Cool Things to Do in Vegas Besides Gambling

Las Vegas may be known for its abundance of lavish casinos, but there are so many fun things to do in the Sin City besides gambling. In fact, many people spend an entire vacation here enjoying various attractions, shows, and sightseeing without putting a dime into the slots.

There is plenty of fun to have any time of the year if you visit the City of Lights. An awesome thing about Vegas is that it’s a 24/7 destination with cool stuff to do all over the place. If table games aren’t your style, check out one of these alternative fun attractions.

Visit the Mirage Volcano Show

One of the best sites to see and experience on the famous Vegas Strip is the explosive volcano show at the Mirage, erupting seven days a week at 8 PM, 9 PM, and 10 PM. The show features incredible pyrotechnics and special effects, and if you stand close enough you can feel the heat of the flames as the roar of the volcano galvanizes the entire scene.

With fireballs being shot over 12 feet into the air, the Mirage volcano hypnotizes the audience with a visual/audio spectacle that features state-of-the-art fire effects and a musical performance by legendary drummer Mickey Hart and international table virtuoso Zakir Hussain.

The hype from the percussion-centered music alongside never-before-seen effects creates an incredible sensation – almost as if you were traveling around the magma chamber deep in the mantle of the Earth and all the way back into the oxygen-rich atmosphere.

This show is breathtaking, and it would be a shame if you missed out on it.

Visit the Grand Canyon

There is a reason why Grand Canyon is considered one of the world’s natural wonders and why more than five million people from all over the world visit it every year. It’s simply an amazing sight to behold.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon offers mesmerizing canyon views, equally beautiful as the more popular Arizona side but with far fewer crows. The North Rim is at 9,000 feet elevation, and it’s generally open from May to October because of the high elevation.

If you have an adventurous spirit, we recommend that you take a hike to Ooh Aah Point, about a mile down the South Kaibab Trail. Don’t forget to put water and energy bars in your backpack because you won’t find water, food, or bathrooms here.

The hike is steep, so you’ll probably burn a lot of calories hiking out, but the panoramic view at Ooh Aah Point is absolutely divine. You might reconsider bringing kids with you as they’ll probably get bored just looking at the scenery.

The Grand Canyon is about five hours away from Vegas by bus, but you can get there faster via luxurious helicopter and airplane tours.

Check Out the Hoover Dam

One of the greatest modern day engineering marvels is located just a few miles outside the City of Light. Known as the ‘greatest dam ever built,’ the Hoover Dam is proof that you can have tons of fun in Vegas without rolling the dice.

Like the Niagara Falls or Grand Canyon for that matter, Hoover Dam is a site where pics or descriptions don’t do justice; you have to see it for yourself to truly appreciate it.

The view from the road is beautiful, but once you look over the edge to the river below, expect to be blown away. The view from the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge above the dam is also spectacular.

If you go on this tour during the holiday season, your package will most likely also include a bonus stop at the Botanical Gardens and the Ethel M Chocolate Factory.

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