Great deals for vets

Nov 9, 2004 4:26 AM

Veterans and civilians alike get a well-deserved break at Fiesta Rancho and Fiesta Henderson in honor of Veterans Day. Both casinos are offering $5.99 special buffets from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 11. Players also get five times points. Swipe your Amigo Club card before playing to activate the bonus points.

Fiesta Rancho is also offering special buffet discounts to ice skaters. Check out the Fiesta’s new ice rink, skate a session and receive $1 off the Festival Buffet. Simply present your ice skating receipt and receive $1 off the regular prices for lunch and dinner buffets for that day. The skaters discount only applies on certain days as follows: The discount is valid on the regular lunch buffet for $5.99 served from 11:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Sunday — Thursday, and the regular dinner buffet, normally $7.99, served from 4:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m., Monday — Thursday.

New winter hours for Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and on major holidays. Visitors to the Secret Garden can see royal white Bengal and Siberian tigers, magical white lions and Gildah, a four-ton Thai ceremonial elephant. An Asian and African leopard and a snow leopard can be seen on an occasional basis.

Located adjacent to the Secret Garden is the Dolphin Habitat, a 2.5-million-gallon home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphin Habitat will now be open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and on major holidays. The Dolphin Habitat enables guests to get close with these beautiful sea creatures.

Admission to the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is $12 per person. On Wednesdays, and after the Secret Garden closes, admission to the Dolphin Habitat is reduced to $6 per person. The deal is even better for kids. Admittance for children 10 years old and under is free when accompanied by an adult.

Need a room? Expecting out of town holiday guests? The Las Vegas Hilton is running a "Feast on Fun Package." For $54 per night (minimum of two nights required) you can get three days of luxurious accommodations, two-for-one show tickets , two-for-one dinners in the buffet, two free cocktails and $10 in promotional chips. The package is only available on specific dates: Nov. 21-24, Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-27. Call 1-800-732-7117 for reservations or more information.

In closing this week, a little more news on the rising prices of Strip buffets. Even though the price for dinner at Cravings at The Mirage, albeit an excellent buffet, has increased to $22.50 for adults and $16.50 for children ages 5 to 10.