They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But the memories you’ll take home after experiencing some of the most exciting attractions Las Vegas has to offer will last a lifetime. Where to begin?
Fabulously fun Las Vegas
There’s a place in Las Vegas where you can see thousands of exotic species. No, we don’t mean on the Strip. (Although people-watching on the world famous Las Vegas Strip is always tons of fun!) At the Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, there are over two thousand animals in 1.6 million gallons of water. Sawfish, piranha, and the rare golden crocodile are just a few of the amazing creatures you’ll see. Want to kick up the fun a notch or two? Try diving in the 1.3 million gallon Shipwreck exhibit for the ultimate SCUBA diving thrill. You’ll come face to face with rare sea creatures like giant rays, green sea turtles, and of course… sharks! After your underwater adventure, you can head back up to dry land and catch Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE show. That’s two top Las Vegas attractions in one convenient location.
If you’ve always dreamed of working as a dolphin trainer, The Mirage has just the attraction for you. In the Trainer for a Day program, you’ll get up close and personal with one of nature’s most amazing, not to mention cute, animals. Working with the Mirage’s expert dolphin trainers, you’ll play and swim with bottlenose dolphins and even get to teach them a trick or two. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime Las Vegas attraction you won’t want to miss.
After you’ve explored the mysteries of the deep blue sea, how about trying your hand at solving a murder mystery? CSI: The Experience at the Grand Hotel & Casino is an exciting, hands-on adventure that casts you in the lead role as a crime scene investigator. Based on the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation about forensic investigators at the Las Vegas crime lab, this blockbuster attraction will have you piecing together clues to solve a triple murder. You’ll examine bullet casings, match DNA to potential suspects, and identify the source of a strand of hair – the very same techniques used by real life CSI’s. After completing your investigation, this unique Las Vegas attraction might just inspire you to pursue a new career as a crime scene investigator!
Fantastic and free Las Vegas
Want to save your cash for the world-renowned Las Vegas casinos? We’ve got you covered. There are plenty of super fun things to do in Las Vegas without having to shell out any clams. In the iconic front yard of The Mirage, smack dab in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, there’s an active volcano that erupts with spewing smoke and fire. Explosions, fireballs, and a driving soundtrack make this Las Vegas attraction a full-blown spectacle. The Mirage volcano erupts every night, and if you get close enough you’ll feel the heat of the flames and the rumble of the cutting-edge sound system.
If a peaceful nature setting is more your cup of tea, The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is sure to satisfy. This breathtaking attraction features gorgeous plants, flowers, and trees in an awe-inspiring display of nature’s finest chosen from all over the world especially for The Bellagio in Las Vegas. The attention to detail is beyond compare. There are specially designed lights to accentuate every flower’s best features. To keep this stunning Las Vegas attraction in full splendor 365 days a year, 140 expert horticulturists arrange bridges, gazebos, ponds, and water features uniquely for each season.
Another completely free thing to do while you’re in Las Vegas is to catch the spectacular show of water, music, and light at the Fountains of Bellagio. With jets spraying hundreds of feet in the air to an intricate choreography, this really is a water wonder of the world. Whether staying on or off the Strip, it’s one of the most popular Las Vegas attractions! Set to a soundtrack of opera, classical, and Broadway tunes, the dancing water is an awe-inspiring sight. Best of all, there’s a show every half hour or every 15 minutes, depending on the time of day or night. The musical accompaniment is played on a rotating basis, so every show is different throughout the day.
Finally, you can’t possibly visit Las Vegas and not take a selfie in front of the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign! If you’re not armed with a selfie stick, don’t worry. There’s bound to be a friendly tourist or two willing to snap a pic for you. After all, this is a must-see attraction.
Dynamic daytime delights!
Las Vegas never shuts down. It’s fun, action and thrills 24/7. So if you’re looking for things to do during the day, you’ll never be at a loss. Hop aboard a Big Bus Las Vegas tour and you’ll see all the major sights Las Vegas has to offer. These double-decker, open top buses take you to all the major Las Vegas landmarks. Tour guides provide entertaining commentary and fill you in on the Las Vegas story. Trust us, Vegas has LOTS of stories. One of the best parts of this tour is that with just one ticket, you can hop on and hop off the buses wherever you choose and as many times as you like! You’re in control of your day because you decide the places you visit and how long you stay. The Strip route takes you to all the iconic landmarks along Las Vegas Boulevard. Choose the Downtown route and you’ll experience Old School Vegas on Fremont Street where you’ll pass the legendary Golden Nugget, among other classic Las Vegas hotspots.
Looking to get away from the action on the Strip for a day? We recommend a day trip to the Grand Canyon. There’s a plethora of bus tour options available and most of them pick you up right at your Las Vegas hotel. Enjoy a Wild West experience on a tour of the Grand Canyon’s west rim. You’ll stop for a photo op at Hoover Dam, still a marvel of modern engineering. A tour guide provides running commentary along the way and tells fascinating stories about the area and its people. Once at Grand Canyon West, you’ll meet the Indians of the Hualapai Nation, who welcome you to their homeland. Of the three areas you’ll see at Grand Canyon West, Eagle Point features our absolute favorite – the Grand Canyon Skywalk. It’s the only place where you can step out onto a glass walkway nearly four thousand feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon!
Las Vegas for Couples
Las Vegas has something for everyone – kids, families, groups, business conferences, and wedding trips. You name it, Vegas has got it. But sometimes you want it to be about just you and your sweetie. Of course Las Vegas has tons to offer for the couple looking for exciting adventures in Sin City. The Art of Richard MacDonald presented by Cirque du Soleil is a fabulous place to start. Located right inside the “O” Theatre lobby in the Bellagio Las Vegas, the Art of Richard MacDonald gallery includes more than one hundred bronze sculptures as well as drawings, paintings, and limited edition prints by the artist. The works capture the human body in all its glory. Drawing inspiration from the emotional complexities of humanity, MacDonald captures the beauty, romance, and essence of the human spirit.
Are you a foodie couple? Then you should check out an Executive Chef Classroom at the Bellagio Las Vegas. Learn to whip up an extraordinary three-course meal with Executive Chef Edmund Wong. He might even share some of his own culinary secrets with you. After your creation is done, enjoy the meal with an elegant wine pairing.
If you’d like to enjoy art and wine at the same time, the Bellagio Las Vegas offers its Art and Wine Event, during which the Bellagio’s Director of Wine and Master Sommelier pairs wines from the hotel’s cellar with artworks from the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art exhibition.
Feeling a little naughty? Awaken your sensual side with the steamy, adults-only Cirque du Soleil show Zumanity at New York-New York. It’s one of the Las Vegas Strip’s most sensuous productions. Featuring breathtaking acrobatics in a cabaret setting, Zumanity encourages you to leave your inhibitions behind. Make it even more romantic by opting for the duo sofa seating, found exclusively at the Zumanity Theatre.