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Things To Do at and Near Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood is conveniently located smack dab in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip with notable neighbors like Paris, Bellagio, and Cosmopolitan.

With a location like that in the city dubbed the “Entertainment Capital of the World” you can rest assured that there are plenty of activities nearby to keep you busy.

Making Planet Hollywood unique when compared to other properties is the expansive Miracle Mile Shops that call the resort home. With over 35 places to eat and drink, the Miracle Mile is one of my favorite places to check out while in Vegas due primarily to an absurd amount of cheap food and drink options.

Things To Do at Planet Hollywood

See Criss Angel Mindfreak: If you like your magic shows to come with a heavy dose of pyrotechnics, choreographed dancing, and production value, then Criss Angel Mindfreak could be right up your alley.

I’d recommend pricing out tickets in advance:

Criss Angel poses on stage with two women at his feet and flames in the background

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic: An afternoon show, Nathan Burton Comedy Magic is family-friendly featuring an array of tricks with laughs sprinkled in.

Nathan Burton performing an illusion

The Ultimate Variety Show: If you crave a little bit of everything in your Vegas entertainment choice, check out V – The Ultimate Variety Show in the Miracle Mile Shops.

Boasting a wide-ranging variety of acts that include comedians, magicians, and acrobats, there is something for everyone.

Tickets start in the $40s and can be priced out with:

Related: See my V – The Ultimate Variety Show Review!

Two performers perform acrobatic acts shirtless

See a Big Name Performer: The Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood attracts some of the top residencies in Las Vegas.

Names like Shania Twain, The Scorpions, The Doobie Brothers, Christina Aguilera, and John Legend among others have all taken the stage.

You can see upcoming performances at the Bakkt Theater, here, to gauge if anything of interest matches up with your dates.

Gwen Stefani performs on stage at the Zappos Theater.
Gwen Stefani at the Bakkt Theater – Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Free Ranstorm Show: Found in the Miracle Mile Shops, the free rainstorm show fires to life at the top of each hour Monday – Thursday and every half-hour Friday – Sunday.

Full disclosure: It just isn’t that cool, BUT, if you are in the area I’d recommend sticking around for a moment of zen.

Free Rainstorm Show Pond at Planet Hollywood
I like to use the free rainstorm as a “gambling cool off”. A moment of reflection after losses.

See a Robot Bartender: The two robotic arms that work behind the bar at Tipsy Robot can concoct up to 120 drinks per hour and 1,440 per day.

Guests dream up and order their desired cocktail via a tablet, and the robots get to work. A typical drink costs about $15-$20, but stopping by to watch is free.

Robot arms poised to make cocktails with bottles of booze hanging from the cieling above.
Tipsy Robot at the Miracle Mile Shops

Find Remnants of Aladdin: As a Vegas history dweeb, I enjoy finding glimpses into Planet Hollywood’s past life as Aladdin, a Moroccan-themed resort. See if you can find the lingering theming elements from the Miracle Mile Shops days as the “Desert Passage”.

Desert Passage Ship at Miracle MIle Shops
A window into Planet Hollywood’s past.

Ride the FlowRider: Planet Hollywood’s rooftop pool deck offers spectacular views of surrounding resorts on the Strip.

For $25, you can take a half-hour ride on the FlowRider, which is an infinite stream of water allowing guests the opportunity to surf in the middle of the desert.

A surfer rides the flow rider at Planet Hollywood
© Erik Kabik/ erikkabik.com – Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Cheap Restaurants in the Miracle Mile Shops

Taking advantage of the food and drink deals at Planet Hollywood is a must. Here are my favorites:

Ocean One Grille: The lunch menu makes Ocean One one of my favorite cheap places to eat on the Strip. Everything is $5.99, and for the price, portion size and quality are both wins.

Seriously, items like their Half Pound Sirloin Burger, Chicken Tacos, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and a selection of salads are that cheap.

Adding to the value proposition is their neverending 3-for-1 deal on drinks.

No, it’s not upscale, but Ocean One is a value seeker’s dream.

