If you’re like me, your Vegas adventure starts and stops at the 5 mile limits of the Las Vegas Strip! However, not anymore! During my recent Las Vegas visit, I decided to venture OFF the strip and see what else Vegas has to offer. Here are my findings:
Las Vegas Premium Outlets
540,000 square feet of shopping bliss! Its a Simon property group and home to 175 designer and name-brand outlet stores. Most of the shopping on the strip is designer and name-brand, but at full price! I’m all about bargain shopping and this outlet mall had the deals! Not to mention, its very clean and well organized. So if you’re in Vegas and want to get your shop on, but not blow ALL your money-give the Premium Outlets a visit!
Word on the street is that the REAL gamblers ONLY go to the casinos in Old Vegas. But since I’m not a gambler, I came for the Freemont Street Experience. I met Freddy Kruger, saw a bride-to-be get a lap dance from a sexy man that looked like he should have been cast in Magic Mike 3 (aside from his dance moves) and saw Michael Jackson – all in a one block radius and 10 min time span! LOL I also ended up zip lining over it all, aka Slot Zilla! I say “ended up” because I didn’t originally plan to. My friend told me I “HAD TO” go with her, so I went for moral support. We got up there and she chickened out , so I “ended up” zip lining…solo! At the risk of sounding like a total snob- I’ve zip lined over the rain forest in Costa Rica. This was no comparison as far as experiences go. If you’re gonna zip line, do it over the rain forest, or the ocean, or in the mountains. But if you’ve been wanting to zip line and you are afraid, this is a good introductory alternative. Its a VERY short distance and probably only lasts literally 1.5 minutes, so YOU CAN DO IT!
Blackout: Dining In The Dark
I’m ALL about an experience. This was THEE experience during my Vegas trip. You make reservations. You arrive. You SIGN A WAIVER. You enter the “staging area”. You’re prepped. Next, you enter the dining room with your hand on the shoulder in front of you. Why? Because its a BLACKOUT! You literally cannot see your own hand in front of you. You waiter is your eyes and guides you to be seated at your table. You do not know what your meal is, other than the fact that they will respect any dietary restrictions that you gave them and that your selections will be of your flavor palette selection of either spicy, savory or sweet. That’s all you know. What follows is a really interesting dining experience. Your senses are heightened, so you can hear every conversation. My perception was that the space is small and that everyone is seated fairly close to one another. If not, it certainly felt that way. LOL. The food itself was okay and by most standards overpriced. You are TOTALLY paying for the unique experience. If you go there with that mindset, and not an empty stomach, I think you will be completely satisfied. Another suggestion, go with a large group. I think this would make for a really fun and memorable evening!
Note: They do serve alcohol. However, I almost felt claustrophobic when I first walked in. I could totally see myself freaking out if I were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Keep that in mind. Our waitress did admit that some people DO freak out and have to exit to catch their breath or get a break. It ain’t for everybody, but I definitely say its worth a try!