The Ultimate List of Things To Do in Las Vegas (Other Than Gambling)

Posted by | June 19, 2015 | Las Vegas, Nevada | 5 Comments
things to do in las vegas that aren't gambling

“What do you even DO in Vegas?”

Live here for even a little while and you’re guaranteed to hear it. We totally get that people come to gamble and hang out at the Las Vegas strip, but there’s plenty to do here that isn’t just chips, cards, and regret.

So we made this list of things you can do in Las Vegas that is more than just gambling. There’s something for everyone on this list, whether you’re just visiting the “resort corridor” or whether you’re looking to get away from it all.

If you do every item on this list – one per weekend – you’ll be busy for over 3 years.

Yeah.

So the next time somebody comes up to you and says,

“So what do you even DO in Vegas?”

You slap this list in their face and say,

“Are you kidding? We do it all!”

 

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Outdoor Adventuring

Red Rock Canyon – The one thing we can say in Vegas is that we’ve got one heck of a back yard. Off of the 215 Beltway and Charleston Blvd., our top favorite local weekend destination is 25 minutes from the Resort Corridor and just 15 minutes from Summerlin. When you get there, you’ll find that it’s filled with all sorts of fellow nature lovers, from hikers and rock climbers to bicyclists on road and mountain bikes. It’s also a favorite for motorcycle enthusiasts and photographers. For more information, call (702) 515-5350 or visit www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html

Spring Mountains Visitor’s Gateway – Just off the 95 North, Kyle Canyon Road now leads visitors to a newly opened visitor’s center that gives locals and tourists alike an idea of what kinds of activities are available to them year-round inside the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Spring Mountains highest peak, Mount Charleston. For more information, call (702) 872-5486 or visit www.gomtcharleston.com

 

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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park – Nestled in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, the 520 acre park has trees more than 400 years old. The ranch has a unique history filled with famous residents that developed the area into a combination of luxurious retreat and working ranch. Self-guided tours of the ranch house interior are available. For more information, call (702) 875-4141 or visit http://parks.nv.gov/parks/spring-mountain-ranch-state-park/

Bonnie Springs Ranch – Bonnie Springs Ranch has a replica ghost town and all the old west attractions you might want. Horseback riding, a petting zoo, cowboy shows, and events at different times of year like a terrifying haunted house. For more information, call (702) 875-4191 or visit www.bonniesprings.com.

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park – Hunt 3,000 year old Native American petroglyphs, experience petrified wood and marvel at red sandstone formations that date back over 150 million years. Dogs are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash not longer than six feet in length. Don’t forget to wear comfortable walking or athletic shoes (hiking boots or trail shoes are recommended), and pack plenty of water and snacks. Be aware of the forecast before you go, as temperatures in the desert can reach over 120 degrees Fahrenheit during summer. For more information, call (702) 397-2088 or visit www.parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – With great hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking and sightseeing, it’s a popular destination for everyone. Fully stocked marinas offer a great spot to park your boat, pick up passengers and enjoy the scenery surrounding Hoover Dam and the majestic mountains surrounding the lake. For more information, call (702) 293-8990 or visit http://www.nps.gov/lake/index.htm

Hoover Dam – Located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on the Nevada-Arizona border is Hoover Dam and a stunning view of both the Colorado River and Lake Mead. Tickets for both the Powerplant and Dam tours are available on site from 9:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Pacific time.  For more information, call (702) 494-2517 or visit www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam.

Clark County Wetlands Park – Located in the Southeast corner of the Valley, near Sam Boyd Stadium, is the Clark County Wetlands Park. If you are looking for a spot to just want to wind down and escape to a unique natural environment, Wetlands Park has you covered. Dogs are welcome, but they are restricted to specific trails. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, call (702) 455-7522 or visit www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/parks/Pages/cc-wetlands-park-homepage.aspx

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs – Located in the northwest corner of the Valley with over 2,000 acres to explore, walk, hike, ride and photograph, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs includes Tule Springs Ranch, Tule Springs Archaeological Site and Tule Springs Wash. Break out your fishin’ pole (and your Nevada State fishing license) because Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also boasts four stocked fishing ponds. Dogs are welcome, but they have to stay on a leash. If you’ve got a horse, it’s time to saddle up as you can ride through the park on designated trails. For more information, call (702) 229-6718 or visit the City of Las Vegas Website at www.lasvegasnevada.gov.

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Lorenzi Park – Located in northwest Las Vegas, Lorenzi Park and its pond are accessible for fishing. The 3-acre pond features rainbow trout and channel catfish (which are stocked seasonally); it also has a small number of largemouth bass and panfish. Limit 3 fish of any species of fish in combination. No live fish bait allowed. While there, you can also feed the ducks or just go for a stroll around the 59 acre park. For more information, call (702)229-6718 or visit www.ndow.org/Bodies_Of_Water/Lorenzi_Park_Pond or old.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/21014.htm.

The Springs Preserve & Nevada State Museum – Designed to be Las Vegas’ answer to Central Park, The Springs Preserve features Botanical Gardens and hiking trails that are free for locals to stroll from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Sustainability-focused museum exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Locals with Nevada ID enjoy discounted tickets to the museums and yearly memberships. Call (702) 822-7700 for more information or visit www.springspreserve.org.

Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden – While Ethel M’s is famous for their chocolate, they also have one of the world’s largest cactus collections with over 300 species of plants covering four acres. During the holidays, seeing the cacti, succulents and other drought-resistant trees and plants decorated in colored lights is on a local’s must-see list. While there, the self-guided viewing aisle inside the chocolate factory is also a great treat where you can grab a free sample at the end. For more information call (702) 435-2655 or visit www.ethelm.com.

Cowboy Trail Rides – If you’re ready to sit a-horse and take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the valley, then it’s time to head to the northwest to Cowboy Trail Rides. Located near the Red Rock Canyon Visitor’s Center, it’s easy to find. For more information, call (702) 387-2457 or visit www.cowboytrailrides.com.

Go birding at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve – If you’re looking to have a big year and birding is on your mind, you can go birding at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Find tips and more information at www.birdandhike.com.

Explore Eldorado Canyon – Explore the oldest, richest and most famous gold mine in Southern Nevada. From kayaking the Colorado River to touring the Savage Mine, this family-friendly excursion into the Wild West is less than an hour outside of Vegas. Swimwear, hat, sunglasses and shoes you don’t mind getting wet are highly recommended. For more information, call (702) 291-0026 or visit www.eldoradocanyonminetours.com.

Zipline through Bootleg Canyon – For those searching for an adrenaline rush, Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon features a series of four separate ziplines that begin at the 3800 foot Peak of Red Mountain and can reach up to 60 miles per hour. The approximately two and a half hour excursion is $135 for Locals with Nevada ID and $159 for non-locals. Closed-toe shoes are required. For more information, call (702) 293-6885 or visit www.flightlinezbootleg.com.

Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Trail – If you’ve got a mountain bike and you are looking for adventure, there are 30 miles of mountain bike trails for all skill levels. Helmet, elbow, knee pads and full body armor for some trails are highly recommended. For more information, visit www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/bootleg-canyon.html.

Desert National Wildlife Refuge – The largest refuge outside of Alaska is found in Clark County. With a four-wheel-drive vehicle almost mandatory for this adventure, you can explore the 1.6 million acres featuring Corn Creek, Alamo Road, Mormon Well Road, and Gass Peak Road to see Desert Bighorn Sheep and an amazing variety of other desert fauna and flora. For more information, call 1-(702) 879-6110 (the 1 is required) or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Desert.

Go Skydiving – If you really want a great look at the valley, then you might consider skydiving. Featuring tandem jumps for beginners and packages for experienced jumpers, and a great view of Lake Mead as well, try Skydive Las Vegas. For more information call (702)759-3483 or visit www.skydivelasvegas.com.

land sailing

land sailing. You know you want to.

Omega Land Sailing – Take advantage of the desert terrain by actually piloting a land yacht, sails and all. It’s a rush you won’t soon forget. Make sure to dress appropriately for this desert adventure. For more information, call (800) 377-9774 or visit www.omegalandsailing.com.

Gilcrease Orchard – Go pick your own fruit at The Gilcrease Orchard. Only open three days a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon, their list of available crops include Apricots, Kale, Zucchini and Summer Squash just to name a few. For more information, call (702) 409-0655 or visit www.thegilcreaseorchard.org

The Las Vegas Farm – If you’ve had enough of big city life, just head northwest to The Las Vegas Farm. Open to the public from 9 a.m. until dusk, across from Gilcrease Orchard, you can mingle with a different set of party animals which include peacocks, goats, pigs, horses, cows and even a llama. Raw local honey and fresh eggs available. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children old enough to walk. For more information, call (702) 982-8000 or visit www.thelasvegasfarm.com.

 Lion Habitat Ranch – Located in Henderson, see the lions formerly housed at the MGM Lion Habitat along with other rescued big cats. Behind the scenes tours are available. Those interested in Lion Philanthropy can donate to help the global lion preservation efforts the ranch supports. For more information, call (702) 595-6666 or visit thecathouse.us

Play “Ingress” – The augmented reality game has hit the streets of Las Vegas with locations at UNLV and other parts of the city. Whether you are Enlightened or Resistance, have a great time. If you’re not quite sure what Ingress is, find out at www.ingress.com.

Geocaching – Go Geocaching around Las Vegas. It’s your own self-guided treasure hunt. Here is a list of Las Vegas favorites. For more information, go to www.geocaching.com.

CycleVegas Bicycle Tours – Take a guided road and mountain bike tour in and around the Las Vegas valley. With tours of Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Valley of Fire and Hoover Dam available, you can lose the car window and see the sights first hand along with getting a great workout. For more information, you can call or text (702) 300-1626 or visit www.cyclevegas.com.

Camp Rhino – Ever wanted to see what Boot Camp is like without joining the Armed Forces? How about trying out a “Ninja Warrior” type obstacle course? If testing your body to the extremes is your cup of tea, Camp Rhino is for you. For more information, call (702) 767-8797 or visit www.camprhino.com.

 

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 Waterparks

 Wet-n-Wild Waterpark – Located in the Southwest corner of the valley, Wet-n-Wild features rides like the Royal Flush Extreme and the Colorado Cooler. For more information and pricing, call (702) 979-1600 or visit www.wetnwildlasvegas.com.

 Cowabunga Bay Waterpark – Located in the Southeast corner of the valley, Cowabunga Bay features waterslides like Beach Blanket Banzai and Breaker 1-9. For more information and pricing call (702) 850-9000 or visit www.cowabungabayvegas.com.

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 Watch the Skies

Ride with a Top Gun Pilot – Get in the cockpit with a fighter pilot and find out what it’s like to be a Top Gun. Rolls, dives and plaster-you-to-your-seat G-Forces included. For more information, call (888) 494-5850 or visit www.skycombatace.com.

 Take an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon – Several companies in the Valley offer rides in helicopters or single engine planes over the Grand Canyon. It’s a view you won’t soon forget. For more information, visit www.papillon.com or www.scenic.com for more details.

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Rides – Watch the sunrise over the Valley in the basket of a hot air balloon. For more information, call (702) 553-3039 or visit www.vegasballoonrides.com.

Go Air-Force Plane Spotting – Unlike the other airports in Vegas, you never know when Nellis Air Force Base gets busy, or what you’ll see there. From stealth bombers to drones to, well, it’s classified, trying to catch a glimpse of these high-tech marvels can be a thrill. Here’s a great introduction to the art of aircraft spotting at Nellis: www.birdandhike.com/Aircraft/Spotting/Nell/_Nellis.htm  www.blog.hankplumley.com/plane-spotting/nellis-air-force-base-plane-spotting www.fencecheck.com/content/index.php?title=The_FC_Photo_Guide:_Nellis_AFB

Okay! Okay! Look straight up!

McCarran Airport Runway Vista – McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is the ninth busiest airport in the nation. Across the road from the intersection of Sunset Road and Escondido Street, just west of Eastern Avenue, is a small parking lot that you can bring lawn chairs and watch the planes take off and land. If you really want to see a show, go on Thursday evenings, it’s the busiest night of the week for arrivals and you can see planes lined up across the sky waiting to land. While you’re there, if you want to listen to the conversations between the aircraft pilots and the control tower, you can tune your radio to 101.5 FM. It’s just a parking lot, no frills, but it’s free. For more information, you can call McCarran International Airport at (702) 455-7968.

North Las Vegas Airport Viewing Deck – A sister airport to McCarran, the North Las Vegas Airport has a viewing deck that will allow you to watch smaller planes take off and land. Located on Rancho Drive, just a mile north of the Fiesta Rancho Casino, the terminal’s viewing deck is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Call (702) 261-3806 for more information or you can visit their website at www.vgt.aero.

Henderson Executive Airport – At the Henderson Executive Airport, they’ve taken it up a notch. On the second floor of the terminal, overlooking the runway is The Landings HND where you can enjoy a meal and cocktails with your aircraft viewing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the terminal is open daily until 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 702-261-4800 or visit their website: www.hnd.aero.

 

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High Octane Excursions

Exotics Racing – If you’ve ever dreamed of racing an exotic car, this is the experience for you. Starting at $199 for 5 laps around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you can pick the car and race off the starting line. For more information, call (702) 405-7223 or visit www.exoticsracing.com.

