A lot of Cities in the US have Attraction passes available to help you save money and pack more into your trip than paying for attractions singularly. In Vegas where a lot of people’s trips revolve around drinking and gambling an Attraction pass may seem unnecessary. While this is probably the case for a lot of people, there are still a significant amount of people who come to Vegas with very different ideas about what makes a good trip. They want to see and do as much as possible and an attraction pass helps make this possible.
With our Las Vegas Go Card Reviews Artcle, we explore the All-Inclusive Attraction Pass from Smart Destinations, one of the leading City Pass suppliers, and find out if the Las Vegas GO Card is Worth it? Our very detailed post aims to find out, Our guess is if you are considering spending $319 you want to be sure you are getting your money’s worth!
- Product: Las Vegas Go Card – All Inclusive
- Price: $134- $319
- Price Child: $129 – $289 (Child 3-12yrs)
- Where to Buy: smartdestinations.com
- Number Of Attractions: 27+ Top Attractions + 1 Premium
- Time Limit: 2-5 days unlimited (Consecutive Days)
- Rating: 4.7/5
Attractions Included – 27 + 1 Premium Attraction Per Card (3,4 and 5-day Cards only)
- Grand Canyon South Rim Tour + All You Can Eat and Drink Buffet
- Las Vegas Helicopter Tour – Night Flight
- Richard Petty Driving Experience – Ride Along
- Blue Man Group Show
Unlimited All-Inclusive Attractions:
- High Roller Observation Wheel – Daytime Ticket
- The Mob Museum
- The Stratosphere Observation Deck
- Real Bodies Exhibit
- Vegas Rockstar Club Tour
- Vegas! the Show
- Hoover Dam Tour
- Senior Frogs 1-hour Open Bar
- Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas – Daytime Ticket
- Rockstar Pool Party Tour
- and Many more…
What is the Las Vegas GO Card?
The Las Vegas GO Card is an attraction pass from Smart destinations offering you the chance to experience as many of the available attractions as you can manage from the available list within a certain timescale. 2,3,4 or 5 consecutive days.
The Las Vegas version of the Go card also has the added benefit of allowing you any one of four “premium” attractions per card when you buy a 3-day, 4-day or 5-day card. These premium attractions are all really high-quality attractions, however, we feel some are better quality and value than the others and it’s obviously a shame you only get one of these. We will have an in-depth look at the best and worst attractions later on.
What is the Las Vegas Explorer Pass?
Another option instead of the All inclusive option is the Explorer pass. We have a full review on this here. But in short, you purchase a number of attractions as opposed to days and visit them at your leisure. perfect for those who just want to see a few attraction at their own pace rather than tearing around the city doing everything. Read our full review here.
How does it Work?
The Las Vegas GO card is a digital pass. It is emailed to you after ordering and you then either use the pass directly from your phone or you can print it out and use it that way. Either way, it’s is a QR Barcode that is scanned at the attractions allowing you entry to the attractions.
The Pass is activated on the first day you use it and then you have the number of days you purchased to enjoy as many attractions as you like from the list. These are consecutive Calendar days, not 24hour periods. So make sure you activate it early on your first day or you will lose that portion of the day prior to activating.
As some of the attractions require pre-booking it’s important to read the details of how to book your attractions prior to visiting to ensure you get to do the activities you choose. We have handily marked any that require pre-booking.
Is the Pass Right for Me?
Vegas is a very diverse city and many very different people visit for many different reasons. A large number simply come to party and drink and gamble. And that fine but it’s unlikely these people are going to get much value out of an Attraction Pass.
However, as you are reading this and have got this far this is probably not you. You are probably interested in visiting attractions and making good use of your time while in Vegas. So an attraction Pass may be the right choice for you.
The Las Vegas GO Card is a by nature designed to be used a lot. It is fairly steep on the price front and as such you need to visit a lot of attractions to get the value from it. If you are just considering taking in a few attractions at a more leisurely pace may be the Explorer pass would be more suited? Here you select a number of attractions you wish to visit and then have 30 days to visit those attractions at your leisure.
