Twenty-Three Things All Locals Should Do in Las Vegas Before They Die

Posted on Friday October 23rd in


We’ve compiled a list of the Top 23 things to do in Las Vegas before you die. It’s never too late or too soon to start. How many have you done already?

1. Operate a bulldozer at Dig This Las Vegas
Ever wonder what it’s like to operate a bulldozer or excavator? Now’s your chance to find out at Dig This, a heavy-equipment playground that will make your sandbox dreams a reality.
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2. See the Mermaids at Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge
It’s definitely worth a stop by the Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge in the Silverton to catch swimming mermaids in action and to enjoy various aquatic-themed food and drink next to the aquarium.
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3. Shop at Downtown Container Park
Built from shipping containers and multifunctional modular cubes, this offbeat shopping center has an interactive playground and hosts free events. On special occasions, you’ll even be able to see the 55-foot steel praying mantis shoot flames from its antennae.
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4. See a show at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, one of the largest music venues in America
Following in the footsteps of the original Brooklyn location, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is a truly unique entertainment experience, with amazing live concerts, bowling, and food. Whatever you do, don’t miss a chance to visit this massive, exciting, three-level venue.
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5. Journey through the Mob Museum
The history of organized crime and law enforcement come alive in this interactive journey through true stories at the must-see Mob Museum. Check out the impact organized crime has had on the world from an insider’s perspective.
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6. Check out a First Friday Art Celebration
Make it out to this free monthly art celebration on the first Friday of each month, featuring the work of more than 100 artists in various media. Restaurants and shops open their doors, and outdoor entertainers promise a good time.
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7. Feast on Blue Ribbon’s world-famous fried chicken at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
In addition to concerts and bowling, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas offers food by NYC’s Blue Ribbon, including their world-famous fried chicken. There are also tasty apps, jumbo sandwiches, fresh French-bread pizzas, and remixed classics like the “really” sloppy joe, and rock and roll fries. The drinks make quite a splash, too — try the Bourbon St. shake (with Nutella) for a truly delectable experience.
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8. Relax at Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Find peace at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Trails, gardens, museums, and special exhibits — it’s easy to spend an entire day here absorbing all of the beauty.
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9. Head to Las Vegas Chinatown
Las Vegas’s Chinatown Plaza offers authentic Chinese cuisine, Asian fusion, shops, and galleries.
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10. Eat and drink at the Peppermill and Fireside Lounge
Order the Nachos Nachos Nachos and head to the Fireside Lounge for a Scorpion, Peppermill’s signature cocktail.
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11. Visit the Neon Museum
Who doesn’t love a good neon sign? The Neon Museum gives you the chance to see most of Sin City’s famous signs, with an exciting guided tour through the Neon Boneyard, filled with more than 150 preserved iconic Las Vegas neon signs.
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12. Visit the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Take a break from the buzzing energy of urban Vegas and make it out to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to see the desert’s breathtaking natural beauty firsthand. Hike one of the many routes, take a leisurely walk, or bike ride or just sit, picnic, and experience the beauty. Bonus: Check it out at sunset.
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13. Eat at Battista’s Hole in the Wall
Go to Battista’s for the warm atmosphere, eclectic interior design, and free wine. Italian never tasted so good.
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14. Go for a strike at the lanes at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Who doesn’t love bowling? Whether you’re there for a show or just wandering by the Linq, stop into Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and play a game on one of the 32 bowling lanes. Make sure to get some specialty craft beer or offerings straight from Brooklyn.
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15. Try a crêpe at Crêpe Expectations
If you can’t decide between sweet and savory, we recommend getting one of each. The creative crêpe flavors at Crêpe Expectations will leave your taste buds tingling in delight.
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16. Enjoy a breakfast buffet
Eat all you want (or all you can) at one of Vegas’s luxurious breakfast buffets. Try the Wynn for a huge selection of mouth-watering choices!
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17. Spend some quality time with dolphins or sharks
Head over to the Mirage and catch their Trainer for a Day program, which lets you play with, train, and observe a family of dolphins alongside animal experts. The Mirage also offers a 30-minute Painting with the Dolphins program, as well as Yoga with the Dolphins. If sharks are more your thing, make a stop at Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay’s Dive with Sharks program.
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18. Visit the National Atomic Testing Museum
The interactive modules, timelines, films, and artifacts at the National Atomic Testing Museum are definitely cool. As from 1951-1992, the Nevada Test Site was the country’s nuclear testing location. The history, propaganda, and more are preserved at the Atomic Testing Museum.
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19. Fly high at Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Sometimes you just feel like jumping (or flying) around, and you need a room of trampolines to do so. Sky Zone is for you. Find your freedom with open jump, the Foam Zone, SkySlam basketball, and more.
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20. Be amazed by Cirque du Soleil
There’s nowhere like Vegas to see one of Cirque du Soleil’s astounding acrobatic performances.
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21. Drive insanely fast cars at World Class Driving
If you want to spend money on something besides gambling, driving some of the world’s fastest, most luxurious cars is a good choice. You’re sure to remember this thrilling experience, doing laps at the track or driving around Red Rock Canyon.
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22. Sing at the Bar at Times Square
Being in Vegas can be like being in New York City, especially at the Bar at Times Square. Go for happy hour, but stay for the dueling-pianos show.
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23. Play golf at KISS by Monster Mini Golf
Take mini golf a step further at KISS by Monster Mini Golf, an 18-hole indoor glow-in-the-dark mini-golf experience. There are also arcade games, a gallery, a gift shop, and even a wedding chapel.
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