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 things to do at and near MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Below, we’ll cover some of the more popular things to do at MGM Grand besides gambling.
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. You can buy tickets in advance with MGM, or a 3rd party like Vegas.com where you can often save a couple of bucks.
An elaborate pool: MGM Grand’s pool complex spans 6.6 acres and offers 5 separate pools and hot tubs. Our favorite aspect of the complex though is the lazy river which allows guests to slowly float their day away. For those brave enough, MGM Grand keeps a portion of their pool open in the winter. Non-hotel guests can also access the pool at MGM Grand for a cover charge.
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 frequent appearances. Tickets range from $39 – $79 depending on who is performing. Tickets can be purchased in advance with the box office, or here, at a 3rd party like Vegas.com where you can occasionally save a few bucks.
Level Up: A portion of MGM Grand’s casino designed to attract a younger crowd, Level Up offers games like shuffleboard, pool, Pac Man, and bubble hockey in a sports bar-like environment. Level Up also incorporates newer “skill-based” slot games into the space. For those unfamiliar, we would describe skill-based slot games as offering gameplay similar to that of a video game, although they rarely reward actual player skill. Think of them as a more interactive version of a traditional slot machine.
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”. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
CSI: The Experience: Allowing guests to play the role of Crime Scene Investigator, CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand tasks visitors with analyzing evidence and solving the crime. Reviews on sites like TripAdvisor are mixed with some enjoying the attraction and others stating the scenarios were too easy to solve. While opinions vary, fans of the hit TV show may be interested in checking it out. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
CBS Television City: Looking for free things to do at MGM Grand? 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.
Ideas For Things to do Near MGM Grand Las Vegas
Topgolf: Among our favorite things to do near MGM Grand, 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.
Rollercoaster 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. After your ride, 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. We 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).
Explore nearby properties: Walk across the street to Excalibur and take the free tram to both Luxor and Mandalay Bay. At Luxor, enjoy the intricate theming that is now so rare in Vegas and check out museum attractions like Bodies and Titanic the Exhibition.
Hopefully, we were able to help you identify an activity or two to add to your list of things to do at MGM Grand and at resorts nearby! One thing is for sure, with the resort’s position on the Las Vegas Strip, there will be no shortage of options.