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If you and your children love the excitement of the Big Top, you'll adore the atmosphere of this hotel. Circus Circus is a family-oriented casino hotel comprised of three multi-story towers connected by a sky shuttle. It is not the most luxurious hotel in Vegas, but it's pretty convenient if you are looking for something that balances family friendly and "Vegas Crazy." With everything from restaurants to casinos to an indoor theme park, Circus Circus could potentially keep you (and your kids) busy for an entire stay in Las Vegas.
Circus Circus is the fifth largest hotel in the world, and features America‘s largest indoor theme park, The Adventuredome housing the world’s only double-loop indoor roller coaster.
"They (your kids) could spend a good amount of time (if not the full day) at the Adventuredome (indoor theme park) while parents can take turns gambling at the casino (as we did)." Eric & Luz (Tripadvisor)
If your kids like photo moments they'll love Buffalo Old Time Photo Co located on in the 40,000 square foot shopping Promenade. Dress the part and take the spirit of the old west home with an old time photo - it'll be ready in just minutes! Near by is Las Vegas Popcorn and Ice Cream which will satisfy your sweet tooth with hot, fresh, gourmet popcorn and tasty ice cream.
Circus Circus offers eight full-service restaurants including the Circus Buffet, one of the largest buffets in Las Vegas and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. THE Steak House offers 21 day aged steak. Want food on the go? Try the Pizzeria or the great Mexican fare at Blue Iguana Authentic Mexican Cuisine. A favorite dining spot for the after Adventuredome crowd is The Garden Grill, a classic American food joint located on the Promenade Level across from The Adventuredome. It serves favorites such as burgers, wings, ribs and pizza.
We can't call Westside Deli an authentic deli, but a good deli with great values it certainly is, and it's open 24 hours. At the Horse-A-Round Snack Bar you can enjoy a chili & cheese dog and sip on lemonade while riding a merry-go-round and watching live circus acts at the same time! Who doesn't love a bagel? Barista Bagels and More offers over a dozen types of bagels to satisfy most cravings.
In the not too distant past Circus-Circus was fairly isolated from the other Strip hotels and amenities, but those days are history. These days there's quite a bit of eating and shopping within easy walking distance from the hotel. Neighboring Circus-Circus (south) is Slots O Fun, a casino mostly reserved for adults featuring slot machines, darts, pool tables, and Nathan's Hot Dog outlet. At the front entrance of Slots O Fun you'll find a Subway sandwich and Nobles Roman Pizza shared outlet offering a change of pace from hotel buffets and mega restaurants. Also near by is a freestanding McDonald’s that is quite busy and loud with local teenagers during weekend evenings.
Continuing south on Las Vegas Boulevard you'll find a Ross Dress for Less and a 24-hour Walgreens, a good option if you need to pick up a small item, diapers or medicine. A 24-hour 7-Eleven and Denny's restaurant are situated between Ross Dress for Less and Walgreens.
If you plan to stock your hotel room with basic foodstuff Century Food Mart is located just past Walgreens on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Convention Center Drive.
To the north of Circus-Circus is Hilton Grand Vacation Suites, a non-smoking, non-gaming hotel with full kitchens and washer/dryer units. From here you can catch a Deuce bus for easy and air-conditioned travel to all parts of the Strip.
We can't possibly cover everything there is to do at Circus Circus. The two biggest attractions are the Adventuredome (the indoor theme park) and the casino. The Aventuredome is an older theme park but, with 25 different major rides, your kids won’t be bored while you hit the casinos $5 blackjack table. You can find more information here on the The Adventuredome and the Free Circus Acts. For now, we'll just cover a few insider tips.
Tip #1 - Don't pay the full price for anything at Circus Circus. Whether you want to gamble, ride a rollercoaster or have a fancy dinner - chances are there is a deal
Tip #2 - Don't get there on a Friday. If you can swing it, it's worth it to arrive a day early to skip the crowds. The same goes for the indoor theme park.
Tip #3 - Don't buy snacks or alcohol from the hotel stores. There is a convenience store just off hotel property that sells everything you need for much, much cheaper.
Tip #4 - A free 10-minute circus act comes on every half hour. Get there a few minutes early or you will not get a seat!
Overall, Circus Circus is a great value for the budget-conscious family. A member of the Code Adam program, it is a safe place for kids to run around without constant supervision. A classic Vegas experience, it's also a great place for parents to run around without worrying about their kids. If you decide to spend your time at Circus Circus, let us know how you like it. And remember - don't book a room in the Manor Lodge!
Booking Your RoomThere are a few things you'll want to know before booking a room at Circus Circus, tips you definitely won't see on the hotel website Let's start with which rooms to book.
Circus Circus is absolutely enormous. There are multiple buildings that make up the hotel and some are better than others. Want peace and quiet at night? Ask for a room as high up as possible in one of the towers. Don't want to do a lot of walking? Pick the tower closest to the attractions you are most interested in.
Skyrise Tower – Close to the Adventuredome (the indoor theme park) and the swimming pools
West Tower – Right above the lobby
Casino Tower – Right above the casino
Manor Lodge – Totally separate from the main complex. (Pro tip: don't book a room in the manor lodge. Just trust us on that one!)
"The casino is very busy and the amusement park really attracts families, which might not be ideal or couples. Amanda G (Tripadvisor)
One more thing on the room types: Circus Circus has been known to offer free room upgrades if you ask right when you book. We can't guarantee this, but it's worth a shot!
"HAPPILY surprised to see a clean, neat, fresh-smelling room with an amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip, the skyline, mountains, and gorgeous sky." Marcus M. (Tripadvisor)