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Day trip Downtown - suggestions?

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Dayton, Ohio
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Day trip Downtown - suggestions?

I'm not much of a forums poster though I have been an avid reader for several months now... I figure everyone needs to start somewhere, right? :)

I'm going to be in Vegas the first week of August for 9 days - three days solo and then meeting up with a bunch of friends for a convention in town. I'd really like to hit DT on one of my solo days as I've never been there and have enjoyed reading the TRs. I made reservations at Firefly already, but what else would you say is not to be missed downtown?

BTW, just wanted to say thanks to all who post in this forum - I have gotten so many great ideas and I'm so excited about my trip! 19 more sleeps to go! :)

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1. Re: Day trip Downtown - suggestions?

Actually going downtown for a day is too long, other then gambling and drinking the day away there is not much else to do, your better off going downtown at dawn, having dinner then watch the Light show and take in a few casinos.

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2. Re: Day trip Downtown - suggestions?

There are a lot of kiosks set up and gift stores that you can browse in. Main Street Station has some antiques you can look at. There is a large gold nugget at Golden Nugget. There is also the spraypaint guy that you can watch. You could try bingo at the Plaza. They have bingo on the odd hour and the games last approximately one hour. You can also just check out all the casinos.

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Are you going during the day or at night? As far as I know, Firefly doesn't open until like 5:00 or so. At night, take a look at the casinos, watch the light shows, and free shows on Fremont - there is great people-watching and a party atmosphere. Have a frozen drink and a deep-fried oreo. If you are young and/or hip, try the new cocktail places on East Fremont.

Aside from gambling, downtown is kinda dead during the day - if you go before the lights come on, it's a bit of a disappointment.

Dayton, Ohio
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4. Re: Day trip Downtown - suggestions?

My reservations are for 8pm. I figured I would tour the casinos before that and then check out the lights after dinner. Sounds like I may not need to head down much earlier than my dinner reservations though. Appreciate the tips!

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The true downtown experts are in Vegas right now for the M&G. When they return, they will most likely each write a detailed TR. Make sure you read them and take notes. Those people know downtown!

I don't know if you gamble, even if you don't, hotels/ casinos are right next to each other, that makes it easy to just go from one place to another. The summer of 70's show (free) is fun. If you have the time, check out the pool area (Shark Tank) at the Golden Nugget. Lots of inexpensive dining options in downtown, and each casino bar has its own drink specials ($2 Corona or Heineken etc). Vue bar is a fun place to people watch.

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I would be on a stool at the bar at El Cortez by 5 pm for their martini happy hour and start my downtown trek there. After sufficient pickling, I would head toward the Firefly and take mental notes along the way. I would ask myself the question, "Should I duck into the 4 Queens for a great Mai Tai now or wait until after dinner?" Do it then without hesitation.

Unless I was staying there or desirous of cheap gambling, there is not much visually appealing downtown during the day. Come dusk, with dinner, casino-hopping and the street artists/shows, there is plenty to keep your interest until at least midnight.

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7. Re: Day trip Downtown - suggestions?

note to self dont hit DT till about 5. whats it like there on a saturday night? :)

SGF, MO
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Retro -

Gauging by my last few trips, it will be crowded and active on a Sat nite but not oppressively so. Lots of people looking up at the light show, taking vids and pix, dancing to the music, hovering around artist booths and in front of stages, going in and out of the casinos, hanging out, drinking funky drinks out of funkier containers, generally having a good time with very few incidents otherwise.

Everything under the canopy is surveyed and controlled pretty well despite the throngs. People get along pretty well without trying to upstage each other or step on another's party. It's a good vibe.

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Less hectic and more relaxed atmosphere than the strip (in my opinion). More mature crowd with lots to do and see in a small area as everything is so close together. Weekends can be jam packed with a fun crowd. May I suggest you invest $20-30 bucks and get a room for the night in case you want to do some drinking and/or stay later than anticipated (keep your other hotel as well for the night). It's about the price of a cab ride and you could always take the bus or a cab back the next morning when the strip isn't crowded. I've done that and it made the DT experience much more enjoyable than a few rushed hours and then spending the time to commute back to your main hotel. Heck, people shell out a couple hundred for a cabana by their pool for the day, why not spend 1/10th that for an 'all night cabana' DT?

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10. Re: Day trip Downtown - suggestions?

OK diceman since when do people have dinner at dawn LMAO.

Lots of stuff to do get your picture taken at Binions free. Try a fried twinkie at Mermaids, see the light show, eat at Firely, have a drink at happy hour at Charthouse and see the aquarium. Take a look at the shark pool at the Golden nugget. I haven't tried it but on my list go to Don't tell mama for piano bar and open mic. People watch.