19 Places You Probably Missed on the Las Vegas Strip Map
One of the best-known streets in the world, Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as The Strip, is full of amazing casinos, huge hotels, and awesome attractions.
Even though Vegas is known for its gambling, shows, and dining options, there is so much more to see and do on The Strip. The Strip has a plethora of other attractions that you’ve probably never noticed on the map. These attractions appeal to visitors of all ages and include both free activities and those that cost a little extra money. The next time you’re in Vegas, take a break from the slots and check out these little known, but totally awesome, places.
For Animal Lovers
Dive with the Sharks
At the south end of The Strip in Mandalay Bay, the Shark Reef Aquarium is the home to over 100 sharks, including 15 different shark species. Even though it's hundreds of miles from any salt water, the Shark Reef Aquarium has a Dive with Sharks program where certified divers can swim with the sharks. During the program, divers interact with more than 30 exotic sharks in one spot, a larger concentration than anywhere else in the world.
Along with the dive, you’ll get a tour of the aquarium, a video of your dive, and orientation with a dive guide. Afterwards, shower and dress in a private room and head back to The Strip to continue your Vegas adventures. You’ll also get four tickets for your guests to get into the aquarium and watch your dive and enjoy the tour as well. Along with being currently scuba certified, divers must also be at least 18 years old.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: Aquarium open Sunday through Thursday, 10:00am to 8:00pm and Friday and Saturday, 10:00am to 10:00pm. Dive times available daily until 3:00pm.
Prices: $650 for one diver, $1,000 for 2 divers booked together.
Dolphin Trainer for a Day
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage hotel and casino, but you might not know that you can be a dolphin trainer for a day there as well. The habitat is home to Siegfried and Roy’s famous white tigers, and also houses white lions, white leopards, and bottlenose dolphins. Unlike other dolphin swims or interaction programs, as a trainer for a day, you’ll get to shadow a real trainer for several hours, doing everything they do to care for the animals.
You’ll get to play and interact with the dolphins, assist in training them, help feed and care for them, and even get in the water to swim with them. Your trainer will answer all your questions about dolphins and show you around the habitat. After your experience, check out the rest of the habitat that includes an interactive dolphin show and knowledgeable guides to answer any questions you have about the animals.
3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Monday -- Friday: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Prices: Starts at $495 per person; General admission is $22 for an adult All-Day Adventure Pass and $17 for kids ages 4 to 12
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
When you think of the Las Vegas Strip, exotic definitely comes to mind. At the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, you’ll find an exotic attraction, but not in the way you probably think. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat features a flock of Chilean flamingos that you can view in natural green surroundings. The 15-acre habitat also features waterfalls and streams. Other animals that call the exhibit home include swans, ring-tealed ducks, sacred ibis, Koi fish, brown pelicans, hummingbirds, and turtles.
While there, you can get your picture taken with the habitat’s parrots, as well as take advantage of the beautiful scenery for other photo opportunities. Every day, you have two chances to watch the caretakers feed the two brown pelicans. The habitat is a good choice for visitors of all ages and provides an affordable option for visitors on a budget. Thanks to the Flamingo’s central location on The Strip, the habitat is great place to stop as you explore the casinos up and down South Las Vegas Boulevard.
3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: Daily: 8:00am to dusk; Pelican Feedings: Daily: 8:30am and 2:00pm
For Adrenaline Junkies
Sky Jump at the Stratosphere
Not for the faint of the heart, the Sky Jump at the Stratosphere Hotel takes you on a scream-inducing freefall from the 108th floor. The Stratosphere sits at the north of The Strip and provides amazing views at the top of Las Vegas and the surrounding deserts. The brave, or crazy, take those views to the extreme and try Sky Jump, a controlled fall from the top of the Stratosphere to the ground.
You must be 14 years or older to jump and anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian to sign a waiver. Other requirements include being at least 52 inches tall and under 265 pounds. Guests of the Stratosphere hotel get a $20 discount off the cost of the jump; just show your room key when you book your jump. You can add a photo package to your jump, as well as wrist video camera, so you can re-watch your freefall for years to come.
2000 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Hours: Sunday -- Thursday: 10:00am to 1:00am
Friday and Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00am
Prices: $119.99 per jump; Jump photo package is $129.99 and Jump photo and video package is $149.99
Zombie Apocalypse Store
The end of the world may or may not be imminent, but if you want to be prepared anyway, check out the Zombie Apocalypse Store. While not technically on The Strip, it’s only a few blocks away and definitely worth a stop, especially if you’re big into the whole walker craze. The store sells all kinds of prepper merchandise including first aid kits, food kits, and knives and swords. You can even check out the online store if you want to purchase more after you return home.
