(Photo: Golden Nugget Las Vegas)
Golden Nugget Las Vegas
Location: Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas
Cool Factor: Swimming next to sharks
In a city where hotels are constantly upping the ante on cool pool design, the Golden Nugget Hotel's $30-million outdoor pool complex, The Tank, is hard to beat for thrills. Here you can swim within a few inches of southern stingrays, tropical fish, and five species of sharks: sand tiger, black tip, nurse, brown, and zebra. Only a piece of transparent acrylic separates you from these sleek swimmers who swallow their prey whole. For a quick 360-degree view, slip down the three-story, clear tube waterslide that cuts through the shark tank before spilling into the main pool. Non-hotel guests can use the pool for only $20 per day.
After a Swim: Dry off and watch the sharks from the H2O Bar or from one of three poolside casino gaming tables. Poolside cabanas have TVs, phones, minifridges, and ceiling fans.