Welcome to MetroGuide Networks' overview
of Las Vegas-area attractions. The Greater Las Vegas
area is full of attractions for all ages. Despite the souped-up razzle-dazzle add-ons popping up everywhere, Las Vegas to its very core has long been one big fat neon-lit 24-hour attraction, keeping the most inveterate insomniacs occupied throughout the night. Historically, Las Vegas Valley was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1829 and settled by Mormons in 1855, with the town of Las Vegas established by auctioning land in 1905. Gambling was legalized in 1931, the Strip's El Rancho Vegas debuted in 1941, and a year after the Last Frontier Hotel opened, later to be called the New Frontier, and eventually the Frontier. Nevada started taxing gaming in 1946, the same year Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel. Unable to repay the $5 million he had borrowed for the project as rapidly as some investors had apparently anticipated, he ended up slain before his Las Vegas vision hit pay dirt. In 1966, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes arrived to hunker down at the Desert Inn, and by 1977, gaming revenues in Las Vegas' Clark County cracked $1 billion. In 1993, the Flamingo Hilton announced plans to raze Bugsy's suite and office, all the while casino revenues continued to climb. By 2002, Clark County casinos (including Laughlin, Mesquite, Primm and Jean) took in $7.6 billion in gross gaming revenue, with Las Vegas accounting for $6 billion. In 2002, 89 percent of visitors gambled during their stay, with the average gambling budget per trip, per visitor at $503, and the average visitor devoting 3.7 hours per day to the gaming task. That leaves plenty of time to pursue attractions. Las Vegas is best navigated by vehicle rather than on foot since visual distances can deceive, especially when gazing up or down the Strip, where icons like the Stratosphere can seem closer than they are. Las Vegas Boulevard is the city's main thoroughfare, and major east-west streets crossing the Strip portion are named for key hotels. The Strip Trolley, departing every 30 minutes, is the easiest way to hotel-hop.
Below is a list of some suggested things to do in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area,
with links to more details when available.
Under the dome of America's largest indoor theme park behind the West Tower at Circus Circus Hotel Resort and Casino are mountains of thrills from the Canyon Blaster (a double loop roller coaster), to Chaos (hurling riders in three ranges of motion), and Rim Runner (a wild and wet indoor flume ride). Fun starts at 10 a.m. daily.
Circus Circus, 2880 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 794-3939
- American Alpine Institute Red Rock Climbing
No other area offers as much climbing potential in gorgeous desert environment so close to metropolitan amenities. Some 20 miles from Las Vegas, Red Rock rises in a 3,000-foot wall of red, pink, and cream-colored Aztec sandstone. Cliffs, forming a 10-mile-long north-south trending barrier, are cut perpendicular with major canyons. On canyon walls, and on towers and summits between, are some of the longest, best non-granitic climbs in the nation. Exceptionally hard sandstone offers long, continuous crack lines and steep, exposed face climbing. Despite Las Vegas proximity, Red Rock retains a wilderness feeling, with few established trails and most approaches involving easy cross-country travel, often up isolated, narrow canyons lined with juniper. Red Rock Canyon climbing, April through October, is in half/full-day trips and guided climbs, with transportation to / from the Strip.
3311 Casey Drive, Apt. 201. (360) 671-1505
- Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Within an unrivaled setting, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, presents exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by the world's most influential artists. Museum-caliber exhibitions offer a rare opportunity to view legendary works selected from prestigious international collections. The adjacent Gallery Store stocks exhibition-related products developed exclusively for the venue in collaboration with artists, estates, and museums. Visitors will find select original artworks from galleries around the world, as well as distinctive pieces of jewelry by well-known artists.
Bellagio, 3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 693-7871
- Big League Dreams
Play any number of popular sports in this amateur recreational sports facility, featuring batting cages, replica fields, and everything needed to play baseball, soccer, football and other sports, in a sectioned off area of Freedom Park.
Freedom Park. 3151 East Washington Avenue. (702) 642-4448
- Cinema Ride
In the Forum Shops at Caesars are six different 3-D Motion Simulator Adventures, including the Atlantis Submarine Race, Galactic Flight, Haunted Graveyard Run, Coaster Crazy and the hot “Ski Ride.”
3785 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 369-4008
- Circus Acts
At Circus Circus, the world's largest permanent circus presents world-renowned live circus acts free every day. Different acts perform each half hour from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Circus Circus, 2880 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 734-0410
- Cowboy Trail Rides
Breathtaking sights on horseback are available for singles to larger groups, with transportation available.
