Visiting Las Vegas? Get ready to plan the best trip of your life.
Whether you’re looking to indulge in some sins like gambling in the Las Vegas casinos, explore the Strip from the comfort of the Las Vegas Monorail or venture off into Red Rock Canyon, there are limitless ways to enjoy this entertainment your way. In no particular order, peruse these things to do in Las Vegas to get your trip started out on a high note.
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Watch a movie in the pool at The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has decided to pair the backdrop of a desert sunset with a unique setup: poolside movies. Dive-in Movies at The Cosmopolitan are a family-friendly activity that features classic flicks, favorites from the Marvel cinematic universe and other famous films. Catch a movie every Monday night starting at 8 p.m. during the summertime.
Want more movie magic? Check out some movie sites in Las Vegas to visit sets you might have seen in your favorite films.
Experience Internet fame at Salt Bae’s restaurant
Millennials, this one’s for you. Instagram-famous Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe first took Instagram by storm five years ago when he sprinkled sea salt on a giant cut of meat. His flagship restaurant is located between Park MGM and MGM Grand.
Drink at Minus5 Ice Bar
There’s no wrong time of year to grab a few frozen drinks — especially when the bar itself is frozen as well. Minus5 Ice Bar is a unique drinking trip complete with coats and gloves to wear, music and cups carved from ice. Visit one of three locations on the Las Vegas Strip, at Mandalay Bay, The Venetian and The LINQ Promenade.
Have brunch with drag queens at Treasure Island
Treasure Island brings Señor Frog’s Drag Brunch to its morning routine. Two show times, an open bar and delicious Mexican food are on deck at one of the best party spots on the Strip. After brunch is over, return for some after-hours fun at the Latin-themed nightclub.
Crush Cars with Excavators at Adrenaline Mountain
There’s no better way to get the blood pumping than engaging in some semi-dangerous stunts. Adrenaline Mountain is the place to shoot guns, blow up cars, fly a helicopter or do the most extreme activity of all — get married. One hundred acres of high-energy playground sits 40 minutes outside of the Las Vegas Strip.
Go Skydiving Indoors
Take the plunge at Vegas Indoor Skydiving. One single trip or two separate trips are included in the experience, sending you moving through the air in an emulation of actual skydiving. Don’t worry, training and equipment are provided.
Have the Wackiest Dinner of your Life at Lost Spirits Distillery
Whiskey can be paired with virtually any dish. Chef Taylor Perch and the staff at Lost Spirits brings an aquatic adventure right to the table with gourmet dishes served in a “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea”-type setting. Enjoy the ambiance of marvel and mystique, no matter what journey you undertake.
Learn how to be a true Vegas performer at a pole dance class
The dancers have to train somewhere, right? To try out this erotic art, there are several pole dance studios in Las Vegas to sample form. For those that want to stay on the Strip in Las Vegas, Stripper 101 classes at Planet Hollywood will teach you the sexiest tips and tricks.
Insider’s tip: Shorts are recommended for all participants.
Visit One of the City’s Speakeasies
There are many secrets of Las Vegas, and the elusive bars and speakeasies spread throughout the city are among the trendiest spots to visit. Whether it’s one of The Cosmopolitan’s hidden bars or the top-secret taqueria located off the Strip, each one is unique and worth a visit. New spots are being added all the time, so read about the best Las Vegas speakeasies for your next trip to a secret bar in the city.
Insider’s tip: Looking for the most exclusive speakeasy? One of the newest hotels on the Strip has a hard-to-spot entrance. Check out Here Kitty Kitty at Resorts World for a hidden-in-plain-sight haven. Don’t forget to check out the Strip’s newest bar, Cabinet of Curiosities at Bally’s.
Swim with sharks at The Golden Nugget
While there aren’t too many water slides at the Las Vegas pools, this one is worth a trip to the waterfront. Shoot down a tubed slide through a 200,000 gallon water tank full of sharks and other sea creatures. Kids love this aquatic display, and adults will love The Hideout, a 21+ pool experience that’s tucked away from the main deck.
Insider’s tip: Get up close and personal with a shark tank tour at Golden Nugget.
Visit a Haunted Museum
For horror fans, Zak Bagan’s Haunted Museum is a dose of real-life thrills. Walk through rooms filled with memorabilia of and artifacts with truly scary origins. One of the rooms is so haunted that guests have to fill out a waiver in order to enter.
Walk on the moon at Illuminarium
One trending movement in entertainment is interactive exhibits, and Illuminarium is a moon landing-inspired show that is out of this world — pun intended. Their recent SPACE exhibition combines history with special effects to create a mesmerizing outer space display. Head to AREA15 to walk on the moon along Buzz Aldrin and Apollo 13.
Insider’s tip: Jump on the floating rocks as they glide under your feet.
Save the Environment at Arcadia Earth
The Strip provides educational experiences alongside entertaining ones. Arcadia Earth is a national series of exhibits with an interesting medium: recycled materials that have been transformed into art installations that represent the effects of climate change and other threats to the Earth.
Insider’s tip: Scan the QR codes at the entrance to donate to the cause.
