Located just 17 miles outside of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is worth a visit to get outdoors and explore beyond the typical Las Vegas Strip scene. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the 19 marked trails through the park, enjoying the splendor of the crimson rock formations and vibrant desert colors. Occupying 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert, Red Rock features breathtaking geological masterpieces like cliffs of Aztec Sandstone.
Hours: Visitor Center Open 8 am-4:30 pm
Watch out for: Dinosaur fossils
Address & phone number: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr Las Vegas, NV USA + 1 702-515-5350
Located inside the Bellagio hotel and casino, the gallery holds paintings by Monet, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol. If you’re looking for something fun and usual to do, try the ‘Art & Wine’ event from 5pm to 7pm, where wine is paired with the featured artwork and an interactive wine and art discussion begins at 6pm.
Hours: Daily 10 am-8 pm
Watch out for: ‘Art & Wine’ event
Address & phone number: Bellagio Hotel and Casino, 3600 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV USA +1 702-693-7871
A five-block entertainment district in downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find all sorts of wild activities like free light shows every night of the week, the ‘SlotZilla’ Las Vegas zip line, and the three-story waterslide at the Shark Tank at the Golden Nugget. There are all sorts of bars, restaurants, and casinos at the Fremont Street Experience, including Hogs & Heifers Saloon, frequented by many bikers, and Nacho Daddy, where you can try their scorpion shot, featuring an actual scorpion in your shot of choice.
Hours: Open 24 hours
Watch out for: A chunk of the Berlin Wall inside the Main Street Station men’s restroom. Women can be escorted in by security to see it too.
Address & phone number: Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV USA +1 702-678-5600
Featuring aquatic animals from tropical places around the world, the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is a journey through an oceanic palace. Rare animals not normally found in zoos include the Galapagos Shark and the Black Piranha. The reef also features endangered fish including the sawfish and the arowana.
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10 am-8 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-10 pm
Watch out for: All kinds of aquatic animals
Address & phone number: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV USA +1 702-632-4555
The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is an oasis of nature away from Las Vegas’ neon lights and bustling casinos. You’ll find all kinds of things to do in this area from a visit to the Nevada State Museum, complete with a massive mastodon skeleton, to a tour of the botanical garden. The botanical garden is home to the largest collection of Mojave Desert cacti and succulent plants.
Hours: Daily 10 am-4 pm
Watch out for: The botanical garden
Address & phone number: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV USA +1 702-822-7700
With all sorts of rides and attractions, including rollercoasters like the ‘Canyon Blaster’ – the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew rollercoaster – you won’t be bored here. Adventuredome is a great place to take the whole family, offering junior rides for the younger kids.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 am-6 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-12 am, Sun 10 am-9 pm
Watch out for: Rollercoasters
Address & phone number: Circus Circus Hotel, 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV USA +1 702-794-3939
A brand new museum opened in 2012, The Neon Museum includes the ‘Neon Boneyard’ where most of its signs, more than 150, are exhibited to inspire everyone from artists to designers to historians and students. You can take a guided tour of the Boneyard, getting close up to the signs that are loaned or donated to the museum by sign companies, individuals, and businesses.
Hours: Every day 9:30 am-8 pm
Watch out for: Tours of the Neon Boneyard
Address & phone number: 770 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV USA +1 702-387-6366