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Things To Do at and Near Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Caesars Palace has been a staple of the Las Vegas Strip since the summer of 1966 when it was opened by Jay Sarno and occupied a much smaller footprint than it does today.

Since opening, the property has morphed into a behemoth with nearly 4,000 guest rooms, 675,000 square feet of retail, 300,000 square feet of convention space, and 124,181 square feet of gaming.

As one of the largest properties on the Strip, I can assure you that there are plenty of itinerary-worthy activities at Caesars Palace.

Itinerary Ideas at Caesars Palace

See Absinthe: If you’re into raunchy comedy, look no further than Absinthe, a show that is among the best in Vegas. Hosted by the “filthy” Gazillionaire, Absinthe also incorporates jaw-dropping carnival acts and calls the Spiegelworld tent in front of Caesars Palace home.

Unlike other shows, you won’t be far from the action as no seat is further than 11 rows from the stage. The word may be overused, but Absinthe is certainly an intimate experience.

As Absinthe is a popular show, I’d recommend buying tickets in advance:

The Gazillionaire performing on stage

Enjoy the Garden of the Gods Pool Complex: Spanning 5 acres, the stunning pool complex at Ceasars Palace ranks among my favorite things to do at the property.

Comprised of 6 different pools, you’re guaranteed to find space to relax or recover from the previous night. Swim-up blackjack is also offered in the Fortuna Pool.

Even those not staying at the resort, non-guests are able to use the pool provided they pay for a cabana or daybed – Highly recommended.

Pool at Caesars Palace

Walk the Forum Shops: A themed shopping mall, Forum Shops are worth walking whether you are hoping to make a purchase or not.

While there are over 160 stores, most tourists enjoy checking out attractions like the Forum Shops’ 50,000-gallon aquarium, the free Fall of Atlantis show, and the many “instagrammagle” photo ops sprinkled about.

Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
So. Many. Photo. Ops in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace – Photo Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment
A crowd gathers for the Fall of Atlantis show, which has yet to start.
Fall of Atlantis

Attack the Bacchanal Buffet: In my opinion, Bacchanal easily qualifies as the best buffet in Las Vegas, and it isn’t particularly close.

Food options range from crab legs, bone marrow, a made-to-order taco station, in addition to other delicious options that are not likely to disappoint.

Most options are offered in a single-serve dish, so certainly classier than the troughs of food you saw on Vegas Vacation (one of the best Las Vegas movies out there!).

I recently visited the Bacchanal Buffet and was blown away by the selection and quality on display.

Food options available at the Bacchanal Buffet
A sampling of the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace

Enjoy a High-Quality Cigar: While cigar lounges on the Strip are few and far between, Caesars Palace has two.

The Montecristo Cigar Bar can be found just off the casino floor and offers posh surroundings, bartop gaming, and plenty of TV screens to catch the game.

The second, Casa Fuente, is located in the Forum Shops.

Exterior of the Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace

Catch a Game in the Sportsbook: One of my personal favorite activities is placing a bet and watching the game from the sportsbook bar, which has a perfect view of the book’s 143-foot video screen.

Of course, I do this while playing at the bar-top video poker machine and sipping comped drinks.

Nothing beats gambling while you’re gambling.

Sportsbook at Caesars Palace with bar in the foreground
With plenty of standing room in the rear of the massive book, Caesars is a good spot to catch major events.

See a Big Name Headliner: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is home to some big-name resident performers that include Adele, Garth Brooks, and Rod Stewart among others.

Shows at Caesars tend to be in demand, and while I recommend checking with the box office first, tapping the secondary market may be necessary.

Marketing image depicting Adele sigining and her tour dates of November - March
Credit: Raven B Varona/LVCVA

Improve Your Luck: Gather some good karma by put visiting (and in some cases, touching) these “lucky” spots near the top of your list:

A Brahma Shrine is located near the Absinthe show tent and many visitors don’t even know it exists. The shrine, which was constructed in 1984, is said to bring good fortune.

An outdoor shrine at Caesars Palace with colorful plastic strands draped over statues.

Another popular strategy to improve one’s good fortune is to touch the breasts of Cleopatra which extends outward from Cleopatra’s Barge.

A bronze statue of Cleopatra extends out from Cleopatra's Barge
Reach up and caress – Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Things To Do Near Caesars Palace

Check out free things to do near Caesars Palace: Caesars is located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, and thus, there are a TON of things to do near the property.

I recommend checking out both the Fountains of Bellagio and Bellagio Conservatory as well as the Mirage Volcano. All are free, and awe-inspiring.

See Also: A complete list of free things to do in Las Vegas.

Fountains of Bellagio with Paris Las Vegas in the Background

Dine with a View of the Fountains of Bellagio: There are a number of restaurants at Bellagio and surrounding resorts that offer views of the iconic fountains.

While the restaurants at Bellagio offer the best views, they come with a healthy dose of “sticker shock”.

For the budget-conscious among us, I’d recommend posting up at Beer Park, a rooftop bar above Paris, to grab a drink and watch the fountains dance.,

Bellagio Fountains firing as seen from Prime Steakhouse
The view from Bellagio’s Prime Steakhouse – Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Visit a Speakeasy: At Cosmopolitan, grab a craft cocktail at one of their 3 speakeasies scattered about the property.

While I enjoyed my experience at both Ghost Donkey and The Barbershop, The Ski Lodge was easily my favorite.

Interior of The Ski Lodge with LED screens behind the bar simulating windows overlooking a snowy landscape
The Ski Lodge

Lastly, rubbing the hand of Caesar’s statue near the front of the casino is said to bring luck. You’ll know where to rub as the hand is well-worn from all the attention.

See a Show at Flamingo: Among things to do at Flamingo, one of my favorites is seeing Piff The Magic Dragon, one of the better comedy magic shows in Vegas.

If a dry, sarcastic sense of humor is your thing, give it a shot!

Best yet, Piff is appropriate (and funny) for all ages. Trust me, my kids can’t get enough of his clips on YouTube.

Tickets start at around $50 and can be priced out with:

Piff poses with Mr. Piffles the dog

Free Shows at Harrah’s: The Piano Bar at Harrah’s is home to both the legendary Big Elvis Show as well as a dueling piano show. Both are worth seeing, and a great value as there is no cover charge.

Piano Bar at Harrah's Las Vegas

Explore the Linq Promenade: Located directly across the street from Caesars, LINQ’s Promenade is an outdoor pedestrian shopping mall that offers a plethora of dining, drinking, and shopping options.

Among my favorite things to do on the promenade include grabbing a Frozen Bailey’s cocktail at O’Shea’s, snagging a cheap lunch at In-N-Out Burger, and taking an all-you-can-drink spin on the High Roller Observation Wheel.

AmeriCAN's exterior along the outdoor LINQ Promenade
Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

If you’re looking to partake in either the High Roller or FlyLinq Zipline which both call the Linq Promenade home, I’d recommend buying tickets online in advance to reserve your spot and enable you to skip the ticket line.

You’ll also save a few bucks just for booking online. You can buy tickets to High Roller here, and FlyLinq tickets here.

Photo of the High Roller Observation wheel from the Linq Promenade

Enjoy your time in Las Vegas! Given Caesars Palace’s location, there are many worthwhile things to do both at the resort, and nearby, even if you don’t gamble.

For additional inspiration, check out our resort-by-resort rundown of things to do on the Strip.

Related: 3 day itinerary in Las Vegas.

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