Are there any good things to do in Las Vegas when you don’t gamble? Why yes, yes there are! Turns out, you can spend an entire family vacation in Vegas without every stepping foot into a casino! Okay, so maybe you still need to go into a casino for some of these activities, but only the hotel part, not the gambling section.
With these family-friendly things to do and see in Vegas, you don’t have to worry about living by the “What Happens Here, Stays Here” slogan! Read on to find 10 things I’d love to do on a trip to Sin City!
Things to Do in Las Vegas (When You Don’t Gamble)
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1. Bodies… The Exhibition
Located in the Luxor Hotel, Bodies… the Exhibition is a unique look at the inner workings of-you guessed it-the human body. The exhibit features real bodies and organs, preserved using a special process. It sounds kind of creepy, but it’s actually quite fascinating, especially for anatomy buffs.You’ll see 13 different whole-body exhibits as well as over 250 organs and other body specimens. Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to take pictures in the exhibit, which kind of stinks for those of us who like to document every part of our vacation.
2. CSI: The Experience
Ever wish you could become a crime scene investigator? CSI: The Experience, located in MGM Grand, gives you a chance to become one without all the actual training (or dealing with the ickier forensic evidence) that’s involved in being a real CSI. Your job: solve a triple homicide using helpful videos created by the cast members of the show and real-life forensic scientists. Think you’re up to the task? You better book ahead of time, because this one tends to sell out quickly!
3. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Located inside The Venetian hotel, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is the City of Lights’ version of the world’s most famous wax museum. Join waxy A-listers in Club Tussauds, hang out with the faux cast of The Hangover, or sing along with pretend princesses of pop in the music section. The wax sculptures throughout the museum are eerily life-like, which is probably why this is one of the most popular museums in all of Vegas.
4. Titanic Artifact Exhibit
Found in The Luxor, this 25,000-square-feet attraction is just under a third of the size of the actual ship and is filled with belonging from the actual passengers. At the end of the exhibit, you’ll find a memorial wall listing the 1,500+ passengers that perished in the tragic sinking of the Unsinkable Ship. The exhibit also gives interesting insight to what was popular among the wealthy back in the 1910s.
5. Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
While the views from the Eiffel Tower viewing deck may not be as spectacular as those from the real tower, they’re definitely still a sight to behold! See the entire city from 460 feet up into the sky. For a real treat, go at night to see all the lights! If you’re short on time or just need some filler between attractions, this is one of the fastest things to do in Las Vegas that’s still fun.
6. Fear the Walking Dead: Survival
Test your Zombie Apocalypse survival skills at Fear the Walking Dead: Survival. This all-ages attraction combines escape-room-style fun with laser tag, bringing zombies to life (um, afterlife? sort of life?) through creepy holographic zombies. While there are no age restrictions (and really not all that scary according to reviewers), this experience can still be freaky for younger kids, or for those sensitive to horror movies.
7. The Mob Museum
So, we all know who used to run most of Vegas, right? Well, apparently they don’t anymore…at least not quite so openly. If you want to learn more about their heyday, the Mob Museum is pretty fascinating! Through the 16,000 square feet of exhibit space, you’ll learn all about the rise and fall of the mafia’s hold on Sin City. The building where the museum is located is one of the last historical buildings in Vegas.
8. Vegas Indoor Skydiving
For those of us who really love the idea of skydiving but are terrified of the “plummeting thousands of feet to your death” part, Vegas Indoor Skydiving is pretty much the best alternative. This highly rated attraction is all-age-friendly and lets you experience the feeling of free-falling without ever stepping foot into a plane. The only down side? It’s kind of pricey for what basically amounts to a total of 3 minutes in the air. Still, actual skydiving costs like 3 times as much for the same amount of “air time.”
9. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Located on the 3rd floor of Treasure Island, this 4-star-rated attraction is a must-see for Marvel superhero fans. While it’s a bit pricey ($34 for adults), it’s definitely worth it! Especially for those of us who dream of going to Comic Con but never quite make it there. The exhibit takes you into the world of Marvel’s heroes and villains with interactive games, a peek into Bruce Banner’s lab, and more. You’ll also learn about the origins of each hero as well as insider info!
10. 4D Ultimate Experience
Love the idea of thrill rides but get sick at the though of your feet leaving the ground? Head to Excalibur Las Vegas and immerse yourself in a 15-minute adventure complete with video, sounds, and movement. Don’t worry, while you might feel like you’re flying through the air or chasing dinos, your body stays safe and sound on the ground (more or less). Years ago when I went to Universal Studios, they had a similar ride. As someone who freaks out on roller-coasters to the point of tears and near fainting, I had zero issues on the 4D-type ride.
If these don’t get you excited about a Vegas vacation, don’t worry: there’s plenty more to do in the city even if you don’t gamble! For more ideas, or to book tickets to these attractions, check out LasVegas.com.
Have you been there? What are your favorite things to do in Las Vegas (besides gambling)?