Day 3: Trump International, Botanical Gardens and Gondolas
Some people may have mixed feelings, but I was curious to check out Trump International for breakfast just to see what the fuss was about. The hotel is quiet, as it doesn’t have a casino inside of it, and there were several sparkling floor-to-ceiling light fixtures in the lobby which Viv and I loved. Jeff and I had a little bet on whether the “Make America Great Again” hats would be in the gift shop.
I honestly didn’t think they would be, but the minute you saw the gift shop, you couldn’t help but notice a large stack of mainly red hats and I knew I had lost the bet. Breakfast at DJT was yummy and overall, I’d take those huevos rancheros and free valet parking again next time.
Once nap time for Sebastian was over, we headed out for The Venetian
but first stopped at the Botanical Gardens in Bellagio
. There is always a different theme for these gardens, and this time the theme Chinese New Year and it was just as gorgeous as it has ever been.
What can I say about The Venetian? This is a cool hotel as it not only mixes rooms with casino, but it also throws in a high-end mall. We went straight for the gondola ride which was definitely a highlight to our trip. The gondolier sang many songs with us as we floated through the hotel and took many, many pictures. We went to dinner that night at Grand Luxe Cafe
Day 4: Dig This and Homeward Bound
We woke up, got dressed and quickly went to our appointment at an amazing place called Dig This not far off of the strip. I found this business online when searching for things to do and although I wasn’t sure my kids were old enough, I had to at least call and see.
When I called, Walt was more than accommodating and he said he would be able to ride the machines with my kids. I never knew places like this existed, but Dig This allows kids and adults to operate excavators, bulldozers and other construction machines for a once in a lifetime experience. Sebastian has inspired a love for these machines in our family through the way he lights up when he spots one of these driving around town.
Everyone who worked here was incredible, friendly and patient with our kids. Bash and Viv were able to operate the machines with assistance, driving forward, backward, spinning in circles and picking up tires. Dig This made sure we went out with a bang.