As a safe haven for injured, abandoned, or neglected exotic pets, the Wild Adventures Zoo works to rehabilitate animals to be released back into the wild. The nonprofit group actively welcomes lemurs, raccoons, otters, and armadillos, providing them with a caring transition from dangerous situations to natural habitats. Since many of the animals have come from social situations, the Wild Adventures Zoo has been able to expand their educational outreach through hands-on petting-zoo experiences. The demonstrations help educate audiences on proper animal care and interaction while also helping to fund endeavors such as a public petting zoo and lemur prom.
Nurture Spa and Salon's menu reads like a book written about achieving relaxation, listing massages, facials, and hair, waxing, tanning, and nail services. Massage technicians chase tension away with 25-minute deep-tissue massages ($80), and aestheticians smooth out face wrinkles using vitamin-rich Skin Authority products and a Clarisonic cleansing system during an express facial ($75). Exterior experts handle beach-season grooming with bikini ($55), back ($75/ full, $35/ partial), and leg ($75/ full, $55/partial) waxing as well as custom airbrush tanning ($75), which can be tailored to achieve a desired hue or resemble any of the living presidents. On the salon menu, both women's ($65+) and men's ($45+) haircuts and blow-dry styling untangle rowdy locks.
Taking in the Grand Canyon’s depths, jetting down the Las Vegas Strip in a limousine, and visiting a tiny town in search of its resident poltergeist—guests of Bindlestiff Tours can have these experiences and more. The company’s expert guides create the wide array of southwestern tours themselves, tailoring the itineraries to their personal expertise and their insider knowledge of camera-shy cacti. Their carefully curated trips can last from a single day to three weeks, with longer trips stopping at far-flung landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon in a single week. Bindlestiff Tours also aims to protect the natural wonders it celebrates, encouraging tour groups to minimize their environmental impact as they travel by keeping to trails and recycling.
At one lab station, an interim investigator carefully examines bullet casings. At another, single strands of hair deliver the DNA samples necessary to send a suspect to imaginary prison for a long, long time. Around every shadowy corner of CSI: The Experience, the latest recruits in forensic science slide into the latex gloves or behind the majestic mustaches of popular TV characters to solve crimes through interactive detective work.
A total of 15 lab stations harbor the evidence of three murders, each of which throws multiple suspects into the mix to trip up investigations. Videos featuring cast members and real-life scientists provide guidance throughout analyses, and afterward, newly established sleuths receive certification by prying an official CSI: The Experience diploma from the cold, lifeless hands of their email inbox.
Scooter's Pub keeps sports fans feisty by serving up peeper-pleasing match-ups on its 20 flat-screen TVs and game-tested eats on its extensive menu. Kick off chew-a-thons with toothsome appetizers, such as fire-roasted artichokes ($8.75), hand-breaded chicken fingers ($6.99), or the ahi threesome––a harmonious trio of blackened, spicy tartar, and crispy ponzu ahi famous for it’s a capella rendition of "Mr. Sandman" ($12.95). For hearty half-time shows, entrees such as the house specialty Cajun penne pasta, a white sauce-topped hoard of sausage, chicken, and shrimp, ($14.95) and the pastrami-covered char-burger ($9.50), leave mouths mellow, while 1 of 69 varieties of beer keep whistles amply whetted for ref heckling. Cap off victorious dinner bouts with desserts, including the root beer float ($2.95) or deep-fried oreos ($4.50).