Fun things to do in Vegas after the trade show

You can do anything in Vegas, for a price

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Las Vegas is the conference capital of the world, so if you’re attending a tech show this year, odds are in your favor you’ll be stopping by Sin City. Interop is one of the perennial shows for networkers, but there are a variety of others throughout the year. While you’re in the desert it doesn’t have to be all about networking and conferencing though. There is no shortage of fun to be had in this city.

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Buy a bus ticket
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Buy a bus ticket

Hands down the best way to get around Las Vegas, if you’re watching your expenses, is The Deuce. Nicknamed after the double-decker buses seen in London, it runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day. Cost is $6 for a two-hour pass, $8 for a 24-hour pass and $20 for a 3-day pass. If you’re looking to travel up and down the strip, The Deuce is a good way to go.

See a Cirque de Soleil show
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See a Cirque de Soleil show

Las Vegas has become the capital of Cirque du Soleil shows. This modern take on a circus is a sight to be seen and Las Vegas has plenty of options to choose from. Perhaps the most spectacular is named “O” at the Bellagio Hotel; instead of a stage, much of the performance is done over a pool of water. Other shows include a Beatles-themed show at the Mirage, a Michael Jackson-themed one at Mandalay Bay, Zarkana at Aria and Ka at MGM. Full details here.

Madame Tussouds Wax museum
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Madame Tussouds Wax museum

Ever wanted to get your photo with celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson, the Marvel Comic superheroes or Celine Dion? Well, you may not get a chance to snap an Instagram photo with them in real life, but you can go to the Madam Tussauds wax museum to get as realistic of a view of these stars as possible without bothering them in real life. Museum features more than 100 ridiculously-realistic wax figures. Admission is $29.95 at the door and $23.96 if bought online in advance. Located In front of The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. More information: Madame Tussauds.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
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Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Get up close and personal with sharks at the Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef exhibit. The aquarium includes sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile. There are over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water. Admission is $18. More information: Mandalay Bay Shark Reef.

Cool down at the Minus5 Ice Bar
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Cool down at the Minus5 Ice Bar

Feeling hot in the Vegas heat? Cool down at the Minus5 Ice Bar. It’s so cold in these bars that parka coats are provided to each patron. There are two locations, one at Mandalay Bay and another at Monte Carlo.

Party!
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Party!

Vegas is party central. To get a true feel of the Vegas nightlife, hit up one of the premier clubs on the strip. Some recommendations include XS at the Wynn, Hakkassan at the MGM, and The Bank at Bellagio. There are plenty of others. Ask your concierge for discounts or passes to avoid the lines on weekend nights.

Rent fast cars
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Rent fast cars

You can do pretty much anything in Vegas, so if you’ve ever dreamt of driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini, your next trip to Vegas could be your chance. A quick online search will provide a variety of options for exotic rental cars in Las Vegas.

Helicopter tours of the strip or the Grand Canyon
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Helicopter tours of the strip or the Grand Canyon

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Vegas is the Grand Canyon. Sure you can spend four hours driving there (maybe less if you rent a Lamborghini), or you can fly there and get a spectacular view via helicopter. There are a variety of options for doing Grand Canyon and helicopter tours, an online search will yield results or hotel concierges can help make arrangements. Other shorter helicopter tours will take spectators high above the Las Vegas strip.

Sit by a beach
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Sit by a beach

Vegas is in the desert, but it won’t feel like it at Mandalay’s Beach. The pool area of Mandalay Bay is filled with sand and a large wave machine, providing the experience of an ocean getaway in the middle of the desert.

High Roller
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High Roller

One of the newest attractions in Las Vegas is the High Roller, said to be the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 feet, more than 100 feet taller than the London Eye. According to Vegas.com, the High Roller is comprised of 28 enclosed and air-conditioned transparent pods holding 40 passengers each, for a 30 minute ride. It’s expected to open soon.

Check out Linq
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Check out Linq

The newest major addition to the strip is Linq, a newly renovated brand new indoor/outdoor plaza filled with bars, nightlife, dining, shopping and entertainment. It’s also where the new High Roller Ferris wheel is. Located between the Flamingo and The Quad, across from Caesar’s Palace. 

Check out the newest restaurants and bars
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Check out the newest restaurants and bars

Linq and the wheel aren’t the only new attractions on the Strip, there are a variety of new restaurants and shops too. Some of the highlights include TV star the “Cake Boss” Buddy V opening his first Las Vegas establishment. Three new restaurants have opened by celebrity TV Chef Gordon Ramsey, his steakhouse at the Paris, GR Pub at Caesar’s Palace and Bur-GR at Planet Hollywood. In front the remodeled Monte Carlo hotel is the Double Barrell Roadhouse a new restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating and live music in the evenings.

Container Park
Container Park

This brand new park includes an outdoor walking mall, restaurants, boutique shops, and a playground with a five-story slide. The interesting aspect of this is that the playground portion of the park is made entirely out of recycled shipping containers, making it a nice getaway from the glitz and glamor of the strip. Located at 707 Freemont St., it’s nearby to the Freemont St. experience, which is also worth checking out.