Are there things to do in Vegas besides gamble?
The simple answer is YES, Las Vegas is a fun packed, 24-hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year crazy, beautiful, magnetic city, just waiting to host you.
Whether you’re embarking on your first adventure or you’re a seasoned local, Las Vegas has a world of exhilarating activities awaiting you beyond the casino floors. It’s a city that constantly reinvents itself, painting new scenes with each sunrise – unveiling fresh hotels, tempting restaurants, and captivating shows that keep the excitement alive.
Get ready to dive into the captivating realm of Las Vegas with someone who’s been soaking up its glitz and glamour for over 25 amazing years – and hey, I’ll let you in on a little secret: we are not big gamblers ourselves. From dazzling shows to vibrant nightlife, we’ll take you on a journey through our favorite US hotspot, sharing the gems that have stolen our hearts.
Let’s experience Las Vegas together, minus the high-stakes bets, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it just as we have!
As someone who’s familiar with the inner workings of this dazzling destination, get ready for a delightful surprise. Let’s dive into the non-gambling side of this desert playground and explore experiences that encapsulate the essence of Las Vegas without relying on dice or cards.
Let us show you that there are plenty of things to do in Vegas besides gamble!
1. Visit the Famous Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Boulevard is home to some of the most iconic sights in Las Vegas.
Spanning 4 miles, there is action on every corner. The Strip journeys from ancient Egypt’s giant Sphinx to Italy’s Grand Canal. Catching sight of the Statue of Liberty or the Stratosphere in the distance will leave you in awe.
At dusk, Las Vegas Boulevard wakes up and presents itself in all of its glory! With huge marquees and colorful LED lights flashing, the Strip is magical. From the watchful eye on the pyramid to the colorfully illuminated Eiffel Tower, there is so much to take in on the Strip.
The city has made it easy for pedestrians with cross-overs, people movers, escalators, and elevators. There are street performers, live bands, restaurants, shopping and people, lots of people. People-watching is certainly one of the most fun things to do in Las Vegas without gambling. Day or night, walking the strip is fun.
However, the best way to experience the Las Vegas Strip at night is to cruise it. Whether you rent a car for the day or hire a limousine for a few hours, the drive down Las Vegas Boulevard is unique and unforgettable.
Elvis Presley summed it up best in Viva Las Vegas:
“Bright light city gonna set my soul, Gonna set my soul on fire…
Viva Las Vegas turnin’ day into nighttime
Turnin’ night into daytime
If you see it once
You’ll never be the same again”
Visit The Eiffel Tower
Standing in the center of the Strip you can’t miss the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino. Take the elevator to the observation deck at 460 feet above the strip. The view is especially beautiful as the Strip lights up in the evening.
You really should see the city from this view!
3. Enjoy the Fountains of Bellagio
As the music seranades, the fountains begin a captivating dance and create one of the most beautiful sights on the Las Vegas Strip.
These impressively choreographed fountains lead right up to the big finish as they shoot 460 feet into the air. The crashing water sounds like thunder!
Explore the Beautiful Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino
The Cosmopolitan Hotel is a gorgeous eclectic hotel that is worth exploring. Throughout the floors, you can find interesting seating areas, weird art, and the largest chandelier in the world.
During the winter months, the Cosmopolitan transforms the rooftop swimming pools into a huge ice skating rink, complete with fire pits and s’mores.
Plan to spend a little time here discovering the secret speakeasies, the amazing food court, and the Chandelier Bar. The Cosmopolitan is one of our favorite destinations on the Strip.
Stroll Through the Park at MGM Park
The Park is home to bars, restaurants, and shopping conveniently located center Strip. With outside seating at many of the eateries, it is fun to people-watch while enjoying a cocktail or craft beer.
Listen to Music on the Brooklyn Bridge
Thursday and Friday evenings are especially fun on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York New York Casino. Grab a bite and dance to the live music. There is outdoor seating, plus several bars and restaurants nearby.
Join the Party on the LINQ Promenade
Photo Credit: Dawn Rose
This pedestrian-only area is lined with bars, restaurants, selfie spots, and a never-ending parade of people. It is a fun place to visit, especially when looking for things to do in Vegas besides gambling.
From Instagram-worthy photo ops such as the giant gummy bear chandelier and a replica “Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, there is so much to see and do on the LINQ Promenade. Soar above the crowd, take in breathtaking views at 550 feet, or let your imagination wander in virtual reality.