Learn To “Drift” Your Car – The world’s largest drift school (it’s a thing) is here in Las Vegas. U-Drift offers to teach you to drift your car, a rented car if you prefer or you can sit in the passenger seat while a trained instructor does it for you. For more information, call (702) 425-4270 or visit www.u-drift.com.

Richard Petty Driving Experience – Take a ride in a NASCAR race car. You can either choose to drive or you can just ride along. For more information call (800) 237-3889 or visit www.drivepetty.com.

Extreme Dirt Bike Tour – Take on both dual-track and single-track trails through mountain and rugged desert terrain. For more information, call (702) 876-4600 or visit www.americanadventuretours.com

Dig This – Remember playing with Tonka trucks when you were a kid? Well, it’s time to step out of the sandbox and into a heavy equipment playground. Dig This is a great way to let off steam in a big way: behind the wheel of a bulldozer or excavator. For more information, call (702) 222-4344 or visit their website at www.digthisvegas.com.

Nostalgia Street Rods – Featuring 30,000 square feet of classic cars and memorabilia, if you love Street Rods, this private collection is something that you shouldn’t miss. Tours are held 3 times daily, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, call (702) 876-3652 or visit www.nostalgiastreetrods.com.

Shelby Heritage Center – If you love American Muscle Cars, then visiting the Carroll Shelby Heritage Center just might be the thing for you. Featuring Mr. Shelby’s distinctive style, you can take a guided tour through the shop as they build authentic continuation Cobras and other unique Shelby automotive offerings. For more information, call (702) 405-3500 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

 

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Sports-centric

UNLV Athletic Events – Support the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels at one of their many sporting events. You haven’t really lived in Vegas until you go to a Rebel Basketball game at the Thomas and Mack. Go Rebels!  https://www.unlv.edu/about/athletics

The Las Vegas 51’s –– Believe it or not, Las Vegas has a Minor League Baseball Team, The Las Vegas 51’s. Featuring regular events like Bat Day and post-game firework shows, it’s a great way to teach the young people in your life how to keep score and watch the game. Just make sure you take your mitt just in case a foul ball comes your way. It’s a big league value at a minor league price with tickets starting at $11 for reserved seating and $15 for field level. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Join a Dodgeball League or Go Freelance – The world championship takes place in Las Vegas (in 2015 at least) and you can enter a team or join as a freelancer. For more information, call (952) 931-0404 or visit www.thendl.com.

What could go wrong?

Join a Bubble Soccer Team – Have you ever seen those videos on YouTube where you see people playing soccer except their entire upper body is covered in a huge inflatable bubble? Yeah. That’s it. Fall and Spring tournaments are available, so there’s no excuse. Also consider joining flag football and basketball leagues. For more information, call (702) 222-0233 or visit www.lasvegassportsleagues.com.

Join Almost Any Kind of Sports Team – Connecting is easy, thanks to the Internet. Find a team or players near you that share your passion for sports. For more information, check out vegas.sportsvite.com

 

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Paintball/AirSoft

Bonehead Paintball – An indoor paintball arena located on the east side of town. The owner is passionate about introducing paintball all new players, encourages the safety and awareness about the sport and the markers used, and will even sit down and have a slice of pizza with you. Rental gear is available. They are the longest existing indoor paintball facility in Vegas. For more information, call (702) 267-6042 or visit them on the web at www.boneheadpaintball.com.

Xtreme Paintball – An outdoor field located on the north side of town gives spectators a balcony area for safe, overhead viewing. The facility also hosts regular tournaments along with having rental gear available for new players. For more information call (702) 649-4862 or visit www.vegasxtremepaintball.com.

Las Vegas Premiere Paintball – Located in the northwest, near Summerlin is Las Vegas Premiere Paintball. It is an outdoor arena featuring standard paintball, Low Impact paintball, Kids Splat, Night Ball and Airsoft. Call ahead for availability and times. For more information call (702) 574-2066 or visit www.lvpp.net

Adventure Combat Ops – Gear up “Call of Duty” style and battle zombies with former Marines inside their 70,000 square foot facility. Definitely built for gamers looking for a real life “Rainbow Six Vegas”-type of experience with Airsoft instead of real bullets, there are also Parent-Child “Rite of Passage” packages available for a great bonding experience. For more information, call (844) END-NEAR (363-6327) www.adventurecombatops.com

 Guns & Ranges

Battlefield Vegas – With packages ranging from $99 to $700, pick a package of fully automatic weapons to fire on their range. If you feel really adventurous, for $3,500, they’ll even let you crush a car with an Abrams Tank. For more information, call (702) 566-1000 or visit www.battlefieldvegas.com

Machine Guns Vegas – A firearms experience for a wide ranging audience from divorcees to gamers. For more information, call (702) 476-9228 or visit shoot.machinegunsvegas.com.

Pacific Archery – Knowledgeable and extremely kind, the team at Pacific Archery offers lessons daily for novice and experienced archers alike. For more information, call (702) 367-1505 or visit www.pacificarcherylv.com.

Clark County Shooting Complex – Far north of the Valley is the Clark County Shooting Complex. Beretta firearms are available for rent along with ranges specifically tailored for Rifle, Pistol, Archery and Shotgun. (702) 455-2000 www.clarkcountynv.gov/Shootingcomplex.

 

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Golf

The Badlands Golf Course – If 18 holes are your escape, then try The Badlands. Located in Summerlin with Red Rock Canyon as a background, it has three 9-hole layouts: Desperado, Diablo and Outlaw to challenge golfers of all skill types. It also features a panoramic view of the city along with some of the toughest shots in town. For more information, call (702) 363-0754 or visit www.badlansgc.com.

Golf Summerlin – Three unique courses nestled in the middle of Summerlin; challenge yourself to the 54-hole, par 72 3-course combo in a quiet, subdued, suburban locale. For more information, call (702) 254-7010 or visit www.golfsummerlin.com.

Angel Park – Designed by Arnold Palmer, it is one of the rare places in the city where you can enjoy an evening of golf on the lighted Cloud Nine and Putting Courses at Angel Park. It’s a favorite for locals and out-of-town guests alike. For more information, call (702) 254-4653 or visit www.angelpark.com.

