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Las Vegas , USA
2880 S Las Vegas Blvd
+1 702 734 0410
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If you belong to that special (in a nice way) bunch of people who are terrified by clowns, do not under any circumstances venture near this somewhat bedraggled part of the north Strip: if the enormous clown sign isn't impossible to handle, you'll lose it at the clown-shaped marquee (there are real-life clowns inside). Although this ole circus with its big-top casino is as cheesy as it looks, it can also be lots of fun, especially if you have kids.

The decor inside is a riotous carnival of colors, mainly pinks and oranges, but these days it aims more for commedia dell'arte than Ringling Bros. Three full-sized casinos contain more than 2200 slot machines (keep an eye out for those with spinning carousels), plus wacky table games such as Casino War, with free blackjack, roulette and craps lessons given daily.

Trapeze artists, high-wire workers, jugglers and unicyclists perform excellent free circus acts above the casino floor. Just show up and take a seat at the Horse-Around Snack Bar , made infamous by Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas . Nowadays gonzo fans will have to settle for salty popcorn and a lemonade, as alcohol isn't served anymore. Wrapped around the stage is the Midway , where high-tech video games compete for youngsters' attention with old-fashioned carnival diversions.

Behind the hotel's west tower is Adventuredome , packed with thrills and dozens of rides and attractions. Highlights include the double-loop, double-corkscrew Canyon Blaster, gravity-defying El Loco (which packs a whopping -1.5Gs of vertical acceleration), a rock-climbing wall and mini golf. Clowns perform free shows throughout the day.