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40 Best Things To Do In Las Vegas (On + Off The Strip)

40 Best Things To Do In Las Vegas (On + Off The Strip)

Las Vegas has many free, cheap and expensive attractions both on and off the iconic Strip. The best things to do in Las Vegas include seeing the Bellagio Fountains, exploring themed casino hotels, watching shows and shopping. But there’s also a collection of fantastic places you can visit near the Vegas Strip for hiking, photography and family fun.

In this guide we show you the 40 best things to do in Las Vegas based on our own experiences in Sin City.

Our Las Vegas Experience

Woman in black and white dress stood against a rail overlooking the Venetian hotel and gondola rides on turquoise water
Kristen watching gondola rides at the Venetian

We’re seasoned Las Vegas travelers with 3 trips under our belts so far. We’ve stayed at 7 of the most popular Las Vegas strip hotels, eaten at dozens of restaurants and visited almost every single attraction listed in this guide; both on and off the strip. Vegas isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we love the neon lights, upbeat atmosphere, elaborate luxury and endless activities on offer. Read more about us.

Vegas was busier, more expensive and had more going on when we visited in summer. Whereas hotels were cheaper, it was quieter and activities like pool parties and concerts were at a minimum when we visited Las Vegas in November. Our top tip for Vegas is to avoid weekends if you want cheaper hotel rates.

About This Guide

Las Vegas is an attraction heavy city destination for families, couples and especially groups of friends. But there’s just as much to do off the Strip as there is on it, so make sure you carefully consider how you’ll spend each day on your trip to Vegas.

In this guide, we show you 20 awesome things to do on the Las Vegas Strip, followed by 20 more fantastic activities and day trips you can take off the Strip. All activities are listed in random order.

1. The Las Vegas Strip

Kristen from Where Are Those Morgans walking along the Las Vegas strip the best free thing to do in Vegas
Kristen walking from the Strip to the High Roller

The Las Vegas Strip is non-stop action. It has an addictive buzz and an uplifting vibe that makes you want to keep walking up and down South Las Vegas Boulevard on repeat. No matter which hotel you stay at, you’ll end up walking the Vegas Strip to reach restaurants, shows, bars and attractions.

Every time we visit Vegas, we can’t help but smile at the ludicrous exuberance on display when we walk up and down the Las Vegas Strip. The best part? You get some of the most unique people watching opportunities in the US. Oh, and it’s completely free entertainment!

2. Iconic Hotels

Palazzo Hotel illuminated yellow against the dark night sky
Palazzo Hotel lit up against the dark night sky

Uniquely themed hotels are at the heart of what makes Las Vegas such a fun place to visit. You can walk around every single hotel on the Strip for free, from the cheap and cheerful hotels like Luxor and Excalibur all the way through to the super-luxurious Bellagio and Cosmopolitan.

If it’s your first time in Vegas, make sure you explore each of the fun, lavish and quite frankly absurd hotels on the Strip. You can shop, eat, play, drink and embrace the chaos! We’re huge fans of unearthing hidden gem things to do, bars and restaurants in the casino hotels.

Hotels you can’t miss:

  • Fun Facades – Luxor, Excalibur, New York New York, Paris Las Vegas, Caesars Palace and Venetian
  • Pure Luxury – Bellagio, Wynn and Cosmopolitan

Further Reading: 25 best Las Vegas hotels on the strip

3. Casino Tables

Slot machines in a casino three in a row
Slot machines inside a casino on the Strip

Like it or loathe it, there’s a lot of people gambling at roulette, blackjack, poker and craps tables, and there’s even more people playing slots in Las Vegas. Of course, there’s no pressure to spend a single dollar in a casino but it’s at the heart of what makes Vegas run like a well oiled tourism conveyor belt.

We don’t gamble and we’re not keen on the smoking, so casinos aren’t for us. But if you want do it once for the experience, our advice is to pick an acceptable amount of money you’re prepared to lose (because you will lose it!) and stick to that number. And stay away from the casino ATM!