If you don’t take the zombie apocalypse threat as seriously, still head into the store for some awesome photo ops and to check out the zombie merchandise. You are sure to find just the perfect gift for your zombie-obsessed friends. You can also sign up to go on a zombie-shooting experience. During the hunt, you’ll go to a zombie-infested area and shoot down the hordes of walking dead with real (paintball) guns lead by special op agents.
3420 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Hours: Monday -- Thursday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Friday -- Sunday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Prices: Free to look around; shooting experience costs $114 for one person, $223 for two people, and $432 for four people
Voodoo Zip Line
Located just off The Strip, the Rio Hotel and Casino is home to the Voodoo Zip Line, a heart-thumping ride for visitors of all ages. The ride sends two people down on a tandem zip line, which spans between the two towers that make up the Rio resort. You'll ride down on a seat reminiscent of a two-person ski lift, buckled in by only a seat belt. Before your ride, you'll get to enjoy amazing views of Vegas from the 51st floor of the Rio.
The ride starts at 500 feet in the air and goes forward and then backward. Riders must be 48 inches tall to ride and the maximum weight between the two riders cannot be more than 450 pounds. If you purchase tickets online, it's good for up to six months from the date you purchase. You don't have to make reservations for your ride, just show up and check in. The Rio then texts you when it's your turn to face the death-defying ride.
3700 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV
Hours: Daily: Noon to midnight; 21 and over only after 7:30pm
Prices: $27.49 per person per ride
For a view of the Las Vegas Strip you won’t get anywhere else, check out the Mandarin Bar inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Located in a prime center-Strip location, the Mandarin Bar features three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, giving you unparalleled views up and down The Strip. The bar sits on the 23rd floor of the hotel and is open late and into the early morning hours if you want to keep the party going. The bar’s mixologists are experienced in creating unique drinks or pouring your old favorites.
Reserve a table online or over the phone if you want to be sure to have a table the night you want to go. The bar serves a selection of small plates and tapas to complement your food. Popular appetizer choices include beef oxtail croquette, foie gras and chicken liver pate, chicken satay skewers, kobe beef sliders, and antipasto plates. Drink specials include The Golden Leaf Mandarin Martini, Pama-Lychee with pomegranate and lychee flavors, and the cucumber and cilantro margarita with Milagro Reposado tequila.
3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Monday -- Thursday: 4:00pm to 1:00am
Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm to 2:00am
Sunday: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan
With no actual name and no signage, the secret pizza place at Cosmopolitan hotel and casino is easy to miss. Located down a dark hallway on the third floor of the Cosmo, the restaurant serves up hot pizza slices for an affordable price. All the slices are New York-style and the plain cheese sets you back only $4.50. Extra toppings are 50 cents each. Thanks to its location close to Cosmo’s dance club Marquee, it’s the perfect stop between drinking and dancing.
The secret is out now on this spot, so you might have to wait for your slice, but it’s worth it. Grab your slice and sit on the couches outside the other restaurants to eat it before you move onto the next fun time. If you want something to help wash down your pizza, order a $6 glass of wine, served in a plastic cup straight from a box of wine. The restaurant also serves beer if that’s more your drinking style.
3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tuesday -- Thursday: 11:00am to 4:00am
Friday -- Monday: 11:00am to 5:00am
Prices: $4.50 for a cheese slice, 50 cents extra per toppings
Strip Food Tours
Once only known for it's shrimp buffets and low-cost steak dinners, Las Vegas has become a mecca for foodies with amazing restaurants run by world-renowed chefs. The Walking Gourmet Food Tours company runs the tours daily that check out some of The Strip's best food options. Along with learning about the restaurants and bars on The Strip, you'll get to hear about the history of Las Vegas from the knowledgeable tour guide.
The tour takes three to four hours and travels up and down The Strip, visiting five to six restaurants and eateries. Along the way, you'll get to taste appetizers, entrees, cocktails, and desserts, getting two to three tastings and a pairing at each stop. Several specialty tours are available including the Dine and Shop 'Til You Drop Tour that combines eating and shopping and a Culinary Mystery Tour where you visit different surprise restaurants.
500 North Rainbow Boulevard Suite 300, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Hours: Tours daily at 2:00pm
Prices: Start at $199 per person
For Budget Travelers
The Auto Collections at The LINQ
Even car buffs will find something to do right on The Strip at the Auto Collections. Located mid-Strip at The LINQ hotel and casino, the Auto Collections is open for buying, selling, trading, or just drooling over the 250 classic cars on display. The showroom houses the cars in over 125,000-square-feet of space on the fifth floor behind the LINQ. The showroom is open to the public and while it’s free to look, prepare to dish out big bucks to purchase.
