Having lived in Las Vegas for the past 20+ years, there’s really no place we would rather be. It’s exciting and vibrant, but also super relaxing. you just have to know where to go. is a vibrant and exciting city known for its casinos, entertainment, and nightlife. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, there are always new and interesting activities in Las Vegas.
20 activities In Las Vegas to Check Out
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- Visit the casinos. Now, gambling isn’t our thing, but it is what Las Vegas is known for. Some of the world’s most well-known casinos are on the Las Vegas Strip, including the iconic Bellagio. You may have seen it in the movie Ocean’s Eleven. The film where George Clooney’s character Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. We wouldn’t suggest trying to do the same thing though.
- See a show. One of the activities in Las Vegas we like to do the most is to go and see the shows. Along with gambling, the city has been known for its incredible entertainment for decades. There’s always something going on in Vegas. From once-in-a-lifetime concerts to hilarious stand-up comedians, there’s a show for every taste and every budget.
- Explore the outdoors. Las Vegas is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert, also known as the “high desert.” Meaning that it can get very hot and very cold. That said, there are still plenty of activities in Las Vegas that encourage you to get outside. If you’re a fan of red sandstone, we suggest taking a hike in Red Rock Canyon or go explore the Valley of Fire State Park. If you want to check out one of the seven wonders of the modern world, pay a visit to Hoover Dam.
- Visit the museums. Las Vegas may be best known for its casinos and entertainment, but the city also has a rich cultural history. For those whose list of activities in Las Vegas includes science, make sure to visit the National Atomic Testing Museum to learn about the city’s role in nuclear testing. If you’re someone who enjoys the unexplained and the spooky, head over to Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum.
- Shop until you drop. While shopping may seem like an interesting choice to add to a list of activities in Las Vegas, the city is actually home to some of the best shopping in the country. You’ll find everything from bargain-filled outlet malls to high-end boutiques. We suggest visiting the Fashion Show Mall, the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, or the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, even if all you want to do is window shop. The “malls” are genuinely a unique shopping experience.
- Indulge in fine dining. Eating is one of our favorite activities in Las Vegas. Why? Because it’s a foodie paradise, with top-rated restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. Whether you’re looking for a fancy meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a quick bite from a food truck, you’ll find something to satisfy your cravings in Vegas.
- Visit the Hoover Dam. Located just a short drive from Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel and a must-see attraction. Take a guided tour to learn about the dam’s history and construction, or just admire the views from the observation deck.
- Catch a game. It was all a dream… For years, the idea that you could physically be at a LIVE professional sports game within Las Vegas seemed like it would never come. But now the city has several pro sports teams, making watching a game one of the newest activities in Las Vegas. You can watch the Vegas Golden Knights, the Raiders, the Las Vegas Lights, and the 2022 WNBA Champions, the Las Vegas Aces.
- Visit the Fremont Street Experience. Fremont Street, Old Vegas, and Downtown are all the same place. Back in the day, you used to be able to drive down Fremont Street. You can see this in U2’s iconic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” video filmed on Fremont Street in April of 1987 (watch video below). Today, Fremont Street is known as the Fremont Street Experience. It’s also now pedestrian-only. At night, you can hear live music, see VERY interesting street performers, and watch a stunning light show on the overhead canopy. It’s also the place where you’ll see what made Vegas famous, flashing lights and neon signs.
- Relax at a spa. After a long day of exploring the city, take some time to relax and unwind at one of Las Vegas’ many luxurious spas. Indulge in a massage, a facial, or a soothing soak in a hot tub to recharge your batteries and prepare for your next adventure in Sin City.
- Visit the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Most locals and tourists agree that one of the best activities in Las Vegas to do is visit the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio. It is an absolutely stunning display of flowers, plants, and other botanical wonders, which are changed seasonally, so there’s always something new to see. The best part is that it’s free for everyone to see. In our opinion, the Conservatory is money well spent by MGM Resorts. Other businesses should take notice. Just because something doesn’t have a clearly defined ROI, the memories visitors take away last a lifetime.
