Jackpot! 8 Uniquely-Themed Las Vegas Casinos

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No trip to the Strip is ever the same. Whether you’re strolling down a replica of a Manhattan street or dining at a restaurant from the top of the Eiffel Tower, themed casinos line the streets, beckoning to travelers with the promise of unique experiences. From knights jousting at Excalibur to gondola rides at the Venetian, you can travel the world and through time without ever leaving the slot machines.

Excalibur: Where Kings and Queens Reign Supreme

Inspired by King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Excalibur brings a mix of fantasy and medieval history to the southern end of the Strip. The exterior immediately sets the scene with its towering multicolored gothic spires and castle design. Inside, the rustic stone walls, ornate columns and colorful flags cast a spell, transporting visitors to a time of jousting, noble knights, kings and queens.  

The iconic colored spires of the Excalibur on the Vegas Strip.

In addition to classic casino games, visitors can enjoy a lively sports bar, dine on sumptuous steaks and seafood at Camelot Steakhouse or experience the Tournament of Kings – the ultimate dinner and show extravaganza. Held in a 900-seat theater-in-the-round arena, the spectacular show immerses the audience in a tale of courage and betrayal. Watch knights swordfight on horseback, see Merlin bewitch the crowd and feast on roasted Cornish hens with no utensils. It’s an experience fit for a king!

New York, New York: Bet on the Big Apple

From the impressive replica of the Statue of Liberty to a recreation of the New York City skyline, the East Coast comes to the West in Las Vegas. Nestled between the Excalibur and the MGM, the New York, New York Hotel & Casino will have you spreading the news the moment you check in. Stroll through the lobby and onto an immersive Manhattan street scene featuring taxis, brownstones and authentic New York dining—bite into a slice of pizza, enjoy a Nathan’s hot dog or hit up Gallagher’s Steakhouse for an upscale experience. You’ll swear you’ve seen Carrie Bradshaw before you’ve reached your room.

Lady Liberty stands tall outside of New York New York in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Courtesy of Vladislav Bezrukov.

Of course, this hotel and casino’s biggest draw is The Big Apple Coaster. Live life in the fast line (literally) as you speed up to 67mph on the world’s first coaster to feature a 180-degree twist and dive maneuver known as the heartline. As you soar to new heights on this outdoor coaster, you can take in the sights of the Strip, from the iconic MGM Grand to the royal Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

Paris Las Vegas: Sin City Meets City of Lights

The moment you check in at Paris Las Vegas, you’ll be swept away by the romance of the City of Light. From the massive replica of the Eiffel Tower with its golden glow to the guest rooms decorated in a modern Parisian flair, this hotel and casino brings European elegance to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Take a selfie in front of the floating faux hot air balloon, sip cocktails at a rooftop lounge underneath the Eiffel Tower or experience a taste of Paris nightlife at Le Cabaret, a popular hotspot with bar, bistro tables and live entertainment, from bands to live DJs.

You won’t go hungry during your stay with numerous options, from The Bedford by Martha Stewart to Mon Ami Gabi French Restaurant. Dine on classic French dishes such as steak frites, croissants and crepes, and buttery brioche from iconic Chef Guy Savoy. 

The Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris Las Vegas. Photo Courtesy of Faustino Garcia

Looking for a day of retail therapy? The ultimate Parisian shopping excursion awaits at both Bally’s Promenade and Le Boulevard. Designed to look like a charming Parisian village, the area features shops and boutiques selling everything from jewelry and designer handbags to cigars, Paris-inspired memorabilia and luxury cosmetics.

Bellagio: A Garden of Beauty

While the Bellagio is known chiefly for its spectacular fountain showcase, inside, guests will find The Conservatory – Bellagio’s Opus, a breathtaking botanical garden and conservatory across from the lobby. With a 50-foot glass ceiling and copper beams engraved with floral patterns, this gorgeous space allows guests to walk through 14,000 square feet of meticulously designed flora and fauna. Throughout the year, the gardens transform to reflect the seasons, from cherry blossoms in the spring to a cornucopia of golds and oranges in the fall. These breathtaking floral arrangements are paired with an ever-changing layout featuring gazebos, bridges and ponds.

