Las Vegas, the casino city in the middle of the Nevada Desert, USA. Known primarily for its wild parties and gambling, I don’t like either of those so why did I end up in a place I should have hated? I made one loop of a casino and didn’t understand how any of the machines worked, I just wanted to spend maybe $5 just to say I had done it and ending up giving up. But I discovered there’s more to Vegas than what it gets its reputation for! Here are 5 alternative things to do in Las Vegas if you don’t like partying or gambling!
Jump off a tower!
Seriously! SkyJump Las Vegas lets you jump from the 108th floor (855feet up) of the Stratosphere Tower at the north end of The Strip. It’s a controlled freefall, reaching speeds of up to 40mph. I thought it could have done with being a bit faster…but then I am a bit of a speed demon! Jumps start from around $119.99, more expensive packages include photos and ‘wrist cam GoPro footage’. They stick you in a funky blue and yellow jump suit, take you to the top of the tower and one by one you jump off, landing on a target down below. Everything in your body tells you it’s not natural to jump off a building but it’s fine! The slow decent also gives you a bit of time to take in the view too!
While you’re up there, check out the other rides on top of the Stratosphere! I wish I was able to visit when the rollercoaster was still there, it was on my bucket list for ages but it’s now been replaced with 2 other rides (Insanity and X-Scream) and the drop tower (Big Shot) right on the top of the roof is still there going strong…that was my favourite out of the 3!
Visit Fremont Street
This was my favourite thing I done while in Vegas! This gem of Las Vegas is a short taxi ride away from The Strip. Fremont Street is a pedestrianised area with bars, restaurants and live FREE music and entertainment. The main attraction, is the light show that starts at 8pm. The street has a giant roof over the top, which once it’s dark, pictures and videos are projected onto it, that move in time with a soundtrack. Everyone just stops and looks up! Tip: I was also aware that this was probably the perfect time for pickpockets to take advantage of people being distracted and not paying attention to their bags. I didn’t have any problems but it was in the back of my head.
…and Go Ziplining!
When I was there, there was a zip-line that ran from the roof of a multi-storey car park at one end, to a platform at the other of the street, allowing you to whizz over everybody’s head below! Since my visit, they have upgraded the zip-lines to faster and longer ones. They are now run by SlotZilla and are open from 1pm – 1am 7 days a week. The lower zip-line (which I went on) was $20, the new higher zip-line costs $40. You can even ride with your personal belongings, they strap a special bag to you to keep everything in, very handy as you don’t need to leave everything with someone not taking part!
Ride in a Gondola at The Venetian
Compared to the real thing in Venice, it’s not even really in the same league (Read about my experience in Italy HERE). It’s still cool though because at the end of the day there’s a canal INSIDE a hotel!!! There’s also a slight Harry Potter-ness to it…the ceiling is painted to look like the sky outside! The Gondolier sings to you during your ride, it’s a little embarrassing when there are people wandering around the hotel staring at you being serenaded while in a boat but it’s still fun! I’m not sure if the guy was really Italian, or just putting on an accent to stay in character but boy, he could sing! Our ride lasted around 15 minutes.
Watch the Fountains of Bellagio
So good, we watched them twice! Both times had different songs and effects so it wasn’t like watching the same show over and over. I had seen dancing water shows before but nowhere near on the scale of the Fountains of Bellagio. It’s impossible to miss the lake where they take place, it’s located right next to The Strip in front of the Bellagio hotel. When the water reaches its full height, it sounds like a cannon going off, I couldn’t believe how loud it was! It doesn’t over power the background music though, it all blends together nicely.
*Side Note for visiting Las Vegas:
There are many places in the world where females may receive unwanted attention whether travelling solo or not. I was travelling with my family, rather than my Dad being the family ‘protector’, it was down to me, my Mum and Sister to protect him!
As the sun goes down, The Strip fills with men and women advertising ‘Ladies for sale’, in the form of flicking piles of business cards in front of any MALE that walks by. Even though there were 3 women walking with my Dad, it didn’t stop these people. Every few feet there’d be another one getting in his face. We even walked either side of him, but they’d STILL lean across in front of us to get to him! It did ruin Vegas for us. It kinda made it impossible to walk around as they kept getting in the way. Fremont Street offers some relief from this, it’s nice to escape it! Certainly a destination where for once I was glad to be a female.
What’s your favourite things to do in Vegas?
*TIP* I stayed at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino and entrance to the Stratosphere Tower was included in the room rate, therefore I only needed to purchase ride tickets.
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