Staying Cool in Las Vegas

Being in the middle of one of the country’s largest deserts means that the summer heat in Las Vegas is sweltering. Triple-digit temperatures are common and often do not dip below 110 until school starts again. In addition to dressing appropriately, hydrating and staying out of the direct sunlight, there are a number of activities and locations throughout the area that offer some relief.

Frozen Treat Indulgences

With respect to the heat, ice cream shops abound in the city. Ice cream cones, fancy sundaes and other frozen confections are plentiful, and different locations all boast specialties. Forget about the calories and visit one of the many spots that offer custard, gelato, ice cream or shaved ice. One location along iconic Fremont Street creates sundaes containing up to six scoops of ice cream. The expansive canopy along the avenue also provides welcome shade.

Venture to the Arctic

One popular casino provides guests with a chance to imagine being in Russia or Scandinavia in the midst of winter. After donning a parka and gloves, guests enter the bar where everything is crafted from blocks of ice and the temperature remains around zero degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The walls, bar, bar stools and artistic carvings are all made from frozen H2O. While the location serves any number of cocktails, the popular drink by the glass or bottle is vodka.

Take a Dip

Many hotels in Las Vegas feature inviting and refreshing swimming pools. Some are located outdoors while some are indoors, and each boasts special attractions that include exotic aquariums, infinity pools, tropical destinations or water park themes. Lounge and daybed seating are readily available along with poolside wait service. Perhaps relax and cool off in style in one of the private and sheltered cabanas that additionally include flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, expansive seating and a personal waiter. Visitors need merely choose The Tank as the best pool in downtown Las Vegas.

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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Returns to the Golden Nugget

Giddy up to downtown Las Vegas for another year of rodeo fun. The Wrangler National Finals rodeo returns to Golden Nugget Las Vegas December 1 – 9. Here’s what’s going on in downtown Las Vegas casinos.

Downtown HoeDown – Fremont Street Experience

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Concert Series

December 1 – 9

10 p.m. – The Grand Event Center

1 – Terri Clark  nfr-2016-terri

2 & 3 – Lynyrd Skynyrd


4 -Tanya Tucker


5 – Brenda Lee


6 – Charlie Daniels Band


7 – 38 Special


8 – A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas


9 – Trace Adkins


Barrel Racers Autograph Session

December 6 – 12 p.m. – 1p.m.

The Grand Foyer


Meet and greet with the biggest names in barrel racing at the Golden Nugget’s exclusive autograph session.

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Unique Shopping Adventures in Las Vegas

When people come to Sin City, they do not spend all of their time in the downtown casinos in Las Vegas. The city is filled with a variety of attractions and dining options, and visitors desiring to do some shopping find a wide selection of boutique and brand-name stores. However, the unique metropolis also has some shops off the beaten path that appeal to a diverse group of people.

Zombie Preparedness

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To some people, zombies are as fictional as vampires and werewolves. To others, zombies represent a threat to human civilization. The Zombie Apocalypse Store appeals to all opinions on the subject. The store carries a variety of survival supplies from emergency food rations and bug-out bags to weaponry. On the whimsical side, a special gallery enables guests to learn the art of knife throwing for self-defense against the undead. On weekends, visitors also have the chance to engage in zombie warfare using paintball guns. There is a special seating area where customers can watch zombie movies projected on a big screen.

Revisit Childhood

The minute visitors step through the doorway of Rogue Toys, they are immediately reunited with childhood memories. Rogue Toys carries all types of collectible and vintage toys along with a large selection of retro video games. Guests have a great time locating and playing with their favorites. The venue also buys and collects toys to add to their inventory. The shop offers to help clients find toys and hosts collector’s club meetings. The store became so popular that the owners now have two locations.

Buy a Piece of the Desert

Anyone desiring to find a desert-themed gift or souvenir needs to head out to the desert to Cactus Joe’s Nursery. Just 20 minutes outside of Sin City, the venue features a large selection of agave, cacti, ocotillo, succulents, native Nevada plants and Joshua trees. The unique location additionally sells gemstones, pottery, rocks, sculptures and wooden furniture. Along with nursery plants and garden decorations, the site features Asian and Western-themed gardens, Joshua and Petrified forests and a massive labyrinth.

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Adventure Off the Las Vegas Strip

The array of brightly lit neon signs and luxurious hotels and casinos attract millions of visitors each year for the chance to try their luck at the gaming tables and slot machines. Many people come to Las Vegas to see elaborate live shows that often feature celebrity entertainment. However, beyond the glitz and glamor of Fremont Street, the Strip, and luxurious hotel suites in Las Vegas are many equally interesting attractions waiting to be explored.

