In Part 8 of our Las Vegas Adventures, we ate the trendy Cosmopolitan's Wicked Spoon buffet, which was a bit of a let down in comparison to the hype and price. The night picked up, though, when we watched Pin Up! at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. The show features Clare Sinclair, Playboy's 2011 playmate of the year accompanied by a slew of talented singers, dancers and musicians. The show is inspired by classic pin-up girls and calendars from the 40s, 50s, and 60s and took us on a musical adventure through the 12 months of the year. Simply put, the show was flirty, fun and well-done. The singer had an amazing voice and band could rival any big band out there. The only drawback to the show is the sheer amount of star Clare Sinclair. Her costars were clearly professional dancers, musicians and singers, while she hopped around and wiggled her bottom a bit. She twirls nipple tassles like a boss, though! As a final note: the show may be 18+, but there is no real nudity involved, unless you're deeply offended by corsets and strategic placement of flowers, fans and stickers over nipples.
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The following days in Las Vegas took us to several destinations. We had lunch at Harrah's Fulton Street Food Hall where my husband was served melted plastic enchiladas, so avoid the laminated packaging being heated in the back of this establishment. Afterward, we visited the Mirage and the Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden to watch dolphins frolicking and big cats stretching and sleeping. While it was fun watching the dolphins playing with their toys and doing flips (the big cats were just lazy, sleepy fluffballs) the price is quite steep at 20 dollars for a single adult ticket.
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The following days in Las Vegas included a delicious dinner at Umami Burger (you can read about the BurGR vs Umami Burger post here), a helicopter ride high over the city and Hoover Dam, indoor shark reefs, and yet another acrobatic, high-flying Cirque du Soleil show with Ka.
The helicopter tour was booked with Sundance Helicopters, and it included transportation via limousine to the airport, a helicopter tour over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, and a champagne brunch on the floor of the Grand Canyon. At least, that was the plan. Unfortunately, there was rainy weather and unusual cloud coverage over the Grand Canyon. We were given the option of going in the helicopter with the possibility of having to turn around and land again, or to refund the trip 100%. We chose to take the chance, but had to turn around as we reached the Grand Canyon due to the cloud coverage and danger of landing a helicopter these conditions. Disappointing that half of our experience was cut short, but I was still happy for the opportunity to ride in a limo, and travel in a helicopter for an entire hour. In case you're wondering, we were refunded for more than half of our trip for the inconvenience.
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The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is yet another $20 exhibit featuring a slew of underwater life. Shark Reef's largest exhibit is its 1.3 million gallon (nearly 5 million L) shipwreck with a nearly 360 degree view, and an acrylic viewing tunnel. Of course, the varying species of shark are the biggest attraction, with species such as Sandtiger Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Hammerheads, and Reef Sharks. The aquarium became the first animal care facility in the State of Nevada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and they hold a very high standard of animal care and public education. Just expect to stand in line for at least a half hour before getting to experience the aquarium for yourself. The line to get in is quite long.
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As with O, there was absolutely NO photography permitted inside the theater, so, unfortunately, I don't have any good pictures of the show. You can watch a trailer for the show below:
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