7 Activities You Might Never Think To Do In Las Vegas

7 Activities You Might Never Think To Do In Las Vegas

Las Vegas isn't just about gambling! Check out this list of other fun activities you can do in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is known for its casinos, hotels, bars and party scene, and it surely lives up to that reputation, but if you find yourself looking for activities other than playing on the casino floor or hitting up the city’s nightlife, Las Vegas also offers a wide variety of activities that will make your trip to the desert worth it. In this list we share with you seven fun activities you might never think to do in Vegas:

Go to the Circus

A photo of a performance at Circus Circus by Jeremy Andrews on Flickr.com

Giving the opportunity for a grand experience for kids and kids-at-heart, Circus Circus Las Vegas is a hotel and casino opened in 1968. Its Carnival Midway area features circus acts, such as trapeze artists and magicians, and a large selection of carnival games where visitors can win prizes. The circus act performances can be seen for free every day starting at 11am. Carnival games vary in price.

Midway at Circus Circus is a must-visit for families. The selection of games and free performances are enjoyable and exciting for all ages. If you’ve ever been to a circus, keep in mind that the performance area is quite small compared to outdoor circus spots, so it’s best to be early for the acts to get good seats.

Another tip for spending time at Midway is to have a set maximum number of games per person. Normally, each carnival game is pay-per-game, per person, so your expenses will add up if you don’t keep this in mind. However, don’t let that fact take over your trip. Try not to think about expenses to the point that you can’t enjoy the circus anymore!

Go on a Theme Park Adventure

A photo of Adventure Dome by Nestor Ferraro on Flickr.com

Billed as America’s largest indoor theme park, Adventure Dome is also located at Circus Circus. Its operation hours depend on the season, though normally it is open from 11am to 6pm on Mondays to Thursdays, 11am to 9pm on Sundays, and 10am to 12am on Friday and Saturday. Visitors can pay per ride. Rates differ depending on the ride, ranging from $6 to $12, and there are all-day passes available for adults ($31.95) and children ($17.95).

A good thing about Adventure Dome is it has junior rides and family rides to cater to younger visitors and not-so-adventurous guests. However, there are very few of these, so it might not be worth it to get the all-day pass if you are with small children. For a list of all the rides at Adventure Dome, check out their website.

A day at Adventure Dome is recommended if you have individuals in your group who are keen on rides. Keep in mind that there are height requirements for some rides, so this activity might be best for older kids. Overall, the Adventure Dome is fun for adrenaline seekers.

Learn More About Your Body

“Bodies In Las Vegas” sounds like a typical thing to be found in the entertainment capital of the world, but it truly is out of the ordinary. It is actually an exhibit at the Luxor Hotel, open from 10am to 10pm with general admission at $32. The exhibit features thirteen real bodies and even more organs, which have been preserved. It provides a look at how our bodies and organs look like inside of us.

Individuals with a healthy curiosity for science will enjoy the exhibit. It’s a very interesting showcase of what we deal with everyday but rarely see—the inside of our bodies. The premise itself is fascinating, and witnessing the exhibit first hand is an experience that generates awe.

On the other hand, you should note that the experience is not for the squeamish or easily frightened, since guests will be exposed to actual bodies and organs, it can be disturbing for some. But, if you think you can handle it, go for it!

Ride a Gondola

A photo of an outdoor gondola ride by Elvin on Flickr.com

The Venetian is a luxury hotel and casino resort that draws inspiration from Venice, Italy. With replicas of Venetian landmarks, it features an indoor Grand Canal lined with shops. Guests have the option to take a gondola ride for $18.95 per person. Each gondola seats four, but if you want a romantic trip, you would have to pay $75.80 for a private 2-seater ride. Outdoor gondola rides are also available along a lagoon outside of the hotel.

Talk about unexpected experiences in Las Vegas! This one is definitely a unique activity available at the Las Vegas Strip. If you have some money to spare on your vacation, you should consider taking the ride, particularly if you are on a romantic trip.

However, if you think the price is too much, then that’s okay. There’s actually a free activity you can do at The Venetian. Take a stroll inside the hotel and you will surely enjoy the Venice-inspired interiors, especially the fascinating blue sky inside. If you are a fan of shopping, there are plenty of stores inside The Venetian to check out.

