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Top 7 Best New Things To See and Do In Las Vegas (Vegas Hacks)

Top 7 best new things to see and do in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2020 (Vegas Hacks):

1. Area15

  • 3215 S Rancho Dr. (Just off-Strip behind Trump Hotel).
  • Opened in 2020.
  • Art, entertainment, dining, & retail complex.
  • Meow Wolf’s immersive, interactive, and surreal art installation called Omega Mart.
  • Lost Spirits Distillery, a rum tasting wandering through a wonderland with alleys, cafes, cages, a luxury submarine, and of course a rum distillery with full portions – with contortionists, acrobats, dancers and singers performing simultaneously throughout.
  • Van Gogh 360 degree immersive art experience.
  • Museum Fiasco Cluster immersive sound and light spectacle.
  • Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite (psychedelic art house meets carnival fun house).
  • Birdly flight simulator.
  • Oz Experience VR location-based virtual reality.
  • Particle Quest augmented reality.
  • 12-foot tall glowing skull (great selfie spot).
  • Emporium bar/arcade.
  • Five Iron virtual golf.
  • Haley’s Comet indoor zipline (feels like hang gliding).
  • Dueling Axes axe-throwing.
  • Oddwood Bar with a glowing LED-lit Japanese tree.
  • The Sanctuary, a 32-foot high bamboo volcano.
  • Local art throughout, including an outdoor “Art Island”.
  • The Beast food hall by Todd English.
  • Free entry to the building and free parking.
  • Venues for concerts & live theater.

2. Fremont Street Experience Viva Vision Canopy Multi-media show

  • On Fremont Street (Old Las Vegas).
  • Upgraded in 2019.
  • Largest video screen in the world.
  • The Viva Vision screen is 1,375 feet long and 90 feet wide.
  • It is suspended 90 feet above Fremont Street’s renowned pedestrian mall, lined by iconic casinos and hotels and “interesting” street performers.
  • It recently got a $32 million upgrade and now boasts 16.4 million pixels (4 times sharper & 7 times brighter) and 600,000-watt, concert-quality sound.
  • Shows start every hour on the hour from 6 PM to 1 AM.

3. Allegiant Stadium

  • South-end of the Strip (past Mandalay Bay).
  • Expected opening in Fall of 2020.
  • 65,000 seat stadium with a view of the Strip.
  • New home to the NFL’s Raiders.
  • Will also hold large concerts from musical superstars.

4. Virgin Resort & Casino

  • 4455 Paradise Road (Formerly Hard Rock Hotel & Casino).
  • Expected opening in Fall of 2020.
  • New “desert cool” design, but retaining most of the rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.
  • New Todd English restaurant.
  • 60,000 sq. ft. casino floor.

5. Sahara Hotel

  • Re-opened as Sahara Hotel in 2019 (formerly SLS across from Circus Circus).
  • Trying to re-capture the feeling and nostalgia of old Las Vegas.
  • Sweeping poolside lounge.
  • Exceptional bars and lounges with live entertainment.
  • State-of-the-art live entertainment venue with shows like Magic Mike & Eddie Griffith.
  • 60,000 sq. ft. casino with dramatic chandeliers, rich colors, and an intimate vibe.

6. X Pot restaurant

  • At the Venetian.
  • Asian Hot pots served by robots.
  • Interactive light shows.
  • BONUS TIP: For another cool robotic experience, go to Tipsy Robot at the Miracle Mile Shops, where robots mix & serve your drinks.

7. Resorts World

  • 3000 South Las Vegas Boulevard (next to Circus Circus on the Strip).
  • Originally scheduled to open at the end of 2020, but possibly delayed until mid-2021.
  • New Asian-inspired casino resort.
  • 59-story resort with 3,500 hotel rooms.
  • 110,000 sq. ft. casino floor.
  • 200,000 sq. ft. of food and beverage space with new restaurant concepts.
  • 220,000 sq. ft. pool complex with 7 pools (including an infinity pool overlooking the Strip).
  • This resort will have huge LED screens, including a 100,000-sq. ft. West Tower LED screen (one of the largest LED building displays in the U.S.), a 19,000-sq. ft. East Tower LED screen, a 10,000-square-foot Property Marquee, and a 50-foot diameter video globe to display over 6,000-square-feet of captivating LED content.


BONUS #1: Park MGM

  • Closest hotel to T-Mobile Arena.
  • Opened in 2018 after an expensive renovation (formerly the Monte Carlo).
  • Minus5 ice bar.
  • Park Theater has lots of live entertainment and musical artists.
  • Walls are lined with art.
  • Eataly Marketplace, a concept from New York with more than a dozen authentic Italian eateries, opened in 2019. It also has live cooking demonstrations.
  • Haus of Gaga museum of Lady Gaga costumes.

BONUS #2: LINQ Promenade

  • Open-air dining, retail and entertainment district across from Caesar’s Palace with 30 stores and restaurants.
  •  Opened in 2015 and many people still haven’t checked it out. New places still open there every year.
  •  Block party with DJ’s near the center fountains on Tuesday nights after 9 PM.
  •  Free Polaroid exhibit and museum.
  •  Free shortbread cookie samples at Honolulu Cookie Company.
  •  Brooklyn Bowl bowling.
  •  Gordon Ramsay Fish and Chips.
  •  O’Sheas Pub (beer pong tables, drink specials, 50 types of beer, & cheap craps).
  •  In-N-Out Burger.
  •  Tilted Kilt (like Hooters).
  •  ICEBAR (a bar where everything is made of ice, from the furniture to the glasses).
  •  VR Adventures (immersive Virtual Reality 4D simulators that opened in 2019).
  •  Fly LINQ Zipline (opened in late 2018 and 12-stories high).
  •  High Roller Observation Wheel – the world’s highest observation wheel at 550 feet tall. Takes 30 minutes to go around. Costs $25 per adult before 7 PM and $37 after 7 PM (save $5 if purchased online).
  • Hash House A Go Go (awesome breakfast spot).

2021 Update

One new place that opened with little advance fanfare, but is getting a lot of buzz since opening is the Circa Resort and Casino on Fremont Street. It has a year-round, multi-level pool amphitheater with giant video screens called the Stadium Swim and it has the world’s largest three-story sportsbook.

Finally, to draw people to the north part of the Las Vegas Strip, The Strat recently erected a giant double arch over Las Vegas Boulevard that says “City of Las Vegas” which makes for a good photo op.


Happy Travels,

Kev & Tina

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