The 2-day pass offers pretty good value and you can easily cram enough into two days to make it well worth the outlay. The 3,4 and 5-Day cards are really only great value if one of the 4 Premium Attractions is very attractive to you. Basically, take a look below at our descriptions of the 4 Premium attraction and is one Jumps out at you then you are probably going to find great value in the Go Card.
When Buying a 3-Day, 4-Day or 5-Day Pass You are able to choose one Premium attraction from the following but Remember it’s ONE premium Attraction per PASS.
Grand Canyon South Rim Tour + All You Can Eat and Drink Buffet ($179) Pre-Book
One of the most popular attractions for Visitors to Vegas is a trip to the Grand Canyon. However, most people end up at the West Rim. This is much closer to Vegas and has a very touristy feel. However, the actual canyon at this viewing spot is a poor relation to the fantastic South Rim.
With the Las Vegas GO Card you get the opportunity to travel to the South Rim and see the absolute best of the canyon. Here you will see it at its widest and deepest, and most spectacular. Many leave the west rim a little underwhelmed as the canyon is not what they had imagined from all the photos and films they have seen. That because all those were shot at the South Rim. This part of the Canyon really will take your breath away!
So why do most go to the West Rim? Well, the South Rim is an awfully long way. This trip has a 5-hour coach journey each way! This makes for an awfully long day. while this is broken up with stops including a fantastic all you can eat and drink lunch stop, it’s still going to be a grueling trek by the end. We wish we could say it will be fine but 10+ hours on a coach is going to be tough for anyone! Is it worth? Oh yes, It’s worth it but only if the Grand Canyon is really high on your list and then only if you can afford a FULL day out of your trip to see it. If you are not 100% determined to see the Grand Canyon in all its glory then this isn’t for you. There are also other options to see the south rim that are not as grueling such as an overnight stop close to the Canyon or a flight out to it. Or if you just want a taster the West Rim is a still a very impressive place.
Las Vegas Helicopter Tour – Night Flight ($124) Pre-Book
A really fantastic option for an experience of a lifetime. Seeing Vegas at night from the Air is an unforgettable experience. The strip is an awesome sight at night but from the air, it takes on a whole new level of spectacular. You will have seen Ariel footage in films and with this option, you get to fulfil that vision as you fly low taking all the incredible visual delights the City has to offer.
The obvious downside is if you have a severe fear of flying or even heights then you are going to want to give this a wide berth. But for everyone else, this could be the experience of a lifetime! And unlike the South Rim Tour, it’s not going to take a full day of your trip (and your Pass!)
Richard Petty Driving Experience – Ride Along ($109) Pre-Book
This is a bit of an odd option in our opinion. Really it’s fairly niche. I personally am a big petrol head. But would still not use this option. It really only appeals to BIG Nascar fans. And yes a Nascar junky would probably take your arm off for this opportunity. But really for everyone else, I am not sure it’s that appealing. And remember you only get one premium so if you are traveling as a couple or group it would present problems if only one wanted to do the ride along?
Simply put if the thought of doing 3 laps as a passenger in a real NASCAR has you jumping up and down with glee this is probably for you. If not We would consider the other options first.
Blue Man Group Show ($139)
This is the Option that’s left for those who don’t want to spend a day on a coach or have a fear of flying or are not really NASCAR fans. The Blue Man Group Show is the option for everybody else…Sort off. Personally, we are not exactly massive fans of the Blue Man Group. But it is wildly popular and anyone aware of the group and eager to catch a performance this a great way to save some money.
If you are not sure what the Blue Man Group is then it’s essentially a stage show largely based around percussion that features a large amount of comedy/ humor (mainly slapstick) all performed by 3 bald men with heavily painted blue faces. It has a very strong cult-like following but it also has a habit of offending quite a lot of people too. It’s all a bit love it or hate it. However, tickets to this show are quite pricey so by choosing this option you are getting good value assuming the Blue Man Group is something you want to see.
