Your friends are trying to convince you to go to Las Vegas, but you don’t want to lose all your money gambling or don’t drink? Or maybe your girlfriend wants to see Sin City, and you’re not sure if you want to take her to crazy parties? Don’t worry! There are many things to do in Las Vegas that don’t involve partying and gambling.
Las Vegas offers much more than just casinos and nightclubs. Your stay can be romantic, adventurous, or anything you want it to be! Here are my top things to do in Las Vegas that don’t involve partying.
Sober Adventure Things To Do in Las Vegas
1. Explore your own hotel
Choosing a hotel in Las Vegas is way more important than you think because they all feature their own unique facilities and activities. Over the summer you can enjoy some of the most amazing pool complexes and restaurants in the world, so do your research before booking your accommodation.
For instance, if you’re planning a fancy weekend away you should consider some of my favorite hotels such as the Wynn (great pool lounge and romantic restaurants), the Venetian (beautiful surroundings), Caesar’s Palace (excellent pool and gardens) or the Four Seasons (the biggest outdoor pool complex, but a bit away from the strip).
My favorite hotel would be the Venetian. Everything is decorated in an Italian style, the ceiling looks like a blue sky with a few clouds, and you can even take a gondola ride! There are also many great Italian restaurants and even a Carnevale di Venezia, a 15-minute performance of opera and Italian folk music by an elaborately costumed troupe.
2. Take a helicopter flight
A helicopter flight over the strip or around Grand Canyon is probably one of the most spectacular aerial experiences in Las Vegas. You can also combine it with a limousine ride if you want to have a luxury experience.
- Flying over Las Vegas strip in a helicopter
- Grand Canyon trip by the helicopter
3. Go see a show
Las Vegas offers a lot of shows to choose from, but as an aerialist myself, I was mostly interested in seeing the Cirque du Soleil. Tickets to these kinds of shows are usually affordable and you can easily purchase last minute tickets for less than half the price.
I’ve already seen Mystere – the original Cirque du Soleil show, and it was fantastic!
4. Try some circus acrobatics
I might be biased as an aerialist, but I believe that anyone would have fun flying on a trapeze. You’ll be able to fly high and get caught by a catcher mid-air. Who knows, you might want to come back for more tricks after that.
Las Vegas is home to many great artists (naturally, due to a number of acrobatic shows in the city), so don’t worry about safety. The activity is perfectly safe and you’ll be strapped in a harness.
5. Enjoy the fountain show at the Bellagio
The fountain show at the Bellagio doesn’t need much introduction. It’s awesome and more importantly, it’s FREE. Simply stand around for a while in front of the Bellagio and the fountain will start to jump to a different song every twenty minutes. What means you can keep watching it every day and see something different every time.
For even better views climb the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris-Paris Casino & Resort.
While I think the fountain show in Dubai is way more impressive, it was built years after the Bellagio’s. I don’t know about you but I like seeing the original things.
6. Jump from the Stratosphere Tower
Those who enjoy thrilling experiences should consider jumping from the tallest hotel in Vegas – the Stratosphere Tower. It’s not a bungee jump because you jump down and you actually do land on your feet! If you’re too scared or just don’t want to spend $150, you can try some of the other attractions. There’s always a carousel at the edge of the platform…
7. Eat a buffet brunch
Las Vegas buffets are loved by both visitors and locals. The food is amazing and super cheap as you can get all-you-can eat lobster for just $13.95! You can find a buffer at every hotel, but the best one, in my opinion, is at Fremont Street.
8. Take a day trip outside of the city
Las Vegas is a perfect location for day trip anywhere in the area. One can easily spend at least a few days treating it as a base. Where to go?
- Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon can be seen on a very long, 14-hour day trip, but then you don’t actually spend much time at the canyon. You can take multi-day camping trips through the various trails there.
- Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam lies about an hour from Las Vegas by car and about 15 minutes by the helicopter. You can get a guided tour there which allows you to visit the museum of the history of the dam. If you love heights you’ll enjoy the view.
- Lake Mead
Who wants to fly in a balloon? Las Vegas gives you a wide range of balloon tours including a flight over the spectacular Lake Mead. But if you don’t want to fly, you can just have a romantic dinner cruise there, or try watersports like jet skiing. Partiers don’t usually come to the lake, making the place really quiet even though it’s just a 10-minute drive from the strip.
- Death Valley
Located midway between Vegas and LA and 2 hours Northwest, it’s a spectacular place for photography and geology buffs. Death Valley is also a proud holder of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. There’s also a nearby Mt. Whitney McKinley which is the highest peak in the US. My favorite part of the Death Valley is Ghost Towns. They’re a true photographer’s dream!
- Ol’ Spanish Valley
For horse riding fans, I’d recommend taking a trip to the Spanish Valley where you can feel like a cowboy. After your , ide you can enjoy a delicious bbq dinner while watching the sunset. It’s definitely romantic and adventurous.
- Valley of Fire
This oldest state park in Nevada, the Valley of Fire can impress anyone and it’s only 50 miles drive from the strip. Visitors can see beautiful rock formations, climb them or ride an ATV around while observing a fantastic scenery!
9. Go to a gun range
Ever wanted to shoot some guns safely? Las Vegas has many gun ranges, with some offering crazy experiences. You could even shoot some targets from a flying helicopter if you like.
10. Visit the Mob Museum
Located in downtown Las Vegas, the Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. It opened a few years ago when inaugurated by Mayor Oscar Goodman, who also happened to be the lawyer for all the mobsters in town. You can spend hours wandering around this place, especially if you’re a crime buff like me.
11. See some old signs at the Neon Museum
Stop by the Neon Museum, an open-air museum dedicated to preserving neon signs from Las Vegas’s past. The organization restores all of the old signs and has them displayed along Fremont Street. You can spot cool
13. Fly a fighter plane like in Top Gun
Probably the craziest experience I’ve had ever. I flew (yes, I flew with an instructor sitting behind me) an aerobatic plane. It was a crazy ride, so you can read more about it here.
13. Drive a supercar
The Vegas supercar experience will give you a chance to drive some of the most luxurious cars in the world. You can take a Lamborghini on the track or chase a Ferrari through the desert. Where else in the world can you do this?
14. Play some pinball at the Hall of Fame
Pinball Hall of Fame showcases over 200 pinball games in perfect working order from nearly all areas of pinball history. Players can spend hours in the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas reliving childhood memories with their favorite games. You can try to play everything!
15. Get married in style
Weddings in Las Vegas are associated with drunken parties at Elvis’ chapel and a lot of people think marriage certificates issued in Vegas are invalid elsewhere. This image couldn’t be more different from reality. You can obviously still get married at one of the smaller chapels like the one where Elvis Presley said his vows (in fact, that’s what Matt and I did), but everything has to be arranged in advance and requires a lawful marriage license.
Any other suggestions I failed to mention? Feel free to share in the comments below!