Fountains aren’t usually considered entertainment, but these two are exceptional and different. Halo is in the center of the mall, and is the only fountain you can walk through without getting wet. Imagine interconnected crystal tubes with brightly lit mini water-spouts twisting and turning at various angles in competition with nature. Glacia is by The Strip entrance, and may be the only solid water fountain you’ll ever see. 15 columns of ice rise up out of a shallow pool and are randomly carved in the process before getting a chance to melt. Background music accompanies this growing ice sculpture garden of endless shapes and transparencies.
DESERT DEMONSTRATION GARDEN – Is a display of hundreds of desert plants and explaining how desert plants grow in the desert. It also has a relaxing beautiful environment packed with birds and plants. Books, scopes, measuring tools, and other items are available to buy daily.
There is also a bit of free entertainment to go along with your window shopping. At the west end of the Forum Shops is the Festival Fountain, where you can listen in on a discussion between Apollo, Bacchus, Pluto and Venus – while a laser light show accents these larger than life animatronic figures. They have the same discussion every hour during the day.
Make sure to check all of the hotels, don’t just stick with the ones on the strip. You can look into the prices for the downtown hotels and those off strip. Ones off the strip often offer free shuttles to take you to the strip as part of their accommodations package. So you could save a lot of money by doing this. The key here is you need to be a smart shopper when it comes to finding an affordable room in Vegas.
Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Ln., Suite 10; fashion show mall, 3200 Las vegas Blvd. S, Suite 600; or Galleria at Sunset Mall, 1300 W Sunset Rd., Ste 1400.
December 3rd through December 12th is the National Finals Rodeo the town is full of cowboys who watch the events on closed circuit TV or attend the NFR events at the Thomas and Mack Center. After the rodeo the town is quiet and slow until New Years Eve. This is the best time to visit especially if you don’t like crowds. There are no waits for buffets or restaurants. The clubs are easy to get into and you can attend most shows half price and get great seats.
Blatant decadence, stunning architecture, world wide culture, and innocuous fun all jumble together to create a surreal vacation for even those who have been to Las Vegas multiple times. I drive to Las Vegas at least once a year and even I still feel the beat of those drums as i crest the hill at night and the lights spread out in front of me like a giant lit up Christmas tree stuck in the middle of the desert. Edged with a whisper of danger and illicit irresponsibility, Las vegas pulls you into a fantasy world where you almost forget reality lays waiting in the outskirts.