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16 things to do in Las Vegas that don’t involve casinos

Clive Wedderburn December 10, 2015

Vegas is a showstopper of a city.  How can you not love the neon-lit, madcap, architectural craziness of it all; the kaleidoscopic skyscrapers swaggering in the desert heat like a movie star in a rhinestone jacket?!

As a city Vegas ticks so many boxes. It’s the perfect spot to get married, renew vows, honeymoon or visit with friends and family and for this reason it attracts millions of visitors from across the globe.

And yet having a flutter will never be everyone’s cup of tea. But it is a BIG mistake to assume that Las Vegas is nothing more than roulette, blackjack and craps.

Even if you don’t know a joker from a jack of hearts, there are still Egyptian pyramids and ancient Rome to discover, Venetian canals and the Eiffel Tower to snap a selfie at, plus roller coasters across rooftops, erupting volcanoes, giant Ferris wheels and vertiginous zip lines.

Simply put, you’ll see things in Vegas that you will not see in any other metropolis on Earth: welcome to jaw-drop city. Here are 16 things to occupy your time that don’t involve casinos:

1) Get an immediate overview of this amazing city by jumping out of an airplane from 15,000ft. With Vegas Extreme Skydiving you get a bird’s eye view and a great way to mark your Vegas adventure as a holiday or honeymoon you will never forget.

2) Fly like a bird as you Zip-line in Downtown Las Vegas over historic Freemont St on Slotzilla, way above the heads of shoppers almost oblivious to your superhero impressions. Those who feel the need to be even more vertically challenged should opt for the Rio Zip Line instead.

3) We’re getting airborne, again! A champagne toasted helicopter ride above the strip and over to the Grand Canyon aboard Wind Dancer will thrill, especially as you set down for a few minutes to absorb the majesty of one of the natural wonders of the world.

4) If you can’t visit the Grand Canyon because it’s just too far from the action but you’d still like some open expanse to clear your head, then drive out to Red Rock Canyon; it’s closer and is the perfect antidote to the hustle and hot city streets of Vegas.

5) Sweet tooth? How about a Hershey’s Chocolate World tour to find out all about America’s favourite confectionery. Buy some souvenirs for the folks back home – but don’t forget to get a selfie by the 800 pound chocolate version of the Statue of Liberty.

 

6) Not satisfied? How about a chocoholic’s dream come true? Well, there’s always M&M World near the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the Strip, stretched over four storeys. (NB: ensure you adjust your weight allowance before boarding your flight home).

7) The Hoover Dam is a gargantuan feat of ingenuity and endeavour. Take a guided tour and learn how it was constructed - but if you’re at all nervous of heights then prepare to get giddy when you take a peek at the knee-trembling views.

8) The best things in Vegas are free. So, pick your spot outside the Mirage Hotel and Casino and get your camera ready. The famous volcano will begin erupting after sundown and will continue to do so every 15 minutes until midnight.

 

9) Or if you prefer a water-based extravaganza - one of the urban wonders of the world - head over to the Bellagio Hotel. From 3pm until midnight, every 15 to 20 minutes, the famous dancing fountains will light up your life.

10) Go shopping. This city is a shopper’s paradise with a full range of quality stores, so you’re bound to bag a bargain. Head to the Forum area of Caesar’s Palace to witness an hourly re-enactment of the Fall of Atlantis at the same time. The spectacle starts at 11am.

11) For more genteel thrills but with once in a lifetime views, try riding the High Roller, the world’s largest observation wheel found right above the Strip at the east end of The LINQ Promenade.

12) Visit the Neon Museum, containing signs that have dazzled Las Vegas since its earliest days. Wander among this eclectic collection of Americana dedicated to preserving the city’s most visible art form – the neon sign.

13) Eat – Vegas is a proper food destination and many myths about American cuisine will be busted here. But don’t just eat - eat and be wowed by the art at the Picasso restaurant in the Bellagio Hotel; filled with sculptures, drawings and paintings.

14) Continue to explore Downtown Vegas on a trip to the Mob Museum at the old Las Vegas courthouse (where else). Find out about various mob bosses and what they got up to. Visit the “line up window” where you can line up with your group of friends or family ‘Usual Suspects’ style to have your picture taken. 

15) Check out the famous Downtown Cocktail Room and have a chilled glass of something first invented in the 19th century. Definitely a cool option on a hot and dry day in Vegas.

16) Last but by no means least, get your picture taken in front of the iconic ‘This is Vegas’ sign on the Strip. It’s the perfect souvenir for your honeymoon, a family photo or a sober reminder for your stag or hen party pals that you really, really must ‘Come Back Soon’.

Visit our Las Vegas pages for more inspiration on things to do and see in one of the greatest cities in the world. For a real treat combine your stay in Vegas with a New York multi centre holiday of a lifetime.