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“What’re the best shows in Las Vegas?” That’s a question we get asked a lot. Seriously. Our friends from out of town inevitably ask us two nights before they get to town and shoot, even the dudes whipping up charcuterie boards at our favorite Las Vegas restaurants are always hounding us. Our answer? Depends. You want music? Are you a sucker for storytelling? Maybe you want to laugh until your kidneys explode? Whatever your little heart desires, Vegas has a show for you. But maybe you’re not even sure what you want. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered better than a poncho. So listen up folks, ‘cause these are the Las Vegas shows you should see.

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Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas

Love water? Love, love? Well this show will have you splashing in puddles to your heart’s content (and your spouse’s dismay). For our non-French speaking friends, Le Rêve translates to “The Dream,” and as the only aquatic theater-in-the-round in Vegas, that’s exactly what it is. Performers can be found swimming, flipping, fighting, dancing and dropping into and on more than 1.1 million gallons of water. But the wet stuff isn’t all that Le Rêve offers, oh no. Any pyros out there are definitely going to appreciate the fire. Love, water AND fire?! Le Rêve has something for everyone.

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Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay

Something about shiny gloves, the walking dead and insane feats of athleticism just gets us amped. We don’t care who you are, whenever “Bad” comes on, you pop your collar and walk down the hall with that tough guy strut. And that’s what this show is! It’s the in-your-face action that only the experts at Cirque du Soleil can bring you. Now back that awesomeness up with the soundtrack and pageantry of one of music’s GOAT?! Boom! Actually, it’s probably more fitting to say, “Ow (remember the crotch grab?!)!” Everything from the lighting to the sound, the visuals and the theatrics are over the top -which, something tells us, is exactly how the “King of Pop” would’ve done it himself.

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Absinthe at Caesars Palace

We’re just going to get this out of the way, ok? If you’re easily offended and can’t take a joke, Absinthe probably isn’t the show for you. It’s an offensive level of potty humor that you’d probably find in a high school locker room. BUT! If you can make it through that, it’s also beautifully intoxicating and utterly mesmerizing. The show’s star, The Gazillionaire, he’s at the heart and soul of the crudeness, but the rest of the show is pure physical talent. Lingerie, acrobats and action are the norm and like your cable and internet bills, it’s often times bundled together. So grab a drink, sit tight and let The Gazillionaire do his thing. Trust us, it’s worth it.

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Penn & Teller at Rio Las Vegas

There’s a reason Penn & Teller have been shacked up at the Rio since 2001. Nothing in Las Vegas lasts that long -not even casinos! So it’s a testament to their talent, innovation and personalities that they’ve been able to survive for so long. Their show is the perfect blend of comedy, magic and entertainment, so if you’re not a fan, there’s probably something wrong with YOU. But unlike most other magicians you’ll see on the Strip, these dudes are going to let you in on a few of their tricks. So feel free to run home and brag to your friends that you’ve learned how to swallow a goldfish. You can thank us, or Penn and Teller, later.

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Gwen Stefani at Planet Hollywood

We know that one of Gwen Stefani’s hit songs is “Just A Girl,” but can we be honest for a second? Being “just a girl” doesn’t get you a residency on the Las Vegas Strip. Being a bad a** singer, dancer and one of the best of your generation talents is what gets you a residency on the Las Vegas Strip. And her show at Planet Hollywood puts her talents on full display. Mega-smash hits from her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and The Sweet Escape albums pepper her show, and rightfully so, but what we love most are the nods back to her humble beginnings as the frontwoman of her “little” band, No Doubt. Whether you’re a “Hollaback Girl” or prefer a “Simple Kind of Life,” this show is ridiculously “Cool.”

There you have it, the absolute and definitive list of shows in Las Vegas that need to be seen. Whatever your style or preference, this should help satisfy your show palate. And speaking of “palate,” if you’re looking for the best restaurants in Las Vegas, we have you covered. And speaking of “covered,” if you want to check out some Las Vegas Hotels or need any advice about things to do in Las Vegas, we got you there, too. Check out Vegas.com for all your Las Vegas needs.