Really if none of the above 4 attractions jumps out at you then we would probably say the Las Vegas Go Card is not for you. Maybe just consider the 2-day option or look at the Las Vegas Explorer Pass.
With all the passes you can visit as many of the following attractions within the set number of days you have purchased. The List of available attractions is far larger than we could ever feature in this post but these are a selection of our favorites and that we feel are the best value.
High Roller Observation Wheel – Daytime Ticket
The High roller is really a fantastic attraction and something everyone should do in Vegas. It’s a shame there is no option for the Open Bar version of this attraction but as it’s a Day pass that’s not too bad. We advise Checking out the incredible views during the day than buying a separate ride for the evening with an Open bar Pod for the ultimate in Vegas views.
The Mob Museum
A great little Museum featuring the history of organized crime in the USA. Vegas was a big mob city back in the Day It’s the perfect place for a museum of this type. Not your usual heavy museum.
The Stratosphere Observation Deck
We Love the Stratosphere observation deck and consider it one of Vegas’s must-do activities, so having it on a pass really helps. Unfortunately none of the rides are included in the pass but still the skip the line entry is a nice plus and you can pay extra for the rides when up there, should you be so brave!
Real Bodies Exhibit
Certainly, this exhibit only appeals to a certain type of person, but if that is you this exhibit is incredibly fascinating. We really do recommend this to anyone with a curious mind and a strong stomach. Remember these are REAL bodies of deceased people!
Vegas Rockstar Club Tour – Pre-Book
A fantastic night on the tiles. After pre-drinks, you are chauffeured round in a party bus to some of the best nightclubs in the world, let alone Vegas. This really is one for the party animals, and it’s sure to be a wild night. Great if you don’t really know where you want to go as you will visit a few different clubs. Also, you will likely be in a group so if you are alone or a couple or small group you should hopefully pick up a few new friends! This includes booze on the Party bus but not in the clubs, and be warned they are not cheap!
Vegas! the Show
One of a number of shows available on the pass and well worth a look. This varied Vegas themed Variety show will get you in the mood for all thing Las Vegas. The perfect after dinner Pre Gamble activity!
Hoover Dam Tour – Pre-Book
While probably not on your list if you chose the South Rim Grand Canyon tour, as you will have stopped here on that excursion. If you chose one of the others or are on a two-day card then this is a great option. The Hoover Dam is a must see in Vegas and it’s well worth visiting. The only issue is it’s a 5-6 hour trip which while well worth it will limit the number of other attractions you could visit that day.
Senior Frogs 1-hour Open Bar
While not the most fantastic attraction, who doesn’t like a free bar! Senior frogs do incredible frozen daiquiris amongst many other specialties and being able to drink for free for an hour is a great warm up to any night on the town. Probably not a reason to buy the card but definitely worth using if you buy one anyway!
Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas – Daytime Ticket
We love getting up high and the Eifel Tower gives yet another opportunity to get up high and see the city from another angle. The Experience is more than just an observation deck though as you are taken through a history of France before riding the glass elevator to the top.
Rockstar Pool Party Tour – Pre-Book
A chance to check out some of the hottest pool parties in town. This can be as wild or as chilled as you like. It’s a great way to have a good look at some of the pools outside of your hotel. While you are transported around checking out the parties. You can either party hard or if last night was rough spend time chilling in the sun.
Is it Good Value?
If you take at face value all the “gate” Prices listed then its exceptional Value. You can potentially save an absolute fortune. Below is a quick breakdown of easily achievable savings using a 3-day card:
- Grand Canyon South Rim Tour + All You Can Eat and Drink Buffet ($179)
- High Roller Observation Wheel ($25)
- Mob Museum ($24)
- The Stratosphere ($30)
- Senior Frogs Open Bar ($28)
- Vegas Rockstar Club Tour ($99)
- Eifel Tower Experience ($16)
- Rockstar Pool Party ($89)
- Vegas! the Show ($116)
- Total Cost: $ 606
- Cost of Card: $ 239
- Total Saving: $ 367!!!
