Las Vegas calls itself the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. While that claim may seem dubious to some, I think Vegas makes a very compelling case for it to be true.
Most everyone knows the typical stuff to do in Vegas, but aside from the gambling, crazy unique shows, and endless shopping, there are still a ton of other unique things to do in Vegas.
The city doesn’t just have a nightlife style of entertainment. It developed something for everyone: the outdoorsy, the artsy, the thrill seeker, and even the intellectual.
Sound absurd? Keep reading to discover the top things to do in Vegas. Including some of the most unique Vegas things you have never heard of.
19 Unique Things to do in Las Vegas
1. Zero Gravity Unique Experience Las Vegas
Ever wanted to go to space and feel what it is like to be weightless? Did you know you could experience that in Las Vegas?
If you are looking for different things to do in Vegas, this is it. LITERALLY A ZERO GRAVITY EXPERIENCE just like you are in outer space can happen in Vegas. It is one of the most unique Vegas experiences you can have.
At the Zero-G flight experience you take off in a plane that flies in parabolic patterns (up and down and up and down) that literally take the effects of gravity away from you for 20-30 seconds at a time. You get to experience weightlessness 15 different times.
This attraction costs a pretty penny so be sure to save up, but at least it’s easier than going to space! Find out more on their website gozeroG.com.
2. Neon Museum/Graveyard
Vegas casinos are constantly expanding and being rebuilt to try and become the new hip property (Resorts World and Circa being the newest with Fountainebleu coming soon). This intense competition led to the creation of and ultimately excess of a ton of neon signs. Where do the extras or old ones go? To the Neon Museum of course.
It’s wild to take a walk through the history of Vegas to see casino signs of the past. Tours are available, or you can hang out with the photographers climbing around trying to get the best shot.
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3. Drive Supercars in Las Vegas with Exotics Racing / Race car driving experience
Have you ever wanted to drive supercars in Las Vegas? Exotics car racing is one of my favorite unique Vegas experiences you have to try at least once!
Want to own a Ferrari? Lamborghini? Aston Martin? Porsche? How about at least race one around a track at more than 100 mph? If you like driving fast cars, this is a must do. At Exotics Racing you can literally you can go to racing school where you learn to and then actually drive these amazing machines to their limits.
Packages are shockingly affordable and begin at under $200; if you are into fancy cars you have to check it out book your Two Hour Exotic Car Racing Experience Package here. Surprise gift for your boyfriend? Bachelor party? It’s a perfect thrill.
The track is located about 20 minutes south of the Strip, so easily accessible. Once there you will check in, be given a test ride on the track, and then you can choose which one of their 30 supercars that you want to drive (Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc).
They say there are no speed limits on the track, or at least not one that is going to deter you as you are allowed to go up to 130 mph!
I recommend booking the Two Hour Exotic Car Racing Experience Package here. That package include racing instruction and one-on-one coaching, tons of available time slots, and free cancellation. Check out the reviews here.
Book your tour: Two Hour Exotic Car Driving Experience Package in Las Vegas.
Read more on Exotic Car Racing in Las Vegas here.
4. Dig This Las Vegas
Ever wanted to drive a bulldozer but not actually work a construction job? How about an excavator? Not even sure what that one is, but think driving big time construction equipment could be fun?
How about using huge equipment to crush a car or play bucket basketball? There are 1 or 2 hour sessions available. The “construction site” is only about 20 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip. You don’t need to worry about safety as they provide training and you will have a radio headset in case to an expert in case you need additional help.
Of course this is on the menu in Vegas and open to everyone from the manliest of men to the girliest of girls (and even those as young as 12). Take a video driving one and tell everyone you had to get a part time job after losing all of your money gambling! Make sure you book your tickets in advance to ensure you don’t miss your chance! Click here to buy your tickets in advance.
You can check out more on the Las Vegas heavy equipment playground here.
5. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Lots of places have cool aquariums, but the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip makes for a great change of pace on an otherwise crazy trip. It is ideal for families, but can be appreciated by adults as well.
It’s about $25 to get in, but if you pre-buy it is usually cheaper. Pre-buy Shark Reef Aquarium Entry Ticket at Mandalay Bay tickets.
Once inside you’ll see sharks, exotic fish, and get to experience my favorite sea-tunnel that makes it feel like you are at the bottom of the ocean. The touch pool or shark feed are also fun options. Book your stay at Mandalay Bay here.
6. Take a Valley of Fire Day Trip
If you are looking for an unusual thing to do in Vegas look no further than the Valley of Fire. Yes, another absurdly beautiful and unique natural rock formation is only 45 minutes outside of Vegas.
Most people don’t get beyond the neon lights, but more and more people are discovering this state park. It gets its name because the rocks look on fire when sun hits them right. The valley was used by the Anasazi and some of their petroglyphs remain.
Trust me, this is one of the best things to do in Vegas. You won’t regret it.
