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10 Things To Do in Las Vegas (That Isn't Gambling)

Updated: May 24, 2021




Being one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country, Sin City is an endless playground for adults. Every time I have a trip planned, everyone always asks 'So, how much are you going to gamble?' And the answer to that is always 'probably not at all!'


Yes, Vegas is known for being the gambling headquarters and having casinos on every corner you turn. If you love to gamble, you'll be in heaven here! But, if you're like me and are not really into it, that's alright too! Many who have never been to this vibrant city do not realize all of the cool and quirky things you can do while here... so here's a list of what you should check out during your next visit!


 

  1. The High Roller Observation Wheel

The High Roller is a very popular attraction, but for obvious reasons! Where else can you order a drink at the bar while 500 feet up in the air??


There are two experiences offered: The Happy Hour, which will include one ride on the wheel with an all-you-can-drink bar. We paid around $60 per ticket, but it was worth it for the unique experience! Night or day, you will get some STUNNING views.


If you're not looking to drink or are wanting a cheaper option, you can take a ride without the bar. (The last time I checked, tickets were around $17 for this!)


When I say one ride around the wheel, keep in mind that it goes VERY slow... It takes about 30 minutes to get all the way around! One great thing is when you purchase your ticket, you have the entire day to go during their operating hours.


PRO TIP: If you decide to go on a Saturday night, be prepared for a very long line! When this happened to us, we were told it would take two hours. Thankfully they let us come back Sunday afternoon, where we only ended up waiting about 20 minutes!




 


2. Check Out an Exhibit

One thing that I didn't really discover until my second trip to Vegas was that there are so many cool exhibits to check out! There are many that are fairly small scattered inside the resorts, but are still worth the money (There's even one that's FREE!) Here are a few that I have experienced so far:


Haus of Gaga


I don't know about y'all, but I am a HUGE Lady Gaga fan.... so I made sure to stop by here at some point during my trip! And the best part? It's FREE! It is very small, but is still really awesome to see. The exhibit consists of her iconic outfits throughout the years, which are pretty amazing to see in person.


As I am writing this, Haus of Gaga is currently only open Friday - Sunday. You can find this gem tucked inside of the Park MGM resort.




The Hunger Games: The Exhibition


This one is more on the pricier side ($32 at full price) but is free if you are staying at the MGM Grand resort. During our visit, they were running a deal where if you purchased tickets for this exhibit AND the Marvel Avengers STATION attraction (Which I'll talk about next,) we were given a pretty hefty discount.


If you're a big Hunger Games fan, you'll love this exhibit! I wasn't sure if I would at first, since I have only seen a few of the movies, but ended up really enjoying it. It is interactive, so there are a few different activities you can do here, including archery! My friend and I could not stop raving about how much fun we had with it.




Marvel Avengers: STATION


This is a great attraction if you have your family along with you, or if you're just a big Marvel nerd! The price of tickets may vary but generally seems to be $34 for an adult.


Tip: If you also want to do the Hunger Games exhibit, go there first, purchase a double ticket for both attractions, and you will get your Avengers ticket for $15!


With so many Marvel movies out now, there are a lot of cool things to see here. You'll find many of the different outfits from the films, as well as an interactive section where you work as a group to defeat Ultron!




 

3. Go Resort Hopping on the Strip


I always have so much fun doing this because many of the Strip resorts are so unique and fun! Even if you aren't staying at one, it's 100% free to walk around... and usually, there are SO many things to do in just one hotel! Not to mention that there are so many with beautiful indoor and outdoor architecture. All of the resorts have casinos, restaurants, shops and other attractions that can easily keep you busy. Here are some of my favorites to go through:


Paris - This resort is highly on my list of places to stay next just because of how beautiful it is! While the outside has the iconic replica of the Eiffel Tower, the inside makes you feel like you've been transported into France! The Ceiling looks like a Parisian night sky, and many of the shops/cafes are lined up to make you feel like you are actually walking around the city.


Cosmopolitan - Another one of my favorites, the Cosmo is so posh and makes you feel like a million bucks as soon as you walk inside! We always stop in here to hang out at The Chandelier, a gorgeous bar with giant, sparkling chandeliers all over the ceiling!


