Mandalay Bay anchors the south end of the Las Vegas Strip with its 3,209 rooms and 135,000 square feet of gaming space. The resort’s gold exterior is instantly recognizable to anyone with a remote knowledge of Las Vegas. Even if you aren’t into gambling, there are plenty of activities to occupy your time at and near the iconic hotel and casino.
Below, we’ll go over our favorite things to do at Mandalay Bay.
Enjoy the Stunning Pool Complex: Mandalay’s 11-acre pool complex is one of the best in Vegas. Comprised of a lazy river, wave pool, sandy beaches, and 3 poolside bars, Mandalay’s pool has something to do for everyone. Not staying at Mandalay? No problem. Non-guests can gain access Monday – Thursday for a $20 cover charge.
Concerts on The Beach: Speaking of Mandalay’s pool complex, the beach turns into a concert venue on select nights. See a full concert calendar here along with ticket and pricing information. In the past, groups such as REO Speedwagon, The Beach Boys, and Weezer have taken the stage.
A Bar Made of Ice: A perfect contrast to the desert heat, guests can find refuge at the Minus5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Bay. Guests will be outfitted with winter gear before entering the bar constructed entirely of ice. Even your drinks will be served in glasses made of ice. Minus5 Ice Bar also has locations on the Linq Promenade and at Venetian.
Grab a Drink with a Great View of the Strip: After you cool off at Minus5, head up to Mandalay Bay’s Foundation Room which can be found on the 63rd floor. You may try to find a bar with a better view of the Strip, but you’ll likely fail.
Shark Reef Aquarium: Walk through a glass tunnel below a sea habitat stocked with over 2,000 creatures ranging from stingrays to sharks. Additional experiences such as shark, turtle, and stingray feeding are also available for purchase.
Check out Michael Jackson ONE: Cirque du Soleil combines Michael Jackson’s hits with their signature acrobatic performance elements to create an impressive show. Tickets to Michael Jackson ONE start at $69 plus fees.
Visit the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign: Designed by Betty Willis and constructed in 1959, the sign that welcomes visitors to the Las Vegas Strip is a short 15-minute walk south from Mandalay Bay. As one of the most popular photo ops in Vegas, visiting the historic sign is one of our favorite things to do when staying at Mandalay Bay.
Hit the Shoppes at Mandalay Place: If you prefer shopping to gambling, the resort’s Shoppes at Mandalay Place offers a variety of shops and dining establishments. Peruse candy, shaving products, jewelry, and more. The shopping complex even boasts a Guinness memorabilia store among its tenents.
Things to do near Mandalay Bay: Although somwhat isolated on the South end of the Strip, Mandalay is connected via free tram to both Luxor and Excalibur to the north. Both of those properties are worth checking out if only to see the unique theming elements that both posess. Once you make it to Excalibur, you are steps away from Tropicana, New York New York, and MGM Grand. Potential itinerary items to consider include the rollercoaster at NYNY, and Topgolf behind MGM Grand which offers a 2 level pool, and bartop gaming in addition to the traditional golf games.
Whether looking to hit the slots, find a cocktail or explore non-gaming attractions, you’ll likely find something to do at Mandalay Bay. Given that Mandalay resides in a neighborhood with other mega-resorts like Excalibur, New York New York, MGM Grand, Luxor, and Tropicana, the neighborhood has a lot to offer as well.