Gone is the days when Las Vegas was the realm of mobsters, cigarettes and just gambling. Now Vegas has attractions for everyone making it the one-stop location for anyone who wants to have fun. With world-class dining, race-car driving and even exploding fountains, visitors will always find something to do and never have a second of free time to relax. However, for those who are looking for something off the beaten path that isn’t always advertised, here’s a few fun things you or your guests might not know about.
10) Dive with the Sharks
If going out into the ocean and looking for random sharks that may want to eat you isn’t your thing, but you want a little excitement in your life, Diving with the Sharks at Mandalay Bay might be the thing for you. While it’s only available for certified divers, it’s a great experience for anyone who wants to get up close and personal with a shark that isn’t at a poker table.
9) Neon Museum
This non-profit attraction has been around since 1996 storing Las Vegas neon signs for anyone who wants to see them. While some people might consider it a junk yard, they consider themselves a collection of signs that show the past of Las Vegas’ history. While you can’t go and play amongst the signs, you can however get a guided tour that will result in a lot of really cool photography.
8) Discovery Children’s Museum
While you can’t abandon your kids here while you go to a strip club, it’s a great day with the younger members of your family. This amazing building contains everything from a 3 story interactive climbing “summit” with different experiments to Water World, where kids can learn about the movement of water, how it can power different things and have a blast getting a little wet.
7) Dig This Vegas
This is an adult sandbox with full sized adult toys. If you’ve never actually works on a construction site, you now get the opportunity to use real construction equipment to move real earth, and not get paid for it. Don’t worry, you’ll get some hands on training and safety instructions to make sure you don’t take one of their three ton diggers onto the strip to rob a casino.
6) SlotZilla Zip Lines
Slotzilla is a zipline that will shoot you across one of the most iconic parts of Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience. If you’ve never seen some of the stranger characters in Downtown Las Vegas, you can now see them from above and not worry about being asked for money. While it may seem a little unsafe to be propelled flying across drunk tourists, we have been assured no one has been seriously injured yet and that it’s quite safe.
5) Race Car Driving
If you’ve always wanted to drive a $300,000 car as fast as possible and not wreck it, here’s the place for you. Exotics Racing of Las Vegas is a unique racing club in Las Vegas that allows anyone to rent a car, and with a certified expert instructor, learn to drive almost as fast as possible up to 155 Miles Per Hour. You can drive a Porsche, a Ferrari or even a McLaren 570S, and if you’re lucky, get a video of you screaming terrified around the corners.
4) KISS Mini Golf
While at the time of this article, the KISS Mini Golf is closed, it’s in the middle of a move to the Rio-All Suite Hotel. The new KISS By Monster Mini Golf location will be a 13,000 square-foot “KISS themed” attraction that showcases an indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed, rockin’ 18-hole miniature golf course filled with state-of-the-art video & animatronics, and never-seen-before KISS props. The environment will be filled with arcade games, a special event room, a colossal sized KISS and rock ‘n roll gift shop, and a rock ‘n roll wedding chapel with themed wedding packages. In addition, a live DJ will rock the house, throughout the days and many “Crazy, Crazy Nights” with continuous KISS music, trivia, contests and prizes creating a place embraced by locals, tourists, and rockers of all ages.
3) Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Once owned by the infamous Howard Hughes, this 520 oasis was once a working ranch and luxury retreat. It’s usually about 15 degrees cooler than the Strip and is a wonderful half a day trip for the family. The park has a lot to offer the visitor in terms of a picnic area with lush green grassy pastures, and , a variety of hiking trails. However, the highlight of any first visit to the park, whether it be for one hour or all day must include a tour of the ranch house. The New England style farm house, built by Chester Lauk (of Lum and Abner radio fame) in 1948, sits” majestically on a small rise with a commanding view of the ranch and the surrounding sandstone cliffs.
2) Do a Foodie Tour
“The best restaurants are known for their signature dishes, I figured to have the best meal in Vegas you should visit multiple restaurants and enjoy those dishes. Most people are overwhelmed with all the restaurant options and don’t want to gamble on an overpriced meal, we’ve made it fun to experience many of the best restaurants all in the same night,” Donald Contursi of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Told us recently. Eat at some of the best restaurants on the strip including Bardot and Hexx.
1) Join the Circus
Just got done with a Cirque Du Soleil show and need a little more excitement? Yes, Vegas can always make you feel like a whirlwind of excitement and fun, but you can really get thrown around at the Flying Trapeze Experience in Las Vegas. It’s not for the faint of heart, because at the end of your session you’ll actually be doing really circus tricks including a “release and catch” which has nothing to do with Vegas cougars.
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