I think everyone has typical thoughts about Vegas, but let me assure you there is so much more to this bright lights big city than meets the eye. I have redtag.ca and Las Vegas to thank for inviting me and my girls to experience Vegas like we’ve never imagined and opened our eyes to the limitless possibilities this city has to offer. And doing it with friends, family and/or significant others is something I highly recommend… because who else are you going to share all the fun and laughter with?
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With 3.5 days to complete our jam-packed itinerary, we hit the ground running, excited to start exploring LAS VEGAS.
ELEVEN COOL THINGS TO DO IN VEGAS
Vegas is reknowned for its casinos, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and entertainment. But there are so many cool and sometimes unknown activities to try in this amazing city, I want to share my recent experience and give you 11 ideas for your next Las Vegas adventure. Let’s get started!
If you haven’t read my last blog post, MY VEGAS FOOD DIARY, then go ahead and click on it now. I’m not going to go into too much detail because my post has enough ideas and drool worthy images to plan your foodie adventure. If you love food (I won’t believe you if you say you don’t) this city is going to blow your mind with culinary wonder.
L-R: MEL, VICKI, ME
Who knew this was a thing you could do in Vegas? There are various ziplines in and around the city, but I think Ziplining with Flightlinez in the Mojave Desert is so much cooler. For only $159USD, you start off your morning taking a 30-minute shuttle from the Excalibur Hotel to their office near the desert. After signing your life away (just kidding…maybe) and taking a quick course, you take a 15-minute ride in their camouflage school bus with 5 hilarious Flightlinez crew members (who pull out all the theatrical stops on the bus) to Bootleg Canyon where you proceed to hike up to the first stop out of five of the ziplining adventure. That may have been the longest run-on sentence, but I’m keeping it.
Here is the view from the hike to the first zipline stop. The hike alone makes this adventure worth it. Plus you get to burn off some calories from all of the food consumption.
I’m secretly saying a prayer while they’re taking pictures of us (which can be purchased for your own memories post zipline).
It may look like I’m zipping along, but this is me posing for the camera while getting stuck and waiting to be rescued. I got stuck twice because I missed some directions (oops), but it gave me the opportunity to look around my surroundings and appreciate the view.
Ohhh, this is a dangerous place for a girl who loves shopping as much as I do, but if you’re looking for a one stop shopping experience, then head over to The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. They have a good variety of food options for every budget and you can find everything from luxury to everyday fashion brands.
Stop by Alex and Ani to purchase a stackable bracelet set. We got to stack a Las Vegas set for memories. How adorable!
I have a major sweet tooth, so I picked up a bag of candy from Sloans Ice Cream.
Post Lip Smacking Foodie Tour we rolled out to watch Brilliant at The Neon Museum. It’s a 30-minute audio visual spectacle by artist Craig Winslow where he curated signs from the old Las Vegas Strip and created a light show that shoots out from projectors located in the middle of the junkyard. I especially enjoyed the soundtracks chosen to represent the history of Vegas. It was genius, and brilliant.
We only got to visit the museum during the evening, but I really wanted to go back during the day to take some epic pics with these signs. The daytime shots on social media look so freaking good! This is high on the list the next time I visit!
About a 30-minute drive from the Strip is Ugo Rondinone’s large scale public art installation called Seven Magic Mountains. It opened May 2016 and was only commissioned to stay up for 2 years. It may or may not be taken down, but I’m grateful to have witnessed it while it’s still up. It truly is fun and magical, and I felt like a little child in the middle of a colourful desert playground.
If you don’t know, Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas is freaking cool and I only wish I got to explore more of this side of Vegas. We did our Lip Smacking Foodie Tour here where there are a variety of nomzilicious restaurants that don’t break the bank and cool attractions like The Neon Museum and the Fear of the Walking Dead Survival Attraction. I loved walking around at night and enjoying the vintage Vegas vibes.
The next time I visit, I will plan to spend at least half a day exploring and uncovering the hidden gems downtown has to offer including coming back to The Donut Bar which was featured on the Food Network.
The world-famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a no brainer for a classic photo opp. Fair warning, there will be a lineup and a person (whom I’m sure does not work for the city) taking pics for the line. Feel free to tip him if you think he did a good job. He took this photo of us, and it worked out beautifully!
Looking for an amazing view of the strip? The LINQ High Roller is a 30-minute observation wheel ride and a super awesome idea for special events. Happy hour starts at 12pm and you can acquire a private pod (fits up to 40 people) for yourself or share with others. Prices range from $22-$47 per person depending on your needs and time of day.
Post High Roller, take a stroll along The LINQ Promenade for some dining and shopping.
The Vegas Golden Knights are Las Vegas’s newest NHL team and a real Cinderella story to the game of hockey. This is their first year playing and recently clinched first spot in the playoffs. The Knights are considered the best expansion team in the history of pro sports. But we were there to support our beloved Canadian team the Vancouver Canucks who unfortunately lost that night. That’s ok, we’re still proud of them!
I must say the energy of the crowd in the stadium was electric. If you’re in Vegas and love the game of hockey, check out a Knights game or your favourite team in Vegas – highly entertaining!
Ever since I found out I was going to watch the legendary Ricky Martin in concert, I literally had “She Bangs, She Bangs” stuck in my head for a good week before the trip. We just finished an amazing dinner and this concert was the perfect end to an incredible day. Not only is he an amazing performer, but he’s super hunky and OH MAN, his dancers are SO HOT. I died and went to Latin heaven. Of course, there are so many amazing concerts and shows to check out in Vegas, and it’s something I highly recommend doing while you’re there.
1. EXPLORE ON FOOT
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, explore the area by foot! There are so many things you may miss if you take a taxi. It’s easy to uncover hidden gems while you’re walking around, you never know what you may miss – like this view from the Bellagio Fountains facing Paris Las Vegas!
And that’s all folks! I hope you were able to take ideas for your next Vegas adventure. Huge thank you to redtag.ca and Las Vegas for hosting us and showing us gals an epic time! The hubby and I are already planning another trip down in the near future!
And if you got to the end of this post and have been to Vegas, I’d love for you to comment below your own recommendations and help fine tune someone’s future adventure.
Till next time Vegas!