[ UPDATE: We’re back in Las Vegas for 2019-2020! ]
We’re coming to the end of our 15 month stay in Las Vegas. Jacob read our lease wrong, so it turns out our move out date is in April, not May, which gives us an even tighter schedule to get through our extensive Las Vegas bucket list. You can check out what there is to do by category or use the map at the bottom to see what’s in your area. Click the links to see full posts with more info and photos.
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Last Updated: April 24, 2019 // Originally Created: Jan 21, 2015
THE ULTIMATE LAS VEGAS BUCKET LIST (101 Things to Do in Las Vegas)
- Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
(Southeast) With the lines at the sign, it’s hard to miss. There’s also a new Las Vegas sign in downtown Las Vegas (Downtown Las Vegas / DTLV)
- Bellagio Fountains
(The Strip) There are two rides, and we liked the ride outside better than the one inside.
(The Strip) They have the best seasonal decorations and floral displays.
- Eiffel Tower Experience
(Paris, The Strip) They also have a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.
(The Strip) They set up a rink in the winter with fake snow.
- The Mirage Volcano Show
(The Strip) Every day at 8, 9, and 10 pm
- Mandalay Bay Beach
(The Strip) You need to be a guest here to go in.
(The Strip) You can feed sharks, go diving, or simply visit the aquarium.
- Silverton Hotel Aquarium
(Southwest) They have mermaids
(Henderson) Where the MGM lions went after the exhibit closed.
- Wildlife Habitat
(Flamingo, The Strip) A flock of Chilean flamingos live here plus some other feathered friends. Pelican feedings are at 8:30am and 2pm.
- Siegfriend & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
(Mirage, The Strip) A zoo-like animal sanctuary with tigers, lions, panthers, and bottlenose dolphins.
- Hand of Faith at Golden Nugget
(DTLV) It’s the biggest golden nugget in existence. It’s kind of underwhelming but worth a quick stop if you’re walking around DTLV.
- Binions Million Dollar Photo
(DTLV) Take your Million Dollar Photo here. Also underwhelming but another quick stop.
(DTLV) From the show Pawn Stars
(DTLV) A 90 min guided tour that tells the story of the company.
(The LINQ, The Strip) Go for Happy Half Hour for an open bar in the sky.
(DTLV) Nightly light shows on the world’s biggest video screen.
Adventure + Unique Experiences
- Get married in a Vegas chapel
They can perform a ceremony just for fun without a marriage license or you can legit get married.
- Shark Slide at the Golden Nugget
(DTLV) Go down a waterslide through a shark tank.
- Topgolf Las Vegas
(MGM Grand, The Strip) Take golf to the next level with drinks, lights, and music. It’s more for socializing over serious golf.
(The Strip) It’s a lot of fun, but if you’d rather take it easy, you can hang out in the observation decks. There are also other rides on top of the Stratosphere.
(The Strip) Where indoor skydiving first began.
- The Big Apple Coaster
(New York New York, The Strip) We haven’t ridden it yet, but it has a reputation for being a rough ride.
(The Strip) Don’t miss the Canyon Blaster, Chaos, Disk ‘O, Inverter, and Sling Shot.
(Boulder City) There are four runs that take from 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
(DTLV) Zipline over Fremont Street.
- FLY LINQ
The only zipline on the Strip.
- Voodoo Zipline
(Rio, North of the Strip) Crazy how Vegas now has 4 ziplines.
Here’s your chance to test drive a Lambo or Ferrari.
- Shine Alternative, Spring Valley
Learn Aerial Silks or Lyra Fitness Classes by Cirque Performers.
What’s even better than being a passenger in a helicopter or plane? Learning to pilot one. Jacob learned to fly a Cirrus, and we chose to fly over Red Rock. The time also counts towards your pilot license.
- Dig This
(Westside) Drive a bulldozer.
- Wreck Room
(Chinatown) Get your aggression out by destroying things.
We went to Pro Gun Club where you can even choose to shoot exploding targets.
- Axe Monkeys
Indoor axe throwing.
- KISS by Monster Mini Golf
(Rio, North of the Strip) KISS themed glow in the dark mini golf.
- Pioneer Saloon
(Goodsprings) Try their burger and hunt down some ghosts.
Take a dune buggy tour over sand dunes.
Go off roading in the desert. There’s a huge ATV culture among Vegas locals.
Museums + Memorials
(DTLV) Learn about the history of the mob in Vegas. We’re both not huge on museums but found this place interesting.
- National Atomic Testing Museum
(Eastside) History of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site.
(Boulder City) Favorite part was the observation deck. It had a great view of the dam, river, and lake.
(Westside) Learn about Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage.
(Boulder City) They have interactive experiences where you can drive the train.
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum
(DTLV) Featuring exhibits about dinosaurs, marine life, and ancient Egypt.
- Discover Children’s Museum
(DTLV) Formerly Lied Discovery Children museum
(Henderson) It’s a quick self-guided tour, but you get a free chocolate sample at the end.
(Sloan, NV) Art installation by Ugo Rondinone or those colorful piles of rocks all over instagram.
(Venetian, The Strip) Take your selfies with celebrity wax figures. A lot of them eerily look like the real thing.
- Marvel Avengers STATION Headquarters
(Treasure Island, The Strip) Great for die hard Marvel fans. There’s usually a groupon available.
