On the morning of the 28th of April I found myself enjoying my standard Super 8 breakfast a little more than usual. This was because today we would be returning to one of my absolute favourite places, Las Vegas! So with the Vegas music playlist dusted off and returned to our car’s stereo for the two hour drive from Cedar City, Utah. I was again, returning to one of my happy places.
After having an absolute blast with the family when we visited Las Vegas in 2018 (read that blog post here), I was keen to return and show off more of this “one-of-a-kind” city. After staying at so many Wyndham properties, like Super 8 and Days Inn, and through their Wyndham Rewards loyalty programme, we had reached diamond level. This allowed us to tier match with Caesars Rewards, meaning all of our mid-week accommodation would be complimentary. After initially booking at PH (Planet Hollywood), I decided to change it for the more family friendly, Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino (read our review here), located a short walk off the strip.
After having the family up and on the road early, we arrived in Vegas just prior to midday, ready to enjoy the classic Vegas buffet with bottomless sparking wine. After having far too many buffets in America this would ultimately prove to be our last, and unfortunately it did not quite live up to our previous experiences, although the wine did help.
One of the reasons we booked at Rio was because of the pool complex, which was expansive and had plenty to keep to the kids occupied with a few different pools and hot tubs, as well as waterfalls. However, the weather was not too kind to us during our stay, and although it was warm enough to swim, there was a very chilly wind throughout most of our stay which meant we didn’t spend as much time in the water as we were planning.Never mind, as there is always lots to see and do in Vegas. We had managed to find a great deal though Groupon for just $20 USD/$28.58 NZD for KISS by Monster Mini Golf located at Rio itself. It was incredibly well done with black lights and neon and KISS songs pumping in the background. Our family tends to keep quite competitive with games and sports so we decided not to keep score for our round of golf. Although just quietly, I think I won.With the rise of E-Sports throughout the world Rio also has a state of the art gaming room named “The Wall”, which Lincoln especially was dying to try out. Being a big fan of Fortnite, like many boys his age, we ventured down one night and tried it out, and as long as you promoted it on your social media you could play for free for an hour. Of course, being a supportive father I had to test it out as well, and along with Braxton we settled into a couple of squad games. After a couple of, “where we droppin’ boys?” were said, off we went from the battle bus. Unfortunately no victory royales were to be had, but we still enjoyed a little quality father/sons time.
Both the boys still rave about the surprise limo ride that we had during our last visit to Las Vegas, but we had already decided that this wasn’t going to be repeated. Instead we did the ‘Tournament of Kings’ dinner show at Excalibur on our final night. As we often like to do, we managed to hunt out a deal for our tickets which got us one free ticket, so our total for the dinner and show was $161.31 USD/$230.44 NZD. Most nights they perform two shows, one at 5.30pm and one at 8.00pm.
Everyone in the arena gets seated in sections for different countries and is represented by a different king who competes in competitions like sword fighting, jousting etc. We were represented by the King of Norway, and with the show’s tag line of “Eat. Drink. Be Rowdy!”, we certainly did that in support of our adopted king. The show was fantastic with both the boys getting into it and enjoying the carnival atmosphere of the show.The food served is more of a feast, which of course is enjoyed with purely your hands only, no cutlery in sight. This included a tomato soup, a whole chicken, potatoes and broccoli as well as an apple strudel dessert. After pigging ourselves on so much food, we needed the walk along the strip back to Rio after this fantastic show.And of course, this included taking in the ever impressive Bellagio fountains at night. This is one of the things, no matter how many times you go to Las Vegas, that you just have to catch at least one show. Nothing captures my Vegas imagination better than when I am standing awestruck by these impressive water fountains in full dancing glory to any number of songs.For me this was a fantastic and a fitting end to our Las Vegas stay. Unfortunately I don’t know when I will be back, luckily though, we have many other equally impressive cities and countries to visit as we continue our awesome world adventure.
Average Daily Spend for 4 nights – $173.01 NZD ($114.49 under budget per day)