The Park—the long-awaited MGM Las Vegas version of Central Park—merges an East Coast icon with West Coast glam via its replica of New York City’s quintessential green space, nuzzled between the New York, New York and Monte Carlo resorts.
The Park’s draw is simple: whether you’re a local, or just wish you were one, you now get to experience the magic of an urban oasis without ever leaving the Strip. Surrounded by walkways and green spaces that evoke the electric bustle and unmistakable beauty of Central Park, you’ll feel positively transported. The first park to hit the Strip, MGM Las Vegas’s The Park strikes a poetic balance between energy and peace—and from water features to places to rest your weary Strip-walking feet, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Here are five not-to-be-missed things to experience on your visit to MGM Las Vegas’s The Park.
Las Vegas boasts some breathtaking indoor florals and green spaces (so what if they’re man-made? They’re still stunning!). But at the Vegas version of New York City’s Central Park—the Big Apple’s 750-acre swath of land that provides a pastoral respite for city dwellers—nature now abounds on the Las Vegas Strip. Water elements, such as fountains, and some 20,000 trees recreate everything you love about the real Central Park, scaled down to Vegas size. As you stroll through The Park, surrounded by flowers, grass, and trees (including some that are native to Nevada), you’ll be glad you left your hotel room to bask in the desert sun.
Outdoor Art and Entertainment
Las Vegas plays host to some of the biggest names in live concerts, with visiting artists who raise the roof a few times a year (and always leave you wanting more), and residency performers. But there’s nothing like a good outdoor show in Vegas. The Park’s Las Vegas Village is an open-air venue where music lovers can enjoy festivals and gigs in the fresh air, including the Las Vegas standby iHeart Radio Music Festival and the newbie Route 91 Harvest Festival. As the schedule rounds out for the year, a quick web search will be all you’ll need to learn what the Las Vegas Village has up its sleeve.
But the entertainment on offer goes beyond music—part of The Park’s allure is its visual wow factor. With permanent art installations, such as artist Marco Cochrane’s Bliss (a larger-than-life sculpture of a strong woman dancing with beautiful abandon) a stroll or jog around the grounds will always be a feast for your senses.
Casual Bars and Eateries
Whether you’re vacationing with your family, on a romantic getaway, or in Vegas on business, if you’re looking for a bite or a cup of java while out for your proverbial walk in the park, you won’t be disappointed. MGM Las Vegas had great vision when it compiled its restaurant list for The Park because, like the rest of the space, there’s something for everyone. And that includes Bruxie, where waffles beat bread as the best vehicle for a sandwich; burger fave Shake Shack; the Asian fusion restaurant Sake Rok; and California Pizza Kitchen.
The T-Mobile Arena
Equipped to accommodate everything from major sporting events (including professional and college basketball, boxing, and hockey) to big-name music artists, this 20,000-seat arena—and decidedly non-Central Park NYC venue—may just give Las Vegas an edge over the other city that never sleeps. Know what else will? The arena’s nightclub, Hyde, which is a sister location to the club that practically sits atop the fountains at Bellagio. The Hyde at the arena will be open on event days. With spectacular Strip views at one end and four bars serving craft cocktails on the other, you can enjoy the best seats in the arena at your concert or game and an exhilarating clubbing experience. This new way of clubbing-while-event-going purports to elevate your entertainment enjoyment to an unheard of level and just might be the reason you book your next Vegas vacation.
Casino? That’s the one thing The Park doesn’t offer! But if you wanted to get out of nature and back into the glitzy, glammed-up fun that brought you to Vegas in the first place, The Park is mere steps from both the New York, New York and Monte Carlo resorts (additionally, the new T-Mobile Arena will be connected by a walkway to the parking area at New York, New York). So if nightlife and gaming are truly your bag, both are only a short walk away.