25 things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble!

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When people hear of Las Vegas they usually think of gambling, nightlife and tanning, but there is much much more to do in Vegas than just that! This guide will give you great tips on other fun things to do in Vegas that makes staying there such a unique experience.

1. Ride on the roller coaster at the New York, New York Hotel. It runs outside of the hotel, so I would suggest to do this at night. You get a breathtaking view of the strip at night and an even better view from the front seat which is where we sat! This ride is not for the faint hearted!


2. See Las Vegas from 550 feet up on the High Roller observatory ferris wheel. It is the highest observation wheel in the world! The ride around the wheel is 30 minutes and is open noon to 2am daily. This is situated behind The Flamingo hotel at the new LINQ shopping and dining complex.

3. Chill out at the Minus 5 Ice Lounge in the Mandalay Bay Hotel. This lounge is always a frosty minus 5 degrees celsius because it is entirely made of ice from the walls, to the bar, seats and even the glasses you drink out of! Thankfully you get gloves and a parka coat or faux fur coat to wear while inside. Check it out, take a seat on an ice couch and enjoy the music with an ice cold drink! 


4. Enjoy a dinner show at Excalibur’s Tournament of Kings. Watch the kings battle each other in this fun show that has audience interaction, jousting, fireworks, singing and more! As the show is performing you get to indulge with soup, full meal (cutlery not included!), dessert and a drink. Hazzah!

5. Theres a lot to see at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Hotel. You can see over 2,000 animals such as sharks (what a surprise!), sting rays, giant octopus, jelly fish, endangered green sea turtles, piranhas and more! You can also book an Animal Encounter where you can watch sting rays, sea turtles or sharks being fed. It even has a Dive with Sharks program for those who are braver than me! 


6. Swimming with dolphins at The Mirage hotel in the Dolphin Habitat. This is an expensive option, but it really is a once in a lifetime experience.

7. Play games! Instead of gambling your money away on slot and table games, you can have fun with arcade games! Excalibur’s “Fun Dungeon” , New York, New York’s “Big Apple Arcade”, Monte Carlo’s “Backstreet Arcade” and Circus, Circus’ “Midway” are some of the best arcade gaming areas to be found at the hotels. Circus, Circus also has old school carnival games such as ball throwing, balloon popping and even a dunk tank.

8.  See a show! There are a ton of shows that can fit anyones taste such as Cirque du Soleil, magic shows, concerts and comedy acts.


9. Go on the rides at the Adventuredome Theme Park in Circus, Circus. It has everything a theme park would have for both families and thrill seekers. During the Halloween period, Adventuredome is transformed into a Halloween themed park called The Frightdome, which is always named as being one of the premier Halloween attractions to visit in the whole United States.

10. Indoor skydiving! If you aren’t brave enough to do the real thing or just want to try something new and fun, this is a great option!

11. Go on a gondola ride at The Venetian Hotel. If you haven’t had a chance to go to Venice yet, you can take a ride in a gondola which takes you through replicas of the watery streets of Venice both inside and outside of the hotel.


12. Head to a water park for the day. If you need to cool down and take a break from the casino’s there is a Wet ‘n’ Wild only 15 minutes from the strip! It has more than 25 rides and attractions ranging from thrilling water slides to family friendly fun.

13. Eat!!! There are so many good places to in eat in Las Vegas. I haven’t had a bad meal yet! It has all varieties to fit different taste buds and price ranges.. restaurants with a view, buffets, pool side bites or just grab a gelato at The Venetian!


14. Drive a bulldozer at the Dig This: Heavy Equipment Playground. Learn to operate heavy-duty equipment in a life-size sandbox. You can even play games such as ‘Excavator Basketball’, where you try to pick up a basketball off of a cone and place it into your tire basket. Now that is a unique experience!

15. Float around in the lazy river at the MGM Grand hotel. Even if you aren’t staying there, you can buy a pass to get in. Top tip – If you are going with a group of you and intend on staying by the pool a while it pays to get a cabana. Cabana’s are generally free as long as you spend a certain amount of money on food and drinks.


