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[ 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.

This is an evolving list that continues to change as new things to eat, see, & do pop up in Las Vegas. Don’t forget to check the date at the bottom to see when this post was last updated.

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Last Updated: July 7, 2022

THE ULTIMATE LAS VEGAS BUCKET LIST (101 Things to Do in Las Vegas)

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.

If you want to know see what’s going on monthly, check out these posts:

VEGAS IN Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Click the links to see full posts with more info and photos.

Tourist Attractions

  1. 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.

  1. Bellagio Fountains

(The Strip) See fountain show times here. Times vary on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

(The Strip) There are two rides, and we liked the ride outside better than the one inside. See our Venetian guide here.

(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.

  1. Mirage Volcano Show

(The Strip) Every day at 8, 9, and 10 pm for 33 years and is scheduled to demolish. Sign this petition if you want it to stay.

(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. Get tickets here.

  1. Silverton Hotel Aquarium

(Southwest) Kids love the mermaids here.

(Henderson) A wildlife sanctuary where the MGM lions went after the exhibit closed.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Binions Million Dollar Photo

(DTLV) Take your Million Dollar Photo here. Also underwhelming but another quick stop.

(DTLV) From the show Pawn Stars. Book a VIP tour.

(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.

(The LINQ, The Strip) Go for Happy Half Hour for an open bar in the sky. Get tickets here.

(DTLV) Nightly light shows on the world’s biggest video screen. In 2019, they got a $32 mill upgrade which made it even brighter.

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Adventure + Unique Experiences

The largest lantern release in the world and you can see our complete guide here.

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.

  1. 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.

(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. Book your experience here.

(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.

You can test drive a lambo or ferrari on a racetrack or you can opt for a fun drifting ride along with a professional driver. One of them was a stunt driver for the Fast and the Furious movies.

Test Drive a Ferrari (The Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List).
  1. 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.

(Lake Las Vegas) These water activities are closed. You can also take a romantic gondola ride through the Ponte Vecchio replica, kayak, flyboard, or other water sports. Book your ticket here.

(Westside) You learn to drive a bulldozer, dig, and even get to play some precision games with it.

Our favorite escape room in Las Vegas. Here’s your essential guide on Las Vegas escape rooms.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

ATV Tours with Detour Vegas (Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List).

Museums & Memorials

Area 15 is a art, food, shopping complex and Vegas’ newest attraction. Don’t miss Meow Wolf and Wink World.

(DTLV) Learn about the history of the mob in Vegas. We’re both not huge on museums but found this place interesting. Get tickets here.

(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.

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(Venetian, The Strip) Take your selfies with celebrity wax figures. A lot of them eerily look like the real thing. Get tickets here.

(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.

  1. 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.

(The Strip) Real Bodies exhibits 20 real human body specimens and 200+ organs. Don’t forget to check for Groupon deals.

(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.

  1. 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.

The Neon Museum (The Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List).

Shows, Venues, & Events

(The Strip) You can’t go wrong with a Cirque show. We’ve seen them all, and these were our favorites:

(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.

We saw BritneyMariah Carey, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson, but there are so many more coming through.

(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.

(T-Mobile Arena) You can also watch them practice for free at the City National Arena first come first serve.

(Planet Hollywood, The Strip) A burlesque show… by zombies.

(Excalibur, The Strip) Dinner and jousting show. Check for groupon deals.

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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. Also check out nearby Arizona Hot Springs.

  1. Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail

(Boulder City) 3.4 mile easy hike.

(Boulder City) Go boating or enjoy other water sports. Pick up an America the Beautiful Pass if you plan on visiting more than one National Park within one year.

Attend a star party or go rock climbing.

Star Party on Mount Potosi (Ultimate Las Vegas To Do List).

Food Experiences, Drinks, & Shopping

  1. 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.

  1. Banger Brewing

(DTLV) Go for the brewery tour or bingo night.

(DTLV) Shopping and food complex with a large praying mantis sculpture that shoots fire. See our full guide here.

  1. Eiffel Tower Restaurant
(Paris, The Strip) Definitely a touristy experience but worth trying at least once.

(DTLV) Vintage rundown motel turned into curated shops from local artists. Check out our full guide.

(Centennial) U Pick farm that’s popular during pumpkin patch season. Get their apple cider and apple cider donuts.

  1. 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.

  1. Skyfall Lounge

(Delano, The Strip) Drinks with nice views.

  1. Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria

(The Strip) Used to be the Tea Lounge in Mandarin Oriental. SkyBar is the bar next door where they have overflow seating with views.

  1. 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.

  1. The Laundry Room

(DTLV) Super small speakeasy inside the Commonwealth. You have to text a secret number for reservations which you can easily google.

  1. The Whisky Attic

They have the largest selection of whisky in the US.

  1. Hello Kitty Cafe

(Park MGM) They have the cutest desserts, but they’re more for the eyes than your stomach.

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Day Trips

Technically still part of Vegas but many consider this a day trip. There’s great hiking and climbing.

  1. Mount Charleston

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.

  1. Crystal Springs Boardwalk Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

(Amargosa Valley, NV) 1 hr 4 mins NE of the Strip.

(Arizona) Visit via Helicopter or bus. It really should be a longer trip, but if you’re short on time and have never been, you can still day trip.

(Overton, NV) Valley of Fire is an hour away. You can visit the famous Fire Wave and explore other beautiful rock formations. Explore on your own or book a tour here.

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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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Taken Off the List

  • 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 – closed
  • Roos-n-More Zoo (Moapa) – was our favorite thing to do in Vegas and it’s currently closed.

Roos n More Zoo (The Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List).

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We also wrote a post for Buzzfeed on 17 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do 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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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. amanda

    This city of LAS VEGAS enchants me. I have a relative in the area of LAS VEGAS and one of the things I like most when visiting is the plethora of entertainment options that I gather to have fun and spend time with. I like the people in this town … they’re friendly.

  2. Mine

    I wasn’t even aware there’s so much to see in Vegas. I spent there one week and it felt like 5 minutes. And to be honest – have a couple of great memories but don’t remember that much either;) I guess it is a magical place after all. Cheers!

    1. Esther JuLee

      haha sounds like a pretty typical Vegas trip to me! yes, there’s so much more to Vegas than the strip. I hope you get to visit again soon and see more of it. :)

  3. balayi villasi

    very good article, thanks for sharing. I and my partner look for something adventures so ziplining, Vegas indoor sky diving and jumping off the atmosphere can be fun and amazing for us. thanks for your advices.

  4. adam

    i like LAS VEGAS very much.

  5. Maria

    I was wondering if there are any dinner and a show combos left in Vegas? I’m trying to find one where we can eat and watch a show at the same time. Most are with a credit to a restaurant or buffet. We want to have dinner during a show. Any tips?

    1. Esther JuLee

      Rose Rabbit Lie is supposed to be a dinner experience/show although neither of us have been to it.

  6. Heather

    Sadly…Serendipity is gone:( now
    But Holesteins milkshakes at the Cosmo would make a great substitute on the list!!

    1. Esther JuLee

      Thanks for letting us know, Heather! Will definitely check out Holesteins. That’s so sad to hear!

  7. Korena Wyatt

    Your website and tips and pictures are all amazing!! I am planning my first trip to Vegas next week for my 21st bday. Your blog is amazing and inspiring!! looking forward to the trip after reading your content.

    1. Esther JuLee

      Thank you so much, Korena. I hope you have an amazing 21st birthday there! ;)

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