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Summertime in Vegas is sizzlin’ hot, like bacon frying in the morning. We’re not joking when we say you could fry an egg on the sidewalk in the middle of the day. If you’re really into it, eat it and call it the “sidewalk scramble.” When it gets upwards of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s hard to want to be outside. You can turn from pale to lobster in a matter of minutes. So, with that all being said, why go outside when you can stay in the beautiful air-conditioned hotels? Yeah, you might not get any color on vacation, but at least you won’t come back looking too toasted, or worse, looking like a “Jersey Shore” cast member. If you’re going to be a shade seeker like us, there’s plenty of fun things to do in Vegas that don’t involve direct sunlight. Here’s a list of our favorite indoor attractions to give you that “Vegas experience” everyone is talking about.

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Vegas Indoor Skydiving

As a kid during summer, it was a punishment to stay inside because your parents didn’t want you risking your life on the streets of your suburban neighborhood. But in Vegas during this heat, it’s a blessing and we have some awesome tricks up our sleeve to keep anyone entertained. Vegas Indoor Skydiving makes staying inside one hellavu thrill. Who else from your neighborhood can say they went skydiving in a wind tunnel? Not that many people, let us tell you. Suit up and head to the tunnel where you’ll get a special feeling inside that’ll make you glad you decided to stay in for the day. Yes, you might look like a flapper face doing it, but it’ll totally be worth it. Time to get street cred from the kids in your neighborhood, you’re welcome.

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Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay 

Who needs friendly dolphins when you can have man-eating sharks? We all know that sharks make for a better story, and at Shark Reef inside Mandalay Bay, you’re going to come out with some of the best stories to date. We might be biased toward sharks because we love the vicious action that’s in their DNA, but that doesn’t make this indoor attraction any less awesome! The Shark Reef is one of the dopest aquariums in town and by the end of it you’ll be able to say that you got to pet and feed a shark. A SHARK FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Besides the coolest moment of your life, you’ll get to explore the depths of this attraction with full 180 views of fish tanks and more than 2,000 species of animals to look at. We triple-dog-dare you to try and find them all. In total, this place has 1.6 million gallons of water. We would like to say that’s the size of the Atlantic Ocean, but that would be a tall tale (tell your friends that anyway and see who believes it). Instead of looking at lobster at a buffet, look through the water and find one instead.

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CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand 

If you’ve ever dreamed about being a real Sherlock Holmes, now’s your chance. CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand will give you a cold case that will put your detective skills to the test. You’ll get an all-access pass to a crime scene, and it’s up to you to solve the whole thing. What’s better than a realistic puzzle? We know it sure isn’t those 2,000 piece puzzle packs that you end up giving up on after five minutes because they’re the most frustrating things in the world. Think of this more like a real-life Clue, but instead of Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the library, it’s a psychopath killer that used to be on the loose. Time to put on your thinking cap and puff a pipe, this indoor Las Vegas attraction has your name on the file.

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Minus5 Ice Experience at Mandalay Place and The Palazzo Las Vegas

What better place to beat the heat than in a deep freezer? We don’t know about you, but we’ve always wanted to know what frozen food feels like. Just kidding, we’re not that crazy. Who do you think we are? Minus5 Ice Experience inside Mandalay Place and The Palazzo Las Vegas is legit the coolest place in Vegas. Some people call it a “chilling” good time! Get where we’re going with this? Good. Minus5’s thermometer is set to -5 degrees Celsius and the whole place is made out of pure ice. There are ice sculptures of famous Vegas landmarks like the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, there are pop culture references like the iron throne from “Game of Thrones” and they even have you drinking out of glasses made of ice. So how does one survive the arctic temperatures? They give you jackets that will turn any popsicle into a nicely insulated watery popsicle. Time to get our ice on at Minus5 Ice Bar.

