25 Fun Indoor Activities in Las Vegas for Scorching Hot Summers and Rainy Days

25 Fun Indoor Activities in Las Vegas for Scorching Hot Summers and Rainy Days

The Las Vegas desert brings in scorching hot summers, which is why we don’t like leaving the apartment until sundown. Even when going you’re out at night, it feels like there’s a hair dryer blowing hot air on you.

Now that we’re more experienced adventurers and we slow travel, we can be more strategic on where we explore. We reserve late fall to early spring for outdoor activities, and when the heat sets in, you’ll find us indoors. If you’re visiting in the summer or live here and can’t seem to escape like the other sunbirds, here’s a list of the best indoor activities in Las Vegas.

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Last Updated: July 1, 2019

25 Fun Indoor Activities in Las Vegas for Scorching Hot Summers and Rainy Days

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Having a comfortable home was extremely important for us moving back to Vegas. Not only will we be spending a lot of time indoors during the summer, we’ve been hosting guests every other week. It’s been nice having a home furnished and decorated to help us relax and host. Read more on the CORT blog

4090 Schiff Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103, map

Step into a room full of bottles, electronics, VHS tapes, and more armed with bats, bowling pins, and crowbars. Then go to town and DESTROY EVERYTHING. It’s so much fun whether you need to get your aggression out or just try something new.

Pro Tip: They provide you with protective gear but you can work up a sweat. Wear shorts and a t-shirt or great sweat-wicking material under.

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2. Las Vegas Escape Rooms

We did our first escape room in NYC when we lived there, and then proceeded to do 8 more that winter when it was miserable outside. Now it’s the summer heat we have to worry about.

We’re making our way through all the top rated Las Vegas escape rooms so we can report back on which are the best. So far our favorites are Lost Games Chapter 2 and the BASEMENT.

Las Vegas Escape Rooms

800 W Roban Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89044, map

Dig This is a giant sandbox for grown-ups. You can get behind the wheel of bulldozers and excavators as the instructors show you how to use them and perform multiple tasks. The machines are air-conditioned so it’s a great way to stay cool in the heat.

Pro Tip: We wished we had brought sunglasses since it’s so bright on sunny days!

4. Indoor Sports

If you love doing active things, there are plenty of indoor sporting options in Las Vegas.

  • Topgolf Las Vegas – although it’s technically outdoors, its temperature controlled and a lot of fun! Plus, there’s a pool you can hop in if you want to cool off even more.
  • Ice Skating Indoors – Las Vegas Ice Center, Sobe Ice Arena, or Roller Skating at Crystal Palace Skating Center
  • Indoor Rock Climbing – When it’s too hot to go to Red Rock, visit the indoor rock climbing gyms. There are a few around the city: Origin, Refuge, Nevada Climbing Center, Red Rock Climbing Center.
  • Bowling – Brooklyn Bowl, Gold Coast Bowling Center, Orleans Bowling Center, Red Rock Lanes Bowling Center, Sam’s Town Hotel Gambling Hall and Bowling Center, Santa Fe Bowling Center, South Point Bowling Center, Strike Zone at Sunset Station, Suncoast Bowling Center, Texas Station’s Texas Star Lanes

5. Watch a Show

We’ve seen a lot of shows in Vegas and still haven’t scratched the surface. Our top 3 are: O by Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and Mystere. You can see a full list of shows on our post here.

1410 Jet Stream Dr Ste 150, Henderson, NV 89052, map

Have you ever wanted to fly a plane or get your pilot’s license? At All in Aviation, you can get behind the wheel of beautiful Cirrus jets and log your hours toward a pilot’s license. Jacob logged his first hour flying. Should he keep going?

Pro Tip: Depending on which plane you choose, you can bring 2-4 friends with you while you fly. That means you get air time and they get to enjoy the view.

Flight School Las Vegas

Whether you want to see Grand Canyon or get a better vantage point of the strip, you can hop in a helicopter and enjoy the views.

Photo Tip: Bring a wide and long camera lens to get a variety of shots. If you had to only choose one, I would bring a 16-35mm.

8. Learn a New Skill or Take Up a New Hobby

What better time to pick up a new skill or hobby? Especially one that keeps you in an air conditioned space. Here are some fun skills you can look into if you’re looking for a new hobby:

9. Indoor activities for kids in las vegas

This was hard to narrow down into a specific activity, but we found so many great family friendly activities.

  • Interactive Museums – Marvel Avengers STATION
  • Trampoline Parks – Sky Zone Sports Trampoline Park or Flip N Out Xtreme
  • Games – Pinball Hall of Fame, GameWorks, Dave & Busters
  • RidesAdventuredome Theme Park, Big Apple Coaster and Arcade
  • Mini Golf – GlowZone, KISS by Monster Mini Golf, Twilight Zone Mini Golf and Arcade, Rex Center
  • Indoor Playgrounds – Adventure Indoor Playground, Kangamoo Indoor Playground, Jumper’s Jungle Family Fun Center
  • Zoos & AquariumsShark Reef Aquarium, Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

10. Try a New Fitness Class

It may be too hot outside to get your blood pumping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some of the unique fitness classes offered in Las Vegas.

