Things To Do In Las Vegas
Las Vegas is also known as Sin City, and for good reason. Just about anything goes here, and you can find all sorts of fun and exciting things to do and see.
Known for its casinos and a vibrant party and entertainment scene, there’s actually also lots of arts, culture, history and nature here as well.
Here are our recommendations for the 15 best things to do in Las Vegas.
1. Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Can you even say you’ve been to Las Vegas if you don’t have photo proof? Make sure you take a selfie at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.”
The iconic sign marks the start of the Las Vegas Strip, though it’s some distance away from where most of the action is. The sign is one of the most popular sites in Las Vegas, and there are limited parking spots in the parking lot.
Some sightseeing tours will include a stop here. Otherwise, consider taking a rideshare, taxi or bus to and from the sign. Be sure to leave some time to wait in line to take a photo. The sign is open 24 hours a day, so go at an odd time if you don’t want to wait in line.
2. The Strip
Similarly, you can’t really say you’ve been to Las Vegas if you haven’t been on the Strip.
This 6-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard from the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign to the Stratosphere is where you will find most of the top resorts and casinos in the city, many of which are actually concentrated in the 2.5-mile stretch between the Mandalay Bay and Treasure Island.
See such iconic landmarks as the pyramid and sphinx at Luxor, the castle of Excalibur, the Statue of Liberty at New York New York, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, and the fountains at the Bellagio.
In between, you’ll find plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options. And while it is possible to walk the Strip, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and avoid the heat of the day in the summer. Taking the monorail is one option. Another good option is to take a guided tour.
3. The LINQ High Roller
Get a birds-eye view of Las Vegas on the LINQ High Roller. It’s the highest ferris wheel in the world at 550 feet. Each cabin can seat up to 40 people and takes 30 minutes to complete a revolution.
During your ride, enjoy 360-degree views over Las Vegas. An audio tour covers Las Vegas history and points out different landmarks as you see them. The attraction is very popular, so it’s best to book a ticket ahead of time to minimize your waiting time.
There is a bar where you can grab drinks before boarding. You can also book an open-bar cabin, or other specialty experiences such as wine tasting or yoga. Afterwards, explore the lively LINQ promenade, full of shops, restaurants and bars.
4. Eat and Drink in Style
With an incredible food scene, eating and drinking in style in one of the best things to do in Las Vegas. One of the top culinary options in Las Vegas is the buffet.
Although they are not cheap, they do offer an incredible value in the selection and quality of food. Top buffets to try include the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars, Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan and the Buffet at Wynn.
Vegas is also a great place to try a restaurant by a celebrity chef. Big names such as Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller and Bobby Flay all have restaurants in town, some of which offer casual fare at affordable prices.
To sample a range of dishes with an insider, try a guided food tour.
5. See a Show
Las Vegas is one of the best places in the world to see a live performance. Cirque du Soleil is one of the biggest entertainment companies in town, with several popular shows.
Top shows include LOVE at The Mirage, O at the Bellagio, Mystere at Treasure Island and Zumanity at New York New York. Other popular shows include Blue Man Group at the Luxor, Penn & Teller at the Rio, David Copperfield at the MGM Grand and La Reve at the Wynn.
There are also plenty of comedy options. And if you prefer live music, many of the top names in music, such as Celine Dion, Cher and Elton John, have had residencies in Las Vegas.
6. The Fountains at the Bellagio
The Fountains at the Bellagio is one of the best free things you can do in Las Vegas. The 8.5-acre Lake Bellagio outside of the Bellagio features more than 1,000 water fountains and 4,500 lights.
Every 30 minutes between 3 pm and 8 pm, and every 15 minutes between 8 pm and midnight, see jets of water shoot up hundreds of feet in the air, synchronized to music ranging from classical music to pop to Broadway tunes.
You can get the best views from the Olives Restaurant, the Fontana Lounge or directly in front of the fountains on Las Vegas Boulevard.
7. Fremont Street
Street is located in downtown Las Vegas, a few miles away from the Strip.
Formerly the location of a few casinos that were past their prime, today it’s home to the Fremont Street Experience. Spanning five blocks, it’s a big outdoor mall and pedestrian zone.
There are several casinos, lots of food options and souvenir shops, as well as plenty of street performers and live entertainment. Above it, the massive Viva Vision canopy is made up of more than 12 million LED lights, and puts on free nightly light shows.
While those who dare can soar 10 stories above on the SlotZilla zip line. Stop by to people-watch and soak up the atmosphere, or join in on the fun.
8. Go Shopping
Las Vegas is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashions, or just window shopping, you’ll find it here.