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Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio

We’ve recommended some intense things to do so far, so let’s slow our roll and take a stroll through the Bellagio Conservatory. With thousands of flowers on display, this free indoor attraction in Las Vegas was made for Instagram selfies. Not really, but it makes us feel better about ourselves every time we go there and take a couple selfies for the ‘gram. You’ll be amazed by the sculptures they put together and the ones solely made out of flowers. It’s like floral origami. The display changes five times a year, and no matter which time of year it is, you’ll be blown away each time. Just google it and you’ll see what we are talking about. So make sure to bring your selfie sticks so you can get a good angle. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses, literally.

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Summer 2018 is in full effect, which only means one thing: summer vacation. You need ideas? We got ‘em. Because let’s be honest, there are four things that make summer, summer. In no particular order: barbecues, fireworks, swimming pools and you guessed it, Las Vegas. So, while you can technically “experience” those first three things in Vegas, not all are exactly “legal” at some of the hotels in Las Vegas. So, maybe just learn from our mistakes and leave the grillin’ and fireworks at home. In any case, we’re here to give you the lowdown on all of the super rad things to do in Las Vegas for summer vacation 2018. So sit back, relax and fuel up at a Las Vegas restaurant, because it’s going to be a summer to remember.

Hotels

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First things first, you’re going to need a place to stay. And we’re not sure if you know this or not, but Las Vegas hotels are kinda like a big deal. Hotels are to Las Vegas what Pusha T is to hip-hop, “we’re top 5 and all of the rest are Dylan.” And if you want to dominate the hotel game, look no further than The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It’s chic, it’s cute, it’s sassy to boot. Ok, maybe “sassy” isn’t the correct word, but it’s definitely one of the most modern resorts on the Strip. With all their contemporary art and minimalist features, the rooms here feel more like a private hipster condo in the city than your typical hotel room. And even better, most of these rooms have their own private terrace for you to slide out onto and enjoy Strip, mountain or Bellagio Fountain views. But if you’re feeling more of the “Vegas-y” vibe, it’s tough to beat MGM Grand. The granddaddy of ‘em all has been the standard for all things cool and innovative in this town since its inception in 1993. The rooms are fresh, modern and flat out comfortable, but perhaps our favorite thing is that they provide instant access to some of the best attractions and shows in Las Vegas.

Shows

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And speaking of Las Vegas shows, we have some really, REALLY good ones. If you know, you know, you literally can’t go wrong with any of our shows, but since you’re looking for advice, we’re going to recommend two. Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil at Mandalay Bay is everything you’d expect from a “King of Pop” – Cirque collab. It’s over-the-top, it’s non-stop action, it has a bomb.com soundtrack AND if you couldn’t already have guessed, it has the moonwalk. Ticket sold? We think so. However, if you happen to be less musically inclined and would prefer some raunchy comedy, Absinthe at Caesars Palace is the show for you. Before we continue, let us repeat: THIS SHOW IS RAUNCHY! If you’re easily offended, please walk away now, because the show’s host, The Gazillionaire, is probably going to publicly shame and/or humiliate you. But if you can stomach the jokes, the mix of acrobatics, sexiness and all-around entertainment is well worth it. Trust us on this one.

Attractions

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There’s nothing like Las Vegas. And there’s nothing like seeing Las Vegas from a new angle. Show of hands here, folks, how many of you have rode in a helicopter above the Strip? Whether your hands are up or down right now, you gotta take the Vegas Nights tour. For the uninitiated, Vegas Nights is the tour so nice you have to do it twice. With roughly 15 minutes of flight time above the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll guaranteed to catch more feels than a Beyoncé concert. Heights not your cup of tea? Pole Position Raceway is the real life “Need for Speed” your inner child has been dreaming of. Put the pedal to the metal as you rip around a quarter-mile European-style track in a souped-up go-kart. These aren’t just regular karts though. No, these bad boys can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour. What Ricky Bobby said, “Slingshot engaged!”

