How long do you need to spend in Vegas to make the most of the entertainment capital of the world? Really, that all depends on what you’re into and how you go about your time the world’s adult playground. Neon City is packed with activities that are more than just slot machines and poker tables, and there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas that will entertain, excite and make for a memorable time.
Ever wondered how good the food actually tastes at one of those celebrity-owned restaurants? Gordon Ramsay talks the talk but can he actually walk the walk? Well, we’re lucky here in Vegas because this place is home to restaurants owned by the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Giada De Laurentiis and many more stars famous for their food.
2. Be dazzled by the Fountains of Bellagio and more
The Fountains of Bellagio are just like Vegas itself — dazzling, iconic and a sight to behold. Every evening, the fountains spurt and dance to the sound of music against the backdrop of the Las Vegas sky until midnight. They’re one of the most popular attractions in the city and there’s truly nothing like seeing them in person.
Just a few steps from the fountains lie Bellagio’s 24-hour Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. It’s home to gorgeous exhibitions of vibrant plant life that depict the beauty of the four seasons, and when the seasons change, so do the displays.
3. Take a trip to Caesars Palace
You haven’t truly done Vegas if you have not at least taken a picture outside the world-renowned Caesars Palace. With its iconic fountains and instantly recognizable facade, the hotel is one of the city’s most famous faces. Entertainment has always been at the heart of this place, as it’s hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross and has been featured in movies including The Hangover and Iron Man. Visitors can catch a show, go shopping or simply marvel at the grand architecture of this stunning Vegas staple.
4. Visit Venice and the Sphere in Las Vegas
The Venetian in Las Vegas is Venice in Las Vegas, but Las Vegas-style. From the indoor and outdoor neon-lit gondolas to the larger-than-life replicas of historic Venetian squares—here’s where you can take a seat in St Mark’s Square—you might not be fooled but you will be entertained. There are costumed characters and gelato stands as well as Italian-inspired gardens to relax in.
However, the Venetian Resort Las Vegas is now home to Sphere: an original and unique entertainment option that has been purposefully built for immersive experiences, concert residencies, marquee sporting events, and more. It opens on September 29 2023 with a run of 25 performances. When it opens, it will have the world’s largest beamforming audio system, 16k x 16k screen resolution, and, on its exterior, 580,000 square feet of fully programmable LED screens.
Swap out a night in with Netflix for some inventive cocktails at Therapy. If your date is a member of Trekdom, take them Downtown to Millenium Fandom for an evening dedicated to Star Wars, MCU theories, trivia, comic books, and more. And if you really want to put your skills as a sommelier to the test, head to The French Cellar for an intimate wine tasting with charcuterie.
Uncover what or whom is haunting Las Vegas while visiting its spookier spots. For a real scare, you can visit Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum, explore “The Devil’s Mansion” on 1700 Bannie Ave, or stay at Hotel Apache—a Downtown Las Vegas hotel that is no stranger to paranormal activity.
Among many other experiences, Las Vegas is known for its many magic shows. From David Copperfield to Penn and Teller, there is an abundance of magicians plying their trade including some of the world’s best sleight-of-hand artists, illusionists, mentalists and escapologists. There are even magicians who will tell you how it’s all done, but you’ll still be left feeling fooled.
Thrill seekers looking to see the city in style won’t be disappointed with this one. When night falls, you’ll gaze down at the wondrous sights of Las Vegas as you’re whisked into the air in a helicopter. We’re talking about some of the city’s most iconic monuments including the iconic Eiffel Tower replica, the magical Bellagio Fountains, the High Roller Ferris wheel, and much more. Prepare to be dazzled by the shimmering lights of Sin City and see Vegas like never before.
9. Explore a hidden bar at The Mob Museum
Venture below The Mob Museum and you’ll find an immersive speakeasy named The Underground. You need a password to get in (check their website) and once you do it’s like traveling back in time to the 1920s when the sale of alcohol was banned and organized crime flourished. Take a sip of a Prohibition-themed cocktail surrounded by artifacts from the era and learn about the clandestine world of bootlegging with an Old Fashioned in hand.
Make the most of your visit to The Underground Speakeasy and Distillery with a General Admission ticket to The Mob Museum—it includes entry into the bar.
10. Spend a day in the birthplace of Las Vegas
Springs Preserve has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. You can find this nature preserve just three miles west of downtown Las Vegas. Visiting this natural gem is the perfect way to spend a family day out. Experience a desert flash flood, say hello to lizards, Gila monsters and desert cottontails, walk down the recreated streets of Boomtown circa 1905, and explore the botanical garden.
