[ UPDATE: We moved back to Vegas for 2022! ]
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.
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Last Updated: July 7, 2022
THE ULTIMATE LAS VEGAS BUCKET LIST (101 Things to Do in Las Vegas)
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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.
(The Strip) They have the best seasonal decorations and floral displays on the Strip
(Paris, The Strip) They also have a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.
(The Strip) They set up a rink in the winter overlooking the Strip with fake snow showers.
Mirage Volcano Show
(The Strip) You need to be a guest here to go in.
Silverton Hotel Aquarium
(Southwest) Kids love the mermaids here.
(Henderson) A wildlife sanctuary where the MGM lions went after the exhibit closed.
Flamingo 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.
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) A 90 min guided tour that tells the story of the company – currently closed. Since Amazon bought it, it’s not the inspiring company it used to be. Don’t drink the koolaid.
(DTLV) Nightly light shows on the world’s biggest video screen. In 2019, they got a $32 mill upgrade which made it even brighter.
Adventure + Unique Experiences
Did you know Las Vegas is a world-class climbing destination? If you prefer indoor climbing or it’s been raining outside (don’t climb wet sandstone for 48 hours) come say hi to us at Refuge, the best bouldering gym in Vegas.
(Chinatown) Get your aggression out by destroying things. So much fun!
(MGM Grand, The Strip) Takes golf to the next level with drinks, lights, and music. It’s more for socializing over serious golf.
Get married in a Vegas chapel
They can perform a ceremony just for fun without a marriage license or you can legit get married. We had Elvis marry us.
(NYNY, 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) Temporarily closed. There are four runs that take from 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
(The Strip) The only zipline on the Strip. There’s also Voodoo Zipline just north of the Strip and Slotzilla in DTLV.
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.
(Westside) You learn to drive a bulldozer, dig, and even get to play some precision games with it.
We went to Pro Gun Club where you can even choose to shoot exploding targets.
Indoor axe throwing. You can also throw knives, ninja stars, and more.
KISS by Monster Mini Golf
(Rio, North of the Strip) KISS themed glow in the dark mini-golf. They also opened a second similar mini-golf course in Bally’s called Twilight Zone.
(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
Area 15 is a art, food, shopping complex and Vegas’ newest attraction. Don’t miss Meow Wolf and Wink World.
(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.
(DTLV) Featuring exhibits about dinosaurs, marine life, and ancient Egypt.
(DTLV) Formerly Lied Discovery Children museum.
(Henderson) It’s a quick self-guided tour, but you get a free chocolate sample at the end. It’s especially pretty with holiday lights in Dec.
(Sloan, NV) Art installation by Ugo Rondinone or those colorful piles of rocks all over instagram.
(TI, The Strip) Great for die-hard Marvel fans. There’s usually a Groupon available.
(Luxor, the Strip) Over 250 artifacts recovered from the Titanic.
(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.
(Luxor, the Strip) An educational experience showcasing 13 real human body specimens and 260+ organs.
(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. Our friends got married here!
(DTLV) Where old neon signs go to retire. It has a lot of great photo opps, but make sure you read all their strict photography rules before.
Shows, Venues, & Events
(Luxor) 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. Opium and Atomic Saloon is also by Spiegelworld and very fun.
(DTLV) Temporarily closed. This is an 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.
Matt Franco and Penn and Teller are fan favorites. We recently watched Matt Franco and Hans Klok, who does 50 illusions in 70 minutes. There are also other magicians and illusionists that come through for a limited time.
(MGM Grand, The Strip) The winners of the first season of ABDC. There isn’t another show in town quite like it.
(NY NY, The Strip) Not only is he an incredibly talented singer, he does so many spot on ventriloquial impersonations.
We loved the set we saw at Comedy Cellar. It was even better than the one we saw in the original location in NYC. We also saw John Mulaney and Joel McHale when they were here, since there are plenty of comedians that come through.
(LINQ, The Strip) We love how you can bowl and watch live music at the same time.
(Planet Hollywood, The Strip) A burlesque show… by zombies.
Outdoors & Urban Parks
(Westside) 180 acres of nature, exhibits, and attractions great for families.
Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail
(Boulder City) 3.4 mile easy hike.
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.
(DTLV) Go for the brewery tour or bingo night.
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
(Centennial) U Pick farm with pumpkin patches and apple cider donuts.
The Golden Tiki
(Chinatown) Tiki themed bar. The drinks are strong and didn’t taste the best, but our friends love this spot.
(Area 15) Think of a magical Willy Wonka experience for adults. Plus, you get to try their tasty rums and whiskey made with a revolutionary new distilling method.
(Delano, The Strip) Drinks with nice views.
Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria
Clubbing on the Strip
We’ve only been to Hakkasan, Marquee, and Zouk, but people also love XS. Day Clubbing is good at Marquee, Encore, Wet Republic.
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.
Hello Kitty Cafe
(Park MGM) They have the cutest desserts, but they’re more for the eyes than your stomach.
Technically still part of Vegas but many consider this a day trip. There’s great hiking and climbing.
Where the locals go when it’s too hot in the summer. You can climb or hike here almost all summer and ski here in the winter.
(Searchlight, NV) 45 mins away. They have mine tours, a crashed plane, and great photo opps. Popular for weddings and engagements.
Crystal Springs Boardwalk Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
(Amargosa Valley, NV) 1 hr 4 mins NE of the Strip.
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Seasonal + Special Events
One of the largest food centric festivals in the West Coast.
(Downtown) Local festival held every first Friday. Good luck finding parking in DTLV.
(Downtown) Annual music and art festival that takes over Downtown Las Vegas.
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Best Places to Stay in Las Vegas
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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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.