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10 Things To Do In Vegas Besides Gambling

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.

  1. 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
    10 things to do in Vegas besides gambling
    The High Roller

    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.

  2. Grand Canyon – Okay so this one speaks for itself!! One of the
    10 things to do in vegas besides gambling
    Grand Canyon Skywalk

    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 10 Things to do in vegas besides gamblingTours 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!!

  3. 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
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    Classic Car Collection

    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.

  4.  The Hoover Dam – A wonder of engineering the Hoover Dam
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    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.

  5. 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!!
  6. 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!
  7. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum – You can spend a couple of hours hanging out with the celebrities here at Madame Tussauds.10 things to do in vegas besides gamblingTake 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!!

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Vegas Baby!

Vegas Baby
Hanging out waiting for our flight

We are currently on a family vacation in Las Vegas! Every summer Dave’s company has a large convention in a major city in the USA and the kids and I tag along, it’s a great way for us to see some pretty awesome cities! We have been fortunate enough to visit Orlando, San Francisco, San Diego and Toronto (which is the only Canadian city that the conference has been held in).

Dave and I had an opportunity to visit Vegas together in September of last year. Dave surprised me with tickets to a Kings of Leon concert (my favorite band of all time) for my birthday. We had a really fun weekend and shot some video of our adventures in Vegas. Here is a link to our YouTube channel if you want to watch the video for yourselves

Vegas Baby
The High Roller observation wheel. Yes, we went on that, 510 feet in the air!!

While we are on vacation we will continue to post new blogs each week day, in between touring the city! Now it’s off to Vegas baby!!

Vegas Baby
Enjoying the view from the High Roller!!

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What Does A Giraffe Have To Do With Our Favorite Camping Spot?

What does a giraffe have to do with our favorite camping spot?
Octagonal Barn

We love to camp at Fintry Provincial Park in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Fintry has a rich history and much of that history is still evident in the site today. The site contains the only octagonal barn still standing in British Columbia. There is an impressive manor house with an amazing den that must be seen to be believed. Within this den you will find several animals including a giraffe. Okay, they aren’t alive but still, a giraffe is a giraffe! Fintry also has the only packing house still standing on the shores of the Okanagan Lake.

what does a giraffe have to do with our favorite camping spot?
Manor House
what does a giraffe have to do with our favorite camping spot?
Not sure what kind of creature this is! The plant is pretty cool too!

Besides the history Fintry is also rich in nature. Many creatures make their home in Fintry. Birds, bugs, marmots, deer and bats all can be found within the Provincial Park. The bats put on an impressive aeronautics show every evening, swerving and diving as they catch their fill of bugs. Fintry also boasts an abundance of interesting plants and flowers due to the mixture of desert, pasture and forest landscape.

what does a giraffe have to do with our favorite camping spot?
The view from the top!

There is no lack of activities to enjoy while staying at Fintry. There is an excellent hike to a waterfall. Approximately 500 stairs will take you to the top of the falls and the view is breathtaking (as is the climb!).  There are many trails within the park that are perfect for either biking or walking and there is a village close by that is an enjoyable and leisurely bike ride away. Swimming and all manner of water activities can be enjoyed as Fintry has a large waterfront area. There is also a boat launch enabling boaters to gain access to all areas of Okanagan Lake if they so choose.

This was our second visit to Fintry and it won’t be our last. If you are ever in the Okanagan it is worth checking out.

Oh yeah, the bathrooms and showers are probably the cleanest of any campground we have stayed at! This is always a very important selling feature of any campground for our family!

What Does A Giraffe Have To Do With Our Favorite Camping Spot?

Let us know if you have seen cleaner bathrooms! What Does A Giraffe Have To Do With Our Favorite Camping Spot?We might have to check them out!!

So, what are some of your favorite places to camp? We need some new places to go!

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Camping Season Has Begun!

Finally the season has arrived for heading out into nature!! We have just experienced our first camping trip of the season and it was wonderful! The weather was warm, the company was great and the food was delicious. Camping is a great time to relax, reconnect (with each other and with nature) and rejuvenate. When we camp we make sure that the work is minimal so that we are able to enjoy the time that we have at the campsite together, this means that the food is simple and the preparation is easy (cooking on an open fire is the best way to accomplish this). We also try to keep an open mind and an open schedule when it comes to camping, basically we try to be extremely flexible. There is no agenda when camping and this way we are always open to new adventures, new experiences and sometimes new friendships. This past weekend we were joined on our camping adventure by some friends that we haven’t camped with before, it was a great time of getting to know each other better and connecting on a deeper level. We enjoyed hanging out with their children, as ours are almost out of the house, and reliving the wonders that childhood brings such as throwing the Frisbee, collecting rocks, playing on the playground and swimming in an ice cold lake! We also enjoyed the recommendation that these friends made to visit the best bakery (Quesnel Bakery) and coffee shop (Granville Island Coffee) in the neighboring town of Quesnel, BC, (the cinnamon twists were awesome and the coffee was perfect!). All in all the first camping trip of the season was a huge success, we can’t wait till the next time that we can pack up the trailer and head down the road!

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