Mom Getaway : Vegas

Monday, October 24, 2016

This lucky lady got to escape for four nights to Vegas. My amazing husband took time off and stayed home with the kids while I gallivanted around this great big sparkly city. I won the lottery with this guy. 

I tagged along with my mom who had a tradeshow to attend for work. So we stayed at the South Point Casino, it was a few miles off the strip but still easy enough to get there either by shuttle or public transportation. This was my fourth time to Vegas so I really wanted to see some things that I hadn't seen yet, hidden strip gems and other parts of the city.

So here's a few places that stood out from my ventures:

1. Fremont Street. AKA Old town Vegas, this is where Las Vegas originated from. Home of the classic casinos, Golden Nugget and Binions. The four blocks it runs along is completely covered by the world's largest projection screen, catch the light show after dark which runs every hour on the hour. But be warned... just cause your off the strip doesn't mean you haven't left the crazy... you will witness some wild street performers.

2. Container Park. This is absolutely my favourite place I discovered. Its about 2 blocks up from the Fremont Experience, so totally accessible by foot. Its a three story village of shipping containers home to local boutiques, artisans, and gourmet food... and it wouldn't be Vegas without a wedding chapel. Right in the center of the "mall" is a world famous treehouse playzone for the kids to keep busy... I wish my kids were with me, they would have loved it!

3. Animal Habitat. There's a mini (and I mean mini) habitat within the Flamingo Casino. But it is a breath of fresh air within the strip, a little garden area where their wedding chapel is located, you'll find pink flamingos, pelicans, turtles, koi fish, and some other exotic birds and you get a sweet glimpses of the Linq High Roller.

4. Forum Shops at Caesars. If you wanna go shopping, skip the outlets, skip the fashion mall, go here! It blends high end with many of the popular brands, but the moment you head up the spiral escalator, you step into another world with its Roman inspired ceilings, Atlantis fountain show, and a 50,000 gallon aquarium (holding some huge + cute stingrays!).

5. The Spice Market. OMG... you can't go to Vegas and not hit up a buffet, and this is the BEST buffet you will ever experience. EVER. Hello crab legs, prawns, mussels, prime rib, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Asian,  Mexican, Italian... gourmet desserts... and unlimited mimosas, yes unlimited. AND its on Groupon for half price... boom, the best!

So there you have it! I know there's way more out there, but these were all we had time for.

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