L is for LAS VEGAS: 34 Things to do When You’re Not Gambling

L is for LAS VEGAS: 34 Things to do When You’re Not Gambling


34 rediculously amazing things to do in Las Vegas BESIDES gamble! | www.apassionandapassport.com

Thankfully, as much to everyone’s surprise, Vegas is not all casinos and gambling.  Don’t get caught up in all the hype and spend the majority of your time in Vegas at the tables, go out and explore.  With so much to see, it would be a shame to spend it all indoors becoming best friends with the dealer and bartenders. However, there’s plenty of things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble. More than 34, actually.

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So get off the strip, (or maybe stay on), and say goodbye to the casino.

Want some thrilling experiences?

1) Go indoor sky diving with winds up to 120 mph.  That’s me in the photo below!  Definitely an experience to remember.  Look for a Groupon as they frequently have deals.

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2) Vegas extreme skydiving from 15,000 feet.  After indoor sky diving, I feel like I can finally say that jumping out of a plane is something I don’t consider too far flung anymore.

3) Drive an exotic car.  Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, or McLaren anyone?

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4) If you want to see all the glitz and glam from above, consider a helicopter ride above the strip, complete with a champagne toast

5) Check out the rides at the Stratosphere and Circus Circus

6) Drive bulldozers and excavators in the only heavy equipment playground in America.

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7) Did you know you could go ziplining only a few miles away from Vegas?  Yes, you can!

Or just looking to have some [cheesy] fun?

7) Jump your highest ever at the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

8) Check out the New Secret Formula Exhibit at The World of Coca-Cola

9) Play at the Pinball Hall of Fame on some super rare machines

10) Explore old town and the Fremont Street Experience and Walking Tour.  You can even go zip lining, super man style!  Don’t miss having your photo taken with the million dollars at Binions, and get some carnival food, like a chocolate covered banana with peanuts (even more delicious at 2 in the morning, but acceptable any time of day).

and there’s always Madame Tussad’s wax museum!

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Tired of the glitz and glam? Take a day trip.

11) The obvious Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon National Park

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12) Put on your hiking boots at Mary Jane Falls

13) Spend a day on the mountain in Lee Canyon

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14) Test your swing at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Course

15) Be sure to check out Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, The Valley of Fire

A Day Trip from Las Vegas to Valley of Fire State Park Nevada >> ridiculously mind-blowing! Check it out for yourself! (Tips here) | www.apassionandapassport.com

16) See the stunning natural beauty on a day tour to Death Valley National Park

16) Explore the beauty of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Hungry?  Look for some fine cuisine

17) Have dinner at Top of the World, with 360degree views of the strip (plus, it spins!)

18) Have a delicious brunch or attend a baking class (!!!) at Bouchon Bakery

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19) Get some seafood at Michael Mina in the Bellagio

20) Have a truly unique dining experience at Todd’s Unique Dining

21) Have some crab at Joes Stone Crab in Caesars

Feast your eyes on some first-class entertainment

22) Entertain yourself at a Cirque du Soleil show; consider The Beatles LOVEMichael Jackson ONE, and Mystere

23) See Blue Man Group, my absolute favorite show in Vegas

Lost ALL your money?  Consider these [almost] FREE experiences

24) Check out the numerous glorious hotels.  With the Bellagio, all-new Atria, and the Wynn, you could spend an entire day hopping from hotel to hotel. FREE
25) Go window shopping at the Forum Shops at Caesars.  Be sure to leave your wallet at home/in your hotel room. FREE
26) Enjoy dollar margaritas from Casino Royale $1 or 2, depending on how many you want
27) Take your mojito onto the streets.  Where else can you do that? FREE, besides the cost of a mojito (about $7)
28) Fountains of Bellagio FREE
29) Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat $19.95, or $16.95 if you’re staying at the Mirage.  Get it for significantly cheaper using the Las Vegas Power Pass, which will save you money on lots of Las Vegas attractions.
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30) Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay $18
31) Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio: FREE

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32) get some yummy chocolates at M&M’s World cost of M&M’s
33) Take a picture at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign (an absolute must for any first-timer!)
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34) play around at Neon Museum $18 (includes a tour)
35) Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo: FREE

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36) Window shop (it’s almost as fun as buying stuff!)
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Where to Stay in Las Vegas

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  • Marti says:

    Vegas is about a 5 hour drive from Phoenix. I am not a gambler, but I have found a lot to do there when I go with friends. Visiting from A-Z

  • Dawn Malone says:

    Awesome list of activities! Las Vegas isn't one of my favorite cities, but obviously I haven't been touring it properly! Love the gardens and the indoor trampoline park. And the daytrips are more my speed. I mentioned Passion and a Passport on my blog today as one of my week's favorites. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Lisa says:

    Visiting from A-ZWow, your blog is impressive. I really should have travelled more before I had kids. Right now it seems impossible to go away for the weekend much less to an exotic locale!!

  • This post was so informative, as I've never been to Vegas and really want to go, but I'm worried that I won't be the greatest at gambling. This gives me lots of alternative (and perhaps better) ideas of things to do!

  • YVONNE LEWIS: says:

    I live in the UK and have been to Vegas twice, stayed at The Flamingo Hotel which I reconised in your photo's .This was an excellent post as it brought back fond and happy memories. Thank you.

  • Andrea says:

    Often wonder if I would like to go to Vegas. This certainly gives me more to consider! Stopping by from a-z

  • Fun read! Was in Las Vegas last weekend – Neon Museum was awesome but you have some neat things I don't know about – another reason for a return trip! I'd add Death Valley National Park – about a 90-minute drive from Vegas.

  • Natalia says:

    34 things! Overload! But yes, opportunities to have a good time in Vegas are endless.

  • Arianwen says:

    What a great list of alternative sights! I'd love to try indoor skydiving!

  • Jordan Mallory says:

    This is a great site. I have been to Las Vegas a few times and I always enjoyed it. There are so many things to do other then gambling. Las Vegas Golf is probably my favorite activity to do in Vegas. For all those golf lovers, I highly recommend playing a few courses in Vegas.

  • Daisy says:

    I'm going to Vegas this summer. Look forward to checking out some of these sights especially the indoor skydiving. I'm not much of a gambler. Thanks!

  • Mika says:

    One of the things I enjoy doing that is very close to Las Vegas is skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Charleston. You can ski during the day and party on the strip that night. Its a blast.

  • Anonymous says:

    I went to Vegas for 7 days and had a good time with limiting my loses to $150.00 per day in the casino , then I'd go out on the town , rented a car and went all over were ever suited me.My main reason for the visit was to gamble and not site see as I've been all over the world and not a whole lot impresses me anymore.Now a days of course gambling is legal pretty well every were so there is no real need to visit Vegas again but I did have a good time when I was there.

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  • Morrison says:

    Hi! I live in Macau and love your post! Such a nice treat to see my city as featured destinations. It sounds to amaze that I can take the experience of such a wonderful place of Vegas within a free of charge. I would definitely recommend your suggestions for my next trip.

  • corinne says:

    That's the great thing about Vegas, there's always something to do. And so many of the casinos have freebies and coupons that you can do a lot on very little money.