- Titanic The Artifact Exhibition
(Luxor, the Strip) Over 250 artifacts recovered from the Titanic
- Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
(The Strip) Rotating exhibit of legendary artists.
- ARIA Campus Fine Art Collection
(The Strip) Featuring works by Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, and more.
- Bodies the Exhibition
(Luxor, the Strip) An educational experience showcasing 13 real human body specimens and 260+ organs.
- Real Bodies at Bally’s
- Zak Bagans Haunted Museum
(DTLV) A collection of eerie artifacts and paranormal activity
(DTLV) A museum dedicated to the art of burlesque.
(University) Also called the Pinball Museum houses nearly 1000 pinball machines from the 1950s all the way to present day.
- Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
(DTLV) This research center was designed by the world renowned architect, Frank Gehry.
(DTLV) Where old neon signs go to retire. It has a lot of great photo opps, but make sure you read all the photography rules before you go.
CURRENTLY UPDATING [ April 26, 2019 ]
SHOWS + VENUES + EVENTS
(The Strip) You can’t go wrong with a Cirque show. These were our favorites
- O – beautiful and most impressive
- Mystere – a classic
- Zumanity – hilarious, but just a warning in case you are traveling with family, Zumanity has a lot of raunchy, adult humor
We weren’t as impressed by Ka, Zarkana, and Jacob thought the Beatles Love was nothing special. The only one we still need to check out is Michael Jackson One.
(Luxor, The Strip) We’ve seen it 3 times, and it’s always a. good time for the whole family.
(Caesars, The Strip) Modern day circus with adult humor. We saw this several years ago when our friends were in it, and it was very entertaining.
(DTLV) This is interactive experience that is a cross between a show, scavenger hunt, comedy, and mystery, with food and drinks! Great with a large group of friends or a great way to make friends.
- Watch a Magic Show
Penn and Teller or Criss Angel. There are also other magicians and illusionists that come through for a limited time.
(MGM Grand, The Strip)
- Le Reve
(The Wynn, The Strip)
- See a Stand Up Comedian
We saw Joel McHale when he was in town
- Brooklyn Bowl
(LINQ, The Strip) Bowling and live music venue.
- Golden Knights Hockey
- Zombie Burlesque
(Planet Hollywood, The Strip)
- Tournament of Kings
Outdoors + Urban Parks
(Westside) 180 acres of nature, exhibits, and attractions great for families.
(Boulder City) Fun hike with some fun scrambling before you get to the hot springs.
- Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail
(Boulder City) 3.4 mile easy hike
- Lake Mead
Attend a star party.
Food Experiences + Drinks + Shopping
- Las Vegas Buffet
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace and Wicked Spoon are the top ones but also pricier. M is also quite popular. It’s Off-Strip which means you don’t have to pay the Strip prices. If you want the ultimate gluttonous experience do the Buffet of Buffets where you get 24 hours access to Caesar property buffets. Paris and Rio are the better ones. Bacchanal costs extra to upgrade.
- Rose. Rabbit. Lie
(Cosmopolitan, The Strip) We haven’t done it yet, but we hear it’s a fun dinner theater experience.
- Skyfall Lounge
(Delano, The Strip) Drinks with nice views.
- Eiffel Tower Restaurant
(Paris, The Strip) Definitely a touristy experience but worth trying at least once.
- Banger Brewing
(DTLV) Go for the brewery tour or bingo night.
- Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria
- Clubbing on the Strip
We’ve only been to Hakkasan and Marquee but people also love XS. Day Clubbing is good at Marquee, Encore, Wet Republic.
- Hi Scores Bar Arcade
(Southwest & Henderson) Arcade games are free when you eat. and drink here. They have two locations, and we’ve only been to the one in Henderson.
- The Laundry Room
(DTLV) Super small speakeasy inside the Commonwealth. You have to text a secret number for reservations which you can easily google.
- The Whisky Attic
They have the largest selection of whisky in the US.
- The Golden Tiki
(Chinatown) Tiki themed bar
- Gilcrease Orchard
(Centennial) U Pick farm with pumpkin patches and apple cider donuts.
- Container Park
(DTLV) Shopping and food complex with a large praying mantis sculpture that shoots fire.
(The LINQ, The Strip) Open 24 hours.
Technically still part of Vegas but you can spend all day out here. There’s great hiking and climbing, and so far we’ve enjoyed bouldering in Kraft Boulders (but it is the “touristy” bouldering area).
- Mount Charleston
Where the locals go when it’s too hot in the summer. You can also ski here in the winter.
- El Dorado Canyon
(Searchlight, NV) 45 mins away and they have Mine tours.
- Crystal Springs Boardwalk
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
(Amargosa Valley, NV) 1 hr 4 mins NE of the Strip.
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Valley of Fire State Park
101 THINGS TO DO IN LAS VEGAS MAP
Taken Off the List
- Ronald’s Donuts – I think we can all agree that these may be the best vegan donuts, but they aren’t very good for the rest of us.
- Jersey Boys – so sad to hear that this show came to an end. It was one of our favorites.
- Polaroid Museum and Polaroid Fotobar at the LINQ closed down.
- Serendipity – closed down.
- Joseph James Brewery Tour – no longer have a taproom or offer tours (check if they reopen here)
- Roos-n-More Zoo (Moapa) – was our favorite thing to do in Vegas and it’s currently closed.
Road Trip Essentials
Anything I’m missing that you feel belongs here? What would be at the top of your Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List?
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