The collection includes Johnny Carson’s 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan and President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 Lincoln Continental Towne Limo, which also carried Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Chief Justice E. Warren, and Lee Iacocca. Other vehicles on display include a 1923 Ahrens Fox Fire Truck, 1963 Chevy Nova Memorial Race Car, and a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Prototype. You’ll also get to see automobile memorabilia like vintage gas pumps.
3535 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Hours: Monday -- Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Prices: Free to browse
Eiffel Tower Experience Locks on the Bridge
Couples looking for a romantic date night in Vegas should head to the Paris hotel and resort for the Eiffel Tower Experience. While there, couples can head up into the Eiffel Tower for amazing views of The Strip and a little taste of Paris. The Eiffel Tower also has a restaurant where you can enjoy the Parisian scenery while dining on French cuisine. Many a couple has also gotten engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by romance and the lights and excitement of Vegas.
In 2014, to celebrate the real Eiffel Tower’s 125th anniversary, the Eiffel Tower Experience in Vegas started Locks on the Bridge, just like the custom seen all over Europe. Per the custom, a couple writes their names on a lock, attaches it to the bridge leading to the Eiffel Tower Experience, and throws the key into the canal to seal their love forever. Any couple can add their lock to the bridge free of charge and commit their love for all eternity.
655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Monday -- Friday: 9:30am to 12:30am
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am to 1:00am
ARIA and Crystals Water Features
The ARIA hotel and casino has taken a necessity of life—water—and turned it into an art form. The ARIA, as well as the Crystals Shops next door, showcases several water sculptures and art installations that you can see just by walking through. WET, the company responsible for creating the Bellagio fountains and the Mirage volcano, created the water features. The first fountain, Lumia, is located right when you come into ARIA and features twisting ribbons and large arcs of water, as well as neon lighting during the day and night.
Nearby is Focus, a curved wall that is 250-feet-long and 24-feet-high where the water falls down over textured stone. The Latisse water feature is near the casino entrance and consists of two-story-high walls with water flowing down the sides. At the Crystals mall, you’ll see a display of carved ice pillars that constantly change, called Glacia, as well as Halo, a collection of clear tubes with water spinning through them. Even better, it’s all free to look at, making for a very affordable thing to do on The Strip.
3730 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
KISS Monster Mini Golf
Even if you’re not a huge fan of the classic rock group KISS, you’re sure to still have a rockin’ good time playing glow-in-the-dark putt-putt surrounded by KISS memorabilia and décor. Located just off The Strip, across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel, the KISS Monster Mini Golf course includes 18 rock-and-roll holes that are fun for visitors of all ages. You can even buy KISS items and memorabilia to take home with you from the official merchandise store on site.
Throughout the month, the attraction sponsors various special events to make your experience even more fun. Past events have included Paul Stanley Day where visitors who gave their best Paul Stanley impression were given a free beer or a discount on a round of golf. Other events include karaoke nights; solo guitar, bass and drum contests; and tattoo contests with prizes for the best KISS tattoo. If you’re ready to commit to your significant other, check out the Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel and exchange your vows officiated by a Gene Simmons look-a-like.
4503 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Hours: 10:00am to midnight
Prices: 18 holes of mini golf for $11.95 per person
Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Forum Shops
Known for its high-end retailers and restaurants, the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace also has the Fall of Atlantis. The animatronic attraction includes fire, water, and nine-foot-tall talking statues. The story revolves around King Atlas and the rivalry that develops between his offspring when deciding who will take over the throne. Along with huge statues, the show includes heat and sound waves, 20-foot winged dragon, and Hollywood-caliber costumes and props.
After the free show, check out all the shops including retailers like Burberry, Fendi, and Gucci. You can also grab a meal at one of the many restaurants, ranging from casual to gourmet. While at the mall, you can also check out the 50,000-gallon aquarium that’s full of over 300 saltwater fish. If you time it right, you can also catch sight of divers feeding the fish.
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Sunday -- Thursday: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00am to midnight
Shows play every hour on the hour
Mac King Comedy Magic Show
Not all the excitement on The Strip happens at night; you can find fun activities to do during the day, too. The Mac King Comedy Magic Show puts on one heck of a show right in the middle of the day. The family-friendly and appropriate-for-all-ages show takes place twice during the afternoon, at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Each show is different, so you can see it over and over again and get a different experience every time. The shows are also affordable, making this a great choice for an afternoon out in Vegas.