Take golf lessons – At the North Las Vegas Municipal Golf Course you can engage in learning the character building game of golf. With adult lessons starting at $35, the lighted course is open until 10 p.m. Last available tee time is at 8 p.m. for more information call (702) 633-1833 or visit http://www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com/departments/parksandrecreation/municipalpar3.shtm

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 Indoor Adventuring

Pole Position Indoor Raceway – Fun for adults as well as kids, this indoor raceway features go-karts for both adults and children over 48 inches (4 feet) tall. Closed shoes are required but shoe and sock rentals are available. It’s a great way to have fun while avoiding the elements. Group events happen often, so make sure to call ahead to make sure the track is available. For more information, call (702) 227-7223 or visit www.polepositionraceway.com

Fiesta Rancho Ice Arena – For those looking to beat the heat and glide through summer, this off-the-strip venue is great to take ice skating lessons, hockey lessons, or just enjoy DJ Skate Nights on Friday and Saturday Nights from 8pm-11pm. Call (702) 638-3785 for more information or visit: www.fiestarancho.sclv.com/Entertainment/SoBe-Ice-Arena.aspx

Climbing + air conditioning = nice.

Red Rock Climbing Center – Whether you’re trying to increase your stamina to tackle the tough climbs at Red Rock Canyon or just need a challenge, the Red Rock Climbing Center features 8,000 square feet of climbing walls measuring 35 feet tall. There are challenging overhangs and roof routes to try. Some of their courses span nearly 100 feet in length, so if you’re climbing the walls at home, head over and try some physically demanding fun. For more information, call (702) 254-5604 or visit www.redrockclimbingcenter.com.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving – Not into jumping out of a perfectly good airplane? Don’t worry; there are other alternatives that are just as fun. For more information, call (702) 731-4768 or visit www.vegasindoorskydiving.com.

King Putt – Indoor Mini Golf – If you’re looking for a more traditional type of fun, look no further than King Putt and its’ 18-holes of indoor blacklight-illuminated mini-golf. With two locations, one in Henderson and one in the Northwest, it’s a great way to beat the heat and have a great time with family and friends. For more information call (702) 541-6807 (Henderson), (702) 823-1519 (Northwest) or visit www.kingputt.com

KISS by Monster Golf – If hitting the big courses around town isn’t your thing but you still want to rock 18-holes of golf, directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel off Harmon Avenue is KISS Mini-Golf. Decorated as you would expect in a style worthy of the Kiss Army, this black-light illuminated course is unique by any standard. There is even a Gene Simmons impersonator on-site that performs wedding ceremonies. For more information, call (702) 558-6256 or visit www.monsterminigolf.com/kiss.

“Escape” – For those unfamiliar with the concept of “live room escape games”, essentially, you are given a scenario and armed with only your wits and problem solving skills, you have to figure out how solve the puzzles and/or escape the room under a set time limit. No smartphones or electronic devices allowed. It’s you and your friends versus a problem for the win. There are three different venues in the city that offer this unique indoor adventure, each one offering unique scenarios: Countdown Live Escape Games, www.countdownescape.com (702) 901-4205; Lockdown www.vegaslockdown.com (702) 998-8723; and Live Escape Adventure of Las Vegas (702) 405-6335.

Gameworks – In the mood to get your game on? From classic arcade games like Galaga and Pac-Man to the latest E-Sports titles on consoles, if you can think of the game, Gameworks in Town Center is just for you. For more information, call (702) 978-4263 or visit www.gameworks.com.

A Gamer’s Paradise – Located next door to pinball hall of fame, it has enough ancient and obscure stuff to be worth a stop in its own right. From trading card games to tournaments, they feature everything for hard-core gamer, they can even fix your system if needs be. For more information call (702) 432-4700 or visit www.agpvegas.com.

Gold Spike – This vintage downtown locale has been updated and has become very family friendly during the day. With pool tables and arcade games, it’s a great place to chill and hang out yet still feel like you are in Vegas. (702) 476-1082 or visit www.goldspike.com

Find a free movie screeningGofobo.com, Txtmovieclub.com, UniversalScreenings.com, Advancescreenings.com, Redcarpetrefs.com, Wbtickets.com. Find an advanced movie screening so you can say you saw the big blockbuster before everyone else.

 

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 Adventures in the Resort Corridor

The Hunt – One part Amazing Race, one part scavenger hunt through Las Vegas, turning an average outing into one you won’t forget. For more information, call (702) 751-4868 or visit www.thehuntlasvegas.com.

CSI: The Experience – At the north end of the MGM Hotel and Casino, there is an attractions area and within it you can join up with fellow fans to solve cases right in the heart of the resort corridor. For more information, call (702) 891-5749 or visit lasvegas.csiexhibit.com.

 The High Roller at The Linq – At the heart of the Resort Corridor is the world’s tallest observation wheel, The High Roller, standing at 550 feet tall. With individual “pods” or cabins that hold up to 40 visitors each, it takes a full 30 minutes to complete a single rotation. Daytime tickets start at $26.95 and increase to $36.95 at night. It is advised to buy tickets well in advance if you plan to go on the weekends. For more information, call (702) 983-1812 or visit www.caesars.com/linq/high-roller.

Brooklyn Bowl – Found at The Linq, this unique hotspot inhabits the intersection between nightclub and bowling alley to create a remarkable fusion of food, music, fun and unique décor. Rumor has it that their fried chicken is amazing. For more information, call (702) 862-2695 or visit vegas.brooklynbowl.com.

 Museums

The Neon Museum – A popular favorite is the Neon Museum and its’ guided tour of the Neon Boneyard. Nevada residents get a discount with valid Nevada ID. The Neon Museum strongly recommends that you wear comfortable close-toed walking shoes and reminds prospective visitors that there is broken glass and rusted metal in the area. The warnings aside, the night tour is spectacular and is a must-see. Local adult tour prices are $12 for a daytime tour and $22 for nighttime tours. Insider Tip: Make sure you reserve your tickets as soon as you can as the tours sell out quickly in the summer. For more information, call (702) 387-6366 or visit their website: www.neonmuseum.org

The Mob Museum – Opened in 2012 as part of the plan to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, The Mob Museum features 17,000 square feet of unique interactive exhibit space on three floors. You can listen in on recorded wire-taps, see a bullet hole-riddled section of a wall from The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and walk in the very courtroom that held some of the Kefauver Hearings. The museum prides itself on giving visitors a balanced view of both sides in the battle between organized crime and law enforcement. Housed in the historic former Federal Courthouse and U.S. Post Office at 300 Stewart Avenue, the museum is “an offer you can’t refuse.” For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit their website: www.themobmuseum.org.

Pinball Hall of Fame –An attempt to house and display the world’s largest pinball collection, the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club has made their collection open to the public. Located on the east side of town not far from UNLV, it’s 10,000 square feet dedicated to pinball and vintage arcade games. It is a non-profit, so if you love what they’ve done, consider donating to the ongoing project. All excess revenue they create is donated to non-denominational charities. That’s called getting your game on for a good cause. Just remember to bring a pocketful of quarters. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. For more information visit www.pinballmuseum.org.