Nightlife

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No summer vacation (or a regular trip in general) in Vegas is complete without a trip to the club. And this summer, it’s tough to beat the music lineup that Drai’s LIVE concert series offers at The Cromwell. We’re talking 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Migos, Meek Mill, Logic, Fabolous, Big Sean, Big Boi and way too many others to count. But let’s be honest, music aside, it’s just plain cool to party 11 stories above the Strip. And for our friends that’re allergic to heights, beat the heat with a stop at Wet Republic at MGM Grand. At this point, we think it’s safe to say that Hakkasan Group knows how to throw a party. And once you combine all-star DJ’s like Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Steve Aoki with some pineapple-print swimwear, this place just feels like summer.

Now that you have the keys to a super sick, fun-filled summer vacation in your hands, the only thing left for you to do is to book your trip! Because you already know that we have the drop on the best Las Vegas shows, Las Vegas Attractions, hotels in Las Vegas and more. So, what’re you waiting for? The Las Vegas pools are calling your name.

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Another year, come and gone. To say that EDC Las Vegas was lit af (or whatever the cool kids say these days) is an understatement. People come from all over the world to experience, what feels like, an overwhelming sensation of euphoria. And no, you don’t have to take blue pikachu’s to feel that way. The people are in the best moods, you see better costumes than Comicon and the effects they instill on the stage are downright the coolest things we’ve ever seen. EDM lover or not, everyone is welcome at EDC Las Vegas. At this festival, you’ll see more colors in the world than ever before (kind of like what Pocahontas said in “Colors of the Wind”). If you didn’t go this year, don’t worry, you have 365 days to plan for the next one. And if you did go this year, see if you can spot yourself in the pics below. EDC Las Vegas is nothing like any music festival you’ve ever experienced before.

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As you already know, Sin City is all about that new-new. Whether it’s new Las Vegas shows, things to do in Las Vegas or Vegas restaurants, this city is always on the up-and-up. So it’s no surprise that EMERGE Impact + Music wanted to unleash their roster of musicians, speakers and tastemakers onto the Entertainment Capital of the World. And did they ever. Showcases on showcases at Harrah’s, The LINQ, Flamingo, Brooklyn Bowl and The Bunkhouse Saloon inspired new ideas about engaging with each other, activism and even introduced some new artists to the playlist rotation. If you were able to experience EMERGE Impact + Music 2018, enjoy this little trip down memory lane. If you missed out, here’s your chance to get stoked for next year. And as always, be sure to check out our Las Vegas Events page to learn about the year’s upcoming events.

Polish Club. Photo Courtesy of EMERGE Impact + Music

Bay Ledges. Photo Courtesy of David Clark

OK GO. Photo Courtesy of EMERGE Impact + Music

Sego. Photo Courtesy of David Clark

The Fairytale Ball. Photo Courtesy of EMERGE Impact + Music

Bay Ledges. Photo Courtesy of David Clark

Depressed Monsters. Photo Courtesy of EMERGE Impact + Music

Luna Aura. Photo Courtesy of David Clark

Poppy. Photo Courtesy of EMERGE Impact + Music

Bay Ledges. Photo Courtesy of David Clark

OK GO. Photo Courtesy of David Clark

Photo Courtesy of David Clark

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The Golden Knights in Las Vegas might be playing on ice, but their sticks and skates are on fire. Everyone wants a piece of the action, and tickets are skyrocketing with every win under their belt. It can be hard to justify taking time off to travel to one of these games, and no one wants to have a “conversation” with their significant other (or worse) their mother. So here’s a few alternative places to watch a Vegas Golden Knights game, just in time for the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Lagasse’s Stadium in The Palazzo Las Vegas

Why save the best for last when you can put it up to bat first? Ooh, wrong sport. Sorry, blame it on all the “slap shots” we’ve been chugging down at Lagasse’s Stadium inside The Palazzo. For those of you who haven’t been there for a game yet, that’s a specialty cocktail they dedicated to the team. And that’s just the beginning. They also have what they call a “puck drop” which is tater tots topped with brown gravy, shredded beef brisket and pepper jack cheese. Every bite tastes like you’re scoring a goal in your mouth. Sit back in their plush seats, eat and drink plenty and enjoy the game on one of their hundreds of HDTVs throughout the sports book.

