Las Vegas is known for its parties and its gambling but there's much more to do than hang around the casinos. Below, I've listed a bunch of fun things to do in Las Vegas besides gambling. Check them out!
Las Vegas is known as being one of the foremost gambling destinations in the world. People from across the globe flock to this sparkling playground in the middle of the Nevada desert to dance with Lady Luck as they spin the roulette wheel or put on their poker face. But there's much more to do than hang around the casinos. Below, I've listed a bunch of fun things to do in Las Vegas besides gambling. Check them out.
- 17 fun things to do in Las Vegas besides gambling
- 1. Spend some money at the Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace
- 2. Watch the fountain show at the Bellagio
- 3. Admire the canals at The Venetian
- 4. Ride a Zipline Along Fremont Street
- 5. Experience Fremont Street at Ground Level
- 6. Go clubbing.
- 7. Become a Network Executive at CBS Television City Research Center at MGM Grand
- 8. Get flashy at the Neon Museum
- 9. Go on a day trip to the Grand Canyon
- 10. Go for a ride on the Ferris wheel
- 11. Go see a show
- 12. Go racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- 13. Walk the Strip at night and marvel at all the lights
- 14. Check out the Seven Magic Mountains
- 15. Check out the view from the Stratosphere Tower Hotel
- 16. Learn about Organized Crime at the Mob Museum
- 17. Ride the rollercoaster at the New York-New York hotel
- How to get to Las Vegas
- Where to stay in Las Vegas
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17 fun things to do in Las Vegas besides gambling
1. Spend some money at the Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace
If you’re a lover of the finer things in life, then grab your credit card and head over to Caesar’s Palace. The iconic hotel and casino boasts The Forum Shops, one of Las Vegas’ premier shopping hubs. Here, you will find high-end designer clothing from the likes of Versace, Valentino, Gucci, Balenciaga and more.
Of course, you will need to refuel at least once during your shopping extravaganza. Fortunately, The Forum Shops is as well stocked in the food department as it is in luxury brands. Whether you want sushi, pizza, cheesecake or something more obscure, you’ll find it there. There’s even an enormous aquarium full of exotic fish to stare at while you digest.
2. Watch the fountain show at the Bellagio
If you like water features, then you will love the fountain show outside the front of the magnificent Bellagio Hotel. Every half an hour during the day and every 15 minutes in the evening, the fountains come to life as they perform a choreographed routine to music of all different genres. Going to see it is probably one of the most popular things to do around Vegas besides gambling.
3. Admire the canals at The Venetian
Not exactly the real thing but it's still fun to take a stroll along the canals at The Venetian hotel. When we were there, we saw a guy propose to his girlfriend in one of the gondolas. It was quite romantic :-)
4. Ride a Zipline Along Fremont Street
If you need an adrenaline rush while you’re in Las Vegas, the zip line that runs along the chaotic Fremont Street is a must. It costs $25 to ride the zip line, which seems like a lot but is actually pretty cheap by Vegas standards. The zip line runs for 850ft at a height of 77ft. You’ll get your thrills and some cool views while you’re at it – that’s a win-win in my books.
5. Experience Fremont Street at Ground Level
Once you’ve flown over the top of Fremont Street, go back and check it out from ground level. Before you go you should know that this street is always crazy busy and you’re not going to want to spend ages here.
The main thing to see is the light and sound show, which happens on the hour every hour from 6 pm. The music is cool and the lights are spectacular and it only lasts for six minutes so you won’t need to stand with your neck craned to the heavens for too long.
6. Go clubbing.
As a girl, you can easily get in for free. Just walk around the Strip and there will be dozens of guys trying to convince you to come to club A or B that night. Be aware, though. Some of them tell you it's custom to tip them to get on the guest list, but they actually get paid by the clubs. They get a certain amount per person they bring in.
7. Become a Network Executive at CBS Television City Research Center at MGM Grand
If you’ve ever wanted to work in television, this could be your first taste of what your future career might be like. Unlike most things in Las Vegas, being a participant at the CBS Research Centre is completely free. All you have to do is watch TV and let the powers that be know what you think.
Participating is easy. Simply pick up tickets in front of the Research Centre and then queue up around ten minutes before your scheduled screening time. You won’t know what you’re going to watch, but the anticipation is all part of it. You’ll then sit through a pilot episode of a new TV series. It might be great, it might be terrible. Either way, it is a fun experience and it costs you nothing. At the end of it, you use a touchpad to communicate your feedback to the real execs.
8. Get flashy at the Neon Museum
The Neon Museum displays around 150 old neon signs from casinos and other kinds of businesses. Each of these signs has their own story that contribute in telling the history of Las Vegas. It's possible to visit the Nein Museum independently or to join a guided tour.