800 North Rainbow, #208. (702) 387-2457
One of the world's tallest, fastest roller coasters brings screams near the California/Nevada border about 30 minutes from Las Vegas. The ride opens with an initial lift of 209 feet and a breathtaking 225-foot drop.
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino, 31900 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Primm. (702) 679-RIDE
- Eiffel Tower
A signature of the Las Vegas skyline, the replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas is an exact reproduction of the French landmark, rendered at 1/2 scale. The Eiffel Tower Experience provides an elevator ride to the top, with a stunning, panoramic view of the valley, from 460 feet above the ground. Elevator operators point out can't-miss Vegas landmarks. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant, on the 11th floor, serves French cuisine, with lamb seasoned to perfection and foie gras unlike any other.
Paris Las Vegas, 3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (877) 603-4386
- Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden
Check out candy-making in the chocolate factory and then walk off the calories from the free samples in the cactus garden. M stands for Mars, Forrest Mars being the candy baron behind M&Ms, Mars bars and more delights. Ethel M chocolates were named for Forrest Mars' mother. Creams, caramels, cherry cordials and nut clusters are churned out during the free self-guided tours. The 2.5 acre cactus garden has 350 species of prickly desert flora.
2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson. (702) 435-2608
- Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet
As Nevada's largest swap meet, the air-conditioned Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet has some 700 shops.
1717 South Decatur Boulevard. (702) 877-0087
- Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing
Thrills of wheel to wheel racing unfold with 13 adults competing in timed, recorded races.
4288 Polaris Avenue. (702) 736-8113
- Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
At the Flamingo Hilton, the Wildlife Habitat has Chilean flamingos, African penguins, ducks, swans, pheasants, quail, turtles, Koi and goldfish.
Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas, 3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 733-3111
- Floyd Lamb State Park
Four stocked ponds, picnic areas, barbecues, scenic paths, volleyball and horseshoe facilities are on this 2,040-acre park northwest of Las Vegas. Visitors can explore the Tule Springs Ranch, known as one of the North American west's best examples of Pleistocene paleontologic sites. The Tule Springs area was once populated with large mammals, similar to those in Africa. Fossil remains of mammoths, bison, horses, camels, giant sloths and other animals have been found in Tule Springs. More recently, Tule Springs served as a watering hole for Indians and prospectors. In 1916, John Herbert (Bert) Nay became the first non-Indian to file for water rights. From Las Vegas, take U.S. 95 north, about 40 miles to exit right on Durango, then right on Brent.
9200 Tule Springs Road. (702) 229-6297.
- Fremont Street Experience
Every night seems like New Year's Eve downtown, with the famed casino-lined Freemont Street now covered by a dome for nightly shows featuring 2.1 million lights and 550,000 watts of concert sound. In previous decades, downtown Las Vegas had been headed downhill, playing a definite second fiddle to the higher-end glamour of the Strip. But a $70 million major league facelift transformed the long-time Glitter Gulch into what's now known as the Fremont Street Experience, a glittering multi-block pedestrian mall unlike any other in the world. Outdoor cafes, kiosks, and more are sheltered by a 90-foot canopy that at night features a high-tech light and sound show. There's a misting system for summer, and heaters for making things cozier, providing a year round ambiance in which to casino hop.
425 Fremont Street. (702) 678-5777
- Getting Hitched
With more than 120,000 marriage licenses issued annually, Las Vegas reigns as the world's wedding capital. Ways to get hitched vary from lavish hotel ceremonies to a 24-hour drive-through chapel with an Elvis look-alike presiding. Helicopter weddings, Red Rocks weddings, limo weddings and horseback weddings are also on tap. Anyone can attend a ceremony at the Little Church of the West, the town's busiest wedding chapel and the oldest existing structure on the Strip, where visitors can simply walk in, take a seat, and enjoy the mini-marital drama unfolding.
Little Church of the West, 4617 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 739-7971
- Grand Canyon West
Offering activities at the western rim, Grand Canyon West features self drive attractions including Skywalk Glass Bridge, The Indian Village, and the Haulapai Ranch, with horseback riding, wagon rides and a cowboy cookout. Helicopter and boat packages include the Grand Canyon rim and the Colorado River. Off-road Hummer tours cover ground not accessible to the public.
6655 West Sahara, Suite B200-140. (702) 889-WEST
- Guggenheim Hermitage Museum
Rotating exhibits of fine works including Impressionist and Early Modern paintings from the Hermitage and Guggenheim collections.
Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino, 3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 414-2440
- Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Authorized and funded by Congress in 1928 for flood control and generating electricity, the 727-foot high Hoover Dam is the equivalent of a 70-story building. At base, it is 660 feet thick (about the length of two football fields). Originally tagged Boulder Dam, it was later officially named as a salute to President Herbert Hoover. The Discovery Tour provides glimpses of the power plant generators, the Nevada Intake Tower, the old Exhibit Building, and other vantage points at individual pace. Guides give talks every 15 minutes at each stopping point from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To see it all, visitors should arrive by 3 p.m, since pedestrians are prohibited from the top of the dam when it's too dark.
U.S. Highway 93, Boulder City. (702) 494-2517
- Houdini Museum
From his famed strait-jacket to spare glass for his original water torture cell, memorabilia belonging to legendary escape artist H. Radner Houdini is displayed in the Houdini Museum. Houdini, the highest paid variety artist of his time, was also an aviator, fight fan, inventor, author, filmmaker, book collector and fraud buster. Houdini's interest in debunking fake spiritualists came after his mother's death. Given his illusionist background, he recognized the techniques and became a crusader against charlatans bilking grieving families, frequently attending séances in disguise to expose mediums with larceny in their hearts. Despite the 1953 movie starring Tony Curtis where Houdini met his demise during an underwater stunt, the escape artist actually died on Halloween, 1926 from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix.
Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, 3500 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (877) DINI-WHO
- Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum
The Museum, open 24 hours a day, shows the history of aviation in Southern Nevada, from the first flight in 1920 through introduction of jets. The Museum's main exhibit is above baggage claim on level two, with an additional exhibit in the general and corporate aviation terminal operated by Signature Flight Support. Admission is free.
McCarran International Airport. (702) 455-7968
- Imperial Palace Auto Collection
The Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace features more than 350 antique, classic and special interest vehicles spanning a century and individually valued at up to $1.5 million. On display (and for sale on the showroom floor) is a hot red 1923 Indian Big Chief two-wheeler with matching princess side car once owned by the late film star Steve McQueen. The 2,700-room Imperial Palace, with 10 specialty restaurants, a spa / fitness center and a wedding chapel, is also home to “Legends In Concert.”
Imperial Palace, 3535 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 794-3174
- Jockey Club Tennis Courts
Two outdoor courts are open 24 hours.
Jockey Club, 3700 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 798-3500
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area
With more than 700 miles of shoreline, Lake Mead and Lake Mojave boast outstanding water recreation.
Callville Bay, (702) 565-8958
Cottonwood Cove, (702) 297-1464
Echo Bay, (702) 394-4000
Lake Mead Cruises, (702) 294-6180
Lake Mead Resort Marina, (702) 293-3484
Visitors Center, (702) 293-8990
- Las Vegas Art Museum
Big name traveling exhibits of modern and contemporary art.
9600 West Sahara Avenue. (702) 360-8000.
- Las Vegas Club Scene
Where to begin for the dedicated club-hopper? The Las Vegas options are mind-boggling, among them:
Vanity Nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel, (702) 693-5000, provides Travolta-era authority with waitresses in zipper-top biker leather, projected images on translucent walls, and an underground lake
Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7333, is the only floating lounge around, with Viking-style ship and plank
Club Madrid at Sunset Station Hotel and Casino, (702) 547-7730, seats 600 for rock, blues and jazz
Club Rio, also at the Rio All-Suite Casino Resort, (702) 252-7777, has a huge dance floor ringed by circular booths
Coyote Ugly Bar and Dance Saloon in the New York New York Hotel and Casino, (702) 740-6330, has an on-going party atmosphere where Coyote barkeeps dance, entertain and encourage misbehavior while fielding queries a la “didn't we go to different schools together?” and other great pick-up lines;
Gilley's in the New Frontier, (702) 794-8200, is strictly honky-tonk with barbecue ribs, live dancing and a mechanical bull
Drai's at the Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino, (702) 796-5519, comes with major attitude as a fine dining enclave and an after-hours club attracting celebrities galore
- Las Vegas Golf
The Las Vegas Valley is home to well over 60 golf courses:
Angel Park Golf Club has two Arnold Palmer-designed courses, Mountain and Palm
