The Mermaids of Silverton Casino

The Legendary Las Vegas Mermaids

Legend has it that spotting a mermaid brings you luck for the rest of the day.

Las Vegas MermaidsAs luck would have it, the focal point of the Silverton Casino is an astonishing 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with thousands of tropical fish, one hundred species of fish, four distinct species of sharks, five species of stingray and… yesa unique class of Las Vegas Mermaids.

The Silverton Aquarium is currently home to eight such mermaids, beautifully costumed to bring the mystical creatures of the deep to life Thursdays through Sundays.   Since the aquarium opened in 2004, the Silverton Mermaids have made more than 500,000 individual appearances.

Las Vegas MermaidsBecoming a mermaid requires a unique resume and countless hours spent in the water.   Although most Silverton Mermaids are certified divers, their special uniforms – seashell bikini tops and tails – are not attached to scuba tanks. Instead, the performers breathe from so-called “hookah ports” throughout the aquarium reef, taking in just enough air to greet passers-by before returning for more air.

Through the years, more than 20 mermaids have donned fins at Silverton.  An elite group, many former mermaids have been part of the UNLV synchronized swimming program, and even Cirque du Soleil performers.  One famous alum, Heather Carrasco, is best known as a gold medalist in the 1996 USA Olympic Swim Team.

The mermaids have been featured in the media over the years and they have even assisted with Project Mermaids, a non-profit organization helping to bring awareness to Save Our Beach Foundation.

 “People are always surprised to know that we have sting rays and sharks in the tank, and they’re also surprised to know that they’re very, very docile and very sweet and not dangerous whatsoever,” said mermaid Logan Halverson in a 2018 feature in the Las Vegas Review Journal.  “It’s fun and it’s really nice to be able to get in and kind of zone out of my everyday life. It’s very, very relaxing.”

“My favorite part of being a professional mermaid is seeing the faces of the children who visit and how they light up. This is real for them, this is their fairy tales comes to life. It’s such a heartwarming feeling to be that for them,” stated former mermaid Ari Luizzi, in a 2014 feature in Los Angeles Times.

 

FUN FACTS ABOUT LAS VEGAS MERMAIDS 

  • Silverton Mermaids have made more than 500,000 individual appearances since the opening of the casino’s aquarium.
  • The Silverton Mermaids each spend about 15 minutes per swim, along with a safety diver. They are sometimes lowered into the tank on a special swing created for their grand arrival.
  • Mermaids prefer cooler water.  The water temperature in the Silverton Aquarium is kept at a balmy 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The tails and fins worn by the Silverton Mermaids each weigh about 3 pounds.
  • Las Vegas MermaidsSilverton’s Underwater Wedding package gives new meaning to the phrase “taking the plunge.” Couples who are certified in scuba diving can get hitched in the Silverton Aquarium. All the gear and, thankfully, a full safety team are provided. If couples want to wear traditional attire, a weighted man’s vest and bride’s veil are available. Vows are exchanged below the surface, and the bride has the option to be accompanied by mermaids instead of her bridesmaids. Underwater Wedding packages start at $3,000 (plus related fees) and include a one-night hotel stay along with an underwater ceremony rehearsal.
  • Wedding Ceremonies are also available in front of the aquarium, with a provided officiant and seating for up to 40 guests, starting at $700 (plus related fees).
  • For those who have dreamed of being a mermaid, Silverton’s Las Vegas Mermaid School provides an opportunity.  As part of the magical 90-minute experience, fans ages 7 and older (including adults!) are transformed into a famed Silverton Mermaid and swim in the casino’s 117,000-gallon aquarium, along with thousands of tropical fish and rays.
  • Las Vegas MermaidsDuring the holidays, the Silverton Mermaids share their habitat with holiday icons.  During previous years, appearances have been made by Santa Claus and The Grinch.  Thanks to a state-of-the-art underwater microphone system, kids are able to speak directly to Santa during his underwater dives.
  • In 2001, a Mermaid Convention (or MerCon, for short) was held at Silverton, attracting dozens of attendees who enjoy dressing as merfolk.  The convention was also the site of the first International Mermaid Pageant.
  • In 2015, Silverton hosted a special game of underwater poker inside the aquarium to promote the nonprofit organization Dive Alliance, which supports veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.  With thousands of exotic fish swimming around, the poker players competed in a friendly game of poker, betting with poker chips made of clay so that they wouldn’t float. The dealer was a Silverton Mermaid, which provided an unforgettable experience for the veterans.  (Video:  https://vimeo.com/144935275)

 

 

 

Las Vegas Hospitality
Employee Discounts

Introducing the new Las Vegas Hospitality Employee Discounts Program.