  • Aerial silks with Cirque performers
  • Pole Dancing at Pole Fitness Studio
  • Trampoline Studio at Eleve Training

11. Afternoon tea

I love going to Afternoon Tea, especially with my girlfriends. I’ve only done one in Vegas but plan on checking out the others this year.

  • Afternoon Tea at the Tea Lounge Waldorf Astoria
  • Petrossian Bar at Bellagio
  • LaPostte
  • Cafe Lola in Summerlin
  • Lobby Bar at Aria, Ri Ra Irish Pub
  • Veranda Mandalay Bay
  • The Stove in Henderson

12. Have a Spa Day

Spoil yourself with and feel refreshed and relaxed after a day at the spa. Like everything in Vegas, they don’t hold back.  Here are some of the best spas in Las Vegas:

13. Hang Out at a Unique Bar

You can drink practically anywhere in Las Vegas, but why not go to a unique bar? Here are some to check out:

  • Laundry Room (Speakeasy)
  • Hi Scores Bar-arcade
  • Golden Tiki
  • Millennium Fandom Bar
  • Senor Frogs: One Hour Open Bar

14. Tour the Coffee Shops

If you’re looking for a chill afternoon or just need a break from all the madness on the strip, head to one of the local coffee shops. Some of the most popular ones are PublicUs and Makers & Finders.

3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

This isn’t your typical ferris wheel. It stands 550 feet tall with observation cabins that hold up to 40 people each. The entire ride takes roughly 30-40 minutes.

Local Tip: If you want to keep the booze flowing, there is an open bar option as well.

200 Convention Center Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, map

We haven’t been skydiving yet, but we did get a taste of it at this indoor skydiving spot.

Pro Tip: Be sure to wear secure shoes.

3377 S Las Vegas Blvd #2235, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Experience the next generation of VR where you not only get transported to another world on a screen, but you also interact with the environment around you. The VR headset is attached to a backpack which allows you to be mobile and follow along the story. We did the Star Wars one with a group of four and got the chance to fight off the Empire.

Pro Tip: You’ll be moving around and working up a sweat, so dress comfortably. There are lockers where you can store any loose items you don’t need.

18. Throw an Axe

Release your inner woodsman at Axehole Vegas or Axe Monkeys, where you can learn to throw and axe and practice your aim.

Las Vegas has a great food scene on and off strip. Most people just think about buffets, but there are fine dining options, some of the best Hawaiian food we’ve had, and more. Click here to see our Vegas food bucket list.

  • Prix Fixe Meals – Joel Robuchon, é by Jose Andres, Yui Edomae Sushi
  • Buffets – Bacchanal, Wicked Spoon
  • Off Strip – Shang’s Artisan Noodles, Poke Express

Local Tip: If you’re a big buffet eater, try the Buffet of Buffets where you get access to a bunch of buffets for 24 hours. Both times we tried it though, we regretted it.

20. Gamble

This is kind of an obvious one, but gambling keeps you indoors. These are some of our favorite casinos: Palazzo, Wynn, Encore, Aria, Venetian, Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Red Rock Casino.

Pro Tip: Newer and nicer hotels will have higher minimums. Head to older casinos if you’re looking for cheaper tables.

21. Drive Experiences

If you’re hoping to show off your trip to Vegas, then you need a photo driving a fancy car too. There are a few driving experiences in Vegas, and so far our favorites are Exotics Racing and World Class Driving.

Local Tip: The cars are rotated every 18-24 months, so you can check back in to see what other cars they have in the future.

22. Hop Around Art Galleries

Casinos put a lot of money into their seasonal displays, and some of them have world class art galleries as well.

  • Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
  • The Gallery at Aria
  • Art of Richard MacDonald / Cirque Art

Local Tip: The Palms recently went through a huge renovation and they now have a lot of spectacular art displayed throughout the public areas.

23. Check Out the Museums

Las Vegas has a wide range of museums to check out. Here are a few you can check out:

  • Real Bodies at Bally’s
  • Mob Museum
  • Titanic the Artifact Exhibition
  • DISCOVERY Children’s Museum,
  • National Atomic Testing Museum
  • Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum
  • Burlesque Hall of Fame
  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum
  • Liberace Museum Collection Tour
  • Hollywood Cars Museum
  • The Auto Collections
  • Shelby American Inc,
  • Nostalgia Street Rods
  • Counts Kustoms
  • Springs Preserve – has indoor areas

24. Go on a Tour

There are multiple tour options in Las Vegas, whether you’re into mob history, chocolate, beer, or shoes. Here are the ones we went on that we recommend.

More Tours to Check Out:

  • Sin City Club Crawl
  • Vegas Mob Tour
  • Pink Jeep Tours
  • Jubilee Backstage Tour
  • Frank Cullotta’s Casino Tour
  • Nosh Las Vegas

25. Check Out the Indoor Tourist Spots

  • Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
  • Coca Cola Store – tastes of the World
  • M&M’s World
  • Hershey’s Chocolate World

Map of Indoor Activities in Las vegas

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More Indoor Activities Las Vegas

  • Shopping – Shops at Crystals, the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Fashion Show Mall, Shoppes at Palazzo, Miracle Mile Shops, Grand Bazaar Shops
  • Breweries – Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, Banger Brewing, Hop Nuts Brewing Tenaya Creek Brewery, Lovelady Brewing Company, CraftHaus Brewery
  • Watch Sports – T-Mobile Arena & City National Arena

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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