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Enjoy some Vegas fun poolside before the sun sets on summer!

Whether it's a raucous party with one of the world's top music producers, a concert by the beach, riding the waves, cruising down a lazy rider, or just spending a day relaxing in the sun at a cabana, there's still plenty of time, and reason, to enjoy pool season in Las Vegas.

It starts with legendary pool parties such as Ditch Weekends at The Palms or Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel. The party continues at the Wet Republic ultrapool at MGM Grand, an alluring 53,000-square-foot complex combining a nightlife vibe with poolside pampering and relaxation. The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool features top musical acts all summer long, and if you're hungry for some poolside barbecue, on Sunday nights you can enjoy music and good food with BBQ at the Boulevard. 

You can also stick your toes in the sand -- 2,700 tons of it, straight from California beaches -- and enjoy great music at Mandalay Bay Beach.

Mandalay Bay BeachWant some unique Vegas pool excitement? You can swim with the sharks, literally, at Golden Nugget's Shark Tank.

Other unique Vegas pool experiences include Bare Pool at Mirage, the Garden of the Gods pool complex at Caesars Palace, Liquid at ARIA and Go Pool at Flamingo.

Grab your suntan lotion, your sexiest swimwear and head to Vegas -- there's still time to experience the biggest and best pool season on the planet!

Lazy rivers, wave pools floating all around Vegas

If you're looking to make a big splash this summer, look no further than Las Vegas and its variety of fun wave pools and lazy river rides.

Monte Carlo poolStart at Mandalay Bay Beach, where the wave pool is capable of waves up to six feet that splash down on 2,700 tons of real California sand. Or kick back and enjoy a lazy river ride that's all part of this lush, 11-acre tropical water environment.

For a winding and relaxing lazy river experience, take the 400-foot journey through the Monte Carlo pool. You can even stop for a little beach-sand volleyball.

The new Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas features a giant wave pool, not to mention more than 25 slides and attractions including North America's first Rattler slide.

Catch the wave or take a relaxing lazy river ride poolside in Las Vegas all summer long!


Take a break from work and spend Labor Day in Vegas!

You work hard, so play hard this Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas!

PeepshowLet loose at a Las Vegas show! Enjoy the zaniness of Absinthe at Caesars Palace or be one of the last to look during the final weekend of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood.

There are spectacular concerts on tap, too, including country superstar Brad Paisley at Mandalay Bay and Lil' Wayne at MGM Grand.

Enjoy outrageous pool parties all weekend long, such as the renowned Ditch events at Palms Pool and Rehab at the Hard Rock Pool.

While you take a break from work, perhaps enjoy a few precious works -- Warhol Out West at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art includes Andy Warhol's 1960s paintings of celebrities and consumer products, the 1980s advertisement series, the "Double Elvis" painting and his rarely seen "Cowboys and Indians" series, among others.

Warhol Out West

Or, perhaps celebrate the work of a true Vegas legend and dine at Sinatra inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. It's a culinary homage to Ol' Blue Eyes with great food and nostalgic memorabilia of the Chairman of the Board.

You know what they say about "all work and no play," so give yourself a weekend in Vegas you'll savor all year round!

Vegas Weekend: Music, art and food collide!

This weekend, order up some great music with a side of arts, culture and delicious food in Vegas! At The Venetian, Sammy Hagar performs while Emeril Lagasse serves up dishes at the Tiki Party. Downtown, soak in some arts and culture at First Friday and enjoy a free show with Hinder on Saturday.

With top musical groups and comedy acts in showrooms and the world's best DJs spinning inside the hottest nightclubs, there's no better place to let loose this weekend than Las Vegas! Here's a rundown:

Grace Potter & The NocturnalsFriday, June 7




Saturday, June 8



Rodney CarringtonNIGHTCLUBS

Sunday, June 9




There's plenty of excitement in downtown Las Vegas this weekend! It all starts with First Friday, the monthly art celebration featuring the work of more than 100 artists, including painting, ceramics, mixed media, photography, jewelry, textile arts and sculpture.

On Saturday, Hinder takes the Fremont Street Experience stage as part of the free Rock of Vegas summer concert series.

You can also enjoy a night of great music and food on Saturday at the 10th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival at the Cannery.

Book rooms and get show tickets, club passes and more at the all-new LasVegas.com!

Celebrate your independence in Vegas

Fourth of July is the ultimate weekend of commemorating your freedom, so plan a trip to Las Vegas for some food, fun, fireworks and UFC Fight Week!

Fourth of JulyGet up close and personal with the stars of The Octagon from July 3-6 with meet and greets, autograph signings and more at the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay! Then cap off the excitement with UFC 162 at MGM Grand.

