Las Vegas may be known for its casinos, but not everyone goes there intending to risk their life savings. If you are thinking about taking a trip to Las Vegas but want to do something other than sit in front of the slots, then you’re in luck. The city has all sorts of places you can visit to have some fun, such as shopping malls, broadway shows, spas, restaurants, museums, art galleries, botanical gardens, hotels, and much more. If you are looking for an excuse to visit Las Vegas but are not interested in the gambling side of things, then this article is for you. For this post, we are going to provide you with the non-gamblers guide to Las Vegas.
Walk The Strip
Chances are you have a pretty vague image in your head of Las Vegas. That image in your head is most likely made up with the Strip in mind. While The Strip does contain its fair share of casinos and expensive fun, it does have far more to offer. The Strip extends from the Las Vegas Boulevard South, which holds most of the city’s famous hotels with unique creations such as its version of the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower.
The Strip is just one of those places in Las Vegas you shouldn’t avoid during your first visit there. If you do not enjoy walking or the heat is too much, ask your hotel for available shuttles, or you could take the tram or monorail to get from one location to another.
Either way, if the heat is not too bad, then take a walk through each hotel, since they are all right too close to each other and most of them are excellent sites to behold.
The Fremont Street Experience
One of the most excellent things you can do while in Vegas is taking a nice walk through the Fremont Street Experience. The place offers some fantastic entertainment and is a must-see for anyone visiting Las Vegas. The entire area consists of Las Vega’s historic downtown area, and it is filled with some of the most colorful and dazzling lightning experiences around.
There are tons of things to see and do in this area. The place is overflowing with excellent bars and restaurants that offer some tasty foods and drinks for you to gorge on. As you walk around, you will notice a zip wire that runs over a vast mall. This attraction is known as the Slotzilla, and it launches from an 11-story, 120-foot high take-off platform designed as a massive slot machine from two different launch levels.
Slotzilla is set from one end of the pedestrianized Fremont Street experience, and riders on the higher level, known as the Zoomline, are shot out of the Slotzilla at 35mph using a propulsion launch system. The take-off allows people to spear through the entire length of the Fremont Street Experience. Riders tend to soar somewhat close to the ground, just above other walking tourists, and between iconic casinos in a way that can only be experienced in Vegas. The massive slot machine handles regularly pulls down, the digital reels spin, and a beacon lights on top once it’s done.
SlotZilla also has two Vegas showgirls reaching 37-feet tall and a 20-foot wide “Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas” sign.
You ever look at those excavators and think to yourself, “man I would like to operate one of those and find me some treasure?” Or maybe you looked at a bulldozer and dreamed about flattening all sorts of stuff. Fortunately for you, there is a way to make those dreams into a reality, kind of.
There is a place in the city that has decided to embrace the idea behind Las Vegas being a massive sandbox for adults. Dig This is a company that allows you to (so long as you are not drunk) get behind the wheels of an actual bulldozer and excavator. You can choose to ride either a bulldozer or excavator for 90 minutes. They will teach you how to operate the controls, drive it, move tires, and even play some basketball. The price is over $249 per person, however, so make sure you have enough money.
Las Vegas has plenty of pools available for people who want some time out of the sun to cool down. However, if you want some classic fun time in the sun, you should head to the Wet’n’Wild.
This place was once formerly available on The Strip until it closed down back in 2004. It reopened in Spring Valley back in 2013 with larger and improved slides. If you are the type that likes to seek out thrills, then you should check out the Tornado, a funnel slide that allows you to catapult through a 45-foot wide funnel.
Another slide you should take is the Rattler, which is the first of its kind in North American. It sends mule-person tubes down at 360 feet through a series of twists and turns and some “midnight” enclosed tunnels before launching you and your companion into a splash pool.
If you want to get a tan, then go ahead, there are lazing tubes that allow you to float down the Lazy River, or you could ride the waves in the 400,000-gallon wave pool. The place has tons of shaded areas you can escape from the sun, and Wet’n’Wild even offers free sunscreen at stations around the park.
Area 15 is an exciting place that was built as an entertainment playground complex made particularly for fun. The place serves you an immersive experience that is guaranteed to bring your immense joy. Area 15 has rooms covered in all sorts of colors and creative installations that make you feel like you are in another world. The place also offers food and drinks, so you can eat and get some fine entertainment to go along with your meal.
Each room in Area 15 services a purpose, all in the name of entertainment. One room could be a dance floor where you can party to your heart’s content, while another one allows you to crash on a sofa and watch an entertaining show. They even have their own zip line inside that offers you an exhilarating time. If you are interested in purchasing any amusing items, you can head over to their gift shop.
Area 15 is located two miles from The Strip, with enough parking space available. You can purchase tickets ahead of time on their website in case you want to beat the rush.
Museums And Exhibits
While museums and exhibits may not be the first thing people consider when they travel to Vegas, there is a fair share of them. The ones in Las Vegas are unique due to some of the history behind the city itself. The Neon Museum and Mob Museum both celebrate Vegas from very distant points of view. The Mob Museum offers you a glimpse into the early days of Vegas and has artifacts from the days when organized crime ran rampant. The Neon Museum displays much of the signs from the earlier days and old technology.
If you head to the Venetian, you can check out Madame Tussauds wax museums. Here you can spend some time posing with lifelike wax models of some of your favorite celebrities. The Pinball Hall of Fame is another excellent place you can visit. The museum is filled with Pinball games from almost every era, and you are allowed to play with them.
Other venues you can look into include the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, the Auto collection at the Quad hotel, and the National Atomic Testing Museum.
If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, consider taking a stroll through the Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo Resort. The place is one of the oldest places on the Strip, and it is made up of some elaborate landscapes filled with all sorts of tropical plants, making it seem like you stepped into a whole new world. Since this place does not get overly crowded, it is an excellent place to take a nice relaxing nature walk.
The resort’s 15 acres consist of waterfalls, koi ponds, exotic birds, and flamingos. If you are searching for a way to get away from the insanity that is the rest of Vegas, just for a short while, then you should head here. It is worth paying a visit too, even if you are not staying at the resort.
Best of all this place is completely free to visit! So make sure to check it out and take lots of pictures with the local animals.
After a long day of excitement, it can be great to take the edge off with recreational marijuana. With the state of Nevada having legalized medical and recreational marijuana, anyone can head over to a dispensary and purchase cannabis. Wallflower is an excellent place to acquire all your cannabis needs. They offers flowers, waxes, vapes, and edibles, pretty much anything you need to get started on your journey to getting high.
While Las Vegas is known for most people for its casinos, it is a place that prides itself on entertaining guests. If you are not interested in gambling, there are plenty of places you can go that will still be just as fun. All it takes is some searching around to find the best places for you to have fun, all without having to put some money in the nearest slot machine.