The 10 Best Things To Do In Vegas

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Looking to find something to do in Las Vegas? Well, your luck is in.

Whether you’re there for a wild stag/hen do, classic wedding, week of holiday madness or just passing through, Sin City has a huge array of attractions and activities for you to sink your teeth into.

So before you pack your bags, make sure you read this essential guide.

Take a chance at a classic casino

While there are over 40 top casinos for you to explore and try your luck in, there’s something magical about Caesars Palace.

As one of the oldest and most iconic casinos and hotels in Vegas, no trip would be complete without checking it out.

The atmosphere is special and the vast amount of tables and slot machines captures the bright lights of Sin City in all its glory.

Or if you don’t fancy a flutter, you can pose for a picture in front of the Roman statues and follow in the footsteps of Alan and the rest of the wolf pack from The Hangover movie series. Don’t forget to pop into the gift shop and buy yourself a t-shirt with baby Carlos on it – classic!

Once you’re finished at Caesars, escape the main strip and take a trip to Downtown’s legendary Golden Nugget. There you’ll escape the great masses of tourists and roll the dice with seasoned locals. This is essential for a true authentic Vegas gambling experience.  

Aim high at the Stratosphere

Take a load off and witness the whole Vegas strip 829 feet above the ground on the Stratosphere’s SkyJump.

As the tallest building in Nevada and home of jaw-dropping rides like the Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream, it’s a must if you love a good view and an adrenaline rush all at once.

Clown about at the Cirque du Soleil

When you’re not gambling in Las Vegas, watching one of seven Cirque du Soleil resident shows is a sight to behold.

From your classic clowns and strongmen to gravity-defying aerialists and acrobats, O at the Bellagio has it all. Or for a naughtier and funnier night, Absinthe outside Caesars Palace is on the money.

Make a splash at a pool party

Between April and October, Las Vegas is home to some of the greatest pool parties stateside. If you’re with the family, the Wet ‘n’ Wild waterpark or Circus Circus are your best bets.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to party and enjoy a day of drinking, dancing and swimming, you should head to Encore Beach Club. You’ll probably see a top DJ while you’re there too.

See a water show of ‘Titanic’ proportions  

Every 15 minutes throughout the evening, you can gather around the Bellagio hotel and watch the dancing fountains erupt to Celine Dion’s Titanic soundtrack song: ‘My Heart Will Go On’.

Just make sure you hold on tight to your Jack and never let them go!

Sign off with the sign

Failing to take a picture outside the Las Vegas sign is like going to a pizzeria and ordering a salad. It’s a rite of passage and a staple in your photo album.

For the best shot, you should head to the sign at dusk. This way, you’re much more likely to get a gorgeous pink, purple or orange sky in the background with the lights of the strip visible too.

However, if you don’t fancy having other big groups getting in the way of your perfect snap, it’s worth going there before 8 am and capturing a shot of the sun rising.

Go the extra yard for a drink

Exploring Las Vegas makes for thirsty work. So be sure to scurry over to a Fat Tuesday along the strip for a yard-long drink in a novelty cup. From cocktails to fruit juices, you can take your stick back whenever you want and ask for a refill.

Throw some shapes under the moving chandelier

OMNIA is a renowned nightclub, hosting many top artists. But it’s the moving chandelier which will leave your jaw hitting the dancefloor.

Transforming into different shapes and moving around you like a flying saucer to the music, you’ll want to dance the night away.

Enjoy a jaw-dropping swim with sharks

Duunnn dunnn…duuunnnn duun. The Golden Nugget isn’t just the home to a classic casino for gamblers, it also has a three-story water slide which will send you through a shark-infested aquarium.

You’ll even get a tour on how these deadly predators are looked after as well.

Fly high with a helicopter ride of the Grand Canyon

No trip to Las Vegas would be complete without venturing away from the strip and seeing the Grand Canyon. As one of the most famous natural landmarks in the world, you’ll witness some unimaginable views and delve into the depths of the canyon.

You can even throw in a trip to the Hoover Dam and stop for a champagne picnic overlooking the Colorado River with some tours.

The main difference in price for these excursions is whether you take the bus or a helicopter to the Grand Canyon and if you are happy to take pictures without stopping, or would prefer to land and take ground shots.

Most tourist guides should find a price and choice to satisfy your individual needs.