Sober Adventure Things To Do in Las Vegas

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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.

the Venetian Las Vegas
room Venetian

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.

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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.Bellagio fountain


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…things to do in Las Vegas


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!

Valley of Fire


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.

sky combat ace


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.
Las Vegas wedding

Any other suggestions I failed to mention? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Sober Things to Do in Las Vegas

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27 Comments

  1. Mar 18, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    I liked all of these ideas. Vegas is also a very inexpensive destination. I would like to add that there are several free things to do in Las Vegas: see the lions and tigers at the Mirage, M&M Factory, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, Fall of Atlantis free show at Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio Gardens/Conservatory, and sometimes if you can time it right, you can watch the Pirates of TI show in front of Treasure Island, and afterwards see the volcano erupt at the Mirage. It will cost you the best price of all — $0.00.

    • Mar 18, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      That’s definitely true!

  2. Mar 19, 2015 / 9:10 am

    Out of all the items you mentioned Anna my favorite is spending time in and around Death Valley. Although driving a supercar also sounds pretty incredible.

  3. Mar 19, 2015 / 9:21 am

    21. Spend all day at a spa! Most casino hotels have all day spa packages that end up being cheaper than a full day gambling. It is the one place in the world I treat myself to that.

    • Mar 19, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      That’s true! I don’t know how could I forget about it actually

  4. Antonina
    Mar 20, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Fantastic building and interiors. Anything on budget with kids?

    • Mar 20, 2015 / 12:07 pm

      There are tons of free shows and attractions for kids! M&M store, chocolate factory and all the walking characters 🙂

  5. Mar 20, 2015 / 9:13 am

    Anna, great places to visit. Anything below $25 a day :D?

    • Mar 20, 2015 / 9:20 am

      Definitely! If you go during the week you can pay $25 for a hotel – split by two that’s $12.5. You can discover Vegas for free and see a lot of shows for free (Bellagio fountains, volcano at the Mirage etc), and you can also eat and walk around. Ha, made it under $25 😀

  6. Mar 21, 2015 / 7:52 am

    Wow, I didn’t expect that there are sooo many attractions in Vegas. anyway, when I get there one day my primary reason for visiting will be to gamble and probably lose 100 dollars (yes, it is on my bucket list 🙂 )

    • Mar 21, 2015 / 8:15 am

      You might as well win 😀

  7. Mar 22, 2015 / 5:01 am

    Me too, I’m suprised that there are many things to do and see in Las Vegas 🙂

  8. Mar 22, 2015 / 5:31 am

    I didn’t realise that there are so many things to do in Vegas, fly in a helicopter sounds perfect. But I think dolphins forced to swim in pools is very very sad 🙁 I heard that in Vegas they use huge amount of water and electricity and they start to have problems, so maybe it’s time to visit Vegas fast 😉

    • Mar 22, 2015 / 11:16 am

      Well, it’s happening all over the west coast – in a year California will run out of water completely 😉

  9. Ania
    Mar 23, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    When I used to think of Las Vegas before, crazy parties and gambling were obviously the first things that came to my mind! I didn’t realize there’s so much other stuff to do and see there! And I love Venice, so visiting the Grand Canal of Las Vegas is a must if I go there someday! Thank you for so many useful tips, Anna!
    ~Greetings from Anna 😉

  10. Apr 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

    Another Great Tips for This blogs! Thanks 😀

  11. Jul 7, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Hi Anna

    I love reading your blog. I’ve been reading it for months now mostly because I love the way you talk about Mexico, like so proudly to have lived there, certainly make me feel prouder to be mexican 🙂

    About this post, I remember once in Champs-Élysées I saw a Lamborghini for rent: 89 Euros for a 20-minute ride, How much does it cost in Vegas to drive a supercar??

    • Jul 7, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Hi Diana! Many thanks for your lovely comment 🙂
      I love Mexico indeed – can’t wait to go back again!
      In Las Vegas the best is a package of up to 3 cars of your choice and race it on the track for around $200. With introduction and everyting the whole thing takes around 2h.

  12. Jul 7, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    You should visit the north this time, try Monterrey. So many things to do here! Note that the north is expensive compared to the south, but for you I don´t think it will be a big difference, since well GBP vs MXN 🙂

  13. Dec 22, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Interesting stuff. Never been to Vegas but I hope to someday. I like your style of wearing a dress for a lot of your travels but how do you survive with walking in heels? Or do you put them on only when taking full length photos?

    • Dec 23, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      Well… my feet are so used to heels that it feels more comfy for me to wear them over flats 😉

  14. Jun 2, 2016 / 2:45 am

    I’ll be in Las Vegas with a friend for a week and we’ve been trying to plan an awesome adventure. I think that jumping from the Stratosphere sounds like an amazing idea. I don’t know what she’ll think since she was thinking more along the lines of traveling luxury and possibly renting a limousine.

  15. Jun 21, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    I’m pretty excited about helicopter flight over the strip. I’ll take this for sure.

  16. Aug 5, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I love this! Great ideas for our next trip. I can’t drink alcohol due to a severe allergy so I’m always looking for sober things to do! Thanks for sharing.

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