If you are in the process of planning your next vacation to Las Vegas, no doubt you are researching activities on the Strip. The Las Vegas Strip is abundant with casinos, hotels, restaurants and bars— so much so that all of your options can feel intimidating. To make your trip planning a breeze, we have compiled a list of 11 activities on the Strip you simply can’t miss.
Read on to learn more about what you need to do on your next visit to Las Vegas.
1. Climb the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas
Did you know that there is a little bit of Paris in the middle of the Mojave Desert?
That’s right, Las Vegas has its very own Eiffel Tower, and you can experience it for yourself. This replica Eiffel Tower is half the size of the original and consists of 46 stories. When you visit, you will take an elevator up to the top, then step out onto the 360-degree observation deck.
A visit to the Eiffel Tower is one of the most romantic things to do in Las Vegas, as you and your loved one will get cozy gazing out over the Las Vegas lights. Plan on visiting the observation deck after dinner at the Eiffel Tower’s own restaurant, which sits on the eleventh floor.
2. See KÀ at MGM Grand
Las Vegas is known around the world for its marvelous shows, and some of the best Las Vegas shows come from Cirque du Soleil.
There are many Cirque shows at various locations throughout the Strip, including:
- The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil® at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, which showcases the cultural brilliance of the Beatles’ original music, set against the acrobatics of Cirque performers,
- “O™” by Cirque du Soleil® at Bellagio, which combines classic Cirque stunts with a giant pool and other extremely impressive water features,
- Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, a Cirque show that returns to its circus roots
KÀ is the featured Cirque du Soliel show at the MGM Grand Casino. The story of KÀ centers around two twins linked forever by destiny, though conflict arises. This show is unique for its artful depiction of battle, as you will see many performed before your eyes. The entire show begins with performers running towards the stage with flaming arrows, and the big battle scene is depicted on a stage floor that rises, flips vertically and rotates.
It is truly a wonder to behold, so make sure you book tickets prior to your Las Vegas vacation.
3. Sip your Favorite Beverage on the LINQ High Roller
If you are looking for another exciting way to see the Las Vegas Strip, consider a trip up and around the LINQ High Roller. The LINQ High Roller is a massive observation wheel that has become an essential aspect of the Las Vegas skyline. Become a part of that skyline by entering a high Roller pod, and enjoy your 30-minute ride into the desert sky.
The High Roller pods reach a height of 550 feet above the ground, leading to astounding views of the Strip, the city and the desert mountains beyond. The High Roller sits in close proximity to the Eiffel Tower, LINQ Promenade and the Bellagio Fountains, so you will be able to see a new angle on these common attractions. You may even see a Bellagio Fountains show from the air.
Make sure to purchase your High Roller tickets early, even weeks before your trip, as this is a very popular activity on the Las Vegas Strip. When you book, you will be able to choose a standard pod or a bar pod, where you can purchase your favorite alcoholic beverage to drink while in the air. Finally, try to take this ride at sunset, so that you can see both the sun setting against the mountains and the bright Las Vegas lights.
4. Model at the Las Vegas Sign
When visiting the Las Vegas Strip, you have to document the moment by taking a photo at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. This famous landmark has been a popular photo spot for decades since its installation in 1959. You may feel discouraged when you see the crowd, and the line to get close to the sign. However, you will regret not having this essential photo of your excursion.
Either start your day of touring, or end a night of partying, by taking your selfie at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. At this time of day, the crowds diminish, and you might be able to capture unique shots with warm sunrise lighting or middle-of-the-night effects.
Also, you won’t have to park on the side of a dangerous, busy Las Vegas Boulevard to snap your photographs. Instead, the city has provided a dedicated parking area, as well as crosswalks, for tourists to reach the sign. Again, make sure you arrive early to ensure finding a spot to park your vehicle.
Bonus: Combine your visit to the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign with a Seven Magic Mountains visit.
5. Party at the Park
Nestled between the skyscrapers of New York New York and the highrise of Park MGM, the Park is an entertainment venue with something for everyone. There are unique features to view in the Park, including water walls, and a forty-foot-tall sculpture. There is also a myriad of restaurants, shops, and bars for visitors to explore. It’s easy to find live entertainment here, whether it’s a single guitar player in a pub or a live band in a concert in front of the T-Mobile Arena.