Popular casinos:

  • Wynn Casino
  • Bellagio Casino
  • Cosmopolitan Casino
  • Venetian Casino
  • Aria Casino
  • Caesars Palace Casino
  • Luxor Casino

4. Celebrity Restaurants

Woman opening a door leading into Wing Lei Chinese restaurant in Wynn Hotel elaborate facade
Kristen at Wing Lei Chinese restaurant in Wynn Hotel

Eating at a celebrity restaurant is one thing you have to do on your trip to Las Vegas. The Vegas Strip has become the hottest property in the world for celebrity chefs and the competition is fierce, so it’s spilling over with world class dining experiences.

You won’t miss the ever growing list of Gordon Ramsay restaurants, but there are many more high end dining options hidden away in various hotels up and down the Strip. We took a secret food tour in Vegas and it stopped in at several celebrity restaurants in random places wouldn’t have expected.

Top rated celebrity restaurants:

Further Reading: Our Las Vegas secret food tour review

5. Pool Parties

Beer and cocktail bought a beach club bar in Las Vegas
Our drinks at a beach club bar

Las Vegas pool parties are the ultimate fun-in-the-sun experiences during the warmer months in Nevada. You can chill round a pool, listen to DJ’s blasting out the beats, drink (responsibly!) and mingle. Personally we think day parties by the pool are better than nightclubs in Vegas, but that’s just us.

Check this pool party events schedule to see which DJ’s are playing at the various hotels. Pool parties can get expensive but they’re one of the most fun things you can do as a group in Vegas.

Best Vegas pool parties:

6. Happy Hour Drinks

Happy Hour sign on the strip with discount prices listed
Discounted prices for drinks and food on the Strip during happy hour

Happy hour is a great way to save money in Vegas. Sure, it’s an expensive place to party, but there are one or two tricks you can use to beat the system and one of those is happy hour drinks.

You’re not going to find cheaper drinks at night, but between 2:00pm-6:00pm, you can take advantage of discounted beers, cocktails, shots and even food at many happy hour spots on the Strip. We like to think we’re savvy travelers, so you’ll definitely find us making the most of happy hour deals!

Best Las Vegas Strip happy hours:

  • Trevi – Popular Italian restaurant in Caesars Palace. Monday to Friday from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
  • Blondies – Sports Bar and Grill in Miracle Mile shops near Planet Hollywood. Monday to Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm, $20 all you can drink beers.
  • Peppermill – Popular restaurant and lounge to the north of the Strip with happy hour every day from 3:00pm-6:00pm. The Scorcese movie Casino was filmed here.
  • Grand Lux Cafe – Located in the Venetian and Palazzo, you’ll find happy hour deals on food and drinks between 4:00pm-6:30pm from Monday through Friday.
  • Flour + Barley – Shots, craft beers, cocktails and pizza all discounted Monday through Friday from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Located in LINQ hotel.

7. Cocktail Lounges

The Chandelier cocktail lounge in Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
The Chandelier cocktail lounge in Cosmopolitan Hotel

If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated to do during the evening, make your way into a classy cocktail lounge in a plush Las Vegas hotel like Cosmopolitan. There’s certainly no shortage of options for cocktail lounges on the Strip. Find your favorite hotel and then find a bar you like.

Our advice is to prepare yourself for the exorbitant price of a cocktail before you arrive, so you avoid that awkward “how much?!” moment. Even happy hour doesn’t put much of a dent in it. We bought two cocktails in a Cosmopolitan bar during happy hour, and it cost us $44 before tax and tip!

Highly rated cocktail bars and lounges:

8. Nightclubs

Tao restaurant and nightclub entrance in the Venetian hotel one of the top clubs in Las Vegas round tunnel entrance
Cool entrance to TAO restaurant and nightclub in Venetian

Las Vegas is home to several super-clubs like Omnia and Hakkasan. If you’re planning a weekend getaway with friends, chances are high you’ll end up dancing the night away in one of the popular nightclubs.

