It’s no secret that Las Vegas is one of my favourite places in the whole world. It’s one of those destinations that is like marmite, you either love it or hate it. From the moment, I drove down the Strip, my mind was blown. There really is nowhere like Las Vegas. I loved it so much that I returned a few weeks later to experience it all over again. It’s an adults playground with hundreds of things to do. You can even travel around the world in one day by visiting all the incredibly themed hotels and casinos. To be honest, my favourite thing in Las Vegas is to wander through all the different hotels. They are all pretty insane. However, there are so many fun and unique things to do. I’ve compiled a list of the best things to see and do in Sin City.
One of the most iconic things to see in Las Vegas. The world-famous Bellagio Fountain Show which takes place every 30 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes in the evening. Each show has a different piece of music and it’s my number 1 must see in Las Vegas. It’s on my bucket list to dine in one of the Bellagio’s restaurants overlooking the show, you’d have a front row seat.
As I said before, you can travel around the world in a day by visiting all the incredibly themed hotels. The Venetian transports you straight to the canals of Venice where you can even take a 12 minute Gondola Ride! Going on a Gondola was high up on my Las Vegas bucket list and although it was $29, I’m glad I did it. I’ve never been to Venice but I now feel like I have!
There are actually three different Zip Lines in Las Vegas. You can visit Slotzilla and soar past the famous lights of Freemont Street or the VooDoo Zipline with takes you from the two towers of the Rio Hotel. Recently, the Fly Linq Zipline opened at The Linq hotel right by the main strip. I’ve not actually done any of these but on my next visit, it’s on my list!
You can’t visit Las Vegas without eating all the food. There are some incredible restaurants in Las Vegas but visiting an all you can eat buffet is a must do! Each Hotel & Casino tend to have their own buffets for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We did the Bellagio Lunch for $27.99 as after a little bit of research it sounded very reasonably priced but very high quality of food with live action stations. I did do a little bit of research on each hotel and these are my top suggestions:
The Wynn Hotel: Fine Dining with one of the best selections of Desserts (including a chocolate fountain). Prices from $19.99 – $38.99.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace: Featuring over 500 items which change on a daily basis, this buffet comes highly recommended but it’s reflected in the price. Prices from $25.99 – $54.99
Le Village at Paris: Set in a typical French Village enjoy local cuisine inspired different regions of France. Prices from $21.99 – $30.99
Cravings Buffet at The Mirage: An International offering with over 150 flavours of Coca Cola & unlimited Beer and Wine. Prices from $18.99 – $32.99.
Carnival World at Rio: Take a trip around the world and explore the World Buffet with over 300 selections from across the globe. Prices from $26.99 – $31.99
You can transport yourself from Venice to Paris in a matter of minutes. Las Vegas is home to its very own miniature Eiffel Tower at the Paris Resort. It was actually a lot taller than I expected and you can climb 46 stories to the top from $16. You can also dine with an incredible view of the strip from the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.
There are so many different day trips that you can take from Las Vegas but the most popular choice is to the Grand Canyon. One of the most spectacular sights in the world and only a couple of hours from Sin City. It’s a long day trip to take to the Grand Canyon but so well worth it and I’d highly recommend a Helicopter Ride. Other day trips to consider would be to Hoover Dam, Hollywood (around 4 hours away), Antelope Canyon and Valley of Fire.
Another hotel, Another City. The New York, New York Hotel and Casino is home to The Big Apple Rollercoaster. The theme is a dash around New York in a Taxi Cab with an optional virtual reality experience. One ride is $15 and personally, I wasn’t the biggest fan as it was a bit jerky for me. My friends enjoyed it though, so I guess it depends how much of a thrill seeker you are!
The Big Apple Rollercoaster isn’t the only ride in Las Vegas. The Stratosphere is where you want to be if you’re looking for some hair raising thrills from great heights. Experience the highest rides in the USA where you could catapult yourself off the tower edge in three insane rides. Additionally, if you are feeling brave enough, you can Bungee Jump from the top of the tower for $119.99!
The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a great way to spend the afternoon. The Aquarium has over 2,000 animals with an impressive exhibit on the Shark Reef. Admission is $25 but you could always spend a little extra and book an experience to feed the stingrays, turtles or even the sharks.
Las Vegas is home to The World’s Largest Gift Shop. The Bonanza Gift Shop is over 40,000 square feet of Souvenirs. I’ve not actually been which is a shame as I’m partial to a few tacky gifts but if you want to pay a visit, you’ll find it opposite the SLS Hotel & Casino.
The Neon Museum is an outdoor museum showcasing more than 200 vintage neon signs that have retired from the Strip. This place is perfect for photoshoots too, the large signs make the perfect backdrop. Coming soon to the Neon Museum is an exhibition featuring Tim Burton’s original artwork. It’s something definitely not to be missed!
Take a trip down to Freemont Street in Downtown Las Vegas and experience all the old Casinos and Hotels. You’ll actually find so much to see and fo in this area and personally, I think the best thing to see is the Freemont Stree Promenade Viva Visions Light Show. Freemont Street is at the bottom of the Strip and I’d advise getting an Uber down there as it’s quite a long walk.
Located in Freemont Street is the Heart Attack Grill. It’s exactly what it sounds, a heart attack waiting to happen. This insane hospital-themed restaurant serves incredibly large portions and you even get to dress up in hospital gowns! You can get an Octuple Bypass Burger which features EIGHT beef patties – do you think you could take that on?
