10 Exciting Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has more to offer than flickering slot machines, reckless parties, and 24 hour wedding chapels. In fact, there’s so much to do in this bright, sleepless city that if you’re bored, it’s your own fault. They say whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But some things are better off sharing. We’re revealing 10 exciting Las Vegas attractions and activities you probably didn’t realise you could enjoy in Sin City.


1. Sundowners in the High Roller

High roller by Justin Ennis (Flickr)

The world’s tallest observation wheel, at a staggering 168m tall, offers 360 degree views of the Las Vegas Strip. Book out one of the 28 glass enclosed cubicles and enjoy the 30 minute revolution at sunset with your own personal bartender on board.


2. Experience New York

Big Apple by thinboyfatter (Flickr)

New York-New York Hotel has the only actual rollercoaster in Las Vegas – sporting a 44m drop and travelling up to 67 miles an hour. The Big Apple Coaster is also the first rollercoaster to have a 180 degree heartline twist and dive manoeuvre.  You’ll feel as though you haven’t left New York as the rollercoaster cars, designed like New York taxi cabs, hurtle past a replica of the New York Harbour and a 46m model of the Statue of Liberty. Book this hotel.


3. Climb the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Las Vegas

You don’t need to go to Paris to experience the city lights from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Las Vegas has its very own half-scale replica with an observation deck and 360 views of the city. You’ll also have expert ambassadors pointing out the best of Las Vegas attractions.


4. Sky jump off the Stratosphere Tower

Stratosphere Sky Jump

Dive off the Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observation deck in the United States. As the highest commercial decelerator descent at 829 feet, it has been firmly planted in the Guinness Book of Records. Make sure you have a rewarding drink at AirBar afterwards – the highest bar in Las Vegas.


5. Watch daily volcano eruptions

Volcano at Las Vegas Mirage Hotel

The volcano at the Mirage Hotel erupts every evening on the hour and includes audio from real life eruptions. There are over 150 fire shooters that shoot fireballs in time with the music and waterfalls that transform water into torrents of molten lava. Book this hotel.


6. Go on a ghost tour

Las Vegas by night

Visit some of Las Vegas’ most haunted locations with ghost hunter, Robert George Allen, and discover Sin City’s darkest secrets. There are over 21 places where paranormal activity has been documented in the city so you’ll be glad to be armed with EMF metres and dowsing rods.


7. Visit Madam Tussauds

Las Vegas Madam Tussauds

Las Vegas has its own version of London’s Madam Tusauds. Take a selfie with all of your favourite wax buffed celebs, from Rihanna and Whitney Houston, to Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley. You can even see Thor!


8. Experience America’s largest indoor theme park

Circus Circus by nestor ferraro (Flickr)

Circus Circus Las Vegas is home to America’s largest indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions spread out over 5 acres. You can also experience the world’s largest permanent circus and be entertained by jugglers, trapeze artists and acrobatics – the daily shows are completely FREE! Book this hotel.


9. Swim with sharks

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Resort

Only in Las Vegas can you dive with more exotic sharks than you would in the open ocean. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Resort has over 30 sharks, including Sandtiger, Gray Reef, Galapagos, Nurse, Zebra, Sandbar, and White Tip Reef sharks. This experience is only for certified divers. Book this hotel.


10. Solve crimes with the CSI team

CSI Experience at MGM Grand Hotel

Join a team of crime solving investigators at MGM Grand Hotel. Based on the TV show, you’ll be guided by videos of the cast members and get to match DNA, examine bullet casings, and identify single strands of hair to solve a crime before it’s too late. Book this hotel.

What other attractions have you heard about in Las Vegas? Plan your Las Vegas holiday!


Author Bio: Lauren Morling is a South African travel writer for the Best At Travel blog. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

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