Las Vegas' 10 Best Attractions & Activities Beyond the Casino

The Strip’s major attraction is its casinos, but there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas that don’t involve gambling. When you need a break from the tables, you’ll find there’s no shortage of choices for sightseeing, exploring and having fun.

On the Strip, you’ll find fountains, volcanoes, fabulous shows and even gondola rides. Downtown, you can get a glimpse into the checkered history of Las Vegas at The Mob Museum, one of the city’s unique museums. The Neon Museum is another place to find unusual Vegas history–it’s the place where old neon signs are retired.

The weather in Las Vegas is terrific for most of the year, which makes outside activities an option most of the time. Take a drive out of town to see historic Hoover Dam, or hike over the red sandstone in Red Rock Canyon. Las Vegas isn't the only thing in the Mojave Desert, and you'll find plenty of options for day trips into the surrounding area. Outdoor sports like hiking, golf and tennis are popular.

For the adrenaline junkies in the crowd, thrill rides may be just the ticket. Adventure-seekers will find zip lines and roller coasters, and some of those rides are at the top of very tall buildings.

Still wondering what to do when you’re tired of the tables? Check out our list of the best things to do in Vegas.



The iconic Fountains of Bellagio have been attracting and mesmerizing people since the shows began. The dancing, swaying waters draw a crowd every time they go off. Streams of water shoot into the air, dissipate into a mist and gracefully arch...  Read More

Gondola Rides at The Venetian
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Old Venice has been miniaturized at the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes, and tops it off with authentic Venetian gondolas and singing gondoliers. Private two-person gondolas are available, or you can share with another two people for the short...  Read More



The Stratosphere is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, but taking in the view isn't the only thing you can do at 1,149 feet. The thrill rides at the top give daredevils the chance to be dangled off the side of the...  Read More

The Neon Museum
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Las Vegas is known for lots of things, including its wealth of colorful neon. But where do old signs end up? If they're lucky, in the possession of the Neon Museum. Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to...  Read More



The Mob Museum tells the story of organized crime in America. The museum's location in Las Vegas is appropriate, considering Sin City's early history as an outpost of the Mafia. Located in a historic Downtown Las Vegas building which originally...  Read More

Exotics Racing
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Car and racing enthusiasts can indulge themselves at Exotics Racing, where the need for speed is a serious daily pursuit. Exotics Racing offers the world's largest fleet of exotic super cars with an inventory of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Audis,...  Read More

Hoover Dam
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What's appealing about a gigantic wedge of concrete in a remote desert canyon? As it turns out, quite a lot. Hoover Dam was a groundbreaking engineering feat in the 1930s when it was built--even today, it's not easy to pour that much concrete...  Read More



Before you get to "fly" over Fremont Street on the Slotzilla zip line, you'll probably get to see several groups of people zoom out of the giant slot machine while you're waiting. The anticipation is part of the fun (and perhaps the cause of a...  Read More



Cirque du Soleil has several shows throughout Las Vegas, but "O" has something the others don't: water. "O" bills itself as "An aquatic masterpiece of surrealism and theatrical romance," which is apt description. Acrobats, swimmers and divers...  Read More

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an easy escape from the fast pace of the Las Vegas Strip. Located west of the city just outside the edge of the housing developments, this chunk of the Mojave Desert is loaded with hiking, biking and...  Read More


Meet Terrisa Meeks

Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She's watched Las Vegas grow and change over the years, especially the ever-evolving Las Vegas Strip. She still enjoys hanging...  More About Terrisa