Book your tour: Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas
7. Take a Helicopter tour of the Vegas strip at night
Have you ever ridden in a helicopter? Maybe you have ridden in one, but was it just because you broke your leg and were on your way to the hospital? What’s available in Vegas is completely different. Affordable helicopter tours of the Las Vegas Strip are available, or you can even fly out and over the Grand Canyon (a 4 hour drive from Vegas).
This is perfect for a romantic escape, and if you want to propose to your special someone while in flight they would be more than willing to help!
The most popular helicopter tours available in Las Vegas:
- Book your tour: Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight
- Book your tour: Helicopter Flight at Night over the Las Vegas Strip (Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund)
8. Sprinkles: The cupcake ATM
CUPCAKE ATM – do I really have to say anything else? Located by the Linq (the big ferris wheel) the Sprinkles bakery features some of the best ice cream, cookies, and cupcakes ever. The best part is obviously the ATM where you can withdraw a cupcake on demand.
UPDATE 2022 – IceBar Las Vegas Linq
Unfortunately, the Sprinkles ATM is no longer there. The good news is that it has been replaced by the Linq IceBar. Yes, the name IceBar perfectly describes the setting It is a bar/club that is largely made out of ice. The second you walk in, you will feel like you arrived at the North Pole.
The temperature inside will be freezing! Thankfully, your admission ticket includes the use of a parka and gloves. The gloves are especially useful as your drink your cocktails out of completely unique ice glasses.
Given Vegas’ location in the middle of the sweltering desert, a freezing bar made out of ice is a perfect escape.
9. Visit the Container Park
The Container Park is a recent project by Tony Shsieh (the Zappos guy RIP). It was conceived as a sustainable downtown revitalization project with large parts of it being built from old shipping containers (like you would see at a port of entry). The result is pretty cool.
The unique atmosphere attracts all kinds of boutique shops, coffee houses, and restaurants serving food I’ve never heard of; my husband calls this area the “hipster’s paradise.”
10. Go Skiing at the Las Vegas Ski Resort
You asked for unique things to do in Vegas and skiing is it. Yes, in the mountains just 45 minutes away from The Strip developers built a ski-resort. It is not huge and does not feature the world’s best snow, but the novelty of being able to ski within 45 minutes of the scorching desert heat is unreal.
11. Hiking and Rock Climbing at Red Rock Canyon – Calico Basin Red Springs
When I first moved to Vegas I didn’t realize it was surrounded by mountains – yeah I know, the whole Rocky Mountain Range covers most of the western United States. By not knowing Vegas had amazing mountains, I missed some of its most amazing attractions. Just west of Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon featuring Calico Basin.
This area features gorgeous red rock sandstone formations which create some of the best hikes and incredible rock climbing (so gorgeous I had a set of our engagement photos taken there). The rocks attract climbers from all around the world, and consistently get rated as a top 5 climbing spot in the US.
Book your tour: Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon and Seven Magic Mountains Trip
Book your tour: Red Rock Tour – Las Vegas Strip Trike Tour
12. Gondola ride at the Venetian
Want to go to Venice and be sung to in the canals? Is Italy too far away? Once again, the experience is available and a must do in las Vegas.
The opportunity to be serenaded by a real gondolier while being escorted through man-made canals in a miniature version of Venice is awesome. Also, don’t worry about the scorching heat as lots of the canals are indoors (yes the sky in the picture above is simulated). I have a friend that worked as a gondolier and you bet she was a talented singer!
Book your tour: Madame Tussauds with Gondola Boat Ride – This includes admission to Madame Tussauds show in Las Vegas and an outdoor gondola ride as well as a meal (if meal option is selected).
13. Explore Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are surprisingly pretty cool to see. I’m not one who would typically advocate for a dam tour, but finding out that the dam’s generators are what is powering Vegas’ neon lights was actually fascinating. Check out the best tours of Hoover Dam here.
The dam is on the border between Nevada and Arizona, only about 30 minutes from The Strip. It is MUCH bigger than it looks in pictures. Also, the reservoir creates an awesome place to rent a boat and go waterskiing or wakeboarding (Lake Mead).
Here are some of the most popular and best-rated Hoover Dam tours, including the best deals.
Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas With Lunch – This is by far the most popular Hoover Dam Tour. It has over 2,500 positive reviews on Viator. Pretty impressive. I love that this tour gets you there before the crowds arrive. There is nothing worse than being packed on a tour with a million people. This is a fully guided tour over Hoover Dam. **This tour also includes a bonus stop at the “Welcome to Las Vegas Sign”.
Small-Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour With Strip Pickup – This ‘mini’ 3 hour tour is just the right amount of time. It is perfect for you if you are looking for a tour that doesn’t take up your whole day.
