Traveling to Las Vegas doesn’t have to be all slots, card tables and poker chips. It’s the entertainment capital of the world, after all — and there are a lot of things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble.
From A+ performances to otherworldly museums, here are 12 of our favorite Vegas attractions that don’t involve gambling.
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What to do in Vegas besides gamble: the top sights & attractions
Whether you’re looking for things to do in Las Vegas with kids or simply want a break from the casinos, there are plenty of things to do in Vegas besides gambling.
1. Take in the sights on Fremont Street
Aside from the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, Fremont Street and the Strip are among the most recognized landmarks in Las Vegas.
The most famous stretch of Fremont is closed to cars and boasts a canopy of flashing lights and screens that bring the street to life at night. At all hours, you’ll see live performers and rows of street food and souvenir vendors animating this lively street, really more like an outdoor mall, set among casinos, restaurants and boutique shops.
2. See the Vegas skyline from the highest points in town: the STRAT or the High Roller
The STRAT observation tower and the High Roller Observation Wheel offer some of the best views of the city’s skyline and the surrounding Nevada desert.
And, when booking a room with a Fora Advisor, you get free upgrades and perks, so you can splurge elsewhere (like 30 minutes of unlimited bar access on the High Roller).
3. Check out an eccentric museum
Las Vegas is home to loads of intriguing museums.
Some of our favorites include The Mob Museum, The Neon Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum.
4. Indulge in world-class entertainment & shows
Entertainment is in Vegas' DNA. The variety of comedies, concerts, magic shows, acrobats and more is truly unparalleled.
Cirque du Soleil and David Copperfield are a couple standouts, but there’s a show for every type of vacation, whether you’re looking for Vegas bachelorette party ideas or something for the whole family.
Not sure how to narrow down your list of shows to see? Work with a Fora Advisor to customize your dream Vegas trip.
5. Shop at the Downtown Container Park
If you really want to get away from the casinos, visiting Downtown Container Park is a good example of what to do in Las Vegas besides gamble. The district, constructed from old shipping containers, features tons of cool shops, trendy restaurants, cafes and bars.
It’s family-friendly, and the high-class shopping makes it a solid stop on a girls' trip to Las Vegas.
6. Drive a supercar on a closed course
Looking for a high-octane experience? Drive a high-end sports car (a Ferrari, a Lamborghini) on a dedicated course. This is a great thing to do in Vegas that doesn’t involve gambling, but still involves a lot of adrenaline.
Chat with a Fora travel advisor for more details.
7. Dance all night at a Vegas Club, then party all day at a Vegas pool
The party never stops in Las Vegas; it just moves. Pool parties, penthouse parties, clubs, concerts — Vegas has it all. There’s a party for every type of crowd, too.
If dancing is what you’re after, connect with a Fora Advisor to build a party-filled Las Vegas itinerary.
8. Take a day trip from Vegas
If there aren’t enough things to do in Vegas besides gamble, don’t worry. There are also a lot of exciting (or relaxing) day trip options just outside of the city.
You can visit places near Las Vegas by car, like Valley of Fire State Park or the Hoover Dam. Or, take a day trip from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, or even to Los Angeles.
9. Grab cocktails & food from top-tier restaurants and bars
From Michelin stars and chef-driven cuisine to local gems, the food and drink alone are worth a getaway to Las Vegas.
Curious about the top spots? A Fora Advisor can help you explore all the best eateries and bars with expert and personalized recommendations.
10. The Vegas Strip: explore Vegas’ coolest hotels
The famed Vegas Strip is grandiose, with massive, themed hotels lining both sides of the street for miles. This is where you’ll find the coolest hotels in Vegas, from the Egypt-inspired Luxor to the majestic Bellagio.
While most of the hotels double as casinos, if you’re only looking for things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble, you won’t be disappointed. The hotels cater to all sorts of travelers, with indoor amusement parks, aquariums, high-end restaurants, shops and more.
The best part? With few exceptions, you don’t have to stay at any of these hotels to take advantage of everything that’s available.
Not sure where to start? A Fora Advisor can help you decide which places to visit, and which places to book (including family-friendly hotels in Las Vegas, if you’re visiting with kiddos).
11. Visit Area 15 (not Area 51)
Of all the things to do in Vegas besides gambling, Area 15 is hands-down the most bizarre. And we mean that in the best way possible.
Area 15 hosts an otherworldly collection of interactive art exhibits, restaurants and more. It’s vibrant, weird, beautiful and unique – and one of the fastest-growing attractions in Vegas in terms of popularity.
12. Explore Vegas on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour
For an easy way to see the best of Las Vegas, consider a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Tickets are affordable, and the routes cover the coolest parts of the city. Plus, you’ll learn about Vegas’ storied history.
Still curious? A Fora Advisor knows what to do in Vegas besides gamble
Eager to get your Las Vegas trip started? Chat with a Fora travel advisor today for expert recommendations and help planning your custom trip.
And for more things to do in Vegas besides gambling, check out our non-gambling Vegas itinerary.