, even against the light, the cars MUST stop for them. I've actually seen TWO TON cars, in moderately flowing traffic, abruptly stopping in the middle of an extremely busy street, (not at an intersection,) to let an 120lb. person cross. You can't imagine how many near fatal, rear end pile up collisions almost happen because of the first car abruptly stopping, for seemingly no apparent reason. :scared1: :sad2: PLUS, the other side of the street has to stop traffic too, in order for this person to cross.

I can't believe a law that favors abruptly stopping multiple, two TON cars, in favor of a 120lb. person. :sad2:

I'm not from MA. I'm not used to the signs on posted on cones saying I MUST stop at ALL times for all pedestians at the crosswalk (even if they don't have the light.) It took me several times before I realized and then remembered to jam on my breaks (in already flowing traffic,) to stop in time, and hope I don't get rear ended by another non-MA resident, for a person wanting to cross, instead of him waiting for the light. I'm surprised I haven't killed someone already who automatically expected me to stop, and they just went ahead and started walking. :eek:

Stupid, stupid law. :sad2: If traffic is already flowing, the law should err on the safety of the people IN the cars, not the pedestrians at the side of the roads. Moving cars become projectile weapons. To abruptly stop a two TON car for a 120lb. person is ridiculous. :sad2: :mad:

shellybaxter
06-16-2009, 01:58 PM
Another transportation tip is to use the monorail. It connects several resorts on the strip. You can get an all day pass for like $10.00.

NEVERENOUGHWDW
06-16-2009, 02:16 PM
Rent a car for 1/2 day & go to Red Rock Canyon.

Judy from Boise
06-16-2009, 11:33 PM
You might be unaware, but this question should be asked on our Vegas planning board :)
http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=&f=175

shellybaxter
06-16-2009, 11:41 PM
You might be unaware, but this question should be asked on our Vegas planning board :)
http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=&f=175

I had no idea there was a Vegas planning board. That's why I don't like all of the sub boards on this forum. There are too many to keep track of

Stacerita
06-16-2009, 11:48 PM
Id go to the spa and relax. There is a great Korean spa just off the strip.

jlima
06-17-2009, 01:12 AM
for 4 days and you don't gamble what is there to do after you've walked the strip. Do you need to rent a car? We are looking for a relatively inexpensive long weekend trip for our anniversary in October. Any ideas?
Shows - Donny & Marie, Lion King, 5 different Cirque shows & more
Dining - everything from 99 cent breakfast to Michelin 3-star dining, including theme restaurants (Margaritaville, Rainforest Caft, Dick's Las Resort, Kahunaville, NASCAR Cafe & more)
Attractions - Fountain Show/Bellagio, Free Shows (Rio Show in the Sky, etc), Shark Reef (not free!), Mirage Volcano, TI Pirate show, Fremont St Experience
Spa - have a couples massage. The Canyon Ranch Spa at The Venetian has a Rasul experience that IMO is better than the Rasul on the Disney Magic
Hiking - Red Rock, Valley of Fire
Tours - Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon

You can even just sleep in and go to a movie.

If I can answer any questions, PM me!

suejai
06-17-2009, 09:29 AM
thanks for all the advice:thumbsup2

My impression of Las Vegas from listening to friends that have gone is that LV is a "party town", and that if you are not a night owl there is really no point in visiting. However seeing the variety of things to do, I see my impressions were wrong. I did know about the Hoover Dam, but it didn't seem like it was enough to base a whole trip around. I think we may just give it a whirl if finances allow, or if WDW doesn't win out ;)

thanks again

Sue

S. C.
06-17-2009, 03:22 PM
Here's two Vegas trip reports that I really enjoyed reading. Both have lots of pics.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1866902



This is a helicopter video over Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon and Vegas this is from the above TR. Great job on this ladies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMPDpc9Amb8



Lots of Vegas pics here, Loved this one too!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1989321

Now I want to go to Vegas ::yes::

The Mystery Machine
06-17-2009, 03:49 PM
I don't gamble, and I purposely want to go to Vegas to see Donny & Marie and then Bette Midler. :cool1: :thumbsup2


Isn't Cher doing a show there too, now? I can finally see her too.

Cher is, however once her contract is done she is done. I told my sis we can go down there and see her. (I am trying to get to Vegas.:lmao:)

"Got Disney"
06-17-2009, 04:17 PM
I've never rented a car. We always use the Duece bus.....we buy a day pass, as many trips as you want. It goes to the outlet mall....where there is a Disney outlet :hyper:

Last trip BBF and I did only free things. It filled our 4 days. Carnival at the Rio, water show at the Wynn, pirate show at Treasure Island, Volcano at Mirage, M&M movie, walking around the Forum shops is fun, lions at MGM, over to Fremont street to walk around too, walked the strip and looked in all the resorts, Bellagio fountain, chocolate fountain there too.

Same here you can catch it from Rio, MGM and Harras........it can take you from one part of the strip to the other. You will still have to walk but not far. Besides walking is half the fun. Also very important....watch your wallet and watches....there are very professional pick pockets and they are good. One bump into you and there goes your wallet or watch.

We go the Vegas at least 4 times a year. WE drive 5 hrs or we hop a plane and we are there in 45 minutes(we do this 98% of the time) and take a taxi from the Airport. Be sure to try to share a Taxi.....just ask who is going where you are going ...you will not be the only one waiting for a Taxi. You can split the fair.

By the way Rio's buffet is the best...IMO...and most agree. Caesars is the least impressive and one of the most expensive...and most expensive.

Have a great time! WE head out sometimes just for a few days to take in a show. The kids come along with us. A plane flight for us is as love as $69.00 round trip most of the time so it's a no brainer. The shows however are not. Have seen almost every show they have.





Take the dam tour.

Ask dam questions.

Take dam pictures.



Sorry, couldn't resist. Love that scene. :lmao:

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

:rotfl2:

Cool-Beans
06-17-2009, 04:39 PM
We're supposed to tell you to go discuss this on the Vegas board, which is a sub-board of the Disneyland board, which is listed on the main section when you click on the general discussion boards.

:teeth:

kaytieeldr
06-17-2009, 04:49 PM
About the Rio--the little shuttle buses you can take from Harrah's to the Rio are very nice...and free! (And the Rio has a seafood buffet that is second to none in my opinion.)
By the way Rio's buffet is the best...IMO...and most agree.
Just a note - these are two different buffets. The seafood buffet is at the far end of the Carnival in the Sky section of the casino; the "regular" buffet is just inside the self-parking entrance.


I had no idea there was a Vegas planning board. That's why I don't like all of the sub boards on this forum. There are too many to keep track of
The specific board name in the Disneyland forum is California and the West. We're supposed to tell you to go discuss this on the Vegas board, which is a sub-board of the Disneyland board, which is listed on the main section when you click on the general discussion boards. Maybe we can get a Community Boards Moderator to move it?