Our advice is to pick a club based on music type, rather than reputation. We’ve been to Tao and Hakkasan, both of which were great but they were also entirely contrasting experiences. Go where the music takes you.

Popular clubs in Las Vegas:

9. Las Vegas Shows

Woman walking into Beatles Love show in Mirage Las Vegas
Kristen at The Beatles Love by Cirque Du Soleil in The Mirage

Las Vegas has some of the best shows in the world. The most popular shows feature acrobats, magicians and comedians. But you can also choose between various other theatrical performances, family friendly shows and of course adult shows (this is Sin City, after all!).

Cirque Du Soleil is the legendary entertainment company permanently based in Vegas, and they have 6 very different shows on offer. We saw “O” at Bellagio and it was fantastic.

Popular shows on the Strip:

  • Cirque Du Soleil
    • O – Bellagio
    • Ka – MGM Grand
    • Mystere – Treasure Island
    • Mad Apple – New York New York
    • Beatles Love – The Mirage
    • Michael Jackson One – Mandalay Bay
  • Magicians
    • David Copperfield – MGM Grand
    • Shin Lim – The Mirage
    • Mat Franco – LINQ
  • Comedians
    • Jeff Dunham – Caesars Palace
    • Terry Fator – New York New York
    • Carrot Top – Luxor

Further Reading: 30 best shows on the Las Vegas Strip

10. Concerts

The Colosseum in Caesars Palace music venue from the outside
Entrance to The Colosseum concert venue in Caesars Palace

Each year, certain Vegas hotels host resident superstar artists like Adele, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Silk Sonic, John Legend and Luke Bryan. You might even be planning a trip to Vegas around seeing a particular artist?

But if it’s your first time in Vegas and you don’t know where to look for concerts, start with this calendar of events. We’d love to see Adele at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

Las Vegas concert locations:

  • Caesars Palace – The Colosseum
  • Park MGM – Dolby Live and T-Mobile Arena
  • Mandalay Bay – Michelob ULTRA and House of Blues
  • MGM Grand – Garden Arena
  • Planet Hollywood – Zappos

11. Spas

Serene and relaxing spa with jacuzzi in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas
Cosmopolitan Spa – Photo Courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas

After all the hustle and bustle, eating and drinking, watching shows and constant walking up and down the Strip, there’s nothing wrong with splurging on a little pampering and relaxation at a luxury Las Vegas spa.

Almost every popular hotel on the Strip has a spa. Just remember, you’ll pay more at the luxury hotels like Venetian, Aria and Cosmopolitan but they’ll also be the most lavish. See if you can find a good deal on a spa package.

12. Shopping

Woman shopping for handbags and reaching to grab a bag on the top shelf
Kristen shopping for handbags on the Strip

Las Vegas is a shoppers paradise. There are enough malls, hotel stores and strip-side shopping areas to fill a weeks worth of time. You’ll find high street classics and high end designer stores scattered along the full length of the Strip, so be sure to wear comfy shoes.

Our top tip for shopping is to remember that you’ll pay an additional 8.4% in sales tax on anything you buy on the Strip. As a Brit, sales tax is one thing Mark always forgets when buying things in the US!

Best shopping spots:

  • Caesars Palace – The Forum
  • Planet Hollywood – Miracle Mile
  • Venetian – Grand Canal Shoppes
  • Aria – The Shops At Crystals

13. Animals On The Strip

Three flamingos wading in shallow water in Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas
Chilean flamingos cooling off outside Flamingo Hotel

Are you visiting Vegas as a family with younger kids? Well, there’s plenty to keep them occupied, and one of the easiest places to start is with animals located at different spots along the Strip.

Where to see animals on the Strip:

  • Flamingo Hotel – You can see Flamingos at the wildlife habitat in Flamingo hotel. It’s completely free and open daily for visitors.
  • The MirageSiegfried + Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat allows you to get up close with bottlenose dolphins, white tigers, white lions and leopards.
  • Mandalay Bay – Head over to the Shark Reef Aquarium to see a variety of marine life including rays, turtles and of course sharks.

