101 Things to Do in Las Vegas Bucket List

101 Things to Do in Las Vegas Bucket List

[ 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.

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.

101 Things to Do in Las Vegas - Your Ultimate Vegas Bucket List // Local Adventurer

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Last Updated: September 1, 2019.  Originally Published: January 21, 2015

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


  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 (Downtown Las Vegas / DTLV)

  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.

(The Strip) They have the best seasonal decorations and floral displays.

  1. 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.

  1.  The Mirage Volcano Show

(The Strip) Every day at 8, 9, and 10 pm

  1. 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.

  1.  Silverton Hotel Aquarium

(Southwest) They have mermaids

(Henderson) Where the MGM lions went after the exhibit closed.

  1.   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. Siegfriend & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

(Mirage, The Strip) A zoo-like animal sanctuary with tigers, lions, panthers, and bottlenose dolphins.

  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

(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.

Fremont Street Experience (Ultimate Las Vegas To Do List).

Adventure + Unique Experiences

  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.

  1. Shark Slide at the Golden Nugget

(DTLV) Go down a waterslide through a shark tank.

  1. Topgolf Las Vegas

(MGM Grand, The Strip) Takes 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Slotzilla

(DTLV) Zipline over Fremont Street.

  1.  FLY LINQ

(The Strip) The only zipline on the Strip. There’s also Voodoo Zipline just north of the Strip.

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.

Here’s your chance to test drive an exotic car on the road. Since it’s not a racetrack, it ends up being more of a scenic drive.

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) You can also take a romantic gondola ride through the Ponte Vecchio replica, kayak, flyboard, or other water sports.

  1. Dig This

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

  1.  Wreck Room

(Chinatown) Get your aggression out by destroying things. So much fun!

We went to Pro Gun Club where you can even choose to shoot exploding targets.

  1.  Axe Monkeys

Indoor axe throwing.

  1.  KISS by Monster Mini Golf

(Rio, North of the Strip) KISS themed glow in the dark mini golf.

  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

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

  1. 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.

  1. Las Vegas Natural History Museum

(DTLV) Featuring exhibits about dinosaurs, marine life, and ancient Egypt.

  1. 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.

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

  1. Marvel Avengers STATION Headquarters

(Treasure Island, The Strip) Great for die hard Marvel fans. There’s usually a groupon available.

  1. Titanic The Artifact Exhibition

(Luxor, the Strip) Over 250 artifacts recovered from the Titanic

  1. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

(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.

  1. Bodies the Exhibition

(Luxor, the Strip) An educational experience showcasing 13 real human body specimens and 260+ organs.

  1. Real Bodies at Bally’s

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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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


(The Strip)  You can’t go wrong with a Cirque show.  These were our favorites:

(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.

  1. Watch a Magic Show

Matt Franco and Penn and Teller are always fan favorites. We recently watched Hans Klok, who does 50 illusions in 70 minutes. It’s insane! There are also other magicians and illusionists that come through for a limited time.

We saw Britney, Mariah Carey, and have tickets to see Lady Gaga this year!

  1. Jabbawockeez

(MGM Grand, The Strip) There isn’t another show in town quite like it.

  1. Terry Fator

(Mirage, The Strip) Not only is he an incredibly talented singer, he does so many spot on ventriloquial impersonations​.

  1. See a Stand Up Comedian

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 Joel McHale when he was in town, since there are plenty of comedians that come in for a day or two.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl

(LINQ, The Strip) Bowling and live music venue.

  1. Golden Knights Hockey

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

  1. Zombie Burlesque

(Planet Hollywood, The Strip)

  1. Tournament of Kings

(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.

  1.  Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail

(Boulder City) 3.4 mile easy hike

  1.  Lake Mead

(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.

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.  Rose. Rabbit. Lie

(Cosmopolitan, The Strip) We haven’t done it yet, but we hear it’s a fun dinner theater experience.

  1. Skyfall Lounge

(Delano, The Strip) Drinks with nice views.

  1.  Eiffel Tower Restaurant

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

  1.  Banger Brewing

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

  1. Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria

(The Strip) Used to be the Tea Lounge in Mandarin Oriental, which I went to a long time ago.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  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. The Golden Tiki

(Chinatown) Tiki themed bar

  1. Gilcrease Orchard

(Centennial) U Pick farm with pumpkin patches and apple cider donuts.

  1.  Container Park

(DTLV) Shopping and food complex with a large praying mantis sculpture that shoots fire.

(The LINQ, The Strip) Open 24 hours.

Day Trips

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).

  1. Mount Charleston

Where the locals go when it’s too hot in the summer. You can climb here almost all summer and ski here in the winter.

  1. El Dorado Canyon

(Searchlight, NV) 45 mins away and they have Mine tours.

  1.  Crystal Springs Boardwalk
    Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

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

  1. Grand Canyon National Park

(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.

  1.  Valley of Fire State Park

(Overton, NV) Valley of Fire is an hour away. You can visit the famous Fire Wave and explore other beautiful rock formations.

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

Road Trip Essentials

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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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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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. i like LAS VEGAS very much.

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

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

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

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

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