When we think of Las Vegas, we think of the bright lights, the infamous strip, the gambling, and the wild nights out. Both the media and Hollywood have portrayed the city as...well...Sin City. Although, in certain aspects they may be right–people do go to Las Vegas to party, after all–the city is good for more than just bachelor and bachelorette parties and celebrating 21st birthdays.
If you so happen to find yourself in Las Vegas, trust us when we say that there are plenty of other things to do besides partying and playing roulette. Whether you’re not quite of age yet or just looking to do something other than drinking your vacation away, there are so many options for you to look into.
For the thrill-seekers, you have the rides that are thousands of feet in the air, zip lines between hotel towers, and flying thousands of feet in the air over the strip. For others that are not as daring, you can do some shopping, take in some sights, or visit some historical sites and museums. Vegas isn’t all about the drinking and partying, and there are many other ways to have fun. These are 20 things to do in Las Vegas, other than partying.
20 The High Roller
Looking for a thrill? Take a ride on the infamous High Roller, located right in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.
The High Roller is a ferris wheel that is out of this world.
There are 28 cabins that guests can ride in, as the wheel takes you 550 feet above the strip. There are stunning 360-degree views of the city that never sleeps. The ride lasts approximately 30 minutes to make one full revolution. Some cabins feature open bars for a “Happy Half Hour” where guests can have a drink as they travel high above the Las Vegas Strip. It’s definitely not like any ferris wheel that you’ve ever been on, we can promise you that!
19 New York New York Roller Coaster
If you’re really into thrills, take a ride on New York New York’s infamous roller coaster. The New York New York hotel, located on the strip, features a roller coaster with 180-degree twists and turns directly over the Las Vegas Strip. Recently, the roller coaster got an upgrade, and you now have the choice to ride the roller coaster in 4D. If you choose to take the 4D route, you’re set up with a virtual reality headset where you are a scientist chasing after an alien that escaped a facility. Throughout the ride, you’re chasing the alien through the Las Vegas desert, making the ride even more of a thrill than just the roller coaster alone.
18 Circus Circus
Circus Circus is a hotel located on the strip that is not just a hotel but a circus-themed fun zone. The hotel features the Adventuredome, which is an absolutely massive indoor amusement park that’s located inside the hotel.
The best part? You don’t have to be staying at the resort to visit the Adventuredome.
The indoor amusement park has 25 rides and other attractions. Take a ride on the Canyon Blaster roller coaster, climb a rock wall, or even try your hand at mini golf. There are also arcade games, carnival games, and a Virtual Reality Zone. There’s so much to do within the Adventuredome, and you could most likely spend a whole day there riding rides, playing games, and exploring all of the other attractions that it has to offer.
17 Fremont Street
Fremont Street is one of the most famous streets in Las Vegas, next to the infamous strip. Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the street is home to many famous casinos and other attractions. You could take a ride on the SlotZilla Las Vegas Zip Line and sail over Fremont Street and all of its attractions. There are also free light shows on the world’s largest video screens within the pedestrian promenade. The dazzling lights and images will wow you…for free! Of course, it’s home to some of the world’s most famous casinos that aren’t located on the strip, so you can press your luck on those as well or explore some of the many shops.
16 The Stratosphere
The Stratosphere is a tower that’s located on Las Vegas Boulevard, north of the strip. It’s an observation tower that stands at 1,149 ft tall. It’s also a hotel and casino. The observation tower isn’t the only attraction at the stratosphere, though.
There’s Big Shot that drops you from the top of the Stratosphere at 1,081 ft.
Insanity is another thrill ride that dangles riders over the the edge of the Stratosphere, spinning them around, making for quite the thrill. Additionally, there’s SkyJump Las Vegas, which is kind of like bungee jumping. Riders are able to jump, falling 855 ft. Finally, there’s X-Scream that stands at 866 ft, the fourth highest thrill ride in the world, sending riders down a drop, much like a roller coaster.