Hamburger with lettuce and tomato with rice on the side
Honestly, pretty darn satisfying.

La Salsa Cantina: Looking for a cheap breakfast and a bloody? La Salsa Cantina has a $9.99 breakfast special that includes 2 eggs, a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and southwest potatoes. Add a Bloody Mary for a mere 99 cents (during breakfast). Not bad!

Exterior of La Salsa Cantina from the MIracle Mile Shops.

Ketchup Premium Burger Bar: There is seemingly always a good deal to be had at Ketchup. Daily deals that find their way into the rotation include 2-for-1 hot dogs, 2-for-1 chicken tenders, and a $5 classic burger among others.

exterior and entrance of Ketchup in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Cheap Drink Options in the Miracle Mile Shops

If you take a peek at my compilation of happy hour deals on the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll notice that bars and restaurants in The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood make up nearly half the list.

Here are a few notable options:

Flights: Serving flights of 3 drinks for as little as $15, Flights is an inexpensive spot to drive your BAC higher.

Exterior of Flights in the Miracle Mile Shops.
Cheap Drinks, and some pretty cool scenery.

Ocean One: Drinks are always 3 for 1, need I say more?

Blondies: For $20, you can consume all the well drinks/draft beer you can handle between 3 pm – 6 pm (Monday – Friday). One of the few All you can drink deals on the Strip that offers beer and cocktails.

Exterior of Blondies in the MIracle Mile Shops.

Things To Do Near Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

If hunting down a hidden bar sounds appealing, stop by Cosmopolitan to find their 3 speakeasies that include The Ski Lodge, Ghost Donkey, and The Barbershop.

Of those options, The Ski Lodge is my favorite as you’re instantly transported to a snowy mountain resort.

Interior of The Ski Lodge with LED screens behind the bar simulating windows overlooking a snowy landscape
The Ski Lodge

After your cocktails, find Secret Pizza, Cosmopolitan’s hidden pizza joint. There, you’ll find a selection of quick, cheap, and delicious slices.

Hallway lined with records leading to Secret Pizza
Navigate to the 3rd floor near the Chandelier Bar – Once you find this hallway, you made it.

Of course, visiting Paris is a must. Things to do there include the Eiffel Tower observation deck, or grabbing a rooftop beer with a view of the Bellagio Fountains at Beer Park.

The Parisian-inspired theming is enough to warrant a visit on its own, however.

Eiffel Tower REstaurant exterior within the repica Eiffel Tower
©bloodua/123RF.COM

Speaking of Bellagio, put the free attractions there at the top of your list. Specifically, the Fountains of Bellagio water show and the seasonal display in the conservatory inside.

A hot air balloon and blimp made of flowers in Bellagio's Conservatory

You can even grab dinner with a view of Bellagio’s fountains at a number of restaurants both at Bellagio and at nearby resorts.

Patio seating at Spago with fountains spraying in the background
Spago at Bellagio – Courtesy MGM Resorts

Traveling with kids? Play a “trippy” round of mini golf at Horseshoe’s Twilight Zone-themed Mini Golf Course.

While I didn’t find the 18-hole course to be overly challenging or complex, the visuals made the experience worthwhile.

The mini golf course photographed from a distance. Each hole is lined by white and black walls, the white glows under the black lighting.

Also at Horseshoe is REAL Bodies, an educational attraction that leverages 20 whole-body and 200 partial-body specimens to explain the inner workings of the human body.

A full human body speciman cut in half and separated. The cut goes straight down between the eyes, middle of the chest, and is separated to show internal organs.
Real Bodies at Horseshoe

To the south, I’d recommend checking out Topgolf, which is located behind MGM Grand.

Even if you don’t golf regularly, the games offered at the driving range are a great social lubricant for groups. In addition to golf, they also offer a 2-level pool that is open to the public and bartop video poker.

Driving Range at Topgolf with the Strip in the distance

Given the resort’s location, there’s more to do than I could possibly mention here. Check out this breakdown of things to do at every resort on the Strip.

See Also: My perfect 3 day Las Vegas itinerary.

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