Saturday, November 14, 2015

Las Vegas: 30 Experiences other than Poker.

Most attractions in Las Vegas are "hidden" inside the many hotels on the Strip, while some like the Fermont street are few miles away from the "Strip". This is a rough guide to "Las Vegas" I created before my trip:

1. Mirage

Highlights: Aquarium, Dolphin Habitat, Volcano fire show
Volcano fire show is one of my favorite sight on the Strip. The hourly show is run from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

2. Linq
Highlights: The High Roller, Auto Collective
Towering the city of Las Vegas, this High Roller Ride will send you to the top of Sin-city for a spectacular view of all the neon lights! Tips: Buy a drink and take it on the ride. If you are a car buff, step back into the past in Auto Collective to see cool historical cars, or if you have the means, buy one!

3. Circus Circus,
Highlight: Adventuredome, free circus show above the casino.
The Adventuredome is USA's largest indoor theme park. However, ride tickets don't come cheap. If you are on a budget, a free world-class circus show will certainly bring out the kid in you too, at no cost!

Read more: 20 FREE attractions you must not miss in Las Vegas

4. Luxor
Highlight: Bodies Exhibition, Titanic
BODIES exhibition is the place to go if you re looking for a whole new experience involving organs and human system. Take your over-weight friends here to show them a few reasons to start exercising. The exhibition illustrates damage caused to organs by over-eating and a few more bad lifestyles.

5. Bellagio
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Highlights: Botanical Gardens, Fountain Show, Gallery of Fine Art
I managed to catch the last fountain light show featuring USA National Anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner". I found myself returning to the Bellagio for more.
The botanical Gardens offers a leisure, calming free walk with countless surprises through anytime of year. It gets even better if you visit during holidays season: Christmas, Chinese New Year.

6. Caesar's Palace 
Highlights: Talking statues, the Colosseum 
In "Fall of Atlantis" show's, statues will be talking to each other. Even if you find this creepy, Caesar Palace is arguably the most beautiful hotel on the Strip. Come for the photos opportunities!

7. New York New York
Highlight: Roller Coaster
The Roller Coaster sends you up, twist around, hang you upside down and take a nose dive. Scream Pass starts from $25.00.

8. Mandalay Bay
Highlight: Shark Reef Aquarium
For $16, experience various types of fish, sea creatures and Sharks swimming all around you in a tunnel.

9. Paris Las Vegas
Highlights: Eiffel Tower Experience 
I assume that you are going to watch a show in Vegas. and I also assume that you will want a half-priced ticket so you will start queuing up at the ticket booth as soon as it opens! If that is exacty what you will do, buy a Eiffel Tower Experience for a discounted price too! Or, simply get your tickets at the Paris Vegas hotel. Tips: go at night.

10. Stratosphere 
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Highlights: Revolving Restaurant, the View, The Insanity, X-Scream, Big Shot
If you are a hotel guest, you are entitled to a free trip up to the top of the Stratosphere Tower. Things started spicing up the moment you set foot out of the lift. Feelin' adventurous? Jump on a ride at the top of the tower, or try skyjumping. Big Shot - Shoots you up into the air 1,081 feet above the Strip. X-Scream - A giant teeter-totter at the top of the Strip. Insanity- Spin you 64 feet over the edge.
If you are not the kind who enjoy living on the edge, dine in the revolving restaurant where you can witness jumpers diving off the side of the building, right pass the restaurant windows!

11. Aria Hotel
Highlights: The Gallery, the Lobby
The lobby of the hotel itself is impressive with a contemporary setting. The art display in the Gallery will not disappoint you either!

12. Flamingo Hotel
Highlight: Flamingo Habitat
Spend a leisure day at the Flamingo Habitat watching flamingo, koi and ducks and finally, some peace and quite!

13. Golden Nugget Hotel. 
Highlight: The Tank, World Largest Gold Nugget
This award winning pool, "the Tank" offers a mind-blowing opportunity to swim with the sea creatures. Take a ride through "the Tank" in a one of a kind secured waterslide.

