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Las Vegas 101 Things to Do

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People have told you there is nothing to do in Las Vegas except gamble, right? 

Would you believe us if we told you they were wrong?  That we could give you hundreds of things- well specifically 101 things to do in Vegas?

Think of it this way:  Sin City is unlike any other city in the world.  It was built specifically for visitors, to cater to their every whim.  Las Vegas demonstrates every possible avenue of human creativity, and offers the freedom to explore those avenues.  Truly, you must experience it to understand.  There are definitely hundreds of things to do in Las Vegas, that are NOT gambling.  So it might be impossible for us to list the hundreds of things to do in this post.

But, yes, we can definitely give you 101 Things to Do in Las Vegas. 

Hopefully this is kinda exciting, for anyone considering a trip!  There is so much to do in Vegas, it is hard to know where to begin. But, if it will be your first trip, make sure you read our key insider information to avoid unexpected costs or being taken advantage of!

 

Las Vegas 101 Things to Do

Animals

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Las Vegas Flamingo flamingos, a relaxing habitat right on the strip, Las Vegas 101 Things to Do.
Brilliant Chilean Flamingos
Perhaps animals are one of the last things you might think about when planning a trip to Las Vegas.  But, there are several different places to get up close to the animals.
 
Bonnie Springs Petting Zoo

There is still a petting zoo nearby though, at the Bonnie Springs Ranch.  This small zoo has several different species of native and non-native animals, including wolves, and a Canadian Lynx. Located about 30 minutes outside the city.  You can learn more about the zoo, and all the other cool things at Bonnie Springs.

Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary

Located right in the city, the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is home to several varieties of water fowl, such as ducks and swans, and other, more exotic birds, like parakeets, ostriches, macaws, and peacocks.  It is not only birds that make a home at Gilcrease.  There are also donkeys, llamas, tortoises, and goats, as well as a mule-deer.

Flamingo Resort Flamingo Habitat**  FREE
There are places you can get up-close experience with wildlife right on the strip.  One of our favorites was The Ceaser's Flamingo's Flamingo Habitat.  (I really like saying that!)  A number of different waterfowl species, as well as turtles and fish can be seen up close at the habitat, in a peaceful tropical setting. 
For more information, and our fun photos, see our portfolio Fun With Las Vegas Flamingo Flamingos.
 
Seaquest Interactive Aquarium

An interactive aquarium for the entire family, featuring lots of sea creatures, as well as tropical birds, amphibians and reptiles.  Exhibits include a shark lagoon and pirate island, as well as some that are zone specific, like California Coast and Caribbean Cove.  Swimming with stingrays is a featured experience.

 
The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
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The other big name aquarium in town, the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, features a walk through section, and 2,00 different animals, including, rays, sea turtles, jellyfish, and of course, sharks.  There is also a rare golden crocodile.  In 2017, a Polar Journey, Interactive Adventure was also opened.

 
 
 
Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden

White tigers and dolphins have a home at Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden, at the Mirage.  They currently boast a new baby dolphin in their aquariums.  There are number of possible experiences available, including an option to work as a dolphin trainer, or paint with the dolphins.

 
The Silverton Aquarium**  FREE

The Silverton Aquarium has been named the best free attraction in Las Vegas by different sources during a number of years.  The aquarium is a whopping 18.000 gallons of water, and is associated with the Save Our Beach Foundation.  There are live mermaid swims at noon, and a marine biologist answers visitor questions during feedings.  Silverton is adjacent to the Bass Pro Shop, with more aquariums.  

 

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Botanicals

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Beautiful Bellagio flowers at the Bellagio Botanical Conservatory, on of Las Vegas 101 Things to Do.

 

If animals are not really your thing, but you do want to see the flora, there are a couple of outstanding choices in Las Vegas.  
 
Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden

The Ethel M Gardens are known for their beautiful displays of native succulents, and other drought-tolerant plants that thrive in a desert environment.  It is the largest such garden in the state, and one of the largest in the world, featuring over 300 plant species decoratively cultivated over 4 acres.  This is a real treat for those not familiar with a desert environment.  The gardens are located about 10 miles outside of Las Vegas, at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory.

 
Conservatory at the Bellagio
The Conservatory at the Bellagio has become widely known in recent years as one of the absolutely free things to do in Las Vegas.  Hundreds of visitors go to experience the splendor of the conservatory each day.   
For more information, and to see our stunning photos from Bellagio Conservatory, see our gallery, Beautiful Bellagio Botanicals

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Views

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, Reach for the Sky and Get a great View!
View from the Palazzo.
Getting an amazing view from above is a favorite thing to do in Las Vegas, especially at night, when the lights are in their full lit glory.  
 
The High Roller

The High Roller at the Linq rises to an amazing 550 feet, actually reaching higher than both the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer.  It takes 30 minutes to complete a full round of the High Roller.  The wheel has 29 cars, each having near 360 degrees of windows, for awe-inspiring views in all directions.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower at the Paris Resort has become one of the iconic sights along the strip.  Standing 46 stories, it replicates the Paris landmark at half scale.  Visitors ride to the top in a high-speed glass elevator, where Ambassadors will help find notable sights in the 360 degree view.  The observation deck has been referred to as the most romantic spot on the strip.

