We all know Las Vegas is the international capital of gambling, but did you know this amazing city means much more than just spending hours in a casino? Loads of fun activities and rich history are just some of the reasons to visit it. If you need some inspiration for your trip, here are 5 surprising things to do in Vegas when you don’t want to gamble.
Take In a Show
Gambling apart, Las Vegas has always been synonymous with vibrant nightlife and dusk to dawn parties. That’s why seeing a show here should top your bucket list of things to do in Vegas. Whether you like music, cabaret, or circus, you’ll be spoilt with choices.
Perhaps one of the greatest shows you can only attend in Vegas is Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE. Dedicated to the pop music legend, the performance can only be described as mesmerising.
If you’re not a Michael Jackson fan, Cirque du Soleil also performs many of their legendary shows in Las Vegas, including KA, Zumanity, and O.
Las Vegas comedy or magic shows are other great choices for a different night out, or you could opt for one of the many adult shows if you want to spice things up.
Take a Road Trip to the National Parks
It would be a shame to visit the southwest and not see what is my opinion the most stunning part of the USA, its national parks. From Las Vegas, you can drive 20 minutes to the famous red rock national park or within two hours, be at the iconic Zion national Park.
For those that want to see otherworldly landscapes, take a 2 hour drive to Death valley National park as well!
Visit the MOB Museum
Visiting museums might not be one of the first things that come to mind when visiting Las Vegas, but the city can actually satisfy history enthusiasts too. Sure, it won’t be your average history museum, but the National Museum of Organised Crime and Law Enforcement is an unmissable place to visit if you’re interested in modern history.
A vast range of permanent exhibits takes you to the discovery of organised crime in America from its birth to the modern days.
Alongside the museum, you shouldn’t miss the Distillery and Speakeasy to taste some of the spirits that were smuggled during the Prohibition era.
And for those who still want to mix their visit with a flutter or two, did you know there’s even a Mobster video slot game online that can get you in the mood for this one!
Go To the Neon Museum
One of the things Las Vegas is famous for is its colourful neon signs. You can see them all over the place, but if you want to check out a few vintage or out-of-use models, you should go to the Neon Museum.
Founded in 1996, this is a sort of neon signs graveyard, a place that collects, exhibits, studies, and preserves the iconic decorations.
Here, you can learn the history and admire the art of neon signs. Various permanent collections include a wealth of unique pieces and special exhibits, and you can even donate artefacts if you happen to have signs or ephemera related to Las Vegas.
Stratosphere Bungee Jump
The Stratosphere is one of the most stylish hotels in Las Vegas, and the only one that can brag with an offering of unique activities, including the acclaimed Sky Jump.
If bungee jumping has long been on your bucket list, but you didn’t find the perfect spot for taking the plunge, or if you want to add another jump to your records, you should definitely check out the Guinness World Record highest controlled descent.
You don’t have to stay at Stratosphere to jump from here, but hotel guests do benefit from a discount.
If bungee jumping is not really your thing, but you’d like to admire panoramic views over the city, you should definitely check out Stratosphere’s SkyPod, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the Sin City.
Eat and Drink in China Town
Having a quiet meal in Vegas can be a hassle unless you know where to go. For a noiseless and cheaper-than-average dining or drinking experience, you should head to China Town.
A variety of restaurants, bars, and pubs await you there. From Asian-inspired cuisines to French and Spanish eateries, you’ll be spoilt with choices.
China Mama is perhaps the most renowned restaurant in Vegas’ China Town. Serving traditional Chinese dishes, it’s the place where to taste flavours such as tea smoked duck or spicy boiled cod in chilli sauce.
District One is another popular choice if you’d like to try Vietnamese food or go to Partage to discover a new take on French fine dining.
From discovering unique museums to exciting experiences, enjoying a show, or dining in some of the best restaurants in the city, there are many things to do in Vegas when you don’t want to gamble. Just pick your favourites from this list and get ready to discover the hidden yet beautiful side of Sin City.
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