14. LINQ Promenade + The High Roller

High Roller observation wheel and LINQ promenade in shadow not long after sunrise
LINQ Promenade and High Roller observation wheel

The LINQ promenade is a spur street leading away from the Strip to a collection of restaurants, bars, attractions and the High Roller observation wheel. There’s two great places to eat here, Gordon Ramsay Fish + Chips and Yard House.

You’ll naturally stumble across the LINQ promenade when passing between Flamingo and LINQ hotels. The most popular things to do in this area are the Museum of Selfies and zip-lining over the promenade on Fly LINQ.

15. MGM Topgolf

Topgolf MGM Grand booths with targets
MGM Grand Topgolf – Photo Courtesy Of Topgolf

Topgolf at MGM Grand is the premium golf driving range on the Strip. But it’s more than just a driving range, it’s more like a fully fledged entertainment venue with bars, swimming pools, big screen tv’s for sports and 4 floors of tees.

We tried Topgolf in Vegas and had a blast even though it was just the two of us. It’s a a fantastic activity for larger groups, bachelor or bachelorette parties, families and golf enthusiasts.

Cost: From $40 per hour / per bay (up to 6 people), but more expensive on afternoons and weekends.

16. Luxor Titanic Exhibit

Entrance to Titanic Exhibit inside Luxor Hotel
Inside Luxor where you’ll find the Titanic Exhibit

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor has more than 250 authentic artifacts recovered from the Titanic wreck. On top of that, the popular exhibit showcases extensively recreated rooms from the ship. It has a 4.6/5 rating on Google with over 2,500 reviews, so it’s highly rated by previous visitors to the Strip.

Check prices with MGM and Get Your Guide to see if any sales are running on tickets.

Cost: Around $35 / adult.

17. Venetian Gondola Ride

Gondola ride inside the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas is one of the most popular things for couples and families to do near the facade mock up canal side shops and streets of venice
Gondola ride along mock up canals inside the Venetian

Have you been to Venice in Italy? If not, you can always visit the Venetian hotel in Vegas and see a mock up of some of its most famous sights, including St Marks Square, canal-side shopping, the Rialto Bridge and of course gondola rides.

You’ll be serenaded by a singing gondolier pilot and enjoy views from Grand Canal. Gondola rides run day and night both indoors and outdoors, so you can take your pick depending on the weather and waiting lines, or you can book online in advance.

Tickets can be bundled to save:

Cost: From $34 / adult.

18. Mirage Volcano

Mirage hotel in Las Vegas lit up at night with the Volcano below
Mirage Hotel and Volcano

The Mirage Volcano is one of the longest running and most beloved free shows on the Las Vegas Strip. It erupts at 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm and 11:00pm nightly. Fire, water and music blast into the night sky, heightening the senses and creating a wonderful spectacle for the whole family.

Note: Hard Rock bought The Mirage from MGM resorts in December 2021 and they plan to tear down the Volcano as part of rebranding sometime in 2024. We personally think it’s a terrible shame and you should see it while you still can.

19. Paris Eiffel Tower

Replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas hotel lit up against the dark night sky
Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas

Yes, Las Vegas has a replica Eiffel Tower! Nevada’s is a half sized version of the original in Paris. It has an observation deck at 460-ft and an exceptionally in-demand dining experience at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. We recommend booking way in advance for the restaurant.

From the observation deck you can see the central part of the strip and the Bellagio Fountains from a totally unique perspective. It’s one of the easiest and most common ways to reach a photogenic elevated viewpoint overlooking the Strip.

Here’s two ways you can get up the Eiffel Tower:

Cost: From $25 / adult.

20. Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio fountain display water jets in a long line bursting into the sky with the hotel in the background at night
Famous Bellagio fountain display

The Bellagio Fountains display is the most popular attraction in Las Vegas, according to reviews on Tripadvisor. Water jets pulse, jive and waltz to the tune of around 30 different songs on the hour from 3:00pm to midnight during the week and from noon to midnight on weekends.

