‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.’ Sure! But the memories created last for a lifetime. Be it doing things at a cheap rate or even for free, with your partner, with your kids (yes, your kids), etc. Here are a couple of things to put in your Las Vegas Bucket list. Las Vegas may have earned the Nickname, ‘Sin City’, and a stereotypical image of casinos, nightclubs, and numerous forms of adult entertainment. Kudos to media for typecasting the city. Las Vegas does offer something for family adventures too. Check out our comprehensive things to do in Las Vegas list to plan your travels.
Things to do in Las Vegas With Family
1. Adventuredome Theme Park
If you miss this, you lose the point of having ‘family fun.’ Adventuredome is situated behind ‘Circus Circus.’ It provides free entry to all. Rides are available to visitors of all ages. The Theme Park is open from 10 AM to 12 AM. Apart from the thrill rides and roller coaster, Adventuredome hosts fair games, arcades, miniature golf, and a 4-D movie adventure. If you’re looking forward to spending a whole day at the ‘happening’ theme park, it is advisable to get an ‘All day Ride Pass.’
2. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Shark Reef Aquarium takes visitors on a journey through an ancient temple slowly being claimed by the sea. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay provides an ‘all sensory experience.’ Encounter with rare and dangerous sea creatures. The Shark Reef Aquarium hosts over 2000 animals of over a hundred different species featuring fifteen species of sharks. They have over 14 exhibits. The largest and main attraction is the shipwreck, which is about 1.3 million gallons.
It hosts sharks and fishes and gives visitors a 360° view of the exhibit. To have a more interactive session with the sea creatures, the visitors can deploy themselves into the Touch Pool, where they can touch sharks, rays, and horseshoe crabs. The Aquarium hours start from 10 AM and ends at 10 PM (timings subject to change). Last admission, one hour before closing. The Interactive sessions will be open between 9:30 AM to 10 PM (subject to change). Last admission before 30 minutes before close. Tickets can also be booked alone.
3. Witness Las Vegas show
Mystère by Cirque du Soleil has survived the test of time for over twenty years. Their 80-minute show will knock your socks off with breathtaking performances and humorous acts. This show is advisable for children above the age of 5 years. 8-year-olds will especially love these types of shows. Mystère by Cirque du Soleil has its very own YouTube channel too, which could pose as possible spoilers so don’t watch it if you want to make the best out of live show. The tickets are available online, and the schedule is subject to change. Jabbawockeez – this hip-hop dance crew has moved into the theater scene.
At the MGM Grand, they perform their new show, JREAMZ, Journey Within, wearing their iconic white masks. Their choreography and synchronization will leave you gapping at their performance. Their show tickets are available online. And once again, the schedule is subject to change. Mac King – is an award-winning magician. His most eccentric and mind-blowing trick is ‘Pulling out a live Goldfish out of mid-air’. His show is very audience-driven, which helps in keeping them engaged without allowing them to get bored. The afternoon show starts at 1:00 PM, and at 3:00 PM from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Tickets are available online and are priced at $34.95 or are available at the venue Harrah’s Showroom At Harrah’s Las Vegas.
Things to do in Las Vegas for Couples
1. Luxury Helicopter Ride over the Strip
It all begins when they sweep you off your feet with a swanky limousine pick up from your hotel. You’ll then be driven to the helicopter terminal while you and your partner enjoy a glass of complimentary champagne. A luxurious 6-seat ECO-Star helicopter awaits your arrival. The helicopter soars the Las Vegas skyline. Fly over the casinos and resorts of the Las Vegas Strip, from the New York-New York skyline to the Bellagio fountains and the 315,000-watt light beam of the Luxor pyramid. The Bellagio, Stratosphere, and Fremont Street Experience are all visible through a bird’s eye view. The flight departures are between 6 PM and 11 PM.
During this time, you can gain exclusive experience of the overwhelming lights and excitement of Sin City. It takes approximately 2 hours on average. You can treat yourself to the view for 8 minutes, which will be worth it. Tickets cost $95.99 and are available online. Please note that the timings of the flight are subject to change due to weather factors.
2. Stratosphere Adventure Rides
At more than 900 feet above terra firma, they’re all beyond wild. Five insane rides will challenge your guts and if you’re daring enough, you’ll ride them. A bucket list worthy destination for those who love experiencing crazy rides.
High Roller – disarms all other Ferris wheels that you have tried before. It stands at 550 feet in height, 520 feet in diameter and travels at 30 km/h. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. It is highly recommended to hop on this ride during nightfall. The ride is open from 11:30 AM to 2 AM. The ride will cost you $48, but you can avail discounts by buying tickets on the Groupon website.
