MGM Grand is a sprawling resort with an abundance of dining, gaming, and entertainment options. With just over 5,000 hotel rooms and 170,000 square feet of gaming, MGM Grand is the biggest hotel in Vegas.
Originally opening in 1993, MGM Grand initially sported a Wizard of Oz theme which has been discarded over the years.
Even sans theming elements, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy at MGM Grand and nearby in Las Vegas.
Things To Do at MGM Grand
Check out KA: A production featuring a cast of 80 performers, KA will blow you away with the aerial acrobatic stunts and feats that Cirque du Soleil shows are known for.
The show’s name is inspired by the Egyptian belief in “an invisible spiritual duplicate of the body that accompanies every human being throughout this life and into the next”.
Look, I don’t know what that means, but I do know that you’ll be sincerely impressed by the acrobatics and stage effects of this show.
Tickets start in the $80s and can be priced out with:
Swim in an elaborate pool: MGM Grand’s pool complex spans 6.6 acres and is comprised of 5 separate pools and hot tubs.
My favorite aspect of the pool complex though is the lazy river which allows guests to slowly float their day (or hangover) away.
For those not scared off by chilly temperatures (I’m looking at you Canadians and midwesterners), MGM Grand also keeps a small portion of their pool open in the winter.
Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club: If a comedy show is on your list of things to do in Vegas, check out Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand where an assortment of comics perform nightly.
Brad Garrett, known for his role in “Everybody Loves Raymond”, is typically not at the club, but does make appearances from time to time. Tickets range from $39 – $79 depending on who is performing.
Tickets can be purchased in advance with the:
David Copperfield: One of the most recognizable names in magic calls MGM Grand home.
Earning 4/5 stars after 3,400+ guest reviews on Vegas.com, it’s safe to say “The greatest illusionist of our time” also has one of the best magic shows in Vegas.
Tickets start at around $90 and can be priced out with:
Level Up: A portion of MGM Grand’s casino designed to attract a younger crowd, Level Up offers arcade games like shuffleboard, pool, Pac-Man, and bubble hockey in a sports bar-like environment.
Level Up also incorporates a small arcade and virtual reality experience into the space.
See Tape Face: While a show featuring a comedian with tape over their mouth doesn’t sound overly appealing, Tape Face is a highly regarded comedy show in Las Vegas.
A finalist on “America’s Got Talent” in 2016, Tape Face is bound to make you laugh, all without uttering a single word.
Tape Face tickets start at around $50 and can be priced out with:
The Hunger Games: The Experience: Displaying movie props, costumes, and a behind-the-scenes look at the technology that brought The Hunger Games to life on the big screen, this experience may be an option for fans of the hit franchise.
As part of the experience, guests will have the chance to participate in virtual archery training on a 60-foot wide screen, and test their knowledge of The Hunger Games as part of the exhibit’s “Capitol TV Trivia”.
Snag tickets in advance with:
I recently stopped by the Hunger Games attraction and was really impressed with the archery experience specifically – Fans of the show will dig it!
CBS Television City: Have some time to kill? Stop by CBS Television City to be part of a focus group that provides feedback on TV show episodes that have yet to be released.
Participants should plan to budget about an hour of time for the screening and subsequent survey. As a thank you, participants are given a coupon book with money-saving offers.
Activities Near MGM Grand Las Vegas
Topgolf: Topgolf is located right behind the resort and is MUCH more than a simple driving range.
In addition to competitive and social golf games, Topgolf has a gorgeous 2-level pool that is free to access whether you’re golfing or not.
The venue also offers 5 bars, some with bar-top gaming, and yard games like cornhole which are free to play.
Even if you don’t golf, Topgolf is a blast.
FlyOver Vegas: A few steps to the north of MGM Grand, FlyOver Vegas is located in the Showcase Mall and gives guests the opportunity to “fly” over Iceland, the American West, or the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
They give the illusion of flight by suspending a row of seats over a massive spherical screen. Wind and scents are also simulated.
I recently stopped into FlyOver Vegas and really enjoyed my flight over the Canadian Rockies!
Grab a Brew with a View: Also steps away, BrewDog is perched atop the Showcase Mall and offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip.
I recently stopped into BrewDog for dinner and drinks and left impressed with the view, food, and venue, although the service left me underwhelmed.
Rollercoaster, Arcade Games, and a Slice at NYNY: Take a spin on The Big Apple Coaster at New York New York, which is an aggressive, upside-down, wild ride across the street from MGM Grand.
At the base of NYNY’s rollercoaster is the Big Apple Arcade, which is home to a diverse selection of modern and classic arcade games.
After the fun, stop in at Sirrico’s and grab one of the best slices of pizza in Vegas. Cheap and satisfying.
Dueling Pianos: Sing, or scream along with the dueling pianos at Times Square Bar at NYNY nightly.
I’d suggest snagging a spot at one of the video poker machines on the outside of the bar facing in. That will allow you the opportunity to enjoy the show while drinking free all night (provided you’re gambling).
Walk The Miracle Mile: Among my favorite things to do near MGM Grand is walking through the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood to take advantage of cheap food deals and the numerous happy hour offers.
My favorite food deal in the Miracle Mile is Ocean One’s $5.99 lunch menu, which isn’t upscale by any stretch but represents one heck of a deal.
On the drinks front, Blondies offers an all-you-can-drink deal from 3 pm – 6 pm on weekdays for a mere $20. Challenge accepted.
If value on the Strip is what you seek, it’s tough to beat Planet Hollywood.
Luxor recently added a 3rd museum attraction, Discovering King Tut’s Tomb. While there are no real artifacts on display, guests walk along with Howard Carter as he makes his monumental discovery.
While I was somewhat underwhelmed, those that are really into ancient Egypt are likely to enjoy the education.
Hopefully, I was able to help you identify an activity or two to add to your itinerary!
One thing is for sure, with the resort’s position on the Las Vegas Strip, there will be no shortage of options. If you need additional inspiration, check out my resort by resort breakdown of things to do on the Strip.
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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.