It’s a completely free experience and you’ll likely end up seeing it a handful of times over the course of a few days. We think it’s better at night when the hotel and fountains light up against the dark night sky, but it would be even more special seen from one of the ritzy Bellagio lakeside restaurants.

Now, let’s move onto the best things you can do off the Las Vegas Strip!

21. Welcome To Las Vegas Sign

Long line waiting to take a photo with the welcome to fabulous las vegas sign
Long line to take a photo with the famous sign

The iconic “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is one place you simply can’t miss on a first visit to Sin City. It’s easy to access by foot if you’re staying on the south side of the Strip but it’s quite a long walk from the north side of the Strip. You might be better off taking an Uber or renting a bike.

Our top tip is to arrive before 7:00am otherwise you’re going to lose at least 30 minutes (probably more) standing in a long line. We took the photo above at 8:30am on a weekday morning in October and it was already packed. There was actually a guy employed by the state taking photos of each group so the line moved quicker, and he didn’t take tips.

Is it worth it? We’ll let you decide!

22. Las Vegas Museums

Discovery Childrens Museum in Las Vegas from the outside
Entrance to the popular Discovery Children’s Museum

You might not associate Vegas with museums, but there’s actually a bunch of really excellent museum options for adults and children alike.

Here’s where we would start looking:

But the one museum you shouldn’t miss is the Mob Museum. It has a 4.6/5 rating after more than 16k reviews on Google, so it’s no joke! If you only do one museum in Vegas, we recommend you head up to learn about the startling history of America’s organized crime at the Mob Museum.

Compare prices with Mob Museum and Get Your Guide (slightly cheaper) for general entry. There are various special exhibits with additional fees.

23. The STRAT Observation Deck

STRAT SkyPod observation deck from below against blue sky
STRAT SkyPod observation deck

The STRAT SkyPod is by far the tallest observation deck in Las Vegas. It hosts 4 thrill rides high up in the sky at 1,000+ feet elevation, including X-Scream, Insanity, Big Shot and SkyJump. So, you get a double bubble when you hit the top; far reaching views and adrenaline pumping rides.

From the observation deck you can see the Strip and you have unobstructed 360 degree views over the landscapes surrounding Vegas. Late afternoon as sunset is approaching is the best time to go up STRAT, so you can see Vegas in daylight and neon-light.

Compare prices:

Cost: From $24 / adult.

24. Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam from the Arizona side looking back over Colorado River
Hoover Dam from the Arizona side

Dubbed one of America’s engineering marvels, the Hoover Dam is even more impressive once you see it in person. You can walk across the top of the dam, see it from the nearby Memorial Bridge and imagine how challenging it must have been to build. Personally, we thought it was well worth the short drive.

The Hoover Dam is among the most popular Las Vegas day trips, hosting thousands of Vegas visitors each year. You can take a guided tour of the dam and power plant (both of which are great) or a self guided visitor center tour. See ticket options.

Further Reading: Las Vegas to Hoover Dam day trip guide

25. Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway racing track
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Are you into motor racing? The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is home to several events each month from legal drag racing to NASCAR. But those events can be few and far between so you have to time it right. The Pennzoil 400 NASCAR race is usually in early March.

The Speedway also hosts multiple racing car experiences monthly, and that’s where your interest may be piqued. Can you imagine driving a NASCAR race car (yourself!) around the Speedway on your visit to Vegas? After watching the NASCAR series on Netflix in 2024, we’d love to watch this race in Vegas.

26. Pinball Hall Of Fame

Close up photo of the inside of a pinball machine dimly lit with brighter lights on the bumpers
The fun Pinball Hall of Fame is well worth a visit

Would you prefer to cure a bit of old school gaming nostalgia rather than losing money on slot machines or casino tables? Well, you can’t miss the Pinball Hall of Fame, which is located opposite the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign not far from Mandalay Bay on the south side of the Strip.

It features over 150 coin operated pinball machines, all of which you can play. Their only rule is that having fun is compulsory. What a great rule.

