Nearly 50 million people visited Las Vegas in 2019, and with good reason: there’s so much to see and do!
And we’re not just talking about the casinos and shows. Vegas has (somewhat) lost its reputation as Sin City and become more family-friendly in recent years. And that means there is no shortage of attractions to explore.
Check out these eight awesome Las Vegas attractions that should be on every traveler’s list when they visit Nevada’s famed city.
1. Venetian Gondola Rides
Venice or Vegas? Now you don’t have to choose with the Venetian’s gondola rides.
The hotel’s interior mirrors that of the Italian Renaissance period and that romanticism can be found outside where gondoliers wait to whisk you away in authentic Italian vessels.
Actually, you’re just going for a ride along the hotel’s Grand Canal. But you’ll get to drift beneath bridges and past outdoor diners, just like you would if you were in Italy.
There may be no other Vegas attraction that’s more romantic than this one, so don’t miss a ride when you’re in town.
2. The High Roller Ferris Wheel
Did you know that Vegas is home to the world’s tallest observation wheel? The High Roller Ferris Wheel at The LINQ Hotel is a whopping 550 feet high and clearly rules the Strip. Each cabin can hold up to 40 people and it takes a full 30 minutes for the wheel to complete one revolution.
Pay an additional fee, and you’ll be treated to your own personal bartender so you can sip a cocktail while taking in the breathtaking views.
Make sure your phone is charged up before you go so you don’t miss any photo opportunities. But if you do, you can always pick up a commemorative photo of your ride after stepping off of it.
3. The Neon Museum
Open only at night (so you can really take in the displays), The Neon Museum remains one of the more unusual and super cool Las Vegas attractions. The fluorescent vintage signs, collected from defunct casinos and restaurants, paint a colorful history of the city.
And there are a lot of signs. The Main Collection alone showcases over 200 unrestored signs that light up as the sun descends. Many of them are from gambling’s heyday in the 1950s and ’60s.
You can even get married here if an Elvis-themed wedding isn’t quite your style. Believe it or not, this place hosts many private events.
4. The Bellagio Fountain Show
If you didn’t get enough eye-popping illumination from The Neon Museum, you can follow up by taking in the Bellagio’s fountain show. Running every 15 minutes between 8 PM and midnight, the performance is something to behold. The hotel and casino’s fountains dance can soar to heights of 460 feet and are set to music.
The Bellagio called on several musicians and performance artists to choreograph the show, which is also enhanced by light. Each show’s song selection rotates, so you may hear a medley of Sinatra hits or classical compositions.
5. The STRAT SkyPod
New York may have the Empire State Building, but Vegas has the STRAT Hotel’s SkyPod which looms over 1,000 feet above the Strip. This attraction is home to the Top of the World restaurant, an indoor (and, if you dare, outdoor) observation deck, and even a couple of amusement park rides that are not for the faint of heart.
If you still need an adrenaline rush, you can get it from the SkyJump, which is the SkyPod’s bungee jumping offering. There’s something for everyone at this soaring attraction, whether you’re an adventure seeker or prefer to take in the 360-degree views with a cocktail in hand.
6. The Fremont Street Experience
If ground level is where you feel safest, you can still get your kicks by visiting The Fremont Street Experience. This outdoor playground offers up live music, light shows, a slot-machine themed zip line ride, and so much more.
You can have your photo taken with $1 million of real cash, learn about famed gangsters at The Mob Museum, and even see a piece of the Berlin Wall in a men’s restroom. With plenty to eat and drink to keep you nourished during your adventure, you may never want to leave this party.
7. Frankie’s Tiki Room
Want to time travel back to the 1950s? It’s possible when you visit Frankie’s Tiki Room. Everywhere you look, the dark, exotic, and kitschy decor harkens back to a time the Rat Pack ruled the movie screen.
Of course, a tiki bar couldn’t be called one without the drinks. There is plenty to give you a serious buzz, from the classic zombie to the wild watusi, all served in custom made tiki mugs. Purchase one to bring home with you as a souvenir.
8. Blackout Dining in The Dark
If you’re in the mood for something unusual to do, look no further than Blackout Dining in The Dark. Yes, it is exactly what the name implies: you and your guests eat a seven-course gourmet mystery meal completely immersed in darkness. No phones or any other lighting allowed.
Why would you want to do this? Because eating without being able to see your food heightens your tastebuds. Don’t worry about your server not being able to locate your table; they sport night googles so they won’t bump into anything.
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This list is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to top Las Vegas attractions. This is one city that really knows how to have fun!
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