National Atomic Testing Museum – With more than 12,000 unique artifacts, the National Atomic Testing Museum is an educational experience about the development and testing of the nuclear bomb. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., they suggest that you allow at least two to four hours for your visit.  For more information, call (702) 794-5151 or visit www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org

What kid doesn’t love trains?

 Nevada Southern Railway Museum – For a unique afternoon outing, especially for those who love trains, the Nevada Southern Railway Museum is a treat for the entire family. While at the museum, you can take a 35 minute train ride on the Boulder Branch Line from Boulder City to Railroad Pass and back again in your choice of an open air car or a climate controlled Pullman coach. It’s an early day for this excursion as the museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trains depart at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (702) 486-5933 or visit www.nevadasouthern.com

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum – Take a trip back in time to the 1929 stock market crash and Depression that led thousands of unemployed men and women to the dangerous Boulder Canyon project that would later become the Hoover Dam. For more information, call (702) 294-1988 or visit www.bcmha.org.

The Auto Collection at The Linq – If you enjoy cars, this is your destination. Located on the fifth level floor at the rear of the Linq Hotel and Casino, the 125,000 square foot show room is filled with hundreds of cars ranging from a 1934 Morgan Super Sport to a 2002 Rolls Royce Pre-Production Phantom Prototype. Admission is free. For more information, call (702) 794-3174 or visit www.autocollections.com.

Discovery Children’s Museum – Adjacent to the Smith Center in Symphony Park, it is three stories, 58,000 square feet and nine themed exhibition halls filled with child-like wonder and enthusiasm. The main focus of the museum is children aged 0-12. If you’re an adult and wish to explore the museum for yourself without a child, you will be asked to leave your photo ID at the admissions desk during your visit. For more information, call (702) 382-3445 or visit www.discoverykidslv.org.

Marjorie Barrick Museum – Since 1967, standing nearly at the center of the UNLV campus, is The Marjorie Barrick Museum that students and locals just call “the Barrick.”  Ensconced by the Lied Library, Wright Hall and a beautiful cactus garden, the Barrick has stood the test of time as the anchor of art and culture in Las Vegas. For more information and a list of the latest exhibits, call (702) 895-3381 or visit www.unlv.edu/barrickmuseum.

Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery – Found in the center of Clark County Government Center, this unique gallery plays home to art of all sorts. For more information, call (702) 455-7030 or visit www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/parks/Services/Pages/art-at-government-center.aspx

Madame Tussauds – See wax figures of Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, and yes, the guys from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. For more information, visit www.madametussauds.com/LasVegas

Clark County Museum – Discover the history of Southern Nevada from prehistoric times to the present along with a collection of restored historic buildings that depict daily life from different decades in different parts of Southern Nevada. For more information, call (702) 455-7955 or visit www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/parks/pages/clark-county-museum.aspx

 Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art – Located downtown in the cultural district, the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art plays host to varying exhibitions year round. For more information, call (702) 382-2926 or visit www.snmfa.com

Las Vegas Natural History Museum – Did you know that we have a Smithsonian Affiliate right here in town? Focusing on the natural world, it has dinosaur, marine and various animal exhibits to educate and delight visitors (even a really big, animated Tyrannosaurus Rex!). For more information, call (702) 384-3466 or visit www.lvnhm.org.

 

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 Performing Arts

The Smith Center – Home to the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, the Smith Center downtown features performances by the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet Theater and other special theatrical events year-round. For more information call (702) 749-2000 or visit www.thesmithcenter.com.

The Desert Winds – Considerably less expensive than season tickets to the Philharmonic and every bit as good, The Desert Winds Contemporary Wind Ensemble performances shouldn’t be missed. For more information visit www.thedesertwinds.org.

UNLV Cultural and Civic Events – Before the Smith Center arrived in Las Vegas, UNLV set the standard for culture in Southern Nevada and it still holds true. From world-famous lecturers to ballet, live theater to educational events, if it’s worth doing, you can find it at UNLV. www.unlv.edu/community/events

The Henderson Pavilion

Henderson Pavilion – Located in the quiet suburbs, the Henderson Pavilion is the largest open air amphitheater in Nevada. It has featured concerts ranging from stand-up comedians to the concert event Video Games Live. For more information, call (702) 267-4849 or visit www.cityofhenderson.com/henderson-happenings/events/concerts.

Spring Mountain Park Summer Theater – If you’re looking for a unique venue to enjoy musical theater, look no further than Summer Theater at Spring Mountain Park. Productions change every summer, but one thing remains constant, it’s theater under the stars. Take a blanket and a picnic basket and be ready for an unforgettable evening. For more information call (702) 594-PLAY (7529) or visit www.summertheater.org

Las Vegas Little Theater – Southern Nevada’s oldest community theater is active with continuous productions. Staffed and performed purely by volunteers, they strive to bring awareness of the Theater Arts to the community at large. To find out what’s playing and support our amateur theater community, call (702) 362-7996 or visit www.lvlt.org.

Theater In The Valley – Since 1993, the community theater company of Henderson has a list of active productions year round. Staffed by volunteers, they are dedicated to producing quality plays and musicals for Valley families. For more information, call (702) 558-7275 or visit www.theatreinthevalley.org.

 Big Elvis – A 500-pound Elvis impersonator who does a free afternoon show every weekday at Harrah’s. (okay, this is in a casino, but it doesn’t count because, hey, Big Elvis.) For more information, call (702) 461-1837 or visit www.bigelvislasvegas.com.

Dino’s – Unleash your inner artist and give Karaoke a try at the place voted by locals as one of the best “dive bars” in town. www.dinoslv.com

Alibi Las Vegas – Alibi Las Vegas is a cross between a comedy show, a scavenger hunt, a tour, and a bar/restaurant crawl. A unique experience, you will never be sure where the line is being drawn between fiction and reality, as you explore downtown Vegas, interacting with some of Vegas’ finest comedians, exploring new and exciting venues, solving clues and puzzles, and eating and drinking, all while engaged in an uniquely engaging plot of which you are an exciting part of. Alibi Las Vegas murders boredom and provides a completely unique experience that is unlike anything else you will see in Vegas! For more information, call (702) 786-0577 or visit www.alibitheshow.com.

 The Beat Coffeehouse & Records – Unleash your inner beatnik and give your stand-up its first test at The Beat’s open mic night. The Beat supports local musicians, so be ready to hear unique sounds from other talented Las Vegans. For more information, call (702) 385-2328 or visit http://www.thebeatlv.com/events.html

 

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 Behind the Scenes

 Go “Behind the Scenes” of TV’s “Tanked” – Take a tour behind the scenes of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, location of Animal Planet’s hit show “Tanked.” For more information, visit www.viator.com/tours/Las-Vegas/Behind-the-Scenes-Tour-of-Tanked-the-TV-Show/d684-8564TANKVIP

Go “Behind the Scenes” of TV’s “American Restoration” – Featured on the History Channel, Rick’s Restorations is open for tours where you can see old items gain new life under the careful hands of Rick Dale and his team. For more information, call (702) 366-7030 or visit www.ricksrestorations.com.