Big Shot is a hydraulic free-fall drop tower, 160 feet in height. It is probably the gentlest of the bunch. Travels at about 45 km/h. Experience a gut-wrenching 4Gs on your way up and negative Gs on your way down. May the G-force be with you. After the drop, you’ll bounce up and down the mast three times. After “floating” back to the base, you’ll feel so giddy and energized that you can’t stop giggling. The ride begins at 10 AM and continues up to 2 AM. The price of the tickets is subject to change. Insanity – Insanity is a giant mechanical arm that 64 feet over the edge of the tower. It holds you 900 feet above ground level and takes you for a literal spin at the force of three Gs. Your body will then be tilted at an angle of 70-degrees holding you in a straight down position.
The angled ride will give you the view of the bustling downtown of Las Vegas. The ride is open from 10 AM to 2 AM. The ticket prices are subject to change. ‘XScream,’ the name of the ride is a wordplay on the word ‘extreme.’ This ride catapults you headfirst 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Magnetic brakes stop the vehicle at the end of the platform. You would then dangle weightlessly like a water droplet on the end of a thread, at the height of 109 stories. It then snaps back into the tower for more. The ride is open from 10 AM to 2 AM. The cost of the tickets is subject to change.
SkyJump ride holds the Guinness World Record for highest commercial decelerator descent with an official height of 829 ft. The way this plays out is simple. You are required to wear a harness suit, which is attached to a pulley system. You walk over the edge and jump off. It eventually slows down as you reach your landing spot. This ride is open between 10 AM to 2 AM. And prices are once again subject to change.
3. Try Cocktail Shrimp At Du Par’s
If you and your partner are foodies, you must put the world-famous Cocktail Shrimp at Du Par’s on the top of your Last Vegas bucket list. It is a blend of ocean shrimp and cocktail sauce served in a sundae glass. The Cocktail Shrimp will set you back by a mere $3.99. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, which means that you can hop by anytime!
Things to Do in Las Vegas for Free
1. Bellagio’s Symphony of Fountains
Las Vegas claims this to be one of the most ambitious and sophisticated water fountains. The fountains dance over a thousand times in front of the resort. The display is engaged by the ethereal lighting and sound that will leave you mesmerized. The display stretches over a thousand feet and reaches a height of 460 feet. Sounds unbelievable? That’s the reason you should see it in person. The fountains sway to tunes ranging from delicate and whimsical to grand and commanding. On Saturdays and holidays, the displays commences every 30 minutes from 12 PM to 8 PM And every 15 minutes, from 8 PM to 12 AM. On Sundays, every 30 minutes from 7 AM to 11 PM and every 15 minutes between 7 PM to 12 AM. From Mondays through Fridays, every 30 minutes from 3 PM to 8 PM and every 15 minutes from 8 PM to 12 AM. So find yourself a cozy spot and get pulled into a trance. You should have this on your bucket list.
2. Visit CBS Studios
CBS located inside the MGM Grand Hotel Casino provides an opportunity for visitors to be a part of the decision making the process. By simply picking up free tickets at the entrance and finding yourself a comfortable spot in one of the six private screening studios. You get a chance to rate and register your opinions. If reviewing television series is your thing, put it on your cheap things-to-do bucket list. And be a contributor to the CBS network. You can also pick up their merchandise. They are open from 10 AM to 7 PM.
3. Experience the thrill of Pinball
Get your troupe to the World’s most extensive collection of Pinball Machines. It is a primary attraction for kids. On East Tropicana, just a few miles from the Strip, you can find this museum dedicated to the game of Pinball. Each machine costs $0.25 to $1. Plunge yourself in some Pinball and help yourself by putting this up on your budget bucket list. They are open from 11 AM to 12 AM. Free parking and admission is available. There are change machines but no ATMs. Gamers should have it on their bucket list.
4. Harrah’s Piano Bar
Spring to life at night time. Harrah’s piano bar serves the best entertainment with dueling pianos, interactive shows, and Karaoke. There is a two-drink minimum, which may sprite up your spirit. Drinks are stinky cheap here in Las Vegas. They’re open from Sundays to Thursdays between 2 PM and 1 AM. On Fridays and Saturdays from 12 PM to 4 AM. So, let loose. Las Vegas need not be seen through a horse’s eye mask. It provides a host of events inclusive for everyone and always presents a spectrum of experiences.