Visit a Chocolate Factory

If you have ever fantasized about large batches of chocolate, it is worth noting that Ethel M Chocolates has its factory just outside (around 10 miles) of the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors can take a self-guided tour from Monday to Thursday anytime between 10am to 4:30pm. The viewing aisle allows a look at how their sweets are made by chocolatiers and machines. The tour is free, and after, guests can create and buy their own boxes of sweets.

This activity definitely hits the sweet spot for chocolate and sweet lovers. If it will be your first time visiting a chocolate factory and seeing how chocolate is made, you will have an awesome time. Note though that sometimes the factory has not-so-busy hours, so it might not be bustling all the time.

The best tip for this activity is to schedule it on a day you want to get away from the light and noise of the Strip. Even though you might chance upon a slow day at the factory, the chocolate and sweets you can buy are definitely worth it. Another great tip is that after the factory tour, you can stroll through the factory’s three-acre botanical cactus garden with more than 300 types of cactus.

See Over 5,000 exotic fish

A photo of the Silverton Aquarium by Marie Grace on Flickr.com

It’s weird to think about the sea and sea creatures when you’re in the desert, but right in Silverton Hotel, which is a few miles off the Strip, is an 117,000-gallon aquarium. The aquarium doesn’t charge an entrance fee and is open 24 hours. It showcases over 5,000 exotic fish as well as mermaids that interact with the fishes and the people outside the tank.

If you need a break from the Strip, heading over to the Silverton Hotel is worth it just to relax and see the variety of fish. The mermaids also add a nice touch to the experience. Visitors may also have the chance to witness the feeding, which happens a few times a day. Visiting the aquarium is recommended for groups with young children, as they seem to be the ones who enjoy the attraction the most.

Another great factor of the aquarium is its location. The hotel itself boasts a wide selection of dining options when your group gets hungry. It also has a Bass Pro Shop connected to the casino.

One other location that features marine life is the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, which features around 2,000 animals in 2 million gallons of seawater. The Shark Reef is located at the Strip itself and is open from 10am to 10pm. General admission costs $16.

Check Out Some Wildlife

A photo of flamingos at Flamingo Wildlife Habitat by Jenni Konrad on Flickr.com

Flamingo hotel and casino opened in Las Vegas in 1946. Today it is home to a wildlife habitat open daily from 8am to dusk. The habitat features exotic birds, fish and turtles, flamingos, swans, koi fish and pelicans. Viewing the habitat is free.

Indeed this is a one-of-a-kind activity on the Las Vegas Strip. Aside from the wildlife, the scenery itself with flowers, plants and water features is interesting and beautiful. It is enjoyable for nature and animal lovers of all ages and just about anyone who likes looking at and taking pictures of pretty scenes. Trust me, there are so many photo opportunities at the wildlife habitat.

This is one of my favorite experiences in Las Vegas, because it is fascinating to have this relaxing natural space in the middle of all the action at the Strip. It is the perfect place to take a breath and collect yourself before stepping out again into the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Vegas: Not Just Casinos

Yes, the typical image that you will think of when you hear “Las Vegas” is one of hotels, casinos and nightlife, but it definitely is more than those things. There are a lot of unique experiences to be had at the Strip and its neighboring areas, so don’t think that all the fun times you will spend in the city of vice will have to spent at the casino floor.

Who would have ever thought that you could go to the circus in Las Vegas? Or see thousands of marine species in the middle of the desert? The list above shows the activities you never thought to do in Las Vegas, and it proves to not judge a tourist spot by its stereotypical attractions. It’s always a good idea to learn more about your destination before heading over there for a vacation. If you want to learn more about what Las Vegas has to offer, visit our website regularly for more information.

Sure, the typical image you think of when you hear Las Vegas is one of hotels, casinos and nightlife, but it has so much more than those things. There are a lot of unique experiences to be had at the Strip and its neighboring areas, so don’t think that all the fun times you will spend in the city of vice will have to be spent on the casino floor.

Who would have ever thought that you could go to the circus in Las Vegas? Or see thousands of marine species in the middle of the desert? The list above shows the activities you never thought to do in Las Vegas, proving not to judge a tourist spot by its stereotypical attractions. It’s always a good idea to learn more about your destination before heading over there for a vacation. If you want to learn more about what Las Vegas has to offer, come back to Daring Penguin regularly for more information.

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