Las Vegas is a city of many qualities; it is renowned especially for its hedonistic reputation, with the millions of square feet of casinos, bars and clubs doing nothing to dispel the rumors. But that isn’t all Las Vegas is known for. Situated in the middle of the Nevada desert, there are some stunning natural landmarks just a short ride away from the city, and there is a growing number of artistic exhibitions and galleries popping up. Those looking to take a holiday to Vegas in January 2012 may enjoy taking a look at some of the other sights and attractions the city has to offer.
Las Vegas may not strike many people as a family holiday, but there are some excellent child-friendly attractions, the first of those being the Adventuredome Theme Park. Situated at Circus Circus Hotel, the five-acre theme park has rides for all age groups and is the perfect way to spend an hour, an afternoon or a whole day. For those real daredevils, a day pass is available allowing unlimited access to all rides, which include a traditional carousel and ferris wheel, as well as a Special FX 4D theatre and a laser arena. Recently included in the Vegas Review: Best Of Las Vegas Awards, Adventuredome was voted the ‘best arcade’ and ‘best place to go if you’re under 21′.
For those TV buffs visiting Vegas to get a glimpse of the city so often shown on many great shows and movies, a visit to the CBS Television Research Centre is a must. The free attraction inside the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino allows visitors to go behind the scenes at the TV station, picking up merchandise from their favorite shows and viewing one-of-a-kind memorabilia. There is even the opportunity to vote on never-seen-before pilot episodes of new shows; see which ones make it to the screen and which ones are canned thanks to your votes!
Also inside the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is the wonderful lion habitat. The lion is famously the symbol of MGM, so it is a fitting (and free) attraction which allows visitors to get up, close and personal with the King of the Jungle. Feeding time takes place several times a day, with visitors able to watch if they should time it right. The habitat also contains lots of information about the majestic creatures behind the glass, who spend their time at a private ranch when they’re not living up to their reputation as the icon of Metro Goldwyn Mayer.