Las Vegas Travel Guide

Activities & Events

Ride a Gondola@The Venetian HotelPrice: $15 for 4 minutesIncludes a visit to St. Mark's Square.
Indoor Skydiving@Vegas Indoor Skydiving200 Convention Center DrPhone: +1 877 545-8093Hours: 10am-8pmPrice: $85Fly your body in a vertical wind tunnel. No experience necessary, all training and equipment provided. Safe for all ages.
Shoot an Automatic Weapon@The Gun Store2900 E Tropicana AvePhone: +1 702 454-1110Hours: 9AM-6:30PM dailyPrice: $250-400Photo ID required. Beware long lines. 2-3 hours long wait is not unusual on weekends and busy days
Play Pinball Games@The Pinball Hall of Fame1610 E. Tropicana AveHours: 10AM-Price: From $0.25 per gameOld-style machines and newest ones from Stern are there, all in very good condition. Definitely worth a look.
Helicopter Tours From Fly Maverick6075 S Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 888 261-4414Price: $114-599Helicopter tours that will take you deep into the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon or soaring above the neon lights and mega resorts of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as helicopter tours that include rafting down the Colorado River.
The Hunt Las VegasPhone: +1 702 966-9896Price: 50+Limo Scavenger Hunt throughout the City of Las Vegas. Thrills and visits to the cities Hotspots, both on the Strip and Downtown are included in The Hunt.
Stripper 101 Pole Dancing Classes @ V TheaterPrice: From $40For ladies aged 18 and over. Advanced scheduling required.
Exotics Racing SchoolPrice: From $249 depending on the car and number of lapsAfter a training session, get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 F1 or other race car and go up to 130mph with an instructor in the passenger seat.
Sun Buggy Fun Rentals6825 Speedway Blvd Bldg B Ste 101Phone: +1 702 644-2855Hours: 7AM-7PM dailyDune buggy rentals and off-roading experiences at the Las Vegas dunes.
Vegas Horseback Tours2470 Chandler Ave Ste 11Phone: +1 888 584-9059Hours: DailyPrice: $109-139Horseback Tours include a Sunset Dinner, Lunch or Breakfast horseback ride, an authentic cowboy meal and a visit to cowboy town and petting zoo. Free hotel pick-up.
Red Rock Canyonon the western edge of the Las Vegas city limitsFeatures hundreds of traditional/gear and sport routes. Climbing is possible year-round, though Spring and Fall tend to be most comfortable. There are a couple of guide books that detail the routes. Though the area does not receive much precipitation, it is worth remembering that if the sandstone becomes wet (from rain or snow) it becomes brittle and you'd be wise to avoid it for at least two day before checking if it dried out. There is also a scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon, which will take you about 30 minutes to complete, though there are opportunities to park up and get out of the car. Entry is $7 per car unless you have a National Park pass.
Four Activities in One DayTours leave from Town Square at 6605 Las Vegas Blvd SouthPhone: +1 702 358-7889Price: $150Ride a mountain bike, kayak, atv and land sail all in one packed day. The total tour is about 6 hours. Tour includes entry to Lake Mead National Recreation Center. Must book ahead of time.

For mountain activities such as hiking, climbing, and skiing close to Las Vegas, see Get Out

Rides
The Roller Coaster @ New York New York HotelPrice: Individual Tickets: $14; Scream Pass: $25 (includes: all day ride pass, $2 off 5x7 photo); Family Fun Flight for Four: $60 (Includes Four individual ride tickets and 2 5x7 close up photos)The Roller Coaster will lift you up 203 feet, drop you down 144 feet and leave your pulse trying to catch up to 67 mph. Simulating a jet fighter's barrel roll, you'll turn 180, hang 86 feet in the air, take the famous "heartline" twist and dive.
Rides @ The Stratosphere HotelPrice: Elevator to the top of the hotel: Adult $16, Child $10; Rides: $12-13 each. There are 3 intense rides on the top of the tallest hotel on the strip: Big Shot - Shoots passengers straight up 160 feet at 45 mph (over 4 Gs) until they are 1,081 feet above the Strip. X-Scream - A giant teeter-totter that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the Tower, 866 feet above the ground. Insanity, the Ride - A massive mechanical arm extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and spins you at a force of 3 Gs for a truly mind-bending experience. For the people who do not like rides but still want to do something at the top, there are shops and a great view.
The Adventuredome @ Circus CircusPrice: Day pass: $26.95America's 2nd largest indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions for all ages.
Shows

