Things to Do in Las Vegas
Last update: September, 2020.
Prices listed are the starting, per-person prices for non-local adults before any real discounts. (more...) • Items in italics are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; not italics doesn't mean definitely open, though.
While gambling is the obvious Vegas activity, don't think you have to just because everyone else is. First off, not everyone else is! One in four Vegas visitors don't gamble. If you do want to try gambling, then start with our Ways to Be a Smart Gambler.
🎭 Shows & Concerts
Most shows are closed due to COVID-19.
Seeing a show is one of the best experiences you can have in Vegas. While prices are over $100 for the more elaborate shows, there are quite a few under $15, and there are actually a few that are free. See our tips for getting the best price.
The biggest draw, the buffets, are closed due to COVID-19, but other options abound. • Veg*n travelers should see my Vegetarian Survival page (and won't want to miss the vegan offerings at Ronald's Donuts), and those on a budget can check out the Cheap Eats article.
Play any game and soon the cocktail waitress will come to take your order. Standard tip is $1/drink. Some casinos are stingy with the drinks, but many will serve you even if you're playing penny slots, a penny at a time, slowly. The cheaper casinos (esp. downtown and off-strip casinos) are more likely to serve you with minimal play. • Pub crawl ($40/person, 6p min.)
There are lots of sizeable shopping malls right on the strip, both upscale and mainstream. And souvenir and specialty shops abound. See my page about Las Vegas Shopping.
🕺 Night Clubs
This is not your Holiday Inn pool! The pools at strip hotels are downright elaborate. If your hotel doesn't have a great pool, you can often visit another hotel's pool for an entrance fee. Vegas also has a number of European-style (topfree) pools. What's great about your hotel's pool is that don't have to spend any extra money for this activity. The hotel made you pay the resort fee, you might as well use the resort offerings.
📷 Free Sightseeing
There are a gazillion interesting things to see and take
pictures of, mostly on the Strip. Check out my huge
list of free things to see, arranged from south to north if
you want to make a walking tour of it. Or do your tour from
the top level of the Deuce bus for $6-8, a great cheap way to see
the Strip. For guided tours, see below.
⚛️ Quirky Museums
Elsewhere: Atomic Testing Museum ($22)
🚌 Vegas Tours 🛴
(Note: Tour guides expect tips! 5-20%) • Tour the Strip and
downtown in an open-top
bus ($40), or a pink jeep during the day
($69) or night
($86), or minivan en
Español ($119) • Do a Segway
tour of Downtown Vegas. ($89) • Experience a Haunted
Ghost Tour or the Vegas
Mob tour. ($100 ea.) • Tour on a 2-seater motor
☁️ See Vegas from above
Take in the view from the observation deck of the Strat
tower.* ($20) • Ride the huge
ferris wheel. ($21) • Ride to the top of the Eiffel
Tower. ($22) • Take a helicopter
tour of the strip. ($89) • Skydive
off the Strat tower. ($124) • Ride in a hot
air balloon ($139)
*(The Strat's revolving restaurant is notable for serving the especially cruel foie gras and veal, "which even most enlightened carnivores avoid".)
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. Flamingos, ducks, pelicans, swans, koi fish, and turtles. (free) • Tigers & Dolphins at the Mirage ($25) (Critics oppose poor conditions for the dolphins, noting 12 of them have died, and that captivity itself is cruel. One visitor reported poor conditions for the tigers.)
🚌 Hoover Dam
Dam is currently closed.
(Note: Tour guides expect tips! 5-20%)
Budget bus tour ($60) or one that includes walking on the dam itself ($109) • Small group (10) in pink bus ($109) • Dam, Red Rock Canyon, 7 Magic Mountains, & Boulder City ($134) • Private tour ($145) • On a motorized trike ($179) • Bicycle tour from the Strip, 7hrs ($191)
⛰️ Grand Canyon 🚁
Note: The South Rim is the more beautiful, iconic part of the GC. The West Rim isn't nearly as impressive, but it's much closer to Vegas.
🚐 Other outside Vegas
El Dorado Canyon Gold Mine tour ($155) • Private tour of Route 66 ($215), AZ+NV mining ghost towns ($240) • Hollywood & Beverly Hills ($375), the entrance to Area 51 and Death Valley ($395) • For hiking and nature outings, see far below
Things to Do
See my huge list of free things to see and do in Vegas. Don't let the price fool you, lots of these are actually worth paying for, but you don't have to. The most popular are the Bellagio Fountains and the Fremont Street Experience. (more...)
💵 Cheap Things
Drink for only the cost of a tip ($1). (See "Drinking".) • See the Strip from the top of the Deuce bus for $6. • Try the $1 massage chairs at Flamingo, Linq, and Strat. • Get your picture taken with a street performer. ($1-5 tip) (more...)
• Crush a car ($625)
• Dive with the sharks at Mandalay Bay ($650)
• Fly a 6-axis flight simulator. ($749/hr)
• Blow up a car ($2000)
• Buy something pricey in one of the upscale shops.
🎡 Thrill Rides 🎢
Vegas has a number of world-class roller coasters and thrill rides, including three different terrifying ones on the top of the Strat tower, and of course there's the enormous ferris wheel at the Linq. See our list of Vegas thrill rides.
— Zip Lines
The Linq zipline flies right into the huge ferris wheel. ($22)
The Voodoo Zipline at the Rio is the highest in Vegas at 500 ft. ($30)
The Slotzilla Zipline flies you right under the Fremont Street Experience, above the pedestrian mall. ($25)
In the desert outside Boulder City ($99)
🚁 Flying ✈️
Take a helicopter
tour of the Strip. ($89) • Skydive
out of a plane ($185) • Fly in a 2-seater
combat/stunt plane with simulated dogfights, and operate the
controls yourself. ($227) • Experience indoor
sky diving. ($75) • Skydive
off the Strat Tower.