 

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The Stratosphere

The Strastosphere Tower climbs to an amazing 1,149 feet in the air, claiming the title of the highest free-standing observation tower in the United States.  From its location on the end of the strip, thrilling views of the entire Las Vegas Valley, can be experienced.  There are both indoor and outdoor observation decks, which have been voted the best place to view the city.

The Helicopter Tour

A nighttime helicopter tour is a unique chance to see the entire strip from above, with the lights gleaming.  Generally 6 guest tour together, and are placed according to size and weight for even load distribution, so you might not get to sit next to your best friend, but you can communicate through the head sets.  Providers include, Strip Tour Las Vegas, Sundance Helicopter Tours, and Maverick Helicopter Tours.

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Skyfalls

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, See from the Sky, the Adventuredome.
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Adrenaline has become the hormone of choice, for extreme sport enthusiasts.  Las Vegas may be the cream of the crop for adrenaline pumping options.   
 
Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas

Maybe you don't think of a water park experience as being in the running for an adrenaline junkie.  Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas may surprise you.  While it has the typical lazy river and waterfalls, for the more reserved guests, there are also the 25 slides and rides with crazy desert related themes, like the Tornado.  The Tornado, catapults riders into the air, and through a 45 foot wide funnel. There are 300 sunny days in Las Vegas each year, so it may be the perfect location for Wet 'n' Wild.

Buffalo Bill's, Adventure Canyon, Desperado

Adventure Canyon, at the Buffalo Bills is a log ride unlike any other.  Passengers carry electronic weapons with them, and have over 300 targets in an attempt to outscore their companions.  This is while the log canoe twists and turns through canyons and channels, and takes 35 foot vertical plummets.  They also have Desperado, one of the world's tallest roller coasters, with its sheer drops.

Adventure Dome, at Circus Circus

Adventuredome, in the Circus Circus Resort is the place to get the full carnival or circus experience, complete with rides.  There are family experience rides, junior rides, and thrill rides.  Canyon Blaster, and the twisting and turning, El Loco, seen above, are favorites.There are old-school midway and arcade games, along with clown performances, to complete the atmosphere.

Big Apple Coaster

The Big Apple Coaster, at New York New York Resort, is known for featuring the world's first 180 degree "heartline" twist.  The Big Apple soars to speeds of 67 miles per hour, winding through the replicated New York City landmarks.  Just for fun, the coaster station replicates a New York City subway station.  For information see the Caesers website.

Stratosphere Extreme 

The Stratosphere may reign supreme in the realm of adrenaline rushing rides in Las Vegas.  All based at the top of the tower, three ride choices give thrill seekers some crazy options, all but tossing them off the tower.  As if that was not enough, Sky Jump is also an option, allowing visitors to throw themselves off the side of the tower.

 

Las Vegas 101 things to Do, See from the Sky, the Slotzilla Ziplining.
Stratosphere Extreme 

The Stratosphere may reign supreme in the realm of adrenaline rushing rides in Las Vegas.  All based at the top of the tower, three ride choices give thrill seekers some crazy options, all but tossing them off the tower.  As if that was not enough, Sky Jump is also an option, allowing visitors to throw themselves off the side of the tower.

Ziplining 

Ziplining has become a hot activity around the world, in all kinds of settings, with all manner of scenery.  Vegas is no exception.  There are three primary options.  For a zipline experience above the crowd on Fremont Street,  try Slotzilla.

To zipline from 50 stories up, starting at the Masquarade Tower, soaring up to 33 MPH to the Ipanema Tower,  at the Rio Casino and Resort, try Voodoo Zipline. As a special treat at Voodoo, riders return to the starting point backwards.

Or if you would rather get out in nature, and try 4 different lines down the Red Mountains, at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, try Flightlinez Bootleg.

Skydiving

If you really want to fall from the sky, and have that feeling of complete freedom and flying, skydiving might be the way to go.  LasVegas has both indoor and outdoor skydiving options.  For outdoor tandem jumps, try Vegas Extreme Skydiving, Skydive Las Vegas, or Sin City Skydiving.

For indoor jumps, there are also option.  By the way, indoor jumps are not really jumps.  It is a simulation using forced air, and it is a fairly safe choice.   The main place to experience indoor skydiving is Vegas Indoor Skydiving.

Gravaday Extreme Sports Trampoline Park

Featuring over 25.000 feet of trampolines, including angled wall trampolines, Gravaday lets visitors really feel like they are flying.  Activities and courses include Extreme Dodgeball, Aerial Dunk, and Ninja Obstacle Course.

Zero Gravity

A rare opportunity to take a crash course in aeronautics, and the dynamics of gravity.  After class work, participants are able to explore different zero gravity environments, similar to those astronauts encounter in the Space Shuttle.  It comes with a price, but it is a once in a lifetime experience. Offered by the Zero Gravity Corporation.