Venetian - Similar to Paris, the Venetian makes you feel like you have stepped into the beautiful country of Italy. This is a great resort to go through if you're looking to shop, with many stores lined around Venice-inspired canals! Speaking of canals, make sure to take a Gondola ride here while you're at it (I'll be discussing this more in this post!)



 


4. Get a Picture at the Famous Las Vegas 'Welcome' Sign


This one is a given. Being a super popular tourist spot, you must take a detour here to get some photos in front of the 'Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas' sign. Be prepared for a line to get up to it, or (what I recommend) is trying to come on a weekday or avoiding peak times.


There is usually a photographer here who will offer to take photos for you. Make sure to tip them if you decide to get their help! Also, watch out for the Elvis on a motor scooter! He tends to be on some, uh, substances, and we were told by locals that he hangs around there often.



 


5. Go for a Gondola Ride at the Venetian


This may seem like a super cheesy attraction, but I can assure you that it is really fun! You can take a gondola ride inside the Venetian Resort, or right outside. It's a bit pricey, It can range from $29 - $39 depending on what day you go.


Since we visited on a hot summer day, we opted for the indoor ride. It was really neat, as the inside feels like you're cruising down the streets of Venice with its beautiful architecture! The rowers are also very comical and entertaining! I'd probably consider it a one-and-done sort of thing, but I am curious to try the outdoor ride as well.



 


6. Take a Ride on the Big Apple Coaster


When I say there's just about everything in Vegas, I mean it. Have you ever imagined you would have a rollercoaster attached to your hotel? Well, you can if you visit the New York New York Resort!


I'm a huge coaster junkie, so this was a no-brainer for me. And let me tell you - It's not for the faint of heart! It's a pretty wild ride (and just a little rough!) but still fun. I highly recommend riding it at night for some awesome views.


 

7. Cool Off at the Minus5 Ice Bar


Some of my favorite things to do while traveling are completely random, out of the ordinary things. Like Minus5, for example! Where else can you hang out in a bar, made out of ice in the middle of a desert city?


The way it works is you buy a ticket to get in, and can hang around for as long as you'd like. A basic ticket gets you through the door, the next up will include two drinks, and the VIP experience will get you a big fancy fur coat to wear inside! (Don't worry, all tickets will include at least a parka and gloves.)




 


8. Hop Over to Chinatown


I never knew that Vegas even had a Chinatown until we were looking for a nearby spot for ramen! It's very unique and different from others, as it is set up more as a few strip malls. But we really enjoyed ourselves here! There are all kinds of shops, restaurants and other businesses revolving around Asian culture.


If you're looking for some cool Chinese/Japanese knick knacks, you should check out the Great Wall Bookstore. Or if you're in the mood for ramen, you need to try Shokku Ramen!


Tip: If you check into Shokku Ramen on the Yelp app, you get a free order of mochi ice cream!



 


9. Watch the Fountain Show at the Bellagio


If you're looking for another free activity, here's one for you! The Bellagio fountain show goes on every 30 minutes and is really fun to see! It's always so exciting and the water will pump along to the beat of the music. If you're looking for a fancier experience, you can also make a reservation at one of the nearby restaurants to watch the show while you dine.


Being a popular spot, you'll always find something interesting here... whether it be a camera crew filming something, or a guy in a Mickey Mouse suit walking around with his head off!



 


10. Swing Over to Gold and Silver Pawn Shop


There's a good chance that you've watched Pawn Stars at some point in your life. If you're a fan, you'll really enjoy checking out the actual shop itself! While yes, it is a normal-running pawn shop, there's so many cool things for sale in here, many that are REALLY valuable! From fine art, to collectibles, to celebrity signed memorabilia, they've got some interesting items.


Aside from the pawn shop, you should also check out the nearby shops.. You may spot one of the show's stars hanging around!



 


While these are some fun recommendations to try, there are obviously MANY more cool things to do in Vegas..... What are you interested to check out on your next visit?




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Hey there, I'm Shelby! Traveling has been one of my biggest passions in life, and so I'm here to share all of my great finds, tips and advice that I discover along the way. When I'm not on a plane, you can find me in Kentucky with my husband and fur child, Zoe (My adorable kitty!) 

I have always loved to write, and after many attempts at blogging again, I find myself here and inspired to share the world. My husband and I both work a typical 9 to 5, but make it a priority to plan as many trips as possible each year. I want to show others that it is totally possible to live a travel-filled life full time or on the side!

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