Anthem Country Club's par 72 course weaves through desert terrain with many holes played through canyons and highlighted by waterfalls
Badlands Golf Club's course, designed by Johnny Miller with help from Chi-Chi Rodriguez, has Desperado, Diablo and Outlaw nines combining for 27 challenging holes
Bali Hai Golf Course on the Strip is reminiscent of South Pacific courses with thick stands of towering palms and large water features
Bear's Best, designed by the bear himself, Jack Nicklaus, features replicas of famous holes he has designed elsewhere
Black Mountain Golf & Country Club has 27 holes meandering through Henderson neighborhoods;
the tree-shaded Boulder City Golf Course, with a quaint clubhouse, wide fairways and two lakes, has reachable par 5s, tricky par 3s, and straightforward par 4s to challenge all abilities
Callaway Golf Center is home to the Divine 9, a lighted par 3 course, a 110-stall driving range with grass and synthetic tees, and a Golf Academy
CasaBlanca Golf Club in Mesquite Valley wetlands winds in and out of the Virgin River basin, and has packages with the CasaBlanca Hotel and Casino;
walking is allowed on the shaded short course at Craig Ranch, ideal for beginners
Desert Pines Golf Course, a par 71 with more than 4,000 towering pines, was a Golf Digest nominee for “best new upscale golf course”;
county-owned Desert Rose Golf Course has a forgiving par 71 layout and restaurant
Desert Willow Golf Club, designed by Billy Casper and architect Greg Nash, is the par 60 home to six par 4s and 12 par 3s, ideal for a quick 18-hole round of less than three hours
DragonRidge Golf Club's par 72, 18-hole course is near the base of the Black Mountain range
Durango Hills Golf Club, an executive type course with 14 par 3s and a quartet of par 4s, has a restaurant and pro shop
Eagle Crest Golf Club, one of five Billy Caspar / Greg Nash designs in the Las Vegas Valley, is good for a quick 18 with its par 60 course
Emerald River Golf Course, minutes from Laughlin's casinos, has 18 holes of championship golf through canyons overlooking the Colorado River
Highland Falls Golf Club has a semi-private par 72 course played with Red Rock Canyon providing backdrop;
at the Badlands Golf Club, Ken Venturi Golf Academies, Inc. offers 3-day, 1-day, and ½-day golf schools with individual playing lessons
Angel Park Golf Club, 100 South Rampart Boulevard. (702) 254-4653
Anthem Country Club, 25 Anthem Club Drive, Henderson. (702) 614-5050
Badlands Golf Club, 9119 Alta Drive. (702) 382-4653
Bali Hai Golf Course, South 5160 Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 382-4653
Bear's Best, 1635 Village Center Drive. (702) 804-8500
Black Mountain Golf and Country Club, 500 Greenway Road, Henderson. (702) 565-7933
Boulder City Golf Course, One Clubhouse Drive, Boulder City. (702) 293-9236
Callaway Golf Center, 6730 Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 896-4100
CasaBlanca Golf Club, 950 West Mesquite Boulevard, Mesquite. (702) 346-7529
Craig Ranch Golf Course, 628 West Craig Road, North Las Vegas. (702) 642-9700
Desert Pines Golf Course, 3415 East Bonanza Road, Las Vegas. (702) 450-8000
Desert Rose Golf Course, 5483 Club House Drive. (702) 431-4653
Desert Willow Golf Club, 2020 West Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson. (702) 270-7008
Durango Hills Golf Club, 3501 North Durango Drive. (702) 229-4653
Eagle Crest Golf Club, 2203 Thomas Ryan Boulevard. (702) 240-1320
Emerald River Golf Course, 1155 West Casino Drive, Laughlin. (702) 507-3760
Highland Falls Golf Club, 10201 Sun City Boulevard. (702) 254-7010
Ken Venturi Golf Academies, Inc. (702) 562-9505
- Las Vegas Harley-Davidson
Anyone hitting big at the tables can head on over to the world's largest Harley dealership, specializing in Hogs, new, pre-owned and rentals. Free shuttle available.
2605 South Eastern. (702) 431-8500
- Las Vegas Shopping
Some of the world's finest salons await at:
Appian Way Shops at Caesars Palace, 3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, (702) 731-7110
Bally's Avenue Shoppes at Bally's Casino Resort, 3645 South Las Vegas Boulevard, (702) 739-4111 beckon with 22 stores, a wedding chapel, race and sports book and three restaurants
Bloomingdale's magic awaits along with opportunities to buy at the Boulevard Mall, 3528 Maryland Parkway, (702) 732-9197, minutes from the Strip, downtown and the Convention Center, and at the Fashion Show Mall, 3200 South Las Vegas Boulevard, (702) 784-5400
Las Vegas Outlet Center offers two recent additions -- the 50,000 square foot annex and 32,000 square foot Designer Center -- at this climate-controlled mall which includes retailers like Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Claiborne, Calvin Klein, Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, Mikasa and dozens more, 2.5 miles south of the Strip, with access from Interstate-15 via Blue Diamond Interchange, attracts a huge share of 36 million visitors arriving in Las Vegas each year on top of one million-plus locals.
