Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Attractions Las Vegas Hotels and Lodging

Las Vegas attractions offer something for everyone. Attractions in Las Vegas include theme parks, roller coasters, museums, national parks, and more. Learn more about Las Vegas' top attractions.
Bodies...The Exhibition 3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 739-2411
Previously on display in cities across the world including New York City and London, "Bodies...The Exhibition" has finally made its debut in Las Vegas.
Twenty-one whole-body specimens are on display throughout the exhibit in various poses illustrating the body in motion. Poses include throwing darts, conducting music, pitching a baseball and hurling a discus. There are also more than 260 organs and partial-body specimens on display.
The specimens are preserved using a method known as polymer preservation, in which all tissue and water is replaced with silicone rubber. Polymer preservation gives visitors the chance to view the beauty and complexity of the human body as they never have before.
"Bodies...The Exhibition" is broken down into several displays based on anatomical systems including muscular, nervous, circulatory and digestive systems as well as special displays including fetal development, how disease affects the body and more.
In the portion of the exhibit focusing on bones and the human skeleton, visitors can view a fetal skull and the tiny bones which can be found in the ear. It is also in this portion of the exhibit where guests will learn that human bone is five times stronger than steel and that children's bones grow faster in the spring.
Corrosion casting is used to demonstrate the circulatory system in the human body. In corrosion casting, blood vessels are injected with a colored polymer which then hardens. Then the remaining tissue is removed to reveal an unobstructed view of the circulatory system (comprised of 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body). Samples on hand include arteries of the upper limb and of the stomach.
Perhaps the most eye-opening display in the exhibit illustrates the respiratory system. Visitors learn that every pack of cigarettes takes an average of two hours and 20 minutes off a person's life. A nearby display case houses a set of healthy lungs and heart alongside a smoker's lungs and heart, leaving no doubt about how much smoking affects the organs.
An area of the exhibit dedicated to fetal development is particularly intriguing but can be bypassed if the subject matter is too upsetting. One display depicts the gestation of an embryo from the chorionic sac to 32 weeks into pregnancy. Another provides examples of various birth defects including a set of conjoined twins.
In addition, several of the specimens illustrate the damage caused from over-eating, lack of exercise, forms of cancer and heart and brain diseases. Examples include a liver showing the effects of cirrhosis, the damage to the brain following a stroke and the brain of a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Visitors to "Bodies...The Exhibition" will experience a range of emotions throughout the exhibit, from fascination and discomfort to disbelief and amazement, but one thing is for sure, it's an exhibit that will leave a lasting impression.
Pole Position Raceway 4175 S. Arville St. Las Vegas, NV 89103 (702) 227-7223
Craving a taste of adrenaline on your vacation? If you want a bit of excitement and adventure, Pole Position Raceway will send your heart racing. Novice and experienced racers alike can enjoy this state-of-the-art facility, which features indoor race karts zooming faster than any of their kind in the country.
In fact, three weeks after its opening in December 2007, Pole Position already had approximately 5,000 visitors. In addition to celebrities like Jamie Little, Paul Tracy and Kyle Busch, novice drivers from ages 10 to 70 also come out to the track.
"The response has been unbelievable," said Bryan Kroten, director of sales and marketing.
NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch and seven-time AMA Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath are both part of the team that brought Pole Position Raceway to Las Vegas.
Pole Position Raceway's 60,000-square-foot facility features a unique quarter-mile European-style track. The track can be compared to the real thing because it is actually designed by professional race car drivers.
But the karts are what surprise most guests.
"People are most impressed with our karts," said Kroten. "A lot of people think they're going to be kiddie karts or bumper karts."
These racing karts are approximately 18-horsepower and capable of going up to 45 miles per hour, which is quite impressive for being indoors. In addition, these electric-powered karts are environmentally friendly -- they emit no exhaust.
