Las Vegas isn’t just a city of gambling, drinking and loose inhibitions. We have discovered that Vegas also offers many family friendly attractions. Here is a list of 10 things to do in Vegas besides gambling. However, if you are going to take in any of these attractions it would be wise to check out a bundle price (usually three attractions for a discounted price) as most of the entrance fees can be pretty steep.
- The High Roller – The High Roller is a massive observation wheel located on the Las Vegas Strip that allows you to have a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding mountains. This observation wheel hits a height of 510 feet during a leisurely 30 minute ride that allows you plenty of time to see the city and take
many beautiful pictures. The High Roller is open from 11:30 am – 2:00 am so you can see the sights in either the day or the night. Admission is cheaper during the day (most people want to see the Las Vegas lights) but the view is pretty spectacular during the day as well. https://www.caesars.com/linq/high-roller#.VcmFr7cmZKo
- Grand Canyon – Okay so this one speaks for itself!! One of the
seven natural wonders of the world the Grand Canyon will take your breath away and perhaps leave you in a state of shock at just how amazing it is!! There are several options to see the Grand Canyon if you are in Las Vegas. Many tour companies offer tours that will take you to the West Rim of the Canyon (where the Skywalk is located). We went with a company called Pink Jeep Tours and I can’t say enough good things about them. There are also tour companies that will take you to the South Rim but this is a longer drive and therefore makes for a longer day. If you are adventurous you can also rent a car and take yourself to the Grand Canyon. All I can say is if you ever get a chance go and see the Grand Canyon (West Rim or South Rim), you won’t be sorry that you did!! https://www.pinkjeeptourslasvegas.com/grand-canyon-skywalk/#book-west-rim-grand-canyon-tour
- Automobile Collection at the Link Hotel – This is pretty cool if you are into history or into cars. The Link hotel has a museum of collectible cars (one of a kinds and rarities) most of which are
actually for sale. You can wander around at a leisurely pace and take photographs of all the vehicles. There is an entrance fee of around 12 dollars per person which was pretty reasonable considering some of the cars that were on display. A couple of the vehicles were owned by famous people or are still owned by famous people. There is a car there that was the last vehicle that JFK rode in safely before his death and a car that was owned by Marilyn Monroe. http://www.autocollections.com/
- The Hoover Dam – A wonder of engineering the Hoover Dam
is really spectacular. We were taken to the dam as part of our Grand Canyon tour so that we could take some pictures and take in the grandeur of the facility. There is a visitor center at the dam and tours are available as well. This is an amazing feat of human engineering and really shouldn’t be missed.
- The Moving Statues at the Forum Shops/Caesar’s Palace – This is an animatronic show within the Forum Mall at Caesar’s Palace. It takes place at the Atlantis fountain in the food court and occurs every hour on the hour. The moving statues are pretty cool and best of all it is FREE!!
- The Rainstorm inside the Miracle Mile Shops – This is another mall attraction. Every top of the hour and every half hour on the weekends a rainstorm will occur at the pond in the Miracle Mile Shops. It is neat to see and if you are doing some shopping anyway it is worth having a look. Again, this attraction is FREE!
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum – You can spend a couple of hours hanging out with the celebrities here at Madame Tussauds.Take your picture with someone famous and tell all your friends that you met them in Vegas! There is also a 4D theater within the museum that shows a Marvel superhero short film. The wax museum is located just outside the Venetian Hotel. https://www.madametussauds.com/lasvegas/
- Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay – Mandalay Bay houses an aquarium with many different species of marine life. You can get up close and personal with the sharks through a viewing tunnel and a simulated shipwreck, the sharks will swim over your head and under your feet! This aquarium is also home to a 30 foot Komodo Dragon which is pretty impressive to see. Also spend some time at the open tank where you can touch rays and horseshoe crabs. This isn’t a huge aquarium so take your time and take lots of pictures. The entrance fee for adults is 18 dollars, children (5-12) 12 dollars and children 4 and under are free. http://mandalaybay.com/shark-reef/aquarium/
- The Fountains at the Bellagio – These fountains are world famous and really should not be missed. The water and light show is choreographed to music, is complimentary and is really quite mesmerizing. Be sure to get to the fountains a little early so that you are able to find a good viewing location. The show times are numerous and vary from weekdays to weekends, check this link for a current schedule and description of the fountains. https://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx
- Ferrari Showroom at the Wynn – This is the only authorized Ferrari dealer within Nevada. It will cost you 10 dollars per person to enter the dealership but once inside you will see some of the most luxurious and expensive vehicles in the world. Only 30 people are allowed within the dealership at a time so there might be a lineup, depending on what time of year you are visiting. http://www.penskewynnferrari.com/
- Shopping, Shopping, Shopping – This is a bonus attraction! From the luxury shops on the Las Vegas strip to the outlet malls located off the strip, Vegas has some of the best shopping in the world! If you enjoy the shopping experience then Vegas is the place for you!
As you can see, there are at least 10 things to do in Vegas besides gambling! But this is just scratching the surface, we couldn’t take it all in! I guess we will have to come back!!