Ah, Vegas, you may have us all fooled with your glittery facade of pool parties and scantily clad showgirls, but we know your roots run deeper than that. Behind all the smoke and mirrors is a place far removed from the hedonistic haunt we’ve come to know. Virtuous visitors, if your travel MO isn’t about hitting the hottest nightclubs or late-night revelry, you certainly don’t need to avoid the world’s party capital. Read on for ways to have some good, clean fun in Las Vegas.
Sky-High Fun And Games
Getting airborne isn’t just reserved for the Disneylands or the Six Flags Magic Mountains of the world – Las Vegas also deals in stomach-turning, grin-inducing, sky-high adventures. The Big Apple Coaster atop New York, New York Hotel has been delighting thrill seekers since 1997, but this classic coaster and its lofty heights has nothing on the white-knuckle extremes of the Stratosphere. Its rides, Sky Jump, Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream, spring, slingshot and catapult riders off, around and into the air above the 350-metre tower.
Other worthy places to get your dose of G-forces:
Circus Circus’ indoor theme park screams for your attention with 25 rides and attractions, including the Canyon Blaster and El Loco rollercoasters.
Bonnie Springs Old Nevada
This all-ages wild-west themed park is a must for anyone who grew up watching cowboy movies. Think saloons, wagon rides and ‘shoot outs’.
Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon
Discover the barren valley of the Southwest from above on a zip-line ride through Boulder City.
A Day At The Museum
If you’ve ever wondered where the ‘sin’ in Sin City comes from, dedicate part of a day to the Mob Museum. This interactive space reveals secrets about the organised crime that once ruled downtown. Beyond mischievous mobsters, Las Vegas museums showcase a mishmash of the curious and the kooky, from bodies (real and the waxy kind) to cars, pinball machines and even atomic testing sites.
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Learn a thing or two at:
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
The vivid worlds of this science centre will spark the imagination, curiosity and creativity of all who visit. Learn about the living world through various exhibits that invite visitors to tinker, sleuth and problem solve.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort Historic Park
For a glimpse at what Vegas was like in the 1800s, take a stroll through the city’s pioneer settlement site.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
This prestigious art gallery has a rotating roster of museum-calibre exhibitions where iconic Picassos neighbour quirky Warhols.
More Las Vegas inspiration
Spend Some Benjamins
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many flock to Vegas for some retail therapy. (There are six certified Rolex dealers on the Strip and a Maserati showroom at the Wynn, if you’re so inclined.) But even if you’re not splashing your winnings from the roulette table on designer duds, Vegas' shopping scene has something for all.
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Schedule in some retail at these shopping malls:
The Las Vegas Premium Outlets
Located on opposite ends of the Strip, these discount shopping outlets are considered two of the best in the country, with up to 65 per cent off brands like Nike, Gap and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Located at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Miracle Mile is high street shopping at its best.
Downtown Container Park
For something different, head away from the neon lights to this quirky enclave of up-cycled shipping containers, home to artsy boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
Catch A Show
A Vegas vacay isn’t complete without a seat at a sold-out show – think acrobats, magic, comedy, concerts and more. Whether you’ve got a penchant for pop stars, a hankering for laughs or looking to be wowed by the grace and skill of Cirque du Soleil performers, you’ll find it all in Vegas.
Jennifer Lopez ALL I HAVE
J Lo is bringing her signature moves and incredible voice to the Axis Theater inside Planet Hollywood. Dates available during her residency run up until June 2017.
A host of acrobats, synchronised swimmers, divers and quirky characters come together in a performance on and above water in this timeless Cirque du Soleil production at the Bellagio.
Sing along to ‘Walk Like a Man’ and ‘Sherry’ in the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Playing at the Le Theatre Des Arts at Paris, the final performance is on September 18, 2017.
Somewhere To Stay
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Wandering in and out of garish casino floors is an experience in itself, but you don’t need to be crossing the smoky gaming floor every time you leave your room. Believe or not, Vegas has many non-gaming hotels if you want to avoid the high rollers and party set. The Mandarin Oriental is a luxe oasis of 5-star rooms and world-class facilities with a sleek, Asian-inspired design throughout. If you’re after a bit more space, The Signature at MGM Grand features some of the only guest rooms near the Strip with self-catering facilities and balconies to provide some fresh air.