Wet your whistle with a Cotton Candy Martini, a specialty tequila flight, or a craft beer. And, of course, don’t forget the food. From sweet treats like macaroons or gelato to famous celebrity restaurants, there is something to please all palates. You can even find your beloved favorites like Starbucks, Dunkin, and In-and-Out Burger.
Ride the High Roller
Step into the massive Las Vegas Ferris wheel, the High Roller. For 30 minutes you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views of Las Vegas. With 360-degree views from the passenger pods, you can see for miles as you reach the top at 550 feet above the promenade.
Whether you choose a day package, night package, or open bar package, riding the High Roller is fun for everyone.
Booking a ride at dusk gives you the best views of Las Vegas. The magical transition from daytime into nighttime is a Las Vegas experience like no other. The sunset turns the skies pink with purple accents creating a beautiful contrast against the Mojave Desert and the Spring Mountains.
Then, as the dark settles in the Las Vegas Strip lights up! It almost seems like someone flicks a light switch. The energy shifts and it is time to party!
Party at the Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience is a pedestrian mall and entertainment district located in the historic downtown area of Las Vegas. It is known for its iconic overhead LED light canopy which covers a portion of Fremont Street, creating a vibrant and immersive visual display.
From FREE nightly concerts, millions of LED lights and people soaring high above on Slotzilla, you are sure to remember your Fremont Street Experience. Hotels, street performers, shopping, dining, and ziplining are all within walking distance in this five-block historic area.
10. Zip Line High Above the Party
Ziplining offers a unique blend of adventure and exhilaration, making it a popular activity for those seeking an adrenaline rush and a fresh perspective on the world around them.
Slotzilla on Fremont Street: Fly like a superhero, under the lights on Fremont Street. This Zoomline is 5 blocks long and 114 feet above the party below!
Fly LINQ: From 12 Stories high, soar above the promenade on an 1100-foot zip line. The people below never know when the next set of high flyers will cruise through!
Ride the Roller Coasters and Thrill Rides
11. Roller Coaster at New York New York
Big Apple Coaster: How does climbing high above the New York skyline before dropping 203 feet at speeds over 67 MPH? How about adding a 180-degree heartline twist for good measure?
If this sounds like your idea of a good time, the Big Apple Coaster is your spot for fun!
12. Thrill Rides at the Stratosphere
For crazy things to do in Vegas besides gamble, ride the thrill rides at the Stratosphere. At 108 stories above street level, you can ride two jaw-dropping, adrenaline-rushing, scary-as-heck super thrill rides:
X Scream: If being dangled 866 feet above Las Vegas Blvd excites you, then this is for you. XScream will leave you screaming each time it teeters you over the edge.
Big Shot: If the ride platform is not quite high enough for you, then the Big Shot will take you even higher. You and the riders will be catapulted reaching a height of 1081 feet, before dropping back to the platform. Just try not to scream.
Photo used with permission: Our friend Zak jumping from the Strat!
If the line for the elevator is too long, you can always jump off the Strat. Literally! At 886 feet, you can jump off the Observation deck to the ground below. The Sky Jump holds a Guinness World Record as the highest commercial decelerator descent facility.
How’s that for a thrill?
Be careful now, the first step is a doozy!
Discover Museums and Exhibitions
Museums and exhibitions definitely fit into the things to do in Vegas besides gamble category. They are as diverse, sometimes quirky, and definitely as unique as the city itself. From fine art to punk rock, touring the many Las Vegas museums can keep you busy for a very long time.
Wander through the lit-up neon signs and get a glimpse into the days of old Vegas. Pinball machines, exotic cars, art, and special exhibits like the Titanic or Bodies: The Exhibition are just the tip of what Las Vegas museums have to offer.
If old Las Vegas sparks your curiosity, then visit the Neon Museum, the Boneyard for Neon Signs, and the Mob Museum. For those that love movie stars, try Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and for those of us that love selfies, The Selfie Museum is for you.
Indulge in Extreme Experiences
Consider an extreme experience when looking for things to do in Vegas besides gamble. Las Vegas is the epicenter for extreme everything. Push the boundaries and embrace an adrenaline-charged adventure.
Turn your Vegas escapade into an unforgettable journey of the extraordinary, where the pursuit of thrill and excitement becomes your new favorite form of entertainment.
Race a Luxury Sports Car
Satisfy your need for speed at Speed Vegas, the world’s largest supercar driving experience.
Choose a Lamborghini, a Porche, a Maserati, or any combination of luxury sports cars and accelerate in seconds to speeds of 140 mph. Dive into the 8 hairpin turns, hit the straight away, and do it all over again and again!
