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10 Must Do’s In Vegas For First Timers

Last updated: June 22, 2020 at 2:52 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 2 Comments on 10 Must Do’s In Vegas For First Timers.

More than 40 million people visit Las Vegas each year and if you’ve never been one of them, it’s definitely time.

One of the reasons Vegas is such a popular destination is that there are countless fun things to do. As a first timer, the choices can be overwhelming. Everywhere you look there are attractions, shows, bars, clubs and restaurants competing for your attention.

The best thing you can do before your trip is make like a Boy Scout and be prepared, so we’ve put together a list of things you really shouldn’t miss if you’re a newbie.

Here are 10 things you must do if you’re a Vegas virgin.

Visit the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

The famous Las Vegas sign for first time visitors

No trip to Vegas is complete without a trip to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Photo courtesy of Total Vegas Blog.

One of Vegas’ most iconic symbols is the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, located on the Strip, just south of Russell Road. Any first-time visitor should go and get a photo taken in front of the sign, which reads “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” on the front and “Drive Carefully” and “Come Back Soon” on the back. The historic sign (It dates from 1959.) was designed by Betty Willis while she worked for Western Neon Company. In 2009 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. To access the parking lot at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign you must be heading south on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Ride the High Roller

High Roller at the LINQ Las Vegas for first time visits

The High Roller. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Las Vegas is home to the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller, located at The LINQ Promenade. Taking a spin on this 550-foot-tall wheel will give you an amazing view of Las Vegas and The Strip, so it should definitely be on your must-do list. Each of the 28 glass-enclosed, climate-controlled cabins on the wheel offers 360-degree views. Our suggestion: Hop on to a Happy Half Hour cabin for an open bar during your 30-minute ride.

Walk along The Strip

Walk down the Las Vegas Strip for the first time

Take in all the sights of the Las Vegas Strip if you’re a first-time visitor. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

It might seem obvious, but one thing you should really do on your first Vegas visit is take some time to just walk along the Strip. Take in all the sights and sounds, admire the neon and maybe take a photo with one of the costumed characters and street performers along the sidewalk. (Word of warning: If you do take a photo, they will expect a tip.) One of the great things about a party city like Vegas is that you can walk outside along the Strip with a drink. So grab a massive souvenir cup, fill it up with your beverage of choice and enjoy. Just make sure it’s a plastic container.

Eat at a Vegas buffet

The Bucchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace in vegas for first timers

The Bacchanal Buffet is a must-do in Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

The buffet was introduced to Las Vegas in the 1940s and has been a staple in the city ever since. (Historic and delicious!) Thousands of Vegas visitors have indulged in the all-you-can-eat extravaganzas over the years and if you’re visiting for the first time, you should too.

USA Today ranked the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace the No. 1 Las Vegas buffet, so we suggest you start there. Bacchanal Buffet serves hundreds of different items each day and many are served on small plates, which make it easy to sample a wide variety of food. Fill your plate with things like ribs, crab legs, lamb, tacos, pho, pasta and dozens of mouthwatering desserts.

If you really want to go all-out while you’re in Vegas, try the Buffet of Buffets pass, which allows you to access up to five buffets in 24 hours. Check out our tips on how to do it.

Dine at a celebrity chef restaurant

Gordon Ramsay's Restaurants in Las Vegas - must do in Vegas for first timers

Visit one of Gordon Ramsay’s Vegas restaurants while you’re in Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Las Vegas has become home to restaurants from many celebrity chefs over the years. If you enjoy watching chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Guy Fieri on TV and you’ve read every cookbook by Giada De Laurentiis, you’re in luck. You can taste their fabulous dishes at their restaurants in Vegas. Any newbie should definitely stop in to at least one restaurant from a world-famous chef.

Gordon Ramsay has four restaurants currently open in Vegas: Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The LINQ Promenade and Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. Later this winter he will open his fifth concept, Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN at Caesars Palace.

Bobby Flay fans can stop in to Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace and enjoy the tastes of the Southwest. Sushi lovers should be sure to try chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant at Caesars Palace. Emmy Award-winning celeb chef Giada De Laurentiis serves Italian favorites with a California twist at The Cromwell. South Philly celeb chef Steve Martorano serves East Coast Italian family dishes at his restaurant, Martorano’s, at Paris Las Vegas. Guy Fieri fans can taste his over-the-top creations at his restaurants at The LINQ Hotel & Casino and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  For a special splurge, Restaurant Guy Savoy serves fine French food from highly acclaimed chef Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.


See a Vegas show

Gwen Stefani at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

She’s more than “Just A Girl” now. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Spectacular shows are synonymous with Vegas. They don’t call us The Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. If this is your first trip, you should make it a point to see a show. There’s really something for everyone from magic shows to comedy shows to world-famous headliners like Gwen Stefani. We’ve also got plenty of adult shows. This is Sin City after all, so why not check out a sexy show like Chippendales, X Country or X Burlesque?

Go to a nightclub

OMNIA nightclub at Caesars Palace for Vegas first timers

OMNIA Nightclub hosts big-name DJs like Calvin Harris. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

People come to Vegas to let loose and party and Vegas nightclubs are party central. You have to spend at least one night of your trip dancing the night away at a Vegas megaclub. OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace is home to world-famous DJs like Calvin Harris and Kaskade. The 75,000-square-foot club features multiple levels, a rooftop balcony overlooking The Strip and a massive LED chandelier that ascends and descends over the dance floor.

Party at a dayclub

Drai's Beach Club - must do in Vegas for first timers

Drai’s Beach Club is a hot place to party during the warm summer months. Photo courtesy of Drai’s.

Not only does Vegas have some of the hottest nightlife in the world, we’ve also got daytime partying down. Many pools around town turn into dayclubs, which means you can drink, dance and party with top DJs while the sun is still up. One of our must-do dayclubs is Drai’s Beach Club at The Cromwell. The pool is situated on a rooftop deck with a spectacular Strip view, palm trees, a hot tub, cabanas and poolside dining.

Gamble in a casino

Playing craps for the first time in Vegas

Roll the dice and do some gambling when you visit Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Las Vegas is the world’s most famous gambling destination so you’ve got to at least throw some quarters (or even pennies) into a slot machine, try your luck at a hand of blackjack or place a bet on your favorite sports team while you’re here. A great bet for gaming enthusiasts is The Cromwell with 100X odds on craps, 3|2 doubledeck blackjack, Single 0 roulette and EZ Bacarrat.

And don’t forget to take a spin at Megabucks. It’s a progressive slot jackpot that is worth millions of dollars when it hits.

Drop some dollars at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for first time Vegas shoppers

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace feature stunning Roman architecture. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace have been called “The Shopping Wonder of the World” for good reason. The luxury shopping center features stunning Roman-inspired architecture, a 50,000-gallon aquarium and the Fall of Atlantis animatronic show. There are 160 specialty stores and restaurants in The Forum Shops. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill stores either. We’re talking Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Burberry. If you win the aforementioned Megabucks you can do some serious damage here. And if not, walking through the shops is still a must-do even if you’re just window shopping.

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About The Author

Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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2 Responses

  1. Sandip Sehdeve

    I’ve Been 22 Times To Vegas, Never Been To Freemont Street???????

  2. Rebecca mcguffick

    My daughter got married in the Tittanic Museum last year . Coming back to visit next August because there was so much to see and not enough time