Bally’s operates a resort complete with 2,812 guestrooms and a 70,000-square-foot casino in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.
Although one of the older structures on the Strip, all of Bally’s hotel rooms were renovated as part of a $125 million project completed in 2018. Given the property’s location, there is an abundance of things to do at Bally’s and nearby.
Summer 2022 Update: Bally’s has started a project that will transition the property into Horseshoe Las Vegas. Along with this change, will come new dining, drinking, and entertainment options that we’ll be sure to detail as they come online.
Things To Do at Bally’s Las Vegas
Mini-Golf: With a “Twilight Zone” theme, this mini-golf course at Bally’s could be the perfect activity for fans of the franchise or families traveling with kids. Along with an 18-hole mini-golf course that glows in the dark, the venue also offers arcade games, a bowling ally, and a “sy-fi” wedding chapel.
Catch a Magic Show: An intimate venue called The Magic Attic calls Bally’s home and hosts a number of budget-friendly magic acts including:
- Paranormal Mind Reading – Hosted by Frederic Da Silva, voted as the top mentalist in Europe.
- Potted Potter – A humorous parody of the 7-book series.
- Lioz Show – A hilarious parody of magic altogether.
- Farrell Dillon – A comedy/magic hybrid that will leave you both amazed and with an aching gut.
Check out Bodies: Looking for something weird to do in Vegas? Check out “Bodies”, which will educate you on the inner workings of the human body via 20 preserved bodies and 200 additional specimens. You can buy tickets in advance via:
Rarely Seen by National Geographic: Like Bodies, Rarely Seen is educational in nature and features 50 unreal photos from Nat Geo’s Stephen Alvarez from around the world. Learn more and snag Rarely seen tickets, here.
See a Variety Show: Extravaganza calls the Jubilee Theater home and features 30 different artists that include comics, acrobats, and motorcyclists… oh, and showgirls. Lots of showgirls. Uniquely, the show also features holograms of both Frank Sinatra and Elvis.
Play Keno: Uniquely, Bally’s offers one of the last remaining live keno games on the Strip. Although boasting an inflated house edge, keno can be an inexpensive way to win a lot by wagering a little. For those unfamiliar, keno is similar to a lottery where 20 numbered balls are drawn from a bowl of 80. All you have to do is guess which numbers will be pulled. Easier said than done.
Grab a Cheap Bite: While the Grand Bazaar Shops out front of Bally’s are overall pretty “meh”, there are a few solid opportunities to eat cheap. Quick serve restaurants we have historically enjoyed include Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken and Istanbul Mediterranian which serves an inexpensive, filling, gyro bowl.
Related: Check out a full, property by property guide to cheap eats on the Las Vegas Strip.
Things To Do Near Bally’s
Walk to Ellis Island: Located a leisurely 7-10 minute walk behind Bally’s on E. Flamingo, Ellis Island’s Casino is among our favorite things to do near Bally’s. We love Ellis Island for low-limit gambling and better player odds than you’ll find on the Strip. Additionally, there is a brewery on-site with draft beers costing a measly $2.50 each.
If Karaoke is your thing, stick around into the night to sing, or to watch people shine/make a fool of themselves.
Hit a Dive Bar: If you like cheap beer and bar-top video poker in a dive beer setting, you’ll love Stage Door Casino which is right behind Cromwell, steps from Bally’s. It’s rough around the edges and lacks the luster of bars on the Strip, but that’s why we love it.
People Watch at Flamingo: Las Vegas attracts a lot of people, and a lot of them are worth observing. We enjoy grabbing a beer or six at the outdoor bar at Flamingo overlooking Cromwell and foot traffic along the Strip. When at Flamingo, ensure you stop in to check out the free wildlife habitat.
See Bellagio: Located across the street, Bellagio’s free Fountains of Bellagio show never gets old. For those that want a longer look, we recommend booking reservations at one of the many restaurants with a view of the Bellagio Fountains. Here are some additional suggestions for things to do at Bellagio, many of which are free!
Visit Paris: Nextdoor, and connected via an enclosed walkway, Paris’ theming is something that has to be seen. For some of the best views of the Strip, consider visiting the viewing deck atop the replica Eiffel Tower. If looking for evening entertainment, check out the dueling piano bar at Napoleon’s Lounge.
Scavenger Hunt at Cosmo: While we love stopping by the Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan for a Verbena Cocktail, what we enjoy the most is visiting the bars and restaurants hidden in plain sight. Find the hidden “Secret Pizza” which serves cheap, quick pizza by the slice, and the concealed speakeasy “Ghost Donkey” which specializes in hand-crafted Mezcal cocktails. Find them both and enjoy!
Of course, there are more things to do near Bally’s than we could ever list here. For more ideas, check out our property by property rundown of things to do on the Strip.
Bally’s has the potential to be a strong home base for your Vegas vacation due to the preponderance of things to do nearby. Located in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, there are a ton of activities to keep you busy! Hopefully, we were able to help you add an activity or two to your Las Vegas itinerary. Have a great time!
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.