Circus, Circus: Is it Worth the Stay?

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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. 

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. 

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

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?

22 thoughts on “Circus, Circus: Is it Worth the Stay?”

  1. Catherine – I am the owner, manager and author of the popular food & lifestyle blog, Living the Gourmet. With the intention of 'making traditional and exotic cuisines simple', I have set out to promote only the best ingredients for easy, home-cooked meals that anyone and everyone can enjoy. Living the Gourmet showcases a variety of cuisines and cooking techniques. There is always something new to discover and enjoy!

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

  2. mriveraediblesense – Texas, USA – Chef. Army Wife. Homeschool Mom. Food Blogger. Coffee Addict. Laugh-Snorter. General Smart-Aleck.

    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.

  3. The Half-Blood Princess

    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!

  4. MUAKimPorter – New York City makeup artist, beauty and <a href="">mom blogger</a> . I'm a Hofstra University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. Although my background is in health, beauty and makeup artistry is where my heart lies. I immensely enjoy helping myself and others feel beautiful inside and out. I've launched a beauty blog and a Youtube instructional channel, through these I hope to reach a wider audience and provide the women with a virtual hands-on guide to putting their best face forward. The most important element of my work is to be able to use my creativity to enhance natural beauty, yet bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality. If you have a beauty or makeup related question, contact me. Your question could be featured on the site! I also accept guest post submissions, check the <a href="">guidelines</a>. ***Brands and PR firms sometime provide press samples of products for review consideration. These brands are not guaranteed a review on Makeup by Kim Porter Blog, nor do we accept payment of any kind for our reviews. For more on our disclosure policies, please see my <a href="">terms</a> .

    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.

  5. Singing A New Song – Hello, I'm Shayla! I'm a blogging/vlogging homeschooling mom of many, wife to one, and work at home mom. We are a big, Jesus loving, God fearing family and we love to laugh! Common topics you’ll find here include faith, marriage, motherhood, homeschooling, lifestyle, domestic arts, herbs & oils, and holistic living (with a realistic, big family mama/frugal approach). I love sharing practical solutions we find to problems we encounter, as well as things that inspire and encourage us through this crazy, beautiful journey!

    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!

  6. Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood – Georgia, USA – I'm a first time mom to a sweet little boy, and a wife to an amazing husband. I'm a baby wearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, tattooed lover of wine and Netflix. Somehow I squeeze in time for blogging.

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

  7. Parent On Board – United States – I am a blogger and mental health professional. I strive to make the parenting journey easier and more enjoyable by using my background in mental health and my experience as a mom of 2.

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Shannah Holt – United States – I’m a content marketing strategist.  I help solopreneurs and small business owners create content and organically market that content using SEO, Pinterest, YouTube, and social media to get found in search which will result in more customers and clients to their products and services.

    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.

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