Flamingo Hotel & Casino
Take the footbridge from Bally's to the other side of Flamingo Avenue. Past Bill's is Flamingo Las Vegas, the first resort on the Strip with a mob connection and the oldest resort on the Strip today.
Las Vegas mobster Bugsy Siegel named this iconic Las Vegas casino the Flamingo after the long legs of his showgirl girlfriend, Virginia Hill. Siegel owned an interest in the Hialeah Park racetrack in Florida, and rumor has it that he considered the flamingos that lived in the Las Vegas property an omen.
When the Flamingo opened in 1946, it wasn't completely finished, but plenty of stars were present, including Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Joan Crawford and others. Siegel had the resort shut down in January 1947 to finish it, and it reopened in March 1947. By May, it was turning a profit. Siegel was shot in June of the same year. There is a memorial plaque near the outdoor wedding chapel at the Flamingo to the notorious Vegas mobster.
Flamingo Las Vegas continues to draw visitors and guests who love the classic Vegas vibe found on the casino floor. There are more than 3,500 rooms at the resort, many of which have been refurnished in recent years. If you've got kids in tow, check out the wildlife habitat, which houses several flamingos, turtles, koi and ducks.
3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South