JoAnna Haugen
JoAnna Haugen

InsightWhile destinations like Cancun and South Padre Island in Texas may be the first places that come to mind when spring break hot spots are discussed, it turns out Las Vegas is also in the mix with the college set. And why not? The temperature is climbing, the pools and nightclubs are beckoning, the DJs are spinning and resorts have hired party hosts, ready to embrace the 20-somethings who flock to the city for a week’s worth of extreme memory-making. And those memories are made morning, noon and night.

At many Las Vegas hotels, of course, the pools aren’t just pools; they’re party spots and day clubs, attracting internationally renowned DJs and featuring high-energy entertainment, food and cocktails. During spring break, it’s not uncommon for people to spend a week at the pool and never touch the water.

In the evening, the party moves indoors. Obviously nightclubs are open year-round, but during spring break a number of clubs and bars have specials for spring breakers, including food and drink discounts.JoAnnaHaugen

Though city tourism officials can’t accurately quantify spring break visitation numbers, the weekends throughout March and April are always among the busiest in Las Vegas. Statistics from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority from 2011 (the last available year) show that two weekends in March and one weekend in April made up three of the four weekends with the highest occupancy rate in the city.

A handful of Las Vegas resorts offer spring break packages that combine accommodations with food and drink specials (Hard Rock Hotel, the Palms and MGM Resorts’ Spring Break Unleashed are a few examples). Beyond hotel packages, a number of other businesses are cashing in on the spring break audience with discounts, including Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor, which has several margarita and tequila enticements, and Rockhouse at the Venetian, which draws throngs with its Spring Broke deals that include no cover charge after midnight, two-for-one domestic draft beers and a $50 all-day open bar.

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