7400 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 896-5599
- Las Vegas Spa Options
Aquae Sulis, (702) 869-7777, at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort is a 40,000 square foot luxury outpost with full range of treatments
Canyon Ranch Spa Club, (702) 414-4000, at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino has treatments, a climbing wall and more
Dolphin Court Grand Spa, (702) 450-8000, at Green Valley Ranch Resort, in Henderson, has European treatments in splendid surroundings
Elemis Spa, (702) 785-5555, at the Aladdin Resort and Casino, has 32,000 square feet of gym and pampering space
Executive Fitness, (702) 794-9441, at the Riviera Hotel and Casino has steam and whirlpool baths, and an exercise room with one-on-one training
Flamingo Health Spa, (702) 696-9705, at the Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas offers Swedish massage with apricot vitamin E oil and more
Four Seasons Spa, (702) 632-5302, at the Four Seasons Hotel has a full selection of facilities for hotel guests only
Golden Nugget Spa, (702) 385-7111, at the Golden Nugget Hotel provides luxury personal services with a spa, salon and fitness center
Harrah's Spa, (702) 369-5189, at Harrah's Las Vegas has a health club and a full menu of treatments
MGM Grand Pool and Spa Complex, (702) 878-4849, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino has more than 30 treatment rooms, two VIP spa suites, and a fitness center
Oasis Spa, (702) 730-5724, at the Luxor Hotel and Casino is Las Vegas' only 24-hour spa.
- Las Vegas Tour Options
Away from the casino clang and jangle, there's no shortage of tour opportunities in and outside Las Vegas:
1 Call Tours, (702) 566-3866, has Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas sightseeing
#1 Las Vegas Shows & Tours, (702) 243-0181, has more than 100 tours to Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam by plane, helicopter, Jeep or raft
A Tour 4 You, (702) 233-1627, also has assorted options
Adventure Photo Tours, (702) 889-8687, has nine choices, including a journey to the Grand Canyon bottom;
Air Vegas Airlines, (702) 736-3599, has daily Grand Canyon flightseeing, including lunch, guide and hotel transfers
Annie Bananie's Wild West Tours, (702) 804-9755, has guided tours to the Valley of Fire, with lunch at Lake Mead
Anywhere Tours, (702) 566-7834, does Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam tours by plane, helicopter, bus or SUV;
ATV Action Tours, offers whitewater river rafting and more with free hotel pick-up
Black Canyon / Willow Beach River Adventures, (702) 294-1414, rafts the Colorado River, floating by hot springs, waterfalls and geological formations
Casino Travel & Tours, (702) 946-507, provides tours, limo service and dinner packages
Desert Fox Tours, (702) 361-0676, explores the desert in Hummers to demonstrate what “off-road” really means;
Designated Drivers, Inc., (702) 456-RIDE, provides for safe driving of you and your car
Down River Outfitters, (702) 293-1190, guides canoe and kayak trips on the Colorado
Drive-Yourself Tours, (702) 565-8761, provides self-guided audio-cassette tape tours with maps
Escape Adventures - Mountain Bike & Hiking Tours, (702) 596-2953, has mountain and road tours of Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas Backpackers, (702) 385-1150, caters to international travelers with budget accommodations, outdoor activities and adventure tours.
- Liberace Museum
The candelabras, pianos, jewelry, and sequined capes, furs and feathers of the flamboyant pianist await at the Liberace Museum, supporting the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. Piano and Car Galleries are in Building One, while Building Two showcases awards, costumes, jewelry, and a re-creation of Liberace's Palm Springs bedroom. Liberace owned 39 pianos; 18 are displayed including the rhinestone-covered Baldwin used in his last Radio City Music Hall performance. Cars include his 1954 red, white and blue Rolls Royce used in 1976 Bicentennial ceremonies. The Costume Gallery includes a Liberace favorite, a black diamond mink lined in more than 40,000 2.5 karat Austrian rhinestones. Among the "crown jewels" are a candelabra ring with platinum candlesticks and diamond flames, a gift from Harrah's Hotel / Casino, and a spectacular 18-karat gold piano-shaped ring with 260 diamonds and ivory and black jade keys, a gift from Barron Hilton.
