EASA 2: Las Vegas Primer

A quick look and useful links to Strip you of any inconvenience during your stay in Nevada

The three main hotels for EASA visitors are Mandalay Bay (which is also the host site for the convention itself), Delano Hotel, and the Luxor. Get your geographical bearings first; this screenshot shows the main part of the strip (Las Vegas Boulevard), beginning at the SOUTH with Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.

A few suggestions from Electrical Apparatus for things to do outside the convention.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

The “I don’t feel like walking that far” option, this aquarium is connected to Mandalay Bay.

“Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is not your typical aquarium. It’s a total sensory experience designed to transport visitors to an undersea ocean of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters. Featuring dangerous and unusual aquatic animals from the world’s tropical waters, Shark Reef Aquarium takes visitors on a journey through an ancient temple slowly being claimed by the sea.

Fourteen breathtaking exhibits are devoted to dangerous aquatic predators. The largest exhibit is the 1.3 million gallon shipwreck where visitors experience an almost 360-degree view, teeming with sharks and fish, through an acrylic tunnel. The Touch Pool is a popular attraction, where guests can touch an ever-changing collection of animals including sharks, rays or horseshoe crabs. More than 2,000 animals are displayed at Shark Reef Aquarium, over 100 different species and featuring 15 species of sharks.”—Shark Reef Mandalay Bay website

The Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame

The Historical option. If you weren’t able to make the Hoover Dam behind-the-scenes tour on Saturday, here’s a cool secondary option with an electromechanical connection. It’s an interactive museum with popular & rare pinball, arcade & amusement games from 1950s to the present.

“Attention! The NEW Pinball Hall of Fame (PHoF) opened November 3, 2009 at it’s new dedicated location at 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV. Twice the size of the original PHoF, the new locale is much closer to ‘the Strip’. Also, it’s a standalone and dedicated museum, with pinball and nothing but pinball for 10,000 square feet. The new address is 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (right across the street from the now-closed Liberace Museum.)”—Tim Arnold’s Pinball Hall of Fame website

Las Vegas National Golf Course

The Golfer’s option. Wanna get away from the ceaseless action, excitement, and probably noise of the Strip? Even for non-golfers, this course would be worth visiting. For those of you who need to get in nine or 18 every time you’re out of town, regardless of locale, well…you didn’t need an extra push from us anyway. Enjoy the recreation and sun at a historical course that has seen the likes of Sinatra and JFK.

“Las Vegas National Golf Club, located less than 10 minutes from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, is a classic and traditional style 18-hole championship golf course that provides golfers of all skill levels with a unique challenge and a fun,enjoyable experience. The par 71 course features thousands of trees, well positioned sand bunkers and a few water hazards that protect lush fairways and manicured greens.”—Las Vegas National

Links!

Visit Las Vegas Shows & Events Guide (the site with those amusing “what happens here” commercials)

“5 Ways Las Vegas Changes Everything”

Old-school gambling, off the beaten path at Wild Wild West

The highly underrated, rosy campus of UNLV

National Atomic Testing Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate

In-N-Out Burger…It’s a famous place.

The Sign (you’ll see it on your way in from the airport)

Five popular-but-under-the-radar spots in Downtown East, including a musical repair shop.

 

Have an excellent weekend and convention! Have fun and be safe.

 

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