My Three Best Travel Secrets: Vegas Edition

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Two years ago, I wrote a post over on my non-Vegas solo travel blog about my three best travel secrets. Let me tell you, it’s tough coming up with things that you know about that nobody else does, especially in the Internet age. I recently considered what my three best travel secrets would be for Las Vegas, and it was even harder. Vegas is so well-known and so talked-about online (by both locals and repeat visitors). People who love to visit Las Vegas also love to talk about the city and all their favorite spots. What secrets can I possibly have that most of those people don’t already know about? Perhaps nothing. But I know a few things that most first-time Vegas visitors probably wouldn’t know about, and some that even repeat visitors like my brother and sister-in-law didn’t know about. What are they?

Pinball Machines

Pinball Hall of Fame

The Pinball Hall of Fame – This great little museum (also known as the Pinball Museum) is starting to get a bit more love online lately, and it’s well-deserved. But most people visiting Vegas with a focus on the Strip still don’t know about it. The Museum houses a large collection of classic pinball machines (over 100) that you can play for a couple of quarters per game. It’s located at 1610 East Tropicana, a couple of miles off the Strip in a nondescript white building. It is easily accessible even if you don’t rent a car in Vegas (there are bus stops on both sides of the street there). It is a blast, and it’s nice to be able to play a fun game where your money lasts a lot longer than it usually does in the casinos.

Goldstar Events – This is not a place in Vegas, but a website. Many Vegas visitors know about the half-price ticket booths that can be found in several locations on the Strip and Downtown for same-day show tickets. But not as many people know about Goldstar Events, a gem of a website where you can buy discount (often half-price) tickets online before you even get to Vegas. In addition to shows, they often offer discount tickets for attractions, like the CSI Experience. So if there’s something you know you want to do in Vegas, be sure to stop by this website before you go and see if they’ve got any discounts. (Never pay full price if you don’t have to.)

Firefly Tapas

Firefly Tapas

Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar – This is one all the locals know about, but few first-time Vegas visitors would, because it’s located off the Strip. Unless you have a rental car or money to burn on cab fare, restaurants off the Strip aren’t usually a draw to Vegas visitors, but this one should be. I had dinner at their restaurant Downtown at the Plaza (which has sadly since closed due to the renovations going on at that hotel) and it was one of the best meals I’ve had in Vegas. Their stuffed dates are to die for (and their mojitos aren’t bad, either). Currently, the restaurant has two locations: 3900 Paradise Road and 9560 W. Sahara Ave. If there is a God, once the Plaza has finished its renovations, it will beg Firefly to return to that location. Why is that location so special? Because it has a spectacular view of the Fremont Street light show. Great food and a great view; it doesn’t get any better than that.

What would your three best Las Vegas travel secrets be?

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10 thoughts on “My Three Best Travel Secrets: Vegas Edition

  1. JoAnna

    Great secrets and definitely worth sharing!

    Here are a few more:

    1. There’s an arts walking tour at CityCenter. Stop by the concierge and ask for the map.
    2. There’s a hidden pizza parlor in The Cosmopolitan that isn’t even noted on the website.
    3. Ask for the sweet lychee martini at Eastside Lounge in Encore. It’s not on the menu, but it’s one of the best things they serve.

  2. Abby

    Good ones, both of you! I haven’t had that Cosmo pizza in months. Yum! And I think I see some Firefly in my future — I’m finally Jaleo-ed out for Spanish tapas for a while.

  3. Gray

    Well I can absolutely say, having tried them both, Abby, that Firefly’s date appetizer is much better than Jaleo’s. But hey–what are your 3 Vegas travel secrets? Come on, spill!

  4. JoAnna

    I ate at the Summerlin Firefly last weekend, and while the food was superb, it’s got nothing on the view of the one at The Plaza. I can’t wait for the downtown location to reopen!

  5. Gray

    I agree, JoAnna, that the appeal of Firefly’s Plaza location is the view–which is as much a draw as the food. I certainly hope they’re planning on reopening there. I haven’t heard anything recently about it, though it appears the Plaza’s renovations should be done in time for new bookings in the fall. Have you heard anything?

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  7. ameliaReed

    Ohh my VEGAS… Such a nice place. We are planning to visit Vegas maybe later this year I am very jealous I want to come to that place and I’m gonna put some pics here with the FIREFLY BAR. Thanks for sharing!

  8. earlnico

    Those food station you have mentioned are a must visit for me this coming October, Vegas is my next stop to visit my sister. Though I am not a night person but it’s worth the visit to those neon glittering street of Vegas.

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