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Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?

Travelling with my daughter for 4 days. What are things we can do that don't involve gambling?

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top answer by
Wes from Singapore

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Valley of Fire State Park (amusement park)
  2. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (attraction)
  3. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (hotel)
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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

If the child is under age 5 use an umbrella stroller. Every hotel on the Strip has beautiful surroundings. Each breakfast/lunch buffet has plenty of food selections kid friendly. Some offer 24 hour buffet pricing. Keep plenty of water bottles for children. They will get dehydrated sooner than adults. If you don't have stroller with you stick to your hotel or take a cab to others you want to explore.

In that case my answer is very different. Go to the The Quad Resort & Casino (Linq). Have lunch buffet at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas. Go to spa at The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino/The Venetian. Take Gondola Ride in St. Mark's square in the Venetian. Have breakfast buffet at the Paris. Visit the Bellagio Hotel and walk in front of the fountain. Have dinner at The ARIA Resort & Casino buffet. Go to Galleries outside the Aria. Take the bus up and down The Strip.

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answered by

There are so many things you can do instead of gamble in Vegas! Head to a ghost town -- Bonnie Springs Ranch or Nelson

For kid-related activities, I suggest Circus Circus Hotel & Casino's AdventureDome or the rides on top of the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower

If you have the time, you can also take your child to Hoover Dam.

There is also M&M World and other kid-friendly places to shop on the Strip, too. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bonnie Springs Ranch (restaurant)
  2. Nelson (attraction)
  3. Circus Circus Hotel & Casino (hotel)
  4. Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower (hotel)
  5. Hoover Dam (attraction)
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answered by

Springs Preserve is a great place to go as well as the Valley of Fire State Park.

Just don't go in the summer the Valley of Fire can get warm.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Springs Preserve (attraction)
  2. Valley of Fire State Park (amusement park)
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answered by
Spencer from Los Angeles

Definitely spend some time in Downtown. It gets overlooked but it's seen an impressive revival the last few years. Downtown Container Park is an outdoor food/drink/entertainment complex made entirely out of shipping containers with a playground. The Neon Museum is a cool spot featuring hundreds of old Vegas signs. During the night tour, some of them light up. Some other recommendations:

-Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located 30 mins from Vegas and with a lot of different hiking trails.

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, what I'd call the most kid-friendly hotel with tons of games and entertainment that's more catered for children.

-Springs Preserve,  featuring a collection of different animals, a narrated train ride, and botanical gardens, which are home to the largest collection of Mojave Desert cacti and succulent plants.

I included these and a bunch of other things in a post I did about things to do off the Vegas Strip, most of which have nothing to do with gambling>>

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Downtown (attraction)
  2. Downtown Container Park (attraction)
  3. Neon Museum (attraction)
  4. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (attraction)
  5. Circus Circus Hotel & Casino (hotel)
  6. Springs Preserve (attraction)
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answered by
Marie from Las Vegas

Hi Maria - I see that many people have similar answers. Here are some additional suggestions. You didn't mention your daughter's age, so a few of these may be a bit too young. The first, you will need a car to reach. Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas It's a water park full of slides and fun (fun for all ages). The second you can reach by cab. Discovery Children's Museum It's a hands on, touch everything kids space (probably good up to age 9 or so). I have to drag the kids out of it every time we go. Another indoor option is Pump It Up. Lots of bouncy house slides that even the adults can enjoy if your daughter doesn't want to go up alone. For evening activities, many of the local casinos have bowling alleys and movie theaters. Try Red Rock Casino Resort & SpaSouth Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, or The Orleans Hotel & Casino. Red Rock also has babysitting if you want some free time. 

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answered by
Johnny from Las Vegas

How about this? Ellis Island Casino is just off the strip (Flamingo & Koval) and has the best karaoke in town (with even an Elvis that shows up regularly). They also have great food and beer at a reasonable price. The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is pretty cool. Views and some attractions.

For some nice shopping, Town Square Park is about a mile south of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino or Fashion Show is across from the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas. Fashion Show has lots of unique shops and all the main dept. stores.

The Fremont Street Experience is fun... has a zip line, usually some live entertainment on the weekends and there are some unique bars and restaurants in and around it.

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answered by
Morgan from Portland

Vegas has changed immensely since I was a kid. The "family friendly" options that once were - shows on the Strip that didn't include massive amounts of sexual content, for instance - have disappeared. You don't specify how old your daughter is, so I'll come at this question with two different answers.