Visit the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel
No need to take a transatlantic flight to see the most famous building in the world. A half-sized replica of the Eiffel Tower sits right on the Strip in front of Paris Hotel and Casino. While walking to the top may not be an option, an elevator is — and it will take you right up to the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.
Read more about romantic Valentine’s Day spots on the Strip.
Smash Plates at a Rage Room
Need to let go of some anger? For a fun way to recover from any gambling losses, visit a rage room, brought to you by the familiar Virgin name. Choose your weapon and get to work on destroying everything from bottles to tech and dish ware. Find this experience in Las Vegas’s Chinatown, along with other fun things to do.
Eat Ice Cream at a Nightclub
Only in Las Vegas would a nightclub and ice cream come together in perfect harmony. We All Scream serves artisan ice cream cones to clubbers in need of a sweet treat. Located downtown in a three-story building on the main drag, We All Scream is in the “sweet” spot to explore all of the “coolest” downtown Las Vegas spots.
Hang out with Sexy Jesus at Cheapshot
Downtown Las Vegas’s new revue is a tantalizing display of local talent. Cheapshot draws from a variety of performance types to piece together a bold production complete with sword swallowers, drag performers and unexpected special guests. Arrive early, as this intimate venue fills up fast.
Experience a Spiegelworld Show
Las Vegas is known for its show-stopping performance acts. There’s one genius organization that is responsible for international Cirque du Soleil favorites such as Absinthe, Atomic Saloon and Mad Apple. Spiegelworld will take you on a journey with top-tier talent that perform stunts to amaze and inspire audiences from around the world.
Read more about the best shows on the Strip to choose your next adventure.
Zipline Over the Strip
The rumors are true — there’s only one zipline on the Las Vegas Strip. The FlyLINQ Zipline is the ultimate urban ride for thrill seekers looking for a new perspective. The best time to visit is in the early evening, to catch the sunset on the horizon. Buy your tickets beforehand to make the check-in process quick.
Pour Your Own Wine at Vino del Lago
Beer isn’t the only thing that can be on tap. Vino del Lago at Lake Las Vegas is a DIY bar experience with 25 types of wine available on tap. This is the perfect spot to stop at while wandering around the Italian village-inspired architecture.
Don’t miss out on other wine bars and restaurants pouring from expansive lists around the city. For a taste of paradise, visit Italian restaurants on the Strip such as Kassi Beach House to have delicious wines poured with a breezy seaside feel.
Drink giant slushies at Fat Tuesday
Even first-time visitors to Las Vegas know all about these big drinks. Fat Tuesday is a national chain with its roots in New Orleans. The portion sizes range from a modest 22-ounce cup to the famed 100-oz souvenir cup — and yes, refills are available for purchase. There are several locations, from hotels like MGM Grand to stand-alone spots on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Take Your Shoes off at Gäbi Coffee
Las Vegas has a growing coffee culture. One coffee shop that capitalizes on the appeal of Chinatown and its eclectic eatery connection. Gabi is hard to find, but the Secret Garden-inspired interior and beautiful homemade desserts make the hunt worth it. Explore more coffee shops in the Strip to get your caffeine fix.
Ride the world’s tallest Ferris wheel at The LINQ High Roller
One of the most iconic structures on the Strip is The LINQ High Roller Observation Wheel. Standing at 550 feet in the air, this Ferris wheel offers Las Vegas Strip views unlike any other. General admission is the most popular option, although adults can enjoy Happy Half Hour High Roller for some afternoons in the air.
Grab your tickets to The LINQ High Roller Observation wheel for some amazing Las Vegas views.
There are plenty of kid-friendly pools in Las Vegas – but what about the adult ones? Topless pools are great for the daring sunbathers out there. Bare Pool at The Mirage and Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay are just a few choices for “toptional” fun. Check out more pools on the Strip to understand the offerings of each one.
Hit Up a Historic Strip Club
Speaking of topless, there’s another option for this engagement in Las Vegas. The city has over a dozen full-service strip clubs for all kinds of events, and they all have their own signature offerings. Treasures is a steakhouse as well as a strip club, Sapphire throws topless pool parties with complimentary transportation and Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club is the classic joint that’s been around for decades.
Visit the Erotic Heritage Museum
Taking time to visit “the world’s most provocative museum” is a fitting venture in Las Vegas. Everything from anatomy lessons to history in erotocism is featured in the exhibits. The variety of mediums from film to sculpture are a huge draw, and all open minded guests are encouraged to see a certain puppetry act.
Sample Whiskey From a Book at the Mob Museum
Mobster culture is one of the founding elements of Las Vegas. To explore the elusive and enigmatic backstory in the City of Sin, visit the Mob Museum on Fremont Street. Get ready to walk among artifacts and snippets of history that touch on history’s most colorful details, from organized crime to topical culture. This historical museum on Fremont Street is also home to an authentic speakeasy in the basement.
Read Rare Books at a Bookstore
With all of the excitement and thrill rides of the Strip, a bookstore is the last thing you’d expect to stumble into. Bauman’s Rare Books is a sophisticated book shop located in the Grand Canal Shoppes. The store is packed with rare titles and beautiful cover art for all types of readers.