9. Go on a day trip to the Grand Canyon
Ok, the Grand Canyon is not actually in Las Vegas but when you’re a mere five hours away you would be insane to miss the opportunity to see it. The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most iconic natural features. You’ve probably seen it in photos and films, but nothing compares to actually being there in person.
There are loads of options for getting to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. Most people book themselves onto tours, which include transport, entry, a guide, and food. If you’re not keen on that and would rather do it yourself, there are shuttle buses that will simply take you there and back and nothing more. Alternatively, you can hire your own car and drive yourself there. For those with cash to play with, you could always fly over in a helicopter.
10. Go for a ride on the Ferris wheel
The High Roller is a gigantic Ferris Wheel right on the Las Vegas Strip. With a height of 550 feet (167.6 m) and a diameter of 520 feet (158.5 m), it's the world's largest Ferris Wheel. A ride takes about 30 minutes and gives you a great view of the Las Vegas Valley and the Strip.
11. Go see a show
You can’t go on vacation to Las Vegas and not see at least one show while you’re there. The selection of shows on offer in Vegas is vast and covers pretty much every genre of entertainment you could think of. Music, theatre, comedy, magic, ventriloquism, dance – you name, they’ve got it.
Some of the most popular shows in Las Vegas include Cirque du Soleil, the Blue Man Group, and Michael Jackson One (also by Cirque du Soleil). While tickets can be pricey, they are well worth it in my opinion. You’ll only ever do it once anyway.
If you're tight on cash, consider the free daily shows at the Circus Circus Hotel and Treasure Island. Just make sure to watch out for pickpockets, especially at Treasure Island.
12. Go racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
If you’re into cars and have always dreamed of racing around a track in a supercar, now is your chance to live out that fantasy. The tracks offers a fleet of top of the range vehicles for you to choose from, including Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins and Porsches. Simply take your pick and hit the gas.
There are loads of different experiences on offer at the racetrack. If you’d rather drive a Nascar car than a supercar there are options for this and there is a 3D racing simulator as well if you’re not confident enough yet to get out on the tarmac. Even if you’re not a full-blown petrol head, this is seriously good fun.
13. Walk the Strip at night and marvel at all the lights
The Strip is a street you definitely want to walk once the sun has set and the blazing heat has made way for a more pleasant temperature. It's also when the hotels flaunt their lights light a peacock does his feathers and they're at their most spectacular.
14. Check out the Seven Magic Mountains
The Seven Magic Mountains are seven towers made of colorfully painted boulders on South Las Vegas Boulevard. They're an art installation by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone who chose their location right between “the artificial” that is Las Vegas and “the nature” represented by the surrounding mountains and desert.
The piece was put up in 2016 and meant to only be exhibited for two years but because of its popularity, that has already been prolonged until 2021 included.
15. Check out the view from the Stratosphere Tower Hotel
At a staggering 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Observation Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the country. From the top of the tower, you will get panoramic views of the entirety of Las Vegas and beyond. Going up during the day and ascending in the evening are two completely different experiences.
While the sun is still out you will get sensational vistas of the city and its surrounding desert. However, if you go up at night, the whole area is lit up, which is pretty spectacular to behold. If you’re feeling lavish and you have the time, you could even go up twice so you don’t miss out on either experience.
And if you want to do something a bit more thrilling, consider a ride on the Stratosphere's rollercoaster!
16. Learn about Organized Crime at the Mob Museum
Forget about ancient artifacts and historical relics, the mob museum is all about America’s history of gangs, mobs, and organized criminals. You get to learn all about speakeasies, the Prohibition Era, made men, massacres and so much more. You’ll also get to look around a facsimile crime lab as you learn about mobs from the law enforcement side of things. It’s a morbid but strangely fascinating experience and I fully recommend it.
17. Ride the rollercoaster at the New York-New York hotel
Thrill-seekers, this one's for you. This enormous rollercoaster, which often goes by the name “the Big Apple Coaster”, sits just outside the New York New York hotel and come complete with loops, drops, and a fun New York theme. The rollercoaster costs $14 to ride, but if you want to go on it more than once you get bulk tickets for a cheaper price. I recommend riding on an empty stomach.
And that's it! Now that you know what things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble, what do you want to try first?
How to get to Las Vegas
The easiest way to get to Las Vegas is to fly to its international airport. If you're coming from Europe, make sure to fill out the ESTA application form online before your trip to get your ESTA. It's obligatory if you want to enter the States.
Where to stay in Las Vegas
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