Whether you are planning your first trip to Las Vegas or your next return, the beauty of the jewel in Nevada’s crown is that there is something for everyone here. As the years tick by, Las Vegas is becoming less intrinsically linked to its casino scene and evolving into a truly three-dimensional entertainment destination for all.
If you are wondering what else there is to see and do outside the four walls of the casino resorts, read on as we provide some inspiration on the unique attractions available to tourists arriving in “Sin City”.
Enter the neon jungle of the Las Vegas Neon Museum
Ever wondered what has happened to the vintage neon signs of the bygone eras of Las Vegas? Chances are you will find them housed in their final resting place – the Las Vegas Neon Museum. Situated to the north of the Fremont Street Experience, a short walk along Las Vegas Boulevard North, the Neon Museum is the brainchild of Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO). This three-acre site contains some of the most iconic disused neon signs in Vegas history, including the first signs of the Aladdin Casino (now Planet Hollywood) and Binion’s Horseshoe.
Discover the history of Nevada’s nuclear testing at the Nevada National Security Site
The heart of the Nevada desert wasn’t just the perfect place to create an adult playground, it was also the preferred location to carry out nuclear tests back in the 1950s and 60s. The Nevada National Security Site sits 65 miles north-west of the Strip, but the National Atomic Testing Museum sits due east of the Las Vegas Strip off E Flamingo Rd. This fascinating museum explores the history of the state’s nuclear program and its impact on the surrounding towns and cities, including the fast-growing Las Vegas.
Learn more about the roots of Nevada’s casino industry at UNLV
If you have a passion for casino gaming, and particularly poker, the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) is a worthwhile visit. You can get your hands on historic manuscripts and articles that chart the history of gaming in the heart of the Nevada desert. UNLV also has an online catalogue that you can use to view some of the “Special Collections” that aren’t on display in person. You’ll find the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV on the third floor of its Lied Library. It’s open 9am til 7pm Monday to Thursday and 9am til 5pm on Friday.
Hop aboard the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel: the High Roller
Nestled within the middle of the Las Vegas Strip is the world’s highest Ferris Wheel. The Linq’s High Roller opened in 2014 as part of a wider redevelopment. At an imposing 550 feet in height, it edges out the former tallest Ferris Wheel – the Singapore Flyer – by a mere nine feet. There are 28 passenger pods, ensuring plenty of opportunity to hop aboard and enjoy the sights. You can buy day tickets or evening tickets to explore the lights of the Strip at night if you wish. The whole ride lasts just over 30 minutes, affording unspoilt 360-degree views of Las Vegas.
Buckle up for the Fremont Street SlotZilla Zipline
What better way to experience the weird and wonderful world of Las Vegas’ Downtown Fremont Street than by zipline? The SlotZilla Zipline takes you soaring 77 feet above the Fremont Street Experience, whilst taking in its immersive sights and sounds. The cheapest tickets enable you to shoot across the zipline in a seated pose. For another $20 you can fly superhero style for an extra three blocks too!
Leap into the open air 829 feet above the Strip at The STRAT’s SkyJump
Last but by no means least, the ultimate daredevil experience – the SkyJump. Located at the top of The STRAT resort to the north of the Strip, SkyJump is an open-air bungee jump that sees you descend 829 feet. It carries a Guinness World Record for being the tallest commercial decelerator descent attraction. You’ll fall towards the landing pad at speeds of up to 40mph. You can pay a little extra for a photo or video package as a momento of your jump. If you’re planning on staying at The STRAT you can get SkyJump tickets for just $99.99.
In truth, these unique attractions are just the tip of the iceberg when exploring Las Vegas, which could easily position it as one of the must-see destinations to visit in your lifetime. Away from the casino floors there is so much to see, taste and enjoy, whether you’re a first-timer or a Vegas regular.