When we say ‘Vegas’, what do you think of? Neon lights, all-you-can-eat shrimp buffets, casinos and frozen margaritas? All wonderful things, but what if we told you that Vegas wasn’t just about booze and betting? We’ve compiled a list of cool stuff that you can do when you want to take a break from the madness (and these experiences harbour zero regret the following morning).
Visit a city within a city
Fancy globetrotting without actually going anywhere? You’ve got Ancient Egypt at the Luxor, which is a 36-storey pyramid with a sphinx at the entrance. If that’s not enough for you, the pyramid houses a casino and a nightclub – y’know, just like Egypt. If a break to Italy is more your style – Venice in particular – then head to the Venetian which has replicated St Mark’s Square and offers gondola rides. It won’t even feel like you’re in Vegas anymore – which is exactly why you came, right? Last but not least, you can go to the Bellagio and visit “Lake Como”… another Italian escape.
Be part of a real battlefield at ‘Battlefield Vegas’
A huge indoor shooting range, Battlefield Vegas actually lets you shoot full auto machine guns! It comes complete with helicopters and tanks, plus they’ll pick you up in a military Humvee. What more do you need to make you feel like a total badass?
Mind-bending entertainment at Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil has a great rep everywhere, but nowhere does it quite like Las Vegas. You can choose from 8 different shows in seven world-class theatres, including a Michael Jackson show and The Beatles. Acrobatics, dancers and stunning visual effects to the songs of great musicians, who wouldn’t want to go to that?
History, science AND nature at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve
It’s not all guns, shows, and pretending you’re in a different country… Vegas also offers unexpected natural beauty. The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is home to over 250 wildlife species, botanical gardens, a recreated historical street from 1905 called ‘Boomtown’, and the Nevada State Museum.
Go on a quest for the secret pizza place
We’re about to break rank and reveal the whereabouts of the best pizza in Las Vegas – because we’re nice like that. If you go to the Cosmopolitan Hotel and look for an unmarked shop (so easy) down a long hallway decorated with old record covers, you’ll find a New York-esque pizzeria. This is exactly the kind of quest we would jump on a plane for, no joke.
See what you would be like in a zombie apocalypse
Confident you could survive during a zombie apocalypse, or would you just go down to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint and wait for it all to blow over? Test what you’re made of at the Zombie Apocalypse Store. You can follow hunters and shoot zombies with paintball guns. There’s even a knife throwing arena where you can practice your aim.
Transport yourself back in time at the Pinball Hall of Fame
Whether you remember the days of pinball or not, this is a retro museum that’s worthy of a visit. It is literally just a museum full of pinball machines from the 1950s to the 1990s – if you never played one as a kid, now’s your chance.
See what Las Vegas residents did for fun 100 years ago
Believe it or not, a little town called Goodsprings 60 km’s South West of Las Vegas was where Vegas residents went 100 years ago for all their shopping & entertainment. Back in the day, Goodsprings was one of the largest cities in Nevada. But let’s get to the point…it is here that you can visit a bona fide saloon, (Pioneer Saloon) and feel like you stepped onto a movie set in the Wild Wild West. Go on in and soak up the history – cowboy boots optional!
So there you have it, Las Vegas isn’t just about getting drunk and waking up the following day with a monkey or a baby called Carlos (or is that just the film?) You can actually get ‘off the beaten track’ sort of speak and experience other different, yet equally fun, places.