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Las Vegas Local History

The land on which Las Vegas now stands was sold to a railroad company in 1902. On 15 May 1905 the area now known as downtown was subdivided when the tracks came through with 1200 lots sold. This date now celebrated as the city's birthday.

In 1931, Nevada legalized gambling. The first big casino, El Rancho, was built by Los Angeles developers and opened in 1941. Mobsters like Bugsy Siegel, who built the Flamingo in 1946 started a new era in casinos big and flashy. Southern California provided a growing market for Las Vegas entertainment and Las Vegas became one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

Over the past years Las Vegas has become a family resort destination with theme parks inside its hotels, like million-gallon fish tanks and working volcanoes.

Las Vegas Attractions

Top Attractions

Madame Tussaud's Located at 3311 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada. Madame Tussauds' features an exhibition of over 100 life-size wax figures including American superstars, Hollywood legends, record-breaking athletes and controversial politicians. Don't miss this opportunity to spend time with the stars.

Casino Legends Hall of Fame The world's largest collection of Nevada casino memorabilia can be found in the Tropicana Hotel. Photos, coins, gaming tokens, old slot machines, decks of cards and out-dated dice, videos of past Las Vegas Gangsters everything that made Las Vegas the legend it is today.

Lion Habitat Located inside the MGM Grand and has proven to be one of Las Vegas' most popular experiences. Guests can view the lions at play and leisure literally inches away and can stand beneath or above them in a 5000 square foot showcase of a simulated jungle enclosed in protective glass. Lions can be photographed and admission is free.

Maverick Helicopters Located 6075 Las Vegas Blvd. Maverick Helicopter the only company in the world to receive two of the Travel Channel’s “10 Best Helicopter Thrills.” On a Maverick Helicopter tour you will see the beauty of the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam and the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Don’t miss out on this adventure during your next Las Vegas vacation.
submitted by Shanna, 22/07/08

Bellegio Conservatory The set changes every 4 months! Usually it is a display of flowers but this month 8-06, there is a UK theme with models trains, and intricate detail and design to show a model of a city or town in the UK. It is simply a facinating replica in Las Vegas Nevada.
submitted by Tara, 19/08/06

Las Vegas Shopping

Tourists can expect to find outlets of all the usual chains found anywhere in the United States. Las Vegas isn't the city for bargain hunters, apart from the odd souvenir stores, shopping in Las Vegas it not cheap.

The busiest shopping districts found are along South Decatur Boulevard and South Maryland Parkway, a couple of miles west and east of the Strip respectively.

East Charleston Blvd has traditionally been the center of the antique crowd for a long time. In recent years a number of dealer collectives have sprung up all over town.

Las Vegas Activities

Grand Slam Canyon Adventuredome Adventure for the whole family under a huge pink dome. Located at 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard. Rides for kids of all ages. Double-loop double corkscrew roller coaster, 60 foot plunge down the water flume ride, robotic dinosaurs and an arcade game area. To entertain the smaller children there's clown shows and a carousel as well as other rides.

Lied Discovery Children's Museum 833 Las Vegas Boulevard. Exhibits about science, arts and humanities that will teach the young ones as well as entertain them. Children can have the opportunity to live an adult life pretending to have a job, earn a salary, deposit savings in a bank and buy groceries. Desert Discovery is a hands-on, interactive learning environment especially designed to support the unique learning style and activity level of young children (ages five and under). You'll also find a science tower with fiber optics as well as a weather station.

Las Vegas Parks & Gardens

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park Located at Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The first permanent non-native settlers to the Las Vegas valley were Mormon missionaries. An adobe fort that they built now serves as a visitor center.

Botanical Gardens Just beyond Bellagio's lobby you'll find the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Exotic plants and flowers displays the unique highlights of every season. Take a moment to appreciate the fragrance, texture and color of this garden blooming before your very eyes.

Las Vegas Restaurants and Bars

Las Vegas Restaurants

Hard Rock Cafe Beneath a 100ft neon replica of an electric guitar are the restaurant, gift shop and bar. You'll find memorabilia of every pop and rock legend of the 50's through to the 90's. Dine among all this rock 'n roll history and afterwards take home a piece of Hard Rock Las Vegas from the gift shop. 4475 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas.

NASCAR Cafe Located just inside the Sahra Hotel, the NASCAR Cafe is a must see for racing fans. Offers 2 floors of memorabilia from your favorite drivers including articles, jumpsuits, helmets and even the cars themselves. NASCAR Cafe also offers great food. Just grab a table on the top floor to overlook the fans wandering below.

Rainforest Cafe The MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard. The restaurant consists of a dense jungle filled with huts and waterfalls, gaint butterflies and animatronic animals. This is a fun placed to bring the kids, and the food is pretty good too.

Las Vegas Bars & Clubs

Gaudi Bar Located at Sunset Station, 1301 W Sunset Road, this is by far the most weird and wonderful casino lounge in Las Vegas with a billowing mosaic-encrusted toadstool of a tribute to Spanish architect Gaudi, complete with faux-sky underbelly.

VooDoo Lounge - Rio, 3700 W Flamingo Road. The 51st floor VooDoo lounge that is popular with tourists and locals for its amazing views and super-cool atmosphere. You'll find an outdoor terrace where you can see the entire Strip. Come for a sunset or flaming cocktail and there's live music nightly except Mon.

Studio 54 Located at MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd this three-story, four-dance-floor recreation of New York's legendary Studio 54 is probably the most in-demand club in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas children's activities

Grand Slam Canyon Adventuredome Adventure for the whole family under a huge pink dome. Located at 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard. Rides for kids of all ages. Double-loop double corkscrew roller coaster, 60 foot plunge down the water flume ride, robotic dinosaurs and an arcade game area. To entertain the smaller children there's clown shows and a carousel as well as other rides.

Lied Discovery Children's Museum 833 Las Vegas Boulevard. Exhibits about science, arts and humanities that will teach the young ones as well as entertain them. Children can have the opportunity to live an adult life pretending to have a job, earn a salary, deposit savings in a bank and buy groceries. Desert Discovery is a hands-on, interactive learning environment especially designed to support the unique learning style and activity level of young children (ages five and under). You'll also find a science tower with fiber optics as well as a weather station.

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