Approximately $200 million dollars have been pumped into the Tropicana Las Vegas? recent transformation, converting The Strip resort into a South Beach?inspired hot spot. Guests can try their luck in the 50,000-square-foot casino, outfitted with all the usual suspects?craps, blackjack, roulette, slots, and more?plus a high-limit area where big spenders place their bets amid custom Latin artwork and high-definition TVs. Beyond the casino, three distinct restaurants match every taste and budget, from the old-world Italian fare at Bacio to fresh seafood and top-cut steaks at Biscayne. At night, guests can rest their heads in luxurious, penthouse-style Sky Villa suites and single-bedroom Pool Villa bungalows.
While nightlife and gambling are the draw of Vegas, Tropicana hosts plenty of daytime carousing as well. Named the best Las Vegas pool by KLAS-TV in July 2010, the two-acre Tropicana swimming pool sparkles in the sunlight with crisp South Beach-esque furnishings, waterfalls, and private cabanas. Should it get too hot to doggie paddle, guests can trade in their swimsuit for a terry-cloth robe and head to the 10,000 square-foot Glow, a Mandara Spa, for a bamboo massage, lime and ginger salt glow, or a luck-restoring oxygen facial. Starting in May 2014, patrons can also grab seats for one of seven-weekly shows of the hit musical Mamma Mia!.
For an additional fee, special add-ons are also offered to allow for an elegant experience. Lodging includes The Paradise Suite, which allows customers to choose their perfect sleep setting, and The Club Spa Suite, a high-class couples suite. In addition to wedding floral arrangements, wedding photos can be taken by the pool, courtyard or chapel.
Playing in Las Vegas’ backyards can be hard since the temperature often surpasses 100 degrees. That’s why Childs' Play Las Vegas created an indoor space away from the dessert sun’s sweltering rays, allowing kids to safely expend their energy on a sprawling, state-of-the-art play structure from Backyard Adventures. Designed for the climbing and sliding needs of kids eight and under, the giant play set includes rock-climbing walls, a spiral slide, several rocket slides, and roomy forts. The space’s other activities range from Apple computers loaded with educational games to a mini-basketball court. Over in the toddler area, building blocks and games entrance children too young to play with the big kids but too old to spent hours wondering if their foot is an actual part of their body.
At Childs’ Play Las Vegas’ southwest location, playtime is a free treat for kids who patiently sit through portraiture sessions at the facility’s photography studio. More treats, such as Hello Kitty dolls, stock either location’s toy boutiques, while optional add-ons, such as visits from Elmo, enliven weekend birthday parties. Along with open-play sessions, weekdays at Childs’ Play include classes in subjects such as tumbling, karate, and music. As kids play and learn, parents can relax with complementary cups of coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a big screen television in an area designed just for grown-ups.
European Formula EK20 karts whiz by on Pole Position Raceway?s quarter-mile track, cruising at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Spectators crank their heads to keep up. There?s no wind to battle against, no sun blinding the drivers? eyes, and no birds rigging the race by dropping smoke bombs because all of Pole Position Raceway?s competitions happen inside. This is thanks to a fleet of electric-powered karts, which accelerate more quickly and hug curves more smoothly than gas-powered karts without dumping out clouds of exhaust.
To sate speed cravings, drivers simply arrive and drive?show up and nab one of 13 spots in the next race. Then with a DOT-approved racing helmet, they push the pedal to the floor for roughly 10 minutes, drafting their opponents to fly past them near the finish line. At the end of each race, drivers receive a SpeedSheet that displays their race results, fastest lap time, and the likelihood of getting their own action-movie franchise. For those seeking to dive deep into the world of racing, Pole Position Raceway offers driving clinics and youth racing camps, where younger racers pilot EK10 karts that peak at 20 mph.
Designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper and course architect Greg Nash, Palm Valley spans 6,849 yards of undulating fairways set against a dramatic backdrop of striking mountainscapes. Relatively generous fairways entice aggressive tee shots throughout rounds, but particularly ill-struck drives are likely to find the shadows of encroaching pine trees or the grizzly sands of 68 bunkers peppered throughout the course. Nine ponds loom ominously throughout the course, occasionally forcing golfers into tricky course-management decisions and granting golf balls a chance to pursue their lifelong dream of becoming dinner for fat fish. The course’s emerald corridors play their way into expansive greens, where bentgrass surfaces, subtle breaks, and shape-shifting holes can complicate even the simplest putts. Together, these attributes are what make the course a popular destination for players of all skill levels, and what prompted the Southern Nevada Golf Association to select it as its home course.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,849 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
From the framed photos of legendary players lining the walls of the stately clubhouse to the last putt on the meticulously manicured 18th green, Desert Pines Golf Club surrounds players with tradition. Named one of the Top 50 Public Courses in the nation by Golf Digest, the Pete Dye design opened in 1997 and received a major overhaul 10 years later, complete with 18 newly designed and rebuilt greens. The course features rolling mounds and thousands of mature pines that delineate narrow fairways, yielding beautiful views and occasional lucky bounces back to safety. Unlike other area courses and driving ranges that double as airport runways, wind isn't much of a factor at Desert Pines, thanks to its low elevation, dense foliage, and zero-gravity tee boxes.
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