Las Vegas is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve explored it from both a tourist and local’s perspective, and it’s one incredible city that offers so much more than gambling.
Do you want to hit up clubs and casinos? Try out different food and explore your taste buds? Hit up a Golden Knights hockey game? Or are you more of the outdoorsy type that wants to hike or go on a bike ride? You can do all of this in Vegas.
I visit Las Vegas about 4x per year and may end up moving there due to family living there. It’s such a fun city, I can’t say enough good things about it!
Here are some of my favorite things to do in Las Vegas. You’re going to have a great time!
1. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is such a fun place to visit that some people overlook when visiting Vegas, but you shouldn’t! Over 7 million people visit the Hoover Dam annually and offer affordable private tours to explore inside. Live your Vegas Vacation dreams and take a peak from within the Dam.
Fun fact: the Hoover Dam is in charge of powering over 1.3 million homes.
Traveling from The Strip to the Hoover Dam takes about 30 minutes and is a lot of fun. If you like casinos, hit up The Lodge nearby and explore this unique casino.
You can learn more about the Hoover Dam and visitor info here.
Location: The damn does not have a street address. Nevada 89005. Roughly 30 minutes from The Strip.
2. Fremont Street
Fremont Street is packed with activities to do 24 hours of the day. This place is absolute insane and not for the faint of the heart pass dark. I spent an eventful evening on Freemont Street and recommend families visit during the day.
If you don’t want to spend money, you can check out the live music, entertainers, and sit back and people watch because like I mentioned, Freemont Street can be pretty entertaining. If you’re into people-watching, this place is a must-visit.
Fremont Street is also known for its 12 story zipline called the SlotZilla, as well as its light show. The zipline is pretty expensive in my opinion, so I’ve never taken the trip down SlotZilla before.
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Location: Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
3. Downtown Container Park
After Freemont Street, make sure to stop at the Downtown Container Park.
This shopping center is filled with boutique shops, live music, restaurants, and it’s completely made out of shipping containers, even the kid’s playground!
If you’re into photography or you need some new Instagram photos, this place is the spot to check out.
Location: 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
4. The Park
Come to The Park if you’re looking to relax and kick back a little. The Park has benches, tables, and other sitting areas for people to enjoy lunch or dinner. There are several pieces of artwork to enjoy, as well as a waterwall (yep, waterwall).
This is a really neat place to visit at night since its lit up with a ton of colorful lights. During Christmas, this area has a huge Christmas tree you won’t want to miss!
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Location: 3782 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
5. Calico Basin Red Springs
The Calico Basin Red Springs area is a great alternative to the Red Rock Canyon main entrance since there is no national park fee. On your visit, you’ll see red and white sandstone cliffs, natural springs, and a variety of wildlife and vegetation.
Make sure to bring food on your visit since there are tons of picnic tables and fire grills to use in the area.
Location: Calico Basin Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89161
The Streetmosphere at The Venetian is a unique location for shopping and other fun activities. It’s one of my favorite spots to visit in Vegas and it never gets old.
Throughout the Streetmosphere, you’ll see entertainers and performers in the walkways. This is the area you’ll often see people dressed up as living statues.
You’ll also see a recreation of St. Marks square. If you’ve never been to Venice before, you’ll get a little taste of it here. It’s really so beautiful and tastefully done in my opinion, besides the semi-cheesy fake sky.
Location: The Venetian 3377 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109
7. Lake of Dreams
The Lake of Dreams, located in the Wynn, is an area with a 40-foot waterfall and nightly show. It’s a beautiful sight to see.
There are several restaurants to choose from while you’re viewing the waterfall. You’ll also enjoy entertainment with both music and imagery created from 4,000 lights. This is a pretty fun spot to visit.
Location: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89109
8. Seven Magic Mountains
Seven Magic Mountains is a public art area created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.
About 10 miles from Vegas, the art contains seven towers of boulders that are brightly colored stacking over 30 feet high.
There isn’t much to do here besides take a funny photo and leave, but hey, that’s vacation for ya.
Location: S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89054
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9. Visit Circus Circus
Circus Circus is a dream for amusement park lovers. I visited when I was only 14 years old and I still remember the trip so vividly. If you have kids or you’re a fan of rollercoasters, you need to visit Circus Circus!
There are rollercoasters and rides here for any age. On top of that, there are entertainers that you can check out throughout the day at no cost. Seriously, a must-visit. Can’t say enough good things about this place
Location: 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
10. Pawn Stars
If you love the show Pawn Stars, you’re going to want to check out this place.
Pawn Stars attracts over 4,000 people daily and is packed with thousands of items you’ll want to check out.
The unique items range from artwork, jewelry, and other items that the public doesn’t usually have access to.
Location: 713 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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