Ready to book your day at Speed Vegas? Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
Shoot a Machine Gun
Shooting a machine gun is something most people don’t do every day.
This is a high thrill bucket list experience and you can do it! Your instructor will brief you and prepare you for this mind-blowing adrenaline rush.
Jump Dunes-Baja Style
Imagine the adrenaline rush you will have when you reach the dunes at 90mph and become airborne!
Baja racing is addictive and so much fun. With 15 degrees of banking, 3 jumps and 8 turns, your heart will pound with anticipation. So strap up and climb in!
Book your Baja Racing Adventure here.
Fly a Fighter Jet
Take to the sky in an EXTRA 330LC, the highest-performance certified aerobatic aircraft in the world. Prepare to roll into aerial maneuvers, or outrun your opponent in aerial laser tag.
This is the time to put another check on your bucket list adventure!
SCA 2705 Airport Dr, North Las Vegas, NV
19. Immerse Yourself in the World of Heavy Equipment Operation
Dig a ditch, move a pile of rock, or smash a car in an immersive aggression session. The Bull-dozers, Back Hoes, and Excavators are waiting for you.
Grab your safety vest, hard hat and head out to the construction site!
20. Get Hitched
With over 120,000 weddings performed each year, Las Vegas is the Wedding Capitol of the World. With statistics like this, it is apparent that getting married tops the list of things to do in Vegas besides gamble.
Getting a marriage license only takes about 15 minutes, and the office is open until midnight 365 days a year. Whether it is a bucket list destination wedding with Elvis as your officiant, or a spur-of-the-moment “Will you marry me Right here, Right now” and roll through the drive-thru Wedding Chapel, a Vegas wedding has an allure.
With chapels lining the streets, it is easy to say “Let’s get hitched”!
Say ‘I do’ with ease and excitement in the glittering heart of Vegas! These wedding packages bring your dream celebration to life effortlessly, from Vegas venues to seamless planning.
Experience the thrill of a Vegas wedding without the stress. Your day is meant to be magical with unforgettable moments for you and your loved ones.”
21. Join the Mile High Club
The Mile High Club was once reserved for the private jet setters and the ulta-daring commercial flyers. Now, you and your lover can join the Mile High Club right here in Las Vegas. Your flight begins with champagne as you ascend to 5280′ above the city of Las Vegas.
Now, the rest is up to you to complete your membership. Don’t be shy, Love Cloud assures complete privacy for you and your lover.
22. Stroll Through the Arts District
Photo Credit: Dawn Rose
On any given day, you can find things to do in Vegas besides gamble. The Arts District is a fun place to explore with hand-painted wall murals, vintage stores, restaurants, museums, and bars.
Whether you want to enjoy drag brunch, a goth concert, or a craft beer and excellent food, you can find it here in the Arts District. As an added bonus, there are no casinos in this 18-block neighborhood.
The ENGLiSH Hotel is a beautiful addition to the Art District. With exceptional service, you can relax in comfort and luxury. Enjoy brunch by the pool, then a romantic dinner in the exclusive Pepper Club. Leave behind the chaos and step into a whole new Las Vegas world.
23. Visit the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Visit and reflect on those that were killed while attending a concert in one of the most horrific mass shootings we have ever known.
This peaceful space is beautiful and serene. As you walk through the path, notice the names and shrines dedicated to these fallen souls. The experience will not soon leave you.
24. Go Golfing
Looking for more things to do in Vegas besides gamble? How about a round or two of golf?
Pro Golf Courses
Las Vegas has some of the best pro golf courses in the world. From ultra-exclusive private greens with multiple courses, you can find something to suit your playing level.
Beat the heat of the afternoon and play a quick 9 in the evening. Many of the courses have evening tee times with well-lit playing greens.
Top Golf is a popular entertainment complex that combines golf with a lively and social atmosphere. It offers a unique and interactive golfing experience that is suitable for players of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced golfers.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of games and activities related to golf. The complex features climate-controlled hitting bays where players can hit microchipped golf balls at targets on a large outfield. The microchips in the golf balls allow for accurate scoring and feedback on the distance and accuracy of each shot.
Top Golf is perfect for a night out when looking for things to do in Vegas besides gamble.
In true Vegas fashion, there are a few fun mini-golf courses to play.
Some are family-friendly with glowing black lights and neon, while the soon-to-open “Swingers” will be adult-only with a cocktail bar, food, and DJ.
