Start the day early wandering Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas may come alive at night, but there’s plenty to do and see during the daylight hours. Begin your day with a stroll down the Strip; you never know who you might find roaming the streets in the early hours of the day. The monorails at Mandalay Bay and the Mirage make traveling between some of the hotels more convenient, but you should prepare for a lot of walking if you’re anywhere else.
For morning or brunch fare, stop in at The Henry or Eggslut inside the Cosmopolitan, or try the NM Café inside Neiman Marcus at the Fashion Show Mall.
Take in fine art, or visit some dolphins
After you’ve figured out where to eat, it’s time to start exploring. If you’re at the southern end of the Strip, check out Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. The only predator-based aquarium in the United States is also one of the largest aquariums in North America, and it entertains both kids and adults.
Step inside the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, or head over to The Mirage and see the world-famous white tigers inside Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden. The resident dolphins of the Secret Garden put on shows every half-hour, so if you stick around long enough, you can catch one of their performances.
Head downtown for lunch and shopping
Downtown Las Vegas has gone through a renaissance period of sorts in recent years, thanks to the efforts of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and the collective Downtown Project. Bustling with restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and attractions, you won’t run short on things to try or places to see.
Stop in at The Triple George or Evel Pie for lunch; if neither of those options suits you, try Heart Attack Grill, Hennessey’s or La Comida. After finishing your meal, take a stroll down Fremont Street and head to Container Park, a bustling shopping and entertainment center full of locally owned retail shops.
Take a ride on a zip line
After your lunch has settled, double back and take a ride on the Fremont Street Experience’s Slotzilla. A two-level zip line that stretches down Fremont Street, the oversized slot machine sends its patrons on a 30-second thrill ride at 77 or 114 feet (23.5 or 34.7 meters) in the air. If you’re feeling adventurous, ride on the “Zoomline”; as the higher of the two options, the Zoomline allows you to fly prone or “Superman-style.”
Slotzilla, 425 Fremont St #160, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 678 5780
Go rock climbing and visit The Park Vegas
Now that you’re back on Las Vegas Boulevard, you can continue to explore. Race around the go-kart tracks at The Sports Center of Las Vegas, located south of the Strip off Las Vegas Boulevard, or scale their 37-foot (11.3-meter) rock walls. When you’re done there, head back toward the Strip for dinner.
The Park Vegas, an outdoor shopping center between the New York New York® and the Monte Carlo, offers a number of choices for dining options. Bruxie is the place to go if you want to try a waffle sandwich, Sake Rok for sushi and sake, or Tom’s Urban for classic street food dishes.
The Sports Center of Las Vegas, 121 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 317 7777
The Park Vegas, 3782 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 693 7275
See a show and visit the Fountains
Your visit to Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without seeing a show on the Strip. There’s at least one show at every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, so you have plenty of options from which to choose. You can check out Absinthe in the tent just outside Caesar’s Palace, or see the showgirls of Jubilee across the street at Bally’s. Las Vegas is home to seven Cirque du Soleil productions, as well as a number of resident acts, including Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Boyz II Men.
Before the end of the night, stop by the Bellagio Fountains. The fountains have become an iconic image in Las Vegas since their debut in the late ’90s and have drawn millions of spectators from around the world. The combination of light, water, and music is particularly beautiful at night, with shows running on 15-minute or half-hour intervals.
By now, it’s time to head back to your hotel and get some rest for your next adventure. You may have had only 24 hours to see Las Vegas, but you covered a good portion of it. You’ll just have to come back to see the rest.