Though it is famous worldwide for all its casinos and gambling activities, there are actually plenty of other great things to do in Las Vegas. Though other activities are overlooked by the massive gambling hub that is Las Vegas, if you can resist the temptation of a gold rush on the slots you should absolutely make the most of your time there and explore as much as possible.
We’ve rounded up the top five things to do in Las Vegas that aren’t gambling.
Climb The Stratosphere Observation Deck
If you are someone who loves to sightsee and isn’t afraid of heights then you must pay a visit to the Stratosphere Observation Deck, which is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the US. It stands at a tremendous 1149 feet tall and will give you the most incredible vantage point to look out across Las Vegas. It will feel like quite a trek to walk up all 1455 steps to reach the 108thfloor, but it will be worth it once you see the view.
You should book tickets in advance to make sure that you can climb the tower, with admission including access to the indoor and outdoor observation decks. And for the daredevils among us, there is also the option of going on the tower’s rides and get an even closer view of its height. With a bar inside, you can wrap up your visit in style.
Go Back in Time at The Neon Museum
This is a mostly outdoor attraction to visit that showcases plenty of exciting history, art and culture. The Neon Boneyard is particularly interesting and will transport you right back in time. One thing that makes this museum stand out from what you would typically expect is that it teaches the history of Las Vegas through neon, illuminating all the preserved signs and giving you a real taste of what the city is all about.
Booking ahead is also recommended for this attraction because you’ll be able to choose what time you want your tour. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly, so you’ll have all your questions answered. Parking is free, which makes this attraction even more accessible. You can finish off your visit with the sound and light show, which requires its own ticket.
Have A Night Out on Fremont Street
Even if you are not gambling, you can still have a fantastic night out in Las Vegas. Fremont Street is one of the best places for this because there is so much to see and do. You’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of downtown Las Vegas by taking part in the Fremont Street Experience. It is a five-block pedestrian covered mall where you can get food, drinks and even go to the nightly light and sound show.
Everything about Las Vegas is bright and fun, and this is truly showcased on Fremont Street. One of the best things to do there is to have a go on the zipline and admire all the lights and colour of the mall. There is lots of great food to buy from different carts and kiosks, so you really can make a night of it on Fremont Street.
See The Sights on The Strip
Las Vegas is also very well known for its own small versions of famous global landmarks and you can see them all when you walk along the Strip. It is one of the most iconic places to visit and seems to stretch on endlessly. The Strip is another brightly lit and colourful attraction that you can spend hours visiting. There is the Las Vegas sign, which will provide some great photo opportunities, the Luxor Hotel, modelled after the Egyptian pyramids, and the Paris Hotel, which features a smaller Eiffel Tower.
Other attractions modelled after global locations are the Venetian, a Grand Canal shoppe, the New York-New York, with its own small Statue of Liberty, and Caesars Palace. Each attraction is individual and different, allowing you to experience half of the world in one place. You’ll be able to visit endless shops, bars and restaurants and take some amazing photographs.
Experience The Bellagio Fountain Show
This attraction is also located on the Strip, but it deserves its own separate mention. Of course, there are plenty of lights shows to watch in Las Vegas, but the Bellagio Fountain Show is one of the most spectacular. You’ll have the beautiful Bellagio Hotel in the background as a choreographed water feature performance takes place. The fountains are illuminated with lights and enhanced by music to make them even more eye-catching.
The best bit about this attraction is that it is completely free, so you can simply turn up at one of the allotted show times and enjoy it. It looks stunning in the dark, so perhaps consider it as the closing attraction of your time exploring the Strip. It is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences you’ve ever had.
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