Go “Behind the Scenes” of TV’s “Pawn Stars”– Find treasures old and new at Gold and Silver Pawn, home of the Pawn Stars television show. For more information, call (702) 385-7912 or visit www.gspawn.com

Rock’n’Roll Fantasy Camp – Unleash your inner rock star and perform with famous working musicians at Rock’n’Roll Fantasy Camp. With big name camp counsellors like Jon Anderson, Slash, Gary Hoey, David Crosby and Roger Daltrey, you’re sure to have a rockin’ time. For more information, call (888) 762-2263 or visit www.rockcamp.com.

 Lessons and Learning

 Bellagio’s Executive Chef Classroom – Deep in the resort corridor and pricey at $135 per person, it’s a cooking experience you probably don’t want to miss out on. For more information, call the Concierge at Bellagio at (866) 906-7171 or visit https://www.bellagio.com/hotel/executive-chef-classroom.aspx.

 Sur La Table – Not many locals know that you can visit Sur La Table any time and have your knives sharpened for $5 each; this Foodies Paradise offers cooking courses as well. Classes typically run (depending on the menu) $69 to $85 a person, including a sample what you’ve made, characterized as a “generous appetizer portion.” For more information, call (800) 243-0852 or check out their class schedule at www.surlatable.com/browse/storeCalendar.jsp?storeId=137.

Blue Sky Yoga in the Arts Factory – For however much you feel like donating, look at the art on the walls while you sweat. For more information, call (702) 592-1396 or visit www.blueskyyoga.com.

Clay Arts Vegas – Nestled in the revitalized Arts District, Clay Arts Vegas is a locally owned studio that’s open seven days a week with regularly scheduled classes. Create it, fire it, paint it, it’s all in your hands. For more information, call (702) 375-4147 or visit www.clayartslasvegas.com.

PaintNite – This is what happens when you mix cocktails with paint, canvas and brush. Think of it as art with a buzz. Not intended for folks under 21, it’s just a great way to be social and have fun creating something new. www.paintnite.com

UNLV Continuing Education – Take a continuing education course from UNLV. continuingeducation.unlv.edu/programs-and-courses

Trapeze Las Vegas – Do you dream of being in the circus? Well, if you want to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, give some circus and trapeze lessons a try. For more information, call (702) 551-4858 or visit www.trapezelasvegas.com.

 Las Vegas-Clark County Library District – Offering a wide variety of resources, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has something to spark the imagination of all ages. From Library Programs for Adults, Computer Classes for Seniors, Books and Poetry Discussion Groups for all ages to Gallery Exhibits, Film Series and eMedia Classes, there is no shortage of amazing things to learn and enjoy than at our local libraries. http://www.lvccld.org/events/index.cfm

Star Nursery Free Seminars – Having trouble with your irrigation? Need tips on cooling your yard for the summer or maybe advice on how to create a patio garden? Every Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m, Star Nurseries located all over the valley present free educational seminars. (866) 584-7827 or visit www.starnursery.com/star-seminars.

 

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Shopping and Dining

Downtown Container Park – While you’re at the Mob Museum, why not stop at the nearby Container Park? Architecturally unique, each structure is built from locally manufactured Xtreme Cubes and repurposed shipping containers. It’s a fun stop for unique shops, dining and entertainment. It’s also a great way to “shop small” and support local businesses. Want to have a “Doggie Date Night” with your best canine pal? Check their calendar because there just might be one coming up. For more information, call (702) 359-9982 or visit their website: www.downtowncontainerpark.com.

Chinatown – Featuring colorful Tong Dynasty architecture and the largest array of Asian businesses in the city, Las Vegas’ Chinatown Plaza is located on Spring Mountain Road between Arville St. and Wynn Rd. Bring your appetite because Chinatown is home to the widest array of Asian fare in the city. For more information, call (702) 221-8448 or visit www.lvchinatown.com.

The Area 52 Store – While visiting Boulder City, grab some alien-themed gear and be the first of your friends to take a selfie inside a flying saucer at this parody of Nevada’s infamous Area 51. For more information, call (702) 293-1823 or visit www.flyingsaucerarea52.com.

 Arcade + Bar = Barcade. Visit an arcade game bar like Hi-Scores (702) 522-7766 www.hiscoreslv.com, Insert Coin(s) (702) 477-2525 www.insertcoinslv.com, or Scooter’s Pub (702) 227-9047 www.scooterspubinc.com. At some of these places, playing arcade games is completely free.

Tea Time – Take afternoon tea in opulent surroundings and the price isn’t… okay, it’s pretty expensive for a cup of tea. But it’s the experience that counts, right? The Mandarin: www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/fine-dining/tea-lounge The Verandah at the Four Seasons: www.fourseasons.com/lasvegas/dining/restaurants/veranda/afternoon_tea.

UNLV Bookstore – Pick up a t-shirt, ball cap and all sorts of Runnin’ Rebel logo gear. The metered parking next to Greenspun Hall (off Maryland Parkway, next to In-and-Out) makes it easy to grab a bag full of UNLV goodies. For more information, call (702) 736-3955 or visit unlv.bncollege.com.

Antique Mall of America – Located on South Las Vegas Boulevard, past Pebble Road is 25,000 square feet of collectibles, antiques, art, jewelry and coins. For more information, call (702) 933-2791 or visit www.antiquemallofamerica.net.

 Broadacres Marketplace – At the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Pecos Boulevard, Broadacres Marketplace is situated on 44 acres of land with over 1,150 vendor spaces and buildings. It is open every week, Friday through Sunday. For more information, call (702) 642-3777 extensions 104, 105 and 106, or visit www.broadacresm.com

 Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop – One of the very last vestiges of “Old Vegas,” the coffee shop inside Jerry’s Nugget is like a trip back to the 1960’s with everything on the menu, including their decadent desserts, worth the drive out to the northern-most end of Las Vegas Boulevard. Like all great things “Old Vegas”, it’s open 24/7. For more information, call (702) 399-3000 or visit www.jerrysnugget.com.

 Hunt down a food truck – For those tired of the high-end “trendy” restaurants around the city, try your hand at finding a food truck. From All American Dave’s to Purple Penguin Snow Cones, if you’re looking for a dining adventure, visit roaminghunger.com/lv.

Throw Your Daughter a Tea Party – What do you get when you put together a mom with party planning experience with her love of her daughters? A wonderful experience complete with storytime, dress-up and face painting. For more information, call (702) 207-4475 or visit rockthetea.com/services/  We’d pay good money to see a group of adults do this for themselves!

Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery – While downtown taking the museums and revitalized shopping and attractions, let out your inner “beer snob” to sample award-winning microbrews and fresh hand-crafted beers at Triple 7, located inside Main Street Station. For more information, call (702) 387-1896 or visit www.mainstreetcasino.com/dine/triple-7-restaurant-and-microbrewery

Bauman Rare Books– For the most discerning of book lovers, a stop at Bauman Rare Books in the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shops is a drool-inducing treat. From first editions of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species to Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark and Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, it’s a unique shopping experience that combines antiques and classic literature all rolled up into one sumptuous stop. For more information, call (702) 948-1617 or visit www.baumanrarebooks.com.

The Dispensary Lounge –  Cheap drinks, great food & live jazz on the weekends. One reddit user said, “We freaking love this place! It has such a great feel to it & I think that any music lover should get to experience the awesomeness of this place!” Truly a local treasure.  www.thedispensarylounge.com/

Visit the Henderson “Booze District” – It’s on Eastgate just south of Warm Springs. All separate businesses but all in the same complex. Mike, from Bad Beat Brewing says: “You can go take a tour of the Distillery and try all of their awesome spirits then walk over to Bad Beat and have some beers. We have a sample flight of all of our 6 year round beers and whatever seasonal beers we have. Then literally just diagonal of us is Crafthaus brewery. They offer flights of their beers as well. We are both taprooms. Not bars. Smoke free environment with no video poker machines anywhere. Bad Beat and Crafthaus have totally different beers and different ambiance. Then there is Grape Expectations, a wine making school. BUT with the new laws changing to allow wineries in Clark County they might actually become a winery with a tasting room. Also there’s usually a food truck parked in the middle of the two breweries thurs-sat. Or you can always bring your own food in.  Check out Bad Beat: http://www.badbeatbrewing.com/ and Crafthaus: http://www.crafthausbrewery.com/ and Grape Expectations: http://grapeexpectationslasvegas.com/

 

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 Events

First Friday – Every First Friday of the month from 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. sees the Downtown Arts District come alive. Located on the north side of the Charleston/Casino Center intersection and stretching 3 blocks south to Imperial, there is something for everyone. First Friday isn’t just about art: it’s about the line-up of incredible food trucks, local musicians and immersing yourself in the local visual and performing arts scene. There are vendors for just about any type of food or objet d’art you can think of and probably a few you haven’t. There are also specifically kid-friendly areas including resident face painters. Admission to the event is free, but parking can be a bit tricky, so check out the First Friday website at www.fflv.net for more details.

 Las Vegas Farmer’s Market – Get fresh local produce at varying locations around the valley on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, call (702) 562-CORN (2676) or visit www.lasvegasfarmersmarket.com

Farmers Market at Downtown Summerlin – Downtown Summerlin, in conjunction with The Intuitive Forager, has a weekly farmer’s market featuring produce grown on California and Nevada family farms. The farmer’s market is open every Saturday throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the Pavilion. For more information call (702) 708-1891 or visit www.downtownsummerlin.com/event/downtown-summerlin-farmers-market/2145452654.

Henderson Farmer’s Market – Grab fresh, locally grown and prepared goods on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local offerings include fresh nuts, honey, eggs, roasted coffee, loose leaf tea and other farm fresh delights. For more information, call (702) 579-9661 or visit www.countryfreshmarket.com.

Join In On An Event In Henderson – A wide variety of events are planned every year. From hikes to bike events, from cosmic swimming to free comedy concerts. For more information, visit www.cityofhenderson.com/events

Attend the Chaiya Meditation Monastery Food Fair – Usually on the last Sunday of the month. Add your name to the Pad Thai order list as soon as you get there! www.chaiyacmm.org/activities.html.

 Destinations within an Hour or Two of Town

Jean/Primm/Stateline – Sometimes, you just gotta get out of town. Found just 30 miles south on the 15 headed toward California, Jean is a welcome break from the stress of the city, and if you’re in the mood while you’re there, you can pick up a California lottery ticket. Buffalo Bill’s Casino in Primm boasts one of the Top 10 rollercoasters in the United States, The Desperado, which offers a panoramic view of the mountains and the desert at the top of its’ 209-foot peak. If your inner daredevil is still not sated, try the Adventure Canyon Log Flume. After a clothes-soaking splash, it will carry you through the very center of the resort. For those not looking for an adrenaline rush, they can opt for Fashion Outlet Las Vegas which features a combination of 80 shops and eateries. For more information, call (888) 774-6668 or visit their websites: www.primmvalleyresorts.com and www.fashionoutletlasvegas.com.

Mesquite – On the road to Arizona, near the state line and 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, is the charming city of Mesquite, Nevada. Nestled in the Virgin River Valley, Mesquite is famous for its’ golf courses and out-of-the-way location, making it a favorite for locals looking for a discreet getaway without losing the 24-hour feel of home. For more information, call (877) 637-7848 or visit their website at www.visitmesquite.com.

Lake Las Vegas – An out of the way oasis, the 320-acre artificial lake that is Lake Las Vegas, is surrounded by three beautiful resorts, a marina and a lively storybook village filled with shops and eateries. Saturday evenings feature Lakeside Music in the village amphitheater. For more information visit www.lakelasvegas.com/events/events.

Visit Boulder City and its’ Historic Main Street – At just 20 minutes from Las Vegas, Boulder City is home to great antiquing and historic sites built during the Great Depression. Believe it or not, there are no casinos in Boulder City; gambling has been prohibited there since the town was incorporated over 50 years ago. It’s a wholesome American Main Street nestled deep in the desert. For more information, visit www.visitbouldercity.com.

Sanders Family Winery – Located just an hour outside of the Valley in Pahrump, you can discover Nevada wine for yourself.  Featuring free wine tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (775) 727-1776 or visit www.sanderswinery.com.

 

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Visit a Ghost Town

The Goodsprings Ghost Hunt – Founded in 1904, Goodsprings was once a busy mining town, now it’s a haunted ghost town. For more information, call (702) 677-9015 or visit www.goodspringsghosthunt.com.

