Exciting Things To Do in Las Vegas Besides Gambling

The first things one thinks about when hearing the words: Las Vegas, are casinos, gambling, and nightlife. However, even though you could say Vegas is the casino capital of the world, there are many other invigorating and exciting things to do in this Nevada desert city.

Why spend your time gambling in Vegas, when you can always win money playing online casino games and enjoy many other thrilling activities. Below are some ideas of how to spend an exciting time in the city that never sleeps.

Witness Stunning Natural Beauty

red rock canyon nevada
Image by Nicola

Just 17 miles (about 30 minutes) from the bustling city, you will find the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Enjoy the 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnic areas, and a visitor center with exhibits. The unique and gorgeous rock formations are a sight to behold.

Tour The World Without Leaving the State

Many hotels in Vegas have been built inspired in beautiful cities around the world with very well done replicas of the famous landmarks and their surroundings. You’ll be able to feel like you’ve teleported yourself to Paris if you visit Paris Las Vegas, or Venice and its gondolas at the Venetian, or to the Big Apple at the New York New York hotel.

Venetian Las Vegas

Check Out an Unusual Museum

Have you always enjoyed organized crime films? The Mob Museum showcases the mafia’s involvement with Sin City. Or how does learning about often terrifying and destructive nuclear weapons sound? The Atomic Testing Museum details the Nevada Test Site and the state’s history on becoming a guinea pig for testing.

If you’re more of a visual person, you’ll love the signs exhibited at the Neon Museum, located on the north end of the Strip. And if you’re more of a geek (nothing wrong with that) pay a visit to the Pinball Hall of Fame, where you can appreciate and even play more than 150 pinball machines.

Neon Museum Vegas
Neon Museum – Image by Phil Guest

Get Your Heart Racing

Adrenaline junkies hear me out! The Stratosphere, the tallest building in Nevada, contains many thrilling rides including X-Scream, Insanity, and SkyJump, which are as exhilarating as they sound.

Aviation lovers can get their very own Top Gun experience at Sky Combat Ace, where you get the chance to fly a two-passenger plane. Moreover, you can get a simulated combat experience at Battlefield Vegas.

Stratosphere Vegas
Stratosphere – Image by Damian Moore


Yes, I’m talking about tying the knot. I promised exciting, and it doesn’t get any better than marrying the love of your life, or that cool person you just met two hours ago if that’s your style. No judging.

So if you want to elope but still want to have close family and friends witness your love, try the Chapel Of The Flowers where they offer a Skype service so they can virtually attend. This is what Leonard and Penny from The Big Bang Theory did (talk about geeking out… guilty!).

If you like the classics, why not tie the knot at the Little White Wedding Chapel, where good ol’ Sinatra married Mia Farrow. The options are endless with themed weddings, Elvis impersonators, adventure weddings, and many options for LGBT couples. While getting hitched in Vegas is easy, the hard part may come after.


And this is just the tip of the iceberg! Las Vegas offers endless entertainment options including musical fountains, comedy shows, miles of shopping, bar crawling, fine dining, countless production shows, and relaxing spas. Ready to have a fun time in Las Vegas?

2 thoughts on “Exciting Things To Do in Las Vegas Besides Gambling

  1. I love this list! I’ve been to Vegas 3 times and am not a gambler. There’s so much to see and do there! Great restaurants and shows!


    1. Yes! There was so much more that didn’t make it to the list. Shows being a big one.


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