Car police chase as either the cop or the suspect ($199)
Drive exotic cars
Rentals for road driving:
Motor trike, 2-seater ($199) • Polaris Slingshot ($75) • Vanderhall Venice, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Corvette, McLaren Spider, etc. from Exotic Driving, Royalty Exotic or Diplomat. ($349)
• Exotic car rental (see other box, above/left)
• Shoot guns (see "Off the Strip", below)
• Car police chase as either the cop or the suspect ($199)
• Drive a monster truck ($250)
• Secret agent or SWAT training ($369)
• Crush a car ($625)
• Blow up a car ($2000)
🏎️ Competitive Games
🎤 Sing karaoke
Take a gondola ride in the canal at the Venetian ($29) • Ride in a limousine. ($69/hr) • Meet the Pawn Stars cast. ($100) • Take a helicopter ride. ($104) • Do the Haunted Lockdown in a vacant saloon. ($149) • Ride on a yacht and see Hoover Dam by helicopter ($149) • Fly a 6-axis flight simulator. ($749/hr) • Do circus training ($30)
🧒 Things for Kids
The strip has a decent number of thrill rides & roller coasters. • Visit the Wet'n'Wild water park. • Drive a Go-Kart ($30) • Video arcades, Children's Park, the Children's Museum, and Kid-Friendly attractions are detailed on my Things for Kids page. • Many kid-friendly attractions such as the Bellagio fountains and Fremont St. Experience are detailed on my Free Things and Cheap Thrills pages.
There are no good places to run on or next to the Strip.
Best bet is is the UNLV campus: take a taxi to the Lied
miles from the Strip), or drive and pay to park in the
Tropicana parking garage (also
2 miles from the Strip).
The resort fee your hotel forced you to pay might give you free access to its fitness center. • Pole fitness ($15) • Circus Bootcamp workout ($25) • Lyra, (hoop), rope, aerial silk, or aerial straps workouts ($30) Tennis at Bally's ($35)
yoga ($15) • Hot
yoga at the Neon Museum in summer months ($18) • Yoga with beer
($20) • Clothing-optional
yoga ($20) • Yoga on the big
ferris wheel ($75) • Yoga among the dolphins at the Mirage.
(price not listed) (Note: Critics
oppose poor conditions for the dolphins, noting 12
of them have died, and that captivity
itself is cruel.) ($75)
Off the Strip
Water adventure, wet
Aqua Park ($22), Kayak ($32), Paddleboard ($35), Cable Park ($71), or Flyboard ($79) at Lake Las Vegas • Wet'n'Wild water park ($35) • Scuba diving: already certified ($80), dive at Hoover Dam ($149), or get certified ($285)
Water adventure, dry
Dinner cruise on Lake Mead ($79) • Motorized raft to Hoover Dam ($69) or on Colorado River through Black Canyon ($72: 2hr, $114: 6hr) • Kayak Emerald Cave ($119) • Kayak, paddleboard, or hydrobike tour of Emerald Cave, or Colorado River, or Lake Mead ($133), or Hoover Dam ($199) • Electric Boat rental ($199)
Gold Mine Tour
Driving: Racing ($149) • Nellis ATV ($114) • Mojave desert on an ATV ($148/2 people) • Hidden Valley on ATV ($169) or a dirt bike ($309) • ATV through El Dorado Canyon & Techatticup Gold Mine ($169) • Tour of Hidden Valley and Primm Valley in an RZR ($163) • Dune buggy chase ($194) • Rent a Jeep for wherever you want to go ($199)
Riding: ATV in the Valley of Fire ($99)
🔫 Shoot Guns
Shoot guns in the desert ($140), with an optional machine gun add-on ($100). • Note that a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor with an Uzi submachine gun at one of the Vegas ranges in 2014. • Read US Blasting News' comparison of the top 10 shooting experiences near Vegas.
See next section, below.
In other blocks
See blocks above for Grand Canyon, Water Adventures, and Offroad Driving/Riding
Red Rock Canyon
About the canyon • Hike ($15) • Guided tour ($75) • Tour of RRC + Ghost Town ($81) • Electric bicycle tour, 20 miles, 2.5hrs ($79) • Scooter tour ($99) • Tour of RRC + 7 Magic Mountains ($103) • Horseback riding ($132) • Guided tour of RRC, 7 Magic Mountains, Boulder City, & Hoover Dam ($134) • Pink Jeep tour ($138) • Road bike or mountain bike tour, 4hrs. ($140) • Motor trike self-guided tour ($165) • Climb a mountain ($295)
Seven Magic Mountains, desert art installation (free) • See Mt. Charleston ($97) • Valley of Fire guided hike ($100), private tour ($245) • Valley of Fire + Lost City Museum tour ($120) • Antelope Canyon + Horseshoe Bend tour ($169) • Skiing or Snowboarding ($167) • Zion Natl. Park + Bryce Canyon tour ($190) • Tour Horseshoe Bend & Peekaboo Slot Canyon • Death Valley tour ($239), stargazing + winery tour ($319) • Private tour of Kanarra Falls Slot Canyon ($245), or Antelope Canyon ($365)
Planet 13 (large)
Reef Dispensaries (well-reviewed)
👯♀️ Pole Dancing classes
(1) It's illegal in Vegas.
(2) "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas", is a lie. Mugshots are forever.
(3) So are herpes and AIDS. (4) Scams and theft against customers are rampant.
(5) Your prostitute could have been trafficked, forced into service through threat of violence, or could be a child. Local police identified 103 child prostitutes, most 15-17 years old, in one recent year.
The closest legal brothels to Vegas are in Pahrump, though in even legal brothels there are reports of indentured servitude and human trafficking.
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