circus, circus
circus, circus

If you want to stay in a resort that feels like old Vegas but is in new Vegas, Circus, Circus is the place for you. Circus, Circus is one of the independently run resorts located in the northern part of the strip next to the Las Vegas fairgrounds. 

While we were on our trip out west we decided to head to Vegas a day early. When we started searching for places to stay we decided that we couldn’t miss checking out Circus, Circus. If anything we had to stay there ironically. The kids were up for it since it is one of the more family friendly resorts in Vegas. 

The Family Friendly Amenities


The Adventuredome is basically a casino for kids. This place has tons of video games, roller coasters, rides, rock climbing and laser challenge. You could easily get lost in this place (I actually did, no lie). With the carnival games and carnival food you will feel like you are at the fair. My kids had a blast at this place. 

splash zone

The waterpark is called the Splash Zone. This place has 3 waterslides, a splash pad and 2 pools. Admission to the waterpark is included with the resort fees. We had to miss out on this experience since our visit was in late December. 

free circus act

Of course Circus, Circus has free circus acts. Every hour on the hour there is a circus act on the Midway Stage. You can see flying trapeze acts, juggling acts, circus clowns and aerial silk displays to name a few. 

The Rooms

circus, circus room

I have to admit my expectations were fairly low for our Circus, Circus room. Our receptionist was nice enough to give us a room upgrade when we checked in. Our original room was going to be in the Circus, Circus Manor which is located outside of the actual resort. Our upgrade moved us to the Skyrise Tower which is located above the casino.

I’m so thankful we got the complimentary upgrade. I have seen reviews of the Circus, Circus Manor and they are NOT good reviews. Our room in the Skyrise Tower was actually pretty nice. The beds were comfortable queen beds. We had blackout curtains to help us actually get a good nights rest. And the bathroom was just ok. 

My biggest complaint about the rooms and the resort in general is the awful stale smoke smell. Even though we had a non-smoking room we could still smell the stale smoke as we walked to our room. I’m not sure that the non-smoking rooms and smoking rooms are separated very well. Or it could be the old rundown carpet that is holding the smell. I guess that’s just part of staying in an older resort. 

The Casino and Shopping

As you walk down to the casino you will walk by tons of little shops. Compared to other resorts these shops are actually fairly affordable. You won’t really find the name brand fancy stores, but you will find plenty of stores to find affordable souvenirs. 

The casino at Circus, Circus is a huge maze that you have to walk through to get out of the resort. There are tons of slot machines and table games. Again this is an older casino so the smoke tends to linger in this casino. Just an FYI when you are walking your kids through the casino to get out to the strip. 

RV Park

If you are a camper, Circus, Circus offers an RV park. You aren’t exactly going to have the most quiet camping experience in Vegas. But hey, you are camping on the Vegas Strip! The RV Park offers full hookups, their own pool and hot tub and a children’s play area. Talk about a unique camping experience. 

So there you have it folks. Circus, Circus in a nutshell. I’m glad we stayed there, but I don’t think it will be a place we will stay again. 

What is your favorite resort in Vegas? Do you like the newer fancy resorts? Or do you like old school Vegas?

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  1. I’ve never heard of Circus Circus before. But I’m glad to hear an honest opinion in case we are ever in the area.

  2. I visited Circus Circus years ago but did not stay there, we only ate. It looked amazing!

  3. I always enjoy the circus theme as it is so happy vibe. I am sure I will enjoy this stay.

  4. I stayed there when. I was little like maybe 6 with my grandparents and I distinctly remember the stale smoke smell. I guess it hasn’t changed.

  5. The last time I been to Vegas was over 8 years ago. If I go back now I will definitely check out Circus Circus it looks pretty cool.

  6. How fun for the whole family! Looks like a great place to enjoy for a weekend. The circus is always a fun memory.

  7. I agree. The rooms, first and foremost, leave a lot to be desired. I’ve never been to Vegas, but if I go, I’ll keep your recommendation in mind.

  8. This sounds like it is a ton of fun! I’ve always wanted to go here.

  9. I never heard of Circus Circus before, not sure if I would stay at the hotel, but may be a fun place to visit. The Adventuredome and Splash Zone looks fun!

  10. I like that the resort has free circus acts. That’s great for families visiting with kids. I usually stay at either of the Wynn properties or Aria.

  11. This is such a helpful post. I’m so thankful people like you blog about plays to stay and not to stay. Our family hasn’t had a vacation in years, I would like to research posts like this before we go on one so that we are sure to make the next one we go on a good one!

  12. I nev er heard of it but i’ll remember this review if i’m in the area

  13. Great info. I’ve never stayed at Circus Circus but definitely visited when I was younger. I thought it was a fun place with lots to do for kids. I personally loved how vibrant it was.

  14. I have never heard of circus circus before but owrth taking my boys to enjoy it.

  15. Smoke smell is such a pet peeve of mine- I so appreciate the head’s up!

  16. I have never heard of this before, but it sounds like an interesting place to stay. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  17. Ihaven’t heard of this one. Interesting to read to others.

  18. Wow! This looks really a fun place. There’s simply a lot of things to do for different interests. It has been a while since we went to Vegas and I appreciate your honest review. We might try it for a night and then find another place to stay during our next visit.

  19. It looks like so much fun…thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Aditi Wardhan Singh

    Totally new for me to hear of this. Thanks so much for sharing this review .

  21. We’ve never been to Vegas other than a short layover in the airport. This looks like a really fun place though and I’ve been wanting to go to Vegas.

  22. […] Circus, Circus was the first place we stayed in Vegas. To compare it to the Goldilocks story, it wasn’t the best place in the world. It was a little dated, too smoky and just wasn’t quite as nice as the other resorts. You can read my full review here.  […]

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