When you think of Las Vegas, you likely think of the night life scene. While the late nights and parties can be a draw for many people, there are lots of families that make Las Vegas a go-to vacation spot as well. Check out these 50 things to do in Las Vegas that aren’t gambling to get some ideas of how to spend your next Las Vegas vacation. Most of the activities are great for all ages.
1. Visit The Heart of Downtown Vegas
Get to Fremont Street, locally known as “Glitter Gulch” located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Experience live entertainment, ziplining, and a show of lights!
2. Observe Las Vegas From Above
The Stratosphere, at 1,149 feet tall, is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. With 360 degree views of Las Vegas, you can eat at the lavish restaurant located on top, walk around and enjoy the views, or partake in the thrilling rides on the top of the tower.
3. Travel to the Grand Canyon
Explore the nation’s most iconic natural landmark, The Grand Canyon. It only takes a day to experience the canyon. The closest entry point from Las Vegas is Grand Canyon West Rim, which is 128 miles, or approximately a two-and-a-half-hour drive, from Las Vegas. While Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon South Rim is 264 miles, and a four-and-a-half-hour drive.
4. Restaurant Dining
There are many 5-star restaurants located on the Las Vegas Strip. It would be a wonderful experience to try them out and decipher which of them are your favorites.
5. Experience Awe at The Bellagio Fountains
Join the crowd and watch the beautiful show of water, music, and lights. A show happens every 15 minutes, so do not worry if you arrive at the end of one.
6. Shop at the Unique Container Park
Located in downtown, this industrial feeling make-shift shopping center provides a family fun experience with boutique retail shops, restaurants, and live entertainment.
7. Enjoy Hotel Comfort and Resort
It seems obvious, but people tend to forget about the luxury of Las Vegas hotels. They tend to focus on seeing as much of Vegas as they can in their time there. So, for those who need it, slow down a little bit to enjoy the lavish lifestyle Vegas offers.
8. First Fridays!
First Fridays of every month, you can view and support the work of local artists in downtown Las Vegas, including visual and performing artists, live music, and food.
9. Venture Out to Red Rock Canyon
Located just 17 miles away from Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is a destination one could venture out to to see its wonderful sights.
10. Attend True Vegas Entertainment
Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital. Go see one or all of the top rated shows that are all over the Strip!
11. Crystals Shopping
With their motto, “The True Art of Luxury Shopping” you get an idea of how luxurious and top-notch this place is. Home to all top designers you can think of, it is a great place to walk around and shop.
12. Get Mobbed Out
Visit the Las Vegas Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. This museum shows the history of organized crime in Vegas from both perspectives of the mobsters and law enforcement.
13. Drive Fast
Ever dreamed of driving fast in a Lamborghini or Ferrari? In Las Vegas you have the chance to drive both or more! Go to speeds up to 130 mph and experience the time of your life. Check out Exotic Racing to explore this fun activity.
14. On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!
Fans of NASCAR? Check out the Richard Petty Driving Experience. You will get to go on a ride along with a professional driver and go to speeds up to 140 mph! You will do this on the famous Las Vegas Speedway. You even get the chance to drive for yourself.
15. Plug in at The Hoover Dam
Just a few miles outside of Las Vegas, there sits one of the world’s prime examples of awe-filled human innovation and engineering, The Hoover Dam. Luckily for you, you are able to see it for yourself and be truly amazed. You will get to see how it was built and how it works!
16. Jump into a Skydive
Ever wondered how it felt like to Skydive, but always were too afraid of jumping out of a plane? Well check out Vegas Indoor Skydiving! This great experience will leave you flustered with exhilaration and thrill.
17. History at The Atomic Testing Museum
Visit the Atomic Testing Museum and learn about the 70-year history of nuclear innovation.
18. Go Back in Time at The Neon Boneyard
This museum is a place for storing the historical collection of Vegas’s iconic neon signage from back in the day. If you’re from that era, you will feel a certain nostalgia visiting here. If you’re younger, you will be filled with curiosity and wonder.
19. Be Better Than Sherlock Holmes
Be a world renowned detective and find the one who did it. Gather evidence such as bullet casings and DNA and test your crime solving skills at CSI: The Experience. If you solve the mystery, you’ll earn an official CSI Diploma.
20. Freeze Vegas Heat
Visiting Las Vegas in the summer? You must be aware of how hot it could get. Escape the heat at Mandalay Bay’s ice lounge, “Minus 5”. Better dress in warm attire because everything inside the lounge is made of ice, including the walls, the bar, and even the seats.
21. Walk The Strip and Visit Different Casinos
All casinos on the Strip are must sees! All have a uniqueness to them and are beautiful. Some offer more than others and some offer what others can’t. Find out which are your favorites!
22. Life at Death Valley
Explore what makes Death Valley such a unique part of the Southwest landscape. Where the lowest point of elevation in North America is located and where the hottest ever recorded temperatures have taken place.
23. Utah National Parks: Zion and Bryce
Southern Utah is home to many famous national parks like Zion and Bryce. What most people don’t realize is how close these destinations are to Las Vegas. Go ahead and visit nature’s beauty, no need to worry about how to get there. Go by tour bus!
