Ice Skate at the Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan has turned its pool into an ice rink! Skate across 4,200-square-feet of ice, rent fire pits, roast s’mores and drink hot cocoa. The rink is open throughout the afternoon and evening. Price is $25 with discounts for locals, hotel guests and military Mon-Thurs. Find more attractions in Vegas

Tour the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon tours are available by air, bus or limo. Soak in the spectacle of the west rim and step onto the infamous Skywalk if you dare. Tours typically start at 6 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. Grand Canyon Tours

Eat Breakfast on the Vegas strip

Start the day off right at one of these great breakfast spots on the Las Vegas Strip. There’s no shortage of high-profile brunches in Las Vegas, but breakfast is a whole different ball game. After a wild night clubbing, wake up early and get things back on track with the most important meal of the day — not counting happy hour.

Tim Burton exhibit at the Neon Museum

Tim Burton's signature imagery has been featured in his films for decades. Now those images come to life in a compelling art installation at the Neon Museum. New pieces will be add to previously displayed award-winning works, custom-fit for the museum's outdoor Neon Boneyard and North Gallery. Come by day or night. General admission tickets begin at $22.

Fly a plane at Sky Combat Ace

This real-life adventure allows you to ride with an experienced pilot in a combat plane. When the time is right, passengers can even temporarily take over the controls. Spin through the air while perfomring aerial stunts or engage other planes in a simulated dogfight. Based at the Henderson Executive Airport, Sky Combat Ace is all about thrills and speed in a safe, secure environment. Flights are available 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily. 

Hit the Road for a Driving Experience

Get behind the wheel and feel the excitment in your own hands. Las Vegas driving tours include ATVs, exotic sports cars, off-road racing and even a simulated police chase. Locations include the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Mojave Desert and Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  

Throw axes for fun

Axe throwing is growing in popularity, especially in Las Vegas. Put your lumberjack-worthy skills to the test at venues like Axe Monkeys east of the Strip (which also includes a "rage room" for destroying computers, glass bottles and other breakable items) and Axehole Vegas at the Neonopolis on Fremont Street (with beer and wine available). 

Compete in esports

We already know video games are big business. Now they've become their own form of competitive sport. Las Vegas is fast becoming a hub for esports. Visit the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor, a multi-level venue that hosts tournements, special events and stations for anyone to play. The Rio is also getting into the act with The Wall, a restaurant and lounge with 30 gaming stations.  

Scale The Strat

The Start (formerly known as the Stratosphere) is a 1,149-foot-tall structure, making it the tallest tower west of the Mississippi. Enjoy incredible 360-degree views from 108th floor deck or grab dinner at the Top of the World rotating restaurant one floor below. You can also test your limits with four different thrill rides (and a bungee plunge) that hang over the side. 

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage allows gets to enjoy an up-close experience with nature's most charming creatures. Take a tour and mingle with bottlenose dolphins, white tigers, white lions and leopards. You can even upgrade to a VIP package and work alongside dolphin trainers. 

Hit the water at Lake Mead

Lake Mead may be losing water, but it's still one of the most scenic locations in Southern Nevada. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a great place to hike, camp, boat and enjoy the beauty of nature. Detour to Hoover Dam, Black Canyon, or some of the historic railroads and mines that helped build the Silver State. Click here for Lake Mead tour ideas

Tour the Hoover Dam

The construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s helped set the stage for the modern Las Vegas economy. A powerful presence at Lake Mead, the modern marvel is a major part of Nevada history and should be seen at least once. Click here to learn about the best ways to tour the Hoover Dam. 

Police Chase Las Vegas

Ever want to star in your own police chace, but not get in trouble? That's the idea of a new attraction at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Play the role of police officer or criminal as you speed around the track and even engage in pit maneuvers. Flashing lights and sirens included. Tickets begin at $199.99.

Blanc de Blanc

As the SLS reverts back to being the Sahara, one of the new changes at the property is the Blanc de Blanc residency production. The international hit is designed to feel like a French nightclub, mixing elements of vintage cabaret and Cirque du Soleil-style performers. The show runs Thursdays-Mondays at the Foundry and select VIP guests can watch the stage from hot tubs. 

Atomic Saloon

Atomic Saloon is a new unconventional show by the team behind the acclaimed Absinthe at Caesars Palace and Opium at the Cosmopolitan. The new production in the Grand Canal Shoppes brings together comic actors, dancers, aerialists and other performers in a setting that resembles an old west saloon. Expect some racy humour and lots of fun. Tickets begin at $68.

Drive golf balls at Topgolf

It's hard to find a more fun place to drive golf balls in Las Vegas. Located behind the MGM Grand, Topgolf has three levels of hitting bays plus food, drink and even a couple swimming pools. The Las Vegas Strip serves as the backdrop and is especially colorful at night. Topgolf also hosts special events like concerts by national acts and sports viewing parties. 

Hours are from 9am to 2am.

Experience Virtual Reality at the MGM Grand

Virtual Reality Powered by Zero Latency represents the entertainment of the future. Don googles and backpacks to play 3D virtual reality games that may include walking up ramps, traveling through space or shooting guns around corners. It's hard to believe you're really just roaming around a single padded rectangular room. Perfect for a group of friends who want to compete against each other to secure the highest score. 

