How To Have Fun in Las Vegas WITHOUT Gambling

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Published on August 14, 2018 by Chris

15 ways to have fun in Las Vegas WITHOUT gambling or drinking. Many people think of Las Vegas as a destination ONLY for gambling, drinking, and smoking. But there are a ton more fun things to do in Las Vegas.

1 – Walk the strip

4.5 Miles from Mandalay Bay to the Las Vegas Strip

2 – People watching

Sit at a stripside restaurant and watch the people go by
Best after sunset
Late at night, watch the girls walking in bare feet holding their high heels

3 – Hotel Hopping

You can spend days doing this
Mega resorts, many of the biggest hotels in the world
“Less is more” — not here!
On the strip and off the strip

Favorite: Venetian
Gondolas, Canals, Shops, Grand Canal Bridge, Wax Museum

Fav: NYNY: Great theming

Bellagio
botanical gardens and the colorful lobby in the Bellagio including the chandelier “Fiori di Como” by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.

Fountains at Bellagio. Perfectly choreographed, the 1,000 fountains shoot majestically into the air dancing gracefully to lights and songs by Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti and other greats

Wynn:
At dusk visit the free “Lake of Dreams” at the Wynn Hotel which includes a light show

Luxor – Pyramid
Excalibur – Castle
Ceasars Palace – Old Rome (forum shops)
Paris – Eifel Tower
TI – Pirate Ship
Mirage – For the volcano that shoots 100 feet in the air

4 – Ride all the free monorails and trams
Mandalay to Excalibur
Park MGM to Bellagio
Mirage to Treasure Island

5 – Ride the thrill rides

NYNY Roller Coaster $15
Circus Circus Adventure Dome
Stratosphere rides
1,149-foot Stratosphere tower, visitors can jump the world’s tallest free fall or play it a bit safer by riding one of several attractions.
Ride the big Ferris Wheel at the Linq

6 – Play video games
Arcade at the NYNY, Circus Circus
But the Pinball Hall of Fame is my favorite

7 – Freemont Street Experience – Aka downtown

Classic Las Vegas
Night time show on the big LED roof – 12.5 million lights
Zip line
Concerts
Neon signs (even a museum) with 150 vintage signs. Make a reservation

8 – See a show

If you really want to see a particular show then buy a ticket in advance to make sure you get a seat. Discount ticket options are on the strip for same or next day tickets.

I really like Blue Man Group

Cirque de Soleil has a gazillion shows on the strip

Be careful if you have kids.. lots of shows are topless

9 – Shop
On the strip: Fashion Show Mall, Crystals
But almost every hotel has it’s own shopping area
Via Bellagio,the Wynn Esplanade, Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Mandalay Place
Also Outlet Shopping near the airport and near downtown

M & M’s World and World of Coca Cola

10 – Animals

11 – Lounge at the Pool or a Spa

Mandalay Bay pool is quite impressive

Some pools are strictly for hotel guests, while others allow non-hotel guests for a cover charge ranging on average from $20 to $30 or a cabana rental. Keep in mind some pools open to non-hotel guests only do so Friday through Sunday.

more relaxed poolside experience is offered at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace. There you’ll find seven pools, 44 cabanas, and swim-up blackjack in a Roman oasis.

Most Vegas hotels have mega spas – saunas, steam rooms, massages and indoor pools

12 – Take a day trip

Hoover Dam
Lake Las Vegas
Grand Canyon

13 – Take the Iconic Selfie
At the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign by the Mandalay Bay

14 – Eat
Cheap eats, Expensive Eats, and buffets

Favorite cheap eat: Earl of Sandwich
Favorite Buffet: Aria

Buffet tip: Pick a time overlapping meal times, Brekkie and Lunch, or Lunch and Dinner

Eataly is coming soon to Park MGM

Tim Ho Wan is coming to the Palms

15 – In-N-Out Company Store — I always visit

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