Spring season at the Bellagio Conservatory is one of five themes throughout the year. Photo Courtesy of Kobby Dagan.

After exploring the conservatory and gardens, stop by MICHAEL MINA Bellagio for gourmet seafood before browsing the Giardini Garden Store for garden-inspired gifts. Guests will also be treated to upscale boutiques such as Fendi and Louis Vuitton, as well as a four-star spa and salon featuring treatments inspired by nature and rituals from around the world.

The Venetian Las Vegas: That’s Amore

At the north end of the Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas stands out against the glittering lights of the skyline with its towering presence and Grand Canal Shoppes all painted in a golden glow. A place where old-world splendor meets new-world creativity, this slice of Italy is a must-visit when in Las Vegas. Enjoy a gondola ride on the Grand Canal; you’ll float beneath the iconic Rialto bridge, see charming cafes, and float through the Grand Canal Shoppes – all designed to transport you to the streets of Venice, Italy. Even better, your ride comes paired with a singing gondolier.  

A gondola cruises the mock canal of the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Courtesy of WR Studio.

Speaking of shops, shopaholics will be in retail heaven at the Grand Canal Shoppes. Stroll down the cobblestone walkways underneath a handpainted canopy mimicking a cloud-filled sky and explore more than 160 stores and restaurants featuring a range of cuisine from Italian to Greek. Adding to the ambiance is Streetmosphere at St. Mark’s Square, where trained singers and performers put on a show for the guests.

Don’t miss out on a self-guided art and architecture tour. The Venetian Resort is home to Renaissance frescoes, sculptures, art installations and, of course, the stunning handpainted ceiling of the Grand Colonnade.  

Planet Hollywood: Get the Star Treatment

Feel like a celebrity and experience Hollywood vibes at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. The perfect destination for movie buffs, you’ll find an impressive collection of film memorabilia peppered throughout the hotel and casino that celebrates nearly all movie genres, from Star Wars to The Wizard of Oz. Glamorous suites provide 180-degree views of the Strip paired with chic décor and vibrant art fit for an A-lister. And if you’re looking to be the heart of the party, celebrate in the company of Vegas VIPs at The Heart Bar, where DJs spin the latest hits and the drinks are ever-flowing.

The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Courtesy of Kobby Dagan.

Guests seeking relaxation should book an appointment at Reflections, The Spa at Planet Hollywood, for a Himalayan stone massage or take a dip at one of the rooftop pools with incredible views of the bustling Vegas Strip.

Flamingo: Let’s Get Wild

Who says you can’t enjoy a splash of the tropics in Vegas? Located on the north end of the Strip across from Caesars Palace, the Flamingo Las Vegas brings Caribbean flair with a retro-chic twist. Guests can opt for standard rooms or go a little wild and book the Flamingo Room featuring magenta accents, vintage art and framed paintings of flamingos.

The Flamingo Hotel and Casino’s wildlife habitat in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Courtesy of Paul McDermott.

Of course, the heart of this resort is the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. Home to exotic birds, turtles, fish and Chilean flamingos, guests can explore four acres of gardens featuring waterfalls and streams. Keep an eye out for the native hummingbirds that buzz about the feeders. You’ll also have the opportunity to snap photos of Brown Pelicans and sometimes fluttering songbirds. The habitat features unique walkways adorned by personalized bricks featuring the names of guests and the date of their visit. 

Circus Circus: Big Top Entertainment

Las Vegas isn’t just for adults – Circus Circus offers serious fun for all ages, including free circus acts, classic arcade games, colorful video games, and prizes galore! Resembling a Big Top circus tent, this hotel and casino gets the party started with a 123-foot neon clown at the entrance and colorful circus murals in the lobby. Notable circus acts perform on the Carnival Midway daily as part of the world’s largest permanent circus. See high-flying trapeze acts, mischievous clowns, and applause-worthy juggling acts.

The glowing lights of Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Courtesy of Alex Proimos.

Walkways connect restaurants, eye-catching shops, and thrilling rides at the five-acre Adventuredome theme park. Ride the Canyon Blaster, the world’s only double-loop indoor roller coaster, and circus-themed rides such as the Disk’0 and Drifters, a Ferris wheel designed to make you feel like you’re in a hot air balloon.

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