Cost: Free to enter, 25 cents for old pinball machines and 50 cents for newer pinball machines.

27. Seven Magic Mountains

Colorful boulder stacks Seven Magic Mountains near Las Vegas
Colorful boulder stacks at Seven Magic Mountains

Seven Magic Mountains is a weird but wonderful and extremely photogenic art exhibit in the Mojave Desert not far south of the Las Vegas Strip. We think it’s unmissable for anyone who keeps busy on Instagram or Tik-Tok, and our advice is to arrive early for soft light and to beat the crowds.

It might seem like an odd thing to see on your trip to Vegas, but colorful boulders make for excellent photo opportunities. You can even fly your drone over the seven boulder towers for a different perspective. It was busier than we expected when we visited on a weekday in November.

Further Reading: How to visit the Seven Magic Mountains

28. Big Bus Tour

Photo of the back of a bus passing through a street with lit up buildings and tourists at night
Big Bus in downtown Vegas – Photo courtesy of Big Bus Tours

If you’re short on time or you really don’t fancy the long walk up and down the Strip, why not hop on a Big Bus Tour so you can see Vegas in comfort?

Big Bus features an open top deck and two different routes:

  1. Big Bus Day Tour – Includes the strip and downtown, has 8 stops, you can get on and off as much as you like to see the top highlights.
  2. Big Bus Night Tour – Includes the strip and downtown but only stops once and has a live guide. It’s less a hop-on hop-off style, and more of a sightseeing style ride. Allows you to see the entire city lit up at night.

Cost: Around $50 / adult.

29. Red Rock Canyon

Mark from Where Are Those Morgans hiking and crouching at the summit of a trail in red Rock Canyon with Las Vegas in the distant background
Mark at the summit of a Calico Tanks trail in Red Rock Canyon

Are you a hiker? Red Rock Canyon is the best place near Vegas to get out for a good stretch and to blow the cobwebs (or hangover!) off. It’s located just 30 minutes drive from the Strip and it features a range of different hiking trails.

After arriving, you’ll drive a 13-mile one way loop and stop at every hike you want to take on. Calico Tanks and Ice Box Canyon are our two favorite hikes at Red Rock Canyon. You can see Las Vegas in the background behind Mark in the photo above.

Cost: $15 entrance fee per vehicle.

Further Reading: 10 best hikes in Red Rock Canyon

30. Valley Of Fire State Park

Hiker with camera at Mouse's Tank in Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas
Kristen at the popular Mouse’s Tank photo spot in Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park is one of our favorite places to visit in the American southwest and you can reach it in less than 1 hour drive time from the Strip. It’s a small alien landscape with short hikes and some truly unique photo spots. We had photos from Valley of Fire published in a Gestalten book in 2022.

The best thing to do is hike the stunning Fire Wave Trail, ideally in time for sunrise if you can make that happen from your hotel in Vegas. It’s an easy hike and it leads to a magical landscape with swirling rock layer patterns and colors.

Cost: $10 entrance fee per vehicle.

Further Reading: 15 amazing things to do in Valley of Fire State Park

31. Fremont Street Experience

Crowded open air mall at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas
Open air Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas is a whole different side of the city that goes under the radar. The main drag is a narrow tunnel-like pedestrian street lined with bars, restaurants, stages, casinos, hotels, museums, arcades and attractions. It’s open air but there’s a digital roof above featuring light shows and music.

There’s a zipline overhead, the Mob Museum is nearby and Stadium Swim is located right on Fremont Street. The best part is prices for beers and food drop back down to what you would normally pay back at home. It’s worth seeing for half a day, even if it’s just a quick reality check from the Strip!

32. Stadium Swim

Stadium Swim in Circa Hotel from a hotel room high up
View over Stadium Swim from our hotel room in Circa Hotel

Stadium Swim at Circa hotel on Fremont Street takes the best aspects of sports bars and sunny Las Vegas swimming pools and turns them into one enormous haven for sports fans. It consists of multiple swimming pools, jacuzzi’s and cabanas all facing a gigantic 40 foot tall HD screen.