 Delamar, NV – For a day excursion out of the valley, why not a ghost town like Delamar? 150 miles north of Las Vegas, in Caliente, Nevada is a ghost town that produced more than $15 million worth of gold between 1892 and 1909 and became known as “The Widowmaker.” For more information, visit www.legendsofamerica.com/nv-delamar.html or www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/trip-the-week/once-rich-delamar-now-crumbling-ghost-town

Chloride Mining Town – Chloride, Arizona is situated between Boulder City, Nevada and Kingman, Arizona just south of Hoover Dam. With 72 mines formerly in operation, Chloride is home to the oldest continually functioning post office in Arizona. It also boasts original wooden structures dating from the 1890’s, namely the old bank vault, a two room jail and an old Santa Fe Railroad Station. For more information, call (928) 565-4251 or visit www.chlorideaz.com

Rhyolite Ghost Town – Situated just outside Death Valley National Park, you can stroll through broken down houses and foundations. Among one of the great ruins of the Southwest, it’s a great place to hunt ghosts and take pictures. But be warned, it’s a long drive, 123.2 miles. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/deva/learn/historyculture/rhyolite-ghost-town.htm

 Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort – Take a trip back to 1855 to see an adobe fort built by Mormon missionaries along Las Vegas Creek. Now, it is a part of the Nevada State Parks complete with interpretive displays that detail the remnants of the original adobe fort. Located at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue, the Visitor Center is filled with exhibits and artifacts. For more information, call (702) 486-3511 or visit parks.nv.gov/parks/old-las-vegas-mormon-fort.

St. Thomas Nevada – Within Lake Mead National Recreation area is a ghost town that had formerly been underwater, inundated when Lake Mead was first filled in the 1930’s. What used to be only accessed by SCUBA divers at a depth of 60 feet, the recent drought and lower lake levels have made St. Thomas accessible by land via a stretch of rocky terrain along a three-mile long dirt road. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/lake/learn/nature/st-thomas-nevada.htm

 Join a Group

Geeks Who Drink – Trivia filled with good, wholesome geekiness. For local events, check their website for times, dates and locations. www.geekswhodrink.com

Use Meetup.Com To Join A Group In Las Vegas. Joining a group can be a great way to not only meet new people, but discover new things to do. Active meetup groups are frequently attending special events that you might not otherwise hear about, such as the Lee’s Annual Beer & Tequila Expo.

Here are some highlights from Meetup.com:

Vegas Hikers: www.meetup.com/VegasHikers

Las Vegas Runners: www.meetup.com/las-vegas-runners

Las Vegas Potheads: www.meetup.com/LasVegasPotheads

Las Vegas Creative Writing Classwww.meetup.com/Las-Vegas-Creative-Writing-Class

Las Vegas Dragon Boat Clubwww.meetup.com/LVDragonBoatClub

 

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 Volunteer

Three Square – Three Square Food Bank needs help with simple warehouse work to helping at special events. For more information, call (702)644-3663 or visit www.threesquare.org/how-to-help/volunteer

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission – One of the first homeless shelters in the valley, there are a multitude of ways you make a difference at this essential charity that shelters homeless men, women and children in Las Vegas. For more information, call (702) 382-1766 or visit www.vegasrescue.org/volunteer

Habitat For Humanity – Help build a house for a family in need. The Habitat for Humanity program always needs people to give a little time and sweat. For more information, call (702) 638-6477 or visit www.habitatlasvegas.org/how/volunteer-how/

Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) – This no-kill animal sanctuary needs people to lots of different things to help out such as walking the dogs, assist at adoption events, socialize animals and help clean the animal habitats for the loving animals who have yet to find loving forever homes. For more information, call (702) 873-SPCA (7722) or visit www.nevadaspca.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer

St. Judes Ranch for Children – Sure, certain boxing superstars have made spending time with children so main stream, but the fact is the kids need as much love and attention as we can spare. Visit St. Jude’s or one of the other homes for children in the valley and refill your soul. stjudesranch.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities

Shade Tree – Offers a safe space for women and children who have suffered through domestic violence and had the courage to reach out for help. Every donation and volunteer hour makes an enormous difference in the lives of Southern Nevada families trying desperately to make a positive change in their lives. For more information, visit www.theshadetree.org/get-involved/volunteer

Help The Blind Learn To Sculpt Clay – The United Way puts on this event and other regular events and you can be a part of it. For more information, visit www.volunteercentersn.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CA000000iXzmtMAC&wrs=HOC0014-003-dff37123-0774-4634-88df-cce901c87da0%20%20.

Host An Exchange Student – Students come from around the world to attend school for a semester or two. Make a lifelong friend and a huge difference in a child’s life and education. For more information, visit www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1675864.jsp.

Sundays with Seniors – Hospice patients just need somebody to chat with, play a game with, or just hang out with. Take an hour out of your Sunday to make a difference.  For more information, visit www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1223822.jsp

For more service opportunities visit www.justserve.org

 Adventures in Spirituality

Sure, not everybody is religious, but there’s a thriving community of churches and spiritual communities in the Las Vegas valley and most are welcoming to visitors. Have a neat experience participating in the heartfelt beliefs and cultures of every-day people you already know.

Buddhism: Chaiya Meditation Monastery www.chaiyacmm.org

Roman Catholic: Guardian Angel Cathedral www.gaclv.org

Baptist: Shadow Hills Church www.shadowhills.org

Non-Denominational Christian: Canyon Ridge Christian Church www.canyonridge.org

The Valley’s Largest Mega Church: Central Christian Church www.centralonline.tv

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon): www.lds.org.

Reform Judaism: Congregation Ner Tamid www.lvnertamid.org.

Islam: Islamic Society of Nevada www.lvmasjid.us

Sikhism: Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Ji www.lasvegasgurdwara.com

 And many more!

 

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BONUS SECTION: 50 lessons and cuisines to experience in Vegas

 We found dozens of types of lessons you can take in Las Vegas. Here are a few extra ideas to get your mind going. A simple google search will help you find ready and willing teachers, classes, and schools in your area.

Art
Boxing
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Club DJ
Dance
Driving
Flying
Gambling
Golf
Guitar
Karate
Kickboxing
Kung Fu
MMA
Percussion
Piano
Pilates
Pole Dancing
Rock Music
Scuba Diving
Singing
Skateboarding
Skydiving
Swimming
Taekwondo
Tai-Chi
Tennis
Yoga

Here is just a small list of the wondrous variety of culinary delights in the Valley:

Argentinian
Brazilian
Buffets
Chinese
French
German
Hawaiian Poke
Indian
Irish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Kosher deli
Malaysian
Mexican
Nigerian
Peruvian
Russian
Seafood
Soul Food
Sushi
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5 Comments

  • Karen says:

    I was so excited when I saw this posted on FB. We are new to Vegas, we are looking forward to seeing what other adventures await us other than downtown and the strip.

  • Sandy says:

    Forgot. PAHRUMP winery. And the brothel you can tour also. Free circus acts insideCircus circus and puppet shows inside Excalaber

  • Kathy says:

    I am kinda new to this state so all I can say is Thank You for sharing this information.

  • foodtruckslasvegas.com says:

    Wow, that was quite the massive post. Thank you for being so extensive and detailed. This is a page that we will definitely share.

  • Jennifer says:

    I’ve lived here my whole life and didn’t know about 60% of these things. Thank you!

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