Non-Gaming in Las Vegas (English)
How to Vacation in Vegas without Gambling a Dime
Ten years ago, a trip to Vegas conjured images of slot machines and table games. Today, visions of Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury shopping and A-list entertainment headliners are a much bigger draw, as evidenced by the fact that casino giant MGM Resorts International now generates nearly 70 percent of its revenue from non-gaming amenities.
As the economy continues to recover and Brazilians get back to planning international vacations, here are the top tips on how to conquer Vegas and walk away with casino-less memories worth bragging about.
- Get into the “swim” of things and soothe coastal cravings with the marine life at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. After snapping photos of the habitat’s newest addition – an energetic, female dolphin calf – guests also may participate in the exclusive “Trainer for a Day” program. The educational program gives guests the chance to work side by side with the trainers and learn all about what goes into a day with the dolphins, and yes, this includes swimming with these sea mammals!
- Travelers who want a stateside taste of the Rocas Atoll can head to Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, where they can marvel at more than 2,000 sea creatures, feed stingrays and more. Scuba-certified guests even have the opportunity to dive with 30 sharks of seven different species through the aquarium’s “Dive with Sharks” program.
- More interested in high-end designers than high-stakes gaming? Shopaholics can build a closet like Carrie Bradshaw’s at Bellagio’s newest boutique shop, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. Shop her Italian handmade heels ‘til you drop, and don’t forget to peruse the city-chic handbags and her SJP LBD collection of little black dresses.
- Art fans can make their vacation an educational affair with a visit to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. The intimate gallery features rotating installations each year.
- Want to explore a world where culture and cardio collide? MGM Resorts offers unique indoor hiking experiences that provide an educational perspective to the traditional workout. The Indoor Hike at ARIA Resort & Casino takes travelers around the resort’s $130 million (BRL) public fine art collection with workouts taking place at each exhibit. The Indoor Art Hike at MGM Grand starts at the Grand Spa, tours the casino’s public art collection and ends with a refreshing stretch at the MGM Grand pool – all while utilizing customized fitness moves that target each person’s individual needs.
- Visitors have fallen in love with Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay, where Chef Shawn McClain combines bold cuisine with bold artwork, such as a large graffiti mural on the restaurant’s exterior by street artist Alexis Diaz. The eclectic gastropub celebrates the free-spirited, adventurous nature of Americans, serving quirky pub fare like parmesan churros or marinated ahi tuna cones as well as a robust list of eye-catching cocktails by celebrated mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.
- Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand invites guests to relax at the sushi bar up front or kick back in the modern dining room, all while trying intricate rolls and robust entrées such as the “Duck Duck Goose,” a duck meatball soup, duck confit fried rice and gooseberry compote.
- Chef Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay impresses diners with a new, modern menu featuring shareable small plates and large dishes for the whole table, including a ribeye seared four times or a whole sea bass dressed in hot lemon and chimichurri. The restaurant boasts a collection of more than 3,000 hard-to-find wines, fetched by world-famous “Wine Angels” – a select group of skilled women that glide up and down on wires within an impressive four-story glass tower to retrieve bottles of wine for guests.