Play Retro Games

Reminisce about yesteryear while visiting the Pinball Hall of Fame. Part museum, part game room, this facility contains hundreds of iconic games on arcade and pinball machines from the ’50s to the ’90s. There is no cover charge to get in on the fun. However, playing costs a quarter for the oldest games and up to $0.50 for the newer ones.

Explore the Dark Side of Vegas

A trip to the downtown Mob Museum provides visitors with little-known information concerning the criminal activity that not only occurred in Sin City but across the planet. The compelling destination has three floors of fascinating history boasting personal items that once belonged to gangsters and relics from historic events. Tours include virtual guides provided by celebrity actors who portray mobsters along with costumed staff who, together, bring the iconic era to life. Guests also have the chance to test their shooting skills and relax while enjoying classic gangster films.

Eldorado Canyon

The canyon is situated a mere 45 minutes from the Strip. Along with the nearby Black Canyon and Colorado River, this destination was once part of the gold rush. The area was also notorious for feuds and battles. The Techatticup Mine offers tours of a site that was active from 1861 to 1942. While walking through the mine, guests have the chance to see how miners determined the locations that held the precious metal and labor-intensive equipment and methods used to extract the mineral. The site additionally features authentic movie backdrops, which provide the chance to take amusing selfies. Consider renting a canoe or kayak to see the spectacular scenery from the perspective of the Colorado River.

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Gateway to Las Vegas

Although not as renowned as the Las Vegas Strip, Fremont Street is the oldest attraction in Las Vegas and was constructed when the city was founded back in 1905. In 1906, the Hotel Nevada opened complete with telephone service and a gambling casino. Fremont Street’s connections with U.S. Highways 93, 94 and 446 combined with the newly constructed railroad depot made it possible for anyone looking for excitement to visit the new community. By the end of the decade, Las Vegas boasted 800 permanent residents.

The Boom Began

Construction of the Hoover Dam began, which brought thousands of workers to local bars and the casino. With the dam completed in 1935, the community enjoyed the luxury of electricity, which led to streetlights and the now famous neon signage. In the daytime, Fremont Street resembled any other community main street. Locals shopped in neighborhood stores, filled prescriptions at the pharmacy and bought groceries. However, nighttime was a different story. The glow of the neon signs on Fremont Street led to the eventual nickname of “Glitter Gulch.”

Facelift Needed

The El Cortez hotel opened in 1941. Soon, other casinos and hotels on Fremont Street followed. The Pioneer Club constructed the famous 40-foot Vegas Vic waving cowboy sign. Vic was later accompanied by Vegas Vicki. However, once the Strip came into existence, the popularity of Fremont Street waned. In order to bring visitors back to the downtown main street, the city planned a renovation project in 1995.

Fremont Street Experience

The first phase of the project involved building an overhead canopy, which spans four blocks of Fremont Street. The location prohibited vehicle traffic and converted into a pedestrian-only zone complete with a Pedestrian Mall. Landscaping and winding paths replaced the asphalt. By 2004, the canopy became the “Viva Vision” screen. A projector, a half-million-watt sound system and 12 million LED lights provide a spectacular light show every hour. The 700 block also features the unique Container Shopping Mall. Additional attractions include the SlotZilla 12-story and the Zoomline 10-story zip lines that span the avenue to individual landing platforms, making today’s Fremont Street a lively place for fun.

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Your Guide to Choosing a Suite in Las Vegas

There are many types of hotel suites in Las Vegas that are perfect for a stay in this exciting city. With so many first-class options, you won’t have any lack of choices. However, knowing what to expect from a Las Vegas hotel suite or room will make it easier to choose the ideal option.

Premium Rooms Are a Good Choice


Rooms with comfortable amenities and great views are just what many people want when they are traveling. High-speed Internet helps you stay in touch during your trip, and in-room movies are ideal for entertaining kids traveling with you. These types of rooms will usually accommodate up to four guests, with handicapped and non-smoking options. You can even let your dog stay with you in many hotels, making your stay at a Las Vegas hotel room more fun.

Spoil Yourself With a Suite


Many travelers like suites in Las Vegas that allow them to stay in luxury accommodations. Separate living areas and features that include wet bars will help make you feel right at home and relaxed. Some suites even boast a two-story layout that offers additional space, and you’ll likely have access to a VIP lounge area.

Making Your Choice

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Even though the city is in high demand, staying in Las Vegas may be more feasible than you realized. With the range of room and suite types, you’ll find the right choice easily. There are enough deals on a regular basis to give you plenty of choices.

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The Ultimate Guide to downtown Las Vegas Restaurants

Unleash the foodie in you and experience the best dinning in Las Vegas. Downtown has everything your taste buds are hoping for.


Lilies Asian Cuisine – Golden Nugget Las Vegas


Open: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Enjoy Chinese and Japanese appetizers, soups, salads, stir-fry and traditional Asian noodle dishes. Or dine at the hibachi table.

Red Sushi Golden Nugget Las Vegas


Open: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Happy Hour: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Most popular appetizers include Ahi Poke on Lotus Chips, Spicy Tuna And Avocado Stack, and Tuna Tataki with citrus ponzu sauce.


Vic and Anthony’s – Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Vic & Anthony's Entrance

Open: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Voted Best Steak, Best Food and Best Service in Las Vegas by Open Table.

Oscar’s Steak House – Plaza


The restaurant’s entrées and appetizers are inspired by form Mayor Oscar B. Goodman’s family recipes and tailored to meet the tastes of even the most discerning diners.


Cadillac Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar –  Golden Nugget Las Vegas

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Open: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 1 a.m. Sat., 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. Sun.

Happy Hour: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Enjoy mouth-watering Mexican food and over 70 boutique Tequilas.

La Comida

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Enjoy Mexican favorites with and American rock twist.


Grotto – Golden Nugget Las Vegas


Open: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sun.  – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat.

Happy Hour: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and 10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Sun. – Thurs.

Voted Best Italian by Casino Player’s Best Dining & Nightlife.

Andiamo Italian SteakhouseThe D Las Vegas


Open: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Daily

Indulge in premium American steaks and irresistible Italian favorites


Chart House –  Golden Nugget Las Vegas

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Open: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat.

Happy Hour: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Voted Best Seafood & Happy Hour by Casino Player’s Best Dining and Nightlife.

Hugo’s Cellar – Four Queens Hotel

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Open: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Daily

Voted Best Gourmet Room by Las Vegas Review Journal.


Claim Jumper –  Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Claim Jumpers

Open: 24 Hours Daily

The menu features a medley of homemade dishes, including burgers, sandwiches, fresh-baked pot pie, specialty salads, pasta, baby back pork ribs, seafood, Certified Angus Beef, USDA Choice steaks and more.

Therapy Las Vegas


Open: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. Fri. – Sat.

Therapy offers progressive, yet approachable American cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails

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Tickets on Sale now for Fall Beer Fest

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Golden Nugget Las Vegas‘ annual Fall Beer Fest returns for it’s seventh year, September 17 – 18.


Beer Fest weekend begins with a Grand Tasting in the Grand Event Center Saturday, September 17 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sample over 125 craft beer selections from 30 breweries while enjoying music and complimentary chef-inspired appetizers.


Finish Beer Fest weekend at the infamous Shark Tank Pool Sunday, September 18! From 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. enjoy more than 125 different beers, great food, and music all set to the background of the 200,000 gallon tank.

Vendors will be released closer to the date of the event.

Purchase tickets here.

Checkout last years’s event!

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Guide to the Best Breakfast in downtown Las Vegas

Everybody’s got to eat right? Here’s a complete list of where you need to stop for breakfast during your next trip to downtown Las Vegas.

Claim Jumper – Golden Nugget Las Vegas


Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Famous for food crafted with the best ingredients and an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

Cadillac Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar – Golden Nugget Las Vegas

El Ranchero

Hours: Saturday Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Mouth-watering Mexican food and over 70 boutique Tequilas!

Du-Par’s Restaurant & Bakery


Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Two words, “hot cakes.”

Hash House A Go Go


Hours: Sunday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Farm-fresh food with a funky, modern twist.



Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Weekend 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Serving classics with a modern twist, everything on the menu is made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Donut Bar

donut bar

Hours: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. (unless sold out)

Vote MOST AWARD WINNING Donut in the USA –  Awarded Top 10 Donut Shops by USA Today and

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52 Fridays Fall Acts Now on Sale

52 Fridays Concert Series continues throughout 2016 with some of the biggest names in music. Get your tickets before they’re gone!



2 –The Oak Ridge Boys


9 – The Zombies

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16 – The Grass Roots

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23 – Johnny Rivers


30 – Night Ranger



7 – The Guess Who

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14 – Foghat


21 – Eddie Money


28 – Loverboy



4 – America


11 – Lou Gramm “The Juke Box Hero” & Former Voice of Foreigner

Lou Gramm

18 – Little River Band

Little River Band

25 – Eric Burdon & The Animals

Eric Burdon live

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