When people talk about Las Vegas, gambling is usually the main focus of the conversation. Yet there is so much more to do in this “City that Never Sleeps,” (also New York City’s nickname) than blackjack, slot machines, roulette, and craps. From breath-stopping thrill rides to fabulous museums, here are 10 exciting activities that you can enjoy in Las Vegas without risking too much of your money.
10. The Bellagio Fountains
This water show takes place in front of the magnificent Bellagio hotel every half hour in the daytime and every 15 minutes at night. It is a water, light, and music extravaganza that you will not want to miss. It is also free!
9. The Mob Museum
This interesting museum is near Fremont Street and provides an inside look at the history of organized crime through the eyes of mobsters and law enforcement. Visitors can browse through artifacts, interactive exhibits, and watch informative films. Admission starts at around $30 a ticket.
8. Exotics Racing
Would-be race car drivers can feed their need for speed at Exotics Racing. They offer rides in 20 different racecars, 50 exotic cars, and go-karts. Some of them can reach speeds of up to 130 miles per hour. It does not come cheap, though; a Ferrari F430 F1 will cost you $299 for five laps.
7. See a Show
Whether you like live rock music, Broadway style shows, or comedies, there is something for everyone at the many performance venues here. Some of the best-known ones playing in 2020 include Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller, Blue Man Group, and Aerosmith.
6. Go Swimming
The hotels here have some pretty incredible swimming pools, but the Venetian & Palazzo has ten. Their newly renovated outdoor deck has four big ones, and three of them are infinity pools. There is also a splash bed, comfortable loungers, and daybeds in the pools. P.S. They stay heated during the winter.
5. Go Shopping
The Vegas Strip is dotted with every kind of shop imaginable, with unique offerings in different price ranges. If you want to go all out though, head to the high-end designer stores at the Wynn Las Vegas, the Via Bellagio Promenade at the Bellagio hotel, or the The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
This older section of Las Vegas is not as snazzy as the Strip, but has an awesome bar and restaurant scene. Some of the top bars are the Downtown Cocktail Room and the Commonwealth; locals and tourists love the food at Le Thai and La Comida. Fremont East also hosts free concerts and light shows.
3. The Neon Museum
Speaking of lights, the Neon Museum has interesting neon artifacts from Las Vegas’ older days. It is an outdoor museum for the most part, and you will need a car to get there. It is almost like a park, with old neon signs are set out on display.
2. The Best Dinner
If you want to take a break from the buffets and splurge, head to Caesar’s Palace for a memorable meal at Nobu. This highly acclaimed restaurant offers sophisticated Japanese fare, like exotic seafood and melt-in-your-mouth sushi. There is also an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail list.
1. Ridiculous Rides
Vegas has some amazing thrill rides that will leave you screaming for more. The Stratosphere Hotel has the Big Shot vertical catapult, X-Scream teeter-totter (866 feet up), the rooftop Insanity ride, and SkyJump. New York-New York hotel casino has a crazy rollercoaster that travels at 67 miles per hour, with a 203-foot drop. Tickets for these can be bought individually or in packages.
About the Author
Ellen Kershner is a dynamic and resourceful marketing professional, with significant experience in supporting various internal and external marketing and communication projects. Her strengths include a reader-friendly, flexible writing style, outstanding customer relationship management skills, and a talent for meeting creative objectives and strict deadlines. She is a content writer for 55places.com, and also writes for Spryte Communications, Advanta Advertising, and Premier Legal Marketing. From 2008 to 2018, she was the Director of Marketing for Senior Salon Services, a company that manages salons in retirement and assisted living communities.
Ellen also worked in the Editorial Department of Shopper’s Guide, a South Jersey publication with a circulation of 500,000. Her work has also been published by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Magazine, and the Burlington County NJ Trend newspaper group. She graduated with honors from The American University in Washington DC in 1986, and currently lives in Marlton, NJ.
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