Free shows
World-Class Circus Acts @ Circus Circus2880 S Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 734-0410Hours: From 11am, every half-hourPrice: FreeAerialists, jugglers, acrobats and trapeze artists take the stage at the world's largest permanent circus daily.
Masquerade Show in the Sky @ Rio3700 W Flamingo RdPhone: +1 702 777-7776Price: FreeA mix between Mardi Gras floats and Rio Carnival. Very popular. Seems to have closed down as of April 2013.
I Lost My M in Vegas @ M&M World3785 S Las Vegas BlvdHours: DailyPrice: Free3D movie.

There are places on the Strip where you can buy half-price shows. Not the real popular ones for the same day. Cash or credit card.

Cirque du Soleil shows

Las Vegas hosts 8 popular Cirque du Soleil shows. To secure the best seats, reservations well in advance is recommended. In order of opening date, the shows are;

Mystre @ Treasure IslandPhone: +1 800 392-1999A classic Cirque show, full of amazing feats, impressive costumes, and humor. Definitely worth the time and money. Although it's family-friendly, it verges on too intense and psychedelic for younger children, so consider avoiding for children are under eight.
'O' @ BellagioPhone: +1 888 987-7111The stage at the Bellagio contains a 1.5 million gallon swimming pool, from which most performers emerge and retreat to. It's an incredibly impressive show.
Zumanity @ New York-New YorkPhone: +1 866 774-7117An adult show. You must be 18 or older to attend.
K @ MGM GrandPhone: +1 877 264-1844Spectacular show that tells a tale of Imperial Twins on a journey to fulfill their destinies.
Love @ MiragePhone: +1 800 963-9634This recent addition to Cirque du Soleil is a show based on the music of The Beatles. The show explores the content of the songs as interpreted by performances from a cast of 60.
Criss Angel Believe @ LuxorPhone: +1 800 557-7428Based on the magic of Criss Angel.
Zarkana @ AriaPhone: +1 877 253-5847Stunning display of acrobatics.
Production shows

Reserve your tickets well in advance for the best available seating. The most popular shows are sold out on the weekends.

Make sure to always book your seats directly from the official hotel website.

All That Drags@Lucky Cheng's3049 S Las Vegas BlvdDrag queen cabaret. Temporarily postponed.
Blue Man Group@VenetianPhone: +1 866 641-7469Hours: Nightly 7:30PM and/or 10:30PMPrice: $71-130
Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater@V Theater Planet HollywoodPhone: +1 702 260-7200Hours: Thursday thru Tuesday at 4:00PMPrice: $35Extraordinary talents of performing pets.
Le Rve @ WynnHours: F-Sun 7:00PM & 9:30PMPrice: $99-195Held in a domed stage with no seat further than 40 feet from the stage. Le Rve takes you through a young woman's dream, and features acrobats, synchronized swimming and diving.
Jersey Boys@VenetianPhone: +1 702 414-9000Hours: 2 hours and 10 minutes with a pause
Tournament of Kings@ExcaliburExcaliburHours: 6:00PM & 8:30PM except TuesdaysPrice: $60
V - The Ultimate Variety Show @ V Theater Planet HollywoodV Theater, Planet HollywoodPhone: +1 702 260-7200Hours: Nightly 7:00pm & 8:30pmPrice: $60Iincludes magic, special effects, death-defying stunts, wild comedy, visual artists.
Vegas! The Show@Planet Hollywood3663 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 260-7200Hours: 7PM and 9PM nightly, except SuPrice: $80A trip back to the swank days of Frank, Dino and Sammy features a tap dance number, a tribute to Gladys Knight and a performance of the Can-Can.
Headliner shows
Donny and Marie @ Flamingo3555 S Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 733-3333Price: $95-260 plus taxe & fees
Comedy shows

There are always different comedians coming to Las Vegas. Some comedians that have recently performed in Las Vegas include Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, and Carrot Top. Always a great way to get a laugh and end the night.

