Things to Do
As long as you’ve got a pulse and at least a few dollars in your pocket you’ll never run out of things to do in Las Vegas. Though information on things to do and see are detailed in the pages below, suffice to say that as long as people continue to visit Sin City, they will always find something interesting, fun, bizarre and memorable to do.
Many people travel to Las Vegas to gamble, despite the fact that casino gambling is now found within 100 miles of nearly every American at home. Slot machines are the most popular form of gaming (which is what Las Vegas euphemistically calls gambling), but blackjack and craps can be much more fun if you are in a group.
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The lavish stage shows that turned Las Vegas into the self-proclaimed Entertainment Capital of the World have recently been joined by Broadway hits, burlesque performances, several shows produced by Cirque du Soleil and permanent headliners. There are also magic, tribute and comedy shows on and off the Strip as well as several concerts that come through town.
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Most of the shows in Las Vegas are suited for family audiences, but not all of them. If you are in the mood for something risque to watch as a couple, or you’re in town for with a group of friends, there are more choices in Las Vegas than ever. Revues range from classic Las Vegas showgirls in Jubilee! at Bally’s and the lady-friendly Chippendales to the vampire-inspired Bite.
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If you aren’t interested in the classy shows in Las Vegas known as adult revues and you want something a bit more erotic, it’s probably safe to say that Las Vegas has the best collection of actual strip clubs in the world. Most are topless-only, but quite a few all-nude strip joints are mixed in as well. Choose the right club for your personal tastes and know up front that your night on the town could be quite expensive as there are pricey cover charges and many clubs have a drink minimum. That said, if you’re in Las Vegas for a bachelor or bachelorette party, it may be worth the cost to rent a Las Vegas limo for their night and make the most of Sin City’s many strip clubs.
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Las Vegas is now filled with nightclubs that each seem more exclusive than the next. Celebrities frequently visit the clubs and guest or house DJs spin music into the wee hours of the morning. Do your research before deciding where to party so you don’t spend an hour waiting in line before paying $30 to get into a nearly empty club playing music you don’t enjoy.
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Most of the larger hotels have several restaurants and cafes, so finding food in Las Vegas is never a problem, even though lines can be long at times. The new trend is toward celebrity and TV chefs running restaurants, but you can also find fast food courts, plentiful buffets and even Michelin-star restaurants.
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You don’t have to spend your life savings when you visit Las Vegas. In fact, there are a number of free activities located both on and off the Strip. Popular favorites include watching the Fountains of Bellagio, checking out the lions at MGM Grand and catching the daily circus performance at Circus Circus.
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The fun in Las Vegas doesn’t end with the Strip. If you rent a car in Las Vegas, there are several other places you can explore within and just beyond the city. There are a few museums and other interesting attractions to explore within a short drive of Las Vegas Boulevard, especially if lady luck hasn’t been good to you and your finances are running low. Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon are only 30 miles away, and a number of national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley and Zion Canyon are within a few hours drive.
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