There’s no shortage of fun, crazy, adventurous, and quirky things to do in Las Vegas. Dubbed Sin City, Vegas’ attractions, both mainstream and off-the-beaten-path, make for one epic trip. Here are ten of the best things to do during your time in the desert.
1. Have the Eiffel Tower Experience.
You probably didn’t imagine you’d fly to Vegas to feel like you’re in Paris, but here you are. Visit Paris’ Eiffel Tower to ride 46 stories up and above the Vegas Strip. You can enjoy a 360-degree view from the observation deck; Ambassadors will be there to point out landmarks around the city. The ride itself is 460 feet up and will get your heart gently racing. The views, and the ambiance, are worth it.
2. Go game crazy at the Pinball Hall of Fame.
Imagine 10,000 square feet of nothing but pinball machines. Enthusiasts, or even casual visitors, will appreciate this off-beat collection of retro pinball machines. Because the Pinball Hall of Fame is a non-profit, excess revenues go to non-denominational charities so you don’t have to feel guilty for gaming. All the machines have been restored to like-new condition for your gaming pleasure, and older pinball machines are priced at 25 cents, so you can find your favorites to play and not break the bank. There are over 152 games to choose from.
3. Enjoy a performance of O by Cirque du Soleil.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular performances by the acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, “O” takes the audience on a surreal aquatic adventure via a variety of showcases. Aerial hoopers fly in the air and above water, a herd of aquatic ‘zebras’ swing just above the water for a hypnotic dance, a ghostly ship emerges from the mist, and synchronized swimmers leap 60 feet for a high-dive into a small section of pool. As if that wasn’t enough to bring you to the Bellagio, stay for the hotel’s famous water and light fountain show, outside the hotel’s entrance, for another dazzling display of musical and aquatic artistry.
4. Visit the Neon Museum and Boneyard.
Have a thing for neon signage from yesteryear? Then visit the Neon Museum and Boneyard, a kitschy two-acre wonderland of some of the best signs from Vegas’ past. The Boneyard is made up of over 200 old neon signs, seven of which have been restored, and includes signage from The Silver Slipper, Society Cleaners, Binion’s Horseshoe, and 5th Street Liquors to name a few. Fun, one-of-a-kind Instagram opportunities abound.
5. Skyjump at the Stratosphere.
Have you always wanted to try skydiving but never got over your fear of flying in a small-engine plane? Luckily, you can still experience the thrill of freefalling at the Stratosphere’s Skyjump, an 855-foot freefall experience where you jump off the 108th floor of The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. This “controlled” free fall attaches you to a harness and is most similar to a vertical zip line. After taking the leap you’ll experience an adrenaline-pumping descent to the ground, and just before you approach the earth you’ll slow down for a safe and controlled landing.
6. Shop ‘til you drop at Fashion Show Mall.
No trip to Vegas is complete without a little, or a lot, of shopping. Check out the Fashion Show Mall for 1.8 million square feet of shopping space. There are over 250 stores to check out including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Forever 21, and Anthropologie. Visit on a weekend so you can experience a live runway show (near Saks and Nordstrom) with entertainment.
7. Gamble at the Monte Carlo.
No trip to Vegas is complete without a little, or a lot, of gambling. Check out the Monte Carlo Casino for a good mix of blackjack tables, 2,200 slots, and single-zero roulette. The devil’s in the details: blackjack buy-ins start at only $5, and you might get lucky enough to score a solo table.
8. Dine next to a waterfall at Country Club.
Overlooking the 18th hole of a golf course and next to a spectacular waterfall is the Wynn Las Vegas’ Country Club. This new American Steakhouse, which is a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star award winner, has an upscale, country club-like ambiance and serves up an experience worthy of kings. Go for dinner, order the Bison Prime Rib, and enjoy the scenery.
9. Go for a swim at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Cool off from Vegas’ desert heat with a dip in the pool. Head to Hard Rock Hotel for different options: Whether you’re in the mood to party (check out Paradise Pool – Rehab Beach Club) or want a more relaxed atmosphere (Nirvana Pool), a little wading, and luxury, is just what the doctor ordered.
10. Take a million dollar photo at Binion’s in Old Vegas.
It’s everyone’s dream to strike it rich during a trip to Vegas, but leaving with a cool million usually doesn’t happen. Your friends don’t need to know that, though, when you upload a photo of yourself in front of a million dollars to social media. Head to Binion’s Gambling Hall in Old Vegas to pose in front of a pyramid filled with cash denominations totaling $1 million. You can break the heartbreaking news later, but for now, live it up, Millionaire.
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