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.
This terrace pool and lounge in the Strip’s Aria Hotel and Casino Center is part of the Light Group network of Las Vegas destinations and has a 1,200 square-foot pool surrounded by chaise lounges and daybeds.
Located in Showcase Mall on the Las Vegas Strip (and next to the MGM Grand), GameWorks offers fun for kids of all ages.
Despite being hidden beneath the escalators at the Venetian Las Vegas, this small bakery stand is well known for its crispy-on-the-outside and chewy-on-the-inside macarons.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located 17 miles (approximately 25 minutes by car) from the Las Vegas Strip, and draws more than one million visitors per year. The first National Conservation Area in the state, it’s marked by a series of sandstone peaks.
Located on the 55th floor of the Palms, Ghostbar offers a 360-degree view of the Strip from its open-air deck, which also features a Plexiglas inset that enables patrons to look down toward the street, 450 feet below.