8 Incredibly Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas

8 Incredibly Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas

Here is a short list of some of the most fun and exciting things to do in Las Vegas. Pick your poison!

Hailed as the entertainment capital of the world, this city is alive and bursting with energy 24/7! There are about a million things to do in Las Vegas! Confused? Don’t know where to start with so many things to do? Here are some suggestions to give you a head start to F-U-N:

Hike, bike, or have picnic at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Appointed as a Nevada National Conversation Area, the 195,819-acre Red Rock Canyon gets more than a million visitors each year. It offers a stark contrast to sparkling Las Vegas. While people go to Las Vegas for the casinos, clubbing and take part in the vibrant nightlife, only 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock offers more than 30 miles of hiking trails, a 13-mile scenic drive, and outdoor activities such as biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing.

Hikes range from easy to strenuous, beginning with the .75 mile Fire Ecology Trail that runs out into Pine Creek Wash to the strenuous hike going all the way to Turtlehead Peak, where you get to admire sweeping views of the Red Rock Canyon from the peak. It may not be an easy climb, but is sure as heck worth it when you get to the top.

For an easy yet picturesque hike, consider the Lost Creek Trail. This "self-guided interpretive trail introduces many different features of the Mojave Desert at Red Rock Canyon, including petroglyphs, lessons of desert life, towering views, and a hidden waterfall in the canyon." Great for kids too!

The Red Rock Canyon Scenic Loop is located at 3205 State Route 159, Las Vegas, NV 89161.

Admission Fees:
$7 – daily car fee
$3 – daily motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian fee
$5/person in commercial vehicle

Hours:
November to February, 6:00-17:00
March and October, 6:00-19:00
April to September, 6:00-20:00
Open every day of the year

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Dive with Sharks at the Mandalay Bay

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This unique program is offered to guests of the Mandalay who are certified divers. For 3-4 hours, dive into the 1.3 million-gallon salt water tank, and swim with over 30 species of sharks, which is a "higher concentration of exotic sharks than you'd ever find in the wild." The different species of sharks including Sandtiger, Sandbar and White Tip Reef Sharks.

A video souvenir of the guide is included in the price. Which is great because, trust me, this dive is something you'll want to live through over and over again.

Rates are $650 per diver, or $1000 for two divers.

Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Hours: Limited reservations, available daily at 15:00.

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Explore the Shark Reef Aquarium

Over two thousand animals call the Shark Reef Aquarium home, including giant rays, piranhas, endangered green sea turtles, saw fish, jellyfish, and even the rare golden crocodile. This aquarium aims to educate the public about the underwater world, and at the same time, contribute to the research and conservation of these magnificent creatures.

And rest assured, animal lovers, the aquarium follows the highest standards of animal care and spares no expense in trying to provide a natural habitat similar to the wild. Shark Reef Aquarium is also committed to the conservation of natural resources, and is trying their best to reduce their carbon footprint with measures like recycling the water used in the exhibits, "converting exhibit lighting to LED, installing variable frequency drive motors on our pumps, sorting trash to divert for recycling and buying sustainable seafood."

Sea Monsters Revealed

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The Shark Reef Aquarium also plays host to Sea Monsters Revealed, which is hailed as the "world's largest exhibition of uniquely preserved sea creatures." It is a "collection of once living aquatic creatures" that are preserved using polymer via a revolutionary preservation technique called plastination. This technique makes it possible for aquarium visitors to study not only the outside anatomy of the magnificent animals, but also the inside. The largest creature is an 18-foot whale shark that weights approximately 3,000 pounds! Smaller creatures, such as a variety of tropical fish, octopuses and crustaceans, are also included in the exhibits. Other notable creatures are a giant sunfish, and a huge mako shark that measures up to 15 feet.

The exhibit aims to provide information to the public about the world's oceans, and a greater understand on how humanity affects the marine wildlife. It also aims to educate about the conservation and preservation of these magnificent creatures.