The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel and Casino offers high end shopping in an incredible setting. Indulge in retail therapy, then take a gondola ride along the indoor canals. For the kids, there’s a giant aquarium.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is another great option, and features more than 150 shops and restaurants. For old-world charm and bargains away from the Strip, head to Tivoli Village. There’s even a farmers market on Sundays.
For fashionistas, a visit to Fashion Mall, with its runway shows, is a must. And for a unique shopping experience, try the Container Park in downtown.
9. Quirky Museums
Las Vegas is home to several unusual but excellent museums. Learn about the city’s long connection to organized crime at the Mob Museum.
At the Neon Museum, you can see hundreds of restored neon signs from the city’s past. The Pinball Hall of Fame showcases hundreds of classic pinball machines. Learn about Vegas entertainers at the Las Vegas Showgirl Museum.
Find famous vehicles from the big screen at the Hollywood Car Museum. Explore the spooky and paranormal at Zac Bagans’ Haunted Museum. Or learn about Nevada’s history of testing nuclear bombs at the National Atomic Testing Museum.
10. The Stratosphere
Located at the northern end of the Strip, the Stratosphere Tower is one of the top attractions in Las Vegas.
It’s home to the tallest freestanding observation tower in the country. Both indoor and outdoor observation decks are available. You can also enjoy fine dining with a view. Don’t miss the Top of the World restaurant, with its 360-degree revolving dining room. And for those looking for more thrills, the rooftop also offers several exciting rides.
Get catapulted 160 feet in the air on Big Shot. Ride the X Scream roller coaster, which goes over the edge of the tower. Dangle over the side of the building on Insanity. Or bungee-jump from 108 floors up on the SkyJump.
11. Helicopter Ride
Going up on a helicopter ride is one of the best things you can do in Las Vegas. Sure, it may be a bit pricey, but it will be one experience you won’t forget.
Get an incredible aerial view over the city. You can choose a short flight just over the Strip, or a longer flight covering more of the city and neighboring areas. Most of the flights are at night, which allows you to see the city all lit up.
Another great option is to take a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon. Fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead on your way there. You can even land on the canyon floor, and have a picnic or champagne.
Other add-on options are possible, such as rafting down the Colorado River, or a guided tour of the town.
12. Hoover Dam
Located only 30 miles southeast, the Hoover Dam is a popular day trip from Las Vegas. Built during the Great Depression, it’s an impressive feat of engineering.
The Visitors Center offers interesting and educational audio, video and interactive exhibits. Be sure to visit the observation deck on the top floor of the Visitors Center. The views here of the dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River are spectacular.
Tour the plant and learn how electricity is generated and distributed. Afterwards, enjoy a few hours in the Lake Mead Recreation Area.
There are several nice scenic drives. Or better yet, get out on the water on a cruise. Guided tours to the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas are available for a hassle-free day.
13. Red Rock Canyon
Believe it or not, you can enjoy the outdoors and nature just outside of the town.
Located about 15 miles west of the city, Red Rock Canyon State Park is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas to enjoy the outdoors. There’s a nice 13-mile scenic drive through the park. See stunning red sandstone hills and sweeping vistas.
To really appreciate the park, get out and hike or bike the more than 2 dozen trails available. Head to the visitors center to get a map and recommendations.
Popular trails include Calico Tanks and Turtlehead Peak. It’s also possible to go rock climbing here. Guided tours are also available to take the guesswork out of your visit.
You can Also checkout list of our best day trips from Phoenix, which is closely to sin city in case you are planning to extend your vacation and enjoy outdoors.
14. Spend Time at the Pool
Spending time at the pool is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas. It’s also a great way to cool off in the desert heat. Many resorts offer incredible pool complexes, with different pool areas to suit different clientele.
Check out the Encore Beach Club if you want to experience the quintessential Vegas pool party, complete with live DJs. Gamble at a swim up table at the Garden of the Gods Pool at Caesars.
Enjoy a white sand beach, wave pool and concerts at the Mandalay Bay Beach. Slide down a 30-foot shark tank at the Golden Nugget.
And for the best views of the Strip, head to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan.
15. Appreciate the Arts
There’s a thriving art scene in the town and it’s possible to see some really great art while you are here.
Start with a visit to some of the city’s art museums, such as the Las Vegas Art Museum, the Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas or the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Afterwards, head over to the 18b Las Vegas Art District in downtown, where you’ll find warehouses that have been converted into galleries and performance spaces.
Finally, you can view art at several casinos and resorts on the Strip, often for free. The art can be found in lobbies and malls, such as at the Venetian, at the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace, the Aria Fine Art Collection and at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.
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