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Driving Experiences

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, See from the Sky, the Hoover Dam Tour.
Welcome to one of a kind driving experiences!
Love the open highway?  No where is the highway more open, than in the desert southwest.  Of course most of your driving options in the city, giving an unusual opportunity to drive something that you might never again get to drive.  
Rent a Harley

There is nothing like being on the highway, with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair.  You can savor this experience, by renting yourself a Harley Davidson, and taking it on the road.  Check out the rules and regulations on the Las Vegas Harley website.

Drive a Dune Buggy in the Desert

Get off the road, and onto the desert terrain, by driving a dune buggy in the Mojave.  A number of experiences and tours are offered, and there is even a night-time chase scenario.  Try Sun Buggy Las Vegas, or Las Vegas Razor Adventures.

Drive Real Race Cars

Perhaps you have always dreamed of being a Nascar driver, or racing on the speedway.  You can have that experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Full training and safety orientation is provided, and you can make that dream a reality, if only for an afternoon.  Check out  Drive Petty, or Dream Racing. 

Drive Go Karts

If you have children, Go Karts might be more up your alley.  For an indoor experience, try Pole Position Raceway.  If you would rather drive your Go Karts outdoors, try https://www.lvmgp.com/.

Drive Tractors

If you love driving but crave power rather than speed, perhaps construction equipment is more up your alley.  At Dig This Las Vegas, you can drive real tractors, bulldozers, excavators and back hoes, and dig, dig dig.  With sessions starting around an hour, and running up to 3.5 hours, you can take out a lot of aggression.

Sky Combat 

Believe it or not, if you would like to take your driving experience off the road, and into the sky, there is an option for this in Vegas.  Sky Combat Ace offers a full fighter pilot package.  You learn, and fly, with trained pilots, performing acrobatics, or combat.

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Tours

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, See from the Sky, the Hoover Dam Tour.
Approaching the Hoover Dam
Las Vegas is the perfect base location for a multitude of day trips and tours.  Head out with a group in any direction, and there is something amazing to see.  
Hoover Dam Tours

Hoover Dam was a miracle of construction when it was built, and an amazing testament to man's ingenuity.  Touring Hoover is one of the most popular day trips from Las Vegas.  It is both educational and inspiring.  There are a few different groups that offer coach tours of Hoover, including the Hoover Dam tour Company, and Grand Canyon Tour Company.  

Ghost Town Tours

 There is something oddly intriguing about the idea of walking through these abandoned remnants of past lives, in an old west ghost town.  There are several tour options that offer a ghost town experience.   One such tour is offered by Tours By Locals.  Select their Wild West Ghost Town option.

Death Valley, and a Ghost Town

Known as the lowest point on Earth, Death Valley is a place like any other.  There are landscapes that seem almost alien.  It is hard to imagine that early settlers once tried to live there.  A Death Valley National Park day tour also includes a stop at Rhyolite, another ghost town,  now long-deserted.  One option for this tour is offered through TourGuy.com, under the tours from Las Vegas, National Parks selection.

Goodsprings Ghost Hunt Tour

Featured on The Travel Channel program Ghost Adventures, this evening tour takes guests to the town of Goodsprings,  home of the historic Pioneer Saloon.  Bullet holes from past showdowns are still clearly visible.  After dinner, guests are provided with paranormal tracking equipment, and trained in the proper use, and the ghost hunt begins.  This tour is offered by Vegas Specialty Tours.

Hot Springs Tours

Downstream from Hoover Dam there are hot springs that are said to have therapeutic properties.  Locals often hike to these springs in cooler months, and soak for the healing effects.  The trail descends through canyon areas, where petroglyphs and even Bighorn sheep are sometimes seen.  Visitors can find their way, and get a good soak in the hot springs on a hiking tour, offered by Kayak Las Vegas.

Black Canyon and Emerald Cove

Just the names of these two sites make them sound enticing, and it is said that the scenery is spectacular.  However, getting to these areas can be a challenge, and the easiest way is by boat or kayak.  Now visitors can see these wonders on a day trip, kayaking on the Colorado River, starting at Willow Beach, Arizona. There are a couple of options for this kayaking experience, through Blazin Paddles, or through Evolution Expeditions.

Gold Mine Tours

Nothing sparks the imagination more than the thought of making a lucky strike while mining for silver or gold.  In the areas surrounding Las Vegas there were once numerous mines.  The Techatticup Mine is said to be the oldest, and the richest, mine in Nevada.  It was in operation for almost 80 years.  The mine can now be toured, and the abandoned buildings surrounding it make for amazing photographic backdrops.  Contact Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours.