15 Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Not really a thrill seeker? No worries, there are plenty of other things to do. You could visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition that showcases over 250 authentic artifacts that were actually recovered from the real-life Titanic. You can see luggage, an unopened bottle of champagne, the ship’s whistles, and a window from the cafe. The exhibit also has a number of recreations of things on the ship to make you feel like it’s the real thing. There’s a recreation of the Grand Staircase, as well as Promenade Deck. To keep things realistic, they keep things very cold so you can imagine yourself on board on that very scary night. Walking through the exhibit, you will definitely get a firsthand look at what life was like on the Titanic before it all came to a screeching halt.
14 Hoover Dam
Another activity for those who aren’t thrill seekers is taking a tour of the Hoover Dam. When visiting the Hoover Dam, you’re able to learn a lot about the history and how the dam works. You can get up close and personal with the power generators to see how they work and get as close as they can to the rushing waters. You can also visit an observation deck that’s high above the dam.
In the observation deck, you can see beautiful views of the Colorado River and Lake Mead.
You can even see parts of the dam that you couldn’t see on the ground level. If you’re interested in learning all about the Hoover Dam, you should definitely check out some of the tours that they have to offer.
13 Helicopter Ride Over The Strip
One of the coolest things you could do is take a ride over the Las Vegas Strip…in a helicopter. There are plenty of opportunities to take a sightseeing tour of the strip on the ground. However, there's nothing like seeing everything from above. When you fly over the strip, you can literally see everything–the famous hotels, signs, and casinos–all flashing up at you. The best part is taking the helicopter tour at night where you can see all of the lights and iconic signs in the city that never sleeps. There’s so much you can see when you’re over a thousand feet in the air, and it’s definitely an opportunity that you wouldn’t want to miss.
12 Gondola Ride At The Venetian
Even though you’re vacationing in Las Vegas, you can just as easily transport yourself to another destination, Italy.
In the Venetian, you’re able pretend like you’re in Italy by taking a gondola ride.
You will be serenaded by a gondolier as you float through the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. It is a very romantic experience, perfect for any couple. As you pass under the bridge, you must follow the Italian tradition of sharing a kiss for good luck. You have your choice of taking your gondola ride either inside or outside, taking in the scenery of your choice. If you’re looking to woo your special someone and take break from the action-packed Las Vegas, definitely make sure you make a stop at the Venetian.
11 Bellagio Fountains
If you’re looking for some fun entertainment for free, then make sure you make a stop at the Bellagio to see the fountains. These fountains aren’t just any fountains. They actually put on a show. Every 30 minutes in the afternoon and early evening and 15 minutes from 8 to midnight, people are able to gather around them to watch the show. For each show, a different song is played, and the fountains have a coordinated “dance” to each song. Some choreography is set to songs such as “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley, and “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed. It’s a great way to be entertained for free!
10 Shark Reef At Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay is known for its pools and aquarium theme that it has throughout the resort. Whether you stay at the hotel or not, you’re able to visit Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium.
The aquarium is one of the largest ones located in North America, at 95,000 sq ft.
The aquarium is home to many different species of sharks, rays, and fishes. You can also see reptiles and other marine life. When visiting the aquarium, you can also take a walk through the shark tunnel where you can see sharks swimming above you and all around you, making for a really awesome and unique experience that you wouldn’t think of in Las Vegas.
9 The Forum Shops At Caesars Palace
If you feel like doing some shopping, you should definitely check out The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The shopping center is known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World” because of the amount of shops that the center holds. There are about 160 shops, restaurants, as well as other attractions for visitors to enjoy. There are so many designer stores for all of your luxury needs, such as Gucci, Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Giorgio Armani, to name a few. Want to take a break from shopping? There’s an animatronic show, aquarium, among many other attractions to explore. Feeling hungry after shopping until you drop? No worries, there are plenty of places to eat such as Carmine’s NYC, The Palm, and The Cheesecake Factory.
8 Pinball Hall Of Fame
Did you know that there’s a hall of fame for pinball machines? Well, there is, and you can see pinball machines from the past few decades. The museum opened in January of 2006 and was started by the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club. You can see pinball machines from all eras, especially some very rare ones such as the Bally’s Pinball Circus.