Grocery Shop in Otherworldly Omega Mart
Travel to another dimension with Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart. This wacky depot will set you up for a career in customer service with its interactive “employee training” tasks that send you on a scavenger hunt unlike any other. Look closely at the products; they might seem standard, but their labels are anything but that.
Insider’s tip: There’s a speakeasy hidden somewhere in the store. For more conventional Las Vegas groceries,
Spend Time with Simba at Lion Habitat Ranch
Believe it or not, there’s a special spot in Las Vegas to make those Disney’s Lion King dreams come to life. The Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson is home to a big cat walkabout with lions of all ages. Tickets range from day passes to VIP experiences of lion yoga and feeding times. Prepare to spend a large part of your day there.
Looking for more animal fun? Check out the Flamingo Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas to walk around these fun, free grounds.
Ride a Flying Board Over Lake Las Vegas
It may be hard to believe, but waterfront property in Las Vegas is just a short drive away. Lake Las Vegas is a picturesque stretch of manmade lake that hosts all of the classic water sport activities. Guests can paddle board, jet ski and try out an electric surfboard. After the daytime fun is had, venture into the village for upscale dining and lodging at one of the two Lake Las Vegas hotels.
Pour Water off of the Hoover Dam
If you haven’t seen the TikTok trend, don’t worry. The splendor of the Hoover Dam more than makes up for it. This famous reservoir is responsible for powering large parts of the American southwest by drawing water through the Colorado River. Today, it sits as a functional, yet marvelous attraction only 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas.
See The Seven Magic Mountains That Never Left
Anyone that has done the Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive is familiar with this landmark. Seven teetering columns of brightly-colored boulders are visible from the highway, letting drivers know that their journey to Sin City is almost complete. For locals, the Seven Magic Mountains are a short 20-minute drive away from the Strip.
Restaurant Hop with Finger Licking Foodie Tours
Sometimes, it can be difficult to decide where to eat. Finger Licking Foodie Tours takes care of that debacle by sending your group on a progressive tour of some of Las Vegas’s best eateries. Travel through the Las Vegas Strip, Downtown and Tivoli Village on self-guided tours to sample bites of fine fare at several different restaurants.
Rage at Dawn at LAVO Brunch
Only in Las Vegas would a nightclub and brunch come together in one wild event. LAVO Brunch in the Palazzo lobby is a high-energy dance fest with waffles and mimosas to match. It’s the perfect indulgence for anyone looking to party during the daytime, but wanting to stay out of the sun.
Get a Haircut, Then a Cocktail at The Barbershop
This (bar)bershop will elevate any man into a sophisticated gentleman. The front operates as a fully-operational barbershop, while the back of house serves up craft cocktails in a Prohibition-style bar. While you’re there, keep an eye out for any celebrity sightings and seasonal cocktails to make this a once-in-a-lifetime stop.
Insider’s tip: Peek behind the janitor’s door. To explore all of the speakeasies at The Cosmopolitan, read more about The Cosmopolitan resort.
Sample Every Beer on Brewery Row
The Arts District also contains a sizable selection of breweries from local brewmasters. Walk from 18bin on the north side to Able Baker at the bottom of the row to try out the best brews. We recommend HUDL for their beers and bites, some of which are prepared outdoors.
Fun fact: The only breweries on the Strip are Ellis Island and Trustworthy inside Palazzo. Read about these Las Vegas Strip breweries for more information.
Arrange Flowers and Drink Wine at Cork & Thorn
Cork & Thorn is an Arts District staple. Enjoy one of the best date nights off the Strip through a boutique flower arrangement lesson with wine to accompany the evening. This establishment is on the darker, more quaint side, and has hosted everything from hen parties to celebrity family members and their party entourages.
Insider’s tip: Order the Ex-Husband as a snack.
Drink an Actual Scorpion
A scorpion shot is exactly what it sounds like. Daring drinkers have to try this shot at Nacho Daddy. Although this shot is decidedly not vegan, Nacho Daddy also happens to be one of the best vegan restaurants in Las Vegas for dining inclusive to all diets.
Fun fact: Over 55k Scorpion Shots have been sold since 2010, according to the Nacho Daddy website.
Save Those Quarters for the Pinball Hall of Fame
There’s another way to spend cash, and this one is far from the Strip casinos. The Pinball Hall of Fame is home to over 200 unique pinball machines in its warehouse-style setup. Drive a few minutes off the Strip to spend hours working towards the high score of several pinball delights.
Taste Delicious Local Chocolate at Ethel M
Enjoy a sweet day with the many activities at Ethel M Chocolate Factory. The chocolate factory has a lot to offer, from factory tours to a scenic stroll around the Cactus Garden sitting adjacent to the building. Ethel M is famous for its small batch, artisan chocolate production, and the evidence of its long-standing legacy is present throughout the store.
Insider’s tip: Anyone that participates in a chocolate pairing class will receive a discount coupon to use in the retail section.
Hit up Fremont Street
Buckle up for the grit and glamor of old Las Vegas. Many of the city’s signature haunts reside on the Fremont East and the Fremont Street Experience. The Fremont Street Experience is several blocks long and chock full of restaurants and experiences. One of the oldest cocktail bars in Las Vegas, Atomic Liquors, sits at the tail end of the street.
