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Las Vegas on a Shoestring Budget

By Jennideep Hayre

Posted: 25th October 2012 10:53

If you have blown your holiday fund on the spin of a wheel, or those pocket aces didn’t quite pay off on the poker table, you may well find yourself stuck with no money and plenty of time to kill.  Here’s our guide on how to experience the best that Las Vegas has to offer when you’ve overshot your budget.

Circus Acts at Circus Circus Resort

Every day between 11am and midnight, the Circus Circus Hotel Resort is home to the world’s largest permanent circus.  Circus shows are held every half hour by performers on the centre stage of the Carnival Midway.  Acts include: acrobatics, flying trapeze, aerial gymnastics, juggling, roller-skating and contortionists plus no circus is complete without energetic and colourful clowns – free and fun entertainment is guaranteed here so who could ask for anything better.   

The Ethel M Chocolate Factory

The Ethel M Chocolate Factory is the best place to visit if you have a sweet tooth.  You get a behind-the-scenes look at how popular American chocolate and candy is made and will enjoy tasting famous branded confectionary like M&M’s, Mars Bars and Milky Way. 

Opposite the chocolate factory is the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden which features one of Nevada’s largest collections of cacti.  Wander around the gardens and explore over 300 species of plants on display. 

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo

The Flamingo Resort is true to its name – this wildlife habitat is home to a flock of Chilean flamingos as well as African penguins, swans, turtles, ducks and koi. 

Don’t forget to take a photo with the bright pink Flamingo sign outside the resort – one of the most iconic signs on the Vegas Strip.  Whilst you’re at it you may as well take one next to the renowned Welcome to Las Vegas sign. 

The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel

Open 24 hours a day, the Silverton Hotel’s focal point is their 117,000 gallon reef aquarium which is home to more than 4,000 tropical fish and three species of stingrays and sharks.  The Aquarium has been named the ‘Best Free Attraction’ in Las Vegas.

There is also a mermaid lounge that features two 500 gallon jellyfish aquariums as well as daily fish feeding shows twice a day and live mermaid shows which see real women dressed as mermaids swimming amongst the underwater creatures. 

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