Hidden in an unassuming warehouse is what might just be the world's largest collection of pinball machines from the 1950s up through the 1990s. This Pinball Hall of Fame is listed as a museum, but is also an arcade. All the machines are operational and patrons can play to their heart's content. There is no fee to enter the Pinball Hall of Fame, but players will need to pump quarters into the machines to play. Located not far from the strip, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a great spot for anyone looking for something a bit unique and off the beaten path. Anyone can go to Vegas and say they played slots. How many can say they visited what is possibly the world's largest collection of pinball machines?
The historic home of Antonio Morelli, the famed musical director and orchestra conductor of the Sands Hotel's legendary Copa Showroom, stands tall as a reminder of the city's illustrious past. The house is a charming example of Midcentury Modern architecture, featuring glass walls, an open floor plan and the use of natural building materials; a style that was typical of the houses constructed during the 1950s and 1960s in Las Vegas. While the architecture of the house alone is emblematic of Las Vegas in the 1950s, the house was also an after-hours meeting place for the Rat Pack, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. Although a little known treasure, the Morelli House is a place of pilgrimage for fans of the midcentury legends of entertainment. The Morelli House was rescued, relocated and restored by the Junior League of Las Vegas, and now serves as their administrative headquarters. Tours, open days and special events are often organized, however, if you would like to visit at any other time you must schedule a visit by contacting the Junior League.
Guardian Angel Cathedral is located on the Strip, close to the Stardust and Wynn Las Vegas north on the Strip. The Diocese was begun in 1995 in Las Vegas and supports charity work through their hospital, day care center, center for social services, and St. Therese Center. They also impart education to underprivileged children through their elementary and high school. Besides, this North Strip Cathedral has a whole lot of activities for the youth as well as adults.
Established in 1942, Little Church Of The West is the oldest wedding chapel in Las Vegas as well as the oldest building on the Strip. It is also perhaps the most charming, with a romantically rustic wooden construction. The list of famous celebrities who have been married here is extensive. It began with Betty Grable and Harry James, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and more recently Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere. Even Elvis and Ann Margaret tied the knot on the silver screen here in the final scene from Viva Las Vegas. In 1992, the National Register of Historic Places placed it on its list in 1992.
The Pawn Shop was started by Richard "Old Man" Harrison in 1989. It is a place where people come to sell artifacts of apparent historical significance and patrons can buy them. It is a great place to stroll and look around. Because of the national television popularity the place has a long line but it is worth a visit. And if you are lucky you might catch the four pawn heroes right in action!
This stunning architectural marvel was built by the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a place where members go to perform sacred ordinances. While admittance to the interior of the temple is reserved for members in good standing, the grounds are spectacular and the view of the city is one of the best available. Information on the church is available from their Web site or from any temple worker.
The newly renovated Aquarium at Mirage Hotel is much more mesmerizing than ever before. Its one of the most technically advanced and elaborate aquarium. This 20,000 gallon wonder separates you and the marine life with just a 4 inch acrylic window. You can see sharks, gobies, stingrays swimming along with eels and puffer fish. Over 1000- specimens of artificial corals make you feel as if you are really in a tropical place like The Great Barrier Reef. Every single detail has been carefully looked after to make it a visual wonder.
As you might expect, the world's largest hotel-casino, the MGM Grand, offers the most interesting and unique wedding packages you can imagine. For instance, you can choose to boogie down the aisle at Studio 54, surrounded by mirrored disco balls, strobe lights and dancers. If you opt for more traditional but equally grand ceremonies, choose a classic romantic movie package, such as Casablanca, An Affair to Remember or From Here to Eternity, including a suite for one or two nights. Prices vary by package.
Wedding Chapel At The Rio has thought of everything for the bride and groom. Your wedding can be as simple or elaborate as your wishes and budget dictate. One package includes a wine tasting excursion to the resort's wine cellar. Another offers a ride on the 'Carnivale Parade' where you can be part of the show. There are also several packages, which include a specially designed honeymoon suite for one or more nights. All the services you might need to plan your perfect day are right here.
This venue at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino offers two wedding chapels, both with floor to ceiling French windows, chandeliers and soft, muted tones. You may choose the Sunrise Chapel or the Sunset Chapel, facing east and west, respectively. Each chapel can seat at least 50 guests. Basic ceremonies include limo transportation to and from the marriage license bureau and more. Packages, including videos, photography, floral services and receptions are also available. Rates depend on the amenities you choose to have included with your ceremony.