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Things To Do at and Near MGM Grand Las Vegas

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.

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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”.

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 – My wife and I loved it.

Tickets start in the $80s and can be priced out with:

Performers performing acrobatic feats in KA
KA at MGM Grand – Photo Courtesy of MGM Resorts

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.

MGM Grand's pool complex from above
Photo Courtesy of MGM Resorts

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:

Exterior of Brad Garrett's Comedy Club in Las Vegas.
Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club

See the Jabbawockeez: Appropriate for all ages, the masked Jabbawockeez have been delighting audiences for years with their choreographed dance routine.

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

Jabbawockeez performers posing for photo

David Copperfield: One of the most recognizable names in magic calls MGM Grand home.

Earning 4/5 stars after 3,400+ guest reviews on, 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:

David Copperfield posing with his hand on his face, sitting at a table.
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

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.

Shuffleboard and pool tables at Level Up
Level Up at MGM Grand

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:

Tape Face headshot with black tape over his mouth

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.

Exterior of CBS Television City at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
CBS Television City

Eat at MGM Grand’s Buffet: While the Buffet at MGM Grand doesn’t rank among the top buffets in Vegas, it offers quality food options at a comparatively inexpensive price point.

I recently stopped in for brunch and found it to be a rock-solid value. See my full Buffet at MGM Grand Review here.

Key Lime desserts on a tray

Itinerary Ideas Near MGM Grand

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.

Pool at Topgolf
Topgolf’s 2 level Hideaway Pool.

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!

Riders seated in FlyOver Vegas ride
Photography by In Color Studios – Courtesy of FlyOver Vegas

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 visted BrewDog for dinner and drinks and left impressed with the view, food, and venue, although the service left me underwhelmed.

The Showcase Mall illuminated at night. Target and Ross are on the street level, while BrewDog's sign is illuminated atop the building.
Going up!
Center STrip Resorts from Brewdog's outdoor patio illuminated at night.
View from BrewDog

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.

Big Apple Coaster at NYNY Las Vegas
It’s legit.

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.

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

After the fun, stop in at Sirrico’s and grab one of the best slices of pizza in Vegas. Cheap and satisfying.

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

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).

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

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.

Miracle Mile Shops Entrance
Cheap Drinks Galore – ©yooranpark/123RF.COM

Smoke-Free Gaming: Park MGM, located across the street, is the first Las Vegas casino to go smoke-free.

While there, grab a bite at Eataly, a beautiful market-themed food hall with a diverse set of culinary offerings.

Park MGM Las Vegas Exterior
Photo Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Explore nearby themed properties: Walk across the street to Excalibur and take the free tram to both Luxor and Mandalay Bay.

In a city that seems to be committed to “de-theming”, Excalibur still holds onto her medieval heritage and it’s worth seeing.

At Luxor, enjoy the intricate theming that is now so rare in Vegas and check out museum attractions like Bodies and the Titanic Artifact Exhibition.

Related: See my review of the Titanic Exhibit and my experience at Luxor’s Bodies… The Exhibition!

A large metal model of what Titanic currently looks like on the seafloor.

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.

A golden death mask behind glass

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.

Related: A complete list of free things to do in Vegas!

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