The Park stretches out in front of the T-Mobile arena, making this venue the best place for joining a crowd before and after a lively concert or exciting Vegas Golden Knights game. So, join the party at the Park to enjoy this lively atmosphere.
6. Visit the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
Visit the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for an opulent shopping excursion. This indoor mall feels like so much more, with over 160 stores including all your favorite top luxury brands. The entirety of the Forum Shops is engulfed in classical Roman-style architecture, with large columns, dancing fountains, and massive statues. Of course, there are hints of that Las Vegas culture, with changing lights above you in the vaulted ceiling, and winding, multi-story escalators.
Besides shopping, there are other unique things to experience in the Forum Shops. For instance, starting at 11:00 a.m each day, Caesars puts on a live “Fall of Atlantis” show every hour. This show dramatically tells the story of Atlantis, with live performers, music, and water and fire effects.
8. Enjoy the Rotating Decor at the Bellagio Conservatory Botanical Gardens
Located inside the Bellagio Resort and Casino, the Bellagio Conservatory Botanical Gardens sit just off of the check-in area of the lobby. Depending on the time of year you plan your Las Vegas vacation, the Bellagio Conservatory will present different installations, made of beautiful vegetation.
This is one of many free activities on the Strip. For more free things to do, check out our roundup of the most worthwhile attractions on the Strip.
For instance, during Chinese New Year, you may see towering flowered sculptures of the animal dedicated to the new year. Or, at Christmas, you may enjoy a holiday theme, full of poinsettias and other classic and festive plants. There is a dancing fountain amid all of the lush greenery and plenty of areas for excellent photo opportunities.
11. Experience Las Vegas from a Helicopter
Las Vegas is spectacular to see, but it’s completely exhilarating to see it from the clouds. Helicopter tours are a popular choice of activity in this city, and you will notice them circling above the Las Vegas Strip as you explore. You have many different options to choose from when it comes to your helicopter tour.
For example, you can book a helicopter night flight that not only includes dazzling views of the Las Vegas lights below, but also sparkling wine refreshments, and luxury transportation to and from your accommodations. Or, book a VIP helicopter experience in conjunction with a delightful dinner inside Paris’ Eiffel Tower.
Activities Off The Strip
9. Take on the Fremont Street Experience
Located to the north of the Las Vegas Strip, visiting the Fremont Street Experience is another activity you can’t miss during your vacation. This entertainment venue is an open-air pedestrian street that is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Glitter Gulch” also boasts Viva Vision, their roof made completely of screens. This screen stretches for blocks, and constantly plays different exciting visual features above the heads of tourists. Then, the roof puts on a light show set to music.
When you’re at Fremont Street, plan to take a ride down SlotZilla, their zipline 11 stories above the street. Then, catch one of the many Downtown Rocks free concerts, and see live entertainment while partying with your friends, not to mention the wealth of bars and pubs worth checking out.
10. Listen to Live Music at the Downtown Container Park
Just a few short blocks away from the Fremont Street Experience, the Downtown Container Park is another unique activity to try during your next Las Vegas vacation. This open air space is made of recycled shipping containers, stacked into a multi-level entertainment venue. Each shipping container has been refurbished to house luxury shops, charming boutiques, delicious restaurants and fun bars. The levels of containers all center around a large courtyard, where live music can often be heard from a large stage.
11. Book a Hoover Dam Tour
The Hoover Dam is one of the most fascinating modern engineering marvels, and it’s only a short drive away from the Strip. Tourists may choose to visit themselves, using a rental car or rideshare service, or they might consider booking a tour. Many excellent touring companies offer luxury transportation to the Hoover Dam from the resort and casino of their choice.
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During a tour of the Hoover Dam, visitors will be taken inside its concrete walls and will learn all about how it was constructed, what conditions were like for the workers, and how the dam continues to operate today. Visitors may also choose to extend their tour to include a cruise above the dam on Lake Mead or continue into Arizona for a trip to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.
What Other Activities Are On The Strip?
Activities on the Strip range from classic experiences to unique escapades, so it’s no secret that Las Vegas is one of the best tourist destinations in all of the United States. With so many casinos, hotels, and more, make sure you catch these activities on the Strip during your next vacation.