Animal Encounters Program

Get the chance to interact with our deep sea friends by taking part of Shark Reef Aquarium's Animal Encounters Program. Here you get to not only watch, but only touch and feed some of these magnificent creatures!

STINGRAY FEED

Stingray feeding pool at the Mandalay Bay

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Have you ever had a stingray swim up to you and take food from your hand? Here at Mandalay Bay, you can reach into the pool and feed a feast of krill, fish and shrimp to the fabulous resident stingrays and horseshoe crabs!

If you avail of this one-hour program, you get to enter the Shark Reef Aqaurium one full hour before the public! First, one of the Shark Reef resident experts will give you a private guided tour through the exhibits before you head off to have breakfast with the stingrays. Also included in the price are photos of this unique experience.

NOTE: You must be at least five years old to join this program. Maximum of four guests per encounter.

Regular Price:
Adult: $50 per person
Children: $40 per person

Annual Pass Holders:
Adult: $45 per person
Children (5-12): $25 per person

Hours:
Daily, 9:15am. Reservations required.

SEA TURTLE FEED

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Love turtles? (Who doesn't?!) The aquarium features an interactive sea turtle feeding program, where you get a chance to to feed these adorable 300 pound gentle giants—up close and personal! Squee! Don't worry, you will be guided by a resident Aquarist.

When you avail of this 45 minute program, you automatically gain admission to all other aquarium exhibits, where you get to meet all its other residents. The price also includes photos of you with the beloved turtles!

NOTE: You must be at least thirteen years old to join this program. Maximum of four guests per encounter.

Price:
$80 per person
$70 for annual pass holders

Hours:
Sundays to Fridays, 12:45p.m. Days and times are subject to change.

SHARK FEED

Have you ever seen sharks eat? Chances are probably not, unless you've worked alongside them. Come and witness the aquarium's interactive feeding program. Yes, you read that right: INTERACTIVE. The aquarium's resident experts will give you a behind the scenes tour on what they feed these toothy denizens of the deep, how the sharks' food is prepared, how they are fed, and information about shark behavior. When you're ready, try your luck at preparing lunch for the aquarium's resident zebra sharks, and feeding it to them with feeding tongs!

This hour long program includes admission to all the aquarium's exhibits. Photos of you feeding the sharks is included in the price.

NOTE: You must be at least thirteen years old to join this program. Maximum of four guests per encounter.

Price:
$80 per person
$70 for annual pass holders

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:15p.m. Times are subject to change depending on animal behavior.

Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

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Go shooting and blow things up!

Battlefield Vegas

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Ever dreamed of driving a tank over a car? Now you can! Battlefield Vegas offers the Tank Crush package, which would allow the guest to crush a car with an Abrams for $3500. Other experiences include firing a mini-gun for $199/one hundred rounds, or choosing one of their many themed packages with a wide variety of historic or ultra-modern guns. You can now fulfill your fantasy of being a World War II spy or a zombie apocalypse survivor. Fire away!

The guides here are all army veterans, and they will be the one to train you in the 25-yard indoor firing range, or out in the 200-acre desert training facility. You know you're in good hands with them!

Book now! Early birds (when you book by 9:30am) will get 15% off the package. Want to be picked up in a U.S. Military Humvee? Just call Battlefield Vegas two hours ahead!

Battlefield Vegas is hailed as the "number one attraction in the city" by Tripadvisor. Guess Las Vegas isn't only famous for its casinos, huh?

Battlefield Vegas
2771 Industrial Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone Number: 702-566-1000

Business Hours:
Daily, 8:30am - 7:30pm

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Blow It Up Vegas

Want to blow things up? Do explosives and firearms excite you? Then Blow It Up Vegas is definitely something you want to do!

Using a vast assortment of weapons - crossbows, grenade launchers, firearms - you can now blow up fruit, ballistic gel targets, even cars! Get to blow things up safely in the wide open desert, with no hassle of obtaining special permits. Satisfy your appetite for destruction!

Prices start at $299.95. Book an experience now at their website!

