25 Fun Things to do in Las Vegas (besides gambling)!
22. Visit the site of the first World Series of Poker
Poker fans will be interested to view the WSOP plaque found inside Binion’s Casino, which hosted the first World Series of Poker competition back in 1970. At the entrance to the poker room, you will find a table top signed by various professionals: the ultimate photo souvenir for poker fans. Today, Binions is known as “the place that made poker famous.”
23. Plan time for the Eiffel Tower Experience
Travel 46 stories up to the top of the famous replica for amazing panoramic views of The Strip. Great views both daytime and night, although a night visit wins the award for one of the more romantic experiences in Vegas. Tickets are just $14 per person. You can also plan a romantic date at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, located on the 25th floor. This fine dining restaurant features upscale French cuisine and amazing views of the Bellagio fountains.
24. Stroll around The Strip
All of the resorts found on The Strip are beautiful in their own way, some featuring famous replicas like the Eiffel tower and Statue of liberty to beautiful fountains and landscaping found at higher end resorts like The Bellagio and The Wynn. Although not as romantic in the daytime, walking the strip in the afternoon is a more relaxing, less crowded experience as the real crowds don’t begin to start until later on in the day. Take in the beautiful architecture, explore the unique sights, tour the inside and outside of each casino, try out a new restaurant, take lots of photos, and have a good time!
25. Get out and explore the natural surroundings
Despite being known as the entertainment capital, Nevada also happens to be home to many natural wonders, parks, biking & hiking trails, and other recreational hot spots. Within a few hours of Vegas, you can visit the Hoover Dam, The Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, and many other amazing places with great views of the mountains (did you know that Nevada is the most mountainous state?). One of the most unique things to do is to plan an all day adventure exploring Goldstrike Hot Springs, an intense 7 mile hike with a rewarding relaxing break in a natural hot springs.
Other fun non-gaming options:
*Stroll through the Bellagio Gardens. The beautiful Bellagio Botanical Gardens theme varies throughout the season. During the holidays, it turns into a gorgeous winter wonderland.
***Bike the River Mountains Loop Trail – This 34 mile paved trails allows you to appreciate the natural beauty in Nevada.
*Stroll through The Wynn Gardens. Similar to The Bellagio, The Wynn is home to a gorgeous garden area featuring a carousel and hot air balloon made out of flowers! It’s a gorgeous place that I highly recommend checking out!
*Enjoy thrill rides at The Stratosphere. Check out the different options available on The Stratosphere website.
*Take a romantic gondola ride at The Venetian. A perfect date option for couples visiting Vegas. Visit The Venetian website for details on pricing and times available.
*Explore the beautiful Bellagio. The Bellagio is one of the most luxurious casino resorts on The Strip. On site you will find the amazing fountain show, an award winning spa, the beautiful changing Botanical Gardens, great restaurants & nightlife, a Gallery of Fine Art, and a beautifully designed lobby which includes glass art sculptures.
*Go bowling. Various casinos such as the Rio and Red Rock Casino Resort offer bowling as a fun way to escape the heat for a few hours.
*Check out the Ferris wheel ride. Known as the High Roller, this 550 feet tall Ferris wheel surpasses the London Eye as the tallest in the world! Views are great daytime and night, but of course a night visit is even more mesmerizing! Tickets are $27 during the day and $37 at night: a bit pricey, but worth it for the amazing views. For more info, visit The Linq Hotel and Casino website, where the Ferris Wheel is located.
*Visit a museum. Escape the heat for a while at the many different museums found in town, varying from educational activities to those bringing back the old fashioned fun of your youth. A few ideas to consider: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and the Pinball Hall of Fame.
*Play arcade games at Circus, Circus. Those who want to play games without as much risk as the slots/table games will want to head over to Circus, Circus for fun, old fashioned games like Skeeball, ring toss, and horse racing. Even better, every half hour, you will be treated to an entertaining acrobatic circus show. Overall, it’s great fun for kids and those young and heart who want to bring back some of that nostalgic fun from decades ago at the fair.
What are some of your favorite non-gaming attractions in Vegas? Share some of your personal favorites below!