If you’re into viewing wildlife in unusual places, then you’ll want to make a stop at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, where you’ll catch glimpses of many feathered friends in their Flamingo Wildlife Habitat.
The hotel and casino have a whopping 15 acres of land with a habitat filled with fish, turtles, exotic birds, and other creatures you probably wouldn’t expect to spot in Las Vegas. Be sure to take full advantage of the whole hotel & casino grounds for photo opportunities. The habitat is open daily from dawn to dusk and is always free of charge for entry. If you can’t find the habitat upon entering the hotel, ask the friendly staff for the location, and they'll direct you to the lush oasis in the heart of the property.
While you’re visiting the habitat, you may see any of the following critters in their idyllic spot: brown pelicans, ring teal ducks, sacred ibis, parrots, macaws, swans, other exotic birds, koi fish, turtles, goldfish, other exotic fish, and, as the centerpiece at the hotel, a flock of Chilean flamingos. Be sure to stop for a picture or two with the resident parrots and macaws. They’re friendly, fun, and vibrantly colorful. The whole place is vibrant and fun, plus those critters add a unique quality to your visit to such an urban location.
Time your visit right so you can attend a flamingo feeding; schedule your other activities around the two times, 8:30 a.m. and 2 p. m. The pelicans are funny birds who put on a good show. Or, if you can’t schedule around, plan your visit for when you need some downtime during the day. The habitat is quiet and inviting most of the time when the birds aren’t being fed.
Cover image: "Flamingos hanging out at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino" by Jennifer Morrow is licensed under CC by 2.0.