There are over 200 different pinball machines featured in the museum.
It’s not just pinball machines, though. There are some other classic video games that will give you some serious nostalgia. The museum is a nonprofit and relies heavily on donations, so make sure you make one when you stop by!
7 Vegas Knights
This year, Las Vegas got its very own professional ice hockey team. The 2017-18 NHL season was the first season that the team has played in. The team has had a phenomenal year so far, clinching the Pacific Division and making their Stanley Cup Playoff debut. The team has already made it to the second round of the playoffs, sweeping the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 to eliminate them and move on to the next round. This is only the first year for the team, and they’re already being favored to win the Stanley Cup. The team actually plays on the Las Vegas strip in the T-Mobile arena. Definitely catch a game, if you can!
6 Mob Museum
Interested in mobsters, solving crimes, or even the actual mob? Look no further than The Mob Museum, a nonprofit museum that showcases America’s organized crime over the years. You’re able to learn about real life mobsters and the real-life crimes that they committed, not what you see in the movies. There are real-life artifacts from murders and court cases that you can get up close and personal with. You can learn how the police solved these organized crimes and learn the history of those who spent years and years committing them and getting away with it. There are different floors of the museum that are available for you to explore and even exhibits for you to interact with. It’s definitely not a museum you’d see every day, so definitely check it out if you have the time!
5 Richard Petty Ride Along Experience
Do you have a need for speed? Maybe a huge fan of NASCAR? The Richard Petty Ride Along Experience offers you the experience of a lifetime. You’re able to drive a real race car around a track and learn what it’s like to be a real-life NASCAR driver. There are different experiences to choose from.
Whether it is drag racing or just driving around the track, you’re able to fulfill your need for speed
and follow all of those race car driving dreams that you might’ve had when you were little. We must say, the experience can be a little bit pricey, but it is the price you have to pay for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you might never get to experience again.
4 Tournament Of Kings At Excalibur
Looking to transport yourself to another century? Definitely check out the Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur. The show transports you right back to medieval times where there are knights, horses, and round tables. When attending a show, you sit in an arena, you watch several knights on horseback fighting and jousting one another until there is a winner. It’s over-the-top and exciting, and you’ll find yourself cheering for your favorite knight, hoping that he wins. While watching the tournament, you’re also served a three-course meal where you’re truly transported back to medieval times, as the only utensils you have are your hands. It’s an awesome experience for the whole family.
3 Dig This: Heavy Equipment Playground
Always wanted to know what it was like to drive some heavy machinery? Wonder what it would be like to dig up dirt and move heavy things around? You could find that out by taking a visit to the Dig This: Heavy Equipment Playground.
You’re able to pick what machine you’d like to drive such as a bulldozer or a hydraulic excavator.
If you choose the bulldozer, you can build large mounds and push tires, and if you decided to go with the excavator, you’re able to dig huge trenches and stack tires. If you played with the toy versions of these when you were little, well, this heavy equipment playground is perfect for you.
2 VooDoo Zip Line
If you’re one for a thrill, look no further than the VooDoo Zip Line. At almost 500 feet above the ground, you can zip line between the Rio’s Masquerade tower to the Rio’s Ipanema tower and back again. You and a friend can fly up to 35 miles per hour for the thrill of a lifetime. This isn’t your normal zip line, since you’re able to do it with a friend (or a stranger!). The ride is much like a ski lift, so you can travel between the two buildings together. When you sail between the two buildings, you can expect to see some absolutely spectacular views. If you’re not afraid of heights and are a little bit daring, definitely give this ride a shot.
1 Neon Boneyard
Perhaps one of the coolest places you could visit while in Las Vegas, you can take a trip to the Neon Museum.
The museum focuses on preserving and exhibiting iconic neon signs that have been on the strip for many years but have since retired.
It was founded in 1996, and is a nonprofit since it focuses on collecting and preserving these iconic signs and keeping the history of the strip alive. The museum is located outdoors, where you can walk through and look at all of the iconic signs. The museum offers a one hour guided tour, with a history of the signs in the boneyard. You’re able to take pictures with the signs and make it a memorable experience.