Things to do Today
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
World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker brings together the top players in the world with millions at stake. Anyone can buy in, but novice players are usually weeded out quickly over the months-long competition at the Rio. The “Big 50” has a $500 buy-in for No-Limit Hold’em event with $1 million at stake.
Walk the Las Vegas Strip
From the Eiffel Tower to the High Roller wheel, it's a great time of year to stroll the strip and take in the sights. Use our Las Vegas strip map for walking times and attractions.
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, 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-mdnight Monday-Friday, 10am-midngiht Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
Dine at a great Vegas steakhouse
Las Vegas is home to some of the most incredible steakhouses in the world. The very best include Jean Georges at the Aria, Scotch 80 Prime at the Palms, Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian and Bazaar Meat at the SLS. Enjoy the scenery of Prime at the Bellagio, which has patio seating overlooking the resort's famous fountain shows. Otherwise, go old-school with the Golden Steer on Sahara or Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens casino Downtown.
Catch some sun at a pool
All the big resorts have a great pool area. Dip your toes in the water or soak in sun. Feeling wild? Check out rowdy pool parties like Wet Republic, Marquee Dayclub and Tao Beach. If you prefer to relax, try the NoMad Pool or the lazy river at Mandalay Bay Beach. When it comes to pools, there is something for everyone in Las Vegas.
Go shopping at the Premium Outlets
Find deep discounts on name brands at the Premium Outlets North (by Las Vegas Blvd. and Warm Springs) and Premium Outlets South near Downtown. Both locations are just 10 minutes away from the Strip with designer clothes and other items on sale.
Hours are 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sunday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Monday-Saturday.
For more deals, check out the best places to shop in Las Vegas.
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.
Experience the new Fly LINQ Zip Line
Fly Linq Zipline is the only zipline attraction on the Strip. Soar over The LINQ promenade and land near the base of the High Roller observation wheel. Fly LINQ opens at 11:30 a.m. and closes at midnight. Tickets are $25 each before 5 p.m. and $30 afterward.
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.
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.