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Mob Museum, sexy steakhouses and yoga in a dolphin habitat make Vegas even more freakishly amazing
By Jill Becker 17 April, 2012
The sign may be red, but the signal is green. Go forth and wreak sin. Or have fun watching others do it.
A city where a Playboy Suite is one of the more established hotel experiences, and references to five-star restaurants with sommeliers flying around on wires actually sounds believable. ("Modern Family," anyone?)
A place where $150 million Star Trek Starship Enterprise proposals are killed by movie moguls, but green-lighted by the mayor and given land near the city.
So what else actually gets the go-ahead in terms of new attractions?
Here are nine crazy new venues dreamed up by Sin City. 1. Mob Museum
Because no education on the mob is complete without trying out the Tommy Gun.
More than a decade in the making, the Mob Museum recently opened in a former federal courthouse building where actual mob trials were held.
The creative genius behind this $42 million ode to all things organized crime is the same squad responsible for the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.
Here, they’ve amassed an impressive array of memorabilia, from the barber chair in which the head of the Gambino crime family was gunned down in March 2011, to actual FBI audiotapes in which casino execs conspire with mob bosses.
300 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, Nev.; +1 702 229 2734; themobmuseum.org
2. Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure
Bumper cars for grown-ups. Minus the bump. Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure claims to have a "100 percent safety record."
Whether they choose to ride shotgun for four trips around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, or get behind the wheel themselvess for a full 60 laps, visitors can burn rubber like a NASCAR pro at this offshoot of the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, which operates at numerous tracks around the country.
On special dates, they can even ride along with old #44 himself.
The track isn't open every day, so reservations are required -- but driver's licenses are not. According to the website, "You do not need a driver's license to race in one of our race cars." Just the cojones.
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas, Nev.; +1 1 800 644 4444; www.racingadventure.com
3. Chuck Jones Experience
Finger painting has never yielded such great results.
At the new Chuck Jones Experience inside Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, legendary cartoonist Chuck Jones, responsible for creating everyone from Elmer Fudd to Pepe le Pew, is the subject of a 930-square-meter tribute, which includes the largest collection of his work anywhere in the world, including his last, unfinished canvas.
At interactive stations throughout the space, museum-goers can try their hand at the illustrative arts.
2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.; +1 702 224 2580; www.chuckjonesexperience.com
4. Hotel makeovers
The Bellagio re-model managed to improve gilded greatness.
It’s not unusual in Las Vegas for residents to have a little sprucing up from time to time, and we can name three who’ve recently unveiled a fresh new look: Flamingo, Bellagio and MGM Grand.
Each denizen of the Vegas Strip has undergone a multimillion-dollar makeover, updating rooms with new color palettes, furnishings, upgraded amenities and more.
(While updated rooms are available at both the MGM Grand and Flamingo, touch-ups will continue there for several more months.)
Bellagio; 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.; +1 702 693 7111; www.bellagio.com
Flamingo; 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.; +1 888 902 9929; www.flamingolasvegas.com
MGM Grand; 3799 MGM Grand Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev.; +1 702 891 1111; www.mgmgrand.com
5. Casa de Shenandoah
Wayne Newton, who is opening the doors of his house to visitors. Danke Schoen, Mr. Newton!
Wayne Newton has been an attraction on Vegas stages for more than 40 years and now his over-the-top Vegas estate, Casa de Shenandoah, where he still lives, is being opened as a public attraction.
The exact date is still fuzzy, but sometime this spring, visitors will be allowed to check out his 170,000-square-meter property, including the glitzy main house and expansive grounds, replete with peacocks, penguins and the "Danke Shoen" crooner's prized Arabian horses.
Expansion on the site includes a museum that Mr. Las Vegas likens to an entertainment hall of fame, where mementoes from contemporaries such as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and Nat King Cole will be showcased.
Corner of South Pecos Road and East Sunset Road, Las Vegas, Nev.