1775 East Tropicana Avenue. (702) 798-5595
- Lied Discovery Children's Museum
More than 100 hands-on exhibits in one of America's largest children's museums explore the arts, sciences and humanities. The first floor provides opportunities for imaginary and dramatic play, use of motor skills, group problem-solving and cooperative activities with making bubbles, freezing shadows, creating computer art, earning a paycheck and spending Discovery Money. Desert Discovery is a permanent exhibit for children age 5 and under. The second floor focuses on science, communication, and technology and opportunities for exploration, observation, cooperation, and critical thinking with Space Shuttle flights, hearing a whisper 30 feet away, experiencing wheelchair basketball, create a moving picture, and touching a tornado!
833 North Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 382-KIDS
- Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
As with the London icon and now other locations including Amsterdam and Hong Kong, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas amazes with lifelike wax recreations of popular entertainers, politicians, athletes and other pop culture figures, offering interactive experiences as well.
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard, South. For more information, call (702) 862-7800.
- Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History
On the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the Marjorie Barrick Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting objects and thematic concepts illustrating southern Nevada's natural history.
4505 South Maryland Parkway. (702) 895-3381
At Fremont Street Experience, Neonopolis caps a 10-year, $200-million downtown renewal with three levels of dining, shopping, and a Crown Theatres multiplex. Eateries range from La Salsa Cantina to Dairy Queen.
450 Fremont Street, on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 477-0470
- The Roller Coaster
At New York New York Hotel and Casino, this taxi-cab themed roller coaster twists, loops and dives, featuring the first-ever heartline twist and dive maneuver, letting riders experience negative Gs, similar to the jet fighter barrel-roll maneuver done by Tom Cruise in Top Gun. The two minute, 45-second ride starts behind the hotel where riders are taken up 203 feet, with the first drop of 75 feet a warm-up for the 144-foot encore drop. After another drop and a vertical loop, more zing awaits with the twist and dive. Riders briefly hang upside down experiencing zero gravity while the train does a heartline spin. For the finale, there is a 540-degree spiral spin.
New York-New York, 3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 740-6969
- Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden is home to royal white tigers, white lions, black panthers, a snow leopard, gold tigers and a four-ton elephant. The Dolphin Habitat, adjacent to the Secret Garden, houses an extended family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
Mirage Las Vegas Resort, 3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 791-7111
- Sirens of TI
Sirens of TI is a new show promising unprecedented thrills with innovations in entertainment, lighting and pyrotechnics allowing effects never dreamed of when the show opened a decade ago. Sirens of TI are intriguing females joining male pirates in a modern interpretation of the Battle of Buccaneer Bay.
Treasure Island at The Mirage, 3300 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 894-7111
- Spiegel World
Located within Caesar's Palace, this outdoor European village comprised of an authentic Belgian 600-seat Spiegeltent, which hosts a breadth of quality theatrical performances, music and other live entertainment, dining and drinking establishments, and exclusive shops has something to surprise and delight all who visit.
3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 785-5394
- The Sport Center at Las Vegas
Where Sunset Road meets The Strip, The Sport Center at Las Vegas complex includes Challenger go carts, EXPL paintball fields, a Blasters Arcade with DDR Extreme machines, billiards, league play in roller hockey, dodgeball, indoor soccer, and an action-packed slate at Event Center Arena.
121 East Sunset Road. (702) 377-7777
- Strat-O-Fair Midway
America's tallest observation tower is at the northernmost point on the Strip. The Stratosphere's thrill rides, the High Roller Coaster and Big Shot, are two of the world's highest. The latter shoots passengers 160 feet in the air with a force of 4Gs before free-falling back to the launch pad. The Strat-O-Fair midway, showcasing a 1963 World's Fair theme, also has traditional carnival games, bull riding, a 1958 vintage Ferris wheel and the Little Shot, a pint-sized version of the Big Shot.
Stratosphere Tower, South 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard. (702) 383-4755.
- Vegas Indoor Skydiving
Experience the sensation of free falling in this vertical wind tunnel as you float and glide on a 120 mph wind current. All ages welcome, no experience necessary, and a brief instructional program are offered every half hour, seven days a week.
200 Convention Center Drive. (702) 731-4768.