14. Fremont Street Experience 
Photo credits to Matt
Highlight: Viva Vision, Fying fox, HeartAttack Grill, Street performance, Free Concert
When you are here, don't forget to look up! Vintage light and multimedia shows are displayed on the giant canopy above Fermont street nightly. Try the overhead flying fox if you are looking for a "quick" overview!

15. The National Atomic Testing Museum
This is an interesting museum to check it out on East Flamingo Road, especially when you have a son (all age).

16. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Prepare your camera! If you haven't been to one, check out the Madame Tussads Wax Museum in Las Vegas. I am not a fan, but it should be interesting especially for first timers.

17. The Mob Museum. 
This is a great museum especially if you are into History. The 3 floors of interactive exhibitions tell the story of the Mob history of America, with high-tech theater presentations and artifacts.

18. The Neon Museum Las Vegas
This is a local gem of the city. Come to see how Las Vegas used to be in early times.

19. ELVIS: The Exhibition
If you like Elvis, don't miss this awesome memorabilia collection of this legendary Entertainer!

20. Venetian
Highlight: Gondola Ride, The Grand Canal
Visit this upscale shopping mall, with various things to do: people watching, architecture seeing, window shopping.... After a long day walking, you can end the day with a Gondola Ride!

21. Las Vegas Premium Outlets
Highlight: Shopping
There are 2: The north and the south center. Go there by bus for a day of shop-til-you-drop Las Vegas style.

22. Vegas Indoor Skydiving
Highlight: Skydiving
Always wanted to skydive but you are afraid of height? Try the indoor skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel. Suitable for all ages.

23. Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Located 15 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, The motor speedway allows you to watch a race, people watch or even drive in some of the most exclusive race cars!

24. The Pinball Hall of Fame
Play a game of Pinball or one of your favorite games from 50s-70s, while explaining to your grand kids what it was like before iphones and internet! From $0.25 per game.

25. Kayak Trips 
Escape from the hustle and bustle of Last Vegas! Have a memorable day paddling the great Colorado River from the base of Hoover Dam (Yes, the one featured in "Transformers ") to Willow Beach.

26. Helicopter Tours
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This activity certainly don't come cheap but if you are doing this, I suggest a late afternoon/ evening tour when you can see the Grand Canyon in the best lights and return to Vegas after dark so you can view the streets with beautiful neon lights from high above the city!

27. Vegas Horseback Tours
Be a cowboy for a day! This tours include a Sunset Dinner, Lunch or Breakfast.

28. Red Rock Canyon.
This canyon is located on the western edge of the Las Vegas city limits. If you are a fan of rock climbing, this activity is possible year-round. It is "Free" if you have a park pass.

29. Strip Gun Club
Rent rifles, handguns and shotguns and go wild (legally)!

30. Get married
Step 1: Apply for a marriage license from County Clerk's Office.
Step 2: Wedding ceremony (in hotels or chapels), and that's it!
**Your Marriage licence is valid for 1 year.

31. Watch a show
Watching a show is a "must" in Las Vegas. No mater you op for a magic show, comedy, circus or musical, you will not be disappointed.
My choice: Cirque du Soleil 

Read more: Which Cirque du Soleil show should I watch?

32. Eat Buffet
To complete your experience, enjoy an international buffet in one of the Hotel on the Strip! Buffet+ shows combined tickets can be bought from the half-priced ticket booth.
My choice: Treasure Island

If you are interested in a lot of paid attractions mentioned above, check out the new Las Vegas Power Pass, good for over 25 attractions and tours.
What is Included?
Stratosphere Observation Deck, Madame Tussauds, Grand Canyon West Legacy.

Look there are so many things to do besides gambling! That's what you get for waking up in Vegas!

Thank You for Reading! 
This post is based on my opinion or personal experience. 
 If you have MORE SUGGESTIONS, feel free to share your thoughts with me by commenting below!

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