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Valley of Fire State Park
One of the area favorites, Valley of Fire State Park, is Nevada's first, and oldest, state park.  Composing nearly 40.000 acres, Valley of Fire is known for its bright red sandstone formations, intermingled with earth toned limestone.  It is a brilliantly hued and surreal landscape, and the remains of both petrified trees and Native petroglyphs, can be found in the park.  Pink Jeep Tours offers a great route.
Some of our friends toured this amazing state park.   Check out their amazing photos, because we are sure you are going to want to see the Valley of Fire.  They also share their tips on where to go, how to get there, and what to see.
Red Rock Canyon Consertaion Area

Another local favorite, Red Rock Canyon is located only 15 miles to the west of Las Vegas.  Wildlife can often be found in throughout the area, including wild horses and bighorn sheep.  Taking a tour enables visitors to get off the road in and SUV or Hummer, and really see the area.  There are a couple different tour options offered by Canyon Tours.

Zion National Park

Zion is one of the many gems of Utah.  The park is world-renowned for its petrified sand dunes, which stand 2,000 feet above the valley floor, gleaming in red, pink, and cream.  The names of its lookouts and sites spark the imagination:  Temple of Sinawava, Angels Landing, and Great White Throne.    A day tour typically stops at all of these sites, as well as the river walk, and the visitor's center.  Bindlestiff Tours offers small group tours of Zion.

Grand Canyon
Perhaps the grandfather of all day tours out of Sin City is the Grand Canyon Tour.   There are fantastic options, with a choice of the North Rim, the West Rim, or the South Rim.  The drive is about 4 hours, so it is an all day event, whichever option you select.  We selected to do the VIP tour, by Mercedes Sprinter, with the helicopter option, to the South Rim through Papillon Tours  and Gray Line Las Vegas, and highly recommend this choice.  
You will be able to share our experience through our story, Grand Canyon Experience. Coming soon!

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Sports

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, Sports.
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Professional Hocky

Fancy a professional hockey game, in the midst of the desert?  Now you can do that!  The 2017-2018 season was the inaugural season for the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Minor League Baseball

Minor league games are pretty relaxed, and feature a lot of crowd involvement and giveaways.  You can get in on the fun.  If your visit is in the spring or summer, check out the Las Vegas 51s.

College Football

If you are more of a football enthusiast, you can catch an NCAA level game throughout the fall season.  UNLV Football is just one of the NCAA caliber games you can enjoy.

Roller Derby

If you really want some fast paced action, and to see a few people get knocked around a bit, roller derby may be right up your alley.  Three different teams play in the city.   Adult league teams include The Fabulous Sin City Roller Girls, and the Atomic Rollergirls.  There is also a junior league in town, the Vegas Extra Terrestrial Skaters.

Rugby

Although Rugby does not necessarily have the following in the US that it has in some other countries, it is an intense game.  Although it only happens once a year, if your timing is right, you can enjoy the thrills of an international tournament, the USA Sevens.

Rodeo 

The rodeo may be more in line with a sport that outsiders think of when they think of Nevada.  There are smaller events in the area throughout the year, but Vegas plays host to two big rodeo events.  Check the schedules to see if your itinerary coincides with the The National Finals Rodeo, or the Professional Bull Riders Finals.

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Sporting

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, Sports.
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Golf

The vast open expanses of land in southern Nevada afford lots of space for golf courses.  Some resorts have private courses exclusively for their guests.  There are also public courses available to get a round in during your visit.  Perhaps it is a bonus that the most pleasant time to play golf in Vegas would be when it is too cold to play in other areas of the country.  To find a course, see the Las Vegas Golf.

Indoor Golf

If indoor golf is more your style, or if your visit is during the blistering heat of summer, there are a few locations that can accommodate your need to tee off.  There is a lot of other fun to be had at many of these centers as well.  Top Golf, at the MGM Grand is one of the preferred choices.

Bowling

Some might make the argument that bowling is not actually a sport.  Ask a professional bowler though, and you will be set straight.  Las Vegas has some really fun options for bowling, some right on the strip.  Some of the more popular places to knock a few pins down include Orleans Bowling Center, Brooklyn Bowl, and Gold Coast Bowling.

Ice Skating

Not only can you watch a live hockey game in the midst of the desert, you can also get in some time on the ice yourself.  There are at least two different centers where visitors can attend open skate time on the ice.  Check for times at Las Vegas Ice, or SoBe Ice Arena.

Roller Skating

If you prefer your skating to be on non-slick surfaces, roller skating is also possible.  Lace up those skates, and make a few rounds at Crystal Palace Skating.

"Real" Sports

If you are yearning for some real competitive action while you are in town, pick up games are played almost every day of the week, just like in most other US cities.  You can find a local pick up game for a number of different sports through Meet up.  Popular choices in the area seem to be Volleyball and Soccer.  Check the listings here:  Local Pick Up Games.

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 Games

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Board Games

Yes, you can do this in Sin City!  Meepleville Toy Store hosts a board game cafe with hundreds on game choices on hand.  Visitors arrive and form groups of interest based upon their prefered games, and the competition begins!