14. Seven Magic Mountains
Ever seen modern art in the middle of the desert just south of The Strip? It is exactly what it looks like, a bunch of huge colorful rocks stacked on top of each other. My husband first discovered them on accident while dirt biking in the area.
A Swiss artist named Ugo Rondinone created the display. My husband thinks the display is wildly overrated, but I think it is uniquely Vegas.
If you are interested in seeing, make sure you head out there quick.
Book your tour: 7 Magic Mountains, Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam Tour
15. Take a Las Vegas Hot Air Balloon Ride
There is something about hot air balloons that seems super unique and fun. The concept of a big basket slowly being lifted by hot air to soaring heights makes me nervous and excited at the same time.
Want to give one a shot at a fraction of the cost of other locations? Of course, Vegas would be a place where you can make this happen.
Not only are hot air balloon rides available about 45 minutes outside of Vegas (pickup at certain hotels available), but you can enjoy exquisite mountain/canyon views while taking in a sunrise or sunset.
While I hate getting up early, booking a sunrise tour with the included champagne toast seems like the perfect romantic getaway!
16. Ride The Big Apple Roller Coaster on the Las Vegas Strip
I love roller coasters, but am not always in the mood for an entire day at an amusement park. The Big Apple Roller Coaster on the Las Vegas Strip (in the New York New York Casino) allows you to enjoy the quick rush of a roller coaster, and then return the standard Vegas festivities within minutes.
My favorite thing about this roller coaster is that it speeds directly along The Strip. When not roaring upside down or around corners you can enjoy views of the various casinos and pedestrians far below.
The roller coaster isn’t a lame novelty. It really gives fuel to the adrenaline junkie as it goes about 70 mps. Make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time (buying ahead of time allows you to skip the line).
17. Eat at the Heart Attack Grill
Only Vegas would feature a restaurant that advertises itself as the “Heart Attack Grill”. They boldly declare that their menu items are absolutely terrible for you. In fact, if you are over 350 pounds, they will let you eat for free. There is even a massive scale out front so that you can see if you make the cut.
Once inside, you will see the wait staff dressed as nurses and treating you like their patients. The menu items will make you understand why. Want an 8 patty burger? You can order it! Wine served via an IV drip bag? It’s yours. How about a butter fat chocolate shake with butter dropper directly in? Yup, and somehow it actually tastes great.
Definitely one of the most unusual things to do in Vegas, but hey, its all part of the fun!
I always say I recommend going to the Heart Attack Grill, but for the sake of your health only going once!
18. Lucky Day Bar
If you know me then you know that I am not a drinker. That being said, I still enthusiastically endorse a visit to the Lucky Day Tequila and Mezcal House.
This cozy bar is right off of Fremont Street, so it’s in a place you are already likely to go.
Aside from the robust menu of quality tequilas and mezcals, you may wonder why is it worth a stop? The unique ambiance is worth a visit alone. Even though it is small, it is decorated with over 15,000 programmable lights. These lights evolve to constantly cast a new glow over the bar.
It feels more like a mini museum than it does a bar. Rather than visiting, you will see some people stare while transfixed by the lighting.
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19. Axe Throwing Las Vegas
Ever dreamed about hurling an axe into a target? At Axe Throwing Las Vegas you can learn to do exactly that. If you’ve done it before how about learning how to do it properly so that you can show off to your friends when you next do it with them.
At Axe Throwing Las Vegas you can learn to throw axes from a pro. If you are already a pro you can go to Dueling Axes at Area 15 Las Vegas with a group of friends and hang out, sip beer, and see who is the best.
I highly recommend doing the Axe Throwing lesson as it was way more fun than I expected. Buy your tickets in advance here.
What is the most unique thing you have done (or want to do) in Las Vegas?
Where to Stay in Las Vegas
Overall Favorite: Bellagio Hotel & Casino – A Luxury resort with five pools in a courtyard setting. The rooms are the ultimate luxury. The inspiration for this property was Lake Como in Bellagio, Italy. This hotel features a free water show with fountains synchronized to music is right in the middle of the Strip. Once you get inside, you are immediately greeted by the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The average daily rate of a room at the Bellagio is about $200, so make sure you get ample opportunity to enjoy. Check prices here.
Budget Choice: The Golden Nugget – Located off of Fremont Street, or what many people now call Old Vegas. This hotel recently received a complete renovation, and now the rooms feel brand new, and are beautiful. My favorite feature of this hotel (other than the price) is the waterslide that goes straight through a shark tank. Seriously, a water slide that goes within inches of huge sharks! I have literally booked this hotel for friends at a rate of $25 per night, though in high season and on weekends it is more expensive. Check prices here.
Dirt Cheap – Family Choice: Circus Circus – While this property is a little tired, its location is right off the Strip so you have immediate access to any of the big casinos, yet you can book Circus Circus at an extremely low rate. On more than one occasion I’ve had family with little kids book this for $19 a night and enjoy the Adventuredome as well as free circus shows.
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