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Shark Reef Aquarium: Now With More Sharks

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM | by | ()

Shark Reef Aquarium is home to two new residents, a pair of Scalloped Hammerheads.

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What It Takes To Be A Venetian Gondolier

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
April 6, 2015 at 6:12 PM | by | ()

Chances are, you’ve probably seen the gondola rides at Venetian. If not, experienced one. But have you ever wondered about what it takes to be a gondolier?

During the rides, guests are transported through Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and experience the scenic ambiance of a faux Venice. The gondolas float through a quarter-mile indoor canal. There's also an outdoor ride that showcases views of The Strip.

On Friday, April 3, Venetian began selecting new gondoliers to join its staff, and invited the media along to view the first portion of the audition: the jump test. That's when candidates jump in the water -- outside at 8 a.m. in 52-degree weather, btw -- and prove they can swim back to the gondola, pull themselves in, and regain control of the boat, all in a specific amount of time. No biggie, right?

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Take That, Topgolf: Caesars Entertainment Seeks Hole-In-One, Too

April 1, 2015 at 5:11 PM | by | ()

Yes, it's billions in debt and going through bankruptcy, but you know what they say, you got to spend money to make money. So, Caesars Entertainment is answering MGM Resorts' plans for a just-off-the-Strip Topgolf location by teeing up a golf concept of its own. Mini-golf, that is.

The land behind The High Roller is used for parking right now, but has always been earmarked for expansion of The Linq promenade concept. Now, thanks to a tipster who leaked these renderings to us, the gaming company has apparently committed to a course of action (with an emphasis on "course") -- The Linqs, a family friendly mini-golf experience.

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Wet 'n' Wild Is Gearing Up For Its 2015 Season

Where: 7055 South Fort Apache [map], 89148
March 9, 2015 at 1:57 PM | by | ()

Spring break is a couple weeks away (*puts down food, runs to gym*) and Wet ‘n’ Wild will be there for those looking to laze away the days. The park will open March 28-April 5 for spring break.

Wet ‘n’ Wild General Manager Takuya Ohki recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the park's newest attraction, Slideboarding. It will be a waterslide gaming experience similar to Guitar Hero. Using a smart gaming system, guests will ride a slideboard and will hit targets for points as well as to unlock new levels. Slideboarding is a pay-to-play attraction so guests will have to shell out money unless they're a Gold or VIP season pass holder.

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With The Riviera Closing, Will The Silver Ball Keep Rolling On The Strip? Or Will It Tilt?

Where: 89109
February 27, 2015 at 11:39 AM | by | ()

One of our favorite non-gambling Vegas activities is to play at the Pinball Hall of Fame (1601 Tropicana Ave., about two miles east of The Strip). There are few places in the world where you can play over 250 pinball machines, from the 1950s to the present. And as an added bonus, all the profits go to charity.

This VegasChatter writer in particular was delighted when Tim Arnold, owner of those machines, was able to create a second mini Pinball Hall of Fame in the Riviera. About fifty pinball and video arcade machines located on The Strip... such convenience!

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Vegas To Get A New Way To Beat The Summer Heat?

February 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM | by | ()

In recent years, Vegas got Wet ‘n Wild again, but this summer we may be able to cool off in another fun way. Slide the City, a.k.a. a giant slip ‘n slide, is reportedly coming to Las Vegas in June. From the looks of pictures on the event’s website, it will be a giant 1,000-foot slide laid out on asphalt. That’s over three football fields.

The point of it seems to be taking a fun and refreshing slide, but also dousing those who come to watch. With paid admission, you’ll be given a mouthguard and a water gun. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices like water guns and buckets to get bystanders wet, too. Participants are also urged to bring some sort of inflatable tube. There will be some available on-site for purchase, but why not save a few bucks?

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Check-Out Folio: Life To Be Beautiful Again, The Sound Of Music In Primm, And More

February 6, 2015 at 8:34 PM | by | ()

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of February 2:

Love is in the air at the Titanic Exhibit: Just in time for Valentine's Day, a cherub sculpture is on display at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside Luxor. The rare artifact will be on display through February 28. While there were many cherub statues on the ship, this bronze is the only one to have been recovered. It is suspected that this specific piece was part of a light fixture on one of the staircases. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and tickets are $32 ($29 with local ID).

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Graceland Heading West To Westgate

February 5, 2015 at 4:09 PM | by | ()

The King is returning to Las Vegas.

The New York Times is reporting the new operators of Elvis Presley's estate and brand will launch a permanent exhibit at the Westgate where, in another lifetime as The International, The King performed 58 consecutive sold-out shows. Recently, Westgate debuted a new casino bar named in honor of its former moniker while a new cafe, Sid's, proffers an Elvis sandwich, a battered and fried PB&J with sliced bananas. And, one of the hotel-casino's headlining productions is "The King" starring Trent Carlini.

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Last Chance To See Polaroid's Free Andy Warhol Exhibit

February 4, 2015 at 3:36 PM | by | ()

You're missing out on a nice Free Vegas find if you walk by the Polaroid store at The LINQ.

Above the Polaroid Fotobar (where we found ourselves lovin' things other than Polaroid pictures) lies a free museum that has been showcasing an Andy Warhol exhibit, but not for much longer. Our friends at Polaroid tell us the collection closes this Saturday, February 7. Swing by before then and see 50 original Polaroids by Warhol, a wax figure of him on loan from Madame Tussaud's (seen above), and a few of his cameras, too.

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Worth It? Breaking Down The Value Of The New Vegas Attraction Passport

January 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM | by | ()

There's a new way to save a few bucks on keeping yourself entertained in Vegas. Today, a press release touted the launch of the Vegas Attraction Passport.

The new offering bundles admission to five attractions that may or may not be on your Vegas list -- Madame Tussauds, Mob Museum, CSI: The Experience, Venetian's outdoor gondola ride, and a one-day, unlimited bus ticket for Big Bus Tours -- at a discount of "over 40 percent." The cost? $79.99. We wondered if we could do better with a few clicks around the Internet or if the passport really does provide some value so we gave it the ol' college try.

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Westgate Has More New in Store For March, April

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
January 26, 2015 at 5:16 PM | by | ()

Westgate's pool in October 2014.

Westgate owner David Siegel wasn't all talk. When he purchased the LVH last July, Siegel had big plans for the flailing off-Strip property. And, before year's end, he'd already started to deliver.

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At Madame Tussauds, A Hangover Without Ill Effects

Where: 3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 6, 2015 at 8:33 PM | by | ()

Madame Tussauds at Venetian celebrated National Hangover Day on January 1 (it's ok if you're still shaking it off...) with the reveal of its newest exhibit, The Hangover Experience. The new vignette offers recreations of the movie's infamous hotel room and wedding chapel, but visitors will be most excited by the addition of another member of the wolf pack.

A wax figure “Alan,” famously played by Zach Galifianakis, can now be found at the popular attraction. He joins “Phil” (played by Bradley Cooper), who was already part of the museum's life-like creations.

General Manager Stephan Degan, who proudly presented the new exhibit to the media in typical Vegas fashion with two statuesque models, stated the museum worked in conjunction with Warner Brothers for over a year to bring the scene to the Strip.

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