As a couple living in Las Vegas, there’s no end to the possibilities we have to choose from for date night! I mean, this is SIN CITY — the land of shows & shining lights everywhere! I have to admit, though, that it’s been a challenge to get out as often as we’d like while having a little one-year-old in our brood, but it’s not impossible!
I’ve done a roundup of ideas for adventures to take around the city with a toddler HERE. Here’s a post that is centered all around my boo & I so you have some ideas of your own for “Dates with Boo” around Las Vegas and it’s surrounding area!
Go Team Go!
Who would’ve thought that Las Vegas would be home to a WNBA team, an NHL team, and [soon] an NFL team + so many other local sports? One would think that the land of betting (sports betting to be exact) would’ve had these things a long time ago, or that it’s a bad idea all around. Whatever the case, I am more than willing to partake in some sports fun so that hubby sees why he should definitely award me as Wife of the Year!
For major league teams, we have the Golden Knights for NHL hockey, the Aces basketball, and the Raiders for NFL football. For minor league teams, we have the Las Vegas Lights for hockey & the Las Vegas 51s for baseball. If you’re into college sports, we have our UNLV teams too!
We have yet to have the chance to experience anything other than a Golden Knights game (pre-playoffs.) This was our chance, though, to experience the T-Mobile Arena for the first time.
The picky foodie that I am, I made sure to scope out all of the eating options before finally settling down on a fancy clear plastic cup of house merlot and a sushi burrito from Tail & Fin.
Surrounding the Arena is the Monte Carlo Hotel, New York New York, and a district-type hangout area known as Park.
The hidden gems of the Las Vegas Strip
When we moved to Vegas in 2015, we made a deal to try to do everything there was to do on the Las Vegas strip that each hotel or resort was best known for. We downloaded a map and immediately got to planning trips each weekend! The foremost & beautiful aspect of living here is that we are in NO hurry! We are on a permanent Vegas vacation and able to explore whenever we can! If you’re in town for a short amount of time, it is crucial to do a bit of planning so that you see what you want to see while you are here. Many people are here to visit and gamble, which is living the Viva Las Vegas life! Even so, there are hidden gems within the hotels that you totally have time to check out!
I can’t run down the entire list of goodies on the strip, but here are some of our favorites:
- The roller coaster at New York, New York
- The lighted displays at many of the hotels including Ceasar’s Palace, the Wynn, and the Encore hotel.
- Visiting the flamingos AT the Flamingo Hotel and Casino
- Heading downtown to the Fremont area to check out the neon lights from early Vegas times as well as the loads of art murals and paintings between buildings down there.
- You can even add the Aquarium at the Silverton and another at Mandalay Bay.
- Planet Hollywood had nostalgic memorabilia to check out.
There’s plenty more hidden treasure in each and every one of the iconic Vegas Casino/Hotels!
Free (or almost-Free) is for me!
I know I can’t be the only girl who’s living on a kid-budget. Shoot, you don’t even have to have kids to be focused on celebrating life while pinching the pocket every now and again to be sure that loose change hasn’t slipped through your pocket seem. So, almost-free or discounted is the way to go even if “free” is out of the question. We have taken part in a membership with House seats for less than the cost of ONE show ticket which gives us 2 tickets at a time to tons of shows in the city. From comedy shows to good and bad magicians, we’ve seen many performances for 60%+ off of the regular price! So, even if the show is bad, at least we can turn it into a comedic situation!
Day or night, the abundance of parks and trails in the Las Vegas Valley provide us an opportunity to step away from the concrete world and head out into nature. This accessibility was a huge factor in our actual move to Vegas, and one that I encourage visitors to take advantage of. Why not get a break from the smoky casinos or losing even more money than you’d planned to gambling?
One of our early compromises in marriage has been that we step outside of the house, go on a walk, and talk through anything that’s going to be a lengthy or meaty discussion. We’ve found that whether it’s about a trivial topic, finances, romance, family, or whatever is on our minds that being our in nature calms the soul and allows for more genuine communication.
The CIty of Henderson, as well as the City of Las Vegas, have many options for trails of all levels. We’ve ventured into Henderson for more switchbacks and then over to Red Rock Canyon for actual climbing and crawling. Instead of a night or day of drinking, allowing mother nature to sooth the soul can be even more recharging than your favorite energy drink!
As a tourist, you can opt to rent a car through many of the hotels or you can snag a ride to adventurous spots OFF of the strip!
What kind of food does Vegas NOT have?
I know, I know. I am a fitness trainer and instructor. Never forget you can take the girl out of the fridge, but you can’t take the fridge out of the girl! I STILL love food and will always be a huge supporter of living the 80/20 lifestyle! Why live with deprivation?
My experience with the Yelp Elite Squad affords me the opportunity to try so many amazing restaurants in LV from those on the strip to those far away from it. I am always one to support local businesses and love to try new authentic cuisine!
Here is my life of favorite Las Vegas / Henderson Restaurants to try with your boo:
On the strip/Downtown-
- Hexx/Alexxis at Paris Hotel (try their sangria and churros)
- Robert Irvine’s Public House at Tropicana (try their salads & sharable appetizers)
- Therapy (try their chicken & waffle sliders)
- Pinche’s Tacos (try their carne asada fries)
- Lakeside at the Wynn (try their grilled octopus and watch the water show)
- Vegnation (try their Bao Wow)
Off the strip –
- King’s Fish House at the District (try their ceviche if they haven’t run out + their crispy spicy tuna roll)
- Rachel’s Kitchen (amazing muffins and juice)
- Taco Y Taco
- GEN Korean BBQ
- The Pasta Shop
- Ventanno Italian
(Be sure to follow me on Yelp to get more details on my favorite spots and for my reviews)
Have you been to Vegas with your boo?
What ‘outside of the box’ ideas do you try when visiting a new city with your other half?