Non Gambling things to do in Las Vegas

by Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders

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Things to do in Las Vegas that are non gambling!

Of course when you think of Las Vegas, the first thing that pops into your mind is gambling. There isn’t another place in the world so synonymous with it. However, when you dive deeper into this city there are plenty of places to go and activities to partake in for those who are looking at non gambling things to do in Las Vegas!

image of eiffel tower on the las vegas strip

The first time I visited Las Vegas I was 17, and the second was for a work trip. Neither of these trips focussed on gambling, yet there is definitely something about the city that drew me in. Expecting to find Vegas over the top, crass and too in your face, it went so far over this line to almost come back full circle. Not somewhere to spend a long time in, but definitely worth taking 5 days to explore what this city has to offer.

1. Visit Fremont Street

Sometimes known as ‘Old Las Vegas’, as it is the old Las Vegas strip. Packed full of charm, it does feel a little like stepping back in time. The street is now a cover pedestrianised strip and full of casinos and bars. It is quite renowned for partying, if this is your thing. Even if not, it is still worth taking the time to pop down! The ceiling of the strip is a free light show! If you have more time, you can take walking tours of the area.

image of fremont street in Las vegas for non gamblers

2. Zip Lining in Fremont Street

While you are in downtown Las Vegas, make sure to take part in the zip lining experience! Because of course why wouldn’t there be a giant line running above the entire length of the strip? You can put all your belongings in a bag which they attached to the bottom of your harness.

3. Watch the famous Bellagio Fountain display.

Pretty much a must when in Las Vegas! These world renowned are featured in so many movies set in this city. Think the closing shot of Ocean’s 11! Every 15 minutes after 8pm the stunning mix of water, light and music come to life. If you want the best view, book a table for dinner at one of the 6 restaurants in the Bellagio hotel.

4. Enjoy incredible food

The amount of different food options in Las Vegas in absolutely incredible. You could spend weeks exploring all the options, it really is a foodie’s paradise. Check out Sadelles for a New York brunch, eat delicous fish tacos at Nobu and enjoy the most amazing char sui buns at Momofuku. This really is the tip of the iceberg, with other options including Gordon Ramsey fish and chips, steak dinners, ferris wheels of food at High Roller, amazing burgers at Truffles N Bacon. The list is endless, and there is something for everyone.

image of sadelle's sign with USA flag in las vegas

5. Visit the Las Vegas Sign

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! The most iconic of the Vegas signs. But did you know, it technically isn’t in Las Vegas? The sign actually sits in unincorporated Clark County! Located about 1 mile south of Mandalay Bay, it is possible to walk there, but you may prefere to hail an uber. One of the most popular selfie spots, it gets quite crowded throughout the day. Arrive early for your best chance at a clear shot of you and the sign or aim for sunset for the perfect lighting. If it is busy, there is a queue system to make sure you get your chance.

image of fabulous las vegas sign

6. Walk along the strip

Very simple really, but a great way to take in all the sights. There is no other city in the world where you can see New York, Paris and Egypt all in one go! Wander along the strip to take in the amazing architecture of the hotels. And take the time to pop into a few along the way. While you may be looking for non gambling things to do in Las Vegas, each of the hotels have something interesting about them. New York, New York has streets of Manhattan, the Bellagio changes it’s display in the atrium for each season, the pirates at Treasure Island. Each hotel is it’s own mini world!

image of the New York, New York hotel in las vegas

7. Take in the view from the top of Vegas

At 1,149 feet tall, the Stratosphere Observation Deck is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. With 360 degree views of Las Vegas and the surrounding desert, you can’t miss it. At the top of the tower there is a revolving restaurant, as well as some rather hair raising rides!

8. Visit the Neon Boneyard

This unique museum, the Neon Boneyard, is located in Downtown Las Vegas. Explore the history of Las Vegas from a truly unique perspective as you take a trip back in time with this historical collection of Vegas’s iconic neon signage. It is all located outdoors and is filled with thousands of old neon signs from Las Vegas’s history!

9. Take in a show or a residencey

Las Vegas is home to 5 Cirque du Soleil shows, which are incredible to see. These shows are absolutely amazing to watch, with so much going on. And if live music is your thing, check out which singers are hosting a residency in Las Vegas for when you visit.

10. Take aim at a gun range

If you are looking for something a little more adrenaline fuelling, Battlefield Las Vegas is the top entertainment attraction in Las Vegas. Choose from a number of gun range experiences, and if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can even crush a car with a tank!

11. Take a helicopter ride

For something a little more extravagant and for the best view in the house – why not take a helicopter ride over the strip of Las Vegas. At sunset the sky is filled with helicopters of people viewing the sights from above. You will see all the iconic hotels in complete luxury!

12. Wander the Venetian hotel

One of the most fancy and famous hotels in Las Vegas! At the heart of the hotel is a replica of the canals in Venice, complete with Gondolas! Sit under the painted sky, listen to the Italian music and watch the boats go past and pretend you are in Venice. Alternatively, why not try one of the 10 pools!

image of the venetian hotel in Las Vegas

Non Gambling things to do in Las Vegas – outside of the city

14. Visit the Magic Mountains

The 7 magic mountains monuments are about a half hour drive outside of Las Vegas. This public art display was originally intended to be there for 2 years, but the display has now been extended to the end of 2021.

image of the 7 magic mountains in the Nevada desert

15. Take a trip to the Grand Canyon

image of the grand canyon

Take a break from the busy bustling city and explore of the most famous national parks. The Grand Canyon’s South Rim is about 5 hours away from Las Vegas by bus, while the Grand Canyon West region is only a short 3 hour drive. If you want to go all out, then you can get there quicker on either an airplane or helicopter tour, or even enjoy a Grand Canyon floor landing or cruise down the Colorado River.

Las Vegas for non gamblers

This is a city worth visiting for the fact it is so different to anywhere else in the world. And if gambling isn’t for you, I hope this post has shown there are plenty of non gabling things to do in Las Vegas!

Interested in other parts of the United States? Have a look at these sections below:

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Mel • Your Travel Handbook December 31, 2020 - 9:07 am

I loved the Neon Boneyard and highly recommend it for anyone who will be in Vegas! You could also add outlet shopping to this list, for those who need to get their retail therapy fix.

Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders December 31, 2020 - 9:53 am

Oh yes! Excellent suggestion thank you!

Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes January 2, 2021 - 12:34 pm

Thanks for sharing you activties to do, we also visited Red Rock Cannyon and Springs Preserve which are outside the city as well 🙂

Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders January 2, 2021 - 8:35 pm

Ahh amazing suggestions thank you!! Next time I will have to visit


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