[ UPDATE: We moved back to Vegas for 2021! ]
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: April 20, 2021
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. Click the links to see full posts with more info and photos.
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) 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 on the Strip
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) 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) From the show Pawn Stars.
(DTLV) A 90 min guided tour that tells the story of the company. 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.
Adventure + Unique Experiences
(Chinatown) Get your aggression out by destroying things. So much fun!
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.
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.
The Big Apple Coaster
(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) There are four runs that take from 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
(DTLV) Zipline over Fremont Street.
(The Strip) The only zipline on the Strip. There’s also Voodoo Zipline just north of the Strip.
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.
SAW Escape Room
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.
(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.
(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.
Shows, Venues, & Events
(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
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.
(MGM Grand, The Strip) There isn’t another show in town quite like it.
(Mirage, The Strip) Not only is he an incredibly talented singer, he does so many spot on ventriloquial impersonations.
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.
(LINQ, The Strip) Bowling and live music venue.
Golden Knights Hockey
(Planet Hollywood, The Strip) A burlesque show… by zombies.
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.
Attend a star party or go rock climbing. The head setter at our climbing gym has been developing this area and has set up lots of sport routes here.
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.
(Cosmopolitan, The Strip) Scheduled to reopen Mar 1 2021. We haven’t done it yet, but we hear it’s a fun dinner theater experience.
(Delano, The Strip) Drinks with nice views.
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
(Paris, The Strip) Definitely a touristy experience but worth trying at least once.
(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.
(Centennial) U Pick farm with pumpkin patches and apple cider donuts.
(DTLV) Shopping and food complex with a large praying mantis sculpture that shoots fire.
Open 24 hours. The one on the strip has closed, but now there isn’t just one. They have them in Henderson, McCarran Airport, and the new locations are opening in 2020.
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).
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.
(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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