Las Vegas may be known for its lavish casino-resorts and boisterous nightlife, but there’s a lot more to do in Sin City besides gambling and partying.
If table games and dance floors aren’t your style, check out one of these alternative Las Vegas excursions or activities:
1. Explore Fremont Street
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Also known as “Glitter Gulch”, Fremont Street is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare features live entertainment, a zipline, and a light show.
See what else you can do at Fremont Street.
2. Climb the tallest observation tower in the USA
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At 1,149 feet tall, the Stratosphere Observation Deck is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. With 360 degree views of Las Vegas and the surrounding desert, you can’t miss it.
Learn more about visiting the Stratosphere Observation Deck.
3. Visit the Grand Canyon
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Take a break from the bright lights of Las Vegas and explore one of the nation’s most iconic natural landmarks.
The Grand Canyon’s South Rim is about 5 hours away from Las Vegas by bus, while the Grand Canyon West region is only a short 3 hour drive. Get there faster on a luxurious airplane or helicopter tours, or even enjoy a Grand Canyon floor landing or cruise down the Colorado River.
Not sure whether you should drive yourself to the Grand Canyon or take a guided tour? Get our advice.
Check out some of our most popular Grand Canyon Tours:
Fly to and from the Grand Canyon in a luxury sightseeing airplane, then hop on a 4.6 mile bus tour along the rugged West Rim!
Hop on our most popular guided and narrated luxury bus tour and journey deep into the Grand Canyon’s South Rim National Park!
Fly directly to the South Rim! Enjoy three hours of ground time and the most iconic views of the Grand Canyon.
4. Visit the Neon Boneyard
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Explore the history of Las Vegas from a truly unique perspective as you take a trip back in time with this historical collection of Vegas’s iconic neon signage.
Plan your visit at the Neon Museum’s website.
5. Watch the Bellagio fountains
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The Bellagio’s famous free water, music, and light show runs every half hour during the day and every 15 minutes in the evening. It’s a can’t-miss experience for every Vegas visitor!
6. Go shopping at the Container Park
Fremont Street’s open-air shopping centre is home to many boutique retail shops and delectable restaurants, as well as live entertainment like free concerts, movies, and more.
Learn more about the Downtown Container Park.
7. Check out First Friday
On the first Friday of every month, local artists and artisans gather in downtown Las Vegas to share their work, including visual and performing artists, live music, and delicious food.
Get more information on First Friday.
8. Take a trip to Red Rock Canyon
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Located only 17 miles from the Strip, Red Rock Canyon is the perfect excursion for those craving a break from the bustle of Sin City. Get up close and personal with the landscape’s characteristic bright red cliffs on an SUV tour, or even go off-roading on our Red Rock Canyon Hummer Adventure!
Take a crash course on Red Rock Canyon before you go.
9. Take in a show
Las Vegas is renowned for the quality and selection of shows and concerts put on by Sin City’s many casino-resorts and dedicated entertainment venues!
Check out a complete list of Las Vegas shows and book your tickets today.
10. Join the Mob (almost)
You don’t have to join the mob to learn all about it at the Las Vegas Mob Museum. Located in downtown Las Vegas, this museum shares the unique history of organized crime from the perspectives of both the mobsters and law enforcement through interactive exhibits, films, and numerous artefacts.
Learn more about the Mob Museum.
11. Drive a super fast car
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If you’ve ever been curious about what it would be like to drive a super fast, super luxurious car like a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Aston Martin, check out Exotics Racing. Reach speeds up to 130 mph on their 1.2 mile race track, including an 1,800 foot straightaway and seven turns.
Visit Exotics Racing for more details.
12. Race a super fast car
Fans of NASCAR (or fans of driving fast) can’t miss the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Join a professional driver on a ride-along and travel 140 mph on the famous Las Vegas Speedway, or if you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can even get in the driver’s seat and race on your own.
Check out the Richard Petty Driving Experience website for more information on packages.
13. Visit the Hoover Dam
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One of the world’s most impressive engineering marvels is located just a few miles outside of Las Vegas. Explore deep inside the Dam on one of our Hoover Dam tours, or even combine your trip with a leisurely cruise of Lake Mead:
Take a look at some of our Hoover Dam tours:
Get the best of both worlds on this tour, including stop at the Colorado River and a tour of the Hoover Dam.
Travel to the Hoover Dam in a luxury motorcoach, then fly over it in a customized sightseeing helicopter!
Enjoy a leisurely paddle boat cruise of Lake Mead and explore deep inside the Hoover Dam all on one exciting tour!
Learn more about why you can’t miss visiting the Hoover Dam when you’re in Las Vegas.
14. Go indoor skydiving
Experience the thrill of skydiving without actually jumping out of an airplane thanks to Vegas Indoor Skydiving’s 1,000 horsepower motor. All ages are welcome, and the facility is open seven days a week.