Of Course, these are incredible figures, However, in Vegas, nothing needs to cost what it’s meant to. There are always savings to be had and costs to be cut. So really you could easily save at least part of that saving without purchasing a pass. But that would mean quite a bit of work hunting round and searching out all the best deals. With a Las Vegas GO Card it’s really very simple to achieve very large savings with minimal effort.
The above Itinerary would lead to an utterly fantastic trip and is completely achievable. All for $239.
AND you could possibly save EVEN more with our Promo Code page which could snag you even more discount!
It is not all about cost either. It’s very clear there are large savings to be made but the additional benefits of using a pass all help add hidden value to the GO Card.
Knowing what attractions you would like to visit helps greatly in planning what you will do and where you will go. It’s amazing how many people rock up in Las Vegas with no real idea of what to do. Having the pass gives you a real plan of action and something to base your planning around.
The fact the pass is one simple fee really helps with budgeting. it can be very hard to know how much you will spend on any trip but especially so in Vegas where everyone seems to be trying to get money out of you in one way or another. Having your entire attraction budget nailed down to one fixed price is quite a reassuring thing.
As we mentioned you could save part of the total savings by hunting around and getting as many deals as possible. after all, Vegas is the home of the cut-price and the coupon savings. Almost any price can be lowered by one saving or another. But that’s quite a chore. You would also have multiple tickets and coupons etc. With the Go Card, it’s one quick online purchase and you have all your tickets in one place as a hand QR Barcode ready to scan.
Well, almost it should be noted that some attractions require pre-booking. You can’t expect to just show up the morning of your south rim tour and just hop on. these things need to be planned. But it greatly reduces the workload. Just remember to read all the Detail about each attraction you wish to visit!
A pass can really help you understand what is on offer and available while in Vegas. Simply looking at the list of attractions can easily give you ideas for attractions that you really didn’t know existed. While of course, you don’t need to purchase a pass to use it for inspiration, you can just look at it online and use that as your guide. We still think it’s worth mentioning.
On their own may be the following is not enough to recommend a Go Card but when you consider the savings as well as the advantages it’s a pretty fantastic deal In our opinion
What We don’t like!
It’s a shame that the pass has to be used on consecutive days. The option to have pool days/days where you don’t use the pass is a real bonus on some passes. But all Vegas passes work this way apart from the Explorer pass.
We also query quite a few of the listed prices for some attractions. These are the worst case prices and in a lot of cases in Vegas, they could be had for a lot less. But the pass still represents good value if you get use out of it.
It is also worth noting that a number of different shows are included on the pass. One limitation of this is you may only visit one show per day of the Pass. For us, this is not a big deal as we tend to just do the whole dinner and a show thing and don’t really want to plan too many shows in. But if you are planning on using the pass to see as many shows as possible this can be a bit of an issue for some people.
As ever with all-inclusive Attraction passes you need to be careful not to chase the pass. Trying to cram in just too much in an attempt to get maximum value! We find it best to really just focus on the Attraction you really like the sound of, if you are not sure just give it a miss and head off and do something you really want to.
We really like the Las Vegas GO Card and think it offers really good value and ease of use to the right traveler. The Premium attractions are a great selling point of the pass assuming they are something that interests you. If not stick to a 2-day or look elsewhere. But for a fairly significant outlay, the pass enables you to greatly maximize your trip potential. There are plenty of really good high-value attractions, way more than anyone could visit in 5 days, so you will never be short of things to do.
The value of the pass cannot really be doubted even if some of the headline prices are way off what you would pay if you shop around. You would be hard pressed to get the sort of savings the pass offers, but we think Super savvy buyers may be able to get close, but that’s a lot of legwork.
So for anyone wanting a super busy action-packed break in Vegas that they are sure to remember This card is pretty hard to beat!
Have Your Say?
Let us know if you have used the Las Vegas Go Card? Did you find it useful and good value? Which Premium Attraction did you go for? Let us know if you have any questions about the attractions listed or how they work? Or if you have any comments or questions at all just leave us a comment below and we will get back to you.