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The Franklin Institute brings hands-on science fun at Pennsylvania's most visited museum. Spanning three floors, the Institute gives a voice to human ingenuity—past and future—with hundreds of interactive exhibits such as The Giant Heart, Changing Earth, and Sports Challenge, as well as explosive live science shows, an indoor SkyBike ride, and the city's tallest IMAX theater,which is 5 stories high. Though now filled with a range of space-age attractions, the Institute began with single purpose.

The Background

Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating established The Franklin Institute in 1824, to honor the life and achievements of Benjamin Franklin. In the following decades, the Institute hosted forward thinkers such as Nikola Tesla, who gave a demonstration on wireless telegraphy in 1893. In 1930, the board decided to expand the space into a new science museum—and raised the funds in 12 days. The museum opened to the public in 1934—and in the same year hosted the first public demonstration of an all-electronic TV system.

The Highlights

A visit to The Franklin Institute’s includes access to three floors of permanent interactive exhibits including the iconic, two story tall Giant Heart. Other exhibits include Space Command, which invites visitors to recover an unmanned space probe and examine real astronaut equipment. At Changing Earth, visitors create their own weather patterns, play with steams of water, and build structures that can stand up to earthquakes or all-elephant 5Ks.

At various daily showtimes, the Franklin Theater’s high-contrast screen displays 3D films on animals, earth ecosystems, and human history. In the recently renovated Fels Planetarium, the second oldest in the nation complete with a rooftop observatory, audiences witness projections of weather and space spread across a 60-foot seamless aluminum dome. Daily live science shows draw an enthusiastic crowd, and interactive science carts invite visitors to observe a live heart dissection or try their hand at paper-making.

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Las Vegas,
Nevada
US

Property Location
With a stay at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino featuring HRH Tower Suites in Las Vegas (East of The Strip), you'll be minutes from National Atomic Testing Museum and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Thomas and Mack Center and University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 1503 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and CD players. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, and plasma televisions with pay movies provide entertainment. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. Gambling sorts can try their luck at the casino, while others may prefer a casino or a nightclub. This resort also features concierge services, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon.

Dining
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the resort's 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.

4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Burrowed inside Treasure Island Hotel and Casino is Kahunaville Island Restaurant & Party Bar—a triple-threat dining, drinking, and party venue boasting big-island flair-style bartending and an epic selection of rums. The flashy mixologists "transcend the typical role of a bartender and become a source of entertainment," writes Justin Lawson for Vegas.com. Bedazzled bartenders such as Essie from Stockholm and Nicola from Milan turn ordering a tropical cocktail into an acrobatic exhibition of flipping bottles, throwing flames, and convincing pimento olives to jump rope. Meanwhile, seasoned chefs whip up eclectic eats that feature Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Asian flavors sprinkled over steaks, seafood, and burgers.

The restaurant sports a tiki-hut motif, its faux palm leaves shading diners as they nosh at vibrant tables of blue, green, yellow, and orange patterns. A stone water wall glows phosphorescent, while stone pillars accept the snug embrace of flowery vines and confused tree-huggers. Outside, patrons enjoy mixed drinks on the patio under huge palm trees or beside a sapphire pool. On Wednesday–Sunday, DJs add an upbeat soundtrack while patrons dine and view sporting events on one of three projection screens or 22 HD flat-screen TVs.

3300 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas,
NV
US

It goes without saying that Ukranian model and actress Oleksandra Nikolayenko-Ruffin knows a thing or two about beauty. But the 2004 Miss Ukraine Universe winner is also the brains behind her self-named spa, a tranquil and luxurious facility that earned a Five Star Diamond rating from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Housed inside the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, the wellness sanctuary pampers guests with a massive menu of services that enhances everything from skin and body to scalp, hair, and nails. Facials are enhanced with hydrating botanical extracts and ingredients such as pumpkin pulp or papaya enzymes, which may cause pores to ask for second helpings.

Marble tile accents the walls of the spa, where cushy recliners congregate with other upholstered furniture inside separate lounges for men and women. Visitors to the spa typically check in at least 30 minutes early so they may change or cartwheel into a robe and sandals and warm up in the steam room, sauna, or whirlpool.

3300 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas,
NV
US

The Brentwood Cafe and Tavern has homey interior, where diners match their appetites against a menu of classic American dishes. Couples can display some PDA by feeding each other an appetizer of bomb diggity nachos or Tex-Mex rolls, arriving at mouths with spicy chicken, corn, black beans, and plane propeller noises. Or relax over a dinner of chicken piccata– chicken breast sautéed in white wine and lemon served atop a bed of linguini– followed by smores pizza for dessert. Moisten palates by taking swigs from a glass of cold beer or sipping a glass of wine.

Midday munchers can sate lunchtime cravings with the California sandwich hoisting fresh grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, mozzarella and avocado on a warm brioche. While sipping on refreshing iced tea, or chowing on the Brentwood burger, diners can occupy their eyes with one Brentwood's 15 TVs or exposed brick pillars and high ceilings instead of awkwardly locking eyes with their doppelgangers.

7315 W Warm Springs Rd
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Aces & Ales blends pub-style comfort food and a rotating selection of 22 artisanal beers on tap with musical entertainment, fusing the passions of owner Keri Kelli, craft beer enthusiast and former guitarist for rock legend Alice Cooper. Plucking out distinctive pours more precisely than a neophyte harpist learning "Stairway to Heaven," the staff lines up select imperial stouts and hefeweizens to escort gastropub-inspired bites such as Belgian-style fries with bacon and blue cheese or homemade Maryland crab cakes. The bar's 14 plasma TVs, meanwhile, catch diners' eyes with 55 inches of pro-sports action. A classically trained robot moonlighting as a jukebox emanates waves of nostalgia and patron-selected tunes before local bands take the stage to test the stability of the exposed brick walls, which have previously resonated with the voice of Alice Cooper himself.

3740 S Nellis Blvd
Las Vegas,
NV
US