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Brooklyn Bowl in The LINQ Promenade

What’s better than sitting back and watching the game? Crushing your friends in a game of bowling and watching the Golden Knights take home a W at the same time. Brooklyn Bowl in The LINQ Promenade has 32 lanes for bowling and six bars. And while you’re tossing one back or throwing a ball down the lane, you can catch the game on their big screens (trust us, even someone with glasses can’t miss the puck). Time to throw down the gauntlet with your friends and watch your favorite NHL hockey team. Brooklyn Bowl is where it’s at when it comes to catching a Knights game.

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Rí Rá Irish Pub in Mandalay Place

Hockey isn’t just a Canadian thing, it can be an Irish thing too. Yeah, they might not be known for their talents on the ice, but they sure know how to party. And what’s better than partying and watching hockey at the same time? Nothing. Head to Rí Rá Irish Pub at Mandalay Place and drink with your friends while the Golden Knights are throwing down on the ice. If you wear your Golden Knights gear, you’ll shave 15% off your bill. That can be a life saver after a night of drinking. Go home a winner, and don’t cry over your bank statement in the morning. Party on people! Knights, this shot is for you.

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MacKenzie River Pizza in City National Arena

Pizza and sports are a classic combo like Canada and hockey. At McKenzie’s River Pizza inside the City National Arena, you get to devour a whole pie (don’t judge) and catch hockey teams practicing at the same time. This is home to the Golden Knights practice facility, along with the UNLV Rebel hockey team and other smaller leagues. So when the team isn’t dominating the division at T-Mobile Arena, you can catch them practicing here. If you just want a place to chill and watch them crush the competition, pull up a stump and watch the game on one of the TVs. There’s no limit to the action when it comes to hockey. So why not catch a part of it for yourself? Afterall, no one likes a mad case of FOMO.

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This is the time of year where you’re either taking a money bath or you’re holding your head in your hands asking, “How did this happen?” Yep, that’s right, it’s tax season and the IRS is either your best friend or your worst enemy. Now that you’re done flipping your house upside down looking for receipts to turn into your tax person, it’s time to spend that hard earned money on a Vegas vacation. Vegas is where you escape the nightmares of the IRS and have a Mai Tai poolside instead. Here’s what you should do with your tax return.

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If you owe money:

Yeah, you might not be in the best position to spend money right now, but our motto is YOLO! Scream it with us! Live your best life and if that means booking your stay at one of our Las Vegas hotels, going to see a Vegas show you’ll remember for a lifetime or taking an adventure with a tour or attraction, so be it. It’s time to create stories that will be told for decades to come. And it just so happens that they all start with “that one time in Vegas.” Take a risk, live a little. What’s the worst that can happen?

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If you got $0 – $500:

So you’re not swimming in the dough, but you have a good chunk of change that can be spent living it up in Vegas. First, you’re going to need a roof over your head. If you don’t mind staying off the Strip, try the Rio (around $105/night) or The Palms (around $150/night). If you’re keen on location, look for the Excalibur (around $100/night). Next up, pick up a ticket to one of our amazing shows. There’s BAZ – A Musical Mash-up at The Palazzo (around $52/ticket), INFERNO! The Fire Spectacular at Paris Las Vegas ($46/ticket) or even KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand ($75/ticket). If you’re more of a doer, spend money on our attractions like the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck (around $10/ticket), The High Roller (around $18/ticket) or put all your money down at Exotics Racing (around $99/ticket). If you’re really thrifty, you can do one of each. Just because you didn’t get the biggest return, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

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If you got $500 – $1,500:

