There are so many things to do in Las Vegas, it's hard to know where to begin. The Strip is always a good starting point, but don't be afraid to venture away from it. We'll keep our Las Vegas area recommendations grouped on this page by geographic part of the city: North, South, East, West, and Mid-Strip. (If you go North to South, we have them in the order that you'll find them on the Strip.) We'll also give you some casinos in the area so you have a "marker" to help you get your bearings. Maps/Directions are there, also, to help you along.  If you need more information, jump over to our Questions page and post a query, or a comment. We appreciate it.

 

"Be a traveler, don't be a tourist." Anthony Bourdain

FREE Photos (various locations): - iSnap photo booths have begun popping up at several locations in Las Vegas. They have been confirmed at the Palms, and downtown at The D (First, at the end of the Long Bar) (Second, by the Sigma Derby machine). They are also at several other MGM properties such as MGM Grand (First, in front of the Rain Forest Cafe - right off the escalator, behind the stairs facing Centrifuge bar) (Second, at the entrance to the food court across from the Sugar Factory on the way to the pool),  New York-New York (First, by the entrance to Nine Fine Irishman) (Second by Il Fornaio Baker outside the Century Tower by the escalator) (Third at Coyote Ugly), Luxor (on the mezzanine level and the lobby) and Circus Circus. The Linq has one by the entrance to the Flamingo, underneath the folded leg of a pink flamingo (you'll know it when you see it-it's big) The new location for Harley-Davidson of Las Vegas has one in the main showroom (in the middle of the showroom). When you find the kiosk, pose and push the button.  If you don't like the photo, take another one, it doesn't cost you anything. If you like the photo, you can send it to your e-mail account, send it to a friend's e-mail (with a message), or post it to Facebook. The kiosks operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Also, Burger Bar at Mandalay Place has a photo booth that will take four photos of you (and friends) and e-mail them to you. It's on the left side of Burger Bar, between BB and Hussong's Cantina, you'll see the bar in the rear of the little hallway. 

A Great First Visit Tour: First trip to Las Vegas and kind of overwhelmed by it all? THIS sounds like a great tour and is priced from $49.99/person (seasonally adjusted). The tour departs from Bally's Box Office Entrance Bus Ramp and only lasts around 3.5 hours (at night). You'll see many of the classic Las Vegas sights and stop at Fremont Street, the Mirage, the Fountains of Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign, The Golden Nugget. Your guide highlight the attractions and insider tips. Your guide will also show you the best vantage points to take memorable pictures. This would be a great chance to do many things it took some of us several trips to accomplish.

Al Fresco Dining - There are many places to enjoy dining outdoors in & around Las Vegas. A lack of insects and a great climate help make it a great way to eat and, in many places, people watch. The only caveat is to make sure you cover up during the hottest times of the year so you don't get a sunburn. Here's a list of places to eat, their location,and a link to their menu. Enjoy!
Strip:
9 Fine Irishmen at New York-New York (MENU)
Mon Ami Gabi (MAG) at Paris Hotel & Casin (MENU)
Margaritaville at Harrah's (MENU)
Cabo Wabo at the North entrance to the Miracle Mile Shops (MENU)
Stripburger at Fashion Show Mall (MENU)
Olives (Patio) at the Bellagio (MENU on linked page)
Bouchon at The Venetian(MENU on linked page)
Country Club Grill at Wynn (MENU)
SW Steakhouse at Wynn (MENU)
Downtown
Triple George on 3rd w/Complimentary Valet Parking at Downtown Grand (MENU)
The Patio at Carson Kitchen on 6th (MENU) Parking around the John E Carson Hotel or Valet at El Cortez

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North (Aliante Station, Stratosphere, Wynn):

Las Vegas Motor Speedway - LVMS or their Track Tours
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North - DIRECTIONS
If you like anything motor sports, chances are it has a track at the LVMS. From NASCAR to NHRA they have it all at this 1500 acre facility (yes, it's huge!). You can take out a racing Ferrari, drive a stock car with the Petty Driving Experience (just below), or just go through the souvenir shop. A riding track tours is available and is the best way to see this huge complex for a very reasonable price. Track tours are $8 for adults or $6 for Seniors (over 55), Military, Children under 12, or Nevada Residents. To verify the availability of tours on the day you'll be there, be sure and call the Gift Shop at 702-632-8260. NOTE: Shelby American has moved from their location at LVMS. You'll find their listing below at the South listings by Shark Reef.

Richard Petty Driving Experience - RPDE at LVMS
Here's THE original NASCAR driving experience. You can choose from a Ride-Along experience, where you're the passenger and a professional driver takes you around the track for some high speed laps, or the full Driving Experience, where you get to experience the thrill of driving a NASCAR race car around the track. The Ride Alongs are 3 laps ($79.00 or $159.00) and the Experiences are 8 laps ($499.00 or $549.00), 18 laps ($899.00), 30 laps ($1,349.00), or 50 laps ($2,699.00). Ride-Alongs are offered between 9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. on most days, but be sure and check their track schedule HERE. Before heading to the track, call 1-800-237-3889 to confirm dates/times as things may change at the last minute.
If NASCAR is not your speed (or if it is and you want to try something else), take the American Muscle Car Challenge. You can drive the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Challenge's
data acquisition system will measure acceleration, braking efficiency, cornering
capability and top speed to let you know how you did in each vehicle. For only $199, this is not a bad deal. (AMCC DOES require reservations.)