Before heading out on the track, drivers get to choose a racing name -- this name shows up on the big screen above the track. Here, racers can see exactly where they stand against the other participants during the race.
Once the adventure begins, drivers find themselves racing through long straightaways, hairpin turns and other unique elements. Your arms will get quite a workout -- you'll need to use your muscles to maneuver the sharp turns. And while you may hear all sorts of screeching, crashing and bumping cars behind you, don't let those factors psych you out. These should be your motivation to pick up the pace!
At the end of each race, each driver will receive a scorecard, which includes details like lap time and position in race along with overall race stats. Compare your results with other racers to see where you stand.
Even if you're not into racing, you'll have fun simply being here. Guests can stroll through the facility and see helmets and racing suits on display worn by professionals, including the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
The upstairs game room features two pool tables, a pinball machine, plasma TVs and not to mention, a great aerial view of the track. Catch the excitement below and pay attention to how the experts execute the tricky turns. And who knows? After watching for a while, you may be able muster up the courage to try the track yourself. The helpful staff makes you feel comfortable and will also address any concerns you might have.
Pole Position also offers an arcade, which includes a variety of racing games. If you want to take a piece of your experience with you, Pole Position Raceway also sells memorabilia, including T-shirts and hats.
A variety of private parties, catered events, as well as group racing packages are available. With Pole Position's custom racing, you can either race head-to-head with friends, against the clock or eliminate drivers through multiple rounds of racing. For more information about hosting your special event, please call (702) 227-7223.
Whether you're the careful cruiser or the super speedster, Pole Position is fun for all.
"This place is built for the masses," said Kroten. "It's an entertainment experience, yet it also provides competitive karting. It's a good combination of both."
Complimentary shuttle service is also available from the Las Vegas Strip. Please inquire for details on participating hotels.
Stratosphere Rides
The Stratosphere Tower and Ride Pass is the perfect way for visitors to check out a panoramic view of Las Vegas from 869 feet above the Strip and experience some of the thrilling rides set on top of the 1,149-foot-tall tower. The tower's outdoor observation deck is the tallest of its kind in the country and offers a breathtaking view of the city and beyond.
Apart from taking in the incredible view, visitors can also experience the three rides, Big Shot, Insanity-The Ride and X Scream, located on top of the tower.
Big Shot
Big Shot is the tallest thrill ride at an astounding 112 stories high. It starts at the bottom of the needle located at the very top of the tower where guests are strapped in with their feet dangling freely above the world below. Next, experience the feeling of complete weightlessness as you are launched 160 feet in a mere 2.5 seconds at 45 mph. Riders then drop down and spring back up several times before getting their feet back on the ground. This is an intensely thrilling ride not for the faint of heart. You must be 42 inches tall without shoes to ride.
Insanity- The Ride takes riders over the edge as they spin in an inverted centrifuge 64 feet over the north edge of the tower. As the speed increases, riders are pulled out in “escape proof” seats to an angle of 70 degrees, with nothing to look at but the Las Vegas Strip more than 900 feet below. You must be 52 inches tall without shoes to ride.
X Scream
If just looking out from the observation deck is not enough for you then hop on X Scream, a ride than takes guests 27 feet over the edge of the tower in an eight-seat car on a high-tech teeter-totter. The car is hoisted high into the air before the track dives at a 30-degree angle, taking the car and your nerves with it.
After reaching speeds of 30 mph, the car jerks to a sudden halt at the end of the track, with nothing but 900 feet of air between you and the ground. You must be 52 inches tall without shoes to ride.
1. Shark Reef At Mandalay Bay Hotel This Las Vegas attraction features sharks, tropical aquariums, a jelly fish exhibit as well as a few crocodiles. A great way to spend a few hours. You will come in contact with numerous species of sharks, marine invertebrates and rays. All in a ancient sunken temple themed locale. Walk through a tunnel where sharks surround you and put your fingers in the touch tank. No other Las Vegas attraction allows you to touch living sea animals.

