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
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    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. https://www.caesars.com/linq/high-roller#.VcmFr7cmZKo

  2. Grand Canyon – Okay so this one speaks for itself!! One of the
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    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!! https://www.pinkjeeptourslasvegas.com/grand-canyon-skywalk/#book-west-rim-grand-canyon-tour

  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. http://www.autocollections.com/

  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. https://www.madametussauds.com/lasvegas/
  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. http://mandalaybay.com/shark-reef/aquarium/
  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.  https://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx
  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. http://www.penskewynnferrari.com/
  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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Active Date Night Ideas

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Biking the Heritage River Trails

Summer is the perfect time for an active date night with your partner. Check out this link for some great active date night ideas that will get your hearts racing! (Source: Date Ideas For Couples Who Want To Get Active Together) Dave and I love to spend time together hiking and biking but sometimes an active date night for us is taking the dog for a walk. Doing something active together can bring you closer as a couple and it can make you feel healthier as well. It can also be so much fun exploring new activities together! So, get out there and get active together!

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Hiking in the Ancient Forest

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3tVEepa_p0.

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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15 Longest Celebrity Marriages

It seems that every day we are hearing about or reading about another celebrity couple who have decided to divorce. Last week Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert decided to call it quits on their 4 year union. Last month it was Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who sadly have 3 children together. We wanted to find some celebrity couples who disprove the old adage that all Hollywood marriages end in divorce. Here is a great article from grandparents.com that highlights 15 of the longest celebrity marriages, some of 50 years or more! If these couples can make it while living in the spotlight of Hollywood it gives hope to all us regular folks!!!

Who says Hollywood can’t do marriage? These famous couples have been happily wed for over 25 years. Keep clicking to see who’s made it to 60 (and counting)!

Source: 15 Longest Celebrity Marriages – Grandparents.com

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Do Not Worry About Tomorrow … But Do Plan For Tomorrow

By nature I, Nicole, am a bit of a worrier. My imagination takes control and, VOILA, I am worrying about everything that could possibly go wrong in any given situation. Just this week I spent several sleepless nights worrying about vacation accommodations that I had booked online. What if the owner wasn’t legit? What if the condo wasn’t the same as the one in the pictures? What if we aren’t able to obtain the keys? … You get the picture! The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:34 (NLT) “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” But what does that mean?

Tomorrow will have its challenges and trials, no matter how hard you try to prevent them. Leave tomorrow alone. When that day dawns, God will give you the grace and the strength you need for it. At the present time, you have the grace and the strength He has given you for today. Your calendar gives each day its own number. Live them in that order, just as God arranged them. Stay in one square at a time. Someone said, “Worrying doesn’t rob tomorrow of its sorrow, it robs today of its strength.” (Keith Krell, senior pastor of Fourth Memorial Church in Spokane, WA)

Source: 9. Lifestyles of the Content & Worry-Free (Matthew 6:25-34) | Bible.org

However, don’t confuse not worrying about tomorrow with not planning for tomorrow. Worrying about tomorrow is a waste of time but planning for tomorrow is time well spent. We should always be planning our future dreams and goals while continuously trusting in God. Careful planning can lessen our fears while worry demonstrates a lack of faith in God’s ability to handle our lives. So, what have I learned? After taking care of all of the details, on my end, regarding the renting of the vacation condo I now must give it up to God and trust that He will take care of the rest.

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