The first time I stayed in Las Vegas we were in The Golden Nugget which is located on Freemont Street. It’s an amazing hotel in the old part of Vegas but one of their stand out features is the Swimming Pool which features a huge 200,000-gallon shark tank aquarium. It’s a pretty cool experience and there’s also a slide which goes through the aquarium but it was sadly closed when I was there. The Golden Nugget also has an Infinity Adults Only Pool on the 3rd floor if The Tank isn’t your cup of tea.
There are hundreds of shows to see in Las Vegas. Whether you’re looking for a top class act such as Lady Gaga, Magicians, Magic Mike or even Cirque De Soleil, you are spoilt for choice. There are many music acts such as Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Robbie Williams and many more with Las Vegas Residences. Cirque du Soleil currently has 6 shows along the Las Vegas strip at various locations and come highly recommended.
Some of the top DJ’s around the world also have residencies at the nightclubs in Las Vegas Resorts. At the moment, you’re more than likely to catch club nights from DJ’s such as Martin Garrix, Zedd, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers and Kygo. If you visit Vegas Unzipped, they usually have all the club nights on one calendar. Admission to each club varies but if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a rep on The Strip during the day for free entry before midnight. We managed to catch Marshmellow at the XS Club in The Wynn and it was an amazing night!
If you want to party throughout the day, there are plenty of pool parties at various hotels. When I visited, it was out of season and a lot of the pools were closed but throughout the Summer there’s a lot going on. Calvin Harris and Tiesto are known for their residency at the MGM Grand Wet Republic Pool Parties.
It’s not a trip to Las Vegas without visiting the world famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. Located right at the top of the strip before you get to the airport, it’s worth the visit for that all important photo for Instagram.
The Circus Circus Hotel and Resort is where you’ll find the World’s only permanent Circus. Every day you’ll be able to catch shows throughout the day from 11.30am and it’s all free!
The Bellagio is an incredibly beautiful hotel and the interior just blows my mind. As we visited for the second time near Christmas, their decorations were in full swing and they didn’t disappoint. Just by the main lobby are the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens which are swapped out each season for a different theme. At the moment (January), they are currently celebrating the Chinese New Year!
Las Vegas is the place that you can find any type of restaurant including a restaurant in complete darkness. Fancy dining in the dark?! It certainly would be a very unique experience and potentially very messy. BLACKOUT dining has a mystery menu, leaving the whole experience a total surprise.
Las Vegas is a Shopper’s Paradise. I don’t even know where to start, there is every single kind of shop you can think of. The main shopping mall is the Fashion Show Mall which is opposite The Wynn but you can find Malls in most Hotels & Casinos. A personal favourite of mine is the Caesars Palace Forum Shops which follows the Hotels theme and it’s pretty magical. There’s also the Fall of Atlantis Show here which happens every hour on the hour including special effects and fireballs!
I’m not sure how I missed it as I spent a lot of time in The Mirage hotel but they actually have a volcano right front of the hotel. The Volcano is an iconic sight on the Las Vegas strip and erupts with a big fire explosion every hour on the hour in the evening.
That’s not all at The Mirage, there’s actually Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. An all-day adventure pass is $22 and includes coming face to face with Bottlenose Dolphins, White Tigers, White Lions and Leopards. At the moment, they’ve just announced their new addition and actually have a baby dolphin!
It’s not a trip to Las Vegas without visiting The Wedding Chapel. I’m not encouraging you to go and tie the knot with Elvis officiating but it’s quite fun just to stop by one of the chapels. We actually went to The Little White Wedding Chapel which is famous for where Britney Spears and Frank Sinatra got married. You can also have a drive-thru wedding where it’s over and done within a matter of minutes!
In the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll find The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo Hotel and Resort. This is a free attraction at the hotel and you can come and visit the Flamingo’s, Pelicans and a few other animals between dawn and dusk.
I’ve only just found out that the Pinball Hall of Fame exists and I’m gutted as I’d have loved to have visited this place. There are over 100 machines in the Hall of Fame. You could spend hours in here playing on them for just a quarter a game.
Located at The Linq Hotel on the Promenade is the High Roller Observation Wheel where you can catch amazing views over The Strip. It’s actually the tallest wheel in the world at over 520 feet high. After taking a spin on the wheel, I’d recommend checking out the promenade, there’s a few great restaurants as well as my favourite; In-N-Out and a Sprinkles Cupcake ATM Machine.
After all the partying, sightseeing, shows and gambling; you might want to wind down and have some downtime. Luckily, there are some incredible spas in Las Vegas. The Spa at The Aria costs $50 for a day pass and use of their spa and fitness facilities.
Visit the T-Mobile Arena and catch an Ice Hockey Match with the local team the Las Vegas Golden Knights. I believe they don’t do too badly and I find Ice Hockey really easy to follow and rather entertaining. Whilst I travelled in America, I tried to go see different types of sporting events and Ice Hockey was my favourite!
Finally, it’s hard to visit Las Vegas and have a cheeky gamble. I’m not going to lie, speaking from experience it’s very easy to get carried away. Time flies by in the Casinos. You have no idea what time it is and free drinks are handed out left, right and centre but you’ve got to have a little gamble whilst in Las Vegas. But remember not to get too silly. The Casino’s are the real winners.
These 31 suggestions for fun things to do in Las Vegas is just the tip of the iceberg. There are still many more other things to do, see and places to eat. The list is completely endless. Vegas is definitely somewhere you could never get bored in. If you want to read more about Las Vegas, there’s a post about my trip to Route 66, Hoover Dam and Sin City.
Have you been to Las Vegas? Did you love it or hate it? Have you done any of these things?