2. Manhattan Express Rollercoaster at New York/New York Hotel Of all the Las Vegas attractions this one will get you moving the fastest. Located in the New York/New York Las Vegas resort this Roller coaster will take you to heights of 203 feet, drops of 144 feet and speeds up to 67 MPH, It features the world's first "heartline" twist and dive maneuver, allowing riders to experience the thrilling force of negative g's! I nearly lost my lunch on this one but it was well worth it. The ultimate Las Vegas attraction.
3. Las Vegas Attractions - Bellagio Fountains I'll come clean, I can be a romantic guy at times and this Las Vegas Attraction has a tendency to make me soft. The music gets going and the water dances back and forth. In the early evening the light show along with the fine mist that fills the air is magical. This is the romantic Las Vegas attraction
4. Eiffel Tower - Paris Las Vegas This Las Vegas attraction gets you high in the air above Las Vegas. The replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas is an exact reproduction of one of Europe's most famous landmarks, only at 1/2 scale. You can to ride to the top, and experience a panoramic view of the valley, from 460 feet above the ground. There is also the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, located on the 11th floor. Las Vegas attractions do not get better than this.
5. Las Vegas Springs Preserve Zeke Quezada The Springs Preserve is a cultural and historic attraction only a few minutes from Downtown Las Vegas. Imagine a location where you can not only learn about the history of Las Vegas but about the process by which we all can work to preserve the environment we depend on. The Springs Preserve is a must see in Las Vegas!
6. Adventuredome at Circus Circus Hotel The perfect Las Vegas attraction for the kids. In the summer this is a an air-conditioned theme park that you will think was delivered from heaven. Incredible thrill rides and a joy for the kids. It's free to walk around, but you will have to pay to get wet on Rim Runner or get sick on Chaos.
7. Fremont Street Experience - Downtown Las Vegas A free show in the streets of Downtown Las Vegas. The music is loud and the lights dance above your head. It is an experience. Shows begin at 8:30, for free. The best free Las Vegas attraction
8. The Stratosphere Tower With the tallest rollercoaster in the world and a great view this is a Las Vegas attraction that you will not want to miss. The tower is now a Las Vegas trademark and why not go to the top of it. Ride the rollercoaster or have dinner, it's a ton of fun.
9. Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand Hotel It's not much, but, you can take pictures with baby lions at this attraction or just watch them walk around. I always seem to find myself standing there for twenty minutes watching a cat sleep. I don't know why, try it and explain it to me. This is the Las Vegas attraction where you can get a picture with a huge cat.
Adventurdome Theme Park - Circus Circus 2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-794-3939 Rating & Comments Domed 5 acre enclosed theme park featuring over 15 rides for all ages including the world's largest indoor roller coster. Call for hours.
Bonnie Springs Old Nevada 16 miles west of Las Vegas 702-875-4191 Rating & Comments An old western town in Red Rock Canyon 16 miles west of Las Vegas with a motel, petting zoo, shops, activities and western shootouts.
Circus Acts - Circus Circus 2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-734-0410 Rating & Comments Free circus acts, 11:00 am thru midnight daily.
Coney Island Emporium 3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89109 702-736-4100 Rating & Comments A 32,000 square-foot, Coney Island themed facility with more than 200 coin-op games, 16 midway games, an eight-seat Daytona Simulator, Bumper Cabs, and a city-street themed Laser Patrol! Coney Island Emporium is located on the second level of New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
Death Valley National Park 135 miles (216 km.) from Las Vegas in Death Valley, CA 92328 760-786-2331 Rating & Comments 40 minutes by plane,two and a half hour drive by automobile. Has the lowest elevation on North American Continent at 280 feet below sea level (84.93 meters), Zabiske Point, 20 Mule Canyon, Scotty's Castle, Tours Available
Desert Princess Cruise Hwy 95 at Lake Mead 702-293-6180 Rating & Comments Cruise Lake Mead on a unique triple-beck 19th century sternwheeler.
