Birthday Deals and Freebies in Las Vegas

I am spending my birthday in Vegas and I am wondering if there are any deals of freebies?  This is a common question for Vegas travelers. We have a list of current birthday deals and freebies in Las Vegas. Many of them entail you signing up for membership cards, an email list or online newsletter. If you follow our guide you should be able to get yourself a few specials and birthday freebies.

Shameless Self Promotion

There is not shame in self promotion. Tell everyone it’s your birthday and see if they offer any special deals or freebies available. Let people know you are in Vegas to celebrate your special day.

  • When making your hotel reservation make sure they put a birthday note on your reservation and mention it upon check in. They may give you an upgrade when making the reservation or when checking in. For example, we were given a room on the 53rd floor with a strip view at the Aria.
  • Mention it to your bartender, waitress or hostess. You may just get a free drink, entree or dinner.

Birthday specials and freebies in Las Vegas

Sign Up For Players Club Cards

Sign up for players club cards and their email lists. They will email you promotions for your birthday. It may something as small as a free drink or it could be freeplay credit. Last year I was given $10 free play plus a bonus of $30 for any stay during my birthday month. If you don’t get a special via email I would still go to the players club ask if there are any promotions or freebies.

Sign Up For Email List or Fan Clubs for Restaurants

Many restaurants will give you a 2-1 coupon or freebie on your birthday simply for signing up for their email list or fan club. If they ask you for your date of birth when signing up you will more than likely get a freebie.

  • Hash House a Go Go offers a 2-1 Dinner Coupon for joining their Facebook Club.
  • Holsteins sent me a free alcohol shake for joining their Club (halfway down the page).
  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria offers a free pizza on your birthday. I just signed up so I cannot confirm what they offer as of yet. They also offer a $5 off coupon but it expires within a month of signing up.
  • Hexx sent a coupon for a 1/2 price signature drink or free appetizer with entree purchase.
  • Lettuce Entertain You puts $15 in your account every year for your birthday that does not expire and is good at several Las Vegas restaurants.

These are just a few examples of freebies you can get in Vegas from joining restaurant clubs or email lists. If you plan on going to a restaurant check their website for a list and join it. If not mention to your server that it is your birthday and see if they give you something.

Vegas Specific Birthday Freebies

These are the Vegas specific freebies that have been reported on various websites, chat boards and forums. I can’t speak for the validity of them so please report any that are not active.

  • The Eiffel Tower at Paris is free on the day of your birthday.
  • Luxor offers a free spin of the birthday wheel for free play amount.
  • Four Queens gives a two-for-one dinner voucher for Magnolia’s during your birthday month.
  • Orleans earn 1 point and swipe for prizes at kiosk booth.
  • Wynn: $10 freeplay within 48 hours of b-day (not sure if still active).
  • The Plaza has a number of bday offers including discount rooms.

Las Vegas Swimming Pools Guide

One of the greatest activities in Las Vegas is it pools. Pool season in Las Vegas is a life of its own. Most of properties have a number of pools and options to suite everyone’s needs. If you are looking for a family pool experience or more adult pools you will be able to find what you are looking for on our Las Vegas Swimming Pools Guide.

The following list shows:

  • A link to each hotels pool page, if they have one.
  • Notes if the pools are year round or seasonal
  • Hours of operation
  • Temperature (which may not be accurate)
  • Links to any specialty pools or clubs

