There are some many things to do in the Las Vegas area that have nothing to do with eating, drinking or gambling.  Many of these activities are free.  Some will cost you dearly.  And, if you are willing to take a day out from the city itself, there are natural attractions all around you.  Here’s a few things you may want to consider:

  • If you go to Vegas, people will ask if you if you if you “saw a show.”  And, while the old fashioned Vegas extravaganza is all but dead and gone, there are still dozens of big time shows.  Whether you take in one of the popular Cirque shows like Love or O, check out a big name musical artist like Aerosmith or Lady Gaga or opt for something a little naughty like Absinthe or Thunder Down Under, expect to shell out in excess of $100 for a ticket.  The Half Price ticket booths can save you up to 50% but not on the most popular shows.
  • Several of the free shows are a must, particularly for a first time visitor.  The Bellagio Fountains are almost universally regarded as the the most impressive show in town, paid or free.  Don’t miss It! The Fremont Street Experience is a multimedia presentation, combining popular music with an eye popping light show and is Downtown’s biggest draw.  And don’t forget the one that started it all:  the volcano at the Mirage.
  • For some visitors, the biggest and best attraction in town is the shopping.  In addition to two major outlet malls, located near Downtown and south of the Strip, Vegas has plenty of other places to spend money the old fashioned way.  For high end purchases, check out Crystals at City Center and the shops at Bellagio and Wynn.  For more affordable options, try Miracle Mile Shops and the Fashion Show Mall.  Somewhere in the middle are the Grand Canal Shops and the  Forum Shops, both worth seeing, even if you aren’t planning to buy anything.
  • More of a thrillseeker?  There are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline rush around town.  The biggest has got to be bungee jumping off the Stratosphere Tower.  At over a 1000 feet in the air, It’s a nice little free fall.  There are a three other rides up on the tower that either shoot you high in the air or dangle you over the edge.
  • Ziplines are the big thing nowadays, with a new one opening up at the Linq Promendade.  The one on Fremont Street is somewhere between a rush and a thrill but the one between the towers at the Rio has that “kind of unsafe” look that will definitely test your nerves.
  • If you must ride a roller coaster, the one at New York New York will shake you up and good.  There is also one inside the amusement park at Circus Circus.  Or you could take a drive down to the State line and ride the Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s.  It has a drop of over 200 feet, one of the taller coasters in the United States.