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Bullets and Burgers

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Bullets and Burgers offers the perfect adventure for the person who loves the great outdoors, shooting and burgers! Featuring a unique "Desert Storm" theme, guests get to fire specialty weapons, and basically just go crazy by shooting full auto with machine guns in the middle of the beautiful Mojave Desert. You can opt to sleep in military-style bunkers too for overnight packages!

There is a wide array of belt-fed machine guns, SMGs, 50-caliber firearms on Bullets and Burgers' gun menu. There is even an M203 Grenade Launcher that you can fire! The guides here are all certified ex-military firearms instructors, so you know they're fully-qualified to teach you how to handle these babies.

For more fun, exploding targets are also available for an additional $25!

Technically, the Bullets and Burgers' private shooting range is not located within the Las Vegas city limits. However, if you avail of a package, Bullets and Burgers offers a free pickup and drop off service to any hotel in Las Vegas. For an additional fee—and this is just so cool—guests can choose to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle of their choice, or a Corvette muscle car, and drive themselves to the range! Helicopter pick up service is also available!

Guests can opt for extras, such as zip lining, sky diving, or driving an ATV over the desert sands of the Mojave.

Whatever package you choose, you get to try the "World Famous All American Hamburger" (the burger is included in the package; other dishes and add-ons sold separately) at the World Famous Arizona Last Stop restaurant, located right on the range! It is "guaranteed to be the best burger in the world."

TIP: Guests who book online will receive "a free ride on the Guinness Book of World Record’s largest monster truck!" It is a modified limousine on giant truck wheels!

The Bullets and Burgers Corporate & Reservations Office
W. Tompkins Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Phone Number: 702-825-1411

Phone Number:
Daily, 8am - 7pm

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Get your heart pumping with one of these thrilling rides at the Stratosphere

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Head over to the Stratosphere Las Vegas to experience these four exciting activities!

Get yourself strapped into the Big Shot and get ready to be flung 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour! This would be a great opportunity to see the Las Vegas skyline at 1,081 feet up in the air. If you manage to open your eyes and look, that is.

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For an overwhelming experience, try Insanity. Imagine being up at 900 feet, seated in one of the “fingers” of a big mechanical “hand”, and its arm can extend out 64 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. Crazy enough? That’s not all. Your seat gets tilted down until your body is facing straight down! But you're rewarded with a beautiful view of Las Vegas twinkling like a jewel under you. That is, if you can contain your panic and stop screaming your head off.

Imagine being on a giant see saw, dangling high up in the air! The X-Scream will push you 27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. You will find yourself 866 feet above the Las Vegas strip! Then pulled back, and pushed over the edge some more!

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Lastly, and this is not for the faint of heart, walk to the edge of the Stratosphere Tower and JUMP OFF from 829 feet! The Skyjump is the Guinness World Record holder for “Highest Commercial Decelerator Descent.”

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower
2000 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Business Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays, 10am -1am
Fridays and Saturdays, 10am - 2am

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A Las Vegas Dinner Show

Cirque du Soleil

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What’s Vegas without a dinner and a show? It’s a classic combination to experience the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.

While there are literally hundreds of dinner shows in the Entertainment Capital of the World – singing, magic acts, acrobatics, you name it, they’ve got it!

One of the biggest acts is the Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical producer in the world. Their shows are a mix of circus arts and street entertainment, and, at the time of writing, they have 8 simultaneous productions in Las Vegas alone, all in the biggest hotel names.

Check out the shows, venues and schedules of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas at their website.

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The Penn and Teller Show

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Want to catch a magic act? One of the best acts around is the Penn and Teller Show, which is a mix of magic and comedy. Watch fire-eating showgirls, knife-throwing, disappearing acts that would leave you scratching your head at the end of the show on how they pulled off these tricks.

Catch Penn and Teller at The Penn & Teller Theater
Located inside the Rio Las Vegas
3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103

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Marriage Can Be Murder

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Among all the productions, one show that particularly stands out is “Marriage Can Be Murder,” a comedy-murder mystery dinner show. The show is an interactive experience, with lots of audience participation involved as the actors are secretly planted among the audience. It is hailed as “the longest running dinner show in Las Vegas.”