Imagine your home tv screen measures 50 inches when measured diagonally. Well, the screen at Stadium Swim is 143 feet diagonally. It’s like being at the cinema, with the seats positioned so everyone gets a good view, only this time you’re in a pool or a sun lounger watching football. Plus, there’s a bar and food.

Cost: $26 per adult.

33. Round Of Golf

Bali Hai Golf Club near Mandalay Bay at the bottom of the Las Vegas strip lush green grass and shadows of trees
Golf Course on the Strip – Photo Courtesy of Bali Hai Golf Club

Golf is an immensely popular hobby for millions around the world, including Mark. Would you like to sneak in a round of 18 in Las Vegas? Well, as you might expect, it’s not exactly cheap to play here.

Bali Hai Golf Club located on the south end of the strip near Mandalay Bay is the top rated and most popular course near the Strip. Green fees are going to set you back around $250 per person.

Wynn Golf Club is another highly rated course but it’s regarded as having one of the most expensive green fees in America at $550-650. That price does drop during the off-season to around $350 (still not exactly affordable!).

34. Kiss Mini Golf

Glow in the dark mini golf with vibrant colors illuminating course boundaries in the dark
KISS Mini Golf near the Strip – Photo courtesy of KISS Mini Golf

If those eye watering green fees put you off, try mini golf instead at a fraction of the price. KISS by Monster Mini Golf is an indoor glow in the dark KISS themed 18 hole mini golf course. It’s located in Rio Hotel, just behind Caesars Palace.

The place is filled with KISS props, video and memorabilia. It even has a DJ by day and night. It has a 4.6/5 after more than 1.5k reviews on Google, so it’s clearly a popular cheap Las Vegas attraction. Mini golf is always an easy going experience and it’s fun for the whole family.

Cost: $11.95 per golfer.

35. Springs Preserve

Las Vegas Springs Preserve Botanic Gardens sign and trees
Botanical Garden – Photo Courtesy of Springs Preserve

Springs Preserve is a 180-acre attraction located a few miles west of downtown Las Vegas. It’s home to a Botanical Garden, a Butterfly Habitat, the Origen Museum and the Nevada State Museum. It has a 4.7/5 rating after 5k reviews on Google, so it’s a highly regarded activity.

All the attractions listed above plus many more smaller exhibits are included for one single entry price. It’s a great place to bring the kids or to have a relaxing break from the Strip.

Cost: $9.95 per adult and $4.95 per child.

36. Mystic Falls Park

Mystic Falls Park in Sam's Town Hotel and Casino trees and buildings with glass sky light roof
The unique Mystic Falls Park in Sam’s Town

Mystic Falls Park is an indoor park surrounded by restaurants, a casino and hotel rooms with a huge glass skylight above. The park consists of trees, winding paths, waterfalls, streams, animatronic animals and lasers which all come to life during nightly light shows. You’ll find this unique attraction inside Sam’s Town Hotel + Casino.

Mystic Falls Park is considered as one of the best free shows in Las Vegas and it’s especially worth seeing in the lead up to holiday seasons throughout the year. We saw it in November and it was all geared up for Christmas. If you’re visiting Hoover Dam with the kids, Mystic Falls Park could be a great place to stop on the way back.

37. The Adventuredome

Photo looking over Circus Circus hotel from above at night
Circus Circus and the Adventuredome from above

The Adventuredome in Circus Circus Hotel is like a mini theme park with coasters for adults, family friendly rides, arcades, plenty of flashing lights, mini golf, laser games, VR rooms and more. It’s rated at 4.4/5 on Google after more than 10k reviews.

It’s quite expensive and it’s not Disneyland, but it’s a hugely popular entertainment venue for families and it’ll certainly keep the kids busy.

Cost: $30 under 48 inches tall (kids) or $ 60 over 48 inches tall (adults).