The show encourages audience participation where show-goers get to help with the tricks. Mac, wearing his can’t-miss plaid suit, also entertains with jokes and other fun stories. His classic magic tricks integrate ropes, worms, and playing cards. The show happens in the Main Showroom at Harrah’s, located right on The Strip. After the show, check out some of Harrah’s family-friendly restaurants like Flavors The Buffet, Ice Pan ice cream shop, and the Fulton Street Food Hall.
3475 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Show Times: Tuesday -- Saturday, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Prices: Tickets start at $40.90
For Outdoor Fun
The Boulevard Pool Ice Rink
Even though it may not get a white Christmas, the Las Vegas Strip still gets in the holiday spirit at the Boulevard Pool Ice Rink. Located at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the Boulevard Pool goes from summer pool party hot spot to winter wonderland complete with ice skating. When you’re not skating, warm up around the fire pits, sip on hot cocktails, and enjoy warm s’mores. Thanks to the pool’s rooftop location, you’ll take in amazing views of The Strip as you spin around and around the rink.
This family-friendly attraction rents skates for those who didn’t bring their own and also has skating aids available to rent for younger skaters, or those who just need an extra hand! Throughout the holiday season, the rink sponsors theme nights. Themes include Monday Date Skate with holiday movies playing on the nearby marquee, Wednesdays with a live DJ, and Throwback Thursday where you skate to music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Monday -- Friday: 3:00pm to midnight
Saturday and Sunday, open 24 hours
Prices: $15 for all-day skating access, $10 for locals; bring your own skates or rent a pair for $5 per person; skating aid rental is $10
Wynn Golf Course
Nestled among all the neon signs, exciting casinos, and huge hotels, sits the lush and green 18-hole golf course and Wynn Golf Club. Amateurs and experienced golfers alike will enjoy the challenging holes of the par-70 course designed by Tony Fazio and Steve Wynn. The course is open to both hotel guests and the general public and has hosted numerous PGA and LPGA tournaments. Course landscapes include waterfalls, streams, and forests, making you feel like you’re nowhere near the lights and noise of The Strip.
You’ll want to reserve a tee time, however, as the course is popular, being the only one on The Strip. Hotel guests can reserve a tee time up to 90 days in advance and non-guests can request a tee time up to 30 days in advance. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring your own clubs; the club provides free Callaway clubs and Foot Joy shoes. Professional caddies are also on hand to help you navigate the course. Other amenities include stocked beverage carts, warm-up area, putting green, short game practice area, and locker rooms.
3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: Varies depending on the season
Prices: Weekdays: $300 to $500
For Souvenir Seekers
Photo and Go Fotobar
In our society of instant gratification, we want what we want and we want it now. The new Photo and Go Store located in the LINQ Promenade, gives customers just that. Thanks to the Photo and Go shop, you can not only post your favorite Las Vegas pictures to Facebook and Instagram, you can also get prints made in minutes. You can also take your photos and make wood, metal, and canvas pictures, as well as magnets, throw pillows, blankets, puzzles, phone and tablet cases, and photo books.
If you download the Photo and Go app, available on iOS and Android, you can print your pictures from anywhere and pick them up in the store. The store also has a Polaroid museum, where you can trace the steps of the camera and how it’s become such an important part of our social lives. Also, check out the photo and video booths, so you can get pics of you and your friends enjoying your time in Vegas.
3545 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Sunday -- Thursday: 10:00am to midnight
Friday and Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00am
Prices: $5 admission to the Polaroid museum
Bonanza Gift Shop
Claiming to be the "world's largest gift shop", the Bonanza Gift Shop on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip is hard to miss with its huge sign but is still a well-kept Vegas secret. It sits between the Stratosphere and the SLS Hotel and occupies over 40,000 square feet of retail space. The store sells a wide variety of souvenirs, from coffee mugs to keychains to t-shirts. You're sure to find just the right gift to take home to your friends or buy for yourself as a reminder of your amazing time in Vegas.
Even if you aren't a souvenir shopper, you'll still want to stop by just to see all the crazy items in the store like miniture slot machines and giant novelty hats. The prices are inexpensive too; you'll be able to afford to take something home to all your friends and family. You can also purchase "adult" items, snacks, and beverages, and play the slots located in the store.
2440 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Hours: 8:00am to midnight
The next time you're in Vegas, check out these lesser-known attractions on The Strip that provide fun and excitement for all ages and interests. From free activities to pricier attractions, you're sure to find something to fit your budget that you never knew existed in Las Vegas.
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