Desperado Roller Coster Buffalo Bill's, Primm, NV 702-382-1212 Rating & Comments One of the world's tallest and fastest roller coasters is located at the California/Nevada border just 30 minutes from Las Vegas. The ride begins with an initial lift height of 209 feet and a breathtaking 225-foot drop. Tickets are $6.00.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden 1 Sunset Way, Henderson, NV 89014 702-458-8864 Rating & Comments Self-guided tours available for factory and outside botanical garden and cactus display. Open Daily 8:30am to 7:00pm
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas NV 89109 Rating & Comments Live African penguins and Chilean flamingos are on display in the outdoor Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, part of 15 acres of tropical gardens. These birds, along with mute swans, black-necked swans, Australian black swans, Gambel's quail, African crowned crane, pheasants, helmeted guineafowl, swans, several varieties of ducks, Japanese koi fish, grass carp, sacred ibises, macaws, cockatoos, chub minnows and albino channel catfish are carefully tended by experts and live on islands and streams surrounded by sparkling waterfalls and lush foliage. Grebter grackle birds, house sparrows, mallard ducks and hummingbirds are seasonal visitors to the menagerie.
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving 200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-731-4768 Rating & Comments Expperience the thrill of skydiving indoors.
Fountains at Bellagio 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-791-7111 Rating & Comments Over a thousand soaring fountains fill Bellagio's lake, enhanced at nightfall by color and light. Accompanying this water ballet is the,music of composers such as Copland and Strauss and vocalists such as Luciano Pavarotti.
Fremont Street Experience Fremont Street - Downtown Las Vegas 702-678-5600 Rating & Comments Features a Space Frame, rising 90 feet in height and stretching almost 1,400 feet along Fremont Street from Main Street to Fourth Street. Set into the inner surface of the space frame are nearly 2.1 million lights. Within the space frame are 208 speakers capable of producing 540,000 watts of sound and concert-quality music. Thirty-two computers generate animated images perfectly syncopated to sound. In addition, there are $2 million in ambient lights, including 180 computer-programmed strobe lights and 64 variable color lighting fixtures capable of producing more than 300 colors, within the space frame. Hourly show from dusk to midnight. Free
GameWorks 3785 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-432-GAME Rating & Comments In the Showcase Mall. More than 250 games and a 75-foot rock-climbing structure provides fun and excitement for all ages. Open 10:00am to 4:00am
Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary 8103 Racel St, Las Vegas NV 89131 702-645-4224 Rating & Comments Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is located near Tule Springs and is Southern Nevada's only nonprofit wildlife refuge and public education center housing exotic and indigenous birds and animals in a parklike setting.
Grand Canyon Grand Canyon, AZ 520-638-7888 Rating & Comments About 300 miles (480 km.) from Las Vegas, 1 1/2 hour flight by plane, Tours Available
Grand Canyon West approximately 120 miles east of Las Vegas, NV 877-716-9378 Rating & Comments The Grand Canyon Skywalk (opening March 28, 2007) will be the first ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon's rim. Other attractions available at Grand Canyon West include The Indian Village with authentic dwellings, The Hualapai Market, and The Hualapai Ranch, a western town with horseback and wagon rides. Grand Canyon West is the only location throughout the entire Grand Canyon where visitors can access the river and water recreation activities at the bottom of the canyon via helicopter tours. In addition to boat tours on the river, Hummer tours are available along the rim of the canyon and through private areas that are otherwise inaccessible to the public. Directions form Las Vegas: South on US-93, 40 miles past Hoover Dam trun left (North) on to Pierce Ferry Road for 28 miles. Turn Right (East) on to Diamond Bar Road go for 21 miles. Diamond Bar Road will end at the only entrance to Grand Canyon West, which is the Grand Canyon West Airport.