Hospitality Employee Discount Program

We are pleased to offer a new Las Vegas Hospitality Employee Discounts program at Silverton. Current hospitality employees receive special perks every Tuesday at Silverton Casino.

  • The program salutes a broad list of employees who work in the hospitality industry, including casinos, hotels, restaurants, retail shops, and shows.
  • It also includes employees who support the hospitality industry, like cab drivers, Uber and Lyft drivers, and airline employees.
  • The Las Vegas Hospitality Employee Discounts program provides discounts for MGM Resorts employees, Caesars Entertainment employees, The Venetian Resort team members, and other hotel employees in Las Vegas.

To take advantage of our Hospitality Employee Discounts, simply present your company ID/badge (or recent paystub) at the Silverton Rewards Club during your next visit.  Once registered, you will receive:

SWIPE N WIN

On Tuesdays, log in at any rewards kiosk and choose Swipe N Win.  You can win up to $100 in Free Slot Play or other prizes!

25% TUESDAY DINING DISCOUNT

In order to obtain a dining discount, please print a coupon at any rewards kiosk during each visit, between the hours of 7am to 9pm.   Gold, Platinum, and Diamond members receive 25% off one entrée at   Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Su Casa Sushi, Sundance Grill, or WuHu Noodle. Note: Silver members may earn 20 points to participate in the dining offer.

FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR

During the hours of 4-7PM, a special happy hour is available at Flare Bar, Mermaid Lounge, or Shady Grove Bar & Lounge.  Simply present your employer ID to the bartender.  The current happy hour special is $1 Pacifico Drafts and $2 Well Cocktails.

 

Las Vegas Employee Discounts

See Silverton Rewards Club for complete rules and details. Offer subject to change. Management reserves all rights.  For the latest program updates, visit silvertoncasino.com/hospitality

Las Vegas Teacher Discounts

Introducing the new Las Vegas Teacher Discounts Program.

Las Vegas Teacher Discounts
Discounts for Las Vegas Teachers

 

We are pleased to offer a new Las Vegas Teacher and Educator Discount program at Silverton casino. Current teachers receive special perks every Friday at Silverton Casino.

  • The program salutes teachers and other education employees like administrators and school support employees.
  • This program provides CCSD teacher and employee discounts, UNLV educator and employee discounts, as well as private school teachers.

To take advantage of our Las Vegas Teacher Discounts, simply present your school ID/badge (or recent paystub) at the Silverton Rewards Club during your next visit.  Once registered, you will receive:

SWIPE N WIN

On Fridays, log in at any rewards kiosk and choose Swipe N Win.  You can win up to $100 in Free Slot Play or other prizes!

25% FRIDAY DINING DISCOUNT

In order to obtain a dining discount, please print a coupon at any rewards kiosk during each visit, between the hours of 7am to 9pm.   Gold, Platinum, and Diamond members receive 25% off one entrée at Twin Creeks SteakhouseMi Casa Grill Cantina, Su Casa Sushi, Sundance Grill, or WuHu Noodle. Note: Silver members may earn 20 points to participate in the dining offer.

FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR

During the hours of 4-7PM, a special happy hour is available at Flare Bar, Mermaid Lounge, or Shady Grove Bar & Lounge.  Simply present your employer ID to the bartender.  The current happy hour special is $1 Pacifico Drafts and $2 Well Cocktails.

 

Las Vegas Teacher Employee Discount

See Silverton Rewards Club for complete rules and details. Offer subject to change. Management reserves all rights.  For the latest program updates, visit silvertoncasino.com/teachers

Dim Sum in Las Vegas

Chef Ray Kwong, the new Executive Chef at WuHu Noodle, is passionate about dim sum!

Las Vegas |Dim Sum

Beginning this week, a new “dim sum” section has been added to the Wu Hu menu, providing a new place for dim sum in Las Vegas.  The menu includes some of Chef’s favorites including the Chives Cake, the steamed Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings), and a unique Turnip Cake, which reminds us of the best hash-brown patty you’ve ever had.

