15 Things You Can Only Do in Las Vegas
Entertainment Capital of the World, Sin City, City of Lights or whatever you want to call it, Las Vegas is undeniably one of the greatest cities on earth. There is so much to do here that no one can do it all in one visit. Vegas is home to some one-of-a-kind attractions and experiences. No other place in the world can compare. There are things for people of all ages and lifestyles. Gamblers, thrill seekers, foodies and lovers from all over the world make it a mission to come to Las Vegas. They have good reason to. Here are some things that can only be done in Las Vegas.
Slot Machines in the Airport The airports in other usually have restaurants, a bar, and gift shops. That gets boring real fast. People like to be entertained almost at all times. Waiting to board plane can be one of the most nerve racking things, especially if your flight was delayed. At McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, slot machines are at every gate. The slots give travelers something to do while they wait to depart. Becareful though, the slots can suck you in and cause you to miss your flight.
Go to a “Social” Club Las Vegas has an abundance of strip clubs and some of the best in the country. Las Vegas also has topless pools, where the woomen frolic around the pool half naked. There is one strip club, called Sapphire that combines the pool side atmosphere with the adlut entertainment. If you are looking for something a little more naughtier try the”social clubs” in Vegas. Swingers clubs in Vegas are scarce and there are few that hold true to the title. Green Door is a club that has a hard-earned reputation as the top hangout for swingers in Las Vegas. If this is your type of thing, go over there.
Sommeliers Wine, Mixology, and Cooking Classes The Bellagio has a world record 17 Sommeliers and three Master Sommeliers, more than any other hotel on earth, and celebrates this with its 90-minute seminars. A Master Sommelier’s Classroom is held the third Wednesday of every month at Michael Mina restaurant. Each participant explores eight wines, learning everything from, climatic effects on grapes, and nuances of the wine’s flavor profile. The Bellagio also hosts the Epicurean Epicenter Series, led by its lineup of world famous celebrity chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Todd English. The interactive cooking classes coupled with perfectly paired wines are held in the made for TV Tuscany Kitchen. If cocktails are more your thing, the Monte Carlo offers a two hour Mixology Training & Tasting class, in which the hotel’s Director of Beverage teaches the art of bartending and how to make the ultimate cocktail. You can’t get this any where else in the world.
Golf Like Tiger If you’re into golf or want to learn, Vegas has the nation’s top golf instructor, Butch Harmon. Voted the nation’s top golf instructor by Golf Digest magazine for twelve straight years, Harmon is arguably the most famous golf pro in the world. He is best known as Tiger Woods’ swing coach for nearly a decade. Harmon now teaches Phil Mickelson and has worked with countless other superstar Major champions including Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Davis Love II, Fred Couples and many others. His home base and Butch Harmon School of Golf is in Las Vegas, at the Rio Secco Golf Club. Harmon himself runs several annual 3-day clinics. If you have deep enough pockets, you can schedule private instruction.
Record Breaking Roller Coasters In Vegas world class roller coasters can be found up and down The Strip. The main destination for thrill ride junkies is The Adventuredome at Circus Circus, which features the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster, The Canyon Blaster. In 2013, The Adventuredome debuted of the record-breaking “El Loco” coaster. The gravity-defying ride has an unrivalled steep negative-G drop. The sky high Stratosphere offers four high-altitude outdoor thrill rides of its own, including the newest, SkyJump. SkyJump is a controlled free fall from 108-floors up. The other rooftop rides include the X-Scream, a teeter-totter suspended 866-feet above the sidewalk, and Big Shot is a 4-G vertical catapult that takes riders to 1,081-feet above the Strip.
Drive Really Really Fast Vegas is the only city in the country that allows you to get behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500. It is the most muscular of American muscle cars, with a 5.8 liter V8 engine, plus a huge supercharger putting out 662-horsepower for a top speed over of 200mph. This is only one of the cars that you can choose from. You can pick from a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8, 2013 Corvette Z06, or 2014 Camaro ZL1 to open up on 30 miles of open road through Red Rock Canyon. The Richard Petty Driving Experience teaches you to drive actual NASCAR race cars – or simply ride along with a pro to experience the thrill of speed.
