Las Vegas is one of the most iconic US cities attracting over 42 million visitors each year! With that many visitors comes a seemingly equal amount of attractions! If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, then you know just how overwhelming it can be! In an attempt to make the decision of what to do on your next Vegas trip slightly easier, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-do Las Vegas attractions!
*Check out our Las Vegas vlog to see some of these attractions up close and personal!
1. The Neon Museum
This has become one of our all time favorite Las Vegas attractions. If you aren’t familiar with The Neon Museum, it’s a museum dedicated to rescuing and restoring neon signs from casinos and businesses that are no more. From the fully functional 1940’s era Chief Hotel Court sign to the 1990’s era 82 foot tall Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign and everything in between, the history and nostalgia that is preserved at the 2.62 acre outdoor museum is something special. Even the museum visitor center is housed in the restored 1961 lobby shell from La Concha Motel!
2. The High Roller
At 550 feet tall, The High Roller is currently the world's tallest ferris wheel! So why wouldn’t you take a ride on it! Pro tip though… one ride takes about 30 minutes, so make sure you hit the restroom beforehand! Also, you are allowed to bring snacks and drinks with you, so purchase those ahead of time and save yourself from paying $5 for bottled water at the High Roller gift shop or bar! We learned the hard way so that you don’t have to.
3. The STRAT Thrill Rides
Not only does this attraction give you an amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip from nearly 900 feet above but The STRAT Thrill Rides also come with an adrenaline rush! There are 3 rides in all (Big Shot, X-Scream, and Insanity) and if you are a real adrenaline junkie, you can do the Sky Jump where you jump from the 829 foot high platform in a controlled free fall all the way to the base of The STRAT! If thrill rides aren’t your thing, there’s good news for you as well… You can still get the amazing views without the terror at the indoor or outdoor observation decks on floors 108 and 109.
4. The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign
You can’t come to Las Vegas without taking an obligatory photo with the iconic “Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas” sign! Just be prepared for large crowds, because thousands of people a day come to this attraction to do just that! Our suggestion is to come SUPER early in the morning to avoid having to wait in line for that perfect shot. Pro tip… Unless you want a centered up photo of the sign, you don’t have to wait in line. Feel free to walk to either side of the sign to get a great side angled photo. Also, don’t get pressured into using the “photographer” on site. There are no official photographers there… they are just hustlers trying to make a dollar! You are more than welcome to use them, but just know that they will expect payment.
5. Fremont Street Experience
In1994 the city of Las Vegas closed down a portion of Fremont Street to start the transformation of Downtown, also known as “Old Vegas” into what is now the Fremont Street Experience! This covered pedestrian mall is a 5 block walkway featuring a 1,375 feet long, 90 feet wide LED canopy that illuminates incredible light shows that will leave you in awe! The Fremont Street Experience is also home to the Slotzilla zipline known as Zip-Zilla which is a 77 feet high zip line where flyers go halfway down the Fremont Street Experience (850 feet), in a seated position. Slotzilla is also home to the Super-Hero Zoom zipline which is 114 feet high, and guests ride “superhero-style” all the way down the Fremont Street Experience canopy (1,700 feet).
6. Seven Magic Mountains
From the brilliant mind of internationally renowned Swiss artist artist Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains is a desert art installation comprising seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing up to 35 ft. high and was commissioned in 2016! While it is a 20-30 minute drive south of the Strip, it is worth seeing this unique art display in person. It was originally planned to be removed in 2018, but with such great success, it was permitted for an additional 3 years meaning that unless plans change, it will only be on display until the end of 2021, so be sure to check it off your bucket list before then!
7. Rent a Slingshot
So, this one may not be specific to Vegas, but cruising down the Strip or driving out to the Seven Magic Mountains in a Polaris Slingshot makes the experience all the better! We got ours from Royalty Exotic Cars and can’t recommend them enough! Their professionalism and reliability is second to none. You’ll feel like a celebrity cruising around Vegas in one of these. The amount of head turns and thumbs-ups we got were priceless!
8. Minus 5 Ice Bar
If you’ve never been to an ice bar, you are missing out! Drinking cocktails out of cups made of ice, sitting on fur lined ice benches… even the chandeliers are made of ice! And there’s something cool (no pun intended) about being in an ice bar in the desert! We’ve been to multiple Minus 5 Ice Bar locations over the years and have had wonderful experiences every time, and our most recent visit to the Mandalay Bay location was no different. Excellent service, friendly staff, and delicious drinks!
9. Bellagio Fountain Show
The Bellagio Fountain Show is easily one of the top free attractions in Vegas and is a must in our opinion! Made up of 1,214 fountain jets capable of shooting water up to 460 feet high, the 4-5 minute show set to music happens every half hour from 3pm until 7pm; every 15 minutes from 7pm until 11:55pm Monday-Friday, and every 30 minutes from 12pm until 7pm, every 15 minutes from 7pm until 11:55pm Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. And if you time it just right like we accidentally did, you'll get a great view of the show from the top of the High Roller!
10. Gondolas at the Venetian
Designed to recreate the romantic experience of a gondola ride on the Grand Canal of Venice in Italy, the Gondola Ride at the Venetian is is the most romantic attraction on our list. While it might not be the Grand Canal, it’s as close as you can get without traveling to Venice… right down to the Italian singing gondolier! They offer indoor and outdoor options, so you can choose whatever works best for you!
We hope that this list helps you plan your next trip to Las Vegas! Let us know some of your favorite things to do in Sin City!