Things to Do in Las Vegas (Besides Gambling)

Y’all, it’s happened. My very “thrifty” husband has decided that he and I need a getaway. 

OH, THE BLISS! The girls are 22 months old and I have yet to spend a night away from them. I mean, I’m not complaining. I’m just saying – it might just be time!

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So he told me to pick a place. PICK A PLACE. I mean, how on earth can I do that?! So many places! So little time! I was trying to think of a place where people go spontaneously, so of course, Vegas came to mind. But, although my in-laws love the casinos and actually do pretty well at any casino they visit, the hubby and I don’t care much for them. So really – why ELSE would you even GO to Vegas?

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For many people the idea of Las Vegas is synonymous with gambling. And it it no surprise, considering the fact that in 2017 alone, Las Vegas Strip casinos generated $6.47 billion in gaming revenue, with the most prominent casinos reporting as much as a  3.9 percent increase in total revenue including rooms, food, beverage and gaming over 2016. It is clear that gambling represents an overwhelmingly large portion of Las Vegas’ total annual revenue.

While gambling may be the most profitable, and the most prominent attraction to be found in Las Vegas, is that Las Vegas has so much more to offer than just casinos. From the popular Camden Las Vegas bar to theme parks, amazing eats, and family friendly activities and attractions, Vegas offers a bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas, keep reading to learn about some great things to experience on and off the strip, that won’t run you the risk of going for broke in pursuit of the super jackpot.

Live Music

Whatever your favorite genre, Las Vegas offers a wide array of venues and music festivals where visitors can enjoy live performances from some of the hottest artists and musicians in the industry. Catch some of the biggest names in electronic dance music at the annual Electric Daisy Carnival, or see your favorite pop stars at Life is Beautiful, the annual music, culinary, art, and learning festival held in Downtown Las Vegas.

If Rock and Roll is more your speed, things tend to get very loud in Downtown Vegas at the Las Rageous Music Festival where you can see some of the heaviest hitting acts in Rock and Heavy Metal. Or get your share of anarchy and vitriol, and bowl a few frames at the annual Punk Rock Bowling festival.

Water Parks and Theme Parks

If the desert heat has got you beat, there are a number of water parks where the whole family can relax, cool off, and splash around. Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas is Nevada’s premier water park. Spanning over 20 acres, this park features something for all ages. Offering extreme waterslides, a lazy river,  wave pools, and even the “Tornado”, a premier slide that catapults riders to a zero gravity experience, this park is a great way to spend a day, or a weekend.

If you’re looking for the excitement, but want to keep your clothes dry, the Adventuredome at the Circus Circus hotel has the thrills you seek. Complete with roller coasters, bumper cars, games, prizes and more, this park is an amazing adventure that holds its own weight against some of the biggest theme parks in the country. Re-live childhood memories, or help your own children create their own at the Adventuredome.

Foodie Culture

Finding yourself hungry after an afternoon of fun and excitement at one of Las Vegas’ amazing theme parks? You’re in luck, because Las Vegas is home to some unique eateries, serving up fresh and creative fair with flair. Enjoy creative Japanese small plates at Raku, or experience a Classic Steakhouse vibe and delicious offerings at the Golden Steer.

If sit down fare isn’t your speed, Vegas is home to hundreds of unique food truck entrepreneurs who ditched the brick and mortar approach to dining in favor of a mobile solution. This has given food truck entrepreneurs the ability to drum up business by going where the people are.

A favorite truck to check out is Fukuburger. Fukuburger is Las Vegas’s first and favorite food truck, and it’s no surprise that this Japanese-influenced All-American burger truck was recently voted Vegas best burger. The food is simply to die for. Try their flagship All-beef Fukupatty with American cheese and standard trimmings, finished with a drizzling of wasabi mayo and a signature sauce, or dive face first into food adventure and treat yourself to the Kinoko, a burger topped with topped with a fried runny egg, furikake, crispy onion strings, and finished with teriyaki and wasabi mayo. You simply can’t go wrong.

Final Thoughts

Las Vegas has been, and will continue to be a popular vacation location for people from the United States and abroad. With So many activities and attractions, it’s no surprise. If you are planning a vacation, Las Vegas is the place to be. There are so many amazing sights and experiences in las vegas from food to fun and everything in between, people flock in droves every year to experience it all, and that trend shows no sign of slowing.

With so many one of a kind establishments and attractions, this article barely scratches the surface. What are your favorite things to do in Las Vegas? Leave us a comment in the section below and tell us what your best recommendations are!

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