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Our Favorite Vegas Attractions

Last updated: September 19, 2019 at 2:15 pm. Posted by in Things to Do in Las Vegas. No Comments on Our Favorite Vegas Attractions.

In a city known for its bright lights, all-night dance parties, casinos, lavish restaurants, and hotel suites, sometimes it’s hard to remember Vegas has another fun and crazy side: its unique attractions. If you ever have open time during the day (and don’t care to go shopping or nap in your room), these fun, unique Vegas attractions will change how you see Sin City.

Whether you’re the daring type or more of a history buff, you’ll leave with a new appreciation for Vegas and plenty of bragging rights on social media.

Our Favorite Vegas Attractions 

High Roller at the linq promenade 

We’re going to kick this off with the shining star of The LINQ Promenade, the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel. Not only can you get a bird’s-eye view of the Strip below, but you can also host a private party in your very own cabin. We’re talking bachelor / bachelorette parties, weddings, birthdays and all the FOMO-type parties.

Considered the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller also hosts fun events like chocolate tastings, Happy Half Hour (a 30-minute ride with a bartender serving unlimited drinks in your cabin) and even Silent Savasana yoga. Namaste at the High Roller, peeps.

Unique Vegas attraction: FLY LINQ Zipline at The LINQ Promenade

The FLY LINQ Zipline sends thrill seekers soaring more than 1,000 feet across The LINQ Promenade toward the High Roller observation wheel. Photo by Nina Corpuz / Total Vegas Blog.

FLY LINQ Zipline Vegas

While you’re here at The LINQ Promenade,you might as well try out the FLY LINQ, the Strip’s only zipline ride. This fun Vegas attraction sends you soaring 12 stories over the outdoor shopping and dining promenade, toward the High Roller wheel. You can zoom forwards or backwards, sitting or superhero style. Check out this writer taking the leap by going backwards, superhero style, on the FLY LINQ.

Pinball Hall of Fame 

Located just a few minutes east of the Strip, Pinball Hall of Fame will take you back to the good ol’ days before smartphones took over everything.

In addition to rows of pinball games, Pinball Hall of Fame also has old-school arcade games. So, you know all those quarters you have saved up in your car’s middle console? Bring ’em all here, baby. To get you in the spirit of pinball nostalgia, you gotta check out this music video by this writer’s favorite funky fresh duo, Tuxedo. Good vibes all around!

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Hoover Dam 

In the words of Martin Payne, “Daaaam, Gina!” And we mean “dam” like Hoover Dam. We wouldn’t tell you to drive 45 minutes from the Strip for nothing. And once you’re here, you’ll know exactly why a million visitors come through each year. This modern-day wonder towers 725-plus feet over the Colorado River. Looking for the view? If you’re driving out here, The Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is your best bet to see the dam from the highest point possible. Tours are available and you can see the gigantic generators up close.

 

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Neon Museum 

Hey, we all have our hoarding issues (like this writer keeping her ’80s Barbie and the Rockers doll), but Downtown’s 2.5-acre Neon Museum has the coolest hoarding collection of all. You’ll be glad someone held on to all this “junk.” You’ll see 150-plus restored signs that once dazzled in the city’s night skies. Some of these signs are as tall as a house!

The guided tour is about an hour long. A couple of tips: Wear comfy shoes and come with fully charged phone to get the most out of your trip. We prefer the night tours. Not only is it more comfortable during the summer months, you get to see some of these signs lit up.

Even if you’ve been here before, you’ll need to see the museum’s newest nighttime-only exhibit, Brilliant! It brings these old signs to life, thanks to glamorous projection mapping. You’ll be transported back in time with vintage video footage, all while listening to Vegas-related music from yesterday to today. Have a seat and take all the lights in.

Mob Museum 

Think you know all about that real thug life? Think again. Do the names Bugsy Siegel, Tony Spilatro and Al Capone ring a bell? A trip to downtown’s Mob Museum brings all those gangster movies you’ve watched to life. This interactive Vegas attraction pulls you into the world of the most notorious gangsters of our time. You won’t just learn about them. The good guys (FBI agents) are just as interesting. Before you explore, take a picture at the police lineup booth where you’ll look like an actual suspect. This museum also has rich history: It’s built within a restored 1920s courthouse.

Seven Magic Mountains 

Whether you’re driving on Interstate 15 from L.A. to Vegas or taking a shopping trip to California / Nevada state line, make a quick stop to Seven Magic Mountains. These colored rocks will only be in town for a short while, so take one for the ‘gram while you still can.

Flamingos at the Wildlife Habitat - Unique Vegas Attraction

Wildlife Habitat. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Flamingo Habitat

A little birdie told us you’d have a blast at this super-fun and free, outdoor exhibit. Not only will you see Chilean flamingos hanging out by the water at Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat, you’ll see a variety of ducks, fish, exotic birds and more. Plus, nothing beats walking through this lush, tropical setting in the heart of the Strip.

The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas - Unique Vegas Attraction

Eiffel Tower lights up the sky nightly. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck

Why save the romance and thrill for Paris, France? You can find that at the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck inside Paris Las Vegas. You’ll get a 360-degree view of the city. Nighttime is a popular time to go, but we prefer to go at sunset. The sky’s pink and orange hues are unbeatable and if you stick around afterward, you get the treat of nighttime lights too. One major plus: It offers a unique view of the Strip and the fountains across the street.

Another major plus: At night, the Eiffel Tower hosts its dazzling light show. Catch it every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from sunset to midnight.

Hike, bike and climb in Red Rock Canyon.

Hike, bike and climb in Red Rock Canyon. Photos courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.

Hike This Way 

Whether you’re hiking up to see Mary Jane Falls at Mount Charleston or enjoying all the shades of blush at Red Rock Canyon, you’ll be burning calories all while enjoying the great outdoors of Sin City. See the rest of our outdoor Las Vegas picks.

Welcome to Las Vegas 

Last, and most certainly not least, taking an obligatory selfie (or “usie”) at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign makes your Sin City trip official. If you’re thinking about doing an engagement photo shoot or even your wedding day photos, this is a sweet spot to do it. No matter the occasion, we suggest thinking up all your fun and crazy poses now. The Welcome to Las Vegas sign is located on the south end of the Strip with convenient parking available.

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I live for a crazy Vegas adventure, but not in ways you may think. Sure, our nightlife scene is all fun and dandy, but I love discovering all of the city's vegan options, relaxing in hotel rooms and seeing the best concerts - no matter how big or small the crowd may be. Since I've ditched the rain in Seattle two decades ago, I graduated from UNLV and covered Las Vegas entertainment articles for Vegas.com, the LA Times and our very own Total Vegas Blog. When I'm not writing, you'll find me spending time with my husband, toddler and two pets.

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