Impressionist/impersonation shows
Tribute shows
Fab Four Live@V Theater Planet Hollywood Casino3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Ste 360Phone: +1 702 260-7200Price: $50-75Rated the best Beatles tribute band.
Human Nature@Imperial PalaceThe Ultimate Celebration of Motown showcases the distinctive, dynamic harmonies of members Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney. This quartet is known for outstanding concert and stage performances and has toured with Cline Dion and Michael Jackson.
Motown Revue - Hitzville - The Show@V Theater Planet Hollywood Casino3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Ste. 360Phone: +1 702 260-7200Hours: Tues-Sat at 6:00pmPrice: $45-55Includes the hits of Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Temptations, Tina Turner, The Four Tops and Motown diva Diana Ross & The Supremes as they rock the stage.
What Happens in Vegas@Clarion HotelHours: Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 PM-9PMPrice: $10Vegas Variety show featuring the best entertainers in the Magic of Music and Comedy.
Magic shows
David Copperfield@MGM GrandOne of the worlds most famous magicians. Some of his best known illusions are making the Statue of Liberty disappear, walking through the Great Wall of China and flying over the audience (which he does nightly).
Penn and Teller@Rio3700 W Flamingo RdPhone: +1 702 777-7776Hours: Daily @ 9PMPrice: $75-85
The Mentalist@V Theater Planet HollywoodPhone: +1 702 260-7200Hours: Nightly except Wednesday @ 7:30PMPrice: From $50
Hypnotists
Adult shows
Gamble

Opportunities to gamble are found in most places in the Las Vegas metro area, even at McCarran Airport and small supermarkets.

Age restrictions

It is state law that all gamblers must be at least 21 years of age. Even if you are at least 21 years old, you are required to bring to the casino a valid ID that shows your current age or complete date of birth (e.g. driver's licence, passport) as proof of your age. Photocopies of valid IDs are usually not considered valid. In-house security makes rounds of inspections to check compliance. If you are under-age or without a valid ID to prove your age and found in the gambling premises, hotel staff will ask you to leave, and could ask the metro police to issue you a citation. Moreover, under-age gamblers cannot collect any jackpot; such bets are void and the casino will at best return your wager before asking you to leave the premises. There is a curfew for anyone under the age of 18 and metro police regularly transport violators to a juvenile center.

The odds

It is beneficial to understand the rules, strategies, and odds of each game before you arrive. The games with the lowest house advantage if you know how to play are craps (dice) with full odds and blackjack; however, tables where a 21-blackjack pays only 6:5 or even-money instead of the traditional 3:2 give the house a big advantage, and should be avoided. Games in which the casino has the best house advantage include slot machines, roulette, and some craps bets (hardways and propositions). If a game is unfamiliar to you, just ask the dealer for advice on how to play. If you are playing during the daytime at a table that is not crowded, most dealers will be happy to explain the game to you, and even slow down the dealing.

Pre-paid gambling cards

To facilitate gambling in machine-based games, you can use a pre-paid card to make wagers and collect winnings. Obtain one of these from the counter, insert the card into the gambling machine you choose to play and the machine will deduct your wagers as well as add your winnings to it. You can go to another cash dispensing machine to redeem your winnings as well as reload the value.

ATMs

Most casinos offer ATMs and over-the-counter cash facilities, but beware about the charges set by your bank and the machine operator or establishment. ATMs in casinos may charge exorbitant fees for withdrawals.

Comps

One reason to gamble, aside from the hope of winning money, is that by doing so, you could receive complimentary ("comp") rooms, meals, and even airfare depending on your play. Most casinos issue free "player cards." It is generally to your advantage to show or insert your player card every time you play a table game or slot machine. At the end of your trip, you can ask the hotel if you are eligible for any comps, you might be pleasantly surprised. And if you arrive at the casino prepared to lay out $1,000 or more, don't be bashful; ask the pit boss to be "rated" for comps before or while you begin playing. Separate from comps, many hotels offer discount packages for travelers who book a Sunday-Thursday night arrival. Most of these packages offer gambling coupons or a matching play—see the Sleep section for details.

Poker

Texas Hold'em, 7-card stud, and Omaha can be found at almost all Las Vegas poker rooms. However, not all casinos have a poker room, so call the casino or ask a gaming floor attendant. Casinos with non-smoking poker rooms include Wynn, Bellagio, The Palms, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and Mirage.

During June and July, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is held in Las Vegas. If you are interested in poker, this is a must see and all top poker players are present. And if you are a skilled player, you can play the sidegames taking place during the WSOP.

