Premier Las Vegas Hotel with Casino, Spa, and 200,000-Gallon Shark Tank
The Golden Nugget Hotel has many of the attractions Las Vegas is known for—a casino, a spa, high-end restaurants and lounges—but there’s one thing here that you won’t find anywhere else: a 200,000-gallon shark tank. Situated in the center of the heated outdoor pool, this enormous enclosure is filled with live sharks that you can watch while kicking back with a cocktail. You can even swim next to the creatures while staying on the safe side of a see-through dividing wall.
The hotel resides on Fremont Street, one of Vegas’s most iconic thoroughfares. The Strip is visible from select Rush Tower rooms, which are 20% larger than Gold Tower and Carson Tower rooms. All accommodations have luxurious amenities such as upgraded pillow-top mattresses and 42-inch flat-screen TVs.
The hotel’s casino has won numerous awards from Casino Player magazine, including Best Casino, Best Service, and Luckiest Casino. The expansive gaming floor is filled with slot machines, as well as blackjack, roulette, and mini-baccarat tables. The casino hosts numerous slot and poker tournaments throughout the year.
Many of the city’s famed restaurants and nightclubs are within walking distance, but you won’t need to leave the hotel for high-end dining and drinks. At Gold Diggers, the dance floor is alive with tunes. Be sure to sample one of the bar’s signature cocktails and enjoy balcony views of the Fremont Street Experience.
Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present
Mentioning 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, look no farther than 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 Mafiosi 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.