Things To Do In Las Vegas Without Gambling

The number of tourists in 2012 set a record for Las Vegas that had not been broken in over five years – over 39 million people visited the city!

From “Sin City”, “Capital of Second Chances” and “Entertainment Capital of the World” – Las Vegas has many nicknames giving you clues as to what makes this city so popular.

In this place, people let their hair down, act a little crazy and do things they normally wouldn’t – after all the infamous slogan “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is not for nothing.

Las Vegas is known for its clubs, casinos and gambling, but there are many things that are fun about it other than just games of chance - so rather than giving you another post of the best pool parties and casinos to waste your cash, let’s look at some other ways to spend it …

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum opened its doors in 1991 – a quick nine minute ride from The Palazzo Las Vegas, the museum features permanent exhibits such as treasures found in an Egyptian tomb of the famous pharaoh King Tut that includes a mummy, and a dinosaur exhibit where the dinosaurs move including a 35 foot Tyrannosaurus Rex that roars.

In May of 2013, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum will open a new exhibit called Secrets of the Deep that will feature creatures that live in the ocean.

Bellagio Fountain Show

Imagine an 8.5 – acre lake in the middle of the dessert exploding with 1,214 spritzers shooting water up to 460 feet in the air, with water rockets and dances, perfectly choreographed to Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly or “One Singular Sensation” from A Chorus Line.

That is what goes on every half-hour between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from then ’til midnight at the Bellagio Fountains.

Roller-Coaster Through a Hotel

Although it’s not the craziest roller coaster in Vegas, it’s the whole concept that makes this ride unique: after all, how many roller coasters go straight through a hotel?

The New York-New York hotel which the roller coaster goes through is pretty interesting in itself, designed as a compressed version of Disneyfied Manhattan, and the roller coaster makes for a good tour around the building.

Adventuredome Las Vegas

For some more adrenaline rushing rides, the Adventuredome is a five acre indoor amusement park located within the Circus Circus Casino.

Five minutes away from The Palazzo Las Vegas, the amusement park has four different levels of rides from toddler age all the way to adult, and also a level of rides that is for the whole family.

The Adventuerdome has over 25 rides including a roller coaster called the Canyon Blaster has goes over 55 miles per hour, and the Sand Pirates ride that features a giant pirate ship that swings back and forth.

But the amusement park has more than rides, there is also an arcade filled with the latest video games, the Xtreme Zone that lets kids try their hands at rock climbing and bungee jumping, Pike’s Pass where everyone can play putt putt golf, and Midway Games, which features games where both children and adults can play to win prizes like they were on a boardwalk midway.

You can pay to ride the different level of rides individually, and the prices for the rides range from five to eight dollars each, or there is an all-day pass available that offers unlimited rides for one price.

Visit The Fake Capitals

Las Vegas is a city that embraces everything kitsch and tacky, and has made an effort to pay a tacky homage to other famous cities around the world.

If you want to visit Paris and the Eiffel Tower check out Paris Las Vegas, for Venice and a ride in a Venetian gondola, St Mark’s Square and the Venetian has what you’re looking for, and of course the New York New York has everything “Big Apple”, from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building and Central Park.

Shopping

Las Vegas has two outlet malls that are located just minutes away from The Palazzo Las Vegas. Whether visitors to Las Vegas choose to go to the Premium Outlet Mall North or South locations, there are a variety of different stores for people to choose from.

Together, the two outlet malls offer over 290 stores including such famous brands as Calvin Klein, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and many other designer names.

Visitors to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets can enjoy a variety of different places to eat, and the Premium South Outlet also features Story Time and a giant Carousel that kids can ride.

What are your best tips for a visit to Las Vegas?

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15 Responses to Things To Do In Las Vegas Without Gambling

  1. Jessica March 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I’m not a gambler, but I do make it to Vegas pretty often. I go for the shopping (as you mentioned), the food (honestly some of the best in the world), and the natural sites- there’s great hiking not too far from the city. Also worth a trip is the Hoover Dam, about 45 minutes outside of town.

    • Sofia March 22, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Great tips about the hiking and Hoover Dam, thanks for sharing!

  2. Curious Nomad March 14, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Great tips. The City Center has one of the largest public art collections on display. There is a map you can download from their website. There is also the Neon Museum where you can see all of the old hotel signs. The world’s largest chocolate fountain is inside the Bellagio past The Conservatory. The city has changed and now there are so many more offerings to do besides gamble.

    • Sofia March 22, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      I had no idea about the world’s biggest chocolate fountain, now that sounds like my kind of attraction! ;)

  3. Peter Lee March 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Las Vegas is very beautiful city and I visited this city after watching Hangover. This city is amazing and night view can really surprise you. Gambling is the main attraction of Vegas. The city is not just for gambler, but also for people who want to just enjoy. Vegas is very good place to spend your holiday with friends.

    • Sofia March 22, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Great idea to go there after watching Hangover, the photos at night are always so beautiful.

      • Chanelle May 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

        Umm eww why would you watch that show ou pervert

  4. Julio Moreno March 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Good list. There are more too. What about the pirate show in front of treasure island. There is also a circus show in circus circus. Any of the magic shows (paid) are pretty good too. And of course, clubbing! (XS club in Encore is the most expensive one ever created at 100 million dollars).

    • Sofia March 22, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Great tips, have heard many good things about the circus show, and I guess Cirque du Soleil would be another show-must!

  5. Elle-Rose Williams March 20, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I’m heading to Vegas in a couple of months (it’s one of our last stops on our RTW trip) and I was pleasantly surprised by how much there is to do there. We’re staying 7 days, and have got all sorts planned, like grand canyoning – and even the red rock canyon. So we have lots of fun non-casino things to enjoy as well as the obvious! I actually can’t wait :) This post has made me more excited!

    • Sofia March 22, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      That sounds like a great idea, not everyone knows that there is more to Vegas than gambling. Hope you have a great time!

  6. Cristina March 27, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    I’ve never been but my boyfriend keeps telling me I’m missing out. I always thought Vegas was just for gamblers but good to know there is more to do!

  7. Michael April 9, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    I also love going to the World of Coca-Cola and trying the different sodas Coke makes throughout the world. Some of them aren’t too bad others are awful. But I have to say my favorite things is still the Bellagio Fountain Show.

    • Sofia April 9, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      Haha that sounds like a lot of fun, would be interesting to try the less popular sodas.

  8. Paul Farrugia April 10, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    Great post!! The last time I was in Vegas I gambled very little. Another great thing to do is the art galleries. We discovered the most amazing photographer whilst wondering around.