20 Things To Do in Vegas That Don’t Include Gambling

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Las Vegas—a.k.a. Sin City—has long been one of the world’s top gambling destinations, and it has its share of famous and impressive hotel casinos. It might surprise you, then, to know that many people go to Vegas for reasons that have nothing to do with gambling. For instance, Vegas is within a day’s drive of several national parks, so many people will fly in, grab a rental car, and hit the road.

If you’re visiting Vegas and want a break from the casinos or aren’t interested in them at all, there’s plenty to do. Following are several great ideas.

1. Tour the Strip

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Not being there for the gambling doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the famous Vegas Strip. Night time is the best time for a walking tour so that you can fully appreciate the light displays of the big casinos, and you can check off some other items from this list while you’re at it.

2. See the Bellagio Fountains

Fountains at Bellagio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas
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The Bellagio is one of the biggest casinos on the Strip, but one of its biggest draws is not the blackjack tables. It’s the amazing fountains outside. Again, night is the best time because of the lighting effects.

3. Visit Fremont Street

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Fremont Street isn’t right off the Strip, but it’s a fun place to visit. There’s actually no road traffic there at all, and you can walk to shops, restaurants, and bars and/or enjoy the lively outdoor atmosphere and light shows.

4. Go Up the Stratosphere

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The Stratosphere is one of the most prominent architectural features in the city, and it’s easy to pick out from many miles away. You can take an elevator to the top for sweeping views of the city and the mountains surrounding it. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can bungee jump off the top.

5. Ride a Roller Coaster

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Las Vegas has several roller coasters, ranging from mild to thrilling. One of the best is at the New York, New York complex, where the buildings resemble the Manhattan Skyline.

6. Ride the High Roller

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Here, you can ride the second-largest Ferris wheel in the world. It’s 550’ tall, and a complete revolution takes 30 minutes. The cabins hold up to 40 people, and you can even book one with an open bar!

7. Visit the Mob Museum

The Mob Museum in Las Vegas
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Given the Mob’s long history in the development and operation of Las Vegas, it’s no surprise that there’s a museum for it here. Its mission is to help people understand how organized crime has impacted American history and society.

8. Visit the Neon Museum

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Since Las Vegas is unofficially the neon capital of the world, it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s home to the Neon Museum. The museum is the forever home of more than 250 retired signs from the city’s casinos and businesses.

9. Check Out the Pinball Hall of Fame

The Pinball Hall of Fame
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At this spot, you can see a huge collection of vintage pinball machines that go back decades. Even better, you can play them; just bring plenty of quarters or cash to change into quarters since they don’t take debit or credit cards.

10. See Genuine Titanic Artifacts

Genuine Titanic Artifacts
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Why a desert city became the home of artifacts from one of the most infamous maritime disasters ever is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, the Luxor Hotel is where you can see 350 recovered artifacts as well as re-creations built at full scale.

11. Climb Lone Mountain

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Lone Mountain is a small but prominent peak located entirely within the city limits off Highway 215 near the western edge of the city. A short, moderately strenuous trail gets you to the top, where excellent views of the city await.

12. Go to Tule Springs

Tule Springs National Monument outside Las Vgas Nevada
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These are a series of spring-fed lakes located in Floyd Lamb Park near the northwestern edge of the city. They create an important ecosystem located in the mostly dry Mojave Desert.

13. Explore Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
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At the very northwestern edge of the city, the development suddenly stops and there’s nothing but who knows how many square miles of desert. Normally, it would have been just a matter of time before development began, but that was before ancient fossils were discovered there. Now it’s a protected national monument, and you can hike and mountain bike there. Removing any fossils you find is illegal.

14. See the Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam has the world’s highest concrete arch bridge. Along its 2,000’ length, you can enjoy great views of the dam and of Lake Mead, which was created when the dam constricted the flow of the Colorado River.

15. Hike or Ski Mt. Charleston

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In the summer, the Mt. Charleston area is an island of relief from the blistering desert. The trailheads are usually a good 15 degrees cooler than down in the valley, and the summit, reachable by a long, strenuous trail, can be 25-30 degrees cooler. In the winter, Mt. Charleston becomes a snowy playground. It may seem crazy that you can ski when you visit Vegas, but you can!

16. Visit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Red Rocks, as the locals know it, is the scenic crown jewel of the region and just west of the city. On the east side, there are a number of sandstone peaks red, yellow, in white in color. The west side is the highlight, though, where huge sandstone mountains soar thousands of feet above the valley floor. It’s a great place to hike, explore, or just go for a nice drive.

17. Try Rock Climbing

Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas
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Red Rock Canyon is also an internationally renowned location for rock climbing. There are guide services that can take you out and make sure you stay safe and have fun. If it’s rained recently, the guides won’t take you out to the fragile sandstone, but there are plenty of limestone crags in the area as alternatives.

18. Go to Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park
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This state park is about an hour’s drive northeast of the city. It’s dominated by intensely red sandstone peaks, outcrops, and cliffs. There are several nice hikes there, including one that takes you past ancient Native American rock art and which abruptly ends at the top of a waterfall, usually dry but sometimes flowing.

19. Hike to the Bowl of Fire

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South of the city in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a mostly easy trail that takes you to the Bowl of Fire. This is a section of the desert where the rock formations consist of deeply red sandstone similar to that found in the Valley of Fire.

20. Attend a Concert or Show

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Back in the city, don’t forget that in addition to gambling, Vegas is also famous for its concerts and live shows. There’s always a wide variety to choose from at the various casinos and hotels.

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Robert Sihler is an educator, freelance writer, and rock climbing guide and instructor living with his family in Driftwood, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys reading fiction, streaming films, completing crossword puzzles, and rock climbing. When he goes on vacation, he likes to visit the mountains of the West and climb remote, obscure peaks that have seen few or no prior ascents.