Vegas on a Shoestring

You don’t have to spend big bucks to enjoy “Sin City”.  I went to Vegas for years without ever spending a dime gambling.  The economy has hit this adult playground hard so now is the time to visit!

Assuming you went on line and got your Players Club cards suggested in last week’s post, you may have already gotten an email with a great rate on a hotel room.  Current occupancy rates make it affordable to stay at one of the great hotels right on the Strip for what you used to pay for a less desirable hotel not as conveniently located.

Most of the major resorts on the Strip have sometime to offer that’s FREE.  Here are some of my personal favorites:

The pool.  I don’t spend all day out by the pool but it’s a great way to start the day.  I like early morning when it’s not crowded and isn’t as hot.  Regardless of when you go though, the landscaping – and the people-watching are worth a daily visit!  I’m especially partial to the pool at Caesar’s Palace!

MGM Grand.  This resort is part of the MGM film family which also owns CBS, Showtime and a couple of other television networks.  They do FREE screenings of new programs several times a day.  

Their logo is also “Leo the Lion” and in their glass enclosure habitat, you can watch lions play every day.

Bellagio.  Known for their fountains, the displays set to music every 30 minutes always draw a crowd along the fence to watch.  But don’t forget to go INSIDE the resort as well.  They have a ceiling of Chihuly glass in the lobby where you check in and an elaborate garden they change seasonally.  Right behind the garden in the row of shops is Jean-Philippe’s world’s largest chocolate fountain – all FREE to see and enjoy!

In addition to the discounts that come with your Players Club card, there are lots of coupons for discounts on just about everything.  Keep your eyes open – we even found coupons on our tray liner when we stopped for a Nathan’s hot dog at a resort  food court that let us save on the Haagen-dazs ice cream we had for dessert!

There is so much more to see and do than I could possibly cover in one blog post – all for little or no cost.  Later in the month I’ll share things for those who love architecture, armchair travelers and even adventure lovers!  

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