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Our Favorite Vegas Attractions

Last updated: December 21, 2017 at 4:57 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: it’s 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.

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 and bachelorette parties, weddings, birthdays and you-should-have-been-there parties. Known as 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 yoga. Namaste at the High Roller, peeps.

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.

VooDoo Zip line at rio all-suite hotel & Casino

While we wait for the Fly LINQ zipline to open in late 2018 at The LINQ Promenade, you can practice getting over your fear of heights at VooDoo Zip Line. Zoom through two of Rio’s towers while your equally-daring friend (or the scaredy cat friend who lost a bet) sits right next to you. We must warn you: wearing flip-flops wouldn’t exactly be the best idea. Your feet will be dangling 400 feet above the ground. This might sound daunting, but you’ll get a sweet view of the city.

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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 swing 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.

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? Even if you’re not familiar with these mobsters, 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 pit stop to Seven Magic Mountains. These colored rocks will only be in town for a short while, so take advantage of it while you still can.

If you’re curious why there are colored rocks in the middle of nowhere, artist Ugo Rondinone had a purpose for this. Since the colored rocks are physically located between the natural world (mountains and desert) and the artificial (roads and highways), this was an exciting way to illustrate both elements. And you’ll have fun taking pictures against this bright and funky display.

Real Bodies at Bally’s Las Vegas 

Bring your science books to life with a walk through REAL BODIES, an intriguing museum at Bally’s Las Vegas that displays various parts of human body including the heart, lungs, brain and more. This really isn’t for the faint of heart but if you’re daring enough, REAL BODIES is a unique way to see what’s going on inside of us. And if you’re looking for ideas on a first date, this is a fun ice breaker.

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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