As you snake down the street, stop into Banger Brewing for a flight, Hennessey Tavern for the world’s largest stein, Circa for a luxe escape or the Slotzilla zip line. Read more about Fremont Street Las Vegas and its many pleasantries.
Travel Back in Time at Silver Stamp
While trendy bars are appealing for a night out, there’s nothing like sidling up to a cozy Midwestern bar for some great drinks. Silver Stamp is tucked away in the Arts District and has all of the twinkle lights and 70s decor that a down-and-home bar needs. Come on in for a beer and a gigantic bowl of pretzels.
Cruise by Lonnie Hammargren’s House
Locals know this house well. Lonnie Hammargren was the former lieutenant governor of Nevada, and amassed a collection of glamorous artifacts in his time in Las Vegas. Although tours of the house are rare these days, drive by for a look into the backyard at 4318 Ridgecrest Drive to catch a glimpse of a retired neon sign or giant plastic dinosaur.
Dine in the Dark at Blackout Dining
Every major city has its own “dining in the dark” venue, and Las Vegas is no exception. Enjoy the mystery of a meal in the dark at Blackout Dining, the only spot to go in Las Vegas. Don’t try to find a menu online. The meal is left to the kitchen’s discretion and will be a surprise — a delicious surprise, to be sure.
Check out Cadavers at REAL BODIES at Bally’s
The human body is a complex thing, and it’s on full display at Bally’s Hotel. REAL BODIES uses preserved human cadavers in a tasteful, fascinating display hall to showcase the human form. It’s easy to spend hours looking through the rooms, which are divided into different systems. Read more to learn more about REAL BODIES at Bally’s.
See More at BODIES at Luxor
Luxor has its own version of a human body exhibit as well. Take an hour or two to explore the human body in a different style, from the leisure of a self-guided tour. This style is akin to an art gallery, with clear glass display cases and a dark interior, to celebrate the cadavers on display.
Participate in Waterfront Yoga
The Cosmopolitan is just as focused on health and wellness as it is on providing top-tier hospitality. Early risers can take advantage of poolside yoga at the Boulevard Pool every Friday at 7 a.m. during the summer months. The hotel provides all of the essentials, even water, so arrive early and ready to stretch.
Get Cake from a Vending Machine
If one dessert at Buddy V’s isn’t enough, you can get a second dessert offsite. Located near the escalators of the Grand Canal Shoppes is a vending machine dedicated exclusively to desserts. This is the spot to get an Instagram-worthy slice of rainbow cake.
And Also Art from a Vending Machine
Connect with local artists, right from one of the Strip’s coolest vending machines. The concept is brought to life in classic vending machines that previously held cigarettes. For just $5, you can buy a piece of fist-sized art from an Art-o-Mat vending machine in The Cosmopolitan.
While You’re At It, Get Some Champagne From a Vending Machine
Plaza Hotel’s brand-new dive, Sand Dollar LV, has a vending machine tucked in the back corner behind the purple-felt pool tables. Listen to live music and sip on a personal-sized bottle of champagne after stopping by the casino. The easy beach vibes here make Sand Dollar a top spot when exploring DTLV.
Insider’s tip: Get the special coin to insert into the machine for champagne.
Be Part of the Action at a Burlesque Show
No matter your preference, there are sexy male, women and coed revues dotting the Strip. The same company brings X Burlesque and X Country are ready to entertain, as well as the Strip’s recent addition to the adult entertainment scene, Rouge. Read about all of the best burlesque shows on the Strip for your next night out.
Fly in a Helicopter Over the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a few hours away from Las Vegas, and there are several ways to get there. Taking a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon’s West Rim is the fastest, most extreme way to travel there. While traveling to the Grand Canyon, stop at other nature spots like Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Kingman, Arizona.
Throw Axes Throughout Las Vegas
With the number of extreme sports in Vegas, every apparatus and tool is available to try. If controlled target practice is your thing, then ax throwing is the perfect place to satisfy that need to throw something. Dueling Axes and Sin City Smash are both located on the Strip, while other spots like Axehole are located on Fremont Street.
Pro tip: To keep your feet safe, wear closed-toe shoes.
Experience Vegan Cuisine Unlike Any Other at Crossroads
While there is a sizable number of steakhouses in Las Vegas, the vegan movement is sprouting tons of new places to eat on the Strip. Crossroads is an all-vegan restaurant at Resorts World, while Truth and Tonic Wellness Café is the first dedicated vegan restaurant on the Strip located in Wynn Las Vegas.
Try a Cotton Candy Burrito
The cotton candy burrito is the love child of Mexican food and dessert in Las Vegas. Ice cream, candy and other treats are stuffed inside a giant cotton candy “tortilla.” Find one at Creamberry on Rainbow Blvd, along with other extreme desserts.
Read more about burritos in Las Vegas.
Joy Ride in the Car of Your Dreams
Get ready to feel like a big spender, in and out of the Las Vegas casinos. At tracks like Speed Vegas, the driver can step behind the wheel of supercars like a Porsche Cayman, an Audi R8 and a Mclaren 570s for time spent racing at top speeds. Speed Vegas also teaches drivers the basics of racing before letting them drive.