Gravityzone Las Vegas Skydiving Jean Sport Aviation Airport, Jean, NV 702-456-3802 Rating & Comments Experience the thrill of a tandem or solo skydive in Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps. We offer the highest jump around Las Vegas, all the way up to 13,500 ft. Feel the air rush in your face as you freefall through the air at 120 mph. You get to pull the ripcord with the help of a master parachutist to guide your parachute down to a safe landing. Capture the moment with a Music Video and Still Photography. All our Instructors and Jumpmasters are licensed by the USPA/FAA.
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve 2400 Moser, Henderson, NV 702-267-4180 Rating & Comments The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve provides the public a venue to see and learn about birds in a human-made habitat providing naturally occurring food sources for resident, migrating and nesting birds. The preserve is home to more than 200 species of birds. The city-owned preserve is open daily from 6:00am to 3:00pm.
Hoover Dam Hyw 93 at the Nevada/Arizona Border 702-294-3524 Rating & Comments The new visitor center hours of operation are 8:30am to 5:45pm. A guided, 35-minute tours of Hoover Dam take visitors deep inside the monolith for a complete explanation of its history, purpose and inner workings. Tours Available
IMAX-3D Theatre - Luxor 3900 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 702-262-4500 Rating & Comments The Luxor IMAX Theatre features films in IMAX and IMAX 3D. They take you on the world's most exotic journeys - in maximum image and maximum sound - to places you've never been and in ways you've never seen. With a 7-story screen and 30,000 watts of sound, it is truly as high as high tech gets. Experience the IMAX difference.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Access off I-15 in Nevada; U.S. Highways 93 and 95 in NV & AZ 702-293-8907 Rating & Comments Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round.
Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix 1401 N. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89108 702-259-7000 Rating & Comments A 7 acre Family Fun Center with 3 Go Kart tracks, Gran Prix, Dragon Roller Coaster, Super Fun Slide, 7000 sq. foot Restaurant/Party Room and Arcade. Located just off I-95 at Rainbow and Vegas Dr. Open Year round Sunday-Thursday 10:00am to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00am to midnight. ALL ages.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. No., Las Vegas, Nevada 89115 702-644-4444 Rating & Comments A unique motorsports entertainment experience for every race fan. The 1,500-acre Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex includes a 1.5-mile superspeedway, 2.5-mile road course, 1/2-mile dirt oval, drag strip, Go-Kart tracks, racing schools and a variety of additional motorsports facilities and attractions. 800-644-4444
Las Vegas Springs Preserve 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 822-7770 Rating & Comments Explore the Springs Preserve, once home to ancient tribes and the resting place for weary Spanish explorers. Learn about the history of the Las Vegas Valley as well as methods to maintain a sustainable lifestyle in the desert. The Preserve is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Trails close at dusk. Entrance to the gardens and trails at the Springs Preserve is free to the public, however you must obtain a ticket to enter. You must obtain gardens and trails tickets from the Preserve when you visit; you cannot order them online. Admission Tickets and Annual Passes provide entrance to the ORIGEN Experience and Desert Living Center, in addition to the Gardens and Trails. Prices do not include admission to concerts, performances or events. General Admission - Adult $18.95 (Nevada Resident $14.95) General Admission - Senior (65+) & Student (18+) $14.95 (Nevada Resident $13.45) General Admission - Child (5 - 17 years) $10.95 (Nevada Resident $6.95) General Admission - Child Under 5 years Free
Lion Habitat 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-891-1111 Rating & Comments The MGM Grand Lion Habitat features multilevel areas for the pride lions to play and interact with the public, which is less than 1 1/2 inches away. The Lion Habitat's pond and four waterfalls are for the lions enjoyment, along with tunnels and a canyon to prowl over, under, and through. The Lion Habitat allows direct contact with Lions for photographs, with the hope that visitors will donate to organizations that save the wild habitats for the lions. Open from 11:00am to 11:00pm daily. Admission is free.