11. Pool party at Mandalay Bay Beach
Think extravagance and luxury when you hear the name Mandalay Bay. And the resort’s Daylight Beach Club transforms into a party hotspot on weekends. From Friday’s DJs playing Open Format and Top 40 music and anything from hip hop performers to reggaeton at NEON VIBRA on Saturdays and Sundays, this vibrant resort and casino at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip should come to mind when you imagine a pool party in Sin City.
However, Mandalay Bay Beach is not the only pool party in town.
12. Save your money with one of these free things to do in Las Vegas
Vegas lives to entertain and you don’t have to pay top dollar to have fun. In fact, you don’t have to pay anything at all! From the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino with its vibrant flock to the Freemont Street Experience’s LED show, there are lots of entertaining ways not to spend money. Another is the Container Park where you’ll find art exhibitions and playgrounds for kids.
Vegas is brimming with incredible dive bars that offer an escape from the bright lights and a no-frill, friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a cold beer and good company. Check out Hogs & Heifers, which actually inspired Coyote Ugly, or Atomic Liquors, which has been around since the 1950s.
Las Vegas’ Arts District is a vibrant spot where creativity thrives. There you’ll find art galleries, studios and inviting boutique stores where you can buy paintings, sculptures and much more. On an evening, there are tons of fantastic bars to explore, from 18Bin with its huge outdoor terrace to Velveteen Rabbit — a gorgeous spot with irresistible floral decor.
15. Go Downtown
Ah, downtown Vegas. Sin City’s epicenter. The home to legendary spots that tell tales of iconic stars and Hollywood icons. Just like New York, Las Vegas never sleeps, and there’s always something to do in the bustling center. Looking for a swanky spot to dine out or need a glitzy place for a quick nightcap? Downtown’s got you. The area’s home to some of the world’s most famous casinos including the Golden Nugget, 24-hour malls, dazzling light shows and more. So, if you’re looking for something fun to do after hours, then downtown is always your best bet.
Is it a trick of the eye or reality? Interact with some trippy exhibits, dinner theater, and more for a memorable experience in Las Vegas. From the intriguing Illuminarium and Lockdown Western Escape Rome to a captivating Candlelight concert, put your spontaneity to the test and discover something new or virtually extraordinary.
17. Go to a concert
Can you really say you’ve experienced Sin City without having been to a few concerts at some of the city’s finest music venues? Whether you’re looking for an intimate event or the immensity of 20,000 seats, Las Vegas has it all. Check out upcoming shows at Dolby Live at Park MGM, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Zappos Theater, the elegant Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, and more—the list goes on and on!
The bright lights of Las Vegas have always attracted the movie industry, with countless flicks filmed right here in the city. From classics like Diamonds Are Forever, with iconic scenes filmed in The Las Vegas Hilton to The Hangover, which utilized Caeser’s Palace, you can immerse yourself in the world of Hollywood without ever leaving the city.
Wondering where to go and hide when the temperatures are rising in Sin City? Well, look no further than some of Secret Las Vegas’ top tips. Dive into a refreshing Vegas pool, hide away at The Windmill Library, try your luck at gambling, hop on an indoor gondola ride at The Venetian, take to the ice at City National Arena, or cool down with a caramel sundae from Luv-It Frozen Custard.
This famous comedy club in Paradise has been recognized by USA Today as “#1 comedy club in the country”. Having hosted the iconic likes of Dave Chapelle, Dane Cook, Tiffany Haddish, and Tim Allen, Laugh Factory is known for having some of the hottest comedians in the business. Book your tickets and enjoy a 2-hour session of laughs and more.
What others might have viewed as ugly and redundant, Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project saw as a business opportunity. In 2013, shipping containers were transformed into an outdoor mall just minutes away from Las Vegas Boulevard. Take the whole family or go with friends and experience everything The Container Park has to offer, including fashion boutiques and great restaurants.
22. Take a trip to Red Rock Canyon
Just West of Las Vegas you’ll find the fascinating Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. There you’ll find vibrant red sandstone rock formations that tower over the landscape. It’s a 13-mile drive through the area or you can admire it on foot using one of the many hiking trails. Take a picnic and drink in the panoramic views but make sure to leave no trace.
