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New York-New York and the Big Apple Rollercoaster free

3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South | Las Vegas, NV
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  • Type: Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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You won't have any trouble finding New York-New York: Its faux-Manhattan skyline — complete with scale models of famous Big Apple attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge — occupies almost a full block of the Strip. Sitting across the street from the MGM Grand, New York-New York recreates the Gotham experience in true Vegas fashion, boasting a New York-style pizzeria, several bars and a variety of shops. As for the casino, you'll find it stocked with all of your favorite slot machines and poker and table games, providing plenty of opportunities to win big (though some travelers note that the gaming floor here isn't as spacious as those in other Strip venues).

For most visitors, the highlight of a visit to New York-New York is a ride on the Big Apple Rollercoaster. For $14 (or $25 for an all-day "Scream Pass"), travelers can wind and weave through the faux Manhattan skyline and benefit from excellent views of the southern Strip — if they can keep their eyes open. "$14 each is a bit steep, but it's Vegas," noted one TripAdvisor user, who added, "I like how it goes around the whole hotel and you can see a lot of the strip. It's a fun ride!" But a word of caution to those staying at the New York-New York Hotel: some recent guests note that the screams from the coaster can make for a noisy stay.

As far as other entertainment options go, New York-New York features a variety of shows, including "Zumanity" by Cirque du Soleil. Meanwhile, the complex will welcome a Hershey's Chocolate World in spring 2014. To learn more about what to see and do at New York-New York, visit the website. Remember: You can walk around the "city" for free, but individual attractions within the complex may charge admission.

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