Not looking to hit triple-digit speeding limits? Take your joy rides to a legal limit by grabbing a rental car in Las Vegas.
Get Spanked at Hofbrauhaus
Hofbrauhaus is a hearty beer hall that stays true to the Oktoberfest spirit. Get ready to sit at long, family-style benches and buy shots of Jager from women dressed in traditional dirndls. If your benchmates start to toast and break out into song, that’s perfectly normal. The spanking comes from a wooden paddle that’s used as “payment” for said Jager shot.
Insider’s tip: Want to feel extra special? Visit Hofbrauhaus on your birthday.
Check Out a Ghost Town
While there are certainly ghost stories on the Strip in Las Vegas, the air of mystery exists far beyond the city limits. Nelson Ghost Town is an abandoned mining town full of dilapidated buildings that has its history staked in gold panning and territory disputes. The town is free to visit, and the staff that live nearby are just as charming as the town is mysterious.
Get Married at a Wedding Chapel
Despite what you may have heard, the Elvis-themed wedding chapels in Las Vegas are staying right where they are. There are over 50 independent wedding chapels in Las Vegas, not including the hotel and church halls. Consider tying the knot in the Entertainment Capital of the World — and if you’re looking to get hitched in a hurry, there’s even a drive-thru wedding chapel.
Feel Like a Crown Jewel at Beauty & Essex
Celebrity chef Chris Santos brings luxury to each table at Beauty & Essex. Each room has its own theme, from the illustrious jewelry box rooms to the glittering general seating. The only thing to overshadow the finery is the food itself, including salmon ceviche and taco selections that can only be described as “life-changing.”
Insider’s tip: Jewelry from the pawn shop outside can be brought to your table, if you’d like to shop while you dine.
Weigh Yourself Before Eating at Heart Attack Grill
This restaurant fully commits to the gimmicks. Guests can stand on an industrial-sized scale outside the front doors to weigh themselves before entering this hospital-themed burger joint. You’ll be given a hospital gown and bib for the meal, for convenient clothes protection.
Insider’s tip: Finish your food. Trust us.
Eat Incredible Sushi by the Pool
Finally, a combination of two perfect things: sushi and tanning.
TAO Beach Club’s recently-opened poolside splendor is serving up fresh seafood treats to dayclub visitors. Enjoy top-tier sushi with a view of the tendai at The Venetian Resort’s signature daytime party.
Looking to enjoy a more traditional sushi experience? Read about the best sushi on the Strip to search for your next fix.
Visit the Famous Bellagio Fountains
Bellagio is right in the middle of the Strip, and so is its best attraction. The Bellagio fountain show occurs every 30 minutes, playing different songs and water displays. Don’t forget to head inside to wander amongst the Bellagio Conservatory, its fine art gallery and the other luxury offerings on the property.
Insider’s tip: The Bellagio botanical gardens change with the seasons. Next time you’re looking for an indoors botanical garden walkabout, head over to Bellagio Resort.
Walk Among The Neon Lights at the Neon Museum
Also called the “Neon Boneyard,” this is a maze of discontinued neon signs brought together into one collection. Originally meant to exist as a storage site, the eclectic mix of historical Vegas totems was transformed into the Neon Museum in 1996. Opening hours are set for the early afternoon and late evening, to enjoy the brightly-colored effects of the iconic neon signs props against the night sky.
Have Brunch on the Strip
While Las Vegas breakfast is an excellent idea to fuel up for a long day of sightseeing, brunch on the Las Vegas Strip is a more realistic meal.
Head to brunch at restaurants like Casa Calavera inside Virgin Hotels for a south-of-the-border twist on traditional brunch. For more midday meal magic, read about the best brunch on the Strip like Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace and BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA.
Fun fact: The Dia de los Muertos murals inside Casa Calavera were painted by an artist from New Mexico, who was flown in before the restaurant’s grand opening to complete his work.
Open a Credit Line at a Casino
Serious gamblers should take advantage of this rewards perk. All casinos have credit lines available for application. Signing up for one can result in free meals, host services and other benefits. While many of the casinos operate under the same company, each one has its own offerings. Read more about the Vegas Strip casinos to explore them all in depth.
Experience the Magic of AREA15
AREA15 is not on the Strip directly, but it’s well worth the short trip away from the Boulevard. This otherworldly depot of all things wacky and wonderful is ready and waiting to take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget. Some can’t-miss attractions are the Van Gogh Immersive Art Experience, Wink World and the towering Liftoff ride.
Hop On a Gondola Ride at The Venetian
The Venetian Resort is an authentic nod to the water streets of Italy’s most famous city. Therefore, jumping into a gondola is as easy as ordering an Uber. Let one of the talented gondoliers serenade you and your party while you drift through the Shoppes.
Dine on Top of the World at The STRAT
Get the best views of Las Vegas from this rotating steakhouse. Top of the World is one of the Las Vegas Strip steakhouses serving up delicious cuts of meat and a miles-long wine list. Top of the World loves its holidays, so stop in for celebratory specials on any given holiday.
