LAS VEGAS -- The MGM's announcement of a The Park, an outdoor shopping and dining district, is just the newest of the open-air plazas to appear on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Linq is up and running with the High Roller observation wheel and 30 retail stores and restaurants. Bally's is planning to open a grand bazaar, later this year, with about 150 small stores along its outdoor walkway.
It's not the Las Vegas of old. Replacing the high heels and leather boots are leather flip flops and sneakers. That's because more people are walking long distances up and down the Strip.
"Miles and miles and miles. We've got the blisters to prove it," said Laura Suwton, visiting from England.
Increasingly, casinos are opening up their properties towards the sidewalks to entice more people. New York New York unveiled its Brooklyn Bridge Plaza last month.
"It's nice, it's very enjoyable," said Ann Kathrin, visiting from Germany.
Next door, the Monte Carlo is preparing to open the last of its six new restaurants in its open air plaza. All of them have outdoor patios.
"In the last two months, we've opened Double Barrel, Yusho, and 800 degrees here at Monte Carlo," said Patrick Miller, the general manager of the Monte Carlo.
He says the locations are perfect for people watching and they have the feel of a big city plaza.
"The tourist has changed. The Vegas visitor, they're not getting into cars or taxis driving up and down the Strip. They're leaving their hotel room and getting out into the Strip and exploring," Miller said.
It's way to welcome people into the casino without playful gimmicks.
"This is really about an inviting locale and certainly guests are welcomed into the Monte Carlo from this area," Miller said.
He adds it gives the tourists a nice place to sit and relax before hitting the next attraction. After all, it is four miles from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere.