A trip to Las Vegas can feel like a sensory overload. The Las Vegas Strip is packed with restaurants, shops, casinos, and adventures on every corner. With so many sparkling things to do, it can be hard to decide how to spend a vacation. Check out some of these attractions on your next trip to Las Vegas.
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat has a special place in Las Vegas history. Nestled inside The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip, the sanctuary has attracted millions of visitors in its 27-year history. Founded by the famous magic duo Siegfried and Roy, the habitat is home to dolphins, white tigers, panthers, and lions. For additional costs, guests can paint, swim, or practice yoga with the dolphins. Purchase of a ticket package gets a discount on entry to not only the Secret Garden but also Shark Reef, Bodies, and the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts.
The Stratosphere is the pinnacle of the Las Vegas skyline. Built between 1992 and 1995, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest building in the city and the tallest freestanding tower in the United States. Developed by the same engineering firm that designed the Singapore Flyer, the tower is home to four thrill rides that draw adventure seekers of all types. Guests can sky dive from the top of the tower with Sky Jump Las Vegas, or dangle over the edge of the 1,149-foot (350.2-meter) tower on Insanity.
Of all the productions on the Las Vegas Strip, Mystère is a classic. It has made its home at the Treasure Island Hotel since 1993, and it is still going strong after almost 24 years. The production is brimming with high-energy performances, including a revamped teeterboard act and the timeless hand-to-hand duo that has been part of the show since its debut. Resident clown Brian Le Petit starts the night off with his mischievous antics before the show narrator, Moha-Samedi, leads the audience on a dreamlike journey that celebrates the beauty, sadness, and mystery that is life.
Mystère performs twice a night and is dark on Thursdays and Fridays.
Fremont Street is the second-most popular street in Las Vegas, behind the Las Vegas Strip. Home to some of the older hotels and casinos in the city, Fremont Street is also famous for the giant canopy that stretches approximately 1,500 feet (457.2 meters). A cast of street performers, vendors, artists, and musicians line the sidewalks of Fremont Street every night, adding an eccentricity to the city you won’t find on the Las Vegas Strip.
The High Roller® opened in March 2016, and it has become one of the most recognizable figures in the Las Vegas skyline. Engineered by the same company that constructed the Singapore Flyer, the observation wheel reaches a height of 550 feet (167.6 meters) and gives its patrons an unencumbered, bird’s-eye view of the city. Visitors can do more than just ride the Ferris wheel; for additional costs, the High Roller® offers yoga classes, private parties, and weddings.
VooDoo Zipline at the Rio Hotel is for the adventurous at heart. Open 23 hours a day, and seven days a week, VooDoo Zipline offers a unique view of the Las Vegas Strip. The thrill ride takes off at the VooDoo Lounge and sends its patrons flying at almost 33 miles per hour. Guests can ride alone or with a friend, and no reservations are required.
It’s almost impossible to go to Las Vegas and not visit the Strip. The approximately 4.5-mile (7.2-kilometer) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in the world and is home to the bulk of the hotels and resorts in the Las Vegas Valley. The Strip received its name from former Los Angeles vice cop and hotel owner Guy McAfee; he christened the section of Las Vegas Boulevard after the Sunset Strip in his hometown.
While the Las Vegas Strip made Las Vegas famous, the Hoover Dam made Las Vegas sustainable. Constructed during the Great Depression, the engineering wonder provided desperately needed work to thousands of workers. Guests can tour both the dam and the power plant; prices for both tours vary. The dam is both functional and breathtaking; the arched structure is responsible for supplying power to Nevada, Arizona, and California.
Every pool on the Las Vegas Strip is busy, but the pool at The Cosmopolitan is special. Throughout the year, the pool stays open not only for hotel guests but for special events and seasonal activities you can’t find anywhere else. In the winter, the pool serves as a winter wonderland, complete with an ice rink, s’mores, and Christmas lights. During the summer, the pool hosts a series called “Dive-In Movies”; the pool opens and plays a variety of current and classic films.
The “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign is easily the attraction with the most traffic in the city. Located at the south end of the Strip next to Mandalay Bay and the Little Church of the West, the famous sign has graced Las Vegas Boulevard since 1959. Designed by late local artist Betty Willis, the sign is an iconic image throughout the world.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is just one of the many offbeat museums visitors will find in Las Vegas. Open since 2006, the Pinball Hall of Fame pays tribute to the classic arcade game. Located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, the museum houses over 100 pinball machines from the 1940s up to 2009. Entrance to the museum is free.
The Gold Strike Hot Springs is one of the better-kept secrets about Las Vegas. A 40-minute drive outside the city, the springs offer a unique and transformative experience for those that can rough the approximately four-mile (6.4-kilometer) hike, which takes about three hours and isn’t suitable for young children or animals.
Lee Canyon is one of the more picturesque places to visit in Mount Charleston. An hour outside of Las Vegas, Lee Canyon offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the summer. The scenic area is also popular for weddings in the spring and summer months. Guests can also tour the canyon on motorized skateboards called one-wheels.
Shark Reef is a one-of-a-kind attraction. Located inside the Mandalay Bay next to the convention center, the aquarium is home to turtles, piranhas, eels, sting rays, and 15 species of sharks. Shark Reef is a popular attraction for those with children and is busiest during the summer months. For additional costs, guests of the Mandalay Bay can get an intimate look at the aquarium through its program, Dive with Sharks.
Organized crime and Las Vegas have a long and complicated history. The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas tells the story of organized crime’s influence not only in Sin City but throughout the United States. Visitors can use an actual Tommy gun in a simulation display, or listen to actual wiretaps. The centerpiece of the museum is the bloodstained wall left behind from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
While The Mob Museum tells the story of Las Vegas and its relationship with organized crime, The Neon Museum tells its story through neon. Next door to Cashman Field off the Interstate-95, the collection of hotel and business signs shows the evolution of Las Vegas from its early days as a stopping point on the way to California to its status as a top tourist destination. While tours occur daily, they are limited and sell out quickly.
Like many things in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Conservatory draws a crowd. The conservatory, located across from the hotel front desk, changes throughout the year. It takes a team of over 100 gardeners to care for the facility and to design the displays that entice so many visitors. Like the fountains in front of the property and the glass flowers in the lobby, the conservatory and garden make the Bellagio a worthwhile stop on any traveler’s to-do list.
Chocolate lovers and the young at heart will love M&M World™. Next door to the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, passersby are drawn in by the chocolate aroma and the bright colors in the window display. Inside, visitors can get lost in four floors of souvenirs, movie posters, and candy displays. Guests can also personalize their own M&M’s®, which makes for a great treat to take home.
Dig This Las Vegas gives the phrase “adult’s playground” a new meaning. This expansive dirt lot allows teenagers and adults to operate heavy-duty construction equipment in a safe and controlled environment. Guests can work the equipment alone or in groups, and experiences range from stacking tires, digging holes, and destroying a vehicle.
Thrill seekers and horror film fans will love The Basement, which began in Los Angeles and is part of the growing trend of escape room attractions in the United States. Guests have 45 minutes to navigate a room of their choice—the study or the basement—to escape from Edward Tandy, the serial killer with a taste for human flesh. Single tickets are available, but the experience is far more enjoyable in a group.