Vegas Strip Hotel with Onsite Casino, Circus, and Theme Park
The Circus Circus Hotel and Casino is home to the world's largest permanent circus. Every morning at 11, the free spectacle begins on the hotel’s midway. The Flying Angels perform death-defying trapeze acts high above the floor, acrobats tangle themselves in great swathes of silk, and the Skating Ernestos zip around their tiny platform on roller skates. Surrounding the circus’s stage, you’ll find more than 200 arcade and carnival games, appropriate for kids and adults alike and replete with prizes.
The Circus Circus Hotel and Casino looks out onto the Vegas Strip, and is impossible to miss with its big top tent-style exterior. Inside, its 40,000-square-foot promenade is abuzz with shops, restaurants, and bars. With this getaway, you’ll get a $30 credit to Rock & Rita's, where bartenders craft cocktails amid flair routines and servers sling burgers and hot-dog sliders.
Four onsite casinos specialize in different types of gaming: Slots A Fun focuses on slots, while the main casino houses a poker room and table games. There's also a race and sports-betting room, where live events play on 32 flat-screen TVs.
No trip to the Circus Circus Hotel would be complete without a stop at The Adventuredome, a 5-acre, onsite theme park. Get your thrill-seeking fix with indoor bungee jumping and on the Canyon Blaster roller coaster, or play mini golf and games at the arcade. Nearby, in the hotel’s Chuck Jones Experience, you can wander down a virtual street populated by many of the famous animator’s most memorable characters, like Wile E. Coyote and your entire family.
Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present
The mention of Las Vegas usually conjures up images of spinning roulette wheels and stone-faced poker players. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll want to make a beeline for the casinos lining the neon-lit Strip. But for lower-stakes gambling in a throwback Vegas atmosphere, head downtown to Fremont Street. Vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin, but this Glitter Gulch burns much brighter today than it did in the Rat Pack era: beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light-and-music show every hour.
Educational attractions have never been Sin City's strong suit, but The Mob Museum boasts a winning formula: bank robberies, prostitution, and money laundering exhibits profile legendary mafiosos from Capone to Gotti, and mob artifacts include the bloodstained, bullet-pocked brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within the former federal courthouse, you can fire a Tommy-gun simulator, participate in a police lineup, or enter witness protection for the rest of your life.