Now we’re talking. This is the ideal tax return when coming to Vegas. It’s like Goldilocks always said, “not too small, not too big, just right” and that totally applies to this tax return. Upgrade to a suite at MGM Grand (around $355/night), Treasure Island ($219/night) or Bally’s ($257/night). Now that your crash pad is off-the-chain, time to look into a Vegas show. Your time here wouldn’t be complete without seeing one of these bad boys. To truly make your trip one for the books, check out icons like Celine Dion at Caesars Palace (around $102/ticket), Cher at Monte Carlo (around $150/ticket) or Jenny from the block, Jennifer Lopez, at Planet Hollywood (around $170/ticket). After you’re done swayin’ to your favorite tunes, you can pedal to the metal with these adrenaline-inducing attractions. Make your way through the desert on dune buggies with Zero 1 Desert Adventures (around $224/ticket). If you want to fly like an eagle, jump off the 108th floor of the Stratosphere at Skyjump Las Vegas (around $120/ticket). Follow this guide above, and there will be plenty to talk about when you get home to Poughkeepsie.

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If you got $1,500 – $3,000:

Oh, ah, your bank account is on swoll. There’s no turning back from the suite life now. If the lower tier could get into one, so can you. Check out Paris Las Vegas (around $500/night), Planet Hollywood (around $634/night) or the wrap-around suite at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (around $547/night). No matter which suite you pick, you’ll have a great view of the Strip and/or Bellagio Fountains. And once you’ve gotten over the beauty of your room, and realized you spent four hours staring at it, you’ll want to get your entertainment on ‘til the break of dawn *cough* 9:30 p.m. *cough.* You have the raunchy side with Absinthe at Caesars Palace (around $90/ticket), the sexual side of Zumanity at New York – New York (around $100/ticket) and the lovey-dovey side of Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas (around $140/ticket). And once you have those boxes checked, it’s time to get your blood pumping. But first, time to get your grub on at the best steakhouses in Las Vegas. You’ll find the best cut here and everything you order will melt in your mouth. Once you’ve got your fill, jump on a helicopter and have the best view of the city with Vegas Nights (around $100/ticket). And if you’re feeling up to it after a busy night, wake up the next morning and book the Valley of Fire Tour (around $110/ticket). Your bank account might be stripped a little bare, but every penny spent will be worth it.

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If you got $3,000+:

Someone has a new sugar daddy, and his name is the IRS. And you better believe he’s paying for the best Las Vegas vacation eva. First things first, find the nearest penthouse suite and snatch it up. Or look for them at ARIA (around $576/night), Wynn Las Vegas (around $1,025/night) or The Venetian Las Vegas (around $476/night). There, you’ll feel like Adam Sandler from Mr. Deeds. You might not get a private butler or a water fountain that spews Hawaiian Punch, but your bathroom will be bigger than you need and your room will feel like a home in and of itself. Don’t forget about the view, you’ll be blown away by how much you can see. After clawing your way out of your extravagant bathroom, enter the streets of Sin City and catch dinner at one of our gourmet restaurants and a show. It’s time to indulge and get those fancy seats that are front row, and center. You’ll be so close to the stage people might mistake you for a performer. The Las Vegas shows that will give you an over-the-top experience are “O” by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio which is practically liquid magic (around $205/ticket), a sensory overload experience at Blue Man Group inside Luxor (around $115/ticket) or get serenaded by your favorite boyz in R&B, Boyz II Men at The Mirage (around $175/ticket). And after the razzle-dazzle wears off, it’s time to end your trip with an adventure of a lifetime. Head to the Grand Canyon in style with the Grand Canyon picnic with limo tour (around $505/ticket) or the Grand Canyon Landing tour (around $450/ticket). It’s one of the Natural Wonders of the World for crying out loud, you can’t go wrong with that. But if you’ve been there, done that, then choose to float down the Colorado River like Pocahontas instead. Book your Black Canyon River Adventure Tour ($150/ticket) and zip through the rapids at lightning speed. No matter what you choose, this will end your vacation with glitter cannons and sparkles going off in your head. Vegas is no doubt the perfect place to spend your tax return.

