Las Vegas is known for its gambling and all-night partying, but there is more to Vegas than those two things! This post will show you the top 10 activities in Las Vegas, things to do at night, family-friendly attractions, and suggestions for what to do after dark.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN LAS VEGAS
This section contains our list of the top 10 things to do in and around Las Vegas, Nevada. It includes tours, entertainment, attractions, and dining suggestions.
(1) Go on a Sightseeing Tour
One of the best ways to see more of Las Vegas than the main strip, and to get more insider information, is by taking a tour. Enjoy the commentary during a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour from Big Bus Tours and you’ll know just where you want to spend more time on day two!
If you want to wait until the cool of the evening to explore the Las Vegas Strip, then the Big Bus Night Tour is perfect for you.
If you’re a foodie, you might want a local to show you where all the best eats are on this Secret Food Tour.
If you're looking to get to know the city on a budget, take a look at the pay-what-you-like tours available in Las Vegas here.
(2) Find Your Vegas Team Spirit
Las Vegas is home to an abundance of games, and not all of them are in casinos. If you’re a sports fan, there is probably a game you can enjoy while you’re in town.
- Las Vegas Golden Knights - Hockey (October - June)
- Las Vegas Raiders - Football (September - December)
- Las Vegas Aces - WNBA (October - April)
- Las Vegas Aviators - MiLB (April - October)
- Las Vegas Lights FC - Soccer (March - October)
For some college sports, Las Vegas has two nearby Division I teams.
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels - NCAA Division I
- College of Southern Nevada CSN Coyotes - NJCAA Division I
You can find all the sporting events in Las Vegas here.
Many of these games are played in the evenings and after dark. For more ways to find nighttime activities, check out the section below.
(3) Visit the Free Fountain Shows
The Bellagio Hotel Fountains are, of course, famous worldwide for the 460-feet-tall water jets and dancing lights that are synchronized to over 30 different songs. This 5-minute show at the Bellagio lake is best viewed from the edge of the water but also from the sky bridge outside of Bally’s and the Mon Ami Gabi restaurant’s porch.
Perhaps just as impressive is the volcano eruption at The Mirage. They boast the tallest fireballs in the city. Brace yourself for the explosions - when the volcano erupts there is lots of fire, water, light, and music!
And don’t forget the Lake of Dreams at Wynn! This indoor waterfall features over 4,000 lights, holographics, fog effects, and puppets to go along with the music.
Looking for more free activities? Check out the free things to do section below.
(4) Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
If you’re a fan of the famous, head over to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas to see the music artists, sports stars, and superheroes.
The life-size wax figures cover the most famous celebrities so you can take your picture with Celine Dion or Elvis! Sports fans can pose next to Babe Ruth.
And the kids will love getting up close to The Hulk!
(5) See More with a City Pass
See and do more by purchasing a Las Vegas City Pass that will give you entry into multiple attractions, and discounts to even more. You can get bulk discounts with set packages or build your own, depending on what you want to see.
Some of the attractions included in the city passes are:
- Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour
- Big Bus Night Tour
- High Roller Observation Wheel
- Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
- Madame Tussauds
For more information on Las Vegas city passes, check out our comparison post here.
(6) Check out the Pedestrian Zones
Of course, Las Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without the casinos! But between all the casinos (sometimes connecting multiple casinos) are multiple pedestrian zones with attractions and sights you won’t want to miss.
Fremont Street has a little bit of everything. You can find a zipline and free shows here. Check the events calendar to see if a big-name artist is playing for free on one of the three open-air stages.
The Viva Vision light shows light up the ceiling every night.
The LINQ Promenade is also home to an exciting zipline, as well as the High Roller observation wheel. You can also find virtual reality experiences, gourmet cookies, dining options, and retail stores.
(7) Fly LINQ Zipline
If you’re already close to the LINQ Promenade, check out the Fly LINQ zipline. You can zoom over the heads of pedestrians on the street below while in an upright seated position or on your stomach superhero-style.
