More than any other Strip casino hotel, the vintage 1960s Circus Circus caters to the rug-rat brigade. But if you’re a fun-seeking adult, you’ll also see shades of the hallucinogenic party that Hunter S. Thompson found when he knocked back a few stiff drinks on the original revolving Horse-A-Round bar, which has been demolished. (These days, the gonzo journalist might feel more at home at rowdy, lowball Slots A’ Fun next door.) Attention, carnivores: Circus Circus’s old-school steakhouse gets some rave reviews.
True to its moniker, here free circus acts perform above the casino floor, while carnival barkers hawk old-fashioned games on the Midway. Out back, the Adventuredome indoor amusement park is perfect for clowning around on a rainy day.
The closest public transportation option is the Deuce bus.