25. Take in a Show
Las Vegas is the entertainment capitol of the world. From world-renown concert venues, like T-Mobile Arena and The Sphere, to smaller intimate venues like House of Blues and Counts Vamp’d, Las Vegas continues to host music royalty of all genres.
With huge music festivals right in the city, and concert venues galore, music is just the beginning of Vegas entertainment.
Magic and illusion set the stage for performances of a lifetime. Whether you prefer big illusions or sleight of hand trickery, Vegas has it all.
Of course, there are stage shows and more stage shows. From the very family-friendly shows to the super raunchy, Vegas has a stage show for you.
It is quite possible to see a stage show every single day in Las Vegas for years and never repeat one.
26. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
With over 2200 restaurants in Las Vegas, you can have just about anything at any time. From McDonalds to Dine in the Dark Experience, Las Vegas is a foodie mecca.
Dim Sum at 3am, no problem. How about an All You Can Eat Lobster Buffet? Absolutely. Maybe you would rather have brunch complete with champagne and a spectacular view of the Bellagio Fountains?
Did you say dinner and a show? Try one of the over-the-top famous Supper Clubs, like Delilah’s or Mayfair Supper Club. Thinking of something more family oriented? Try the Tournament of Kings. The jousting tournament will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Las Vegas is one of the best cities to indulge in a foodie tour. Visit some of the top restaurants in the city, and sample some amazing dishes with your local tour guide.
In Las Vegas, you’ll discover a vibrant bar scene for all preferences. Whether you’re chilling with $1 PBRs, seeking a thrilling $10,000 ONO drink, or on a quest for the best Bloody Mary, there’s something for everyone.
Dive bar tours, speakeasies, and unlimited mimosas add to the mix. Enjoy cocktails with dazzling city views, relax by poolside bars, or dance the night away with live music. Classic casino bars offer a taste of history, ensuring a memorable time beyond the casino floor.
Explore Diverse Botanical Gardens
Visiting a botanical garden allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, gain knowledge about plants, and engage in various activities that promote relaxation, education, and appreciation for the natural world. As you wander through the diverse botanical gardens, it becomes evident that there are plenty of other things to do in Vegas besides gamble.
27. Bellagio Botanical Gardens and Conservatory
Walking through the Bellagio Gardens is one of the beautiful things to do in Vegas besides gamble. Each season the Horticulture and Engineering teams work their magic changing and decorating the 14,000-square-foot Bellagio Conservatory.
From a lavish European garden with floral sculptures to a winter wonderland, The Bellagio Botanical Gardens are definitely something to see while in Las Vegas.
28. The Garden at The Wynn
The Garden at the Wynn is always worth a visit. The ever-changing gardens are sophistically decorated in true Wynn Style. The magical carousel will delight you as the horses appear to dance in the flowers.
29. The Springs Preserve
Spend the day exploring the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and educational exhibits in this 180-acre preserve. Learn about desert ecosystems, sustainability, or even flash flooding. You can easily spend the day at the Springs Preserve. Be sure to check the calendar for special events.
30. Ethel’s Cactus Garden and Chocolate Tour
Stroll around 3 acres of gardens showcasing cacti, succulents, and various plant life found in the Mojave desert. Visitors during the Christmas season are treated to a winter wonderland as The Cactus Garden is magically transformed with a million-light display.
While everyone can enjoy the factory tour, adults can indulge in a wine and chocolate pairing,
31. Tour Allegiant Stadium
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the magnificent Allegiant Stadium, Home of the Las Vegas Raiders. Not only will you have a chance to see the Broadcast Booth, and private suites, but also the Raiders lockerroom.
Even if you are not a sports fan, Allegiant Stadium is a state-of-the-art unique facility that will blow your mind. This beautiful spectacle will catch your eye and spark your imagination.
32. Tour Las Vegas Motorspeedway
Photo Credit: Everything RV by Pat
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including the World famous Neon Garage, luxury suites, racing garages, and Victory Lane.
The tour will take you through Americas Racing Showplace visiting 9 other tracks including the NHRA 4 Lane drag strip as well as the dirt track which hosts World of Outlaws, Nascar K&M Pro Series, and IMCA Modifieds.
For those that need more, you can schedule a ride along or drive the track in one of the Racing Schools. Better yet, come when NASCAR is in town and experience the thrill of LIVE stock car racing.
33. Mix and Mingle
Frolic at a Day Club or Pool Party
Are you looking for things to do in Vegas besides gamble? Pool parties and day clubs are a fun option! Las Vegas pool parties are something you will not soon forget. As part fashion show, part dance club, with a whole lot of barely there bikinis, the DJ is not the only one bringing the fun! Grab a drink, and mingle. It’s Vegas Baby!