23. Go to an NHL Game in the desert
T-Mobile Arena hosts anything and everything, from boxing and basketball to bull riding and concerts. But if you’re a hockey fan, then watching an NHL game at THE destination in Vegas for live entertainment is definitely for you. Not only can you watch teams like the Vegas Golden Knights, LA Kings, and Arizona Coyotes take to the ice, but you can also make the most of the arena’s food and beverages, prepaid parking policy, and premium seating.View upcoming games and events at T-Mobile Arena.
24. Make a stop at Hoover Dam
This hydroelectric power plant in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River attracts around 7 million visitors each year. When you consider that the Hoover Dam is as tall as a 60-story building and that its base is as thick as two football fields are long, it comes as no surprise that the dam is a must-see for many. Book your place on a Hoover Dam tour and come face-to-face with the man-made Nevada wonder.
25. Go for a slow spin on North America’s largest Observation Wheel
Soar 550 feet into the air on Las Vegas’ iconic High Roller and take in the stunning 360-degree views of the city. Vegas never does things by halves, and this enormous attraction is the perfect example of that. This giant Ferris wheel is actually the biggest one in North America and takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution. This ain’t your local county Ferris wheel, that’s for sure.
26. Visit a Las Vegas museum
You name it, Vegas has a museum for it. There’s the Pinball Hall of Fame where you can try your hand at pinball machines and the Erotic Heritage Museum where you can learn all about the history of human sexuality. Visit the National Atomic Testing Museum to learn about the science behind it and the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum to entertain the kids.
27. Get lost in Freemont East
Fremont East is the go-to spot for a fun-filled day or an action-packed evening. Restaurants, stalls, side-walk cafes, bars, cocktail lounges, casinos and more line the six bustling blocks that make up this haven for entertainment. The area was constructed in the early 2000s in an attempt to restore the old Vegas charm, but it still manages to keep up with the times thanks in part to the cool murals, whacky art installations and bright neon signs on every corner.
28. Dig to China in a real-deal excavator
We’re pretty certain that you’re going to ‘dig this’ offbeat experience in Sin City. Dig This Vegas invites the public to operate bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, and more. Surprisingly, the unique activity is made suitable for everybody ages 3 and up. Choose from individual digs, kid digs, and group sessions to tailor your digging experience to your needs. You can customize a team challenge with coworkers or simply use this odd activity to disconnect for a while.
Whether your child is fascinated by marine life or a Medieval-themed dinner would appeal to them more, the city has plenty to offer when it comes to making a plan with your kids. Children can explore the Natural History Museum, play at Adventuredome, behold the erupting volcano at The Mirage (before it is torn down and gone forever), interact with birds and fish at SeaQuest, and so much more.
Sin City has an arsenal of riveting exhibitions up its sleeve for when you’re longing for a break from the casinos and shows. Every month, a new exhibition pops up in the city that’s as educational as it is interesting. The Titanic, the human body, sealife – you name it, and Vegas probably has an exhibition about it. Feed curiosity, broaden the mind and have fun along the way as you venture out into the city and enjoy a bit of culture.
Running on empty? Then head to one of these fabulous all-you-can-eat buffets to indulge in the tastiest dishes from all over the world. From pizza and tacos to sushi and curry, these unbeatable eateries serve up endless amounts of culinary delights for hungry diners to indulge in. Top it all off with a sweet treat and take on the ultimate challenge to see how much food you can really handle.
It’s out with new and in with old at these treasured vintage shops in Las Vegas. Check out the quirky jumpsuit collection at The Red Kat, purchase a unique Halloween costume at the Main Street Peddlers Antique Mall, or get a vintage movie poster and neon sign at Mantiques.
Whether you are already familiar with bookstores like The Writer’s Block and Bauman Rare Books or not, spending an afternoon browsing among the books is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Find your next first edition at Cat’s Curiosities or pick up a comic book at Alternate Reality Comics.
34. Eat yourself around the world at any one of Las Vegas’ many international restaurants
Las Vegas is a melting pot. People from all around the world have been and continue to be drawn to the bright lights and flashing neon signs of this city in the desert, and many of those have stayed. It’s only natural, then, that this oasis has blossomed with restaurants serving cuisines from all around the world.
Korean restaurants are serving up bibimbap while the fresh flavors of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine are well represented in the desert. There is no shortage of spice with Indian and Chinese whereas those with an inkling for sushi and takoyaki can visit any one of these Japanese joints.
Just as there are casinos in Vegas that have been around for decades, there are a number of historic restaurants that have been welcoming diners for just as long—or longer. From The Hush Puppy to Chicago Joe’s, both of which opened their doors in 1975, there are a number of old-school restaurants in Las Vegas that serve up history with every meal.