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Things to Do in Las Vegas

Savor the Strip and Beyond

From posh shopping to dining or enjoying the thrilling nightlife of the Strip, Las Vegas truly has it all. America's most exciting city is full of entertaining ways to set the stresses of real life aside, and The Carriage House is the perfect place to start and end your travels each day, as it is located conveniently near many of the top things to do in Las Vegas.

One of the top Las Vegas activities is strolling the Strip, taking in the sights and sounds of America’s largest 24-7 party. Casinos and lavish restaurants dot Vegas’ landscape, and you will be able to find delicious drinks to quench your thirst at any hour. Sports enthusiasts can take part in the best sports wagering available in America, along with attending Las Vegas 51s baseball games, UNLV athletics contests or one of the city’s famed boxing or UFC bouts.

Experience all that Nevada and Las Vegas have to offer by exploring away from the Strip. Explore some of the many Las Vegas family activities, from hiking to golf to snow sports. The state parks illustrate the beauty of the desert and provide historical significance. For more information, please contact The Carriage House at (702) 798-1020.

Las Vegas History and Information

Las Vegas is Spanish for The Meadows and was so named due to its plentiful underground water supply and fertile ground; it was quite literally a huge fertile meadow surrounded by desert. Las Vegas is the largest city in the state of Nevada. Nicknamed Sin City and known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is situated in the midst of the southern Nevada desert landscape. Compared with other cities in the West, Las Vegas is a relatively recent arrival. It was founded in 1905, and for many years was merely a small settlement in the middle of the desert. However, several pivotal events would come together in less than 20 years to make Las Vegas what it is today:

  • The construction of Hoover Dam in 1928 brought thousands of workers to the area.  
  • Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, and what is now downtown Las Vegas became an entertainment center for the dam workers, with casinos and speakeasies.
  • In 1941, the luxurious El Rancho Vegas resort opened on what would later become the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel later opened the Flamingo Hotel in 1946, starting the building boom and one-upmanship that would continue largely unabated for the next 50 years.

Las Vegas Gambling Guide

Opportunities to gamble are found in most places in Las Vegas, including McCarran International Airport and area supermarkets. However, please be advised that it is state law that all gamblers must be at least 21 years of age. Even if you are at least 21 years old, you are required to bring to the casino a valid ID that shows your current age. In-house security makes rounds of inspections to check compliance. If you are under age or without a valid ID to prove your age and found in the gambling area, hotel staff will ask you to leave. Las Vegas has a curfew for anyone under the age of 18.

Nearby Casinos Include:

  • MGM Grand
  • Planet Hollywood
  • City Center including Aria, Vdarra and Madarin Oriental
  • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Bellagio
  • Paris

Vegas Weddings

In Las Vegas alone, just fewer than 100,000 couples tie the knot each year. Perhaps it is because Nevada's wedding-friendly requirements make it easy to get a marriage license. Blood tests or medical procedures are not required and there isn’t a waiting period after a license is issued. After obtaining the legal paperwork, you can make it official in a ceremony as informal or formal as you’d like.

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