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15 Awesome Things to Do in Las Vegas (besides Casinos)

Las Vegas is one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations. Visited by millions of people annually, the city in the desert is known for offering a lot of fun and excitement.

And casinos.

But what if you’re not into gambling? Maybe you prefer cultural or outdoorsy stuff but you’re going to Vegas for a convention.

Or maybe you want a sunny and snow-free winter vacation but without slot machines and poker games.

No problem, because there are lots of cool things to do in Las Vegas besides going to casinos.

In this post I’m sharing 15 fun things to do in Vegas that aren’t gambling.

 

Fun Things do Do in Las Vegas Besides Gambling.

 

Stratosphere Observation Deck

The Stratosphere is the home to the tallest observation tower (1,149 feet tall/350 meters) in the United States.

Apart from the observation deck, the tower also includes lounges and a revolving restaurant.

If you stay in the Stratosphere hotel, then there is free admission to the observation deck, otherwise, there is an admission fee.

 

Fremont Street

One of the best things to do in Vegas besides casinos is walking around Fremont Street.

 

Las Vegas Fremont street signs.

 

The famous street dates to the early 1900s and is featured in several movie projects including the notable “Viva Las Vegas” and “Diamonds Are Forever”.

Take a walk down Fremont Street where you can discover antiques, take part in events and light shows or take photos and selfies.

Maybe you’ll even meet some Vegas showgirls.

 

Las Vegas showgirls image with tourist.

 

Neon Boneyard

This one-of-a-kind museum established in 1996 features various neon signs from old casinos and other gambling and entertainment businesses.

Among some of the most popular neon signs and symbols to look for in the Neon Boneyard are the “Stardust”, “Sahara”, “La Concha”, and “Silver Slipper” and many others.

 

Red Rock Canyon Tour

Red Rock Canyon, which is known for its distinctive red rock formations, is 15 miles west of Las Vegas and that makes it the perfect escape from sin city.

Because of its location, the canyon is an excellent place for adventure seekers and sightseers, as well as backpackers, climbers, and hikers.

You can hire a tour or rent a car and drive to Red Rock Canyon and do your own self-guided tour.

 

Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas Nevada.

 

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire is another popular landscape known for its red sandstone rock formations.

Considered to be a geologic wonderland, the brilliant and colorful Valley of Fire is a little over 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

At Valley of Fire you can enjoy the landscapes and magical views by camping, climbing, or hiking in some of the many gorgeous spots.

Check out Elephant Rock, Mouse’s Tank, Pink Canyon, and Fire Wave.

 

Go to a Las Vegas Show

Another thing on your Las Vegas bucket list should be going to a Vegas Show.

The iconic Cirque du Soleil provides some of the most amazing shows in Vegas.

But there are all sorts of shows in the desert city – from comedy, concerts, and dance shows to hypnosis, impersonators, and variety shows, there is something for everyone.

 

Las Vegas show.

 

Exotic Car Driving Experience

Imagine experiencing the thrill of driving around a racetrack superfast in a Lamborghini or Ferrari.

You can do that in Las Vegas!

Choose the car of your dreams and race around the speedway for a fun and unforgettable Las Vegas experience.

In fact, Vegas has the largest and fastest selection of supercars in the world, which is why there are so many companies that offer this type of top-rated experience.

 

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is a tourist attraction that has wowed visitors since the mid-1930s.

Named after President Herbert Hoover and situated in the Black Canyon, the concrete dam is a one-hour drive from Las Vegas.

Hoover Dam is the perfect destination for a quick day trip.

Enjoy tons of outdoor activities such as climbing, diving, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and swimming in Lake Mead.

For Hoover Dam tours you can book the tour in Vegas that includes transportation or rent a car to drive there yourself.

 

Atomic Testing Museum

One of the most educational tourist spots in Nevada is the Atomic Testing Museum.

This unique museum opened in March 2005. It focuses on the history of nuclear testing in Nevada and tells the story of various nuclear weapons.

In the museum, visitors can find out more about the establishment and progression of the Nevada Test Site. There are several informative videos, geological artifacts, and lots of info panels and exhibits.

 

Mob Museum

Another intriguing museum that was founded recently is the Mob Museum.

Located right in the heart of Las Vegas, this one-of-a-kind history museum is dedicated to showcasing the different aspects and history of organized crime (including artifacts and stories).

Additionally, the landmark also includes law enforcement’s actions and operations to prevent similar crimes.

 

Chill Out at the Ice Lounge

Looking for something super cool to do in Vegas besides casinos? Chilling out at the Ice Lounge is another great idea.

Known as the coolest attraction in the city, the Ice Lounge is a winter wonderland where you can explore different ice-themed rooms and sculptures.

The thing about this place that makes it so magical is that literally everything inside is made of ice – from the walls and seats to the glasses and decorations.

 

Eldorado Canyon

A fun outdoor attraction near Vegas that is perfect for ATV rides is the Eldorado Canyon.

Sitting on the edge of the Colorado River, this haven for adventurers and photographers is known for its gold and silver mines.

Presently, there are several mining tours that you can take advantage of too.

So you can explore the rocky canyon, its ghost town, and historic gold mine all in one fabulous day trip from Vegas.

 

High Roller Observation Wheel

The High Roller is an observation wheel that is about 550 feet (168 m) tall.

Opened in 2014, this tourist attraction offers spectacular sky-high views of The Entertainment Capital of the World.

Once you’re on the wheel, besides magnificent views (especially at night with all the lights), you can expect a 30-minute ride, as well as an open bar inside the cabin.

 

Adventure Dome

The Adventure Dome offers lots of family friendly fun in Las Vegas.

This five acre indoor amusement park has been open since 1993.

Adventure Dome indoor theme park is located at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino and it’s a great vacation destination for families.

The Adventure Dome has something for everyone – from video game arcades and rock climbing walls to carnival-type games and roller coasters.

 

Bellagio Fountains Water Show

The Fountains of Bellagio have their own dramatic shows that should be on your Vegas bucket list.

Every day during specific time slots on the weekdays and weekends, there are 30-minute shows during which the water jumps over 70 feet into the air, making it look like it’s dancing.

As if that’s not exciting enough, the soaring fountains are always choreographed with lights and music.

Also, be sure to check out the Bellagio Gardens and the Chihuly art glass ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel.

 

Bellagio Gardens Vegas.

 

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