Las Vegas Dim Sum Menu

Chef Ray — who grew up in Hong Kong — has held various positions in Las Vegas, including Executive Chef at Wynn Resorts and Luxor,  Assistant Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Palace, and oversaw the culinary operations of three Asian restaurants at Palms: Tim Ho Wan, Fortune, and Little Buddha.

If you are also interested in trying some of Chef’s specialties, we also recommend the new “Chef’s Special Wok” section of the menu.  Here, you will find new entrées that everybody is raving about — including the Candied Walnut Shrimp and the Black Pepper Beef Ribeye.

Black Pepper Ribeye
Black Pepper Ribeye

 

What is Dim Sum?

Dim sum is a large range of small Chinese dishes that are traditionally enjoyed in restaurants for brunch. Most modern dim sum dishes are commonly associated with Cantonese cuisine, although dim sum dishes also exist in other Chinese cuisines. Similar to the way that the Spanish eat tapas, dim sum dishes are shared among family and friends.

 

WuHu Noodle at Silverton Casino brings you authentic Asian recipes and traditional favorites. Locals know that this is the place for noodles in Las Vegas.  It features authentic regional noodle dishes from all over Asia. WuHu has been called one of the best restaurants on Blue Diamond Road in Las Vegas.

New Las Vegas Mermaid School

What’s one of the most often asked question we receive?

“How can I be a mermaid?”

The Silverton mermaids — the mythical creatures that swim in our aquarium — have definitely put our resort on the map.  And why not?  Legend has it that spotting a mermaid would bring good luck to sailors.  We hear it also works for gamblers in our casino.

But how can a guest join the ranks of these amazing creatures?

mermaid school Las Vegas

As of this week, you now have an opportunity to put on some fins and become a mermaid yourself… for at least a morning!

The new Mermaid School for Adults (for ages 19 and older) and Mermaid School for Teens (for ages 13-18) gives you that opportunity.  These two new classes join Mermaid School for Kids (for ages 7-12), a program we launched in 2019.

Las Vegas Mermaid School

As part of the magical 90-minute Las Vegas Mermaid School experience, fans are transformed into a famed Silverton mermaid and swim in the casino’s 117,000-gallon aquarium, along with thousands of tropical fish and rays.

 Each session includes:

  • A mermaid “warm up” class
  • A Mermaid School photo op
  • A mermaid swim in the aquarium with a tail (sizes available up to XXXL)
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium and the sea life that lives within it
  • A voucher for a free post-class mimosa at a casino bar (for participants age 21+)
  • A voucher for a free post-class scoop of gelato at Sundance Grill  (for participants ages 19 or 20)
  • A voucher for 15 percent discount on breakfast or brunch at Sundance Grill
  • And, of course, the experience of a lifetime.

All equipment, including goggles, is provided.  Participants need only bring a swimsuit or towel.  Reservations must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. There is a minimum of two participants per class and a maximum of four.   Note:  this program is intended for participants who are strong swimmers. This is not a scuba program.  Mermaid tails are available up to size XXXL.

Las Vegas Mermaid School for Teens

 

Did you know?  Wearing fins and tails to swim is considered the actual sport of mermaiding? True story! Casino.org wrote an article about it.

Las Vegas Holiday Parties

Book Your Las Vegas Holiday Party Today

‘Tis the season to book your Las Vegas holiday parties. There is no hiding the holidays at Silverton Village! A 34-foot Majestic Mountain Pine Christmas Tree stands proud at The Green, Santa arrives in scuba gear, and we deck the halls with festive décor and themed trees throughout Silverton Casino.

There are plenty of options for a Las Vegas holiday party at Silverton Casino, including:

…as well as private function rooms at Hyatt Place Las Vegas Silverton Village.

Las Vegas Christmas Bar
BAD ELF pop-up BAR at Silverton Casino

To schedule a personal tour or for more information about Las Vegas holiday parties, please email veil@silvertoncasino.com or call 702.575.6209.

Meet our New Executive Chef

Chef Nick BeesleyPlease join us in welcoming our new Executive Chef, Nicholas Beesley. 

In his role, Chef is in the creative inspiration behind the entire culinary operation at Silverton Hotel & Casino.

Chef Nick comes to us with a wealth of culinary experience; most recently from Aliante Hotel & Casino where he held the same role.  Prior to Aliante, Chef held leadership positions at JW Marriot Resort in Summerlin, Caesars Palace, and various other properties in the Midwest.

Culinary has been a passion of Chef Nick since his first job as a bagel baker at Bagel Café in Las Vegas. In fact, he likes to pop in the café frequently to taste some of his favorite recipes that has been served since the restaurant opened.