If you daughter is a "child" I'd suggest things like Circus Circus Hotel & Casino and Excalibur, as they have fun, more kid oriented themes and arcades. New York New York Hotel & Casino has a roller coaster, which depending on her level of "thrill seeking" may be great fun - I loved it when I was 8. A step up from that would be the rides on the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower but those can be intense and you would have to double check how old/tall she would need to be.

Vegas, adult oriented or not, still has fun kid stuff. The Coke and M&m's World are a blast. Lots of cool colored candies, and there's a fountain in Coke where you can try a bunch of soda flavors from around the world, almost like doing shots, and it's a ton of fun. 
Also, shows are great. Cirque Du Soleil may be out of your price range, but if you can splurge, it's a really incredible experience. 

Now, if she's a "teen" I'd obviously say that a lot of the above will still be fun. Maybe not the arcades, unless that's something she's still into, but the hotel themes themselves are a blast to visit - I loved walking up and down the Strip and going through the Luxor Hotel and Casino, Caesars Palace and other immaculate resorts. The rides on the Stratosphere and the coaster at NY/NY is still definitely a blast. I'd add to that, if you want to take a jaunt over to Fremont Street Experience, the zipline there is fantastic, and it's just a really neat area to walk/shop around. 
Try and find a show you both enjoy, and take advantage of all the food - if there's one thing Vegas isn't short on, it's buffets with amazing food.

I've taken trips with my folks both as a child, a teen, and then alone past drinking age, and it's definitely impossible not to find something to do. Just taking in the sights and seeing all the resorts can take days. Generally if you were to Google "10 best things to do in Vegas" you'd find millions of opinions, all of them accurate. The great thing about Vegas is that, young or old, drinker/gambler or sightseer, you'll find something worth seeing or doing. The energy alone is enough to keep people-watching at the top of my Vegas trip activities.

Have fun!

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answered by
Joanna from Oakland

Hoover Dam (about 30 minute drive from Vegas) 

- Buffets and shows on the strip 

- It's a longer drive (2+ hours), but you can check out the canyons in Utah- Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon City

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hoover Dam (attraction)
  2. Zion National Park (park)
  3. Bryce Canyon City (city)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

All are great suggestions below, and I love the Neon Boneyard, especially at night.

I don't gamble either, and I just really enjoy walking the strip and wandering through the different casinos.  They all have something outside or inside to take in or watch.  Bellagio has the dancing fountains every 15 minutes (and they have multiple songs/versions so you can watch a few different ones), Venetian always has "street" performers in the mall area, MGM has the lions on display, Mirage has the "volcano eruption" and a small zoo with dolphins and the Ziegfried and Roy tigers all the way in the back, Ceasar's has the replicas of David, Trevi fountain and several old school animatronic shows, Paris has the Eiffel Tower that you can go to the top, New York New York has the rollercoaster, and Mandalay Bay has the shark exhibit.

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  1. Neon Boneyard (attraction)
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answered by
Peter from Munich

I have written a small blog post about things to do arround las vegas.

That inlcudes visiting Hoover DamBonnie Springs Ranch, pretty cool probably for kids too and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

You also could go and check out the Shark Tank at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or do a zip-line ride at the SlotZilla.

In Downtonw Las Vegas visit the Fremont Street Experience which puts on a great light show at nights. Really worth visiting and during the day you could visit the Downtown Container Park, which is also great for kids, because they have a play area. Depends how old your daugther is. But thats definately worth a try.

Also check out Springs Preserve really great place to go or the The Mob Museum and The National Atomic Testing Museum.

For great views ride the High Roller the tallest observation wheel in the world currently.

If you are on a budget check out my post about free things to do and get in Las Vegas.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hoover Dam (attraction)
  2. Bonnie Springs Ranch (restaurant)
  3. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (attraction)
  4. Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino (restaurant)
  5. SlotZilla (attraction)
  6. Las Vegas (city)
  7. Fremont Street Experience (attraction)
  8. Downtown Container Park (attraction)
  9. Springs Preserve (attraction)
  10. The Mob Museum (attraction)
  11. The National Atomic Testing Museum (attraction)
  12. High Roller (attraction)
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answered first by
Abbi from Northeast

We traded off between spending days on the strip and in the nearby parks to get away from the crowds. Valley of Fire State Park is gorgeous and has great hiking trails. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Areais also amazing! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Valley of Fire State Park (amusement park)
  2. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (attraction)
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