16. If you aren’t afraid of heights you can go on the Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides at the top of The Stratosphere hotel. Towering at 1,149 feet up, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. Obviously being Las Vegas the home of extremes, the question was always going to be, why not build some rides at the top of it? It has three rides.. Insanity, X-Scream and Big Shot. If you aren’t into traditional fairground rides, but still want to get your white knuckle thrills you can do the Sky Jump and leap off of it! Yikes!!!

17. Book an excursion. There are tours that take you off the strip to other places, such as the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Red Rock and even Death Valley, CA! Check out the posts linked here that I made of my experiences. I promise it will make you want to book a tour of your own!


18. Shoot at a gun range. There are different gun options to choose from including machine guns and some pretty high caliber pistols and rifles!

19. Go zip lining off of the Rio Hotel! This is still in construction but once completed, the VooDoo Zip Line will send you flying from one end of the Rio tower to the other at almost 500 feet up!

20. Do you watch the show “Pawn Stars”? You can visit the Pawn Stars Gold and Silver Pawn Shop! If you are a fan of the show, they have autograph sessions taking place once a day during the week, however there is no set schedule because of ever changing filming times. 

21. Want to go to a lounge that really reminds you of Vegas? The Peppermill Fireside Lounge is the spot! It has neon lights, fake trees everywhere, a fire pit and great cocktails, it really is deliciously tacky and the quintessential Las Vegas experience! Their most talked about drink is the Scorpion bowl which is huge so be careful, it sneaks up on you! No wonder it was in films such a “Showgirls” and “Casino”. It also has a diner attached to it, so you can stumble over from the lounge if you need to soak up some of that alcohol!


22. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a race car? No need to wonder anymore! You can experience racing by riding shotgun at speeds up to 160mph during the Richard Petty Ride Along Experience.

23. Take a rest and grab a drink with a view. There are lounges that have great views of the strip! If you are not into the club scene you can always go earlier and relax at a lounge before the craziness starts. You can relax and grab a drink or food depending on which place you go. Some nice lounges are Marquee, Voodoo and Mixx. Mixx has a sunset champagne toast. If you are there for when the sun starts to set, you get a complimentary glass of champagne and everyone does a toast together (nice touch Mandalay Bay!). For those of you who like super upscale lounges, try the Mandarin Bar at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, it is pretty swanky and has truly breathtaking views of the strip.


24. Visit a museum or exhibit. You can become a new CSI recruit and solve a crime at the The CSI Experience, discover the truth at the Mob Museum with interactive exhibits, check out over 250 authentic artifacts recovered from the Titanic at the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition or go and see the the old casino signs at the Neon Museum.

25. If you visit during the holiday season, you can ice skate on the strip outside of The Venetian hotel. If you want to ice skate with a view of the strip, The Cosmopolitan hotel transforms their Boulevard Pool into a fully functioning ice skating rink. It also has fire pits where you can huddle round and enjoy s‘mores, hot chocolate and deliciously warm cocktails.


26 thoughts on “25 things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble!

  1. Had no idea there were things to do in Las Vegas beside gamble! Maybe this list will help me lose less money if I ever make it there.


  2. I’ve never really fancied Las Vegas but I could be tempted by that Ice Lounge. And the desert excursions look good.


  3. I grew up in Vegas and lived there a bit as an adult. I agree, there is SO much more to do in the city besides gambling. Did you ever get a chance to check out the Chocolate factory?


  4. SO many fun things to do! You’re right, I’ve never considered Vegas to be good for anything apart from partying and gambling! I’d love to try the swimming with the Dolphins bit! Very insightful post Christine!


  5. The Venetian is so bizarre – you go from being in Venice to being in a totally normal mall in seconds, right? Or am I combining two different Vegas shopping places?

    I’d totally be down for the MGM river pool. And I didn’t know about the Mandalay Bay champagne toast, that’s awesome.


    • Haha most of the hotels have a large shopping section but they usually try to keep to the theme even in those areas. I went to the MGM pool it was so much fun! I also did the toast it was really nice 🙂


  6. Ive never been interest in Vegas mostly because I associate Vegas with gambling. So many things to do besides that! — Is it expensive though? most of the list although appealing, gives me the impression that the city will hardly be enjoyed by a budget traveler.


  7. Great list but I’d skip the roller coaster… 🙂 I’m sure most people think there is nothing to do in Vegas but drink and gamble.


  8. Looks like an interesting city, I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing a lot of gambling if I ever make it there though!


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