New York-New York and the Big Apple Rollercoaster

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Key Info

3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Free, Casinos, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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, it's stocked with plenty of slot machines and table games, but some travelers note that the gaming floor isn't as spacious as those in other Strip venues. 

You'll also find plenty of other entertainment options, including a variety of shows such as "Zumanity" by Cirque du Soleil. New York-New York is also home to the Hershey's Chocolate World which offers more than 800 kinds of Hershey's chocolates and candies. 

For most visitors, the highlight of a visit to New York-New York is a ride on the Big Apple Rollercoaster. For $15 (or $26 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.

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 (the coaster welcomes riders until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday). 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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