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Things To Do at and Near Excalibur Las Vegas

Excalibur first opened in 1990, and the medieval-themed property cost $290 million to construct at the time.

The distinctive castle, an instantly recognizable part of the Las Vegas skyline, offers guests 3,981 guestrooms, and although some are showing some wear and tear, rooms in Excalibur’s Royal Tower were renovated in 2016.

A resort known as being more “kid-friendly” than others, there are plenty of things to do at and near Excalibur.

Itinerary Ideas at Excalibur

Tournament of Kings: The Tournament of Kings dinner show allows guests to enjoy dinner while watching the story of King Arthur play out in the arena below.

With an authentic medieval vibe complete with horses, jousting, and even dragons, the show could be a fun and differentiated experience to take in.

Options exist for both a dinner show including a 3-course meal and a slightly less expensive “dinnerless” experience.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from:

Knights on Horseback
Tournament of Kings – © Erik Kabik/MGM Resorts

Related: A rundown of dinner shows in Las Vegas.

Fun Dungeon Arcade: Located in Excalibur’s basement, the Fun Dungeon is a sprawling arcade that boasts 200+ games. Included in that total or classics like Skee Ball, modern titles, and even carnival-style midway games.

I recently stopped into Excalibur’s Fun Dungeon Arcade and feel it’s the second-best arcade in Las Vegas, just behind the one at Circus Circus.

Various arcade games lined up against a wall.

A Male Revue: Images of the men from “Thunder From Down Under” at Excalibur assault or delight the eyes of visitors, depending on your perspective, on ads around Vegas beginning the moment you de-plane at the airport.

A popular bachelorette party itinerary item, the Australian men of Thunder From Down Under have been a staple of the Excalibur experience for some time.

Tickets can be purchased in advance with:

A group of performers on stage dressed like members of a swat team
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Laugh Along with Mac King: Incorporating magic, comedy, and animals, Mac King has been a staple in Las Vegas for years. Leveraging goldfish, a guinea pig, and even a “bear”, it’s certainly a unique offering.

Tickets to the family-friendly show start in the $40s and are available here:

Mac King spitting out a goldfish

Get insulted at Dick’s: Grab a drink or meal at Dick’s and enjoy their offensive, abrasive sense of humor. Thick skin is required. What will mean spirited line will they write on your hat? Only one way to find out!

Dick’s also boasts one of the more intimidating food challenges on the Strip – the T-Boner, which involves consuming 2 steaks, a foot-long hot dog, nachos, and salad.

Exterior of Dick's Last Resort at Excalibur.

Grab a cheap bite: As a budget-friendly resort, Excalibur offers an abundance of cheap, quick meal options to help you stay within your means.

Check out the Castle Walk Food Court up the escalator at the beginning of the walkway to Luxor, which lists Einstein Brother’s Bagels, Popeye’s Chicken, and Pizza Hut as tenants among others.

Related: Eat cheap on the Strip in Las Vegas – Resort-by-Resort breakdown of options!

Eat at Excalibur’s Buffet: Feeling hungry? If so, The Buffet at Excalibur ranks among the cheapest buffets on the Strip.

I recently ate at Excalibur’s brunch buffet and left satisfied, albeit not “blown away”. I describe it as “fine”. Check out my review of Excalibur’s Buffet, complete with a ton of pictures.

Excalibur Buffet Sign

The Australian Bee Gees: Fans of the Beegees will enjoy this tribute show that invites you to sing along with hits like “How Deep is Your Love” and “Staying Alive”.

Tickets start at around $40 and can be priced out with:

Australian BeeGees sitting in chairs
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Things To Do Near Excalibur

Head South: Use the free tram out front of the property, or the enclosed walkway to visit both Mandalay Bay and Luxor.

At Luxor next door, stop in to enjoy the resort’s unique Egyptian theme and visit the museum attractions Bodies… The Exhibition, Titanic Artifact Exhibit, and Discovering King Tut’s Tomb.

The backside of The Big Piece of Titanic's hull.

At Mandalay Bay, grab a drink at the Minus5 Ice Bar, or one with stunning views of the Strip at their Foundation Room perched on the 63rd floor.

View of the Strip to the north from Foundation Room
The view from the Foundation Room – Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Additionally, Mandalay Bay offers non-hotel guests the opportunity to upgrade their pool experience for a $25 cover charge.

Mandalay’s Beach has a lazy river, a wave pool, and real sand, and is a significant upgrade when compared to Excalibur’s pool.

Mandalay Bay's Pool complex from above which includes a wave pool, lazy river, and additional pools.
Lazy river on the right at Mandalay Bay

Ride the Coaster: Head across the street to New York New York and take a spin on the Big Apple Coaster, which is a rough, thrilling ride offering views of the Strip.

Big Apple Coaster at NYNY Las Vegas
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

At the base of the Big Apple Coaster is New York New York’s sizable arcade, which boasts a solid selection of modern games.

A wide angle photo of the arcade with a plethora of games scattered about.

Afterward, stop in at Sirrico’s for a cheap, delish, slice of pizza which I think is among the best values in Vegas.

Sirrico's Pizzaria exterior in the themed section of NYNY designed to look like the city.

A Dueling Piano Show: Also at New York New York, the Bar at Time’s Square offers a dueling piano show nightly that is an absolute blast.

My wife and I have made a habit of posting up at one of the bartop VP machines (pictured below) that face into the bar. Drinks are comped as long as you’re gambling.

Exterior of the Bar at Times Square at NYNY.
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Explore MGM Grand: See a comedy show at Brad Garrett’s lounge, check out Cirque du Solel’s “KA”, or play arcade games and shuffleboard at Level Up.

Performers performing acrobatic feats in KA
KA – Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Among my favorite things to do near Excalibur, at MGM Grand is visiting Topgolf which offers bartop gaming, a 2-level pool open to the public, and a bajillion TVs in addition to golf games.

MGM Grand Exterior

Given the resort’s location on the Strip, there are a plethora of things to do at Excalibur and nearby! Hopefully, I was able to help you find some items to add to your Las Vegas itinerary.

If you need more inspiration, check out my resort by resort breakdown of things to do on the Las Vegas Strip.

See Also: Things to do with kids in Las Vegas!

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