Laser Tag

Laser tag is fun for young and old.  There are several different options to get in a game with friends.  Laser Quest, Palace Playland, and Battle Blast LV are three popular choices.

Video Games

A number of arcade type locations are available for getting in some play time on your favorite games.  Game Works, and Dave & Busters are well-known options.

Prank Games

Las Vegas the Game offers a new twist on pranking your friends.  Headed out for a night on the town?  The Game can suddenly take your night over the top.  Options are all based on popular city activities, so it becomes a group game that cannot be played anywhere else.

Escape Rooms

In recent years, escape rooms have become a hit around the world.  There are no less than 45 escape options, through the various host companies, some with that special Vegas twist, such as Casino Takeover.  For all the choices, see the World of Escapes website.

Geocache

There are hundreds of Geocaches in the greater Vegas area, and at least 20 right on the strip.  Scoring a find among all of those strip walkers could be both a challenge, and a rush.  See the map on the Geocaching.com website to get an idea of how many there are.  If you don’t know what a Geocache is, see our article Whats a Geocache? Do You Geocache??

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Parks

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, Parks.
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The city of Las Vegas lies between several small mountain ranges in the midst of the Mojave Desert, a couple thousand feet above sea level.  The unique natural landscape in the area spreads into parts of Utah, Arizona an California. If you have a car for any time frame, get out and see some of these natural wonders.  If you don't feel like driving far, there is even one State Park right in the city! P.S.  You can also drive to most of the tour sites mentioned above on your own!
 
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Spring Mountain Ranch, offers an almost unbelievable change of ecology and scenery.  Spring Mountain is an oasis in the midst of the desert, where mountain springs provided water for Paiute tribes, and early settlers.  A working ranch grew up here, and would be go through a number of notorious owners including the once wealthiest man in the world, Howard Hughes.  Visitors can take a self guided tour of the ranch, and see some of the oldest buildings in the state.  There are also hiking trails, grassy lawns, and shaded picnic areas.

Mt. Charleston National Recreation Area

Just to the west of Red Rock Canyon lies the Mt. Charleston National Recreation Area.  This area is about as drastically different from the Las Vegas landscape and ecosystem as it could possibly get.  It is typically 30 degrees cooler in Mt. Charleston on hot summer days.  It is a cool forest in the midst of the desert.  A beautiful scenic drive runs through canyons, and alongside sparkling mountain streams.  There are also trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATVing.  Perhaps the most awesome aspect of Mt. Charleston is that skiing, snowboarding and snowshoe hiking are available for several months of the year.  There is a ski resort in the Recreation Area.

Big Bend of the Colorado State Park

At the very bottom of Nevada, in the little tip, is Big Bend of the Colorado State Park.  The park lies downstream from Davis Dam, which keeps the water cool most of the time, although the land temperature in park areas surpass 100 degrees through most of the summer months.  There are boating ramps, and a couple of miles of sandy beach in the park, which are widely used.  The river runs has carved out canyons over the eons, so it is an area of stunning views.  Picnic areas and hiking trails are available, and there are also areas for backwoods hiking.  Birdwatching is popular, and numerous species of waterfowl make their homes here, as well as owls, hawks, hummingbirds, and even roadrunners.

 Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park
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Located right in the city of Las Vegas, the Old Mormon Fort State Park features the remains of the original foundations of the city, on a creek, built by Mormon missionaries in 1855. This was a frequent stop along the Old Spanish Trail, that led to California.  The Spanish had named the site Las Vegas, which meant the meadows.  The fort still stands, and has been restored in honor of the cities beginnings.  Excavations have also been done, resulting in numerous artifacts, which are now displayed in the museum, along with photos depicting the history of the area.  Entrance to the museum is $1.

 
 
 Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead, just 30 miles south of Las Vegas, and formed by Hoover Dam, is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.  It is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which is a whopping 1.5 million acres, and 820 miles of shoreline, dedicated to recreational use.  Numerous activities are available in the area, with a focus on water fun.  Boat launches are available for use, as is a marina.  On the land, there are hiking trails, play areas, and picnic areas.

  Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Originally created to provide a safe haven for Bighorn Sheep in 1936, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge actually encompasses 4 distinct refuges, in an area of 1.6 million acres.  Beginning about 2 hours to the north of Vegas.  Encompassing an elevation span from 2,000 foot above sea level, to over 10,000, the refuge includes several distinct life zones, some which are rarely seen at any other location in the world.  Desert is a true getaway and "roughing it" experience, where people are scarce.  Visitors should research, and ensure they are prepared.

Floyd Lamb Park

Right in the city, Floyd Lamb Park features green areas and walking trails.  Picnic and play areas area also popular with residents and visitors alike.  There are four well stocked lakes.  Anyone with a Nevada fishing license can catch an abundant supply of trout and other game fish.

Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument

A 22,000 acre area of land known for rich history and paleontology.  Remains of Columbian Mammoths, dire wolves and extinct breeds of horses, fossilized during the ice ages can be seen on the grounds.  Established in 2014, no visitors center has been built at this time.