Chef Nick is also a huge Raiders fan and has seen them play in three different stadiums: Soldiers Field in Chicago, Coliseum in Oakland and here at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

One of his proudest moments?  When he was working at RAO’s restaurant, Chef Nick won a burger challenge at Caesars Palace against all the chefs at the resort.  His entry was the perfect Italian burger — a beef and veal burger with thick cut of fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted red pepper aioli and arugula, served with cherry peppers and kettle chips.  That same recipe was published in a cookbook from the owner the restaurant, called “RAO’s on the Grill with Frank Pellegrino Jr.”

 

Silverton Casino Hotel celebrates its Silver Anniversary in 2022, commemorating a quarter century in Las Vegas.  The local casino favorite offers 300 deluxe rooms and suites and world-class amenities all located within an upscale, contemporary luxury lodge-themed resort.  Silverton features 90,000 square feet of state-of-the-art gaming, including the most popular slot machines and table games.  An 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, home to thousands of sharks, stingrays and tropical fish, was voted “Best Attraction” in the Best of Las Vegas awards.

The resort is a culinary destination, featuring Mi Casa grill cantina, Su Casa sushi bar, Sundance Grill, WuHu Noodle, Shady Grove Lounge, Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge, Starbucks, and Johnny Rockets.  Twin Creeks is known as the premier Off-Strip steakhouse in Las Vegas.  The unique “Stakes are High” program at Twin Creeks Steakhouse gives diners a chance to roll dice to win a complimentary Creekstone Farms Tomahawk, the restaurant’s signature cut.

$241k Winner!

Slot Machine WinnerLas Vegas Slot Machine Winner!

A Las Vegas local won big on the slots  last night at Silverton Casino.

The Dollar Storm Super Grand Progressive machine paid off a $241,347.49 jackpot to the player, who was betting on the nickel machine when she hit the wide-area progressive.

The player, a so-called “progressive chaser” who calls herself a “regular” at Silverton Casino, did not wish to release her name.

Dollar Storm™ games from Aristocrat are popular at Silverton Casino, giving players a chance to battle with pirates, go to ancient Egypt and travel the Orient in these exciting Hold & Spin slot machines.   Dollar Storm is part of the wildly popular Lightning Link™ series from Aristocrat.  Silverton Casino features the first Lightning Link Lounge opened in Nevada, making it a popular destination for “progressive chasers” and slot machine enthusiasts.

Silverton Casino Hotel celebrates its Silver Anniversary in 2022, commemorating a quarter century in Las Vegas.  The local casino favorite offers 300 deluxe rooms and suites and world-class amenities all located within an upscale, contemporary luxury lodge-themed resort.  Silverton features 90,000 square feet of state-of-the-art gaming, including the most popular slot machines and table games.  An 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, home to thousands of sharks, stingrays and tropical fish, was voted “Best Attraction” in the Best of Las Vegas awards.

 

Late-Night Food in Las Vegas

Late Night Food in Las VegasGot a craving for late-night food in Las Vegas?   Dim Sum by moonlight?   A pre-midnight pancake?

Beginning this week, two of Silverton Casino’s restaurants are open later:

  • WuHu Noodle, a winner of the Best of Las Vegas poll for Best Chinese Food in Las Vegas, is now open nightly until 11PM.
  • Sundance Grill, named Best Breakfast Spot in Las Vegas by the Weekly, is also a great place for late-night dining.  The restaurant is now open until Midnight seven nights a week.

Late-Night Fun at Silverton Casino

Silverton Hotel Casino is a culinary destination, featuring Mi Casa grill cantina, Su Casa sushi bar, Sundance Grill, WuHu Noodle, Shady Grove Lounge, Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge, Starbucks, and Johnny Rockets. Sundance Grill offers three meals a day, including late-night food in Las Vegas.  Twin Creeks is known as the premier Off-Strip steakhouse in Las Vegas.  The unique “Stakes are High” program at Twin Creeks Steakhouse gives diners a chance to roll dice to win a complimentary Creekstone Farms Tomahawk, the restaurant’s signature cut.  

In addition to the adjacent 165,000-square-foot flagship Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the Silverton Village features a 150-room Hyatt Place hotel, the 18-story luxury high-rise The Berkley, and several restaurants, including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. 

Silverton Casino Hotel is located at I-15 and Blue Diamond in Las Vegas.