Las Vegas is a city that needs no introduction. But just when you thought you knew Vegas like the back of your hand we’re here to reveal a whole new side to the city of dreams. Check out 12 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Las Vegas below…
The city of Vegas is an ever-changing fantasy-land, a place where people make fortunes in a matter of seconds and couples get married in 5 minutes. When you think Las Vegas you can’t help but think of Elvis, the Rat Pack, a few glitzy showgirls and dry martinis. Or perhaps it’s bachelors on an all-night bender who hope never to appear in a Facebook album.
It may be a town whose story has been told thousands of times but there’s much more to the city than just sin. We reveal 12 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Las Vegas next…
1. Gamble without even leaving your Hotel Room
If you’re keen to play slots or try your hand at blackjack you don’t need to purchase overpriced drinks at the casino bar and accommodate tips for dealers rather try your hand online. Did we mention it’s accessible every day of the year, and every hour of the day? What could be more convenient than playing online casino at casino.com in the comfort of your own hotel room while listening to your favourite music and drinking your favourite beer? Not to mention being able to put your dealer on hold each time up you want to take a break…
2. Soar over Las Vegas
With the Flyboard Las Vegas they have a motto which reads ‘If you can stand, you can fly’ — and that’s 100 % true thanks to the powerful working water jets that lift you about a half dozen feet over the lake. They’re located less than a half hour off The Strip and makes for the perfect activity in the summer. Ladies can look forward to some tan time or indulge in a little shopping at the various boutiques and restaurants surrounding the lake.
3. Indulge in an authentic Dole Whip
Chances are you’ve only heard of having Dole Whips at Disneyland but now this signature treat is available just minutes away from The Strip at Pineapple Park. What’s more is that now they’ve introduced seven new soft serve flavours alongside the traditional pineapple version.
4. Visit a Speakeasy
If you’re looking to travel back in time and experience an original Speakeasy than The Laundry Room, a 28-seat speakeasy is just for you. It’s tucked in a backroom of Commonwealth in Downtown Las Vegas and you have to text a secret number in order to secure a reservation. Then once you arrive, you are given instructions on where to meet.
5. Play on Vintage Pinball Machines from the 1950’s
Shout out to Tim Arnold of the Pinball Hall of Fame who built up a personal collection of nearly 1,000 pinball machines. After his retirement he decided to host “fun nights” where he let the public come play with all the proceeds going to charity. Soon the LVPCC (Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club) was born and they now fun the building where everyone works as volunteers. Visitors can look forward to seeing the impressive collection and playing on vintage pinball machines from the 1950’s.
6. Visit a Natural Hot Spring
If you’re curious to see what a natural hot spring is all about then Gold Strike is just for you. It’s only 40 minutes away and is one of the best hikes you could possibly do in Las Vegas. It plays host to some beautiful scenery, you can enjoy an afternoon of fun scrambling and you’re even rewarded with a natural hot springs where you can relax and take a dip.
7. Spend the Day at Spring Valley
Coming in at number 7, Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror has been voted one of the “Best Haunted Attraction in the World,” and features the “Gates of Hell,” the first and only R-rated haunted attraction in Nevada. You have to sign a release form before you enter and be prepared to get grabbed, scared and even shocked with electricity. If you’re brave enough, opt for the “Victim Experience” where you’ll be bound, blindfolded, and locked in a box, with an actual safe word being your only way out before the end. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
8. See the Sights and Sounds of the World’s Largest Observation Wheel
Why not visit the High Roller –the World’s Largest Observation Wheel. It has 28 glass cabins soaring 168 meters (550 ft) high with 360-degree views of Las Vegas. It is one of Las Vegas’ newest attractions and it certainly lives up to its name. Here you can enjoy unparalleled views of the city and the desert day and night.
9. Enjoy Pancakes at the Golden Gate Hotel
Sure the tradition of the shrimp cocktail first originated in Vegas but there are few things better in life than pancakes at the Golden Gate Hotel. Simply put, if your heart can take it then your taste buds will thank you. We cannot be sure of exactly how much butter is used in those flapjacks but you will taste every bit of it when you slice of each bite. It may just be one of the best 24-hour cafes in all of Las Vegas.
10. Indulge in Your Bodyweight of Chocolate
Visitors can look forward to seeing chocolatier Ethel M located in one of the largest botanical cactus gardens in the world and look forward to indulging in a few too many free samples and factory tours.
Oh and did we mention that right across the street is Hershey’s Chocolate World which just opened its doors in New York-New York featuring an 800-pound chocolate Statue of Liberty. Warning: Both places are free to enter
11. See Incredible Works of Art
Incredible public artworks await you in Las Vegas and can be found on a 67-acre CityCenter campus. Here you’ll find 15 works of art by artists such as Nancy Rubin, Claes Oldernburg and Coosje van Bruggen. But perhaps the best kept secret in Crystals is Turrell’s Akhob—an enormous permanent installation inside the Louis Vuitton Maison flagship. It’s a womblike installation flooded with ever-changing light. It’s free with an appointment made through Louis Vuitton.
12. Satisfy Your Need for Speed
Now you can satisfy your need for speed and feel the thrill of five laps around a race track without all the costly car payments. Las Vegas Cyber Speedway lets guests enjoy a virtual trip around Las Vegas Motor Speedway or down The Strip and there are even go-karts that reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour on a state-of-the-art track.