At the time of writing, Marriage Can Be Murder is running at:
The D Showroom
Located in The D Las Vegas
301 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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Go museum hopping

“Did I read that right?” you might wonder. Yes, you did! As the Entertainment Capital of the World, here in Las Vegas, museums are not stuffy, boring old places!

The Mob Museum

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Are you a fan of The Godfather? Al Capone? If you’re fascinated with organized crime, then you might want to pay a visit to The Mob Museum, or its official name, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.

Some of the more popular exhibits include Al Capone’s personal belongings, liquor smuggling during Prohibition, and the brick wall from the 1929 Chicago's Valentine's Day Massacre. You can also sit inside the museum’s movie theater and watch all your favorite gangster movie clips. Learn history that was never in your school textbooks!

The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Admission is $19.95

Business Hours:
Open daily, 10am - 7pm

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Burlesque Hall of Fame

The Neon Museum a.k.a. The Neon Boneyard

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Ever wonder what happens to all those bright, giant signs after an establishment closes down? Book a tour for The Neon Museum aka the Neon Boneyard, where all the signs go. This writer suggests the night tour, as it is hauntingly magical to be surrounded by all these signs from different eras, all lit up under the night sky.

The Neon Museum
770 N Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Admission is $18 for day tours and $25 for night tours.

Business Hours:
9:30am - 8pm

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The Titanic Exhibit

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Finally, travel back in time with the Titanic Exhibit. See over 250 artifacts recovered from the original shipwreck, be moved with the touching personal tales of the passengers themselves.

The Titanic Exhibit
Located inside The Luxor
3900 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Admission is $32

Business Hours:
Open daily, 10am - 10pm

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Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum

This small museum is located inside Emergency Arts near the famous tourist destination, Fremont Street. The Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum aims to preserve "the legacy of the burlesque world by exhibiting costumes, props, pictures and personal belongings" of some of the world's most famous burlesque celebrities who have entertained the world by dancing and shaking what nature (or medical science, in some cases) has—ahem— endowed them with.

The museum, staying true to to its objective, offers burlesque classes all year round with famed performer Cha Cha Velour, to make the art of burlesque an ongoing tradition. It also hosts scheduled performances, and every year, performers from all over the globe join in the annual burlesque competition hosted by the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum.

NOTE: Famed Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese is on the Board of Directors, so you know that this little museum here is the real thing.

Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum
520 Fremont St. #120
Las Vegas, NV 89101, United States
Phone Number: (888) 661-6465
Website: http://burlesquehall.com

Admission is free. Donations are very much welcomed.

Business Hours:
Wednesdays to Sundays, 12pm - 5pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

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Go to an amusement park or center

Adventuredome

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Spend a day in Adventuredome, a 5-acre indoor amusement park on the Las Vegas Strip. Ride the Canyon Blaster roller coaster, the world’s largest indoor roller coaster with a double-loop and double-corkscrew track. Go rock climbing at the Xtreme Zone, or play some golf at the 18-hole miniature golf course.

The Adventuredome
Located at The Strip
2880 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109.
Website: http://www.adventuredome.com/

Admission: $31.95 for an all-day ride pass.

Business Hours:
Mondays to Thursdays, 11am - 6pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-midnight
Sundays, 10am- 9pm

Lockdown

Lockdown is an escape the room game. The game started in the pre-war buildings in Budapest, Hungary, where old basements were converted to puzzle rooms. The game spread out and became popular throughout Western Europe in a mere few years. It was played by millions and Lockdown is now spreading out in the U.S. like wildfire. It's a great game that tests "your logical reasoning, mental finesse and intelligence with your friends and family."

Lockdown transports the player from the stresses of every day life and gives them an opportunity to "immerse themselves in a new universe." The game is not simply about solving the puzzle and escaping the room, it's about living in the moment and relieving every day problems, and at the same time, honing your mental facilities and observation skills when you focus on solving the puzzle, and enjoying the adrenaline rush when you finally conquer the room!

