Las Vegas is famous around the world for behind a prime place to gamble. While many a fortune has been won and lost in Sin City, there’s tons more that it has to offer aside from slot machines and roulette wheels. Whether you fancy outdoor adventures, shopping, sightseeing, or fine dining, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied and out of the casinos. Here are 10 things to do in Las Vegas that don’t require any gambling.
1. Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat
Caesar’s Flamingo’s Hotel has a Wildlife Habitat with — you guessed it — tons of pretty Chilean flamingo birds. It’s located near one of the property’s best buffets, and going there is totally free. Fans of animals will love coming here, and there’s scheduled feeding times each day that can be quite entertaining. In addition to the flamingos there’s beautiful hummingbirds, parrots, and pelicans.
Cost: Free. The pelican feedings occurs everyday at 8:30am and 2pm.
2. Stratosphere Tower
Sky jumping in Las Vegas? You definitely can if you go to Stratosphere Tower. It’s one of the premiere attractions near the Strip, but it’s not for the faint of heart. This thrilling adventure costs a pretty penny, but it’s well worth it if you want to try something new and aren’t afraid of heights.
Cost: The cost to sky jump starts at $110.
3. Vegas Eiffel Tower
There are all types of incredible buildings on the Strip in the shape of famous landmarks, and one of the unique things to do in Las Vegas is sightseeing around these architectural wonders. One building that residents and visitors alike flock to is the Vegas Eiffel Tower. It’s not as tall as the one in Paris, but it’s still very fun to tour.
Cost: Tickets are $17 for adults and $13.80 for seniors and children if you visit before 7:15pm. After that time, admission is $22 for adults and $17 for seniors and kids. You can also buy family discount packages to save a few dollars.
4. Sun Buggy Rentals
If you want to get outdoors and away from the crowds of the Vegas shops, restaurants, and attractions, try renting a Sun Buggy and go racing out in the desert. The cost of renting a buggy includes round trip transportation from the Strip, and this is one of the more adventurous things to do in Las Vegas. Those who enjoy being outdoors will especially like riding around in a Sun Buggy and viewing the area’s beautiful natural scenery.
Cost: Including round trip transportation from the Vegas Strip, the cost to rent a Sun Buggy starts at $99.
5. SlotZilla Zip Line
SlotZilla has a casino theme, but you don’t have to bet to ride it. This zipline will take you high above the crowds, and there’s also the option to go on a soaring zoomline. This is another attraction that’s best for those who aren’t afraid of high places, but it’s a blast to try.
Cost: The cost to go on the zipline is $25 per person, while the zoomline is $45. If you go before 6pm, you’ll get a $5 discount.
6. Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is well known around the world, and the Vegas shows are among the best. There are several performances featured throughout the year, you only have to pick the one that strikes your fancy. Most people who see Cirque du Soleil live in Vegas say it’s an unforgettable experience — it’s a must if you’re a fan of creative performing arts.
Cost: Tickets start at $59, and sometimes you can get money saving discounts if you buy your tickets online.
7. The Buffet of Buffets
Touring buffet lines is one of the most fun things to do in Las Vegas if you’re a foodie, and the best buffet in town is Caesar’s Buffet of Buffets. It’s an all-access pass to some of the best restaurants and spreads on the Strip, including the only lobster buffet in town. You won’t find thrown together dishes here, just artfully presented fare that’s expertly made. A pass to the Buffet of Buffets is good for a full 24 hours of eating whenever you want.
Cost: $59.99 per person Sunday through Thursday, and $74.99 per person Friday, Saturday, and holidays.
8. Fountains of Bellagio
The Fountains of Bellagio is a huge ornamental water display that’s quite impressive. It’s one of the landmarks of Vegas and it’s free to see. Every 15 to 30 minutes throughout the day, the fountain show starts and crowds draw near to look and take photos. This is a great option if you’re trying not to spend an arm and a leg in Vegas or if you’re traveling with kids — they’re typically mesmerized by the Fountains of Bellagio.
Cost: Free. Shows start at least every half hour everyday.
9. The Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat
The Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is like a mini aquarium complete with shows and performances. These majestic animals are truly a sight to see, and if you want to get up close and personal there is the option to swim with the dolphins for an extra fee. Admission includes an all day pass to see the beautiful gardens and sea life at the Habitat.
Cost: Children 3 and under get in free. All day passes are $17 for children age 4 to 12 and $22 for everyone else.
10. The Neon Museum
When you think of Vegas you can’t help but think of dazzling neon lights. The Neon Museum is dedicated to showcasing some of the most historic signage ever displayed in the city, and it’s a very popular attraction. The daytime tours are quite fun, but what’s really magical is touring the displays at night. This is a great activity for all ages, and the tour guides provide tons of insightful information about the history of the signs and Vegas itself.
Cost: Children 6 and under get in free. Admission for children 7 to 17, active duty military members, veterans, students, Nevada residents, and seniors age 65 and older is $12 for daytime tours and $22 for night tours. Adults pay $18 for day tours and $25 for night tours.