What's the main reason people go to Las Vegas? If you thought, "to lose money," well, you wouldn't be entirely wrong. However, most people go to Vegas to indulge in legal gambling, which at some point will probably result in heavy cash flow. It's an exhilarating thrill that has made Las Vegas famous, despite the fact that a lot of people leave Sin City with lighter wallets.
If you are looking for a way to enjoy Las Vegas that doesn't involve the slots, travelers should know that there is more than enough to do. There is a literal strip of attractions to partake in on Las Vegas' bustling city streets, and none of them have to do with playing the odds. Here are ten fun things to do in Las Vegas that don't involve losing money.
10 Dive Into Mandalay Bay
The Mandalay Bay hotel is known for it's massive 1.3 million gallon aquarium. Guests of the hotel can actually get a closer look at this exhibit if they're willing to swim amongst its bevy of sea creatures. Certified divers are able to swim inside Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium for the ultimate Vegas experience. And yes, besides color schools of fish and sea turtles, you can expect to run into a shark or two during your diving excursion.
9 Indulge In Thrill Rides
Besides the casinos, Las Vegas establishes itself as its own mini theme park. There is plenty of thrill rides for adrenaline junkies to choose from, such as Defy Gravity at Stratosphere Tower. Spinning in the open air at 866-feet will feel like a gamble, but it's a thrill unlike any other in Vegas. The Canyon Blaster at Adventuredome and the Manhattan Express at New York-New York are two other popular rides in Vegas.
Plus, the High Roller at the LINQ isn't just for those who win big at the craps table. The massive observation wheel gives one-of-a-kind views of the Las Vegas skyline.
8 Go Rock Climbing
Red Rock Canyon is the perfect off-site Las Vegas adventure that most people don't think to explore. American Alpine Institute gives guided tours here so that travelers can get a view of Nevada's breathtaking natural landscape. It's just twenty miles off the strip and they welcome all climbers, from beginners to veterans. It takes about half a day, but the views are worth the muscle work.
7 Ride The Gondolas
All the hotels on the Las Vegas strip come with their own set of unique attractions. By far one of the most coveted is the gondola boat rides inside the Venetian. The Venetian is immaculate in itself, with high-ceiling blue sky illusions, complete with a small village Italian backdrop that feels like the real thing.
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And for those who want to take a load off and enjoy a peaceful guide in its entirety, the gondola boats are the way to go. Gliding down the Grand Canal in a bona fide Venetian gondola, your gondolier will bring you back in time in this romantic leisure, all while serenading you with their impressive vocals.
6 The Fremont Street Experience
If you haven't tried the Freemont Street Experience, you're doing Las Vegas wrong. Freemont Street is located in downtown Vegas, where the nightlife is extreme. There are no cars, "old school" style casinos, and a light-up canopy with an impressive music surround sound system. In addition to live music and street performers, there are bars at just about every block. The zip line on Freemont Street is another attraction that should be taken advantage of in this downtown spectacle.
5 Take An Aerial Tour
There are essentially no bad views of the Las Vegas strip, but getting an aerial tour will leave you speechless. Helicopter rides bring riders up in the skies for a once in a lifetime glance at the city's animated floodlights. The best times to go are right before sunset or at night if you are looking to get photos worthy to hang on your wall.
4 Go To The Hotel Pool Parties
If night clubs aren't really your thing, why not try your hand at a Las Vegas day club? That's right, Vegas never ceases to provide opportunities to bring together dancing and music, even if it's at a pool!
The NoMad hotel has a rooftop pool and bar, complete with creative cocktails. A SOAK party happens on Sunday nights at Kaos, and the Wet Republic at MGM Grand is famous for champagne showers.
3 Sample The Buffets
Las Vegas is first and foremost, a regular tourist destination, which means prices are going to get steep. The best way to enjoy your meals on the strip is to get the buffet package. The buffet pass works at any of Caesar’s Entertainment Group's hotel which includes Caesars Palace, the Flamingo, Harrah's, Paris, Planet Hollywood, and the Rio. This gives you a 24-hour all-access to each one of these buffets so that you'll never go hungry. Try a plate at each to judge for yourself which hotel has the best selection.
2 Watch The Shows
There is always something happening in Las Vegas, the least of which includes the shows. Speaking to its plethora of entertainment options, however, there is everything you could hope to imagine. Musicals, magic acts, and other shows are happening in every hotel and then some. And if you're in luck, you can score pretty reasonable concert tickets to 90s era musicians like Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys. And you can always find a spot at the Cirque du Soleil or Blue Man Group showtimes or be dazzled by the Vegas showgirl experience.
1 Spas And Shopping
So while some of these Las Vegas excursions still require you to take a trip to the ATM, at least you'll get an experience out of the deal! The last little endeavor you can indulge in while in Vegas, of course, is the shopping. Caesar's has its own line of high-end fashion boutiques, but each hotel offers a selection of stores. There are whiskey vendors, cigar shops, and jewelry concessions.
And once you've splurged on yourself a little, don't skip the spa. What could be better than starting (or ending) your Las Vegas trip with a facial and full body massage?