40+ Must-Do’s in and around Las Vegas
9. The Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame, located just 10 minutes off The Strip, is home to the largest collection of pinball machines in the world. Games date from the 50’s-90’s, with the majority being from the 70’s & 80’s, a time referred to as “the heyday of pinball.” Stepping into this old-fashioned arcade really feels like a refreshing step back in time. As the Vegas Strip becomes more modern each year as the Neon signs come down and the LED lights take over, it’s nice to escape for a little nostalgic fun. Games are just 25-75 cents just like they were in the good old days!
10. Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street is basically the only place in Vegas where you can enjoy a little bit of old style Vegas fun in classic casinos which still look the same as they did decades ago. This section of town is home to many older casinos, most of which still have their classic Neon signs. The vibe is a bit grungy, but it’s worth a visit for the exciting Fremont Street experience, a crazy music & lights spectacular displayed on the world’s largest video screen (Viva Vision). All the casinos go dark before the show so it’s a pretty exhilarating experience. If you are really daring, you can take a zip line ride right beneath the screen!
11. The Wynn Atrium
Like the Bellagio, the Wynn is also home to a nice conservatory, and although it isn’t nearly as hyped up, it’s just as lovely. The current display includes a whimsical carousel and hot air balloon constructed entirely of flowers (for a total of over 110,000!). Beautiful floral balls, composed of more than 50,000 flowers, adorn the beautiful fiscus trees. The environment is so tranquil and rejuvenating.
12. The Mirage Aquarium
The iconic 20,000 gallon salt water fish tank behind the registration desk at The Mirage is a must-see for any fish lover. The colorful tank is filled with over 400 beautiful fish including 85 species. What really makes this tank stand out over others is the odd location. You may remember seeing this colorful tank in the classic Chevy Chase 9o’s movie Vegas Vacation, one of my personal favorites. Also be sure to take a stroll through the beautiful hotel atrium, which features a soothing waterfall and beautiful tropical landscapig.
13. Cirque du Soleil show*
At any time, you will find a number of Cirque du Soleil productions at the various casinos. I have seen the Beatles Love show at the Mirage and it was absolutely fantastic – great music, great acrobatics. This show features more music and dance numbers and a bit less acrobatics than most Cirque productions, and thus, is more geared towards Beatles lovers. Those interested solely in high end acrobatics may want to consider Mystere at Treasure Island. A number of highly regarded Cirque shows still running including Michael Jackson One at the Mandalay Bay and O at the Bellagio.
14. Eiffel Tower Experience*
The Eiffel tower experience is the perfect choice of activity after a romantic dinner date on The Strip.This is a great accompanying activity to the Eiffel Tower restaurant, being that it is conveniently located at the same casino. A glass elevator will take you up 46 floors to the observing deck of the half scale Eiffel Tower replica. From here you can appreciate all the madness of The Strip from above. Such a crazy place takes on a totally different romantic vibe as you gaze out at the panoramic views of the colorful Strip lights. Plan your visit around sunset for dramatic views of the sun setting over the desert mountains.
15. Dinner at Nove
Nove Italiano is one of my favorite restaurants in Vegas. The service is exemplary, the food is wonderful, and the views are amongst the best in the city. An elevator will take you up to the 51st floor of the Palms Fantasy Tower where you will then walk into the gorgeous contemporary dining room. Gigantic windows look out unto the Strip for one of the most romantic dining experiences in all of Vegas.
Nove is the perfect place for a romantic dinner date -and the best part of all – it is pretty quiet compared to the more popular restaurants on the Strip. A bit pricey but worth it for the great food, service, & views! Don’t leave without testing out one of the wonderful desserts!
16. Ethel M Chocolate Factory
A tour of the Ethel M Chocolate Factory is one of many eclectic activities you can enjoy off The Strip. Any chocolate lovers and anyone else looking for something offbeat to do away from The Strip (The factory is about 30 min away in the suburb of Henderson) will want to make their way out here to take the free self-guided tour, enjoy some free candy samples, pick up a free treats for the hotel room/gifts, and perhaps sign up for a chocolate tasting. Additionally, a wonderful free on-site cactus garden displays over 300 species of desert plants, most of which are native to the desert Southwest.