M&M's World 3785 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-458-8864 Rating & Comments In the Showcase Mall. Your favorit M&M's candies, characters and merchandise available in one superstore. Open Sun-Thur 10am to midnight and 10am to 1am Fri & Sat.
Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas 3377 Las Vegas Blvd, S., Las VeSuite 2001, gas, Nevada 89109 702-862-7800 Rating & Comments Inviting guests to "Do the Things that Celebrities Do," Madame Tussauds Las Vegas immerses visitors in one-of-a-kind, interactive experiences that create personal memories with some of the world's biggest icons. The attraction's newest experience, Hef: The Experience, featuring Hugh Hefner invites visitors to "Be a Bunny" as they mix and mingle with the world's most popular swinging single while donning the signature bunny ears! Other new experiences include Marry Clooney in which guests say "I Do" to Hollywood's most unobtainable bachelor, "George Clooney," and Celebrity Poker with "Ben Affleck" which teaches visitors the game of Texas Hold 'em while inviting them to go head-to-head with one another alongside "Ben Affleck." Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is open seven days a week. For attraction hours and pricing, please call (702) 862-7800 or visit online at www.mtvegas.com.
Manhattan Express Roller Coaster 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-740-6969 Rating & Comments The Manhattan Express loops arount the entire hotel.
Mt. Charleston US95 North to Hwy 157, then west on Hyw 157 for 17 miles 702-873-8800 Rating & Comments Miles of hiking and biking trails about 30 miles from Las Vegas. The pine forests provide great picnic spots, horseback riding in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Nevada State Railway Museum Near Boulder Hyw & Yucca St. Boulder City 702-486-5933 Rating & Comments There is currently no museum facility but they are offering monthly excursion rides on the following dates: May 1 & 2, June 12, July 3, Aug 14, Sept 11, Oct 2 & 3 and Nov 13 2004, at the following times 9:00am, 10:30am, noon and 1:30pm. Call for the Dec 4 & 5, 2004 Santa Train schedule. Tickets are $5.00; $4.00 for seniors 65 & older; $3.00 for children ages 6 to 11 and free from children 5 and younger.
Old Mormon Fort 500 E Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101 702-486-3511 Rating & Comments Claims to be the oldest original building in Nevada. Open daily, 9:00am to 3:30pm
Overnight Stay On A Cattle Ranch St. George, Ut. 84771 801-628-4010 Rating & Comments Overnight Experience on a working cattle ranch near the Grand Canyon.
Parade in the Sky 3700 W. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89103 702-252-7777 Rating & Comments Located in Rio's Masquerade Village, the show features state-of- the-art floats that suspend from the ceiling and parade above the casino floor. Three themed parades are performed throughout the day: Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnivale in Venice, and Carnivale in Rio. Guests may take part in the parade by riding floats, and wearing costumes unique to each parade (for a fee). The show is free to the public and is performed every 2 hours from 2:00pm to midnight dailt except Wednesdays.
Pinball Hall of Fame 3330 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV 89121 Rating & Comments The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world's largest pinball collection, open to the public. A not-for-profit corporation was established to further this cause. The games belong to one club member (Tim Arnold), and range from 1950s up to 1990s pinball machines.
4500 square feet is dedicated to the Pinball Hall of Fame, where the entire family can enjoy non-violent pinball arcade games for small dinero. All machines are available for play, so not only can you see them, you can actually play your old favorites. The pinball machines are all restored to like-new playing condition by people that love pinball and understand how a machine should work. All older pinballs are set to 25 cents per play, and newer 1990s models are set to 50 cents per play.
Since it is a non-profit museum, older games from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are the prevelant, as this was the "heyday" of pinball. There are no "ticket spitters" here (aka kiddie casinos or redemption). It's all pure pinball (and a few arcade novelty games) from the past.
Hours: 11am till 11pm, 7 days a week.
