Las Vegas has long been known as Sin City, where people go to drink and gamble their days and nights away. However, you do not need to be a big gambler to have a good time in this spectacular city. There is a plethora of fun and exciting things that everyone will enjoy during a visit to this popular city. From shows to activities to popular attractions, there is something for everyone in Las Vegas.
Favorite Free Attractions
Circus Circus Midway
The Circus Circus casino has a midway inside where people of all ages can watch circus acts that range from unicyclists to acrobats to funny clowns. The shows rotate throughout the day and they begin every half hour. Kids of all ages will love the carnival midway and video arcade featuring 200 classic and current games.
Fountains at the Bellagio
The fountains in front of the Bellagio put on a magnificent show of water, music and light every half hour during the day and every fifteen minutes during the evening hours. The fountains dance to iconic Vegas-related like “Viva Las Vegas” as well as popular new music. You will enjoy this show at any time, but the best time to view it is when the lights are on at night. There have been rumors (denied by owner MGM Resorts) that the fountains may be removed to make room for a boutique shopping mall, so see them while you can.
Flower Conservatory inside the Bellagio
You may want to take some time to go inside the Bellagio to see the amazing flower conservatory. They change the look of this room every season, so it will always look different from the time before. The one thing that never really changes is the beautiful orchid space, where the orchids always seem to be in bloom.
Fall of Atlantis
Inside the Forum Shops of Caesars is where you will find the Fall of Atlantis show. This animatronic show featuring water and fire will have you watching in awe until the very end. It is recommended that you arrive well before the show begins at the top of every hour, so that you can get a good spot to stand to watch it. Nearby this show is a fifty-thousand-gallon aquarium that is filled with more than one hundred different types of fish.
The Mirage’s Volcano
The volcano in front of the Mirage erupts every half hour in the evening and you will be able to watch as the lava runs down the sides. Fireballs erupt and music pulses. This is the safest active volcano you can visit and it always puts on a show on schedule.
Comedy in Action
Jeff Civillico is a comedian who will have you laughing from the time you enter his show until long after you leave. Physical comedy is his forte with juggling, stunts and audience participation adding to the hilarity. He will be returning to the Paris Las Vegas Hotel later this year and his show is perfect for people of any age.
Cirque Du Soleil’s Mystere
Mystere is on the stage at Treasure Island and this show is full of color and playfulness. The performers are amazing at what they do while on stage and their goal is to get you laughing right along with them. There are also six other Cirque du Soleil shows that are held in other resorts along the strip.
Shopping on the Strip
Forum Shops at Caesars
These high-end retail shops designer stores such as Louis Vuitton, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Valentino and Gucci, some of the biggest names in fashion. A private art gallery and luxury watch brands like Tourneau, Breitling and Hublot make for unique window shopping opportunities, even if they are outside your budget. Luckily, the shops include many affordable favorites, including Gap, Guess, Nike, Victoria Secret, and even a three floor H&M. Amongst all those shops are restaurants, shows, even talking statues.
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
Serious shoppers will enjoy the challenge of one hundred and seventy stores and fifteen restaurants set in a futuristic setting that is complete with people movers. The All Axis Merchandise features souvenirs for fans of performers at the All Axis theater, including Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears.
Fashion Show Mall
Do not be surprised if you see a model or two walking the retractable runway on the weekend in this area. This mall has two million square feet full of shops for you to walk through while making purchases at both high-end and budget friendly stores.
Activities on the Strip
Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage
Siegfried and Roy opened this garden and habitat back in 1990 to fulfill their dream of helping endangered animals. Inside the Secret Garden, you will see impressive white tigers, white lions, and leopards. The dolphin habitat is where the dolphins live and you will be able to see them both at the top of their living area and from the viewing area below.
Mandalay Bay Shark Reef
There are more than twelve hundred different marine species living in this inside ocean including nurse sharks, tiger sharks, and an eight-foot-long Komodo dragon. One of the best parts of this attraction will be when you walk in a tunnel under the water and see the fish and sharks swimming above you.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
The Titanic exhibit can be found at the Luxor and it features more than three hundred different artifacts from the ship. There are also a few replicas that bring the history of this tragedy back to life. Everyone who has seen this exhibit states that while all the smaller artifacts are wonderful to see, nothing prepared them for the sight of the largest piece, which is part of the ship’s hull.
CSI: The Experience
Have you ever thought that you have what it takes to be a CSI? Well, you can see if you do with this hands-on exhibit. There are three different crime scenes that you can choose from and then you start at the beginning and work until you hopefully solve the crime.
With so much to do on the strip, you are going to get hungry and you need to know exactly where to get the best cuisine that is available.
Best Restaurants on the Strip
Lagasse’s Stadium at the Venetian
This sports lover’s paradise serves the best hamburgers on the strip as well as any other pub food that you can think of. You can sit and relax on plush stadium seats while watching one of the one hundred televisions. This is one of the best sports bars in America, taking pub food to a new level.
Hash House a Go Go
There are a few Hash House restaurants in Las Vegas, but on the strip, you will want to go to the one at the Linq. This is a great place to eat for any meal, but you will probably appreciate their breakfast the most. That is when you can get a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice to drink while you are eating either their snickers pancakes, tractor driver combo, or any of their other menu options.
Margaritaville is right next to the Flamingo and you will be greeted by a large margarita glass as soon as you walk in the door. This Jimmy Buffet themed restaurant brings a taste of the island to the Las Vegas Strip. The atmosphere in this restaurant is always energetic, so it is the perfect place to go if you are getting tired. You will wake up instantly! A few of their popular dinner menu items include Lava Lava Shrimp, Chicken Fajitas, BBQ Ribs, and Key Lime Pie.
Get out of town
Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon
Fly over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Grand Canyon on an amazing helicopter ride. An aerial view is perfect for those who are short on time or not up for a hike. You can find anything from a quickie overview to a flight that lands on the Canyon floor to a helicopter and boating combo. Many companies will pick you up at your hotel.
Hike in the Valley of Fire
Not far from the Strip is another world. The amazing rock formations of this desert park are a photographer’s dream. You may even spy Native American petroglyphs on some of the rocks. Free guide services are available from park rangers.
Kayak the Colorado River
Winding its way through the Grand Canyon, the Colorado spills over the Hoover Dam. Choose a kayak trip that launches below the dam for a smooth trip downstream. Kayaking in the Grand Canyon on your own requires a permit, which can be difficult to get, as they are assigned by lottery. Overnight commercial trips in the Grand Canyon are booked well in advance, sometimes as much as two years, so start planning now!
Las Vegas is full of energy and you will feel it anywhere that you go. These are just some of the exciting opportunities that you will have when you are in Las Vegas. The one thing that you will not want to miss is a view of the strip at night, when it is all lit up. You can see the entire strip from either the top of the Eiffel Tower, the top of the Stratosphere, or from the top of the Linq’s High Roller.
Don’t discount Las Vegas as a destination just because you don’t gamble, because there is obviously much more than that in this fascinating city.