How can you list the top entertainment options in Las Vegas without going into thousands of words? How can you encapsulate the opportunities available in our city while still doing justice to them? We’re not entirely sure, but we’re going to try.
This page is our attempt to provide a list of the best things to do while you’re in Las Vegas without sticking to the obvious.
Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is one of our favorites and deserves a look during your visit. It’s located opposite the Liberace Museum and is where Tim Arnold shows off his amazing collection of pinball machines from the 1940s up to modern day. The best bit? You can play all of them!
The Neon Museum is where casinos come to die but it’s far from depressing. It’s a short drive north from the strip but is well worth the trip if you love history and old neon signs. When old casinos are rebuilt, the museum collects what it can and stores it here. While not as gaudy as many entertainments in Las Vegas, it’s well worth a look round.
Atomic Testing Museum
While not the first visit that probably comes to mind while in the desert, the Atomic Testing Museum is a very interesting place. It’s just off the strip and looks at the effects atomic testing had on Las Vegas. It’s a good accompaniment to a visit to the Nevada Test Site. It’s an hour’s drive from the strip and shows the awesome power of the 928 blasts that took place there.
Valley of Fire
While it’s easy to lose days on the strip alone, we recommend you visit the Valley of Fire too. It has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the world. The Valley of Fire Park is open all year and has organized tours and historical artifacts to peruse as well as dramatic scenery to marvel at.
Black Canyon Rafting
Black Canyon Rafting is a relaxed escape from the heat and dryness of the desert. Combine it with a trip to Hoover Dam and end with this trip along the Colorado River. This isn’t white water rafting, this is cruising along the river taking in the awesomeness of Nevada while also swimming in the river along the way.
Watching the Bellagio Fountains is now a rite of passage for everyone who visits Las Vegas. Not only that, it’s also an awesome sight to behold. Every 30 minutes between 3pm and 8pm and every 15 until midnight, the fountains explode with activity and light and water. It’s an awesome sight.
Those are just a few things to do while you’re in Las Vegas that doesn’t involve gambling, drinking, eating or shopping. We hope you find time to try them!