- Go to a club. While many cities will claim to be the top destination for nightlife, we really can not see how anyone does it better than Vegas and at the scale, it does it. Many of the top entertainers have residencies at the clubs here. You’ll find everything from a chill atmosphere to dancing the night away, and sometimes into the morning. Many of the hottest clubs are located inside some of the top resorts on the Strip.
- Visit the Neon Museum. Like a moth to a flame… One of the more unique museums in Las Vegas, and the world quite honestly, is The Neon Museum. Neon, quite arguably, put this city on the map and this museum celebrates that with informative exhibits about the city’s relationship with glass tubes filled with gas. I mean, who else but Las Vegas, while not being known to preserve our buildings, decides to preserve our neon signs from the buildings that we tore down? Then decides to save the lobby from the La Concha Motel and make it the entrance to The Neon Museum. Welcome to Vegas.
- Take a helicopter tour. Are you looking for a truly unique perspective of Las Vegas? How about taking to the skies on a helicopter tour? Our suggestion is that you take a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon, where they not only land down in the canyon, and serve you food and drinks, but while flying to the Grand Canyon and back, you’ll get to see the Hoover Dam AND the Las Vegas Strip. It’s like three tours in one.
- Hang out with Sea Creatures. One of the best activities in Las Vegas for families is the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. I know, right? Who would’ve thought there would be an aquarium in the desert? You and your family will get to see more than 2,000 animals. Those animals include giant rays, a Komodo dragon, sharks, endangered green sea turtles, and my personal favorite, the piranha. I had never seen one in person before, just in the movies. And, they aren’t portrayed very well in movies. Neither are sharks, come to think of it.
- Visit the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. If you’re looking to learn about the natural history of Las Vegas, The Natural History Museum is a great place to start. You’ll see the geology of the city, a collection of Native American artifacts, and dinosaur exhibits. You’ll even find marine life on display because although Nevada is a desert, it was once entirely submerged hundreds of millions of years ago.
- Go to a Cirque du Soleil show. Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun) has remained one of the most successful theatrical producers in the history of the entertainment industry. Las Vegas is home to several of its productions. From the aquatic wonders of “O”, the music of “The Beatles LOVE” and “Michael Jackson ONE”, as well as the acrobatics of “Mystere” and “KA.” A Cirque du Soleil show is one of the must-see activities in Las Vegas.
- Visit the Mob Museum. When talking about The Mob Museum, we have to make sure that we enunciate the word MOB, otherwise, people sometimes ask us, what’s The MOM Museum? I guess their first guess isn’t that someone would build an entire museum about the Mob. Not only did Las Vegas do that, but they also did it in one of the most historical buildings in the city. It’s even on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1933, the old post office and sometimes courthouse is the home of interactive exhibits, artifacts, and multimedia displays that tell the story of the city’s mobster past. It’s a fascinating look at the history of organized crime in America, with a focus on Las Vegas.
- Go on a food tour. Las Vegas is home to some of the best food and chefs in the country. It would be difficult, but doable, to go to each of their restaurants. So, instead, try taking a food tour as it is a great way to try various dishes. From fancy restaurants to hole-in-the-wall eateries, a food tour will take you to some of the city’s hidden culinary gems.
- Take a ride on the High Roller. No list of activities in Las Vegas is complete if you don’t include The High Roller. It is the world’s 2nd tallest observation wheel, and a ride on this massive Ferris wheel offers stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding area. Each pod attached to the wheel can hold around 30 people, they’re quite large, and it takes about 30 minutes to make one full rotation. The High Roller is located at the LINQ Promenade, and tickets can be purchased by clicking the link below.
Activities in Las Vegas
You’ll find that it would be nearly impossible to check out all of the things that Vegas has to offer. In the list covered above, which is just a fraction of what there is to do, you can see that there’s something for everyone and every budget in Sin City. But these 20 activities in Las Vegas are just the beginning of the exciting experiences that await you. You will learn quickly why people make hundreds of trips to Las Vegas.
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