Learn more about Vegas Indoor Skydiving.
15. Visit the Atomic Testing Museum
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Learn the history of America’s nuclear testing program as you explore 70 years of nuclear testing, including an exact replica of the control point where the countdown for each nuclear bomb detonation occurred.
Get more information about the Atomic Testing Museum.
16. Solve a crime
Find a (fictional) killer by gathering evidence and putting your crime-solving skills to the test at CSI: The Experience. Examine bullet casings and review DNA evidence with help from real forensic scientists – if you solve the mystery, you’ll earn an official CSI Diploma!
Learn more about CSI: The Experience.
17. Cool off at the Minus 5 Experience
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Mandalay Bay’s ice lounge is the perfect way to cool down after spending the day in the hot Las Vegas sun. Everything inside the lounge is made of ice, including the walls, the bar, and even the seats. Choose your package, get dressed up in warm gear, and enter the ice bar for a round of icy smooth cocktails.
Get more information the Minus 5 Experience.
18. Explore Death Valley
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If the Minus 5 Experience is a bit too chilly for you, head to Death Valley. Death Valley is home to the lowest point of elevation in North America, and it’s also the site of the hottest temperature recorded on the continent. Explore salt pans, Badwater Basin, and mountain ranges all in one stunning location as you learn what makes Death Valley such a unique part of the Southwest landscape.
Visit Death Valley on our Death Valley Bus Tour.
19. Take a hot air balloon ride
Float over the Strip and the Red Rock Mountains on an hour-long hot air balloon cruise, including a traditional champagne toast upon landing!
Book your balloon ride here.
20. Get medieval at the Tournament of Kings
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Enjoy dinner and a show at the Excalibur casino-resort, complete with competing knights, Arthurian legend, and a three-course meal eaten the way the medievals ate – with your hands.
Get more information on the Tournament of Kings.
21. Indulge your sweet tooth at Ethel M.’s
Chocoholics rejoice! Ethel M.’s Chocolate Factory offers a smorgasbord of gourmet chocolate and tasty treats, and it’s also home to one the largest cactus gardens in Las Vegas.
Visit Ethel M.’s website for more details.
Explore the Old West in all its glory, visit haunted ghost towns, and even pan for gold at authentic abandoned gold mines!
Visit Eldorado Canyon and explore a haunted gold mine on our guided tour.
23. Test your aim at a gun range
Battlefield Las Vegas is the #1 entertainment attraction in Las Vegas. Choose from a number of gun range experiences, and if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can even crush a car with a tank!
Get more information about Battlefield Las Vegas.
24. Take a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel
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The LINQ’s High Roller Observation Wheel is the world’s tallest observation wheel. Travel 550 feet above ground on your 30-minute spin and enjoy 360 degree views of downtown Las Vegas and beyond.
Learn more about the High Roller Observation Wheel.
25. Become a rock star
Live like a rock star, work with veteran rockers, and even form your own band with the help of a Rock Star Counselor and headlining guest stars!
Learn more about attending Rock Camp.
26. Ride a roller coaster at an indoor theme park
Check out the Adventure Dome and ride some seriously exciting indoor roller coasters, play laser tag, and enjoy theme park classics like a swinging ship and bumper cars. There are also lots of kid and family-friendly attractions to check out. Adventure Dome is open seven days a week.
Learn more here.
27. Try an escape room
Solve puzzles and follow the clues as a team to escape from a locked room before time runs out!
Check out Lockdown Rooms for more information.
28. Visit the botanical garden
Springs Preserve is described as the “Central Park” of Las Vegas. With several gardens featuring the largest collection of Mojave Desert cacti and succulent plants in the region, a hiking trail, and a butterfly habitat, it’s easy to see why.
Visit the Springs Preserve website for more details.
29. Head to the Valley of Fire
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Named for its distinctive red sandstone formations, the Valley of Fire is a must-see for every Vegas adventurer. Check out Native American petroglyphs, the famous Atlatl Rock, and more stunning viewpoints at Nevada’s oldest state park, only 50 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.
30. Play trampoline dodgeball
Bounce around at Skyzone, the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Enjoy open jumping times or the foam zone, play “Ultimate Dodgeball” (that’s dodgeball on trampolines), or try your hand at “SkySlam” – trampoline basketball!
Book your jumping time at the Skyzone website.
Soar over the Las Vegas Strip in a luxury sightseeing helicopter and fly past all the most iconic viewpoints, including the MGM Grand, New York New York, Caesar’s Palace, and more on our Las Vegas Night Flight tour. Bonus: drive to your helicopter in a stretch limousine! Book your tour here.
Gambling Not Required
Despite its raucous reputation, “Sin City” is filled with exciting activities that appeal to everyone – not just gamblers or party-goers.