There’s much more to see and do in Las Vegas than you might think. To experience all “Sin City” truly has to offer, you’ll have to leave the strip first.
Here are 14 fun activities and attractions that Vegas locals have dubbed the real must-sees.
If you’re ready to see Las Vegas in its most uninterrupted and magnificent state, make your way to Red Rock Canyon.
Perfect for nature lovers, this Southern Nevada Conservancy features a one-way, 13-mile scenic drive, hiking trails, local wildlife, camping, and breathtaking geology everywhere you turn.
One mile from the Las Vegas Strip, this experiential retail and entertainment complex offers fun for the whole family.
Area15 is the kind of immersive playground you’ll only find in Vegas. There’s axe throwing, a bamboo volcano, zip-lining, and futuristic realms tucked inside this maze-like wonderland. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or just looking to stare at spectacular structures, you’ll find something for everyone.
If you’re in the mood for a treasure hunt, don’t overlook Main Street.
In the heart of Vegas, you’ll find amazing antiques, oddities, one-of-a-kind vintage shopping, and some great deals on all of it. Antique Alley starts slightly north of the Stratosphere and continues up Charleston Blvd.
This 180-acre botanical garden is dedicated to nature walks and unusual displays that are worth exploration.
When the last glacial age ended, this area gradually became a desert. The sparse streams and small springs provided life-sustaining water to its few residents for centuries.
Owned by the Las Vegas Valley Water District, this key part of Vegas history is only about three miles west of Downtown.
Just because you leave the strip, it doesn’t mean casinos are completely off the table. Frankly, they’re still all over the place, but if you’re looking for luxury, this is the one to go to.
The Red Rock Casino boasts three thousand games. They also offer an around-the-clock poker lounge, bingo room, a keno lounge, and the Sports Book Bar that offers a 96-foot video wall.
For those not into gambling, there’s plenty of kid-friendly activities, nearby hiking trails, a movie theater, bowling alley, a pool, and “sensuous spa treatments” available.
Nothing is more “Sin City” appropriate than a trip to the mob museum in Downtown Las Vegas.
Officially, it’s the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. There’s a fee for adults, but it’s free for kids. Totally worth the money, it could take you up to three hours to fully explore this globally revered destination.
If you’ve ever wanted to drive some of the most expensive, classic, or cutting edge cars in existence, now’s your chance.
Vegas’s “fastest and safest racetrack” topped the “Best of Las Vegas” list five years in a row. Some famous figures have taken a loop here, including Michelle Rodriguez, LeBron James, Mario Andretti, Kyle Busch, and Cain Velasquez.
Summerlin is a master-planned community on the edge of Las Vegas. You’ll find amazing architecture, a lovely local farmer’s market, and an incredible arts scene where you can catch the Nevada ballet or a musical almost any time you’re here.
This remarkable Frank Gehry Building is the Las Vegas Event Center. You’ll want to stop here for sure, even if it’s just for the one-of-a-kind photo opp. Also, if you’re going in October, don’t miss The Festival of Arts.
If your Vegas money is burning a hole in your pocket, you can shop until you drop at the Premium North Outlets.
This 535,000 square feet outdoor mall has 145 stores and 19 restaurants. It’s considered one of the best shopping destinations in the state.
What could be a more quintessential Vegas experience than visiting Celine Dion’s neighborhood? While Lake Las Vegas is technically private, the marina is open to the public.
At this 320 acre reservoir, you can rent paddleboats, electric boats, and almost any recreational water gear your heart desires, and maybe spot a few celebrities.
I first saw the Seven Magic Mountains while driving down Las Vegas Boulevard at sunset, and I could barely believe my eyes.
Less than 30 minutes from The Strip, this unusual art installation sits in the middle of the desert. The seven painted boulder totems resembling giant fruity pebbles were created by Ugo Rondinone and sit 35 ft high.
You can walk up to them if you want, but they’re just as incredible from afar.
For those who can’t get enough golf, Las Vegas is the place to be. It’s been a world-renowned golfer’s destination since 1949.
The terrain is picturesque and versatile, with its lush green parkland golf or stark desert courses. Like most things in Vegas, you’ll find bargains and high roller layouts, conveniently located near the strip and other hotspots.
The Hoover Dam is about 40 minutes outside of Vegas, but obviously, it’s a worthy detour.
Upon completion in 1935, it was the highest dam in the world. With a base as thick as two football fields are long, it could handle the volume of water flowing over Niagara Falls.
If you’re sticking close to the Strip, do yourself a favor and go to “Old Vegas.”
The Fremont Street Express is Vegas’s second most famous street scene, and it’s one of the oldest parts of the city.
Located at the heart of it all, you’ll find some of the most historic casinos in existence. There’s also plenty to see and do. In addition to the Mob Museum, it’s home to the Neon Museum, where the city’s most famous signs are laid to rest. All in all, if you want to experience a truly Vintage Vegas, this is the place to be.