Exotics Racing at LVMS.
If you've ever wanted to drive a Ferrari, Lamborghine, Porsche, Mclaren, Nissan GT-R, or many others, this is the experience for you. You can take your choice of vehicle on their 1.2 mile course with 7 turns and get up to 110-130 mph (depending on driver experience and the car chosen). They also offer high-speed a ride along if you want to experience the thrill, but not do any of the driving. Find their current listing of vehicles and prices HERE. Suncoast Hotel & Casino offers a package with a 1 night stay (Sunday - Thursday) and your choice of one of the listed adventure packages on the page.

Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides
Here are attractions that are definitely not for the faint of heart. The Skyjump, Insanity, X-Scream and the Big Shot are located 1,150 feet above the ground at the top of the Stratosphere. The Skyjump will drop you from the 108th floor to the ground. You've been warned!

A beautiful Ford customized by Count's Kustoms and on display in The Count's private collection. 

A beautiful Ford customized by Count's Kustoms and on display in The Count's private collection. 

Count's Kustoms
2714 S. Highland Drive (Use the Presidio Avenue driveway to get to the showroom-follow the signs pointing the way off of Highland) (Map Page)
Danny "Count" Koker started as the auto consultant on Pawn Stars, then he branched out into his own show "Counting Cars". Now you can go visit Danny's private collection at his shop, with a price of FREE. On his website you can view the vehicles that were a part of last season's Counting Cars show and view his current shop projects. The showroom housing his collection is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Chances are, you'll see Scott, Kevin, Roli, Horny Mike, or at least one of the show regulars. Danny's bar and grill "Vamp'd" features Tuesday night viewings of "Counting Cars". Check the bar's events page HERE to see if one is going on while you're there.

Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet - This is different from the usual Las Vegas fare, but they have been in business for over 27 years, so they're doing something right. They also have 34 vendors that have been on site for 10-27 years, that's a sign that they must be a reputable place. Who knows, your spouse might be occupied and you need something to do and this will probably be an interesting way to spend an afternoon. You never know what goodies await, if you don't at least give it a try. They are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. and admission is $1.00 (and they have a 2 for 1 coupon on their "About Us" page). Located at 1717 S. Decatur Blvd on the corner of Decatur and Oakey (MAP).

AdventureDome
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
This indoor theme park is available weekdays from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (10:00 A.M. to Midnight Friday/Saturday & 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Sunday - Check the calendar page, as it does seasonally change). It costs nothing to walk around, but there is a charge for the individual rides. This is the home of the Canyon Blaster Roller Coaster and the recently opened El Loco Roller Coaster. See a list of rides HERE. Prices are $6/$9/$12 for the individual rides or an All Day Ride Pass is $31.95 (48 inches tall or taller) and $17.95 (Under 48 inches tall). There is also a $2.00 off the All Day Ride Pass Monday-Friday for Nevada ID holders.

Battlefield Vegas
2771 Industrial Blvd. (Behind Circus Circus) (Map Page)
Battlefield Vegas offers over 350 fully automatic machine guns and weaponry dating from WWI to current NATO weapons that would've been used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Battlefield Vegas offers 15 "Experiences" that include the period weapons. From "Defending Stalingrad" with its Soviet Era weapons to "Black Ops-Gamer Experience" with Special Forces weapons, they have it ready for you. Prices for the Experiences are posted on the website. You'll also have the opportunity to take pictures on 25 military vehicles and aircraft from a WWII Willys Jeep to a Huey helicopter used in Vietnam. They're open 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday - Sunday. Be sure and check out the mini-gun that's available for rent (200 rounds in 1.3 seconds!)

Dig This
3012 S. Rancho Drive
Perhaps you've looked at a big Caterpillar D5G Bulldozer or a Caterpillar 315CL Excavator and thought, "I'd love to try that one day". Well, your day has finally arrived. You'll have a 90 minute session inside one of these big "toys" after some in-cab training, safety orientation and a Breathalyzer. You can dig a trench, stack 2,000 lb. tires or play "Bucket Basketball". The full explanation can be found here.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Drive
If you want to try skydiving, but don't want to go up in a plane and don't trust a parachute, then this is the place for you. Built in 1982, they say they are the first indoor skydiving facility in America. A DC3 propeller, powered by a 1200 hp electric motor is the fan in their 22 foot tall by 12 foot across vertical wind tunnel. The tunnel has a mesh trampoline floor with foam padded walls. Each visitor gets a brief training class, suits up in the necessary flight gear, and then jumps into the tunnel to fly.  You can expect the entire experience to take about an hour. Vegas Indoor Skydiving is open from 9:45 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. and they are located right off the strip between the Wynn/Encore properties and the Riviera Casino behind the Peppermill. They also have some money-saving coupons on their website.

West (Palms, The Orleans):

Pole Position Indoor Karting Raceway
4175 South Arville Street - MAP
Indoor karting - a fun time and without the oppressive desert heat beating down on you. Not an expensive way to enjoy yourself either. They offer "Arrive and Drive" pricing at $25 per race for a standard race without a reservation. Pole Position opens daily at 11:00 a.m. and they close at 11:00 p.m., Midnight on Friday & Saturday. They also offer discounts for members and a racing season pass that is good at all seven of their locations across the U.S.

Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd. at US 95 - MAP
This area is a nature lover's paradise. Rent a bike and ride their 3.65 miles of trails, meander through 110 acres of native habitats, enjoy the Origen Museum, wander around the 8 acre botanical garden, or walk through the 70,000 sq. ft. Nevada State Museum. There's quite a bit to do here. Ticket prices are on a resident/non-resident basis and get you into all attractions (except special events) including the Nevada State museum. The pricing matrix can be found at this link.

Angel Park Golf Course
100 South Rampart Blvd (Directions/MAP)
We're not golfers, but we have heard from LVFB members that this a nice place to play. The Las Vegas Review Journal Readers Poll voted it "Best of Las Vegas" for 14 out of the last 15 years. Play on the Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay designed Palm or Mountain Course, or just go for a round on one of their two natural grass, 9-hole putting course (lit for night play). The putting course rate is $5 including putter rental and two golf balls. If you're 17 and under or 65 and over, the putting course is only $4. Take a look at the scorecard and layout of the 18 hole course HERE. Find a listing of Greens Fees HERE along with their special "All In" Package. Find their Hours of Operation for all of their facilities HERE. Angel Park also offers a convenient golf shuttle, and you can find out about it HERE.

Mid Strip (Bellagio, Paris, Caesars): 

Venetian - Madame Tussauds
The well-known wax museum is one of the more visited attractions in Las Vegas. It opens at 10:00 a.m. 365 days a year. Tickets are $29.95/$35.95 for adults and $25.95/$19.95for children (7-12 years old) with a 20% discount on advance ticket sales (in parenthesis above) with no booking fee. There is also an online ticket for locals for $14.98 (Adult) and $9.98 (Children 3 - 12) There are also $ saving coupons in many coupon books you'll find. Order your copy using our Amazon click-through. Or, click HERE for a $10.00 off coupon (on full price admissions) for up to 9 people (using your mobile device). Also, check Tix4Tonite when you get to Las Vegas. Tussauds has recently added a 360 degree "4D" cinema attraction along with a display of Marvel Super Heroes (yes, you can take your photo with them, also). This new attraction is included with your general admission price. To read about this exhibit, go HERE

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino - Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Enter this 28,000 square-foot immersion into the world of The Avengers and give yourself access to an array of intelligence files, classified studies and experiments that explore the history and scientific origins of The Avengers while training to become an agent of S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network). Open from 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. (Last admission at 9:00 P.M.). The tour is expected to take about 50 minutes, unless you're a big fan, then it will surely take longer. The Transformers display will be open on the second floor, while The Avengers will be on the third floor. YouTube video of the exhibit can be found HERE. Pretty cool looking! Tickets are:
        $34.00 Adults
        2-For-1 Admission for TI Guest w/ID and Room Key
        20% Off Adult Price for Active Military/Students/Seniors with Valid ID
        20% Off Adult Price for Clark County Locals with valid ID
        OR $5.00 Off Coupon HERE
        $24.00 Children 4 - 11
        Children 3 & Under FREE (Must be accompanied by adult)

The Mirage - Yoga With Dolphins
The spa offers a 1-hour morning session of stretching, breathing and dolphin poses. You'll practice yoga with the dolphins in the underwater viewing area. The class takes place at 8:00 A.M. & 9:00 A.M. Friday-Sunday and is $50 per person and all skill levels are welcome. Space is limited, so you must make a reservation first and you must make the reservation through the Mirage Spa. Just call 702-791-7472.

The Linq - Harrah's/The Quad/Flamingo
This is the new Caesars Entertainment retail/dining/entertainment complex, and is located between the Quad, Harrah's and Flamingo.
Anchored by the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel, which has finally opened. Each of the 28 cabins in the High Roller can hold as many as 40 people, has seating for 12 on padded benches, video screens and stereo sound. The cabins will travel approximately one foot per second, with a complete revolution taking around 30 minutes. (A fact sheet is available HERE). There will be Wheel Weddings available, and you can get your reverend, flowers, portable bar, and hold a reception at the events center at the High Roller. Tickets are:

Daytime Ride: $25.95 (between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.)
Nighttime Ride: $34.95 (between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.)
One Day Flex Pass: $44.95 (any time during the day you choose)
Three Day Flex Pass: $54.95 (ride one time during the three day window you choose)
Express Pass: $59.95 (any time you choose and skip the line)

There will also be an events center there with a capacity of 60,000. The inaugural event was an ACM Party for a Cause festival. You'll also find 30 retail shops in their 300,000 square foot retail complex

Another entertainment choice at The Linq will be Brooklyn Bowl, which will have 32 lanes of bowling and concerts along with fantastic food and drink. Go to our Concerts page and Brooklyn Bowl concerts will be in the list.

Harrah's - Big Elvis
The Associated Press has called Big Elvisone of the "5 things to do when you visit Las Vegas" and Time magazine has called him one of the top 10 Elvis impersonators ever. He is called Big Elvis because he weighed 960 pounds (they would weigh him at the main post office mail scale) in 2005 and is down to 500 pounds now. Everyone who sees him is impressed. Go see for yourself at Harrah's piano bar Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. He has three shows: 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. FREE!

