10 Things to do in Las Vegas Besides Gambling
“Vegas”, “Sin City”, “City of Lights”, “The Gambling Capital of the World”, “The Marriage Capital of the World”, “America’s Playground”, whatever you call it this is a place where anyone can find something they love.
I was planning a trip to Vegas a few years ago with some friends and one of them said, “Why would I want to go to Vegas when I hate gambling?” Hello! It’s VEGAS, this place offers WAY more than just Casinos and gambling. Take a look below at my 10 favorite things to do in Vegas that do not involve gambling. Let me know your favorites in the comments below.
1.) The Freemont Street Experience
Located in downtown Las Vegas you will find Freemont Street. Here you will find several of the old-time casinos like The Golden Nugget. What makes Freemont street our number one pick for things to do in Las Vegas? The Freemont Street Experience is a light show featuring over 1 million lights set to music which is played over a 550,000-watt speaker system. If that is still not enough for you, how about zip lining under the canopy of lights and over the huge crowd below? You can choose from a 7 story seated zip line that will take you across two blocks of the busy Freemont Street or an 11 story “super-man style” zip line that allows you to travel across 5 blocks and landing you in the city’s most historic casino the Golden Gate. After the zip line enjoy free music at one of several stages set up throughout the area and get your picture taken with one of the many street performers. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.
2.) Hyde indoor/ outdoor nightclub
If you have heard of Las Vegas, then you have probably heard about the fountains at the Bellagio. One of the top tourist attractions on the Las Vegas strip. This amazing water show shoots water 460 feet into the air and is choreographed to music and lights. Designed to mesmerize all who watch this is a must-see attraction but can be really hard to get near unless you stake out your spot about 30 minutes before the show begins. This is where Hyde comes in.
Located inside the Bellagio and directly BEHIND these breathtaking fountains is Hyde nightclub. Hyde features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the fountains and an outdoor patio. This is by far the best view of the show. Go early before the crowds come and you can enjoy a magical time that many visitors don’t even know about!
3.) Red Rock Canyon
Tired of casinos? Spend a day getting back to nature at Red Rock Canyon. This scenic desert park offers a 13-mile drive through the canyon with places to pull off and take photos. You can also hike the trails for an up-close look at local plants and maybe even some wildlife. The park offers camping, a welcome center with maps and guides, as well as a gift shop.
4.) Mandalay Bay Beach
A beach in the middle of a desert? Yep! Mandalay Bay has one of the top pools in the world according to many top 10 lists. This 11-acre water playground consists of 3 pools, a lazy river, 2,600 TONS of white sand, and a wave pool. There is also a stage where they offer live concerts all summer long. You do not have to be a guest of the hotel to rent one of the 100 cabanas, day beds, or bungalows but the cost is not cheap. If you are alright with spreading out a towel on the beach you can go for the much more affordable option of just buying a day pass.
5.) High Roller Observation Wheel
Across the strip from Ceasers, you will find the Linq Promenade. The Linq Promenade is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment center and located at the back sits the towering High Roller Observation wheel. Standing 550 feet tall and 520 feet in diameter this is the largest observation wheel in the USA. This ride offers the most spectacular views of the Las Vegas strip you can find. Bonus points for the air-conditioned cars if you are going in the summer months! You can also take a ride in the bar car and enjoy unlimited drinks for the duration of your ride.
6.)Swim with the sharks- Golden nugget pool
OK, you won’t actually be swimming WITH the sharks, but you will be plunging right through the 2200,000-gallontank aquarium, filled with all kinds of sharks and sea creatures, on a one-of-a-kind waterslide. This pool offers great views of the aquarium from almost anywhere in the pool. The 330-footwaterslide is reminiscent of a glass tube that goes through the tank so if you are brave enough to keep your eyes open you get a pretty cool view! CNN called it “Americas most amazing hotel pool”. You can pay admission to use the pool even if you are not a guest or you can view the pool for free from windows inside the hotel.
7.)Neon paddle boarding or Kayaking on Lake Las Vegas
Did you even know Las Vegas had a lake? They do, and it is full of some great activities. One of the more unique experiences is kayaking/ paddle boarding at night. You start off with a pre-game party where you are loaded up with neon glow sticks that you can wear or decorate your canoe with. Enjoy some beach games or relax at the Tiki bar, then jump in your transportation of choice and paddle out to a floating party dock. You will be entertained with music and fire shows and then paddle back to the beach.
8.) Learn to Flyboard
Who doesn’t want to learn to fly? Another great reason to visit Lake Las Vegas. This sport is becoming more and more popular. Imagine yourself standing on a board connected by a long hose to a watercraft. Water is then forced under pressure to a pair of boots with jet nozzles underneath. The thrust provided by the water can lift the rider to fly up to 40 feet in the air!! Don’t worry, they offer beginner lessons. Make sure you bring someone along to catch this adventure on video!
9) Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam
You can find a wide array of tours to take you to either the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam. This one takes you to both, as well as several scenic spots along the way. Take a ride on the famous Route 66 and make sure to have your camera ready for all the great views. Shop around for the tour that best fits your needs. This one is 14 hours long but they stop for food and plenty of bathroom breaks. It’s a great experience for when you need a break from all the hustle and bustle of The Strip.
10.) Pig Out at three famous spots you never knew you could find in Vegas
If you have ever visited Oahu, Hawaii then you might have gone to the famous Dole plantation. What is the first thing people line up for there? Dole Whip!! Now you can find it at Pineapple Park in Las Vegas. Find out what people are raving about and try one for yourself.
New York City fans know that Shake Shack is the place to go for a burger, fries and a shake. Obviously, New York New York Hotel and Casino had to include one. Would it really be like visiting New York without one??
Californians will tell you that you haven’t lived until you have tried their favorite fast food spot In and Out burger. You won’t have any trouble finding this place, just look for the giant white Ferris wheel. Located at the Linq Promenade you can enjoy your favorite burger outside while people watching. Always a fun pass time when you are in Vegas!
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