Get Lost in Boulder City
Boulder City sits outside the Las Vegas city limits. The town was built exclusively for the construction of the Hoover Dam and is brimming with history. From the Boulder Dam Hotel to The Dillinger and the vintage shops, the small-town feeling is tucked into every corner. In our opinion, this is the best 30-minute drive off the Strip that Vegas visitors can do.
Insider’s tip: Check out the “Best Dam Wine Walk” for themed vino tours with local Boulder City residents.
Flee an Escape Room
Sometimes, it’s important to exercise your brain while on vacation. The Las Vegas Strip has a few escape rooms worth checking out. Try PanIQ room inside the Grand Canal Shoppes to challenge yourself to solve puzzles and avoid dire outcomes. For a scary slasher saga, try the SAW escape room.
Explore Red Rock Canyon
Nevada has a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to get lost in. If you’re looking for hiking close to Las Vegas, look no further than Red Rock Canyon.
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Park is a huge, scenic loop that truly captures the beauty of Nevada’s mountains from all angles. The dusty red surfaces feel like walking on the surface of Mars, and the elevation delivers unbeatable views of Las Vegas Valley below. Whether you choose a guided tour leaving from the city center or take on a slot canyon solo, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area will allow you to reconnect with Mother Nature.
Insider’s tip: Reservations are required to enter certain areas of Red Rock Canyon. Book in advance to get into the best trails.
Relax at Red Rock Casino Las Vegas
Not only is Red Rock Resort a great place to stay close to Red Rock canyon, it’s also a popular spot for shopping, dining and gambling off the Strip. The casino has one of the highest number of slot machines at any casino in Las Vegas, and it’s easy to let the hours slip by playing table games and bingo.
Insider’s tip: Visit Red Rock Casino for its Merry Crimson holiday pop-up bar. The gingerbread shot glasses are to die for, along with the rest of the seasonal cocktails.
Ride a Roller Coaster on the Strip
The signature New York-New York roller coaster is located front and center on Las Vegas Boulevard — and it’s not the only one on the Strip. Roller coasters in Las Vegas are a fantastic way to see the desert from a bird’s-eye view. Others include the X-Scream on top of The STRAT and several inside the Circus Circus Adventuredome.
Stop In at a Dispensary
Marijuana is legal in Nevada. Take advantage of this recreational pastime by visiting one of the dispensaries close to the Strip. Las Vegas goes above and beyond with its dispensary style, so whether you make your way to Cookies On The Strip or visit Planet 13, the spread-out square footage is luxurious and packed with the essentials.
Eat Dinner at a Nightclub
Before venturing into some of the best nightclubs on the Strip, make sure you get a gourmet meal in. Hakkasan is one such club, where their gourmet cuisine is ever-changing. Sit down for dinner at Hakkasan’s restaurant while famous DJs work their magic in the adjacent areas.
Pro tip: Those with Hakkasan Restaurant reservations receive private, complimentary valet services.
Eat Oysters at 3 a.m.
There’s no bad time for decadence in Las Vegas. Oyster Bar at Palace Station is a famous local oyster bar that is open 24 hours a day. While you’re there, indulge in some more Cajun delights such as gumbo and jambalaya. If you’re in the mood to enjoy oysters during the daylight hours,
If oysters aren’t your thing, check out more seafood restaurants on the Strip to catch some amazing cuts.
See the World at Flyover Las Vegas
See the world without leaving the Strip. Flyover Las Vegas offers a unique perspective on some of Planet Earth’s greatest marvels — all from the comfort of an air-conditioned seat. The 4D effects offer smells, sounds and even the occasional weather mist to accentuate the views.
Sing Some Karaoke
The celebrities aren’t the only ones that can belt out a tune. The Las Vegas Strip is home to a few rockin’ karaoke spots, like KAMU Karaoke on the third floor of the Grand Canal Shoppes. Read up on the other Las Vegas Strip karaoke bars to pick and choose your next noraebong.
Hike Through Mount Charleston
Looking to escape the desert heat? Mount Charleston is a nature getaway located 45 minutes away from the Strip. The mountain is home to scenic hiking trails, a retreat stay and even a small neighborhood with a local library. Plus, the temperature is significantly cooler year round, sometimes by 30 degrees or more.
Go Skiing at Lee Canyon
There’s a winter wonderland sitting in the mountains outside of Las Vegas. Lee Canyon sits on Mount Charleston and is the perfect escape for cold-weather enjoyment. The lodge offers skiing during the winter and hiking trails during the summer, in addition to family-friendly activities such as archery, golf and yoga.
Work on Your Swing at Topgolf Las Vegas
While there are several golf courses in Las Vegas, one multistory golf spot is a driving force for fun — pun intended. Topgolf is located next to MGM Grand Hotel and is a popular spot for gaming, food and getting to the great outdoors of the Strip. Head over to watch the big game with a few rounds of golf and beer.
Take a Lake Mead Tour
We’re not strangers to the news about Lake Mead in the news stands. However, this desert lake has a lot to offer visitors and locals. Besides water sports and boating, the driving loops are worth a trip down there. Venture out for a Lake Mead dinner cruise with a loved one or walk along the shoreline for the sunset. No matter what you choose to indulge in, the 40-minute drive is worth the trip away from the Strip.
