Cash in Your Chips! Things to do in Las Vegas Besides Gambling

The Las Vegas Strip (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

By Jordan Blake.

While Las Vegas is well known for casino gambling, there is much more to do in the city than gamble.  If you are a first time visitor to Vegas, you may not know of some of the best attraction to see while visiting.  Below are some of the top best things to do on your next trip to Las Vegas.

Top of the World Restaurant

If you have seen pictures of Las Vegas, you have surely noticed the huge space needle which is the Stratosphere Casino and Hotel.  At the very top of the structure is the Top of the World Restaurant.  Here, diners can enjoy some of the best food in Vegas while the restaurant rotates 360 degrees, allowing diners to get a constantly changing magnificent view of Las Vegas.  If you do not want to dine, you can opt to view for the same style view from the Stratosphere observation deck for a fee.

Fremont Street Experience

One of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Las Vegas is the Fremont Street experience.  A large canopy covers the westernmost 5 blocks of Fremont Street and each night starting at dusk, the exterior lights of the casinos go dark at the top of the hour and a  magnificent light and music show is displayed on the canopy covering the street.  The show is different each hour with tributes to Kiss, Queen, and more.

In addition to the light show, there are numerous attractions on Fremont street.  While many take a casino tour of downtown Vegas, there are also numerous street vendors, as well as live music and other forms of entertainment offered nightly.

Tournament of Kings

The Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino is one of the best dinner shows in all of Las Vegas.  Unlike other dinner shows, this one is done Medieval style, which means that you will be eating with your hands.  While dining, you will be treated to a marvelous spectacle unlike any other in the city.  The show is complete with jousting knights, dancing maidens, invading armies, and more.  Fan participation is encouraged as you cheer on your favorite knight to victory.  Another plus for this show is that it is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

Bellagio Fountains

It is rare that a free attraction is a must-see, but the fountains at the Bellagio are definitely a must see when you go to Vegas.  The fountain is located in front of the Bellagio and has over 1,000 water nozzles and 4,000 lights.  The result is a magnificent display of music and water art as the fountains dance with the various musical compositions.  The display is appropriate for all ages and offer a great photo opportunity.  Shows during the weekdays are every half hour from 3 to 8 P.M. and then every 15 minutes from 8 P.M. to Midnight.  On weekends, you can view the attraction starting at Noon.

As you can see from above, Las Vegas offers much more than just casino gambling, and we did not even mention the array of fantastic Broadway style shows and world class entertainers that are featured daily.  Las Vegas is truly a city with something for everyone and hopefully the above options help you plan your next trip to “Sin City.”

 

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