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 Candies

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Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Head out in the desert for some gourmet chocolates.  You can watch the creation process, and you can even assist in “designing” your own, and take home a personal box.

M&Ms World

Eat lots of M&Ms, and see a lot of memorabilia.  The best part however, is making your own personalized candy keepsakes.  Choose from 16 colors of candy coating, and put your name, or message, right on your candy.

Hexx Chocolate and Confexxions

Shop for gourmet chocolates, have some coffee and a pastry, or take a tour through the chocolate kitchen.  You can observe the entire creation process, in the “beans to bar” chocolate making experience.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

A huge 2 story store featuring over 800 Hershey’s products, and a number of “experiences.”  Visitor favorites include making their own Reese’s television commercial, and making personalized Hersey’s chocolate bars.

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 Shopping

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Downtown Pawn Shops.
Las Vegas is a shoppers dream.  There are hundreds of shopping establishments, from Walmart, to Dior.  There are bargains to be had, and on the other hand, there are some of the most exclusive options on the planet.
Pawn Shops

Make good off of someone else's bad luck.  Are there more pawn shops in Vegas per capita than in other places?  We have not conducted the research.  But, there are a lot of pawn shops, including the filming location of the History Channel's Pawn Stars, Gold & Silver Pawn.  The downtown area is a good place to start.

Thrift Stores

There are also thrift shops, used goods shops, and antique shops.  If you don't mind a prior owner, some unique items can be found.  They really are spread out over the city, but there are more to be found in the downtown and arts districts, and on Sahara Avenue.

Outlet Options

For name brand and chain store bargains, there are two major outlet malls in the area.  They are on the opposite ends of town, and neither are in the main hub of the strip.  Check the store listings first, to make the best choice on which way to go.  Premium Outlets is on the north side, and Fashion Outlets is on the south.

High End Shopping

The real joy of a Vegas shopping experience is visiting the high-end shops that cannot be found in every city or town.  The first big name in the game was Caesers, with the Forum Shops.  Now there are a few choices, all right in the center of the strip.  The Promenade Shops at Bellagio, and the The Shoppes at Palazzo, and the Grand Canal Shoppes are among the favorites.  We will share a few pictures of our Grand Canal Shoppes experience, in a coming gallery.

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 Museums

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, See from the Sky, the Mob Museum.

Call me a nerd, but I am a museum fanatic.  I love museums of almost any kind, on ALMOST any subject, in fact, I have yet to take a trip that didn't include at least one.  Las Vegas has quite a few museums to enjoy, on some diverse and unique topics.  
The Mob Museum
My personal favorite, the Mob Museum portrays the rich and unique history of organized crime in the US.  Beginning with some of the original founders of the mafia in the east, it follows their movement across the country, to their powerful influence in Vegas.  The museum features historical items, such as the actual wall from the Valentine’s Day Massacre, and a variety of media photographs and footage.  
If you want to know more about the Mob Museum, you will have to see our gallery, Mob Museum Mayhem, when it publishes.  
 Shelby American**  FREE

Shelby american is a producer of high performance automobiles and parts.  They have a Heritage Museum, and offer factory tours. 

Nostalgia Street Rods

A museum featuring a private collection of vehicles produced between 1910 to 1965.  The collection includes, scooters, street rods, and custom cars.  Other memorabilia is also showcased.

Counts Kustoms**   FREE

Featured in the television program Counting Cars, Count's Kustoms features their private collection of custom cars, rods, and motorcycles.  

Welder Up**  FREE 

Featured in the television show Vegas Rat Rods, the Welder Up shop features the owner's unique collection of personally created "rat rods."  

Hollywood Cars Museum

Hollywood Cars is said to have a number of well-known movie-star vehicles, from Herbie the Love Bug, the General Lee, and the Knight Rider Kit.  They also feature "tribute cars" depicting the Flinstones car, and the Bugs Bunny Rabbit Car, among others.

Discovery Children's Museum

The Discovery museum features a variety of hands on exhibits, designed to enable children to freely explore art, culture and science, from a young age.  There are frequent special programs, and demonstrations.  It is designed to be fun and educational, for the whole family.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum focuses on learning about the natural world, and its history.  Affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, its educational displays benefit the entire community, and visitors.  See dinosaur replicas and learn about geology, prehistoric animals, and Egyptian culture, among a plethora of other exhibits.

Clark County Museum

 A local museum depicting the history of communities in the area, from prehistoric times to current day.  Replicas of buildings from different eras allow free exploration and imbibe an understanding of life in different times.

Atomic Testing Museum

Founded by the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, this intriguing museum explores the history of the nuclear weapons testing program in the US, with a focus on the Nevada Test Site.  Circumstances leading up to the testing are explored, as well as the implications and impacts on society, from local communities to the world.

Pinball Hall of Fame**  FREE

Grab a handful of quarters and head to the Pinball Hall of Fame, showcasing the world's largest pinball machine collection.  The museum fills an entire 10,000 square feet of display area, with machines spanning the decades from the 19502 through the 1990s.  All machines are ready to be played, for a quarter or fifty cents.   

