6. The Mirage Atrium

The Mirage atrium in Las Vegas, Nevada

Right near the lobby of the gorgeous tropical themed Mirage Casino resort is a relaxing little indoor rain forest. Waterfalls, exotic plant life, and palm trees come together to create a unique setting that will make you feel as if you escaped the desert for a mini tropical vacation. It is just a short stroll, yet so relaxing. While you are here, you can also check out the iconic 20,000 gallon fish tank with over 450 colorful fish. It’s located just behind the check in desk – you may remember seeing it in various films like Vegas Vacation.

In terms of lodging, The Mirage is one of my favorite laid-back Strip options. The restaurants, casino floor, and shops are not nearly as crowded as other Strip hotels. The tropical theme is truly refreshing and relaxing. The pool is absolutely magnificent, with lush landscaping, waterfalls, and plenty of space – by far the best in Vegas. And fortunately, there is not a mega shopping area to trek through like other casinos. A stay at the Mirage is a must for anyone seeking a laid-back, tropical style vacation in the desert!

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7. Gondola rides at The Venetian

Gondola rides at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Venetian offers a truly relaxing escape for those seeking a temporary break from the crowds. A singing gondolier will take you down the Grand Canal in an authentic gondola as you make your way through the streets of Venice. It is a really romantic experience: the perfect date night activity in Vegas.

For a truly romantic & unforgettable experience, you can pay a bit extra for a private gondola ride for 2. Both indoor and outdoor rides are available. Although I recommend the indoor as the architecture and design inside The Venetian is simply magical, creating a more intimate setting for a date.

8. Drift Spa at Palms Place

Drift Spa at Palms Place in Las Vegas, Nevada

There are too many fabulous spas to choose amongst on The Strip: it can be quite an overwhelming experience. Some of these spas are really fancy and have won numerous awards, such as the uber exclusive Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian, which offers many amenities not found at other spas including a salt room and a wave room. Others like the Mandara Spa at the Paris Hotel offer more affordable packages, although the setting is just not as memorable. If you are looking for an amazing spa experience without a crazy price tag, then put Drift Spa at Palms Place on your to-do list.

Because this resort is located off The Strip, the entire experience is more relaxing and the spa is never overcrowded. In fact, I had all the amenities completely to myself on my last visit. Drift offers lots of fantastic amenities (Drift is home to the first Hammam (co-ed steam room) in Las Vegas). Also, prices are not outrageous. Enticing seasonal specials include a Caramel Apple Massage for just $95. The facilities at Drift are beautiful, the massage therapists are wonderful, and the package deals affordable, making it the best value spa in Vegas. It’s my top spot in Vegas for a day of pampering, rest, and relaxation. After all that wear and tear on your feet walking around The Strip for hours on end, treating yourself to a few blissful hours at a great spa like Drift, is the ultimate in R&R.

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9. Brunch at The Eiffel Tower Restaurant

Gorgeous views of The Strip from the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Eiffel Tower Restaurant in the Paris hotel is one of the most romantic restaurants in Vegas. Located on the 11th floor of the charming Paris Hotel, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking The Strip, the views are quite breathtaking. If you are lucky enough to score a window seat, you will have a prime view of the Bellagio fountain show. What a treat to enjoy this fabulous show minus all the crowds below.

Dinner is often very busy and reservations required. However, brunch is a peaceful time to take in the stunning scenery minus a noisy background of diners. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is the perfect place in Vegas to celebrate any type of special occasion. And unlike some touristy restaurants, the service and food are just as wonderful as the views. I highly recommend the Baked Herb Crepes, along with a delicious chocolate soufflé for dessert!

After brunch, take a relaxing walk along the cobblestone streets of Paris. The hotel’s magnificent replica area includes cute little cafes, shops, and more. Later in the evening, be sure to get tickets to the Eiffel Tower Experience. Following a glass elevator ride up to the observation deck, you will then be treated to the most dazzling city views!

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10. Pinball Museum Hall of Fame

Classic pinball machines at the Pinball Museum Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Pinball Museum Hall of Fame is a 10,000 square foot facility dedicated solely to classic old-fashioned pinball machines from 1950’s through the 1990’s. Some of the unique finds here include a Jurassic Park, Simpsons, Terminator 2, and Super Mario Brothers machine. They even have a Super Mario arcade game. Another unique find was one of those cool old claw machines that we used to find in the restaurants as a kid. There are no frills or bells and whistles here, just classic old style gaming fun.

The Pinball Museum is located off The Strip, however, it is so worth the drive or taxi ride for some nostalgic, stress free, not to mention totally affordable (just a quarter or 2 per game) fun. I highly recommend anyone looking for a budget, unique, low key, and/or fun activity in Vegas, to venture off The Strip for a few hours to visit one of the best hidden gems in the city. More recommended off-the-Strip attractions.

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