Las Vegas is one of the most extravagant and exciting cities in the world and one of the top tourist destinations. But while most of the visitors come to indulge in gambling or get hitched, Vegas offers so much more than just that. This fabulous city can keep you entertained for weeks and there are numerous things you shouldn’t miss if you’re heading there.
1. Las Vegas Thrill Rides
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Vegas is the right place for you. From record breaking roller coasters to insane zip-lines, these thrill rides are bound to make your heart racing.
The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is the number one destination to all the thrill ride fans. It is the largest indoor theme park in America and it offers all sorts of fun to all ages. It is the home to Canyon Blaster, a roller coaster going up to 55 mph and defying gravity with its double loop. You can also enjoy Chaos, the crazy Tilt-a-Whirl, and El Loco that will make you dizzy blasting forwards and backwards. And those are just some of the rides you can find here.
Las Vegas offers hundreds of other incredible experiences, such as indoor skydiving for those too scared to jump from an actual plane. Then, there is the famous Voodoo zip-line that will give you the chance to watch the city from above as you fly at 35 mph between the two towers of Rio’s hotel.
For those less adventurous, the Wet ’n’ Wild water-park with over 25 slides gives you a more family-friendly fun time. And for the ultimate outer space experience, make sure to visit Zero-G that will give you a unique opportunity to see how astronauts feel when they float in a weightless state.
2. Swimming with Sharks
In case those thrill rides are not enough to test your courage, you can always find a different kind of danger to face. Fortunately, Las Vegas has plenty of those and one of the extreme experiences you can have is swimming with sharks.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is home to more than 2,000 animals and over 15 species and almost all of them are dangerous predators. You can encounter piranhas, golden crocodiles, jellyfish and 15 species of sharks. All of these animals are a part of 15 terrifying exhibitions where visitors are practically surrounded by a 360 degrees view in an acrylic tunnel. There is the Touch Pool which allows you to touch some of these underwater killers such as sharks and rays.
But the largest and most thrilling exhibit is the Shipwreck where visitors have an opportunity to dive with sharks in a 1.3 million gallon aquarium. The dive lasts for about 45 minutes and the divers share the tank with about 30 different sharks – Galapagos, Zebra, Tiger, White Tip Reef and others. There is just one detail – you need to be a certified diver in order to do this.
If you’re headed to Las Vegas, there are some things you absolutely have to see before you leave. Along with many uniquely Vegas sights, this city offers you a quick trip around the world with replicas of some of the most famous landmarks, such as the replica of the Eiffel Tower or Venetian canals and Egyptian pyramids.
First and foremost, you have to see Bellagio Fountains. Located in front of the iconic Bellagio hotel and casino, these fountains provide a spectacular show which is famous around the world. But even though you may have seen it on TV, the experience of watching it in person is incomparable. The show is a combination of water and light perfectly choreographed with the music and is a truly awe-inspiring audiovisual experience.
Red Rock Canyon is situated only 17 miles west of Las Vegas, so if you have the opportunity, you should definitely visit. The contrast between the flashing lights of Las Vegas and this peaceful, culturally enriching area is truly fascinating. Not only will you be amazed by the scenic view, you will also be able to try rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding or hiking, depending on you preferences.
If you like watching the world from the top, you should book a spot on the High Roller, the tallest observation wheel in the world. Its diameter is 520 feet and it takes 30 minutes for it to make a full circle. High Roller has 28 glass-enclosed cabins from which you will have a breathtaking view of the city. The tickets are a little more expensive at night, but it’s definitely worth seeing those world-famous Las Vegas lights.
4. Restaurants and Bars
When you get tired of all this excitement, make sure to check out some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas.
If you agree with the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Mr. Mamas is the place for you. The food is delicious, the service fast and friendly, and the prices affordable. Don’t leave without trying their excellent French toast and pancakes.
Mandarin Bar is the restaurants with one of the most stunning views of the Strip in Las Vegas. It is only open by night and the prices are a bit higher, but if you can afford it, you definitely should. This bar is perfect for special occasions and surprises for the loved ones.
When we say “buffet”, words “sophisticated” and “upscale” definitely don’t come to mind. But that’s exactly what you get at Wicked Spoon. Anything from delicious fried chicken to Chinese food comes in individual servings. But make sure to leave some space for dessert.
Taste brunch like you’ve never tasted it before at one of the most famous restaurants in Las Vegas, Eat. Don’t be fooled by the name, the dishes are extremely creative and made with so much love. Everything from food to the atmosphere and service will blow your mind and make you promise to come back.