Las Vegas Swimming Pools Guide

Aria
Year-round;
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM (hours are seasonal)
82°F (spa pools heated to 101°F)
Liquid Pool Lounge (adults only)
Bally’s
Seasonal; While pool is closed guests can use the pool at Paris
74°F
Bellagio
Year-round;
7:00 AM – 8:00 PM. (hours are seasonal)
84°F
Binion’s Gambling Hall
Seasonal; Guest from Four Queens may use pool at Binion’s
Not heated
Caesars Palace
Year-round;
8 AM – 7 PM. (hours are seasonal)
83°F
California
Seasonal (Until September 30);
8:00am – 8:00pm
Not heated
Circus Circus
Seasonal;
Pool 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Daily
Slide Tower – Only Mat Racer Slide Open | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Weekdays
Slide Tower – All Slides Open | 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM – Weekends
82°F
Encore
Seasonal;
8 a.m.-7 .pm
.82°F
Excalibur
Year-round;
Pool Hours Vary
80°F
Flamingo
Seasonal;
9 AM – 5 PM
74°-84° F
Go Pool – 21+
Four Seasons
Seasonal
85°F
Fremont
Guests use the pool at the California
Not heated
Gold Coast
Year-round;
Winter hours: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Summer hours: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
80°F
Golden Nugget
Year-Round;
Winter hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Not heated
Green Valley Ranch
Year-round
Not heated
Hard Rock
Seasonal
85°F
Harrah’s
Seasonal;
9 AM – 6 PM
Not heated
Hooters
Year-round;
Daily 9 a.m – 8 p.m.
90°F
LINQ
Seasonal;
Mon. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Luxor
Seasonal;
While pool is closed guests can use the pool at Excalibur
80°F
M Resort
Seasonal;
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
82°F
Las Vegas Swimming Pools GuideView of Treasure Island Pool, May 2017
Main Street Station
Guests use the pool at the California
Not heated
Mandalay Bay
Year-round;
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
82°F
MGM Grand
Seasonal;
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
82°F
Mirage
Seasonal;
Daily 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
(Closed for maintenance in December)
75°-78°F
Private Oasis Pool and Bare Pool
pools in las vegas
View from The Mirage Pools, May 2017
The Park
Seasonal;
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
80°F
New York-New York
Seasonal;
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
70°-75°F
Orleans
Seasonal;
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Daily
78°-80°F
Palace Station
Seasonal;
Sunday – Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9 am – 11 pm
Palazzo
Year-round;
Winter hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Summer hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (hours are weather permitting)
82°F
Palms
Seasonal 9am – 7pm
75°F
Paris
Year-round;
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (hours are seasonal)
83°F
Planet Hollywood
Seasonal;
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
71°F
Plaza
Seasonal;
Not heated
Red Rock Resort
Seasonal;
9 am – 5 pm Monday – Thursday
9 am – 6 pm Saturday & Sunday
78°F
Rio
Seasonal;
9 AM – 6 PM
Not heated
Sam’s Town
Seasonal;
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Memorial Day through the first week of September
78°F
Santa Fe Station
Pool Currently Closed
Signature at MGM Grand
Seasonal;
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
82°F
Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino
Year-round;
7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Not heated
Silverton
Seasonal
78°F
South Point
Year-round;
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (hours are seasonal)
Stratosphere
Year-round;
Winter hours :9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
78°F
Suncoast
Seasonal;
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunset Station
Seasonal;
9 am – 8 pm
74°F
The D
Year-round;
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Not heated
Treasure Island
Seasonal;
Varies 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Closed Mid Nov to Mid Feb
78°F
Tropicana
Seasonal;
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Heated
Tuscany
Year-round;
Winter hours: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Summer hours: 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.
75°-80°F
Vdara
Year-round;
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
83°F
Venetian
Year-round;
Main Pool 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Venezia Pool: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Hours are seasonal
80°F
Westgate Las Vegas
Seasonal;
84°F
Wynn Las Vegas
Year-Round;
Winter Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Summer: 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
82°F

We have gleaned our Las Vegas Pools Guides from a number of sources but mainly from each pools website. Vegas is always changing and while we strive to keep our list updated it may contain errors. Please let us know if any of our information needs updating. Make sure you check out the rest of our Las Vegas Guides.

Concierge Services in Las Vegas

One of the more overlooked services that hotels in Las Vegas provide is the Concierge Services. Every hotel that you visit will have a concierge services desk that are usually located near the main check in. The concierge is there to help you make the most out of your Vegas vacation. The average traveler is either not aware of concierge services or may think that they are more for higher end clientele. This is not the case, they are there to assist all hotel guests. Lets look in the how to make the most of your trip using hotel concierge services.

Concierge Services in Las Vegas

A hotel concierge performs a wide range of tasks for hotel guests. These would include making restaurant reservations, getting show tickets, planning golf outings, a spa day and even having flowers or special items waiting it the room when you arrive. It has beeen said that they try to get the impossible done for their guests. The concierge will use their contacts and connections to get you that special table or hard to get club tickets.