There are three rooms available in Lockdown, which changes from time to time. At the time of writing, the rooms and scenarios are, from the easiest difficulty level to the hardest:

HOSTAGE RESCUE
"Your best friend has been kidnapped. The police is moving too slow, you decide to take matters into your own hands to ensure your friends survival. The Hostage Negotiator reveals that the kidnapper demands 1 million dollars in order to release your friend. The deadline to fulfill his demands is 60 minutes. Your mission is to find the account number and wire the money before time runs out."

MOB BOSS
"Help the Don and his family – they will not forget the favor! There is a rat in the mafia who revealed the Don’s secret hideout to the Police. The Don managed to get away and was able to leave behind some traces and hints for you to use and figure out the true identity of the rat informant. You are the only one who can save the family before the police arrives. Discover secrets and do not lose track of the time."

CRAZY PROFESSOR
"In this game you find yourself in a secret lab full of strange inventions. A crazy professor has been conducting mysterious experiments – and discovered something that could change the world. What exactly are you looking for…? No time to think about it ! Within 60 minutes, you have to find your way through the puzzling track in thelaboratory before the self-destruction mechanism is activated. You better hurry!"

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Rooms are for 2 to 8 people. So bring your friends and family and experience the new phenomenon that is the Lockdown.

Lockdown
3271 Highland Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States
Phone Number: 702-998-8723
Website: http://lockdownrooms.com/

Admission: $35 per person

Business Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays, 12pm - 10pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm - midnight

Go clubbing

Tao

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Why not party your night away in one of Las Vegas countless nightclubs? There are many clubs featuring the best DJs and artists, just pick one and dance your heart out!

Among the many clubs, this writer would personally recommend Tao at the Venetian. Tao is huge, measuring 40,000 square foot, and is part nightclub, part beach club, and part restaurant. One may choose to dance at the nightclub, or chill with drinks at the pool area. And of course, the Pan-Asian food is to die for. Never a dull moment here.

Tao
Located inside The Venetian
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV, 89109

Business Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays, 5pm - midnight
Fridays and Saturdays, 5pm - 1am

Hakkasan

Located at the MGM Grand, Hakkasan is probably one one of the world's biggest and most expensive nightclubs. The entire nightclub measures about 75,000 square feet, and has 500 employees! Rumor has it that they have spent over 65 million dollars on famous DJs for the first two years! Well, the DJs spinning here are the best of the best, big names like Tiesto, Afrojack and Calvin Harris, for example.

Countless stairs connect this establishment's five floors, which features a massive dance floor, comfortable bar areas, and the Ling Ling Lounge, which allows club goers to escape the wild party and relax for a bit.

As one of the grandest nightclubs in the City of Sin, you can easily burn a hole through your pocket at here at Hakkasan. You could easily spend up to half a million dollars in one night by ordering the Dynastie Package, which includes nine bottles of 55,000-dollar champagne! Can't afford? How about the Zen Package at 12,000 dollars? It includes ten bottles of Dom Perignon, a bottle of Patron Platinum and two magnums of Grey Goose. This is also one of the few places where you can order The Macallan 1950, which is a 52-year aged, single malt whiskey that is really rare. One drink of this fine vintage can cost you up to 1,330 US dollars!

Hakkasan Las Vegas and Nightclub
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone Number: (702)891-3838

Business Hours:
Saturdays, 9pm - 4am
Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10pm - 4am
Closed on Mondays to Wednesdays

Sayers Club

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Music lover? Check out the Sayers Club, one of the best live music venues in Las Vegas. Sit on one of the comfortable leather sofas on an outdoor patio overlooking the Strip, and groove to the live performances by both new and acclaimed artists.

The Sayers Club
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Business Hours:
Thursdays to Saturdays, 10pm - 2am
Closed on Sundays to Wednesdays

Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps. Every corner brings something fun to do. Go ahead, be adventurous and explore! As they say, you only live once!

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