So, you’ve just moved to an apartment in Las Vegas and have friends and/or family coming in for the holidays to impress. What do you do? The Entertainment Capital of the World – or Sin City, or the City of Lights – has so much more to do than just hit the casinos and try your luck at rows of slot machines or hands of blackjack.
While some of these activities may land you on the famous Strip (aka Las Vegas Boulevard to the locals) - so you can still slip into a casino for a few minutes (wear a watch, because there won’t be any clocks visible) - you’ll appreciate these 15 other activities.
Ride a Roller Coaster
Get your thrills nowhere near a casino when you ride one of the many roller coasters in Vegas. Feel your heart race on the Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York-New York, Canyon Blaster at Circus Circus, or Big Shot at the Stratosphere. If you’re not a roller coaster fan, slow things down by riding the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel at The Linq. It stands at 550 feet above the ground.
Hike Through Red Rock Canyon
Located about 15 miles from Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon offers a picturesque escape from the city. Enjoy a scenic drive, bike ride or hike through the dusty red canyon.
Watch the Fountains of Bellagio
You may recognize the Bellagio Fountains from the film Ocean’s 11. The famous water show is a must-see and happens several times daily. Tip: See the water show at night for an even more spectacular water and light bonanza.
Visit the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Stimulate your senses when you discover fantastic flora and life-size displays at the Bellagio garden, offering seasonal exhibits. The floral playground is closed November 25-30, but you can catch a cool new display all through the month of December
Test Your Fear of Heights at Stratosphere Tower
Rise to the observation tower, free fall from the Sky Jump or swim at the rooftop pool at Stratosphere Tower, standing 1,149 feet tall.
See a Scintillating Show
Whether you’re in the mood for acrobatic feats or a laugh-out-loud stand-up performance, Las Vegas provides a multitude of shows year-round. Attend a concert, magic show or comedy act.
Explore the Las Vegas Strip
Although the Las Vegas Strip is lined with casinos, there’s so much more to explore. Discover powder pink flamingos at the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, restaurants at The Park and nightlife at Downtown Container Park.
Walk Through Fremont Street
Rivaling the famous Vegas strip is Fremont Street, a glimmering hot spot that brilliantly displays the spectacle of Las Vegas. Check out nightly light shows, live music and its many restaurants.
Snap a Photo at The Neon Museum
Instagram heaven awaits at The Neon Museum. This free, outdoor museum is filled with hundreds of signs that once hung on the streets of Vegas.
Take a Gondola Ride
Transport yourself to Venice at The Venetian. This hotel offers an indoor gondola ride along a Grand Canal that’ll make you feel like you’ve booked a getaway to Italy.
Surround Yourself with Sharks
Take the whole crew to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Not only will you see sharks, you’ll also get to view sting rays, sea turtles and colorful fish.
Fan Your Flame at a Volcano
Heat things up at The Mirage, featuring an outdoor volcano display complete with eruptions, explosions and fireballs.
Feel Nostalgic at the Pinball Hall of Fame
If you’re searching for a hidden gem, visit the Pinball Hall of Fame. This museum offers vintage pinball machines from as far back as the 1950s. Each machine is playable for just 25 or 50 cents.
Treat Your Taste Buds to Fine Dining
Las Vegas isn’t just the City of Lights. It’s a foodie destination. Elevate your dining experience at one of the many AAA Five Diamond restaurants including Le Cirque, Joël Robuchon Restaurant (also a Michelin 3-star restaurant), Picasso and Restaurant Guy Savoy.
Go Full Throttle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Get behind the wheel or catch a race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, hosting competitions throughout the year.
Before your visitors even arrive, make sure your new Las Vegas apartment is as clean as it can be. Check out our fall cleaning tips and take it room by room for the kitchen, bedroom, living room and closet.
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