When most people think of Las Vegas, the first image that comes to mind is the dazzling lights and endless entertainment along the famous Strip. However, beyond the glitz and glamour of the main tourist hub lies a treasure chest of off-strip experiences waiting to be explored. If you are looking for something different and unique during your visit to Sin City, here are five fun activities to try that are not on the Strip…
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Escape the action on the Strip and venture to the stunning Red Rock Canyon, a mere 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. This breathtaking natural wonder boasts towering sandstone cliffs, vibrant desert landscapes, and numerous hiking trails suitable for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. Take a scenic drive through the canyon, embark on a thrilling rock-climbing adventure, or simply enjoy a peaceful picnic amidst the beauty of nature. (Open 7 day a week, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Day Pass Fees are as follows: Truck/Car: $20 per vehicle, Motorcycle: $10 per vehicle, Bicyclist: $8 per bicycle, Pedestrian: $5 per person, Commercial Tour Vehicle (bus, limo, taxi, ride-share, etc.): $20 per vehicle + $5 per person).
Fremont Street Experience
For a taste of classic Vegas nostalgia and entertainment, head to Fremont Street in the historic downtown district. The Fremont Street Experience is an electrifying pedestrian mall, adorned with a massive LED canopy that displays vibrant visuals and nightly light shows. Stroll through the bustling street, enjoy live performances, and check out the iconic vintage neon signs that have become synonymous with Las Vegas’ history. (Open 7 days a week, free access).
Dive deeper into the city’s rich history by visiting the Neon Museum, often referred to as the “Neon Boneyard.” This outdoor exhibition showcases a collection of retired neon signs from old casinos, hotels, and businesses that once adorned the iconic Strip. Take a guided tour to learn about the stories behind these historic signs and how they played a significant role in shaping the city’s identity. (Open 7 days a week, 3:00-11:00 pm. Ticket Prices: Adult, $45, Nevada Resident (with I.D.), $40, Children (under 6) $Free, Children (over 6) $22, Seniors (65+) $40, Military (with I.D.) $40, Veteran (with I.D.) $40, Student (with I.D.) $40, Museums For All (EBT/SNAP/WIC 4 tickets Max) $3. These prices are for the “Double The Glow Tour”. There are 4 more tours available. Please refer to their website, www.neonmuseum.org for more information.
Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, Container Park is a family-friendly attraction built entirely from recycled shipping containers. This lively open-air shopping center features boutique shops, unique dining options, and an interactive playground for kids. In the evenings, enjoy free live music performances and movies under the stars. The combination of innovative architecture and an inviting atmosphere makes Container Park a must-visit off-strip destination. (Open 7 days a week, free access).
Pinball Hall of Fame
Step into a gamer’s paradise at the Pinball Hall of Fame, a quirky museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing pinball machines from various eras. With over 200 working pinball machines, visitors can enjoy a nostalgic trip back in time while trying their hand at classic games, and the best part? The proceeds from the games go to charity, making your gaming experience even more fulfilling. (Open 7 days a week, Sunday through Thursday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 10:00 am-10:00 pm. Free access into the Pinball Hall of Fame, however, if you want to play any of the operating pinball machines, the cost ranges between $.25 to $.50 per play).
Las Vegas is much more than just the glitzy casinos and vibrant nightlife along the Strip. By exploring these off-strip activities, you will discover a whole new side of Las Vegas that showcases its natural beauty, historical significance, and fun-filled attractions for visitors of all ages. So, whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking a unique experience, don’t miss out on the hidden gems that make Las Vegas truly special and until next week, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!