Thursday, April 17, 2014

VEGAS: Day 3

Today is the last day of our weekend in Vegas. 
We checked out of our room at Caesars Palace and walked around to look at the amazing pools, forum shops, and sculpture they have all around.
 And yes, they sell plenty of merchandise from The Hangover movie.

Next, we went to the Mirage and paid to enter the Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.  (If you look in the upper left corner of the photo, you can see some children holding canvas that the dolphins painted on with special brushes they held in their mouths. (It's a little pricy, but a cool, unique artsy souvenir).
 It isn't huge, but you can watch dolphin shows and see the dolphins swim both above and below the water in an underground observation area.
 We also saw some big kitties.
 Siegfried even came out and greeted the guests. He is super nice to pose for photos, sign autographs, and do magic for the kids.
 There was a sign posted saying the Pirates of TI shows are permanently cancelled due to continual construction in the area by Treasure Island.
 For all of you Señor Frogs fans, there is one right outside Treasure Island.

 View of the strip from the Outlets skybridge.
We checked out some more casinos that are new that I had never been in. Then we stopped for some Italian lunch inside the Venetian. There is a free hourly show we were able to catch from our table as we ate. (It is a little different and not as exciting as others.) You can take a ride in a gondola around the shops in here if you desire (something I wish I had splurged and done in the real Venice when I was there).
We thought about riding the New York, New York roller coaster, but I have always seen the Stratosphere from the road and wanted to go on top so we went there.
We bought a pass that allowed us to ride the 3 rides on top of the hotel an unlimited number of times.
I'll be honest, the X-Scream and Insanity rides were nothing to write home to your mom about and we only rode those once each. 
 If you take an elevator up even higher, you will get to the Big Shot ride. 
You have a spectacular view 921 feet above the strip (the highest observation point in Vegas).
 This one made my heart race all 7 times we did it!
 So. Much. Fun.
There is one more free-fall sky jump attraction at the top of the stratosphere you pay for separately, but we didn't do it this time.
Time to drive home to a puppy who was in desperate need of a mani/pedi and a cuddle.