38. Graceland Wedding Chapel

Graceland wedding chapel elvis impersonator in Las Vegas
Graceland Wedding Chapel

Oh yes, we’re very serious! It happens all the time! If you’re heading to Las Vegas to get married or to renew your vows, there’s only one place it can be; the world’s first Elvis themed wedding chapel, Graceland.

Check out the rave reviews from this place on Google! Now, we know very few of you will be planning an Elvis themed vow renewal, but on the off chance this is your style and you’re interested, this is the venue.

Cost: From $249.

39. Nelson Ghost Town

Nelson Ghost Town remains old petrol tank and car
The eerie Nelson Ghost Town – Photo Courtesy of Nevada Mining Company

Nelson Ghost Town is the site of an abandoned gold mine and restored buildings from the 1800’s. You can tour the gold mine (which is called Techatticup Mine) or you can simply walk around and admire the old buildings. Continue down the dead end road to Nelson’s Landing where you’ll reach the Colorado River and maybe see people cliff diving.

The ghost town is insanely photogenic, which means any hobbyist or pro photographer is going to have a field day. Plus, the mine tour with El Dorado gets rave reviews and people even get married here.

40. Helicopter Tour

Helicopter Tour booking operator on the strip
Grand Canyon helicopter tour operator on the Strip

Arguably the most popular luxury splurge in Las Vegas is to take a helicopter ride over the Strip. It isn’t anywhere near as expensive as you might imagine either, with flights starting at just $89.99 per person. You can also choose between several add ons, including Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West Rim packages by day, sunset or night.

Either book online in advance or try your luck in person when you’re on the Strip. Take a look through these top rated helicopter tours in Vegas to get an idea for prices.

Cost: From $89.99 per adult to fly over the strip online, more expensive if you fly over Grand Canyon.

Las Vegas Attractions Passes

The Venetian Hotel lit up at night with car light trails
Venetian Hotel lit up at night on the strip

Are you the type of traveler who loves to do and see as much as possible in a new place? Well, in Vegas you’re utterly spoiled for choice. You could easily spend a full week ticking off fun activities and still not get through it all.

Our advice is to consider buying a Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass or a Go City Las Vegas Pass so you can do more in Vegas for less money. We always buy attraction passes in major cities because we know we’ll save money.

In Vegas, you can bundle and save on Cirque Du Soleil shows, big bus, lots of Strip attractions and even day trips to nearby national parks. Check both passes to see how much you can save!

FAQ’s

What Are The Best Free Things To Do In Las Vegas?

Are you visiting on a shoestring budget? Here are the top things you can do for free:

  1. Watch the amazing Bellagio fountain display
  2. See the Volcano show at Mirage
  3. Walk around the Seven Magic Mountains
  4. Visit Mystic Falls or Nelson Ghost Town
  5. Walk the strip and explore every hotel

What Are The Best Things To Do In Las Vegas For Couples?

Taking a couples trip? Here are the top things you can do as a dynamic duo:

  1. Spend a day in a lavish hotel spa
  2. Explore stunning Valley of Fire or hike in Red Rock Canyon
  3. Dress up and hit the plush hotel cocktail bars
  4. Eat out at high end celebrity restaurants
  5. Watch a show or see a concert

What Are The Best Things To Do In Las Vegas For Families?

Are you taking the kids on vacation? Here are the top things for families to do in Las Vegas:

  1. Watch a Cirque Du Soleil show
  2. Take a gondola ride at the Venetian
  3. Ride the High Roller or go up the Eiffel Tower
  4. Go to one of the top museums
  5. Take the younger kids to Adventuredome

What Are The Best Things To Do In Las Vegas For Groups?

Planning a boozy weekend break with your friends? Here are the top things you can do as a group:

  1. Check out the top pool parties and nightclubs
  2. Hit the casino tables
  3. Find the best happy hours and cocktail bars
  4. Hit some balls at Topgolf in MGM Grand
  5. Walk Fremont Street and watch the game at Stadium Swim

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We hope this guide to the best things to do in Las Vegas helps with planning your visit to Nevada!

Please let us know if you have any questions about your visit in the comments box below.

Happy Travels,
Mark and Kristen

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