Budget conscious thrill-seekers have put Vegas on their party map for the last several years. There are plenty of fun-in-the-sun party deals for those who don’t mind risking getting caught in a cross-fire of jello shots with beautiful strangers. But Vegas also offers a surprising array of affordable, family-oriented escapes during Spring Break.
Top Resort Destinations for Las Vegas Spring Break 2012
#1 – MTV Spring Break 2012 at the Palms – Want to be on television? Then for anyone who wants to be at party ground zero for Spring Break, there’s no other place to be except at the Palms from March 20-22, 2012. Packages include invites to private MTV parties, events and more! Click here for info.
#2 – The Hard Rock Hotel — You’ll feel like you’re on TV when you’re hanging out by the pool at the Hard Rock. It’s not quite time for the Rehab Summer Pool Party cameras to roll just yet, but that might be all for the best if you want to adhere to the what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas rule. Buddy up, bring your sleeping bags and rock-paper-scissors every night to see who sleeps on the (plush) carpet floors. Click here for deals and be sure to mention you’re coming into town for Spring Break to get a few perks thrown in with your reservation.
#3 — ANY MGM/Mirage Property — for the entire month of March, MGM is offering its Vegas Spring Break Escape 2012 as Six (6) Resorts and One Big Party. Offers vary between resorts, like 2-for-1 inner tube rentals at the MGM Grand Pool are replaced with a $50 cabana credit at Mandalay Bay, or 2-for-1 pitchers of mojitos at Monte Carlo. Other resorts included are the Luxor, New York New York and Excalibur. Click here for more info.
#4 – For professors and college faculty looking for a fun-in-the-sun escape from campus, consider the newly remodeled Tropicana Resort. The Trop truly has one of the best pools in Vegas, with lots of shade and greenery. Plus, their spring getaway packages are good through May 24, which makes both a Spring Break getaway or decompressing after finals a viable and affordable option. Click here for more details.
Other Vegas Hot Spots
Club Paradise – located on Paradise Road behind the Hard Rock, it’s like Cirque du Soleil with gorgeous strippers. ‘Nuff said.
Freemont Street – yeah it’s downtown but there are THREE OUTDOOR STAGES, a Zip Line, a half a dozen free, very trippy light shows, a live shark tank, and lots of cheap rooms (i.e., $89 + tax gets you a room for two nights, a $40 dining credit plus $10 in slot play at the California Casino Hotel). Oh, plus there are lots and lots of outdoor bars up and down a pedestrian-only walkway.
The Bank at Bellagio – the Light Group’s premier night club in Vegas. Expensive, exclusive and one of the most fashionable places to hang in Vegas.
The Griffin also on Freemont Street downtown, but a very low-key place to have a beer huddled around a fire pit. Right around the corner from the more L.A. trendy Downtown Cocktail Lounge and right next door to Beauty Bar where some of the coolest bands in the U.S. and Canada come to jam.
Family Spring Break in Vegas
Here are my tips for families vacationing in Vegas during Spring Break.
Red Rocks Resort – located on the western edge of Charleston along the 215, for those who want to feel like a local, hit the delicious breakfast buffet then find your way up to the Red Rocks Park (excursion buses available) where you’ll find great hiking and views of the entire city. You can even be back by late afternoon in time to watch your favorite teams play in the man-cave sportsbook at the resort, or catch up on your homework by the pool.
Springs Preserve located just west of downtown the Springs Preserve offers a fascinating botanical garden tour and glimpse into the history of the Mojave Desert. Coupled with a visit to the old Mormon Fort and you’ll be able to amaze your friends back home with cool, little known facts about the early history of Sin City.
Atomic Museum and Nevada History Museum – see what life was like inside Area 51 with interactive exhibits and catch a glimpse into our not so distant past. Science, History and Psychology majors are guaranteed to go back to class with new ideas for their term papers.
Mob Museum the newly opened Mob Museum downtown is the newest must-see exhibit in Las Vegas. Criminal Law majors will find a term paper readily made for them.
Lake Mead Recreational Area – it might be a little cool, or it might be warm, but it’s almost guaranteed to be bright and sunny. Regardless of the temperature, the Mojave will be in some stage of its amazing springtime bloom. In addition to the natural wonderment, the lake, the dam and the new overpass to Arizona that faces the dam are inspiring testaments to the ingenuity of man.
Lou Revo Center for Brain Health all Biology, Chemistry and other body science majors should schedule an informational interview at this cutting edge medical clinic that opened in July 2009. Architecture students might find it interesting too, especially since it’s located right next door to the avant-garde World Market Center which recently opened it’s 50,000 sq feet of home design to the public.
Bottom line, there’s much more to Las Vegas than endless rows of one-armed bandits and buffets!