The Linq - Auto Collection
Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday on the fifth floor of the parking garage (125,000 enclosed and air conditioned sq. feet), and featuring 250 unique vehicles. You'll see antique, collectable, movie cars, and specialty cars that are all for sale. You can get a free ticket here and save the admission charge of $8.95 (or $5.00 for seniors and children). They also have a pretty good gift shop. Drivers Talk Radio has a YouTube channel featuring vehicles found in the Auto Collection. Click HERE to go to their page and take a look at some of the vehicles you'll find, if they've not rotated out by the time you get there.

Rio Zip Line  - The Voodoo Skyline will run from the 50-story Masquerade Tower to the 20-Story Ipanema Tower about 400 feet above the ground. After you reach the end of the 845 foot run you will be transported -backwards- to the starting line via a motorized pulley system. Ticket prices are $27.49 (plus a service fee). You must be 21+ years old to experience this ride after 7:30 P.M.. There will also be a reservation system coming online to reduce wait times.
If you enjoy this type of experience, go to the "Downtown" section of this page to see the upcoming Slotzilla zip line, and go to the "Beyond the Strip" page to check out the Bootleg Canyon runs.

Bellagio - Conservatory
The Conservatory, in addition to the Bellagio Fountain, is probably the most popular "to do" in Las Vegas. These beautiful displays are changed with the seasons and holidays.  You can go back every time you return to Vegas and you'll never see the same display twice. The flowers are beautiful and there are intertwined elements (fountains, bird houses, dynamic displays) to make this one of the most visited parts of the Strip. The best thing, it's FREE! If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, you can click on THIS LINK which will take you to an EarthCam that shows you the current display.
The 2017 schedule of displays is:
Spring Celebration | Mar 11 – June 4
Summer Garden Party | June 10 – Sept 9
Harvest Show | Sept 16 – Nov 25
Holiday Show | Dec 2 – Jan 6
Bellagio - Fountains
Besides the conservatory, this is probably THE most popular Las Vegas attraction and it's completely FREE. It's a great relief in the day to stop and watch the show and to take it easy for a few minutes. The schedule:
Monday - Friday
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. show every 1/2 hour
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. show every 15 minutes
Saturdays and Holidays
12:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. show every 1/2 hour
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. show every 15 minutes
Sundays
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. show every 1/2 hour
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. show every 1/2 hour

Bellagio - Fine Art Gallery
The gallery is open 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with last admission at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary tour is available at 2:00 p.m., with purchased ticket. Ticket prices are $18 General Admission, $16 for Nevada residents and Seniors 65 and older, $16 for Students, Teachers, and Military. Children 12 and under are FREE. LOCALS NIGHT every Wednesday from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M., residents with a valid Nevada ID get in for $14.00
The next exhibition, runs from March 31 - September 30, 2017. The exhibit is titled: I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali.

Cosmopolitan - Ice Skating Rink
The Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan will be transformed into an ice skating rink from November 21 - January 4th. You'll enjoy the brisk temperatures, fire pits, s'mores, warm cocktails, and ice skating with family and friends. Mondays are Date Skate with holiday movies playing on the 65' digital marquee. Wednesdays are Industry Skate Night, and then you can put on your best disco gear for Throwback Thursdays. New this year is the addition of Snow Days featuring snow showers every 30 minutes at the rink. Snow Days are Thursday - Sunday from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Tickets are $15.00 for All Day Access, $10.00 All Day Access for Nevada Residents, $5.00 Skate Rental Fee, $10.00 Skating Aid Rental Fee. Note: Children 17 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult that is 21 years or older. The Rink is open Monday - Friday from 3:00 P.M. to Midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to Midnight. Holiday Hours are December 22 - January 2 with hours from 12:00 P.M. to Midnight.

The Atomic Testing Museum
755 E. Flamingo Road MAP
This museum traces the history of atomic testing in the area near, and its affect on, Las Vegas. It's fascinating, informative, and a bit dry. There's a large amount of information about nuclear testing, its history and how it all works. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5. There are too many different admission fees to list here, so just go to their site linked above.

KISS Mini Golf
3700 W. Flamingo Road (Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Masquerade Village Casino level)
If you're a KISS fan (or just enjoy mini golf) , now you can play a round at this KISS themed indoor course under black light. If that isn't good enough for you, then get married in their "Love It Loud" Wedding Chapel, also located here. You'll have a wedding in a chapel that is complete with theatrical quality lighting, sound & fog machines, guitar picks acting as rose petals for your trip up the aisle. Check the site for all the packages that are available. Open 7 days a week 10:00 a.m. to midnight. Tickets for mini golf are $11.95 per person. You can also find a coupon for $3 off a round of mini golf HERE.

Eiffel Tower - Tower Experience at the Paris Hotel & Casino
The Eiffel Tower in Vegas is a half-scale replica of the real Tower in Paris. You will ride a glass elevator that will take you 460 feet above the strip and give you the best panoramic view of Las Vegas you can get without being in an airplane. Ticket prices are $17.25 for day and $22.25 for evening experiences and can be purchased HERE.

