Things to do in Las Vegas
There are more things to do in Las Vegas than just lose money - there are free shows, natural sights, and even kid-friendly activities. Here's what to do in Las Vegas if you want more than a wild, Swingers-style weekend:
Check out the free shows. Every big casino resort has some sort of show in its lobby, and they're simultaneously quite good and free to boot. The most famous is the Bellagio's fountain show, which goes off every 15 to 30 minutes and is set to music. But don't miss the acrobats at Circus Circus or the musicians and strolling performers at The Venetian.
Go kitschy at the Pawn Shop. This store has gotten a boost thanks to the reality show Pawn Stars, but this Strip mainstay dates back to 1934. Even if you don't recognize the stars of the show, you can spend a long visit checking out the world-class art, rare jewelry, Super Bowl rings, and much more. Just avoid the mid-day hours, when it gets crowded.
Take a day trip to the Hoover Dam. About an hour outside of Las Vegas, this wonder of engineering is one of the main reasons Sin City came into being in the first place.
There is such a thing as kid-friendly Las Vegas. Other than the Hoover Dam, your best bets for a family-oriented getaway are the carnival games at Circus Circus, the family-friendly hotel pools, and shops like the beloved M&M's World.
Get some fresh air at the Red Rock Canyon. This area is a great spot for horseback riding tours, rock climbing, or hiking, and it's kid-friendly to boot. Plus, the stunning scenery includes ancient Native American petroglyphs.
This tour operator runs daily bus trips to Red Rock Canyon and offers convenient hotel pick-up.
Blush Boutique, the centerpiece of the Wynn Las Vegas’s nightclub offerings, refers to itself as a “boutique nightclub,” a term intended to illustrate the venue’s efforts to combine the sophistication of a high-end lounge with the trappings of a vibrant nightclub.
Situated just off the Strip, this aquarium is home to more than 2,000 animals, including 100 sharks, piranhas, rare golden crocodiles, and a 300-pound endangered sea turtle.
The Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a 180-acre protected nature area just a few miles west of the Strip, may seem an unlikely location for a giant showcase of energy efficiency and sustainable living.
Kathy Falkensammer co-founded Las Vegas-based Prestige Travel, an American Express Travel Representative, in 1982.
Chocolate hazelnut bombes, crème brulee gelato, chocolate truffles, tropical fruit crepes: pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury’s creative menu has patrons lining up at all hours of the day.