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Mandalay Bay Casino and Beach free

3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South | Las Vegas, NV 89119 | Official website
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  • Type: Beaches, Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Sure, this towering gold building at the southern end of the Strip boasts all the slots, poker and game tables you want in a Sin City venue, not to mention a variety of restaurants and nightlife venues. (Plus, it plays host to "Michael Jackson One," Cirque du Soleil's tribute to the '80s pop icon.) But Mandalay Bay doesn't exude the same level of kitsch found at other casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard — a major selling point for more laid-back travelers. In fact, this is the place you go if you're looking for an escape.

One of the major highlights of Mandalay Bay is its man-made 11-acre beach: 2,700 tons of sand and a 1.6 million gallon wave pool create an oceanside atmosphere in the middle of the Nevada desert. You can kick off your shoes and work on your tan in one of the rentable day beds; those looking to avoid bikini tan lines can ditch the top at the Moorea Beach Club. Meanwhile, a variety of pools and a lazy river are appropriate cooling-off venues for the kiddos, while the summertime Beach Concert Series is fun for the whole family. Unless you're a guest at the Mandalay Bay or THEHotel at Mandalay Bay, you will have to rent a cabana in order to access the pool and beach areas — prices vary by day and occupancy levels.

Speaking of families, don't take your kids to Mandalay Bay without making time for the Shark Reef. This massive aquarium houses more than 2,000 animals, including stingrays, sea turtles, crocodiles and, of course, sharks. General admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 5 to 12 (kids younger than 4 can enter for free). To learn more about what to see and do, visit the Mandalay Bay website.

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