Neon Museum

The Neon Museum offers a bit of glitz and nostalgia, all wrapped into one.  Featuring neon signs from as far back as the 1940s, and other related memorabilia, it is said to give visitors a feeling of "old Vegas."    Many of the signs are restored, and can be viewed as a part of a walking tour.  Others, perhaps beyond repair, are placed in the Boneyard, which can be visited by appointment.

The Liberace Museum

Housed in two separate locations, the Liberace Collection is one of a kind.  One of history's most flamboyant performers, his clothing, instruments, and vehicles, were unlike any others.  The Liberace Garage showcases a collection of extraordinary vehicles.  The private collection, housed at the former estate of Michael Jackson, Thriller Villa, featuring fabulous clothing, grand pianos, and other unique items once used by Liberace.  It is said to be an outstanding collection.

Casa de Shenandoah

Cassa de Shenandoah is the home of another iconic Vegas performer, Wayne Newton.  The ranch is open for tours, and includes a museum.  On display are a number of vehicles, the private jet, and personal gifts from other well stars of the strip, such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis.  Also included are native American artifacts, and Wayne's tribute to the military.  Outside there are numerous animal habitats, including the award-winning Arabian horses, and other more exotic creatures such as penguins and wallabies.

Nevada State Museum

Many states feature a state museum, and Nevada is no exception.  There are permanent exhibits about the geology and composition of the land, wildlife, and indigenous cultures.  Special and temporary exhibits on topics of current interest are also regularly featured.

World Scouting Museum

A museum that started as a private collection, as a tribute to the impact that scouting has had on families and young people around the world.  The museum displays a variety of scouting memorabilia from different generations.

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Performances

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Las Vegas Philharmonic

Expand your horizons to include performances from the classical masters, at the Philharmonic.  Performances are scheduled throughout the year, and for the holidays, you can expect favorites such as Handel’s Messiah.  Performances are at the Smith Center.

Nevada Ballet Theater

Enjoy graceful performance to the music of some of history’s greatest composers.  Several programs are performed throughout the season, including the traditional, such as Beauty and the Beast, and the more modern, such as Broadway and Ballet.  Holidays will typically include a rendition of The Nutcracker Suite. Performances are at the Smith Center.

Las Vegas Little Theater

Step out of the realm of expected shows and performances, and enjoy some community theater.  LV Little Theater features local residents who audition for their roles.  They also hold an annual contest for play submissions, and produce the winning submission.  Schedules are available on their website, Las Vegas Little Theater.

Vegas Shows

There are so many Vegas shows, that I could not begin to list them all.  Some shows are on all the time, and others, such as big name concerts, come and go.  Whatever your tastes, you can find a show to suit, from comedy to magic, from song to dance.  Check the city visitors guide prior to your trip to find out for sure what is on during your visit.  In our opinion, you can never go wrong with Cirque De'Soleil!

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Sins and other Stuff

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Las Vegas 101 things to Do, Parks.
One of Many on the Strip Wedding Chapels.
Shooting Experiences

Many visitors from locations with stricter laws, hope to experience the adrenaline of shooting handguns or automatic weapons.  There are numerous places to experience target shooting, and simulated assault shooting in the city and on the strip.  All of the facilities provide training on use, handling, and safety.  A safety trainer accompanies the visitor throughout the shooting experience.  Some places to try a shooting or combat simulation experience include: Top Shot Las Vegas,  Bullets and Burgers,  The Gun Store Las Vegas,  Shoot Las Vegas,  Gun Garage,  Machine Gun Experience,  Strip Gun Club,  Machine Guns Vegas,  Battlefield Vegas,  The Range 702.

Get Pampered

Spa experiences can be found in dozens of places, and most notably, every upscale resort has spa services.  You can get rubbed, wrapped, soaked, showered, steamed, and sunned.  Any type of relaxing and pampering body experience you want, is close at hand.

Show Some Skin

For visitors who really want to get naked, there are several pools right on the strip, where clothing above the waist is optional.  While in many countries, this is considered completely normal, in the US it is pretty taboo.  Some pools where you can take that top off are  Bare Pool at the Mirage,  Tao Bach at the Venetian,  Naked Pool at the Artisan,  DayDream Club Pool at the M Resort.

Take it All Off

But perhaps learning to take it all off, in an intentionally provocative manner, sounds more appealing.  There are classes that provide instruction in the best techniques, given by professionals in the field.  Some classes, if you want to learn how to take it off in the sexiest way:  Stripper 101, at the Hard Rock Cafe,  X Burlesque University, at The Flamingo.  

See Some Skin/Get Some Skin

We won't go into a lot of details here, but yes, you can do both of these things in Nevada.  There are a couple dozen places in the city to see some skin or get a lap dance, for men and women.  You won't have any trouble finding them, if you are looking.  There is also a Burlesque Hall of Fame, which many visitors find interesting.  For anyone looking to actually experience some skin, driving about 90 miles outside of the city is required.  While brothels are legal in Nevada, they are not legal in Las Vegas.

