Oct 11, 2012

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Don’t Want to Gamble in Las Vegas?

If you’re in you’re twenties, you should probs come to terms with the fact that you’re eventually going to have to attend a bachelor, bachelorette, or birthday party in Las Vegas. But, what if you’re not into gambling?

When most people think of Vegas, their thoughts turn to blackjack, poker games, and hitting a huge jackpot. While gambling is clearly a huge part of the economy, there are many other activities that you could enjoy on a visit to this city of sin. 

Las Vegas at night

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Live Shows

The #1 form of entertainment outside of gambling in Las Vegas is going to a live show. Regardless of your tastes, there is likely a show for you. Live music lovers can choose from the likes of Elton John, Celine Dion, and, one of the artists on my bucket list: Garth Brooks. (Don’t judge.)

Garth Brooks in concert

Bad shot, but you can still feel the amazingness. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bootbearwdc.

Fans of magic and fantasy (who are these people?? please introduce them to me) have choices such as Penn & Teller, the creepshow Chris Angel, and even the Tournament of Kings jousting tournament at the Excalibur. Is comedy more your thing? You can find performances by big name comedians like George Wallace and Carrot Top (whom you’ll laugh with or at? not sure), and even Broadway-caliber shows like Phantom of the Opera.

Outdoor Activities

For those of you looking for outdoor things to do not in a casino, there are several choices in and around Vegas. First, if you are insane, you could bungee jump off of the Stratosphere, or, for something more my speed — zip line down Fremont Street.

Now, my favorite part of Vegas would be getting away from all the lights, and out into nature. Just a short drive from Vegas, you can take in the beauty and tranquility of Mt. Charleston. This lovely mountain offers everything from hiking and camping — to even skiing during winter months.

Of course, if you really want an awe inspiring experience, you can take a day trip to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world, and one of my fave places on earth. It’s an absolute must-see in my book. Day trips to the Grand Canyon start at around $80.

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

Museums and More

Still not satisfied? Consider one of the Vegas museums. The Mob Museum chronicles the history of the mob in Las Vegas, as well as the law enforcement professionals that worked to clean the city up.

If you have kids with you while in Vegas, consider going to the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. There, your kids can interact with hands-on exhibits while learning about science, history, and the arts.

Las Vegas Mob Museum

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The Las Vegas Zoo is one of the more inexpensive activities for the family in Sin City. Though I definitely wonder sometimes whether zoos are good or not, the Vegas Zoo is just a short drive from the Strip and has a variety of animals. A family of four can go to the Vegas Zoo for less than $30; you won’t find a cheaper family outing in the city.

So, friends, next time you consider booking gambling getaways, remember that Las Vegas can offer more than just casino gambling. The city has numerous activities to offer tourists that like to do more than just sit at a card table all day flipping chips. (Though that’s fun, too!)

Have you been to Vegas? Any suggestions for fun activities that aren’t gambling or partying?

  1. Ha! Chris Angel totally IS a creepshow!
    I have a bachelorette party in Vegas next Spring that I’ve been reluctant to RSVP to. But I’m super happy to hear the Grand Canyon can be done in a daytrip. Awesome!
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  2. So I don’t admit this very often, but Garth was definitely my first live show back in the day.

    Cool on the outdoorsy options (and bungee jumping!), that will almost definitely earn a stop of the Great Western Road Trip next time I’ve got a car in the States.
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    • WHAT? Stephen, how did you fail to mention this to me in Mongolia?! I guess you are from Texas. Seeing Garth live is one of my life goals. I am so jeal!! Great Western Road Trip sounds fab.

      • Noooo! I”m from Louisiana! And, I guess through all those nights of passing your speaker around through the group we never put Garth on? Its a shame, really, because that might have been the perfect companion to vodka and pickle juice.
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        • WHOOPS! Sorry, Stephen — for some reason, I was thinking Texas. And yes, Garth is the perfect companion to pretty much anything.

  3. Well, shoot! Sounds like I missed out on a lot of fun activities in Vegas. All I did when I went there was elope. 🙂
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    • Aw, so cute. Well, Juliann, that is a pretty sweet activity in and of itself.. and VERY Vegas-y! Guess you’ll just have to go back for a vow renewal!

  4. Hi there,

    Been to Vegas with a friend for two days in Sepmber and we didn’t do any gambling. As a matter a fact, all those ‘dings’, ‘dongs’ ‘tringelings’ and ‘woetwoets’ of the machines made me go even nutter than I already am.
    We just cruised the Strip, walking in and out of all the big hotels. Saw the fountains at the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage, a free circus act at Circus Circus…
    At night we went to the LAX club at the Luxor. Got in for free thanks to a promo guy we met on the Strip and ended up going to Freemont Street with him and a Belgian guy we met there as well even later that night (of course, Freemont Street was dead by that time).
    Two days of Sin City was more than enough for me, but I’m definitely going back for some nature (thinking Gran Canyon).
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  5. I will!
    I think I’m going to start in vegas, then move upwards going through nature parks and end in San Fran:-)
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