South Strip (New York-New York, Mandalay Bay, South Point, Silverton) 

Aria/Crystals Hike - Aria
This is probably not for the faint of heart, but the spa at Aria offers a 60-minute hike/walk through Aria and on into Crystals with a certified personal trainer for only $50 (which also gives you a day pass to the wet areas of the spa for the day). Wear comfortable shoes as this is not a leisurely stroll, this is exercise. You'll do squats, lunges, crunches and more, all while learning about Aria and the $40 Million art collection at Crystals. Take a look at the Aria Spa brochure featuring this walk HERE (page 3). You can reach the spa to make your reservation at 702-590-9600.

MGM - Television City and CSI Experience
1)Television City is one of the secret gems of Vegas if you like television. Now located in the newly renamed "The District" you won't find it on MGM's website - but be sure and look for it (near the pool entrance). You can watch a television pilot (or a show that is currently running) that is in need of audience feedback. Sometimes, you'll help to determine if a show will actually make it to the small screen, sometimes the producers are looking for ways to tweak a show to give it a larger audience. You sign up at the desk in Television City and come back at the appointed time and it takes about an hour of your time (in air conditioned comfort-a great break for your day). As a thanks, you get an envelope with discounts to several MGM establishment (food and souvenirs). This little gem is FREE and it is located near the pool and just down from the CSI Experience. Sometimes, you get picked to do a group survey with other people which takes about an hour, but you get paid for your time in cash- NICE!
If you see Bonnie, Troy, or Josh tell them LVFB.net sent you.
2)The CSI Experience is the opportunity to work a "murder" case like you've seen them do on the television show every week. Use the Forensics Lab to compare bullet casings, check fingerprints, compare DNA samples, all the while you are guided by videos featuring the show's cast members. At your completion, you'll receive your official CSI Diploma.  Open 9:00 -9:00every day, tickets are $28, children 4-11 are $21. The last ticket is sold @ 8:00 P.M. Look for coupons in many of the coupon books that are handed out and at the website above. Or, click HERE for a printable coupon for $10 off admission for up to 8 people.
Also, you might want to look at the MGM deal, 3 Attractions for $57. For $57.00 (+ fees/taxes) you get admission to 3 (three) attractions from a choice of 8 (eight) that are great things to do.

Coca-Cola Store
Las Vegas Blvd South-Next to M&M World (as you'll see in the picture at the top of the page)
A retail store featuring most anything you could need to complete your Coca-Cola themed needs. From pieces of art, decorative items, apparel and accessories, you'll find it here. You can even have a picture taken with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear (they'll even let you use your own camera). The store is open 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. everyday, but may close early on some holidays.

M&M World Las Vegas
3785 South Las Vegas Blvd (Next to the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino)
This is a four-floor, 28,000 square foot shrine to the little candies that melt in your mouth and not in your hand. You can watch a 3-D movie, look at a full-size replica of Kyle Busch's #18 NASCAR race car or just shop till you drop. You'll be hard pressed to find another location that has so many different colors of M&M's that you can purchase (outside of another M&M World). You can even use their Personalized Printer to create two lines of customizable print, or icons, on a batch of M&M's that you can purchase and take home (and it only takes about two minutes). M&M World recently added the world's largest candy wall (their claim) made up of 125 tubes of M&M's with up of 22 varieties and 11 flavors. M&M World is open 9:00 A.M. to Midnight everyday and entry is FREE.

Exterior Portion of NYNY Roller Coaster as seen from Monte Carlo.

Exterior Portion of NYNY Roller Coaster as seen from Monte Carlo.

Roller Coaster at New York, New York - A fun time for roller coaster enthusiasts. You'll load up inside of the hotel and be transported outdoors for an exciting ride lifting you up 203 feet and then throwing you into a barrel roll, all within sight of the famous Las Vegas Strip. The Coaster is open Sunday - Thursday 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. or Friday - Saturday 10:30 A.M. to Midnight. You must be 54" tall to ride. Tickets are $15.00 (get a $2.00 offcoupon HERE), $26.00 for an all day ride pass. $70.00 for a Family Fun Flight for Four and two 5X7 photos or Vegas Locals receive $12.00 admission.
Want to get married on the coaster? They can arrange that, also.
Also, you might want to look at the MGM deal, 3 Attractions for $57. For $57.00 (+ fees/taxes) you get admission to 3 (three) attractions from a choice of 8 (eight) that are great things to do.

Coney Island Emporium at New York, New York
Enjoy over 200 games of fun, skill, and excitement at this family amusement center and themed arcade. Open Sunday - Thursday 8:00 A.M. to Midnight and Friday - Saturday 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M. 

Some of the sweet treats available at Hershey's Chocolate World.

Some of the sweet treats available at Hershey's Chocolate World.

A must-visit for us chocoholics.

A must-visit for us chocoholics.

Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York - A two-story retail store with interactive spaces where you can taste new treats, personalize gifts and create keepsake photos. An in-store bakery offers quite a few delicious one-of-a-kind treats themed around Hershey's products. The wall of Jolly Ranchers and the wall of Hershey's Kisses (where you can get a bag full of your favorite candy flavor) will surely be a hit (just don't leave the chocolate out in the Vegas sun). It' be easy to find with a giant Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar and an 18-ft. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup towering over the entrance which will be shaped like Hershey's Kisses. The link above will take you to Hershey's main site, they don't have a page for the Las Vegas location yet.