Hours are 10:00 AM - Midnight. Ages 13 and older until 9:00 PM and then it's 21 + after 9:00 PM.
$50 per person for a 30-minute session.

Soak in the Views at Skybar Lounge

Lounges are less crowded during the week. Enjoy a few cocktails and soak in a spectacular Strip view from the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria at Skybar.

Hours are 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM Sunday-Thursday, 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM, Friday-Saturday. More lounges

Explore the food and drink scene in Chinatown

It's a bit of a secret, but Las Vegas has one of the most intriguing Chinatown dining scenes in the country. Whether it's robatta-grilled meats at Raku, spicy Sichuan at Chengdu Taste or even a casual take on French fine dining at Partage, there is incredible variety to be enjoyed throughout the district. Check out bars like Golden Tiki for cocktails or the Sand Dollar for whiskey. Chinatown is just west of the Strip on about two miles of Spring Mountain Road easily reachable by taxi or rideshare. 

Stop and smell the roses at the Bellagio

The Conservatory and Bontanical Gardens is a free attraction in the lobby of the Bellagio. The exhibits change with the season, featuring ellaborate floral displays crafted with thousands of flowers, trees and decorations. It's one of the most crowded and photographed spots in Vegas, but you've got to see it at least once. The display is open 24 hours. 

Soak in the views at the Eiffel Tower

The centerpiece of the Paris Las Vegas resort is an authentic half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower. Take an elevator to the observation deck to soak in the views 46 stories above the Las Vegas Strip. Don't forget to take a few photos. A new light show illuminates the tower every 30 minutes after dark. If you're hungry, grab a meal at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which has its own mid-level views of the Strip.

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck hours are 9AM–12AM. More info and tickets.

Grab a drink at the Peppermill

Get a taste of old school Vegas at the Peppermill Lounge. Take a seat by the indoor firepit, surrounded by vintage neon lights. A neighboring diner has burgers, breakfast, and other greasy favorites. The Peppermill is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But you can take advantage of a long happy hour 3-6 p.m.

Watch a fountain show at the Bellagio

It's one of the most iconic sights in Vegas. The Fountains at Bellagio provide water shows set to music every 15-30 minutes. More than a thousand jets shoot water nearly 500 feet in the air while the likes of Celine Dion and Frank Sinatra play in the background. Best of all, the shows are free to watch. Pick out a spot on the sidewalk by Las Vegas Boulevard for the best vantage point. 

The Bellagio fountains operate 11am-midnight Sunday, 3pm-midnight Monday-Friday, 10am-midnight Saturday. 

 

Take a gondola ride at the Venetian

It's one of the most romantic things you can do in Las Vegas. Hop on board a gondola with someone special and float the waterways of the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes. You'll travel among shops, underneath bridgess and enjoy a serenade. It's almost like being in Old World Venice. 

Gondola rides are available 10am-11pm Sunday-Thursday, 10am-11pm Friday, 10am-midnight. Outdoor rides are available daily 11am-10pm weather permitting.  

Mingle with wax celebrities at Madame Tussauds

Running strong for more than 20 years bow, the first-ever U.S. location for the famous wax museum features faithful recreations of more than 100 newsmakers and celebrities. The exhibits change frequently and include Vegas favorites like DJ Steve Aoki, Mike Tyson and the cast of "The Hangover." A 4D exhibition allows guests to fight crime alongside Marvel superheroes.   

Madame Tussauds is open 10am-9pm Sunday-Monday, 10am-3:30pm Tuesday, 10am-9pm Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday-Saturday.

Visit the Shark Reef Aquarium

Explore the beauty of nature, animals and sealife at the Shark Reef Aquairum at Mandalay Bay. The highlight is a 1.3 million-gallon tank with a walk-through tunnel featuring sharks and thousands of exotic fish. You can feed rays and sea turtles, and even get an up-close look at a komodo dragon. A fun and interactive learning experience.

Shark Reef Aquarium is open 10am-8pm Sunday-Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday-Saturday.

Daytime drinking at Carnaval Court

This outdoor bar takes it cue from Brazilian street parties with bands, DJs and bartenders spinning bottles in front of Harrah's. One of the rowdiest parties near the sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip. Carnaval Court is free and open daily from 12 noon to 3am. 

Take a Nighttime Helicopter Tour of the Strip

Start with a champagne toast, then take a helicopter flight over the Strip. The nighttime tours are the best way to see the neon glow of Vegas in all its glory, including up-close views of the towering Stratosphere. Maverick Helicopters has a $99 online special for its roughly 15-minute Vegas Nights tour. 

High Roller Happy Half Hour Day

The world's tallest observation is better with your own personal bartender. Take a 30-minute ride on the High Roller in one of the Happy Half Hour cabins, available from 12:00 p.m.-4:59 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include an open bar. More attractions 

Visit the First Cat Cafe in Vegas

It may not be close to the Strip, but Rescued Treasures Cat Cafe is a unique attraction for animal lovers. Located in the northwest valley near Rancho and Craig, the first cat cafe in Las Vegas charges by the hour, allowing guets to enjoy a drink, snacks and quality time with resident kittens. Prices begin at $10 for the first hour and $14 for 90 minutes. Special Wednesday night events include bonding sessions, game nights and trivia. The cats are being fostered, so you may be able to adopt one of your own.