The ticket prices at Madame Tussauds in front of the Venetian on the Strip went up at the start of this month by $2 per ticket the new admission price for adults is $29.95 and $19.95 for children aged 4 to 12 years old. Getting to see all the wax figures of famous people is cool but it’s a little expensive but it’s in line with other similar attractions in Las Vegas. If you plan on visiting Madame Tussauds there is often discount coupons in the local free travel magazines or you can save 20 percent by buying your tickets online at madametussauds.com/lasvegas or by calling them at (702) 862-7800. Another way is sometimes you will see a person standing with a clipboard across from the ticket window look at the prices on the ticket window and then turn around to walk away and they will offer you a discount coupon to go in.
Later this month on June 29th TNA Wrestling has its first live event in Las Vegas in five years with a show at the Orleans Arena which is located off Strip next to The Orleans resort. This event is being filmed by Spike TV as this event will be an edition of ‘Impact’ the main TNA show. Tickets are on sale for $15 to $75 or for $150 for front row reserved seating and a special package called the Knockout Zone is also available for $150 and includes food and talent appearances. The tickets will have the usual ticket fees and taxes added call (702) 284-7777 or go to OrleansArena.com for more information.
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This seems to be a constant story in Las Vegas with properties hiking the resort fees with the latest one being the north Strip property the Stratosphere. In March of this year the property raised the fee from $7.50 to $12.99 a day with the new daily resort fee now being $14.99 plus tax. The property doesn’t have an amazing swimming pool or other amenities such as free internet that would make the new fee more palatable although if you use some of the things included such as going up the tower you could get your money’s worth from the fee. Included for the fee is unlimited tower admission for up to four guests, 2 for 1 tickets to see the Pin Up show at the property and $19.99 tickets to Frankie Moreno their headliner at the Stratosphere which is a $20 savings on the regular ticket price; Twenty four, seven day a week access to the fitness center, an all-day thrill ride pass for $25 and finally a 20 percent discount at Roni Josaef Spa and Salon.
The old Post Office building in Downtown, Las Vegas has been transformed in to ‘The National Museum Of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement which is better known to most as the ‘Mob Museum.’ The ‘Mob Museum’ features more than than 600 artifacts that showcase the battle between organized crime and the law in Las Vegas. This is a traditional museum and you could spend hours at the place reading all the artifacts as you go. Apart from the traditional museum artifacts are interactive exhibits and theater presentations and on the third floor is an exhibition space. The current third floor exhibition is ‘Fabulous Downtown’ which has photographs as you may expect of Downtown with photographs of local businesses, hotels and stores. The ‘Mob Museum’ is open 10 am to 7 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $19.95 and $10 for locals and discount coupons can often be found in the Las Vegas guide magazines. The 'Mob Museum' is well worth a visit if you are Downtown and will help you explore one big part of Las Vegas history.
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The above picture is of construction on the new observation wheel the 'High Roller' which is part of the Linq entertainment district and as you can see from the picture the wheel is going to be huge. The picture was taken recently from the Quad/Harrahs monorail station entrance and as you see when it does open the people at the station and monorail will get a great view of the observation wheel.
If you plan to take a local RTC bus in Las Vegas and want to see when the next bus is due just point your mobile phone to rtdsnv.com and see when the next bus arrives as well as information on things such as fares, passes and riders alerts.
If you need a cheaper option than either a taxi or limo to your hotel from Mc Carren Airport a shuttle bus could be a good option for you. Some hotels offer free shuttle buses to their properties for hotel guests but most do not so check on the hotel website or with your hotel first. Another option is the paid for shuttle buses which you pick up from one side of the baggage claim area. You just tell the shuttle employees in the booth which hotel you are going too and then pay them after which they will direct you to the right bus. The companies generally have shuttles that work the strip and then separate ones that work downtown. Fares differ slightly between companies but run about $5 to the strip per person or about $7 downtown and you can usually save a $1 or so by paying for a return ticket. The shuttle buses will wait until they are full or nearly full with customers and so you may have to wait a bit before the shuttle departs but generally it’s not too long. The shuttle buses stop at whichever the hotels the guests are going too so if the bus is full and your hotel is the last drop off it may take a while to get hotel but the buses are air conditioned and if its your first visit you do get to look at other properties. The driver does have a tip jar by the door and if you tip it’s up to you but if he loads heavy or several cases for you it might be nice to do. The shuttle buses are run by several companies including Bell Trans (702) 739-7990, Gray Line Tours (702) 539-5700 or Showtime Tours (702) 895-9976 if you would like a shuttle back to the airport you can call one to pick you up or you might see one at your hotel that you can use.
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