Several resorts are hosting special events on the holiday, too. The LVH is celebrating with its Rockin' 4th of July Pool Party from 4-10 p.m., with food and drink specials and prize giveaways.

The Silverton is hosting a Tailgate barbecue from 11 a.m.-9 a.m. on the Fourth, complete with beef brisket, fried catfish, St. Louis style pork ribs, BBQ chicken and more.

The Hard Rock Hotel is offering Fourth of July-themed menus at 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky Cafe throughout the holiday weekend. Treat your taste buds to some BBQ Pork Belly Sliders or Duck Quesadilla with Ancho barbecue sauce and mango pico de gallo.

There are plenty of explosive entertainment options, too, including Garth Brooks at Encore at Wynn Las VegasKellie Pickler at Silverton, and fittingly, the band America at the Cannery.

If you're feeling patriotic, enjoy a meal at America inside New York-New York or the All-American Bar and Grill at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. Or show your true colors with a relaxing treatment at The Spa at Red Rock, followed by a trip to check out the White Lions and Royal White Tigers at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, and then cap the night with a performance of the Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo.

Of course, no Fourth of July is complete without a spectacular fireworks show, so check out the boom at Green Valley Ranch or Red Rock Resort.

For more traditional Independence Day revelry, take a quick ride to Boulder City for the July 4th Damboree! You can enjoy everything from a pancake breakfast to a parade and midway booths, and of course, an evening fireworks show.

Don't forget the amazing pool parties all weekend long and spend your Fourth of July celebrating in Vegas! 

How you see it: A wave of popular pools in Vegas surface

Vegas is known for its lavish pools and eventful pool season, but with so many luxurious and popular pools to choose from, where do you start? Perhaps you should take the advice of your peers. We recently asked our Facebook and Twitter fans to give us their favorite Vegas pool, and soon, we were drowning in suggestions.

Go PoolAfter wading through the responses, two popular responses were the GO Pool at the Flamingo, and the pool at the Golden Nugget, home of The Tank, where those daring can literally swim with the sharks.

A look at some of your favorite Vegas water wonderlands ...

From Facebook:

Golden Nugget poolDora in Vancover, B.C.: Mandalay Bay

Barbara in Cumming, Georgia: One word - Bellagio

Katie in New London, Iowa: Golden Nugget

Johnny in Boca Raton, Florida: Hard Rock

Doris in New Castle, Pennsylvania: Flamingo is awesome!

Joe Walior's Facebook commentMaryanne in Winnipeg, Manitoba: Loved the pool at the Wynn.

Joe in West Seattle, Washington: It's not even close, The Mirage.

Juanita in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.: Palms

Tammy in Milford, Illinois: Orleans

From Twitter:

Kayleigh's Twitter replyKayleigh in Essex, United Kingdom: wave pool at Monte Carlo is one of my faves :-)

Brittany Couch: Aria, the CosmoMandalay Bay and of course Rehab

Team Hi Power in Winslow, Arizona: Golden Nugget and


Stay cool by the pool all summer long

Pool season is under way and no place compares to Las Vegas when it comes to poolside concerts and outrageously fun pool parties.

The Boulevard Pool at The CosmopolitanThe Concert Series at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool features top musical acts all season. Upcoming performances include Band of Horses, Aloe Blacc, Yellowcard and Weezer. If you're hungry for some poolside barbecue, on Sunday nights you can enjoy music and good food with BBQ at the Boulevard. 

You can also stick your toes in the sand and enjoy great music at Mandalay Bay Beach. Country star Gary Allan kicks off ths year's Beach Concert Series on May 11.

Mandalay Bay BeachOf course, there's plenty of fun in the sun to be had at legendary pool parties such as Ditch Weekends at The Palms or Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel.

For more unparalleled pool excitement, check out the Wet Republic ultrapool at MGM Grand, an alluring 53,000-square-foot complex combining a nightlife vibe with poolside pampering and relaxation. Or you can swim with the sharks, literally, at Golden Nugget's Shark Tank.

Other unique Vegas pool experiences include Bare Pool at Mirage, the Garden of the Gods pool complex at Caesars Palace, Liquid at ARIA and Go Pool at Flamingo.

Grab your suntan lotion, your sexiest swimwear and head to Vegas this summer and experience the biggest and best pool season on the planet!

Crank up your summer with poolside concerts in Vegas

Summer is around the corner and some of music's top acts are ready to take the stage in Vegas for poolside concerts, downtown festivals and more.