 

 

 

 


The Gun Store Las Vegas
2900 East Tropicana Avenue - MAP
The original gun rental store (as far as we're concerned). Their inventoryof weapons is probably the deepest you'll find. If you can think of it, they probably have it ready to go. It does get a bit crowded, so plan accordingly. Toward the bottom ofthe "Map" page, you'll find a $10 off coupon on any shooting package when purchased online. Note that the expiration date of the coupon is 11/30/13, but when we inquired, we were told if purchased online, the discount would be taken. So be sure and check your order BEFORE you finalize your purchase.

Aveda Institute Las Vegas
4856 South Eastern Avenue - MAP
You've probably heard of these great cosmetics. Now you can visit the cosmetology school where the science of proper skin care is taught. Aveda offers hair services and coloring, skin care, hand care, makeup, hair removal and spa parties. They're open Tuesday-Saturday 9-5. We had facials on our last trip and they were excellent. We heartily recommend their services.

 


Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E. Tropicana Avenue - MAP
How about 10,000 square feet of non-violent good old-fashioned pinball machines that you can play for $.25 and a maximum cost of $.50?  This is the place to go to enjoy these machines you (depending on how old you are) played in your youth. Many of these machines are pre-1990 and harken back to the early days of pinball. Bonus: it's a not-for-profit and the Salvation Army receives all money after PHoF covers its expenses. Open 11-11 seven days a week, it's a great place to spend some of your day.

Titanic Exhibit - At Luxor
This 25,000 square foot exhibit features many personal items pulled from the Titanic wreckage 2.5 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic along with an actual section from the Titanic's hull. Prepare to be impressed with the full scale recreation of the Grand Staircase and the Promenade Deck. You'll also enjoy the story behind the construction of this ill-fated great ship and the eventual recovery of artifacts. You'll even have a chance to walk through authentically recreated first and third-class rooms containing furnishings from the original manufacturers. The Exhibit is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are: $32 General Admission, $30 Seniors (65 and over), $24 Children (4 - 12 years old), and Children under 3 are FREE. Locals with ID pay $29. Audio Wands are available to enhance the experience for $6 each and are available in English, Spanish, and French. Check Tix4Tonite for special pricing.
Also, you might want to look at the MGM deal, 3 Attractions for $57. For $57.00 (+ fees/taxes) you get admission to 3 (three) attractions from a choice of 8 (eight) that are great things to do.

Hollywood Cars Museum
5115 Dean Martin Blvd (Behind Excal/Luxor) - MAP
This 30,000 Square Foot museum gives you the opportunity to see vehicles created for major television, motion pictures, and collections owned by the rich
and famous. You'll see James Bond's Lotus Submarine Car, the Coffin Dragster from "The Munsters", Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fast and Furious Vehicles, and many more. Easy to get to, just behind the strip! Open 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., 7 days a week. Regular Admission is $15.00 and kids 16 and under get in FREE with a paid adult. PLUS, you can find a $5.00 off coupon on their main page (behind the tile showing regular admission-Print and go!)

Gun Garage
5155 South Dean Martin Drive - MAP
This great place is one of the newest to shoot a wide range of weapons you might not even get a chance to touch in real life. Many packages, featuring the appropriate weaponry, are available such as the "Zombie Hunter", the "Mob Package", etc. THIS link will show you the menu of packages. Or, just pick a gun or two off the wall ala carte and have at it. (Packages include target, eye & ear protection, while ala carte does not, but protection and targets are not expensive.) They welcome shooters of all experience levels, but you must be at least 10 years old (they even offer a package of small caliber guns for kids to shoot). Their range professionals will help you make the most of your shooting experience so you bring home a well perforated target. They video all range time, which allows you can get a freeze-frame picture of your range experience for a very small fee. They offer discounts for groups larger than six persons. They also offer a shuttle bus service to and from your hotel, just call them. Guns & Ammo Garage is open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Built at a cost of $60 Million, this 1.6 million gallon aquarium contains over 2000 animals from 100 different species and 15 species of sharks. It is quite an enjoyable time for all (shhh, and kids can learn a few things too!). Tickets are $18 with children (5-12) costing $12 and children 4 and under are FREE. Shark Reef is open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The box office opens 1/2 hour before the Aquarium opens. IF you are Dive Certified and would like the experience of a lifetime, you can reserve a spot to guest dive into the Aquarium, on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday for a fee. See the information on the website above and note that it is a 3 - 4 hour experience.
Also, you might want to look at the MGM deal, 3 Attractions for $57. For $57.00 (+ fees/taxes) you get admission to 3 (three) attractions from a choice of 8 (eight) that are great things to do.

Star Wars
No, this isn't an attraction to visit, but East of the strip, you can find five streets named after Star Wars characters. They are Skywalker Avenue, Tarkin Avenue, Vader Avenue, Kinobe Avenue, & Leia Street. They all run East-West except for Leia, which runs North-South. Find the Google map listing them HERE. You can see the Wookieepedia listing HERE.

