7 Awesome Las Vegas Activities That Aren’t Gambling

I’m not a huge drinker, and gambling is not my thing, so when my girlfriends wanted to go on a short trip to Las Vegas, I wasn’t terribly excited. What Las Vegas activities are there for those who aren’t into drinking, gambling, and strip clubs?

Answer: plenty!

There are so many family-friendly activities to do in Las Vegas that will keep you entertained and busy while in the Silver State. Check ’em out!

Explore the strip

There is so much to do along the strip besides gamble and drink. An abundance of shops, dining, and hotels offer up a variety of Las Vegas activities to keep you busy! This can mean different activities and stops for different people. There is M&M’s World, Hershey’s Chocolate World, and World of Coca-Cola for all of ya’ll with a sweet tooth. Souvenir shops, boutiques, and chain stores line the strip. Do a little extra research and find what fits your interests and your budget!

We explored some of the hotels, and found places to eat, cool architecture, and things to do!

Gardens inside the Bellagio Hotel.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill.

We visited Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill twice because it offers meals appropriate and safe for people with Celiac, or those who need to avoid gluten. Both my meal (with gluten) and my friend’s meal (no gluten) were delicious. In fact, my friend claimed it was the best meal she had had since finding out she had Celiac’s more than a year ago. It is located inside of the MGM Hotel and Casino. So, so good, and vegetarian-friendly as well!

Kiss Mini golf, anyone?

A kick-ass DJ station.

Mini-golf is a great activity for all ages, but it is even better when you can find a course that is KISS-themed. Located in the Rio Hotel and Casino, KISS by Monster Mini Golf is my absolute favorite mini golf of all time, and I’ve done quite a few courses! Rocking KISS playlist courtesy of a live DJ, a neon and black design, and funky rules make for a rad mini golf experience! It was an absolute blast (helped along by the fact that I won my first-ever mini-golf round).

Who is up for a laugh?

Tip: Head to the Rio Hotel and Casino for mini golf during mid-afternoon. It’s a great way to get out of the scorching desert heat!

Try out an Escape Room

No pics allowed once in the escape room- this is just the waiting room!

My friend, Ash, was super excited to try out an escape room, and I’m so glad we did! We wanted to do one of the scarier rooms – such as the basement – but they were all booked. The one we ended up doing was set in a laboratory, and we had to stop a mad scientist from releasing a new biological weapon. Despite clues, and an awesome game host, we did not succeed in saving the world. But it was loads of fun! We tried out Escapology, and it was awesome!

Tip: Schedule your experience in advance, to ensure you get the type of room/experience you want!

Neon Museum

Stardust, one of the most iconic LV signs.

The Neon Museum was my find. Affectionately called the Neon Boneyard, it is an outdoor collection of vintage Las Vegas neon signage. It is an hour-long tour, with plenty of history and photo ops. If you go during the day, bring water, sunscreen and definitely borrow one of the parasols offered by the museum. Nobody wants to spend a vacation with a miserable sunburn! If you go at night, you’ll see many of the signs lit up and fabulous!

Read this: The Neon Boneyard: A Photo Essay

See a Show

For my girls and I, this is why we came to Las Vegas. Backstreet Boys, performing once again? Be still, my adolescent heart. In the past, I’ve also seen the Blue Man Group and The Phantom of the Opera. Before the BSB concert, we had an appointment at The Dry Bar. The Dry Bar is a chic salon that styles your hair for you, and has an adjoining bar for patrons who may want to sip on drinks while getting their hair done. Pricey, but perfect for a girls’ night out!

You’ve Got Mail played on the TVs while we got styled. Cliche? Yes. But I’m a sucker for Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movies.

Eiffel Tower Observatory

The wait for the ride up to the observation deck was about 30 minutes, and the ride itself cost around $20. It’s caged in and safe, but probably not for those who are afraid of heights, as it is 46 stories high. The views of the strip and the Las Vegas city lights were gorgeous!

The Strip.
The city lights.

So there you have it – seven Las Vegas activities that aren’t gambling! I know this list could be so much longer – there are more restaurants, more activities, and hikes that are worth checking out. If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

What would you do in Las Vegas if you went?


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