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Las Vegas: When You Need Quiet Time

by Colin

You may not realize it, but Las Vegas does have its quieter side.  While most visitors to Las Vegas head there to escape from their otherwise too humdrum existences, you may find that your stay will be enhanced if you take a short break from the neon and noise.  So here are our suggestions for some quiet things to do in Las Vegas:

There is far more to the Bellagio than its Dancing Waters and casino.  The Bellagio, with a lobby ceiling adorned by a Dale Chihuly sculpture containing two thousand brilliantly colored hand-blown glass flowers, is a magnet for art lovers.  Eating in the Bellagio’s Picasso restaurants more than a gourmet dining experience; it will immerse you in the hotel’s collection of original Picassos! But the Bellagio’s most spectacular artistic displays are in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, where past exhibitions have treated visitors to the works of Andy Warhol and Monet, as well as delicate Faberge cigarette cases and jeweled eggs.

There are few Vegas attractions as haunting as the Tropicana’s “Titanic:  The Artifact Exhibition,” a 25,000 square foot display of hundreds of items salvaged from the legendary ocean liner which sank almost a century ago.  The exhibit actually includes an enormous section of the ship itself, and a full-sized replica of its Grand Staircase.  You’ll be even more impressed with how cold the night of April 15, 1912 actually was for the passengers of the Titanic when you stand on the recreated Promenade Deck and experience the same freezing temperatures as they did!

If you brought the kids along on your Las Vegas vacation, they’ll love a few hours at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum.  At 22,000 square feet, it’s one of the largest children’s museums in the US, with exhibits planned to appeal to “kids” from pre-school to high-school! Little ones can try on future careers by working as grocery store clerks or bank employees, or sample the life of a desert miner.  The more active ones will love the Toddler Tower with its enormous Jungle Gym.  Older kids can try acting in their own short stories, or get a taste of rough weather in a hurricane chamber with wind speeds of up to 70 MPH.

Finally, for a look at the place where Las Vegas began, you can visit the 180-acre Springs Preserve.  While the springs for which it is named dried up in 1962, the Preserve has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides gardens, hiking trails, and exhibits designed for both education and recreation. Las Vegas is where it is because water once flowed in this place!

No matter what you are looking for, Las Vegas’s definitely the one place where you can find it all.

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