Shelby American
6405 Ensworth St., down Sunset (MAP) Near the 15, close to Town Square
Here's your chance to visit the new, 135,000 sq. ft. home of an iconic vehicle, the Shelby Mustang. You'll get to see some of Carroll Shelby's most beautiful vehicles, and prototypes, in the museum. Currently, they have A/C Cobra #1 on display, and during the tour you can hear about why it was painted about six different colors in its lifetime (a good story) The tours are FREE, click HERE, but are ONLY at 10:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. Monday - Friday and Saturday at 10:30 A.M. only. No reservations required for the tour. You'll get a good look at all the vehicles being converted into Shelbys and learn interesting facts about their conversions. The Heritage Center and gift shop are open Monday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Everything is closed on Sunday.
UPDATE: Shelby American will offer a continuous shuttle service, beginning soon, Monday-Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from 4 Queens downtown and MGM Grand on the Strip (they are promising more stops in the future). So far, nothing says that it is free or if there is a fee. Check their website for any further stops.

GameWorks at Town Square - MAP
Gameworks, a new type of entertainment center, will feature bowling, a state of the art laser tag arena and a tournament-ready, 100 seat LAN gaming center for online console and PC gaming. There will also be 125 video games and a 225 seat restaurant that will feature a 105" HDTV and video wall for spectacular sports viewing. Gameworks features 40 PC's, 20 Xbox Ones, 10 Wii U's and CRT TV's for Smash Melee. Rates are: $7/Hr, $18 for 3 Hours and $25 for 5 Hours. Gameworks is open Sunday - Thursday 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M. and Friday/Saturday from 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M.

Trapeze Las Vegas
7081 S. Valley View Blvd. - MAP
Are you adventurous, athletic, or a thrill seeker? Then this will be right up your alley. Trapeze Las Vegas has experiences and classes in trapeze for men, women, and children (6 years old & up). They say you don't have to be athletic, just have and adventurous spirit and be willing to learn something new. They have a staff of ex-performers to teach you and to ensure your safety. They offer four 90 minute classes during the week with Tuesday and Friday being in the evening and Saturday/Sunday classes at various times during the day. A single 90 minute session is $50, with private sessions (for up to three people) running $200 or $350 an hour for two hours and up to six people. They even offer special event for Corporate gigs, birthday parties, or just for a group get-together. You'll have waivers to sign, but this is surely something you cannot find many places.  Tell them LVFB sent you.

Celebrity Cars
7770 Dean Martin Dr. Suite 301 (MAP)
Ever wonder what kind of car your favorite celebrity might own? Ever want to buy those special tricked-out, one-of-a-kind vehicles? Well, here's your chance. Celebrity Cars is where famous people go to sell their cars. Exotic sports cars, classics, muscle cars, and motorcycles can be found in their 20,000 Sq. Ft. showroom featuring nearly 80 vehicles. If you're a car person, and looking for something relaxing to take in, this might just be the place. Open 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday-Friday and 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Saturday.

Bass Pro Shop - At Silverton Hotel & Casino
You might have a BPS in your city, as we do, but not like this one. This store is 165,000 square feet and two stories tall. They even offer an antique/collectible firearms store with some fine antique weaponry. Live fishing demonstrations at their indoor fish tanks, an indoor archery range, a gun range, a live duck habitat, and a trout stream are just some of the features that make this any amazing place to visit (or make a purchase from their extensive product lines). Be sure and get over to the Touch Pool where you can touch an ever-changing array of animals. There is a huge fish tank at the entrance to the store that will keep you mesmerized and is a great place to rest up. You might even be able to watch the mermaid in the tank! Silverton is located on Las Vegas Blvd, about 5 miles (+/-) south of Mandalay Bay.

Downtown (The D, Golden Nugget, Plaza): 

Fremont Street Experience and Viva Vision
This one-two punch of FREE entertainment is located on (tada!) Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. Every year FSE schedules a concert series during the summer and the Viva Vision show is on every night. Check our Calendar of Events page for the concert schedule.
Viva Vision takes place on the canopy above the closed-off street, and has 12.5 million synchronized LED modules giving you a clear high resolution image.Viva Vision is backed up by a 550,000 watt concert-quality sound system. Shows are hourly every night starting at 8:00 P.M. with the last show starting at 1:00 A.M. Each hourly show is different, so use the jump link to see the schedule. You can download the schedule HERE, but you'll only be able to see the current month.
Fremont street is deep in the history of Las Vegas and many classic casinos are located in the downtown area.

Shark Tank Tour - Golden Nugget
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour conducted by the GN staff marine biologist of the 200,000 gallon shark aquarium. Learn what shark and fish in th aquarium eat and how the feeding process works. You'll even have a souvenir shark tooth to remember your tour. Tours are Thursday - Saturday and run $30 per person. To book your tour, call the reservation line at 1-866-946-5336.

Zappos Tour Experience
400 Stewart Avenue (MAP)
Take a tour of Zappos new corporate headquarters in Downtown Las Vegas and learn about the Zappos culture. This 60-minute excursion offers you a glimpse into the Zappos culture and a chance to walk in a "Zapponian's" shoes. You'll stroll through different departments and maybe even meet a special guest along the way. Sign up, and after the tour you can participate in a Culture Q&A session and find out about what's behind the Zappos culture or participate in a Department Q&A and ask a question of the Customer Service Team, Zappos Coach, HR, Employee Engagement, Training, User Experience, and Marketing Teams. Register for the Zappos Tour Experience, or the Tour Plus Culture Q&A, or the Tour Plus Department Q&A. The Tour is Free, put the Q&A tours are extra, prices are on the page.

