Viva Las Vegas: 15 Best Things To Do on Your First Trip to Sin City

What happens stays in Vegas, or so they say… No matter what you do while you’re in Las Vegas, there are countless exciting things to do in Sin City, whether you’re an adventurer, foodie, or just need to let your hair down. Las Vegas has something for everyone!

1. Slotzilla

SlotZilla zip lines Fremont Street
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This one is for the adrenaline junkies. Slotzilla is located on Fremont Street and is an 11-story zipline inspired by a slot machine that gives you a bird’s eye view of downtown Las Vegas. It costs about $50 per person to take a ride across Fremont Street, but you do get a commemorative photo so you can relive your thrilling experience.

2. Gondola on the Venetian

Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Be serenaded by your gondolier while floating down the Grand Canal, coasting beneath bridges and beside cafes on The Venetian gondola. If you close your eyes, you can really pretend you’re actually in Venice, Italy. This experience is great for the whole family and it starts around $40 per person.

3. Cirque du Soleil

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There’s always a sense of excitement when attending a show, and Las Vegas is full of them. Watching real-life people perform something incredible is a treat, and some of the most highly rated performances in Las Vegas are certainly the Cirque du Soleil shows! You can catch a few different versions of Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip!

4. Linq Ferris Wheel

Ferris wheel at The LINQ, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Bring out your inner child with a ride on the Linq Ferris Wheel that takes you 550 feet above the Las Vegas Strip. A rotation takes 30 minutes, and the views will keep you enthralled the whole time.

5. Neon Museum

La Concha Motel sign, Neon Museum, Las Vegas
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Purchase tickets ahead of time to visit the Neon Museum, where you can see a significant collection of iconic Las Vegas signs from the days gone by. The best time to visit is after sunset when the unrestored signs are lit up with ground lighting.

6. The World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain

Bellagio chocolate fountain
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Chocolate lovers will fall at the “feet” of Jean-Philippe Patisserie’s masterpiece. Named the Bellagio Chocolate Fountain, you’ll find this stunning and delicious piece of art a the one and only Bellagio Hotel. It’s a wonder to look at as it circulates 2,100 pounds of melted chocolate 24 hours a day.

7. Hoover Dam

Lake Mead at Hoover Dam
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If you need a break from the hustle and bustle and all of the action Vegas brings, head out of the city and over to the Hoover Dam. This mechanical wonder is sure to impress the architecture and history buffs in the group. Besides the dam, the scenery outside of Vegas is stunning and worth checking out.

8. National Atomic Testing Museum

Artifact at the Atomic Museum
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Take a break from the Strip and learn something new at the National Atomic Testing Site, which documents the nuclear testing history at the Nevada Testing Site.

9. The Big Apple Coaster

the Big Apple Coaster, NY Hotel, Las Vegas
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Twist and turn your way over the Las Vegas Strip on The Big Apple Coaster. This rollercoaster has a 180-degree twist and dive maneuver that you fly through at 67 mph. Head over to New York, New York to take a ride on this thrilling attraction.

10. Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill

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When the tummy starts to grumble and “hangry” is the only way to describe your mood, indulge in a delicious meal or two at the Mesa Grill, where the passionate Bobby Flay has developed many mouth-watering menu dishes.

11. Million Dollar Display

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Have you ever dreamed of what you would do with a million dollars? Well, now you can see what you would look like with a million dollars (literally). Take a free photo of yourself with a million dollars at Binion’s Million Dollar Display.

12. Mob Museum

Wall of Mobsters at the Mob Museum
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The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization you can visit in Las Vegas. Learn about organized crime’s impact on America through its immersive exhibits and artifacts.

13. Bellagio Water Show

Paris - Eiffel Tower, Paris Las Vegas
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There is nothing quite like watching a Bellagio fountain performance. Anyone can watch these unique and complex water performances in front of the Bellagio and the best part is, the show is totally free!

14. Stratosphere Top of the World Restaurant

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Eat a delectable meal on top of the world at the Strat Top of the World Restaurant. This restaurant serves award-winning dishes and revolving views of the Las Vegas Valley. Even though it’s technically not the very top of the world, you’ll sure feel like you are.

15. Gold Spike

Gold Spike
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The historic Gold Spike was originally a casino and hotel but was transformed into a bar and nightlife venue. Enjoy 24/7 fun with incredible events, great music, and interactive games while you’re in Downtown Las Vegas.

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