Thursday, 18 February 2016

Attractions to Visit at Las Vegas (Part 1)

I can't believe it has been 8-9 years since my last trip to Las Vegas. I vaguely remembered watching Circus and Magic shows as well as peeking into hotel casinos from the corridor. Such disappointment when you aren't 21 yet. But apart from all the nightlife and gambling, Las Vegas actually has a decent number of fun and thrilling attractions suitable for family vacations. My dad found out about this 1 day Power Pass which is very pocket-friendly if you are able to maximize the number of attractions you visit.

We rented a car out of convenience and we actually managed to visit 7 attractions in 1 day! I am quite impressive with my dad's itinerary. You can actually squeeze in more if you want!

We visited these attractions in sequence.

1) Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat @ Mirage

We had a close-up view of the dolphins undergoing training but precisely because they were only half-trained, one should enter the dolphin habitat without any high expectations. The trainers also gave a talk about Dolphins if you wish to learn more about them. I suggest you visit Sea World in San Diego if you want to watch performances instead. 

The Secret Garden resembles a mini zoo with Lions, Tigers & Leopards. But I was left disappointed looking at an underweight lion. I felt sad for some of the animals because they look so lethargic and lonely, especially the lion. It doesn't help that their enclosure is so cramped and small for some.

I personally feel that visiting a proper zoo is more worth the time & money but since this is part of the package, why not?

I really like this photo taken by my dad! 

2) Lion Habitat Ranch

I was initially packed with excitement when I read from reviews that we are allowed to carry lion cubs. CARRY LION CUBS. Can you believe how thrilled I was?! Being able to feed lions when I was in Japan was already one of the most memorable experiences for me, and being able to carry lion cubs is just a whole new level.

But nope, the lion habitat ranch just contained several cages of lions. And perhaps giraffes and parrots at the other end. The price to feed giraffes was also daylight robbery.

Well, at least we got to watch the zookeepers feed the lions from a closer view. Ad we could sit on the driver's seat to take a photo with a lion right at the back.

3) Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix Family Fun Center (#8/11) - Free Pizza & soft drinks

Things started to get more exciting with the Mini Grand Prix as we enjoy thrilling attractions. I have tried several mini go kart rides at theme parks, but those cannot be compared to this. The speed is quite fast and I can even drift the car around the corners.

But the wind is no joke, my face and hands were already freezing halfway through the 5-10 min ride. Remember to wear some gloves if the weather is cold!
The pizzas were surprisingly delicious, and they are free of charge! We were allowed to choose 2 toppings each, so we did some mix and match and shared the pizzas instead. My dad was clever to plan this attraction during lunch hour so that we can save on our lunch.

Free food isn't always bad hahaha.

Stay tuned for part 2! (: There's even more fun attractions that I would like to share more about!