Insider’s tip: Plan on visiting more than once? Buy an annual pass. It pays for itself after two trips.
Check out Adventuredome at Circus Circus
Circus Circus is one of the most family-friendly hotels on the Strip, and they have the attractions to match. Adventuredome recently added new rides to the roster for more thrills. Stop by the arcade after the rides, or play a round of golf between trips to the VR room and the laser challenge. There’s clearly no shortage of things to do here, so take advantage of it all.
Watch a Knights Game
Hometown fandom is serious business. To be a part of a loyal local fanbase, head to T-Mobile Arena for a Vegas Golden Knights game. The season runs from October to April, so grab tickets to get the best seats in the house to watch the best team in the country — in our unbiased opinion.
See Your Favorite Artist at their Las Vegas Residency
The biggest names in entertainment move through Las Vegas daily, and their shows are right at your fingertips. The roster in 2022 features Usher, Frankie Valli, Shania Twain and many more. Most of the hotels on the Strip have their own performance venues, so explore each one to create night you’ll never forget.
Breaking news: Adele is back and set to perform weekend shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting in November 2022.
Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Get in touch with your inner child at Mandalay Bay’s Reef Aquarium. Thousands of sharks, sea turtles and other sea creatures are ready to host tourists and families. For those feeling brave, the aquarium runs feeding times for the stingrays and stingrays — hey, the fish gotta eat, too.
Practice Your Aim at a Shooting Range
Las Vegas has the space for target practice in one of its many gun ranges. For a new twist on a date night — or to shoot guns in a new environment — check out one of the Las Vegas shooting ranges. Machine Guns Vegas and Battlefield Vegas are a few fine examples, so check out our Las Vegas Strip map to find the closest gun ranges nearby.
Swing By Allegiant Stadium
This is the city’s beloved giant Roomba that hosts a variety of events. The year 2022 brings Raiders games, UNLV events and artists like Elton John and Mötley Crue to touch on every great hometown event. For extra time in the action, go on a guided tour of Allegiant Stadium including a drink and some awesome sights.
Never Let Go at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Whether you’re a fan of the history or the movie, the Titanic Exhibition at Luxor provides the ultimate up-close experience to history’s most famous ship. Walk through replicas of the ship’s rooms as you witness 250 artifacts that were pulled from the wreckage, including a piece of the shipliner itself. It’s an educational and fascinating look into the real memorabilia of a “practically unsinkable” ship.
Be Entertained at Mayfair Supper Club
Bellagio hosts a dinner show that won’t soon be forgotten. Mayfair Supper Club brings the reminiscence and enjoyment of an old-timey lounge into an elevated meal experience, complete with dancers. Don’t forget to enjoy the live music on Sundays at the Jazz club.
Travel to Italy Without Leaving Las Vegas
It’s no coincidence that there are dozens of Italian restaurants in Las Vegas. There’s a legacy in every course from this southern European cuisine. From the long-standing Piero’s to the adorable hat dessert at Sinatra at Encore at Wynn, and the pasta at Giada at The Cromwell and Esther’s Kitchen, it’s entirely possible to have a carb-loaded getaway that feels like the real thing.
Collect Treasures at Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
The cast of “Pawn Stars” made its home in downtown Las Vegas. Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is open 24 hours a day for buying, selling and perusing goods that can’t be found anywhere else. Source coins, jewelry, fine art and other goods for your collections. Parking is available, or walk a few blocks up from Fremont Street.
Walk Through Nature at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve
The middle of Las Vegas is an unlikely place to find a full-on nature preserve. This desert oasis is conveniently located in the center of Las Vegas and is the ultimate kid-friendly entertainment hub. When the weather permits, outside activities are hosted by the preserve, with everything from dog shows to train rides. Inside, a wealth of interactive exhibits is available at your fingertips, for bug lovers and animal fans and plant fiends alike.
Raid the Kardashian Kloset at Resorts World
Fans of KUWTK can shop ‘till they drop at the Kardashian Kloset. Resell pieces and authentic goods that once belonged to the media’s most famous family are available for sale at Resorts World. Whether you’re a colorful fashion mogul like Kendall or lean towards Kim’s chic bombshell style, there’s a piece for every stylish shopper.
Explore more Las Vegas shopping to get the next haute couture look for a night out.
Spend The Evening at a Rooftop Bar
Las Vegas weather is outdoor-friendly almost all year. There are multiple rooftop bars on the Strip and in the surrounding restaurants. Some of the best open-air bars include Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas and Skyfall Lounge at Delano. Indoor rooftop views at 108 Drinks is another trendy spot to grab a drink at. For downtown rooftops, Legacy Club is the ultimate view-snatching splendor spot, while Commonwealth’s third-story bar is right in the middle of the action.
Do a Caviar Bump at Caviar Bar at Resorts World
Once a coveted menu item, there’s a whole dining establishment committed to this gourmet food. Australian chef Shaun Hergatt is described as a “classically trained creative modernist” and is responsible for the Caviar Bar concept.
To pull a classy move, do a Melinda Sheckells-approved “caviar bump” with the accouterments on hand.
To elevate your caviar bumps further, read up on the best caviar and champagne in Las Vegas.