Downtown Container Park
707 Fremont Street (MAP at bottom of page)
Where else can you shop, dine, play, listen, and have it all watched over by a 40-foot-tall fire-breathing praying mantis? Only at the Downtown Container Park! You can shop at some unique stores, eat some outstanding food, listen to some good music, then kids and adults can play in a professionally built tree house with a 33' tall slide, a NEOS play system or in a wet zone. Recently opened, the Container Park is built from re-purposed shipping containers. Retail stores are open from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Sunday - Thursday and 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Friday & Saturday. Food and beverage locations are open 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Sunday - Thursday and 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 A.M. Friday & Saturday.

Slotzilla
Located on Fremont Street, this 11 story tall attraction is a two-story multi-line zipline. Opened in 2014, this thrill ride resembles a huge slot machine with two launch areas. The Zipline area is 70' up, and you'll land approximately 850 feet down Fremont Street at a landing deck near the Fremont Hotel ($20.00/$25.00 Ticket). The Zoomline area is 114' up and you'll end up at a landing deck 1,700 feet down Fremont at about the Golden Gate Casino after reaching expected speeds of 35 MPH ($40.00/$45.00 Ticket). You'll reach that speed in about 200 feet thanks to a proprietary propulsion system.  The ride is open from 1:00 P.M.to 1:00 A.M. Sunday - Thursday and 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. and Friday and Saturday. Ride before 6:00 P.M. and get $5.00 off your ticket price. See a video of the whole ride process HERE. Check out Vital Vegas' coverage HERE. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Cashman Field - Home of the Las Vegas 51's
850 Las Vega Blvd. North - Directions
Need a baseball fix while you're in Las Vegas? Try out the Triple-A Affiliate team of the New York Mets, the 51's. Located north of Downtown and Fremont Street. You can find their 2015 schedule HERE, be sure and check out the promotions that are available at many home games. Check our Calendar of Events for the yearly Big League Weekend that happens at Cashman Field in April.

Discover Children's Museum
This new 58,000 square foot museum will allow kids to interact and experiment with 9 exhibit spaces that cover three floors. The exhibits will be Eco City, Fantasy Festival, Solve It!, Water World, It's Your Choice, Toddler Town, Young at Art, and Patents Pending. The Summit will be a 70 foot tower that spans all three of the Museum's levels and allow you (or your children) to demonstrate the basic science of simple machines, air pressure, flight and magnets, visual perception, light, sound, earth, electricity, energy and space science. The Discover Children's Museum is located adjacent to the Smith Center above (use the directions located there). Hours (September-May) will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, Noon to 5:00 p.m. Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day) will be Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m. General admission will be $12 for all, with children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. No adults permitted without a child.

Neon Museum/Neon Boneyard
770 Las Vegas Blvd, North - MAP
One thing you'll see a lot of in Las Vegas is neon. The Neon Museum is dedicated to preserving Las Vegas' rich history of neon. When casinos and hotels were demolished, updated, or went out of business, their old signage was brought here for preservation. They're using the relocated lobby of one dismantled hotel as their visitor's center. Reservations are highly recommended, but not required. Daytime guided tours are available seven days a week at 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., & 10:00 a.m. only due to the heat of the summer and last about an hour. Summer time night tours are available seven nights a week, every half-hour, starting at 7:30 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 9:00 p.m. Some of the unrestored signs are illuminated at night. Parking is FREE for museum guests and located adjacent to the museum. Tickets are $18 ($25 for nighttime tour), with children 6 and under admitted FREE.  Seniors, students, active military and veterans, and Nevada residents are $12 ($22 for nighttime tour) with a valid I.D.

Mob Museum
300 Stewart Avenue - MAP
Located near the old Las Vegas city hall in the old post office and federal courthouse, this is one of the city's newest attractions. The exhibition area was designed by the same team that designed the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The museum is 17,000 sq. ft. and spread over three floors. Exhibitions contain items, artifacts, weapons, and even crime scene photographs along with their interactive displays. Open 9:00 - 9:00 Daily (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas), admission is $23.95 for adults (or, you can purchase online for $20.95), $13.95 for children ($10.00 if you're local)(11-17, Children 10 & under are Free) and students (18-23 with ID), $17.95 for Seniors (65+), Military, Law Enforcement, and Teachers (with ID - OR, only $11.95 if you fall into these categories AND are local) and Nevada residents (with ID) pay only $13.95. Check HERE for the entire ticket matrix. Audio tours will be available for $4.00 in English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Italian, German and Portuguese for the ever-growing number of international visitors to Las Vegas.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave - DIRECTIONS
The beautiful $150 million dollar center opened in 2012 bringing Broadway shows, Classical-Jazz-Contemporary music concerts, speakers, dance, and family friendly shows under one roof. You can check the Calendar of Events page and the Concerts page to find what will be happening while you're in town, OR click over HERE to find their events listed by date and just find your travel dates to see what's going on. You can even book your wedding for the Center.

Rick's Restorations
1112 S. Commerce Street - MAP
This is the restoration area and retail store of the popular television show. Reading a few online reviews, everyone gives them a thumbs up for friendliness. You can tour the restoration shop and see what's being restored, but you won't be able to see anything that will be a part of the next season's shows. They are open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rick's also has a car show on the last Friday of the month from 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M., check their website for dates/times/admission (sometimes they don't even charge for entry-SCORE)

See our "Beyond the Strip" page for information on the new water parks!