People Watching

Visit any large city in the world and there will be an opportunity to people watch, but some cities will be a bit more interesting than others.  The vast diversity of incomes, ages, and origins, make for some pretty eclectic intermingling.  People watching is prime anywhere on the strip, and downtown.  Be prepared to see a bit more than desired from time to time though! 

Other Resort Attractions

Perhaps we could have made our list a lot longer than 101 things to do, because we have not even mentioned many of the specialty resort attractions.  These attractions are pretty widely advertised, so we didn't include them individually.  Those you might already be familiar with include Madame Tousard's, the Marvel Avengers interactive adventure, the Titanic Exhibit, and CBS Television City.  Almost every resort has some special attractions, along with their shows and performances.  Don't forget, there are numerous free shows on and off the strip, such as the Bellagio Fountains, the Mirage Volcano, and the circus performances at Circus Circus.   By the way, many resorts also have wedding chapels, and of course, there are the dozen down the strip.

Gaming, aka, Gambling

Perhaps the main attraction... There are approximately 40 casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.  Include the entire city, and that number grows to about 105.  In those 105 casinos, there are about 200,000 slot machines.  Take into account all of the table game options, which we do not have a number for, and that is a lot of gaming options!  If you are on your first trip to the city, and your first gambling experience, be sure to check out our story Your First Vegas Gaming Experience, before dropping any dollars!

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There you have it- All 101 Things to Do in Las Vegas

And as you see, it is a LOT more than just gambling and shopping!!  We hope you have a trip plan forming now!!

Links for Planning

What else do you need for a fantastic trip to Vegas?  

If you are planning your first trip, there are some important things you should be aware of, besides all of these things to do.  Make sure to review our article, Vegas Know Before You Go!

If you are going to gamble first time, check out our article, First Vegas Gaming Experience. (Coming Soon!)

If you are hoping to maintain your fitness in Vegas, check out our article, Stay Fit in Sin City.

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Beautiful Bellagio Botanicals  (Coming Soon!)

Mob Museum Mayhem  (Coming Soon!)

Grand Canyon VIP  (Coming Soon!)

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21 thoughts on “Las Vegas 101 Things to Do

  1. This article is that good i’ve had to bookmark it for later! I’ve been to Vegas back in 2012 but missed most of the things on this list. Thanks for taking time to write it 🙂

    1. Thank you Dan! It is the greatest feeling when fellow bloggers say that! It was the first time I traveled as a blogger, and actually looking for what would help readers.

  2. Wow! I am truly surprised by this list. I had no clue that there were so many things to do in Vegas besides gambling. Including ballet and theatre! I guess I need to educate myself more about this part of the continent.

  3. Such a good post! I have actually never been to Vegas so I like seeing all the things to do other than spend the whole time gambling. Thanks for sharing!

    1. don’t ya hate it when you make that typo in a comment, lol. I do it on Instagram all the time! I will isolate and make a list of all free stuff in a week or two. Thanks for checking it out, and hope it comes in handy in the future!

    1. I think you are right Carol! Our gambling tips and Bellagio Botanicals, posts are ready to go, and next week Mob Museum, Hover Dam and Grand Canyon. Then I will go make a summary of free things post. Thanks!

  4. Aaah Las Vegas, city of excess where anything is possible! For me, what I love about it is that it’s NOT all about the gambling, as you say, there’s a lot else to do. Of your fantastic list, I’m making particular notes about the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden, that’s right up my street, and the desert dune buggy experience. And of course, all the attractions within nearby reach of LV too, such a gorgeous place to self-drive we felt.
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    1. Thanks Kavita! The ride to Grand Canyon was beautiful, and unusual. We are actually going to use Vegas as our fly in point to visit Death Valley and Sequoia Kings in the spring as well, so I am expecting a completely different environment in that direction. I am glad you enjoyed it there as well!

  5. Going to Vegas in spring. It should be interesting. I want to check out some of the food and some of the places to get out of the city. It’s so dry and hot there, but I think April won’t be too bad. You’ve compiled quite the list!

    1. The locals said that early April is still pretty beautiful, BUT also warm enough for a dip in the pool if you fancy. If you do have some good food, I would love to hear. We have future stories on gambling, some museums, and some tours. But fortunately or unfortunately, I ate free buffets 3 of 4 days on my last visit. So I am unqualified to review food!

  6. I love how much is covered in this post. I’ve been to Las Vegas a couple of times and if I go again I’m putting the botanical gardens on my list. I think the zero gravity would be fun too.

    1. Morning is a good time to go. They can be pretty crowded from lunch time on. Our gallery of images there goes up next weekend. Through some quick stepping and a friend who shewed people to stay back, I got some good shots with no people in them, but in a couple of them, I left the whole crowd in, just so readers can see. It is quite whimsical!

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