Spectator sports
Las Vegas 51sTriple-A baseball club affiliate of the New York Mets, the 51s have been in Las Vegas longer than any other professional sports team. The 51s began as the Las Vegas Stars in 1983, but changed their name to the 51s, a reference to Area 51, in 2000. They have won 2 Pacific Coast League crowns and 8 division titles.
Las Vegas WranglersECHL hockey affiliate of the Calgary Flames, the Wranglers began in 2003 and are the longest active affiliate of the Calgary Flames hockey club. In their first 5 years, the Wranglers have becoming a decent ECHL team that can be fun to watch. The Wranglers have won two division titles and two conference titles.
National Finals RodeoArguably the city's most prominent sporting event is the finals of the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, held over 10 days in December just off the Strip at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus.
PBR World FinalsAnother major rodeo event is the finals of the Professional Bull Riders series, a separate circuit dedicated to bull riding. The PBR finals, held in late October at the Thomas & Mack Center, have more of an international flavor than the NFRwhile the NFR is exclusive to the US and Canada, PBR runs national series in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Australia, and all of these countries, especially Brazil, are represented on the U.S. circuit.
UNLV RebelsThe athletic teams of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, better known as UNLV, are also popular in the area. The Rebels are members of the Mountain West Conference which has been expanding in recent years and, starting in 2013, will have 12 members for football and 11 members for other sports. The most famous UNLV team is the men's basketball team, known as the "Runnin' Rebels"; though not as strong as in their heyday from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, they remain solidly competitive and very popular. Most of the school's sports venues are on campus, but the football team plays at Sam Boyd Stadium in the suburb of Whitney, well to the east of campus.
USA SevensFrom an international perspective, however, this may be the city's most prominent sporting eventat least among those who do not consider poker to be a sport. The "Sevens" refers to rugby sevens, a variant of rugby union played on a full-sized field but with seven players a side instead of 15. The USA Sevens is part of the IRB Sevens World Series, an annual circuit of nine events for national rugby sevens teams. Games are very fast-pacedeach half lasts only 7 or 10 minutes, as opposed to 40 minutes in the full version of rugby union. This allows many games to be played in a day, and a full tournament to be completed in a weekend. The event, held at Sam Boyd Stadium in the second weekend of February, features 15 other national teams beside that of the U.S. (and may expand further starting with the 2013 event), and encourages a festival atmosphere. If you're so inclined, it can be a great opportunity to meet people from other parts of the world.
Get married

Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world. To get married, first go to the County Clerk's Office and apply for a marriage license. Both parties must have valid ID, such as a driver's license or passport. The cost is $60 per opposite-sex couple. The Las Vegas Wedding Bureau is open from 9AM-midnight seven days a week, including holidays. No blood test or waiting period is required. The marriage license itself is valid for one year. The minimum age to marry is 18; a 16 or 17 year old may marry if one parent is present or has given notarized permission.

Once you have a marriage license, the wedding ceremony can be performed by any priest, minister, rabbi or Justice of the Peace authorized to perform weddings within the Las Vegas area. Numerous wedding chapels are located around the Wedding Bureau and on the Strip. You can choose an elaborate theme wedding, such as an Elvis impersonator as officiant, or a simple ceremony and reception celebration.

Most major hotels and Vegas wedding chapels offer wedding packages for those who wish to plan a larger wedding ceremony. But don't let a lack of planning stop your nuptials; all Vegas wedding chapels can perform immediate weddings with no prior appointment, although it is recommended to make a reservation for your wedding. If you make a reservation most chapels will provide courtesy limousine transportation from your hotel to the chapel and back. Making a reservation also decreases the likelihood of having to wait.

Finally, you can check with the Las Vegas Better Business Bureau before making any arrangements with any wedding chapel or service provider. You may check the local BBB reports online.

Tennis

Las Vegas is a great place for tennis fans. Not only do many of the hotels offer excellent courts but public courts abound as well. Vegas is also home to many amateur tournaments, UNLV tournaments, as well as The Tennis Channel Open.

Ice skating

Given the very high temperatures during the summer it maybe a surprise that ice skating is popular, but at inside rinks!

Las Vegas Ice Center9295 W Flamingo RdPhone: +1 702 320-7777Fax: +1 702 255-9356A twin-rink facility.
SOBE Ice Arena2400 N Rancho DrPhone: +1 702 631-7000Vegas' only ice rink integrated into a casino/hotel complex.

source: Wikivoyage

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