Despite Las Vegas’ reputation as a party town. There are several museums, shows, and attractions in Sin City that cater to the more cultured among us. Here are ten places you didn’t know you could visit in Las Vegas…
1) Fremont Street Experience
The original Strip isn’t technically on The Strip, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthwhile attraction. Not only is there plenty of free entertainment and shopping here. But you can also experience light shows in a huge outdoor mall with video walls and moving sidewalks. Check out Viva Vision, which features great acts. Like Cirque du Soleil and live music like Celine Dion or John Mayer. There are also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or find souvenirs at reasonable prices! If you’re looking for local entertainment, then check out all that Freemont Street has to offer during your visit with Spirit Airlines Las Vegas.
2) Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Nestled in a corner of The Venetian hotel and casino. You’ll find one of our favorite places to visit in Las Vegas—the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. Here, you can take a free self-guided tour through their factory, watch them make truffles and chocolate sculptures, or even create your own chocolate flavor. While it might not seem like much at first glance, seeing how chocolate is made for yourself will give you a new appreciation for it. And if you do any sort of baking on your own time? We guarantee you’ll be bringing home some tasty (and affordable) souvenirs from your trip.
3) The Mob Museum
For many visitors, a trip to Sin City means big casinos, rowdy shows and neon lights. But with so much to see and do, sometimes it’s easy to miss some of these amazing attractions that are hidden in plain sight. Find out how to get into one of these gems on vacation or during a quick weekend jaunt. Don’t miss out on any more opportunities for fun!
4) Sin City Gallery
No matter where you travel, no matter how many times you’ve been there before, a visit to Las Vegas can always be counted on for surprises. It’s one of those destinations that has something for everyone. It might not be our capital or even our biggest city, but there are plenty of reasons why we love Sin City. One of them is its small-town friendliness and welcoming vibe.
5) Bodies Exhibit at the Luxor
The Luxor is one of those hotels you’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard of, but it’s also home to some rather spectacular pieces and works of art. One exhibit in particular is worth checking out: Bodies. This non-traditional collection of human bodies posed in dramatic scenes offers an interesting glimpse into just how different our anatomies are, and how many places there are for all our organs and systems to fit. It’s pretty shocking, but at least it’s not real people! Hint: If you want to see it without being trampled by hordes of tourists then get there first thing in the morning before it opens so you can miss all those (and yes, there will be hordes).
6) World’s Largest Treasure Chest of Pirate Gold Coins
Founded in 1979, at a cost of $2.5 million, Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House is one of only two remaining buildings from New Orleans’ early French period (1699–1803). That were not destroyed by fire after British troops seized control of Louisiana. It was also featured in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, when Captain Jack Sparrow and Gibbs search for Captain Flint’s treasure chest full of Pirate Gold Coins; though it might have been filmed on a soundstage. The Old Absinthe House was built in 1807 as a grocery store to serve French Market shoppers.
7) Hakkasan Nightclub and Omnia Nightclub
If you’re looking for a full night of clubbing, Hakkasan and Omnia are a must. The clubs are part of (and located within) the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, which also offers an impressive food menu at Hakkasan. There are also a slew of great lounges in Las Vegas including Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, XS Nightclub and LIGHT Nightclub, among others. For those not looking to spend an entire evening clubbing or who just need to get some rest after being awake for 24 hours straight, don’t worry—there is no shortage of day clubs on The Strip!
8) The Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck Rides
The best way to get some amazing photos of The Strip is to ride up The Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck. These rides take you high above the city with 360-degree views of Sin City and its iconic landmarks, including Caesar’s Palace, The Bellagio and more. Ride Duration: 8 minutes Height: 1,149 feet (350 meters) Height Requirements: 54 inches or taller
9) Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour – Hoover Dam And Colorado River (Day Trip From Las Vegas)
A boneyard is exactly what it sounds like: a graveyard for old signs. The Neon Museum’s collection of historic neon lights began in 1996 with a donation from casino mogul Steve Wynn, and today there are more than 150 signs within its walls. Many of them are from casinos that have closed down, such as Hacienda, Binion’s Horseshoe and Moulin Rouge. Today you can take one of two 90-minute tours that walk visitors through different parts of their collection. Check your flight status on Spirit Checkin Online.
10) Neon Museum Boneyard Tour
At 9 p.m., The Neon Museum offers a one-hour guided tour through their outdoor exhibition space. Displaying dozens of neon signs salvaged from demolished buildings throughout Las Vegas’ past. It’s a fun and quirky way to learn about Las Vegas’ history in addition to seeing a collection of fascinating antique signs. Plus, you’ll get an idea for how neon is made and see first-hand how these glowing beauties deteriorate over time and how they are cared for. This attraction costs $15 per person, but it is well worth it!