Outside the Casinos – Alternative Things to Do in Las Vegas

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What happens in Vegas, doesn’t necessarily have to stay in Vegas! While casinos dominate the landscape of the Nevada desert, there is so much more to do. While roulette and slot machines are good fun, Las Vegas boasts more than just fake Eiffel Towers and Barry Manilow matinees.

If you’re bringing family along or if you just fancy breaking out of the glitz and glamour of the world’s weirdest and most wonderful city, the guys at Travelbag have supplied the definitive list of where to go and what to do in Las Vegas.

Kayak the Hoover Dam

It’s well known that Las Vegas is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. A chance to kayak the hoover dam with trained instructors is a once in a lifetime opportunity and great fun as part of a team. Beginners are welcome!

Helicopter flight across the Grand Canyon

Something to tick off the bucket list – get a bird’s eye view of a natural phenomenon with someone special in your life. VIP tours include a champagne picnic on a canyon bluff, which is definitely a memory to cherish forever.

Visit the 18b Arts District

Yes, real people live in Sin City! Las Vegas is not just casinos – there’s a thriving arts and music scene downtown. The 18b is an 18-block zone designated for artists and creative types. On your visit, you’ll discover a mix of vintage shops, art galleries, hair salons, restaurants and antique shops.

The monthly “First Friday” walk draws crowds of 30,000 visitors where people eat, drink and browse local goods. Like a mini-festival, it’s a definite must-see if you’re around at the beginning of the month.

Go Indoor Skydiving

Indoor skydiving is available just off the Vegas strip and allows beginners to experience the rush and the thrill of skydiving within the safety of an enclosed facility. Get goggled up to experience the sensation of jumping 15,000ft.

A Night Out Downtown

The Fremont East Entertainment District is the best place to go for a drink outside the Strip. Funky bars, hipster hangouts and roof terraces all provide the perfect antidote to Sin City excess. While away the evening playing retro video games at Insert Coin(s) and drinking the finest cocktails at Commonwealth.

Drive a Bulldozer

Got a thing for heavy-duty machinery? The guys at Dig This have created America’s only bulldozer and excavator playground. The great thing with Dig This is they invite anyone from as young as 8 to 108 to take part in the most fun you can have in a high-viz vest. Practice building mounds, dig trenches and stack 2000lb tyres – who needs casinos when you have a ten tonne digger?!

Visit the Mary Jane Falls

For those in need of burning off some excess energy, there are plenty of scenic places to go. Get some sensible footwear on and visit the Mary Jane Falls. This trek is great for families, although it has some inclines, you are treated at the top to some waterfalls, caves and pools to swim in.


Las Vegas’s foodie reputation is world-renowned. There are some top chefs doing some really exciting things in this area right now. Bellagio, Masaharu Morimoto and Beauty & Essex are some of the exceptional places to eat in Vegas. Read up on the array of restaurants and make informed decisions about where you plan to eat. The only problem is that there are so many!

Take the Big Bus Las Vegas Day Tour

These open top buses run every 20-30 minutes and stop at all the famous Vegas spots, including the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, the Hawaiian Marketplace where you can solve a “whodunnit” mystery, the Hardrock Hotel and The Mob Museum.

All you need to do is decide on whether you want to do the Strip Route, or the Downtown Route.