The Park delivers a great experience for locals, tourists alike

The Park delivers a great experience for locals, tourists alike

November 21, 2017 3:09 AM


We unexpectedly found a couple of free hours in our schedule recently and decided it was about time we explored The Park in front of T-Mobile Arena.

Now, don’t let the name fool you. There is no expanse of lush, green grass in The Park. But Webster’s dictionary says a park can also be “an area designated for a specified type of use,” and that is exactly what The Park is – a place designed for outdoor dining, entertainment and fun.

Surrounded by T-Mobile, New York-New York and Monte Carlo, The Park seems like the perfect place to gather with family or friends either before or after an event, such as a hockey game or concert at the arena or a show at any nearby casino. There are numerous restaurant options such as Sake Rok, Bruxie, California Pizza Kitchen and Beerhaus, and we saw several signs advertising happy hour specials.

Of course The Park could be your only destination as they also have entertainment there on a regular basis. Currently, every Tuesday and Wednesday, starting at 5 p.m., you can attend Party at the Park for free, listen to The A-List Band, purchase beer, wine and shot specials for just $5, people watch to your heart’s content and have a great time.

The next time friends come to town and are looking for something different to do, we will definitely take them to The Park.

COWBOY SEASON: This is the time of year when cowboys step into the spotlight in Las Vegas. The Professional Bull Riders concluded their Finals week early in the month and attendees had an opportunity to visit the Western Gift Expo at South Point, which offered fans the ultimate western lifestyle shopping experience and a huge selection of licensed PBR merchandise.

The Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals and the National Barrel Horse Association “Dash for Cash” barrel horse races were also held at the Michael Gaughan property, along with the American Bucking Bull Inc. World Finals.

The PBR event was followed by the 42nd annual Indian National Finals Rodeo & Western Gift at South Point where fans of all ages had the opportunity to see the best of the best in competitions such as bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and more.

Next up is the National Finals Rodeo, which comes to Thomas and Mack Center Dec. 7-16 and all of Las Vegas seems to turn into a country and western town. In addition to the exciting competitions at T&M each night, there will be numerous other events including a bucking horse and bull sale at South Point, barrel racing at The Orleans and the Miss Rodeo America pageant at MGM Grand.

And if you like shopping you are going to be in shopper’s heaven with Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Cowboy Market Place Gift Show at Mandalay Bay, Western Gift Show at South Point, and Country Christmas at the Sands Expo.

You can get a complete schedule of events at

THEY’VE GOT ZIP: When Bill Paulos and Bill Wortman sold their casino properties – Cannery and Eastside Cannery – to Boyd Gaming last year many people may have thought they would retire. After all, they are 70 and 71 years old, respectively, an age when many choose to stop working, relax and smell the roses. But not “The Bills,” they enjoyed working together too much to call it quits.

Instead, they got involved with Xventure LV, a company that specializes in high-capacity adventure rides situated in prime urban locations. One of its principals is Joey Paulos, son of Bill P., and it looks like he has his father’s flair for business as it was recently announced Xventure is developing and leading operations for Fly Linq, the new zip line to be built above the Linq Promenade between the Flamingo and Linq Hotel on the Strip.

Sounds exciting. We can’t wait to take a ride.

See you around town.