There's more to Las Vegas than just gambling, but with so many different activities to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down what's worth your time and what you should skip. Whether you like the great outdoors, thrill rides, great meals, or just cozying up in a quiet bar with a great cocktail, we've rounded up 21 of our favorite things to do in Sin City.
Yes, some of Vegas’s best restaurants aren’t along the main drag. Sparrow and Wolf is an off-strip restaurant that has been opened by a chef with plenty of Las Vegas strip street cred. Chef Brian Howard is creating magic in the kitchen while the bar is crafting serious drinks and the room will tempt you to stay all night. Can your favorite Las Vegas restaurant be off the strip? You decide.
Push Your Body at Sweat 60 At Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
After all the great dining and delicious drinks you've enjoyed, you might feel the need to burn a few calories. Luckily, Sweat 60 at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas can help. This 60-minute upbeat circuit training class will kick start your new work out routine and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on Vegas!
There are few better ways to spend an afternoon in Vegas than by relaxing poolside at this chic, minimalist pool. But we have one idea for making it an afternoon you won't soon forget: Upgrade the experience with a massage at their Moorea Beach Club.
Spend a Night at the Club
"Clubbing" is one of Vegas's most popular rituals so we'd be remiss not to recommend it. Our favorite: Marquee, at the Cosmopolitan. With more than 60,000 square feet (including a rooftop patio overlooking the lights of the Strip), Marquee brings in some of the best DJ and electronic dance talents from around the world. Beware that bottle service at Vegas nightclubs can be pricey—it's easy to spend $1,000 or more on a night out at the city's clubs!
Have Happy Hour on the High Roller
Enjoy happy hour from 550 feet in the air at the LINQ's High Roller, a truly "only in Vegas" experience as you watch the glittering lights of the Strip below. Unlimited drinks on the observation wheel mean you have to drink a lot in 30 minutes—but it also means that you might not have to drink anymore for the rest of the night.
Drink a Cocktail with a View at Skyfall Las Vegas
While cocktail in your hand will be outstanding, the 180-degree view of Las Vegas below will have you mesmerized. Skyfall at Delano Las Vegas is worth a long nights worth of stargazing. If you're a hotel guest, skip the pricey cocktails and join the nightly champagne toast, held each evening at 7:30 p.m.
Jump Off the Stratosphere Tower
If you want to get your heart racing, ride "Insanity" at the Stratosphere Tower. A massive mechanical arms hovers 900 feet above the ground, spinning you and other passengers as part of an experience you'll never forget. The tower is also home to the X-Scream, a rollercoaster that propels you 27 feet over the tower's edge!
Swing Away at TopGolf Las Vegas
Everyone has fun at TopGolf Las Vegas. If you are there to swing a club, the facilities are actually what you would expect for a top-notch practice facility. If you love a good cocktail, they have enough bars and crafty bartenders to fulfill your every request. The kitchen is not just an afterthought as the menu is not just about bar food but about a real culinary experience. And, the atmosphere is all Las Vegas with lounge areas, pools and plenty of action for more than just a golf date.
Dine at a Gordon Ramsay Restaurant
If you are a fan of Chef Gordon Ramsay, your culinary fantasies will be fulfilled in Las Vegas. Hell's Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay has opened at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, and it is a virtual television show wrapped up by a restaurant. The food is what you would expect from Ramsay, and you'll notice a Hell's Kitchen winner running the kitchen. Alternatively, head to Gordon Ramsay Steak, where you can try the chef's famous beef Wellington.
Visit the Grand Canyon
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Surprisingly to some, a day trip to the Grand Canyon is possible from Las Vegas! While driving takes roughly four hours (and takes you over the Hoover Dam), it's possible to tour the Grand Canyon in a day through an exciting helicopter or plane tour. If you've never before seen this incredible natural wonder and want a break from the buzz of Strip, it's a worthwhile excursion.
Stay in a Corner Suite at the ARIA Las Vegas
Is there anything better than a great view from a hotel window? As soon as you look out the window, the generic room behind you falls away, and all that you are left with is the excitement of the city or the destination that before you. Vegas has no shortage of luxurious hotel rooms, but among our favorites are the corner suites at the ARIA. These spacious suites have floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, making for incredible views of the Strip and mountains.
Buy a Souvenir at the Bonanza Gift Shop
Why would you be looking for a gift shop in Las Vegas when every hotel has one that is far more convenient? First, everything at the Bonanza Gift Shop on the Las Vegas strip is significantly cheaper than what you’ll find in the hotel store. The world's largest gift shop (seriously—it spans more than 45,000 square feet) has plenty of Vegas kitsch, souvenirs, gag gifts, T-shirts, and more.
Fly a Plane at Sky Combat Ace
Sky Combat Ace is among Vegas's best thrill rides, allowing visitors to pilot their own stunt plane over the city. Yes, really. With no experience necessary, you can send your plane into complicated maneuvers alongside one of the Sky Combat Ace's experienced pilots. It's among our favorite activities in Vegas and for a good reason: There's just nothing else like it.
Have a Drink at the Bar at Delmonico
You'll find whiskey, whiskey and more whiskey at the bar at Delmonico Steakhouse. With more than 700 options spanning a 40-page menu and a knowledgeable staff to guide you, you'll get a complete a mini-education in brown spirits. The list includes whiskeys from around the world, including far-flung places like Indian and Taiwan.
Explore Las Vegas's CityCenter
This sprawling complex is home to some of Vegas's most popular hotels and other attractions, but just walking around the property is must-do. It's home to nearly 20 pieces of incredibly contemporary art, by artists such as Maya Lin, Julian Schnabel, Frank Stella, and more. Additionally, the complex is home to the Shops at Crystals, a mall featuring more than 15 upscale flagships, ranging from Tom Ford to Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Drive a Rock Crawler Through the Desert
Take an adrenaline-filled Jeep trip with Las Vegas Rock Crawlers. You'll drive along at slow speeds while climbing up red-rock faces and down sandy dunes in. If you're looking to escape from the clamor of the Strip briefly, this is among one of the best ways to do so!
Go Bowling at the LINQ
Spend an afternoon at Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ to enjoy bowling, food, drinks, live music, and even more fun. This mega-bowling alley has more than 30 lanes, and the menu is crafted by the owner of New York City's popular Blue Ribbon restaurant group.
Visit the Downtown Container Park
For something out of the ordinary, visit the Downtown Container Park, an open-air shopping complex that's built from recycled shipping containers. There are plenty of shopping and dining options here to satisfy adults, but it's also a destination for kids as well—they'll love the interactive playground the Treehouse.
Ride a Zipline over Fremont Street
Get an adrenaline rush and a bird's eye view of one of Vegas's most bustling scenes all at one! Try the SlotZilla zip line, which will carry you two blocks down Fremont Street, all while you hover seven stories in the air. Or try the "Zoomline," which lets you fly even further, but on your stomach, like a true superhero.
Dive with the Sharks at Mandalay Bay
Come face-to-face with one of nature's most vicious predators in the shark tank at the Mandalay Bay Aquarium. The aquarium houses more than 30 different sharks and certified divers have the opportunity to submerge themselves 20 feet to get up-close and personal with these incredible creatures. All equipment is provided.
See the Fountains at the Bellagio
Vegas has no shortage of world-renowned attractions and the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino are easily among them. At this daily, free show more than a thousand fountains "dance," choreographed to music and light. The show takes place daily, typically every 30 minutes.