Best Things To Do In Las Vegas (That's Not The Casinos)

things to do in las vegas (that's not the casino)
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Love Las Vegas weather but not the gambling? No problem! There are plenty of non-gambling things to do by yourself or with friends and family in the Las Vegas area. Read below to find out what!

1. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Posted by Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas on Friday, 14 March 2014

For hiking enthusiasts’ Red Rock is a well know area featuring exactly what you thought; rocky trails that appear red! They have multiple easy or difficult trails over here as this area is very large, spacious and widely spread across miles. The beauty here is stunning and a must-see for any outdoor enthusiast. Take a day trip to see multiple trails or have a picnic along the way!

Red Rock Canyon

Address: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161, USA

Website: Red Rock Canyon

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2. Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Resort

Posted by Annette Marie Campbell on Monday, 20 March 2017

If you are staying at this Casino already, or just exploring the strip one day, this is a great stop on your journey. Every season the Bellagio changes their art and flower decorations inside their gigantic open space in their lobby area, and it is always worth five stars. Sometimes they include fountains or statues, or themed displays especially during favorites seasons like Christmas. Either way it is always a must-see and you will not be short of photo opportunities!

Bellagio Resort

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

Website: Bellagio Resort

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3. Downtown Container Park

Posted by Downtown Container Park on Monday, 10 August 2015

Looking for a better place to eat, drink and shop than the strip? Look no further than Downtown Container Park. The entrance can be seen when leaving the Freemont Street area, look out for a huge metal insect that blows fire into the air! Don’t worry though, it is operated by a real human and no one has ever been injured by this, but it can easily scare you with the noise from a distance. After 9pm they do check ID and won’t allow anyone in under 21 years old, even though there are no noisy or crazy bars or clubs in this complex.

Expect to find more boutique type dining, shopping and lounging. If you have kids there is a huge playground right in the center where you can take them during the day, and sit along the nearby tables to keep an eye on them. Sometimes on weekends they have live music which can be cool but also very loud, so keep that in mind if heading here late Friday or Saturday night.

Downtown Container Park

Address: 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

Website: Downtown Container Park

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4. Hoover Dam

Posted by The Hoover Dam on Friday, 21 October 2016

The Hoover Dam is an incredible sight, for first timers and for those who have already seen it. The newly opened skywalk allows you to look below over see through glass, as if you are floating above the dam. Hoover Dam includes access to Lake Mead, the largest man made reservoir in the United States when it is full! The dam is located a bit outside Las Vegas near Boulder City, Nevada, about 40 minutes southeast of Las Vegas.

The dam’s generators have provided power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California for several generations now. Hoover Dam after all these years is still a major tourist attraction; and for good reason! Tours are offered daily for around 20 USD so you can see how the dam operates, and go inside restricted areas with your guide!

Hoover Dam

Address: Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada 89005, USA

Website: Hoover Dam

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5. Sunset Park

Sunset Park's 50th anniversary!

Posted by Jaye Albright on Thursday, 19 January 2017

Looking for a romantic place to take your date but are short on cash? Head to Sunset Park! Here you can find a pretty lake, benches to sit on, and in the spring and summer many trees blooming, people fishing and families hanging out and picnicking nearby. It can also be a great place for people watching, photo taking or for having a leisurely stroll around the park which is quite spacious.

You can easily spend half a day enjoying the rare nature in Las Vegas. Kids love this space for playing ball games, running around and riding bikes, so keep that in mind if you are heading out here on a beautiful day; you will not be alone. They also run different activities here, random tournaments, or sports competitions so if you are active you can plan ahead and join the festivities!

Sunset Park

Address: 2601 East Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89120, USA

Website: Sunset Park

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6. X-Scream at the Stratosphere

El scream Stratosphere

Posted by Alberto on Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Not for everyone, or the faint hearted! This daring set of rides, placed at the top of the Stratosphere hotel and Casino, really take adventure to the next level! Head up to the top floor and pay about 20 USD and you can ride one of these scary rides! Hang off the side of the Stratosphere, dangle your feet below and get a spectacular view of the strip and the surrounding Las Vegas area.


Address: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA

Website: X-Scream

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7. Dinner at Top of the World

Posted by April Fried on Saturday, 19 December 2015

After you ride the rides up top, head to the restaurant up here as well for dinner! Get ready for an unobstructed strip view, as well as all of Las Vegas area. The menu is quite varied and expensive (starting around 20 USD), and with so many mixed reviews on the food I would come for a beverage and the view alone! Around 7pm they have a happy hour on their drinks too! So you can have some cocktails and enjoy some leisure time without breaking the bank.

Top of the World restaurant

Address: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA

Website: Top of the World

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8. Ride a bulldozer

Posted by Dig This on Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Ever wanted to ride a bulldozer but don’t work in construction? Well now you can! The first heavy equipment playground in the United States is Dig This, in Las Vegas. The company lets regular people make the earth move using excavators, bulldozers and more! If you are up for an exciting adventure but too scared of the rides at the Stratosphere because of heights, you can try out this activity. You can easily spend an afternoon here relieving stress and digging in the sand like a kid, except in a bulldozer! This place is not cheap however, so come with a group if you want to make it a worthwhile excursion and lifelong memory!

Dig This

Address: 3012 S Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada

Website: Dig This

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9. Eldorado Canyon & Techatticup Mine tour

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There’s more to Nevada than the casinos in Las Vegas. Why not unravel the old west and see a different side of Nevada? Embark on a tour that visits Hoover Dam and be amazed by this engineering feat. Standing 221 metres (726 ft), it used to be the world’s tallest dam. With its immense size, Boulder City, Nevada was created for those who would be working on the dam in 1930. Extend your discovery just about 80 km (50 miles) off Las Vegas, at Eldorado Canyon, a canyon famed for its rich silver and gold mines. Visit the Techatticup Mine and go deep inside the mountain where gold had been dug out of. Be enthralled by the history and learn the different mining techniques throughout the years. The tour will also pass a beautiful stretch of scenic road leading the Colorado River. Travel in comfort with hotel pick up and drop off, entrance fees, and the services of a professional guide. Keep energized with a complimentary bottle of water, morning snack, and lunch included in the package.

Eldorado Canyon & Techatticup Mine tour

Duration: 4.5 hours

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10. Grand Canyon all-inclusive: airplane, helicopter & river cruise

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Satisfy your wanderlust and take a tour of Grand Canyon in an all-inclusive package. Fill your day with non-stop exhilarating activities as you explore its unspoiled setting by air, land, and river! Fly over Colorado River, Lake Mead, and Hoover Dam. Extend the fun on a helicopter ride descending to the bottom of the canyon. Beat boredom and board a pontoon boat cruising the Colorado River. Commune with nature as you enjoy Eagle Point, named after a natural rock formation that looks like an eagle. Relive the time of cowboys in the west. The package includes hotel pick up and drop off, and a delightful meal. Complete this experience with a walk on horseshoe-shaped glass skywalk for an extra cost. See the magical scenery which makes Grand Canyon truly picture perfect. Waste no time and book this deal now for last minute and real-time availability.

Grand Canyon all-inclusive: airplane, helicopter & river cruise

Address: from 449 USD

Duration: 7 hours

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So much to do and so little time!

Grand Canyon
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Can you believe there is so much to do besides gamble and party in Las Vegas? I know! We didn’t either! Hope you found some awesome ideas from our list for your trip to Las Vegas!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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