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Earth Day 2018 is right on the horizon. And if you’re instantly asking yourself, “when is Earth Day?!,” we don’t blame you for not knowing that it’s on the 22nd of April. Of course, everyone knows about shows in Las Vegas and all the other great things to do in Las Vegas, but our city’s love for Mother Nature isn’t as widely known. We’re wise enough to know that just because something isn’t obvious, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. So we’re going to hit you with a great reveal and let you know what’s up on how to best celebrate Earth Day. Without further ado, these are the Earth Day activities you need to check out.

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Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden at Bellagio Las Vegas
We sort of feel like we’re cheating with this one, because, well, everyone already wants to see this place. Besides being one of the best 20 things to do under $20 in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens isn’t like anything else in Sin City. The 14,000-square-foot space is filled to the brim with tens of thousands of flowers, plants and trees. Each and every season, the green-thumbed horticulture team flips the script to create a new theme. But what really gets the Mother Nature seal of approval is the 90% vegetation recycle rate. Kuddos, Bellagio for not just talkin’ about it, but actually being about it, too.

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Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Dun, dun, dun, dun… dun, dun, dun, dun. We know that anything with the words “shark reef” attached to it instantly makes you think of the deadly, man-eating beasts. And after seeing our fair share of “Shark Weeks,” we get it. But Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay wasn’t created to exploit that made-for-TV nonsense. Instead, the good folks at MGM Resorts just unconditionally love these snaggletooth creatures. And their love is our gain! Shark Reef’s dedication to research, conservation and education is on full display in a shiny $60 million facility. And if accolades float your boat, it should be known that Shark Reef Aquarium is the first and only animal care facility in the State of Nevada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Two fins up for that.

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Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at Mirage Las Vegas
Known for their snazzy outfits and big cats, it probably comes as a surprise that the two magicians were equally as devoted to wildlife conservation and well-being. From the beginning, the primary focus of Secret Garden has been one of scientific research, education and conservation outreach. So every time you visit the habitat’s majestic white tigers or beautiful bottlenose dolphins, know that you’re promoting the preservation of those animals and their natural habitats. Wow, sorry for getting so deep, but there’s something about these animals that just really tugs on the ol’ heartstrings. ***Fights back tears*** We love them!

Photo Courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon West Rim & Lunch Tour
There’s nothin’ better than gettin’ outside, and It’s even better when you do it on Earth Day. And what screams “earth” more than the Grand Canyon? This thing is a beaut. After you wipe away your tears of joy. After that, you’ll get a chance to stretch your legs out with a chill walk through Guano Point before getting your grub on. And if you’re into upgrades, an awesome upgrade awaits: helicopter ride and pontoon boats. Yeah, you read that right. So prepare to get whisked away to the canyon floor via helicopter before merrily floating down the Colorado on a pontoon boat. The nature isn’t finished there though! Whether or not you upgrade, the day finishes with a stop at Joshua Tree Forest. So much nature, so much adventure, so little time.

Photo Courtesy of Red Rock National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon Tour
Many people don’t know this, but natural beauty is literally just moments away from the Strip, and no we’re not talking about the strip clubs in Las Vegas. Red Rock is more than a west-side casino, people. This National Conservation Area is appropriately named after its naturally red rocks. As with anything outdoor related, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes because once you get done checking out the visitor center, you’re off to check out various areas of the park. The tour guide is super knowledgeable about all things park-related, so don’t be afraid to catch them off guard with some questions. For example, a favorite knee-slapper of ours is “How often do you freshen the rock’s paint?” Hilarity is (almost) guaranteed to ensue, so have fun.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nature-y things to do in Las Vegas, people. If you need more deets on these activities or anything else Vegas related, you can probably learn about it by clicking on our site. Seriously, we got the 4-1-1 on the best restaurants in Las Vegas, Las Vegas shows and more.

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