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Things To Do at and Near Park MGM Las Vegas

Park MGM sits in a rock-solid location on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, close to popular resorts like New York New York, MGM Grand, Excalibur, and Aria among others.

Formerly Monte Carlo, Park MGM recently went through a $450 million transformation which touched every guestroom in the hotel, as well as common areas on the gaming floor.

Park’s recently renovated guestrooms offer modern decor and distinctive green accents.

View from the bathroom into the bedroom
Skylark Suite – Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Perhaps the most recognizable element of Park MGM’s new look is the tree in the hotel lobby.

Hotel Lobby at Park MGM with tree branches as decor on the ceiling
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

A hub of entertainment activity, we thought it would be helpful to point out things to do at Park MGM, and at nearby resorts.

Hopefully, you can snag a nugget or two that can be added to your travel itinerary!

Park MGM Las Vegas Exterior
Photo Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Things To Do at Park MGM Las Vegas

Re-Fuel at Eataly: The main culinary draw at Park MGM is Eataly, a 40,000 square foot dining destination with an abundance of Italian-inspired food & drink options.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, Eataly has the feel of a marketplace with many different restaurants that serve everything from Italian street food to pizza, pasta, coffee, and gelato.

Of course, there are also spots to grab a cocktail.

Cafe Milano bar counter at Eataly
Food options like pizza on display at Eataly
Wine bar at Eataly
Cheeses for sale at Eataly

Enjoy a Headliner at the Dolby Live Theater: Park MGM hosts some of the biggest residencies in Las Vegas in their Dolby Live Theater.

Names like Usher, the Jonas Brothers, Aerosmith, Silk Sonic, Lady Gaga, and The Who have all made recent appearances. See the upcoming event calendar at Park MGM, here.

A look at seating in the empty Dolby Live theater
Dolby Live Theater – Credit: Al Powers/MGM Resorts

Gamble Smoke-Free: Park MGM made waves when it became the first smoke-free casino on the Strip in 2020. This is the place to be if you have an aversion to cigarette smoke.

Catch a Game at the BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar: While other resorts boast massive sportsbooks with huge screens and big crowds, Park MGM’s BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar offers a cozier betting/viewing environment.

Entryway to the BetMGM Sportsbar
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Swim Year-Round: Although Park MGM’s pool scene isn’t among the most awe-inspiring on the Strip, they do typically keep a portion of their pool complex open during the winter. While many shudder at a January dip, visitors from Canada and the upper midwest often jump on the opportunity.

Pool at Park MGM Las Vegas
©Patric Michael Chin – Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Things To Do near Park MGM

See a Hockey Game: One of my favorite Las Vegas experiences was placing an oversize bet on a playoff hockey game at Park MGM and then catching it live, steps away at the T-Mobile Arena.

The arena also hosts other types of entertainment, including big-name shows and concerts. T-Mobile Arena’s events calendar can be viewed here.

Live Music Nextdoor at NYNY: If you’re searching for live music in Las Vegas, than New York New York next door has you covered.

The first option is at Nine Fine Irishmen, an Irish pub that fires up a band on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Inside Nine Fine Irishmen at NYNY
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

The second is a raucous dueling piano show which can be found at the Bar at Times Square nightly.

Times Square Bar at New York New York Las Vegas
Times Square Bar at New York New York Las Vegas

See Mad Apple: A new Cirque du Soleil show, Mad Apple at New York New York will incorporate comedy, acrobatics, music, dance, and magic into a variety performance that aims to sync up the energy of Vegas and NYC. The new show calls the former Zumanity Theater home.

Hit Some Balls: Tucked behind MGM Grand across the street is Topgolf, a driving range on steroids. Offering competitive games that reward accuracy, Topgolf is a great spot for groups and is much more of a “social experience” than a serious golf endeavor.

In addition to golf, Topgolf has a 2-level pool, numerous bars, tons of TVs, and a full menu.

View from a hitting bay at Topgolf Las Vegas
2 Level Pool at Topgolf Las Vegas
Topgolf’s pool is free to use whether you’re golfing or not.

Upgrade Your Pool: While Park MGM’s pool is adequate, it lacks the grandeur of both Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand’s sprawling complexes nearby. Fortunately, you can use those resort’s pools if you rent a cabana online in advance.

It’ll cost you a few bucks, but “pool people” will find the expenditure worthwhile.

Mandalay Bay Pool
Mandalay Bay’s Beach – Courtesy of MGM Resorts
MGM Grand's pool complex from above
MGM Grand’s Pool – Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Visit Luxor and Excalibur: Themed resorts in Las Vegas are on the way out, but Luxor and Excalibur still have a distinct Egyptian and medieval vibe respectively.

While Excalibur is easily walkable, we’d recommend catching the free tram from Excalibur to Luxor. The elevated tram also connects to Mandalay Bay.

Luxor Las Vegas exterior with sphinx in the foreground
©belikova/123RF.COM

Hopefully, we were able to help you identify some things to do at Park MGM that’ll work for your itinerary and budget.

Ultimately, Park MGM is a great resort for those that wish to gamble smoke-free, eat a variety of Italian fare, and enjoy big-name acts at both Dolby Live and T-Mobile Arena.

The resort is also in a fantastic location and within walking distance of numerous resorts on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.

Need more itinerary inspiration? Check out our rundown of things to do on the Strip, which is broken down by resort.

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