Concierge services are free but it’s Vegas. While you only have to pay for your tickets or yours special items it is customary to tip depending on the service. A typical tip could be anywhere between $2 and $20. If they are putting something big together for you and your group, you should show your gratitude.

It is advised to contact them with your request as soon as you can. You want to give them enough time to work their magic and get your request completed. As soon as you make your hotel reservations and you know that you are after show tickets, give them a call.

Personal Concierge Story

We had Terry Fator tickets for the day we were arriving in Vegas. They had to be picked up at The Mirage box office an hour before show time. With our arrival time at Aria and check in at the hotel we would be very rushed to get this done. The concierge at Aria had our tickets waiting for us when we checked in. There was no rushing around and we had plenty of time to get some dinner after check in.

If you want to try a local restaurant, get a reliable tour company for the Hoover Dam or try to get some tickets to a show give them a call. It is very easy and low maintenance to use their services. Vegas is always changing. What’s hot one day might not be the next. You want your Vegas vacation to be perfect. Why not get an expert to help you out.

Concierge Services in Las Vegas

Eiffel Tower Experience Las Vegas

The  Eiffel Tower Experience at The Paris in Las Vegas is an attraction you can’t miss.  When you visit the Las Vegas strip the one thing you notice is The Eiffel Tower. You can travel up to the 460 ft.-high observation deck atop the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower for amazing views of Las Vegas.  The observation deck give you great views of the strip in all directions and an amazing view of the Bellagio Fountains.

Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas

The observation tower at the Eiffel Tower at the Paris in Las Vegas is located on the 46th floor. You are whisked up there on a quick ride in a glass elevator. Once at the top spend as much time as you like taking in the sights.  The Observation Tower is one of those attractions that doesn’t seem to want to get you in and out in a hurry.

Note that you will be viewing through a wire cage that surrounds the deck. They do have ample view ports or cut outs in the cage so you can grab photos or even get a clear view. When you leave they wait for a full elevator to take you down so it may be a small wait. There is also no washroom so take that into account.

We suggest the Night Time as the best to go as the lights are fantastic and the view of the fountains are top notch.

Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas

You will find the entry for the tower on the casino floor at The Paris. It is a small souvenir store where you can buy shirts, mugs, key chains and about everything else. You can also purchase your tickets but lets talk more about that.

Website: Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas
Address: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours:  Monday –  Friday 9:30 am – 12:30 am & Saturday – Sunday 9:30 am – 1:30 am

Discounted Tickets for Eiffel Tower Experience

There are ticket deals for the Eiffel Tower Observation deck in Las Vegas but you have to do some digging. Groupon and Travel Zoo regularly have discounted tickets for packages. These have been the two reliable resources to find discounted tickets. It is rumored that you get a free pass on your birthday but that seems hit and miss. If you are staying at a CET property you could ask the Total Rewards or concierge if they have any discounts.

Night Time Views from The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

Eiffel Tower Las Vegas Paris

Hopefully our little guide will get you set for your trip to the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas. We have yet to visit the Eiffel Tower Restaurant for a drink but it is on our list of things to do. Make sure you see our Las Vegas Attractions page for more great places to visit while in Las Vegas.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign Guide

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign is one the of most recognized symbols you will see in Las Vegas. The symbol of the Las Vegas Sign is everywhere from shirts, hats, key chains and coffee mugs. No Vegas vacation would be complete without a visit to the famous Las Vegas Sign. It is one of the many free attractions on the Las Vegas strip that is worth a visit. Lets talk about visiting the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

Getting to The Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Getting the the Las Vegas Sign takes some work as it is not located at the far south end of the strip. Just south of The Mandalay Bay.  You have several options to get to the sign which include walking, bus or driving. The sign is located at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

Walking to The Las Vegas Sign

Walking to the Vegas Sign is an easy option but we would only recommend it if the weather is cool. Google Maps tracks it as a 16 minutes from inside The Mandalay Bay. If the weather is hot as it is in Vegas in the summer you might want to pass on walking.

The walk is fairly flat so that it should be easy for mostly everyone to make. You also pass by a police station which makes the day time walk safe. I personally would not be making the walk at night. We would also recommend bringing a bottle of water for the walk as there are no shops or stores along the way.

