Almost everyone who visits Las Vegas goes there to gamble, at least part of the time. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. However, there is more to Sin City than just the casinos... you just have to be willing to step outside and discover everything else the city has to offer.
Next time you’re in Las Vegas, put gambling on hold for a little while and give these other things a try:
Just like many other cities across the country, Las Vegas has bike routes scattered throughout the city, as well as several parks that include biking trails, giving you plenty of places to ride your bike. Also, since it’s Vegas, you can find a place to rent a bike 24 hours a day, the same way you can get anything else in Las Vegas any time you want. Of course, bike safety in Las Vegas is of the utmost importance, but as long as you share the road with motorists and wear the proper safety equipment, you’ll have a great time biking around Sin City.
In addition to having plenty of casinos, Las Vegas also has a healthy supply of comedy clubs. It may not quite be at the same level as New York or Los Angeles, but there are a lot of talented comedians performing in Las Vegas every night of the week. Odds are there’ll be a drink minimum if you go to a comedy club, but the money you spend on drinks will be far less than the money you’re likely to lose in the casino, so if you want an entertaining evening away from slot machines and black jack tables, check out a Las Vegas comedy club.
Learning while in Las Vegas may sound a little odd, but the city is actually home to some unique and interesting museums. There is the Neon Museum, which is right at home in a city filled with brightly lit signs. There is also the Mob Museum, which explains a lot of Las Vegas history from the perspective of organized crime. There are also art and auto museums, so no matter your interests, Las Vegas will have a museum that’s appealing to you.
There’s nothing more unnatural than the hotels and casinos on the Vegas Strip, but if you venture a little ways outside of the city limits you’ll find some spectacular natural features. A short drive away is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, where you can bike, hike, or even go horseback riding. A little further away is Valley of Fire State Park, which is a great place to go hiking or camping, particularly in the spring time. Both sites feel like they are a world away from the casinos in Vegas and contain beautiful scenery.
If you visit Las Vegas in the summer, or most of the year for that matter, one thing you’ll notice is how hot it is outside. Since you’re taking a break from gambling, one of the best things you can do is find a pool party at a hotel or day club. Most of the pools in Vegas are massive, giving you plenty of room to kick back and relax, while at the same time allowing you the opportunity to mingle with others. Of course, there’s always plenty to eat and drink at Las Vegas pool parties, so you’ll have everything you need to lounge by the pool all day.