24. Ride The Sky On a Hot Air Balloon
Get a birds-eye view of Las Vegas and float over the city including the Strip on an hour-long hot air balloon ride!
25. Travel Back to Medieval Times
At the Tournament of Kings, enjoy your three-course dinner with a show at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino!
26. Lake Mead
Take a trip to Lake Mead and enjoy the sight of the the largest man-made reservoir in the U.S.
27. Ethel M.’s Chocolate Factory
Experience chocolate heaven at Ethel M.’s Chocolate Factory. With a variety of gourmet chocolate and other delicious treats, it is also home to one the largest cactus gardens in Las Vegas.
28. Experience Old Western Life at Eldorado Canyon
Live life like a true old western and travel back in time to ghost towns. And you may even strike gold while panning for gold at the abandoned gold mines!
29. See a Boxing Match
The biggest boxing matches in the world happen in Las Vegas. Even if the tickets are sold out for the matches, it is still a treat to be in Vegas when it is match day.
30. Shoot a Gun
Choose from a number of gun range experiences. We have plenty waiting for you and a plethora of weapons to choose from. Heck, you could even crush a car with a tank if you want to.
31. The LINQ’s High Roller Observation Wheel
Ride on the world’s tallest observation wheel. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Las Vegas, traveling 550 feet above ground on a half an hour long spin.
32. Life of a Rock Star
Live life like a rock star. Form your own band with the help of a Rock Star Counselor to learn and work with veteran rockers and headlining guest stars!
33. Adventure Dome at Circus Circus
Adventure Dome has exciting indoor roller coasters, laser tag, and theme park classics such as bumper cars and a swinging ship! Open seven days a week, it would be a great place to take the family.
34. Escape Room Exhilaration
Follow hidden clues and solve puzzles with your team to try and escape the locked room before time runs out!
35. Visit The Springs Preserve
A 180-acre cultural institution consisting of botanical gardens, museums, family events, traveling exhibits, trails, cafes, and other attractions. The Springs Preserve is a great place to bring the family and learn about Las Vegas history.
36. Head to the Valley of Fire
Nevada’s oldest state park, the Valley of Fire, is only 50 miles from Las Vegas. It is a sight to see for its beautiful skies and distinctive red sandstone formations.
37. Bounce Around Sky Zone
Sky Zone is a trampoline park with many attractions to partake in. You can play basketball, dodgeball, slam dunks, mountain climbing, and many more. A great place to take the whole family to have some active fun.
38. See The Strip from Above
Get in a luxury sightseeing helicopter to view all the most iconic points of Las Vegas. Getting a bird’s eye view of Sin City will change your perspective.
39. Get Crazy at Circus Circus
Have fun at the largest permanent circus in the world. Enjoy free circus acts and games while testing your skills at Midway where people of all ages come to have fun and get energized. With up to 200 popular and classic games, there is no shortage of entertainment here. Don’t forget to check out the crazy rides at the Adventure Dome!
Check out the several golf resorts spread out across Las Vegas. Take a break from the festivities and work on getting a stroke off your game.
Speed down the twists and turns of the awesome go-karting race track in Las Vegas. There are plenty of karts to choose from and the track is located not too far from the Strip.
If someone told you about their time in Las Vegas, they might have mentioned the extravagant nightlife scene. Las Vegas is known for its night clubbing experience. On the Strip, there are many clubs to choose from, all of them boasting elaborate décor, live music, DJ’s, and dance floors.
43. Wine and Beer Tastings
Look into tasting new beers and testing fine wines. There are several breweries and wineries to try out on and near the Strip.
44. Party Bus
Party on the go! If you have been to the Strip before, you have most likely seen a party bus driving by. A party bus is a great experience if you have a large group of people traveling with you.
45. Arcades and Gaming
Las Vegas is known for its massive conventions of all types- business, social, educational, and even gaming! Many gaming conventions and tournaments take place on the Strip. You can also visit various arcades on the Strip and get your game on. Additionally, there are gaming centers near the Strip you can check out.
46. Upcoming Raider Stadium and Games
Visit the currently in construction new Raider’s Football Stadium and be ready to be impressed, for it is a giant! Be the first to experience the opening of the new stadium in August 2020!
47. See The Area 51 Entrance
You have likely heard of Area 51, the mysterious area that is restricted to the public and located in the desert of Nevada. Those who want to get as close as they can to it often travel to Las Vegas. That is because Area 51 is only 83 miles from the Strip! Seeing the entrance is somewhat of an attraction for those who are daring. There are travel stops and gift shops on the way there for the tourists who want to go and check it out.
48. Mini Golf
For those who love to have a little fun, go mini golfing! There are several mini golf locations right on the Strip!
This is a must for thrill-seekers! The most famous roller coaster in Las Vegas is located on the Strip and found at the Hotel and Casino, New York, New York! There are also rides in Circus Circus’ Adventure Dome as well as on top of the Stratosphere.
50. Go To The Movies
This one is simple, but it is something fun to do no matter where you are. There are great movie theatres located on and near the Strip, so if you feel like a movie, check it out.