Taking the RTC Bus to The Las Vegas Sign

Using the The Deuce bus in Las Vegas is probably the preferred method to the visit the Las Vegas sign.  The buses in Las Vegas hit each stop every 15 minutes making it easy to use as transportation. Passes are as low as $8 for 24 hour access and can be purchased at vending booths located at every stop. You can see the bus stops and routers on the RTC Routes website. When we visited the sign the stop was just slightly past the sign but we do note that they are showing it an official stop now on both sides of the road.

Driving to the Las Vegas Sign

Driving is certainly an option if you have a car while in Las Vegas. It’s a very simple drive right the strip. Parking is free at the sign. It is very easy to get in and out of.

Taking  Pictures at the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Taking photos at the Las Vegas sign is 100% free. You will more than likely find that there is a person there offering to take photos for a fee. This person is not affiliated with the City of Las Vegas or the Las Vegas Sign in any way. You do not have to pay this person to take your photo. That being said the girl that was there when we visited took amazing photos. Having her take the photo was an easy way for us to get photos of the pair of us at the sign. So we tipped her a few dollars and were happy with our photos. Of course you can always ask another visitor to take your photo if you like.

Fabulous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

Las Vegas Sign Souvenirs

As we previously mentioned, there are no shops or stores at the sign location. Don’t worry you won’t have a hard time finding sign souvenirs in Las Vegas. Every store or shop that you visit in town will have some type of memento with the sign on it. If you looking to add to your shot glass or fridge magnet collection you will find them at any Walgreen’s, CVS or Casino store.

We have reviewed how to get to the Las Vegas Sign and taking photos at the sign. Having a few photos of the Fabulous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign is a perfect keepsake to remember your Vegas Vacation. If you are looking for other attractions see our Fun and Free Things to Do on the Las Vegas Strip post.

Plastic Straws Phased Out at MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts in Las Vegas has begun the process of phasing out plastic straws at it’s resorts. The  company has dubbed the campaign “The Straw Reduction Initiative”. The initiative began earlier this week at The Aria and Mandalay Bay Resorts. The company estimated that it was using 250,000 per day, and about 100 million per year. Plastic straws are bad for the environment as they take a couple of hundred years to breakdown. MGM has stated that this is a green initiative and not a cost cutting measure as many on social media are stating.

Plastic Straws Phased Out at MGM Resorts
Photo by Dean Hochman

Visitors can still get a plastic straw if they ask for one. They are no longer going to be just given out as they have in the past. So no worries, if you require a straw in Las Vegas  you can still get one. They will still be handing them out with frozen drinks and to go cups. Restaurants and stores such as Starbucks within the resorts are still handing out straws as well.

Reusable Plastic Straws

The phasing out of plastic straws in something that is not localized to Vegas. There will be more and more companies ditching plastic straws over the next few years. As stated it’s good for the environment and it saves them money. Like many people that bring their reusable coffee mug in for a fill up we will be using reusable straws in the future. You can already buy a number of different options on Amazon. You can purchase inexpensive plastic straws, steel straws and a number of different types of collapsible reusable straws for easy carrying.


Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

The Shark Reef Aquarium is a public aquarium located at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The aquarium is home to a number of species such as sharks, turtles, rays and a komodo dragon. The main tank is 1,300,000 US gallons and features a shipwreck. Guests can walk around the entire tank and enjoy a real 360 degree view. One of the other more noteworthy features is the shark tunnel. There is also a touch pool where visitors can get up and close with a number of species.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas
Photo by Bogdan Migulski

There are also a number of other special tours that can be taken at the Shark Reef Aquarium. This includes a shark drive, sea turtle feed, stingray feed and shark feed, For those interested you can also get married at the Shark Reef.

komodo dragan shark reef

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Address: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: Sun – Thur 10:00 am – 8:00 pm & Fri – Sat 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (last admission an hour before close)
Website: sharkreef.com

The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay is true family gem on the Las Vegas strip. It is a real family friendly attraction in Las Vegas that will keep both kids and adults entertained. If you are looking for a unique experience in Vegas to get away from the casino and glitz this aquarium is perfect. Mandalay Bay is a very big resort and this attraction is a decent walk from the front doors. You can also take the Free Tram System down to Mandalay Bay,

Life is Beautiful Line-Up Announced

The Life is Beautiful daily line-up has been announced. Single day tickets are also going on sale later this week. The annual music festival takes over Downtown Las Vegas from  Sept. 21st to Sept 23rd.  Visit the official Life is Beautiful website for more information on tickets and pricing.

