Things to do Today
Hit the Slopes at Mt. Charleston
Snow in Las Vegas? You'll find it in the high elevation of Mt. Charleston. Head to Lee Canyon for skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other winter activities. The resort also has a new lodge this season. So feel free to grab a drink and warm up by the fireplace. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soar through the Air on Fly LINQ
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.
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
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.
Visit an Unconventional Museum
From the Mob Museum and Neon Boneyard to the National Atomic Testing Museum and Pinball Hall of fame, Vegas has a variety of interesting places for knowledge and exhibits. Learn more
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
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.