KISS Mini Golf Miniature Golf is a fun activity and it a great place to go to have fun. In Vegas they take it to the next level. Only Las Vegas has KISS By Monster Mini Golf. It’s a playable tribute to America’s favorite costumed rock n’ roll band. The standalone fun center includes 18-holes of indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf, with a pervasive KISS theme that includes giant guitars, an animated replica of the band, and even a 12-foot high Gene Simmons head that you putt into. You can take souvenir photos in KISS concert regalia, play KISS themed arcade games, visit the large Gallery and Museum devoted to KISS, and more. You can even get married “Hotter Than Hell” Wedding Chapel.
Visit a Quirky Museum Las Vegas is home to some of the most original and quirky museums in the country. People who criticize Las Vegas for a lack of cultural attractions have missed the recent opening of several excellent and significant museums. These museums include the Mob Museum, officially named The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, and the new Discovery Children’s Museum. Opened in 2005, the National Atomic Testing Museum is historically based on the Nevada Test Site,which is just 65 miles away, where countless nukes were detonated in the name of science.
Swim With Sharks Las Vegas has the only predator based aquarium. That means you won’t see any angel fish in these tanks. Shark Reef, located in Mandalay Bay, features lots of aquatic killers, including rare golden crocodiles, moray eels, jellyfish and piranhas, and 15 species of sharks. You can see the sharks up close through the Dive With The Sharks program. It is one of the most unique and thrilling experiences that Las Vegas has to offer. The dive last 40-45 minute and you only go 22 feet deep. There are at least 30 sharks in the tank with you.
Slotzilla Slot machines are usually the first image that comes to mind when Las Vegas is mentioned. Opened in June there is only be one slot machine that will be in your memory, Slotzilla. This $11 million attraction is on the Downtown Fremont Street Experience. It instantly became one of the country’s must-dos. The zipline attraction is an 11-story, 120-foot high slot-machine-themed takeoff platform with two-levels. Riders on the lower level take off 70-feet above ground and zip 850-feet to a landing platform. But riders on the higher level are shot out of Slotzilla at 35mph using a first-of-its-kind propulsion launch system soaring 1,700-feet. In true Vegas fashion, every time a rider leaves, the giant slot machine’s arm will pull down, the reels will spin, and a beacon will light up.
You vs. Food One of the most popular food shows on television, Travel Channel’s Man Vs. Food, is built on the premise of massive eating challenges. In Las Vegas you can go toe-to-toe with a meal specifically prepared to take you out. At the Monte Carlo’s BRAND Steakhouse as the 120-ounce “Ultimate Steak.”The seven pounds of meat comes with one side and two signature sauces. The meal cost at least $250 meal can be ordered by just one person. Here is the only place you can get a $250 meal for free if you finish it. In the same hotel only a few steps away, The Pub at Monte Carlo offers the 8-Pound Burger Challenge. More than 100 have tried to finish the one of a kind, $29 burger, with 4-pounds of beef, 10 slices of cheese, tomato, lettuce, jalapenos, caramelized onions, secret sauce and a one-pound bun, plus a 32-ounce boot of beer (or root beer), in 45 minutes. Only three of those 100 have succeeded.
See a Different Country Without Leaving the City Vegas is the only city on earth where you can experience other cities. There is a mini New York, Paris, and Venice. These miniature versions of cities will make you forget that you are actually in Vegas. Paris resort has a replica of the Eiffel Tower that can fool people into thinking you went to Paris if the picture is angled right. There are gondolas and a St. Mark’s Square at the Venetian resort. The New York, New York resort has the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park and much, much more.
Visit a Strange Themed Bar There’s no shortage of deeply odd places to raise a glass in Las Vegas. The Mermaid Bar & Lounge at Silverton is the most extraordinary. Throw back your drinks in the company of silver finned fish-women, before advancing to other oddities in the city of lights. You can have a drink with Paul McCartney, John Lennon and the rest of the band at the Beatles themed bar, Revolution at the Mirage.
Get married by Elvis Las Vegas is also known for the many wedding chapels for those who want to elope or get married on the fly. To make your nuptials a little more interesting you can be married by Elvis. The King will join you and your significant other in holy matrimony for a small fee. How many of your friends can say that Elvis married them. There is even a drive-thru chapel for couple who are in a hurry.
Go on a One of a Kind Shopping Spree You can have a full day of shopping in Vegas without going to far from your room. Resorts like Caesar’s Palace and The Bellagio have entire shopping centers connected to the lodging quarters. Vegas also claims to have the world’s largest gift store. The Bonanza gift store definitely has a name that fits the title. This place sells everything from postcards to jewelry. There are so many other shopping malls and specialty stores, that one trip to Vegas is not enough to visit them all.