Life is Beautiful Line-Up

 

Best Horror Attractions in Las Vegas

It doesn’t have to be Halloween to get a good scare in Las Vegas. There are a number of attractions in Las Vegas that will be of interest to fans of horror and the macabre. They will be a little tougher to get to as they are scattered around Las Vegas. With a car rental it is fairly easy to visit the best horror attractions in Las Vegas.

Best Horror Attractions in Las Vegas

Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum

The Haunted Museum is a 11,000-square foot property built in 1938 on northern Las Vegas. The property has a long history of spiritual activity and locals claim dark rituals took place on the property in the 70’s. The tour takes about an hour and a half and leads your through winding hallways and 30 rooms each with an eerie theme.

Location: 600 E. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104
Times: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 9pm and Sunday, noon – 8pm (closed Tuesday)
Website: Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead is a relatively new horror attraction located on Fremont St. It’s part thrill ride, part escape room, part maze, part haunted house and part interactive video game and motion ride. Reviewers have given the attraction positive reviews and state that the event lasts roughly 20 minutes.

Location: 425 Fremont St Ste. 150, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Times: Sun. through Thu., 1:00 p.m. to midnight; Fri. and Sat., 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
WebsiteFear the Walking Dead

Horror Attractions in Las Vegas

The SAW Escape Room

Fans of the SAW movie franchise will be familiar with what The SAW Escape Room entails. It is a multi-room escape game where you must work as a team to solve each room and move onto the next. The game lasts for an hour and you can have a team of up to 10 people. Enter the historic Egan & Co. Meat Packing plan and find yourself immersed in a diabolical plan set out by the Jigsaw Killer.

Location: 2121 Industrial Rd Las Vegas, NV 89102
Times: Mon,Tues: Closed | Wed, Thurs: 5pm-11pm | Fri: 5pm – Midnight | Sat: 4pm-Midnight | Sun: 4pm-11pm
WebsiteSAW Escape Room

Best Horror Attractions in Las Vegas
Photo by renaissancechambara

Haunted City Ghost Tours

Currently there is a walking ghost and mob related tour that leaves from The Heart Attack Grill on Fremont St. The tour takes place every Friday night at 7:00 pm and lasts just over an hour. The tour visits haunted Fremont Street hotels, the Mob Museum, and Vegas’ “Motel of Death”. There are mixed reviews about the tour being more mob related than ghost related.  Visit this Groupon link for more information.

fremont st photo
Photo by Arizona Parrot

Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas

Looking for more of a unique experience our your next Vegas vacation? You will find that The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas is perfect. Located a short distance off the main strip the Pinball Hall of Fame is a perfect get away. They offer a family friendly experience that will surely keep you entertained and amused.

Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas

Located on E Tropicana Ave roughly a 10 minute car ride from the strip. The facility is 10,000 sq ft of nothing but pinball machines. Pinball machines are from the 1950’s up to the 1990’s. Another great feature is the price. The older generation machines are .25 cents to play and the new models are .50 cents. There is also  a collection of classic arcade games.

Website: Pinball Hall of Fame
Address:
1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours:  Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 11 pm & Friday – Saturday  11 am –12 am

Regrettably we did not take many photos at the time of our visit. We spent more time playing. Bally’s Capt. Fantastic featuring Elton John as The Pinball Wizard was our favorite. I spent many an hour as a kid in the back of our local store playing it. It was so nice to see it fully restored and in mint condition. All of the machines are in perfect working order and fully restored to their original beauty, If you had a fav pinball game from way back odds are you are going to find it here.

Pinball Hall of Fame Las Vegas

3D Tour of the Pinball Hall of Fame

Pinball Hall of Fame photo
Photo by driph
Pinball Hall of Fame photo
Photo by driph
Pinball Hall of Fame photo
 by driph

We hope you have a good time visiting the Pinball Hall of Fame. Be sure to visit our Fun and Free Things to Do on the Las Vegas Strip post.