Go Dancing and Order Bottle Service
The Las Vegas Club scene is over the top. With world-famous DJs, extreme light shows, sparklers and celebrities, the party goes on until dawn. Dress to impress and request bottle service. This is your time to party!
34. Get Pampered
Getting pampered makes the list of things to do in Vegas besides gamble. There is a world-class spa in just about every hotel on the Strip. Throughout the city, you can find day spas, foot spas, IV hydration therapy spas, and blowout bars. There are even foot baths with little fish that eat the dead skin on your feet.
Relax, rejuvenate, and allow yourself the experience of a world-class spa treatment.
35. Take a Dance Class
When it comes to things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble, don’t pass on higher education. Take a class in pole dancing, stripper basics or even aerial moves. Learn to booty shake or even learn the art of lap dancing.
Not only are these classes fun, they will challenge you physically. Take control of your body and work that pole!
If line dancing and country music is more your style, Gilley’s offers FREE line dancing lessons throughout the week. Slide to the left…..slide to the right….
Explore the Deep Dark Sea
Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the waves? Now is your chance to explore the mysterious world of the Shark Reef. Be spellbound by jellyfish, sea turtles, and sharks! The Shark Reef is one of the largest aquariums in the US holding over 2000 sea animals.
As you walk through the aquarium tunnel, the fish swim overhead and seem to surround you on all sides. The scenery is captivating and will leave you breathless.
Venture Inside Area 15
Area 15 is as unique and should not be missed when looking for things to do in Vegas besides gamble. As a premier attraction, Area 15 is something to put on your Las Vegas to-do list.
With immersive art displays, live entertainment, bars, and restaurants Area 15 offers a vibrant destination that captivates the senses and offers a one-of-a-kind experience.
Explore the hidden portals of Omega Mart and Wink World, or experience an alternate universe created in the Virtualis VR, Free Roam Virtual Reality. Be virtually transported to a Tokyo Night Market, an African Safari, or sit on the sidelines of a Raiders game in Illuminarium. There is even a hidden speakeasy.
If that’s not enough, enter the world of magic, burlesque, and rum as you explore Lost Distillery. In my opinion, one of the best shows I’ve been to in Las Vegas. Sip rum, and wander the rooms while enjoying the up-close vaudeville-style entertainment.
Visit the Cannabis Dispensaries
Satisfy your curiosity in a non-threatening chilled environment for things to do in Vegas besides gamble. Now is your chance to visit a retail cannabis dispensary. These are not your back alley dealers; these stores have everything imaginable and the staff to help you make the right purchase.
Don’t be nervous, do ask questions, and only buy something if you want to use it. For those that don’t want cannabis products, you might find a souvenir t-shirt or hat. Just go….
Shop Until You Drop
You can find something for everyone, from super cheap t-shirt shops to ultra-exclusive designer boutiques at The Forum Shoppes.
Are you looking for a cute pinup dress? Check out the Miracle Mile Shoppes. Las Vegas has something for everyone, even outlet shopping.
You can shop for cars, furs, art, jewelry, and even vintage Ramones vinyl. In Las Vegas, you can find whatever your heart desires.
40. Take Karaoke To a New Level
Looking for more things to do in Vegas besides gamble?
Grab a mic, pick your song, and let’s Karaoke, Las Vegas style! Sing with a live band or reserve a private karaoke room in any of the Las Vegas Karaoke Clubs around town. With lights and state-of-the-art sound, you are the star of your own show.
Karaoke clubs are full-service private rooms with food and beverage packages, waitstaff, and of course, a huge library of karaoke favorites. This is the time to shine, Las Vegas style.
There are Plenty of Things To Do in Vegas Besides Gamble
Las Vegas is like no other city in the world.
Its charm extends beyond its famous casinos, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences that redefine the art of indulgence and create lasting memories. From the enchanting allure of botanical gardens to the heart-pounding thrill of extreme sports, this dynamic city boasts a treasure trove of activities that cater to every taste and curiosity.
As you explore Sin City, you will quickly discover there are so many things to do in Vegas besides gamble.
Maureen Wright and Robb Strobridge
Entrepreneurs, Wanderlusters, Constant travelers, and Full-time RV Nomads since 2016. We are fueled by life, love, and the pursuit of all things good. Thanks for joining our journey and we hope to see you down the road!