Anyone 40” inches tall can ride! Riders under 13 years old must have an accompanying rider with them on the zipline who is 13 or older.
(8) Find Live Music and Entertainment
Las Vegas is synonymous with entertainment. One of the things they’re well known for is their live music.
Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee is a Las Vegas staple with his Elvis impersonation. His tribute shows happen at Harrah’s Piano Bar multiple times a week!
But there are all genres of Las Vegas shows. Blue Man Group gives a unique sound and visual performance as not-quite-a-band and not-quite-dancers.
You can find all of the concerts and magic shows happening in Las Vegas here.
(9) Explore the Las Vegas Food Scene
You definitely won’t go hungry in Las Vegas.
One of the more well-known chains in the area that always seems to have a line in the drive-through is In-N-Out Burger. They have loyal fans wherever they put in a new location!
If you’re looking for somewhere to sit down for a while, Born and Raised is a local sports bar with excellent made-to-order dishes and large screens on which to watch the game.
El Dorado Cantina is another restaurant open 24/7 and serves upscale Mexican cuisine.
And don't forget there is always a local ready to show you the best foodie spots in Vegas on a Secret Food Tour.
(10) Play Pinball for Charity
The Pinball Hall of Fame and Museum is open every day from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm and completely free to enter. You might want to have a stack of quarters on hand if you want to play one of the games, however. (Don’t worry, they have machines that will change your cash for coins!)
The Pinball Museum is completely non-profit, so all proceeds are donated to the local Salvation Army.
The kids will love starting up a family tournament with all the vintage pinball machines! Find more family-friendly activities below.
FREE THINGS TO DO
Staying under budget doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the fun in Las Vegas. Here’s a list of our top 10 free things to do.
Our Free Things to Do in Vegas post has even more ideas for the budget-conscious traveler.
- See the Bellagio fountains.
- Watch the Mirage volcano erupt.
- Find all the displays of the City Center Fine Art Collection.
- Enjoy the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden.
- Stroll down colorful Fremont Street.
- Watch a Big Elvis show at Harrah’s Piano Bar.
- Car lovers can tour the Shelby Heritage Center.
- Teleport to Venice at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
- Find free gambling lessons.
- Celebrate New Year's Eve every night with the Swarovski Starburst drop.
For more inspiration, check out our Free Things to Do post.
THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT
Las Vegas is known for its nighttime party and gambling culture, but there are plenty of other things to do at night in this beautiful city, and here is our top 10 list.
For more things to do after dark in Vegas, take a look at our Things to Do at Night post.
- Soar above the crowds on the Fly LINQ Zipline.
- Find a Las Vegas show like Cirque du Soleil.
- See a sporting event.
- Check out the casinos.
- Rid the Big Apple Coaster at night.
- See everything from the High Roller Observation Wheel.
- Enjoy the 24/7 restaurants along the Strip.
- Join the free street party at Harrah’s Carnaval Court.
- Explore what Chinatown has to offer.
- Watch the Lake of Dreams at Wynn fountain and light show.
To see everything there is to do at night, check out our full post.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO
Las Vegas has plenty of family-friendly activities. Here is our top 10 list of things to do with kids.
You can find more details and family-friendly activities in our full post on things to do with your kids.
- Watch a mermaid swim at the Silverton Aquarium.
- Visit the Bellagio Botanical Gardens.
- Be a hero at Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
- See one of the Las Vegas fountain shows.
- Ride an Adventuredome Theme Park ride.
- Attend a sporting event, like a hockey game.
- Taste Coca-Cola from around the world.
- Explore the LINQ Promenade.
- Have fun at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas.
- Play at the Pinball Hall of Fame.
Find even more things to do with your kids in Las Vegas on our full family-friendly post.
THINGS TO DO BY MONTH
This section lists our posts that contain suggestions for activities and events happening in Las Vegas by month.