Las Vegas Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Casinos

Frankie's Tiki Room Las Vegas
Tropical drinks are poured strong at Frankie's Tiki Room, which is open 24 hours. Photo: Wes Isbutt Studio West Photography

Las Vegas is the canvas upon which the rest of the world paints its wildest desires, so spring break is pretty much a year-round concept here.

Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience

You can now buy passes to cut to the front of the line at Bacchanal Buffet, a sign that the Strip's newest gourmet buffet is approaching nightclub popularity. But the hype is for real. Nine cooking stations and more than 500 items populate the 25,000-square-foot space, with everything from dim sum to desserts. Prices vary, starting at $25.99.

Worship Water: Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage
A fun water-centric activity

Half of Siegfried & Roy's backyard animal attraction at The Mirage belongs to the magic duo's famous white tigers. The rest is dedicated to bottlenose dolphins, five of whom have been taught to paint with brushes attached to small buoys. You can also do yoga while the dolphins swim behind you in the glass-enclosed underwater viewing area, which we hope is as relaxing for them as it is for us.

It's 5 o'clock Somewhere – Here: Frankie's Tiki Room
Where to get a great tropical drink

Give your eyes a minute to adjust to the dim lighting inside Frankie's Tiki Room and you'll uncover a world of custom-carved tikis, looped B-movies and the most deceptively stiff island-themed cocktails around. The strength of each cocktail is denoted on the menu by number of skulls; the Zombie ($9), a high-octane combination of multiple rums and juices, rightly earns all five.

Closer than Disney World:El Loco at Adventuredome
A great activity for kids and families

Whenever Las Vegas is touted as a family-friendly destination, it's Circus Circus that gets trotted out as the reason why it's OK to bring the kids to Sin City. Since February, the resort's pink-domed theme park has housed the city's newest roller coaster, El Loco, which reaches speeds of up to 45 mph after a 90-second drop.

Catch Some Rays: DW Bistro
A place to eat or drink outdoors

Summerlin moms, hung-over club kids and the occasional casino mogul know where to brunch: DW Bistro. Owners Dalton Wilson and Bryce Krausman preside over the midday weekend meal (or is it a lifestyle?) in the airy dining room that opens up onto a patio, where their "Jamaican-meets-New Mexican cuisine," like the fan-favorite jerk fried chicken and waffles, is always in high demand.

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Jack Houston lives and works in Las Vegas, where he's the editor of Las Vegas Magazine. He sat out by the pool for the first time this year on Feb. 16, saw his shadow and proclaimed six less weeks of winter. And, yes, he realizes how that sounds to the rest of the country.
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