Planetarium at CCSN 3200 East Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas, NV 89030 702-651-4759 Rating & Comments This excellent planetarium offers special movie programs with titles like The Explorers and Sky Watch. Show times are 6:00pm and 7:30pm Fridays and 3:30pm and 7:30pm on Saturdays. After the 7:30pm showings, telescopes at the student observatory will be available for viewing, depending on weather conditions. Call or visit their website for current showings and special events. Admission is $4 for adults; $2.50 for seniors over 55, children under 12 and CCSN students. Disabled access is available. 5pm-8pm Fri; 3pm-8pm Sat.
Red Rock Canyon 15 miles (24 km.) west of Las Vegas out Charleston Blvd. 702-363-1921 Rating & Comments Once the home of ancient Indian tribes, this magnificent canyon was formed by a thrust fault -- a fracture in the earth's crust where one rock plate is thrust horizontally over another. Take a scenic drive through the blazing red rock formations of Southern Nevada. $5.00 per car charge to enter Red Rock. Season passes are available for $20.00 per year.
River Rafting Tours Pick from Several Rating & Comments You can pick from several different tours.
Rock n' Roll Memorabilia - Hard Rock 4475 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-693-5000 Rating & Comments The hotel/casino's rock n' roll ambiance is created by hundreds of thousands of dollars in memorabilia displayed throughout the property.
Sahara Speedworld 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-737-2471 Rating & Comments The most intense virtual reality technology on the planet, featuring 24 three-quarter size indy cars capable of speeds up to 220mph. Zip through the streets of Las Vegas or race on a replica of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Also vist the 3-D action simulator theater and hold-on for another ride of your life. At the Sahara Hotel.
Sandy Valley Ranch Sandy Valley, NV 702-631-0463 Rating & Comments Offering cattle round ups, trail rides and wagon rides. for your corporate training and team building needs, they provide a unique combination of horse and cattle activities mixed with soft-skills training in their conference rooms. Tamer adventures are available with their antique, climate-controlled covered wagon Bed and Breakfast.
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NV, 89119 702-632-7580 Rating & Comments Not your typical aquarium, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is a total sensory experience designed to transport visitors to an undersea ocean of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters. Featuring 2,000 dangerous and unusual aquatic animals from the world's tropical waters, Shark Reef takes visitors on a journey through an ancient temple that has been slowly claimed by the sea. View 100 aquatic species, including 13 different species of sharks! Open daily 10:00am to 11:00pm. (Last ticket sold at 9:30pm) Admission is $12.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 5 to 12 years old and free for children under 5 years old.
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-791-7111 Rating & Comments "Magicians of the Century" Siegfried & Roy invite you to enter into their Secret Garden where you will see Royal White Tigers, Magical White Lions, panthers, and leopards. Enter this tropical atmosphere, surrounded by palm trees and lush foliage, and a different world that is exotic, enchanting and full of adventure lies before you. The exquisite animals enjoy relaxing in their environment, which was modeled after their natural habitats. The 2.5-million-gallon Dolphin Habitat is home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Its purpose is to provide a healthy and nurturing environment for dolphins, as well as to educate the public about marine mammals and their environment - including their role in the ecosystem. Four connected pools, an artificial coral reef system and sandy bottom replicate the dolphins' natural environment. Most of the dolphins were born here; the remaining few were relocated from other facilities. Open Daily: Memorial day to Labor day 10:00am-7:00pm; Labor day to Memorial day 11:00am-5:30pm weekdays and 10:00am-5:30pm weekends. Adults: $15.00; Children 4-12 $10.00;Children 3 and under no charge when accompanied by an adult.
Sirens of TI - Treasure Island 3300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-894-7111 Rating & Comments Sexy sirens battle a band of renegade male pirates in Sirens Cove. Experience music, energy, dance, temptation, danger, excitement, sensuality and seduction. Created by award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega. Free performances nightly at 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00 p.m. in Sirens Cove at the front of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. VIP viewing for hotel guests.
Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park 1775 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89106 702-647-4685 Rating & Comments There are a variety of endangered cats as well as the last family of Barbary Apes in the United States, chimpanzee, eagles, ostriches, emus, talking parrots, wallabies, flamingos, large exotic reptiles and every species of venomous reptile native to southern Nevada. The zoo also features exhibits by the Las Vegas Gem Club and botanical displays of endangered cycads and rare bamboos. Open daily 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission $6.50 general, $4.50 for children ages 2-12 and seniors aged 62 and older, free for children under 2.
Speed - The Ride 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 702-734-7223 Rating & Comments Located in front of the NASCAR Cafe at the Sahara Hotel. Open 10:00am to 10:00pm (till midnight on Fridays & Saturdays). $6.00 per ride.
Star Trek: The Experience 3000 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 732-5755 Rating & Comments Star Trek: The Experience is a $70 million, 65,000-square foot attraction featuring several different components. The original attraction, Klingon Encounter, is a 22-minute entertainment experience complete with live interaction and a motion base simulator ride. The new BORG Invasion 4D combines live actors and phenomenal special effects to create an excitingly realistic Star Trek experience. The History of the Future Museum highlights the Star Trek television series and films and includes actual props, weaponry, spacecraft and various award-winning masks and costumes used in filming.
Star Trek: The Experience offers a "Dual Mission" combo ticket, two great attractions for one great price of $42.99. Guests can ride the original attraction, Klingon Encounter and the new BORG Invasion 4D and visit the History of the Future Museum for the price of one ticket. To experience Klingon Encounter and BORG Invasion you must be at least 42" tall. There is no charge to enter Quark's Bar & Restaurant and the Deep Space Nine Promenade shops. Open 11:00am to 11:00pm daily. Review
Note: This attraction will be closing September 1, 2008.
Strat-O-Fair midway 2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas Nv, 89104 702-383-4755 Rating & Comments Some of the main midway attractions include: The Sky Wheel, a 45-foot in diameter Ferris Wheel. The Little Shot, a smaller version of the Big Shot adapted for kids and the Hover Crash, a futuristic bumper car ride. The midway is located at the base of the 1,149 foot Stratosphere tower.
Stratosphere Tower 2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas Nv, 89104 702-383-4755 Rating & Comments See the city like you've never seen it...millions of lights flickering into the darkness of a distant horizon...Las Vegas at night. Breathtaking and unforgettable, its brilliance will last a lifetime. See it from the 1,149 foot Stratosphere Tower - the tallest free-standing observation tower in the United States. Tower Hours: 9am - 1am Sunday through Thursday; 9am - 2am Friday, Saturday and Holidays.
Sunset Stampede - Sam's Town 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122 702-456-7777 Rating & Comments FREE Laser Light and Water Show at 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm daily, the mountain in the Mystic Falls Indoor Park comes alive as the Sunset Stampede chronicles the Western pioneer experience with music, lights and animation.
Theaters of Sensation--3-D Motion Adventure Rides 3377 Las Vegas Blvd, S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-733-0545 Rating & Comments Located at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in the Grand Canal Shoppes. Five different 3-D Motion adventures rides showing on two screens, featuring a virtual Gondolo Ride, mysterious Venetian Carnival, Time Travel to King Tut's Tomb, along with underwater and outer space experiences. Open every day from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM (to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.)
Valley of Fire State Park North on I-15 from Las Vegas, take NV Rt 169 at Crystal south to park. 702-397-2088 Rating & Comments Scenic landscapes of hidden canyons and unique rock formations, petroglyphs and remains of ancient Indian civilization, Nevada Park Service visitors center, tours available. There is a $5 entrance fee. Visitor Center Hours 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily
Volcano At The Mirage 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-791-7111 Rating & Comments Set amid a tropical lagoon, The Mirage volcano erupts every few minutes after dark, spewing smoke and fire 100 feet above the water. FREE.

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