6. See a show

Mac King Comedy show at Harrah's in Las Vegas, Nevada

How could you possibly plan a Vegas vacation without making time for at least one incredible show?! The best part of a Vegas trip is the show, whether you are interested in comedy, music, magic, even ventriloquism (Vegas has it all and more). One must-see option is the Mac King Comedy show, taking place 2 times each afternoon at Harrah’s. This gifted magician somehow combines comedy and magic, and surprisingly, it works! Other great options include: Penn and Teller, Cirque du Soleil, and David Copperfield.

7. Enjoy some fun in the sun at a Vegas pool

The beautiful Mirage swimming pool in Las Vegas, Nevada

When booking your Vegas hotel, you must keep in mind the resort’s pool as some are more well known for their fabulous pools (Tropicana, The Mirage, The Flamingo, Mandalay Bay). One of the top perks of your hotel is the access to the pool area, so choose wisely. After spending several hours walking The Strip in the intense desert sun, you will want to take a break and refresh before heading out into the heat again. The Mirage, a lush tropical oasis with tons of palms trees and several waterfalls, is my top pick in town.

8. Check out The Mirage Aquarium

The Mirage Aquarium behind the check out desk in Las Vegas, Nevada

In the Mirage lobby, you will find an amazing 20,000 gallon saltwater tank filled with all different species of colorful, exotic fish. It’s beautiful enough to warrant a visit, even if you are not staying at the hotel. Seeing this tank always reminds me of the Chevy Chase classic “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.”

9. Take a break from shopping to catch the Fall of Atlantis Show

The Fall of Atlantis show at the Forum Shops at Caesars on the Las Vegas Strip

This entertaining animatronic show is conveniently located inside the Forum Shops. After walking around for what seems like hours through this massive shopping complex, your feet will thank you. The show runs every hour from 11am. Also be sure to check out the massive 50,000 gallon fish tank, located nearby.

10. Head off The Strip for an hour or so to see the Fremont Street Experience

The must see light show on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada

Each night starting at dusk, the Viva Vision Light show treats guests to an amazing free light and music show. Right before the show, all the casino lights go off, with only the bright lights of the show brightening up the skies. It is really incredible and the soundtrack is great (The Who, Bon Jovi, and The Doors). Although I am not a big fan of the casinos or atmosphere around Fremont Street, paying a short visit to see the show is a must, especially for first time visitors. For an even better view of the show, you can take a high adrenaline zip lining ride right beneath the lights!

11. Watch a pilot for a new TV series

The MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

Ever wondered how your favorite series made it on the air? At CBS Television Research Center inside the MGM Grand, you will watch a pilot for a potential show and give your feedback. You could be the difference in whether or not the show actually makes the cut. Overall, this is an interesting, free, and fun experience that only takes an hour or so. Plus, it is sorta cool knowing that if the show makes it on the air, you actually had a part in doing so! Plus, you will be rewarded for your time with loads of valuable coupons.

12. Stroll through the tropical gardens at The Mirage

The beautiful atrium at The Mirage Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada

I just love the Mirage hotel – the tropical theme makes it my favorite resort on The Strip. The lush atrium consisting of palms, waterfalls, and lagoons, located right near the lobby, is a quiet place to take a stroll whenever you need a break from all the action.