The Top 7 Things to Do in Vegas (Other Than Gamble)

Go big or go home. This little phrase encompasses virtually everything you need to know about the brightness and glamor and the exaggerated grandeur of Las Vegas. The motto also indicates the best attractions the city has to offer other than gambling. If you can’t find something exciting to do in Las Vegas, you’re a weirdo. (lol) Most of the things you never thought about doing are at your fingertips. From yoga in the world’s highest Ferris wheel to restaurants surrounded by authentic Picasso paintings and hot race cars with professional drivers. Here is my curated list of the top 7 unmissable Vegas experiences, in no particular order.

1) Big Apple Roller Coaster:

What makes The Big Apple Coaster in New York, New York Hotel & Casino one of the top 7 things to do in Vegas is that it covers both the internal and the external track, offering riders a varied experience all the time. This is the first roller coaster that features a 180-degree Heartline maneuver; It also has a circuit that puts the pilots upside down. Interestingly, the roller coaster also offers some of the best views of the Strip from the south. Be sure to drive with your eyes open.

2) Visit the Free Fountain Shows:

Photo via Bellagio

The Bellagio Hotel fountains are, of course, famous worldwide for the 460-foot high water jets and synchronized dancing lights with more than 30 different songs. This 5-minute show on Lake Bellagio looks best from the water’s edge, but also from the bridge of heaven from the porch of Bally and Mon Ami Gabi restaurant. Perhaps equally impressive is the eruption of the volcano in The Mirage. They have the highest fireballs in the city. Prepare for explosions; when the volcano explodes there is a lot of fire, water, light, and music. And don’t forget Lake of Dream in Wynn! This interior waterfall offers more than 4,000 lights, holographs, fog effects and puppets to accompany the music. After you’re done viewing the show, check out the Bellagio Buffet, which is one of my favorite buffets in Vegas.

3) Sundance Helicopters Las Vegas City Lights Tour:

The most impressive experiences in Las Vegas are what really make you see Las Vegas. This helicopter tour company offers a variety of scenic flights, but the night flight, which takes you high above the illuminated Strip in a 15-minute circuit, is the best. You will be picked up from your hotel in a limousine, arrive at the pre-flight lounge and leave before taking off with your pilot/guide. Sundance pilots know the city like the palm of their hand and have fun talking about Las Vegas; They are not just glorious taxi drivers. If you can, book a trip that travels The Strip as soon as it gets dark, then it will be in the air when all the lights come on; It is incredibly dramatic.

4) Hershey’s World in Las Vegas:

Chocolate Martini at Hershey's Chocolate World - Las Vegas

Chocolate, chocolate, and other chocolates are on the menu of this South Strip attraction and the Hershey monument. Surprise yourself with a version of the Statue of Liberty made of 800 pounds of chocolate. Star a version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ad. You can also try different flavors of Hershey Kisses. There is a bakery on-site and, for adults, a bar that serves special chocolate drinks. I personally love a Chocolate Martini to start my day in Vegas. Whatever you do, don’t stop here when you are on a diet.

5) Blackout Dining:

Go have a five-course meal in complete darkness! BLACKOUT Dining in the Dark is Las Vegas’ most exclusive restaurant dining attraction offering a full sensory experience. It’s more than just a meal; it’s a journey of the senses that will make you re-evaluate your perception of taste, smell, and touch. 

6) Neon Museum:

The Neon Museum was born as a “neon boneyard,” a closed courtyard where many neon signs were kept on the Strip after being removed from the casinos that had been renovated or imploded. About 120 posters, mostly made by the YESCO company in the 50s and 80s, are located in the “boneyard” adjacent to the museum. During a guided tour, visitors can learn about trends in poster design and technology, which have played an important role in the history of Las Vegas. The museum also houses the relocated atrium of La Concha, an old motel, which was saved from demolition and now serves as a visitor center.

7) The Mob Museum:

The Mob Museum, officially, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is a museum dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement. It is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas located steps from Fremont Street. As a lawyer and weirdo, I’ve spent hours exploring the history of organized crime. It’s a fascinating experience for anyone who enjoys the mob’s history etc.

Overall, you should never get bored in Las Vegas. There is enough for everyone, young and old, enough to see, eat, gamble, and live in this great city. Sin City has much more to offer than casinos. So put on your walking shoes and explore Las Vegas Today!

Ash Renee

Ash Renee, is an NYC Real Estate/Business Lawyer, Consultant, and Blogger. A New York transplant for the last 10 years, Ash loves exploring the NYC restaurants, fashion, and the black professional social scene. Ash was born and raised in Chicago.

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