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Visiting Las Vegas and Its New Ice Experience Attraction

Updated on December 12, 2019
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Chuck enjoys traveling and over the years has had the opportunity to visit many places in the U.S. and the world.

Gondola on canal inside Venetian Resort in Las Vegas
Gondola on canal inside Venetian Resort in Las Vegas | Source

Las Vegas Is Attracting Tourists A Well As Gamblers

As gambling options expand, Las Vegas, once the only place in the United States where one could gamble legally, has been aggressively marketing itself as a family tourist destination. Their effort appears to be a success given the number of families, with young children and even babies in tow, milling about the resorts and strolling along the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Gambling is still popular and crowds can still be seen in the casinos. Vans still cruise up and down the Strip with their loud speakers offering free transportation and no cover charge to visit strip clubs. There are still a number of guys handing out cards with photos of nude women on one side and directions to a strip club on the other side. However, they no longer try to shove the cards into the hands of passing men who have their wives or children in tow.

My Wife in the Minus 5° ICE EXPERIENCE - Blue Coats are the $17 experience & White Outfits the $45 experience with an  ice cocktail
My Wife in the Minus 5° ICE EXPERIENCE - Blue Coats are the $17 experience & White Outfits the $45 experience with an ice cocktail | Source

New Attractions Are Multiplying

For the past few years my wife and I have been meeting up somewhere with our daughter and her husband for a week long vacation. This year they flew to Las Vegas where we drove up and met them. Our plan was to pick them up in Las Vegas then drive to Death Valley and three other National Parks on the other side of the mountains from Death Valley then return them to Las Vegas the afternoon before their flight.

However, a big storm with rain and snow rolling in off the Pacific Ocean forced us to flee California after a couple of days with the result that we ended up spending a major part of our vacation in Las Vegas and nearby Laughlin, Nevada.

Our daughter in ice model of electric chair in the "Mob Museum" corner of the room.
Our daughter in ice model of electric chair in the "Mob Museum" corner of the room. | Source

The Coldest Part Of Our Trip Was At the Venetian Resort

Our daughter and son-in-law had arrived in Las Vegas the previous Saturday afternoon while, because of my wife’s work, we didn’t arrive until Sunday morning. Among the places they visited on Saturday was a new attraction in the Venetian Resort known minus 5° ICE EXPERIENCE. They were very impressed with this Attraction and, once back in Las Vegas, urged us to join them while they visited it again.

It is a somewhat pricey but interesting experience. The cost is $17 per adult ($13 for a child) for what they call the Cool Experience, which is what we took. The cool experience consists of a blue parka, gloves and admittance to he attraction which is a large room where everything, including the walls, is covered with ice and the temperature is a constant -5°Fahrenheit (about -20.6° Celsius).

For $45 per person a visitor receives a pair of gloves, a white faux fur coat, an ice cocktail served in a glass made out of ice and admission to the Attraction.

There doesn’t seem to be any time limit but after about 20 minutes or so one has seen everything (the room is not that big) and is starting to think about returning to the warm hall outside the door to the room.

The four of us enjoying the Minus 5° ICE EXPERIENCE Attraction
The four of us enjoying the Minus 5° ICE EXPERIENCE Attraction | Source

One Can Easily Spend Hours Wandering Around The Vast Venetian Resort

As mentioned above the minus 5° ICE EXPERIENCE Attraction is located on the Las Vegas Strip inside the vast Venetian Resort. While we have never stayed there, the Venetian Resort, in addition to its hotel and casinos (which I have never seen) is a great place for a leisurely stroll. It is like Venice, Italy without the pigeons or cars.

The interior decor on the main floor and mezzanine level is an Italian Renaissance style one expects to find in Venice, Italy. A canal with gondolas winds through the main floor. The price is $30 per person with 4 people in the boat. If you want to ride alone or just with a friend or two, the price is higher. A few years ago when my wife’s brother was visiting from Russia we took him on the gondola ride and, as I recall, the cost was a little less.

LIke the other resorts on the Strip, most of the floor space is taken up with high end retail shops and very nice restaurants. We were in Las Vegas over our anniversary a couple of years ago and had a great dinner at one of their restaurants. However, there is no charge to simply stroll around and enjoy the sight and occasional free music.

Main floor of the Venetian Resort located on the  Las Vegas Strip
Main floor of the Venetian Resort located on the Las Vegas Strip | Source

While I am not a big fan of Las Vegas, it can be a fun place to visit. I don’t like the traffic so I find a place to park the car and leave it there until we are ready to leave town.

Even if you are like me and not interested in the casinos there is still plenty to do and see. While it can be a very expensive place to visit, there are many things that are free. One can spend a day just walking along the Las Vegas Strip taking in the sights without having to spend a dime.

Many of the big resorts on the strip are themed and there is no charge to simply wander through and enjoy the dcor and exhibits - of course they hope you will pull out your credit card and do some shopping, dining, seeing a show or gamble.

Gondolas in pool in front of the Venetian Resort
Gondolas in pool in front of the Venetian Resort | Source

Many Of The Resorts On The Strip Offer Deals On Rooms

Room rates at the resorts on the Strip can be very reasonable. My Daughter and I went online with our smartphones and found a deal at the Flamingo Resort for about $25 per night.

In addition to the tax all the resorts add a resort fee which was about $30. When we got to the hotel and tried to check in at the automated check in the computer found our reservations right away and told us we had to check in at the desk. It appeared that everyone who checked in using an online app other than the Flamingo’s website was directed to the desk.

Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas at night.
Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas at night. | Source

We had about a 20 minute wait in line and then another 10 minutes (I clocked it while waiting in line) where they requested basic information the booking site already had and I am sure had been forwarded to them. It soon became clear that the purpose of the manual registration was to give the resort a chance to upsell our reservation. We were offered a chance to upgrade being told that the rooms we had hadn’t been renovated yet. Our daughter decided to take it and, wanting to have rooms close together (rather than literally being located a thousand rooms away) we took the upgrade also.

Our room at the Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas
Our room at the Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas | Source

Finally there was a $15 per day for parking and then an offer to forgo the housekeeping service in exchange for a $10 credit. My wife thought it was a good way to save money so I took it.

After the reservation was completed I was given a statement and list of five shops in the hotel where I could make a purchase, charge it to my room and have the $10 credited to it. In order to get the $10 credit I ended up buying 2 beers (which we didn’t necessarily want) for $6.50 each. So I ended up paying $2.50 to get the credit (my wife drank one but since I was going to be driving I put the other one in one of the cooler bags we had and as of this writing it is still sitting in our refrigerator,

Flamingos in garden of Flamingo Resort
Flamingos in garden of Flamingo Resort | Source

Despite The Added Charges The Final Price Was Reasonable

I will say in conclusion that in spite of the reservation process, the clerk that handled it, and every other staff member we interacted with were extremely courteous, knowledgeable and professional. Our room was also great and, despite all the added charges the price per night we ended up paying was what we usually pay per night when traveling.

Arizona Hot Springs - About a 45 minute drive southeast of Las Vegas along the Arizona-Nevada border.  Parking Area next to highway with 3 mile hike to hot springs
Arizona Hot Springs - About a 45 minute drive southeast of Las Vegas along the Arizona-Nevada border. Parking Area next to highway with 3 mile hike to hot springs | Source

Map Showing Easy Side Trips from Las Vegas

A
Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas NV:
Las Vegas Strip, NV, USA

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B
Arizona Hot Springs:
Arizona Hot Springs, Arizona 86445, USA

get directions

Natural Hot Springs in Lake Mead Recreation area. Hot Springs approx 45 min drive from Las Vega turnoff along I-11 & 3 mi hike each way

C
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada:
Valley of Fire State Park, 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040, USA

get directions

State Park with beautiful rock formations and easy to moderate hiking trails

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Chuck Nugent

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    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      18 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Linda - thanks for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub. I have nothing against gambling and have tried it a few times but even when I won I still felt I could get more enjoyment spending the money on something else. So, even if you don't like gambling Las Vegas can still be a great place to visit itself as well as visiting other nearby tourist sites.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      18 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Peggy - thanks for sharing. Las Vegas is an interesting to visit and does have a lot of good live shows. The first time we joined my brother and his wife on a visit to Las Vegas we saw a good concert by the Oak Ridge Boys. When my wife's brother visited from Russia our tour around the southwest with him included a weekend in Las Vegas where our daughter flew to join us for the weekend and she treated the four of us to a great Cirque du Soleil performance as an anniversary present for her mother and me. Two years ago when we visited with our daughter and son-in-law she took her mother to a Celine Dion concert. Thanks again for sharing.

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      Linda Crampton 

      18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have no interest in gambling, but this interesting article and other ones about Las Vegas that I've read recently have persuaded me that it could be a great place to visit. I love your photos. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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      Peggy Woods 

      18 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I have been to Las Vegas twice and only for a few days. The first time my mother and I stayed at the Mirage and saw the white tiger show (prior to the accident which ended it.) The second time I stayed at Circus Circus with a friend and the Venetian was brand new. Like you, I am not a gambler, but there is plenty to see and do while there and in the area. Your photos are gorgeous!

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      Liz Westwood 

      18 months ago from UK

      We have sometimes found that when we opt for a free drink voucher instead of welcome points, the points get added anyway with one hotel loyalty scheme.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      18 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

      My first experience with this was at Caesars Resort and Casino in nearby Laughlin, Nevada where we stayed a couple of days before going on to Las Vegas. We were offered the discount but I turned it down - when I told my wife she said I should have taken it so I took it when we checked in at the Flamingo a couple of days later. I have accounts with a couple of mid-range hotel chains whose hotels we generally stay at while traveling but, so far, they have offer to waive housekeeping. My brother recently told me that my nephew, who travels frequently for work and has a ton of frequent flyer points, When the plane looks full he asks to use some points for an upgrade. When they don't have a seat to upgrade to (which he has anticipated) the give him a free drink voucher and don't charge him any points.

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      Liz Westwood 

      18 months ago from UK

      Now I think about it, I have noticed incentives elsewhere in hotels for waiving housekeeping. Usually they are in the form of points on a loyalty account or a voucher for a free drink, never direct cashback.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      18 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Shing Araya - thank you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      18 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Liz - Thanks for the comments. I did find the registration process and the $10 credit for waiving the house cleaning annoying. The prices in the shops and restaurants at the Flamingo were also outrageous. However, the resort itself was very nice and every employee we dealt with was outstanding - courteous, very helpful and thoroughly professional.

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      Shing Araya 

      18 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

      seems a very attractive place to go..might visit the place..thank you so much for sharing

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      Chuck Nugent 

      18 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Louise Powles - thank you for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed the Hub. Las Vegas is a fascinating city The only thing I hate is the traffic. It is horrible which is why I always give my car keys to my son-in-law and let him drive when we meet them there.

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      Liz Westwood 

      18 months ago from UK

      I was intrigued by the check in process and the charges for your room. That's annoying when the cashback offer is not actually in cash. I agree with you about the tourist attraction of Vegas. I know of at least two sets of our friends who have visited for the experience not the gambling. The Venetian resort photos look familiar from the photos my friend took.

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      Louise Powles 

      18 months ago from Norfolk, England

      How wonderful. I'd love to have a holiday like this.

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