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MGM Grand Casino free

3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South | Las Vegas, NV | Official website
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  • Type: Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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It only makes sense that a city devoted to entertainment would feature a casino hotel devoted to the entertainment industry. However, you won't find as many tributes to Hollywood as you would have if you visited a few years ago: In 2012, the MGM Grand closed its lion habitat (which was a big hit with visiting families), and a 2012 renovation replaced "The Wizard of Oz"-inspired decor with a much more chic design scheme. Still, you will find plenty of ways to experience the MGM Grand's production value. The facility — which sits mid-Strip across from New York-New York at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue — hosts a variety of performances ranging from big-name concerts to sporting events to Cirque du Soleil's "KÀ."

Also inside the MGM Grand are several top-notch restaurants and nightlife venues such as Studio 54, a reproduction of the celebrity-studded hotspot of the 1970s. A few stores can also be found here, but shopping is not the MGM Grand's forte. Instead, spend your time (and your money) on the casino floor, which houses poker tables, slot mashines and a race and sports book. Travelers were impressed by the size of the MGM Grand Casino, but many note that the smoke — and the pungent scent of the deodorizer — can be bothersome. "They spray something into the air like most casinos do. It gives it that unmistakable Las Vegas casino smell that you can identify with your eyes closed," one TripAdvisor user wrote.

If you've got older kids in tow, consider a visit to the MGM Grand's CSI Experience; based on the popular television show, this interactive museum offers visitors the chance to test their detective skills. The MGM Grand also features several bars and nightlife options. To learn more about its attractions and entertainment options, visit the MGM Grand's website. The complex also features three separate hotels: The main MGM Grand Hotel, as well as The Signature and the SKYLOFTS.

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