Things to do while you’re at the 2018 ICCFA Convention
Visit Historic Fremont Street
Though the Las Vegas Strip is the center of the City of Lights, strolling down Fremont Street will give you a more accurate historical (and cinematic) picture of Las Vegas as it once was. Historic Fremont Street has been featured in films since the 1960’s, and the abundance of vintage neon signs, like cowboy Vegas Vic, inspired the street’s long-standing nickname “Glitter Gulch.” Since the 1990’s, Fremont street has been blocked to all motorized vehicles and is now dedicated solely to pedestrians who wish to walk, shop, or zipline down the road. There’s a lot to look at in this particular section of Vegas, including tons of street performers, gift shops, and yes—even a few casinos.
Pig Out at a Buffet
After a full day of inspiring speakers and workshops, you deserve to splurge at one of the highest-quality buffets in the world. Ever since the first casino to open on the Las Vegas strip, El Rancho Vegas in 1941, stuffing your face has been a central pastime in the entertainment capital of the world. Most headline hotels on the strip will have a buffet available 7 days a week, but their hours do vary so we recommend doing a little research beforehand. If you’re a buffet amateur, you may not know about brunch hours vs. dinner hours. After 3 pm, most buffets raise their prices upwards of $10+ for almost the same spread. Take a tip from a buffet buff (that’s me), head to the Aria buffet at about 2:30 so you can pay the lower fare but take your pick from both the brunch and the dinner selections (crab legs come out at 3, y’all).
Drop Some Dough at The Mob Museum
Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without its histories and heydays. This surprising and interactive museum features exhibits on the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, current organized crime, you can even spend some time in the underground speakeasies of the prohibition era. Since we’ve got some time before the convention, consider participating in one of the mob mystery scavenger hunts this museum offers. Nothing brings a sales team together like solving a serious Sin City scam!
Gaze at the Bellagio Fountain Show
Even if you’ve seen this water show before, it’s worth stopping by as you stroll down the Las Vegas strip and take in the sights. The fountain show is every half hour from 3 to 8 pm on weekdays, and 12 to 8 pm on weekends. Then, from 8 to midnight the show happens every 15 minutes. The fountains can be seen from the street in front of the casino, or you can take your dinner at Mon Ami Gabi, the highly-acclaimed French restaurant right across the street (with patio seating!).
Sample Some Sugar
Make sure you stop at New York New York and grab a candied or carmeled apple at The Big Apple gift shop. They are delicious, nutritious (well, no), and definitely worth a stop.