Get a Cabana at a Dayclub
Las Vegas is a 24-hour town, and the parties are no exception. Many of the Las Vegas Strip pools host dayclubs for guests and non-hotel guests to enjoy in the desert sun. The standard stint includes DJs and bottle service, along with cabanas and daybeds for optimal comfort. From the cool, casual fun of Influence at The LINQ to the lavish splashing at EBC, a day party is a rite of passage on a Las Vegas vacation.
Visit the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
It wouldn’t be a trip to Las Vegas without stopping at the entrance to the Strip itself. This iconic signage marks the start of the south end of the Strip, and sits close to Mandalay Bay. There are often lines of people waiting to capture a photo, so bring your camera and your best smiles to preserve the memory. Be sure to stop by the Las Vegas sign when visiting Las Vegas on your next trip.
Pro tip: Arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and score a free parking spot. For more photo-worthy spots in Vegas, explore our Las Vegas photo checklist.
Experience History at the National Atomic Testing Museum
Don’t leave Las Vegas without visiting one of its signature museums. The Atomic Testing Museum is a tribute to the nuclear testing process as it has developed throughout history. The vast collections of artifacts, photographs, tools and equipment from this pivotal, exploratory time are unlike any other in the Smithsonian network.
Looking for more museums in Las Vegas? Check out the Nevada State Museum, the Clark County Museum and the Natural History Museum, among many others.
Check out Cocktails and Adult Toys at Pepper Club
Pepper Club is the embodiment of classy and sassy in one building. After enjoying a craft cocktail in an upscale setting, wander over to take in the sexy sight of a vibrator wall and a decidedly adult bar setup. Chef Todd English’s restaurant concept resides in his self-named stay The ENGLISH Hotel.
Relax in Hot Springs
Need to soak your feet after a long few days of walking on the Strip? Head out of town to sink into some hot springs. The Arizona Hot Springs are the closest pools to the Strip, located just south of the Hoover Dam. Other ones to hit on any drive away from the Strip are the Gold Strike Hot Springs, Spencer Hot Springs and several others, depending on what direction you’re heading.
Gamble at the Las Vegas Airport
Whether you’ve just arrived or you’re on your way home, stopping for a quick spin on the slot machines at Harry Reid International Airport could be a lucky move. In March 2022 one lucky gambler won nearly $330k from the Wheel of Fortune machine at the airport. Similar stories have been reported from other winners in the past, so take a chance at a concourse slot machine.
Go on an Art Gallery Tour
A trip to the Las Vegas Strip can get hectic. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to slow down and absorb some of the local culture, which can be done through the art galleries on the Strip. For high quantity, head to the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace to experience several mediums, or venture off the Strip to independent art locations for a more sophisticated excursion.
Cliff Jump at Nelson’s Landing
After you’ve been thoroughly spooked, head over to Nelson’s Landing for a different kind of thrill: cliff jumping. The cliffs in question aren’t crazy high, around 30 feet at most. They’re the perfect height for a breezy leap into the Colorado River and are down the street from the ghost town. Combining the two activities makes for a great day trip outside of Las Vegas.
Learn to Swim with Mermaids
One local casino is giving future mermaids the proper education. Silverton Casino is famous for its giant fish tanks swimming with thousands of sea creatures, including human ones. Once you marvel at the mermaids, visit the Bass Pro Shop located next door to source gear for your next outdoor adventure. This hotel is located off the Strip in Las Vegas.
Frequently Asked Questions About Things To Do in Las Vegas
What are the best Las Vegas attractions?
There are tons of fun Las Vegas things to do. The Strip is full of its own amusement parks, with thrill rides and one outdoor attraction after the other. For a more laid-back experience, check out well-known museums like the Mob Museum and Neon Museum. Don’t forget to check out the neon lights of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, for a taste of vintage Vegas vibes.
How far is Lake Mead from Las Vegas?
Lake Mead is located less than an hour away from anywhere on the Strip in Las Vegas. Many Hoover Dam tours and Lake Mead tours travel from the Strip to this part of Nevada to give tourists a new perspective on Nevada nature. There are also several fun things to do on Lake Mead, like jet ski on the lake and scoop up bike rentals and car rentals to take a lap around the water.
What is the best Cirque du Soleil show?
Each Cirque du Soleil show has its own appeal. One of the Sin City classic exists in Opium at The Cosmopolitan and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay Hotel, among other permanent fixtures in the Cirque du Soleil circuit.
Are there free things to do in Las Vegas?
Definitely. Check out the volcano at The Mirage or walk through the swashbuckling fun of Treasure Island. Flamingo Las Vegas has its own flamingo habitat, while simply walking through the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Hotel is one of those fun things to do on a leisurely afternoon. If you’re in a position to spend a few bucks, check out the best attractions in Las Vegas.
Is there nature around Las Vegas?
The state of Nevada has amazing nature preserves and sites. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a short drive away, while Death Valley and Zion National Park sit at a comfortable day trip distance away from the main tourist attractions. The Grand Canyon is also a four-hour drive from Sin City. Check out more of the great Las Vegas restaurants and other novelties when the weather doesn’t allow for outside adventures.