WeezerRelax by the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan and take in great music during the Spring Concert Series. Catch Marina and the Diamonds on May 9, Yellowcard on May 16, JJamz on May 23, Iration on June 6, Ryan Bingham on June 16, Theophilus London on July 25, Weezer on July 27 and more! You'll see amazing music all spring and summer long.

You can also sink your toes in 2,700 tons of real California sand while listening to top acts performing as part of the Mandalay Bay Beach Concert Series. Gary Allan takes the stage on May 11, followed by Lifehouse on May 17, Bell Biv Devoe on May 26 and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals on June 8.

Free concerts are available throughout the summer on the Fremont Street Experience stages and your clients can also kick back to some smooth Jazz on the Lake at Lake Las

Kick back and enjoy the music all summer long in Vegas!

Be unique, stay boutique!

In addition to the amazing megaresorts that line the Las Vegas Strip, there are plenty of hidden treasures for those who prefer smaller, intimate lodging. When booking your next vacation or business trip, consider staying at one of Vegas' boutique hotels, which are exactly that.

The Rumor hotel.

Located directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel
and Casino, the two-story, 149-room Rumor Boutique Hotel is one of the newest all-suite boutique hotels in town and is decked out with modern design details and amenities like private balconies and elevated, in-room soaking tubs. Each of the Fantastic Four mega-suites face a 30,000-square-foot courtyard, decorated with hammock-strung swaying palm trees, grassy knolls and pools, hand-painted murals and oversized patios.

For a gothic-artsy feel, check out the Artisan Hotel. This 21+ hotel features an ambiance of mystery and no two rooms or suites are alike. As a guest, you can enjoy access to their European-style pool and free admission to Artisan nightlife with one of the most popular after-hours clubs in town. Ceilings inside the Artisan are covered with paintings, with each room containing recreations of famous works of art, making each room unique and special.

For an upscale night away, check out MGM Grand's Skylofts, which feature modern lofts and a 24-hour butler. Mandalay Bay's THEhotel - with its 725-square-foot suites -- offer unparalleled comfort with easy access to everything the Strip has to offer, and the Four Seasons, conveniently located next to Mandalay Bay, offers residential-style suites and unrivaled amenities such as house car service, twice-daily housekeeping and multilingual concierge.

Just off the Strip, the vintage Aruba Hotel and Spa features the Thunderbird Lounge, which has been offering live entertainment for the past 50 years. The 255-room Platinum Hotel offers guests gourmet kitchens and whirlpool tubs. The historic, recently renovated Royal Resort Hotel, known for being funky and fun, is home to the trendy Barrymore - an American classic restaurant known for being both approachable and unpretentious. 

Downtown is home to several unique hotels including the Cabana Suites at the El Cortez featuring inviting colors and chic design, and the updated Gold Spike boutique hotel featuring poolside rooms with a throwback to classic Vegas motor-lodges!  One of the town's oldest hotels, The Golden Gate Hotel, has remodeled their original rooms with views of Fremont Street and also designed new, modern suites in a mid-rise tower.

Enjoy your next vacation or business trip in style and luxury!



Experience a smaller, more intimate side of Vegas!

Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay 

From traditional off-Broadway plays to unrivaled edgy comedy like "Cannibal: The Musical", the Insurgo Theatre at the Plaza Hotel is an intimate venue for independent productions. It's music to your ears as the English heartthrob Matt Goss performs in the elegant Gossy Room at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace. Enjoy music with a view from the private Foundation Room high atop Mandalay Bay. Cirque du Soleil presents an intimate and ultra-sexy variety show with Zumanity at New York-New York Hotel.  Enjoy this sensual show with your partner in a unique two-person love seat.

Forget the big chain restaurants while vacationing in Vegas! Bring out the culinary god or goddess for the ultimate in fine dining at MGM Grand's Joël Robuchon restaurant. Take in the breathtaking view at Mandalay Bay's MiX, where hostesses will direct you to your own private cocoon booth, surrounding you and your guest on three sides for a more intimate dining experience.  Downtown Vegas is home to two legendary and cozy restaurants - Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens, and Binion's Ranch Steakhouse at Binion's Casino.

Leave the crazy pool parties beyond and allow yourself to be kissed by the sun at Vdara's private retreats or Wynn Las Vegas' exclusive cabanas; or lounge the afternoon away in the private cabana and pool area at The Palazzo's pool.

Bathe in luxury at some of Vegas' more intimate spas for an afternoon of complete relaxation such as the Westin Hibiscus Spa; reserve a Swedish massage at the Bathhouse at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, or whisk your troubles away in one of 17 treatment rooms at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental.

Vegas has it all, big and small.

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