Though many people head to Las Vegas for one reason and one reason only – the gambling – there are literally hundreds of other things you can do to make you stay more enjoyable and get the most of your travel dollar. After all you have to eat, and after spending hours at your favorite card table or slot machine you will need to relax and re-energize. In that spirit here are 7 things you can consider doing that will give you a memory or two to take back home with you.
Relaxing at the Grand Spa in the MGM Grand Hotel
This spa is open to the general public, though hotel guests have a number of options that are restricted to patrons. Whether you want a pedicure, a couple’s package, or one of their specialty massages (including aromatic therapy) the Grand Spa has something for you. Their basic spa services start at just around $100 for the bare minimum, while the professional full service offerings give you the option of either a 50 or 75 minute session at prices starting at $200.
SlotZilla Zip Line on Fremont Street
This is one of the shortest but sweetest above ground experiences you can get in Las Vegas. The SlotZilla has little to do with slots and everything to so with sitting or flying superhero style above the crowd. For as little as $20 you can find yourself 7 stories above the ground over a 2 city block distance. You will need to buy a ticket for the experience, and if you get queasy flying you will want to skip eating until you are finished with this ride.
Skyfall Lounge at Delano
Two things immediately pop out at you when considering a stop at the Skyfall Lounge: no cover charge and no reservations required. How good is that? But what you get for stopping in here is one of the best views of the city without having to do a flyover (but we’ll get to that in a second). While you’re taking in the view you will be able to take advantage of one of the most innovative cocktail menus anywhere in the city. There is a dress code, and you will have to wait until 5 p.m. to get a view, so call ahead for details.
Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak
If you are a steak lover or just want a limited option menu at one of Las Vegas’ best steakhouses, Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak is the place to go. While it is primarily steaks, you can also choose from veal or one of the select seafood second course meals. As long as you’re dressed in business casual attire, you are welcome. There is the 10 ounce Filet Mignon or the 22 ounce T-bone steak to choose from, along with some of world renowned chef Tom Colicchio’s specialties.
The helicopter tour of Las Vegas Boulevard
Many people don’t know about this aerial adventure that will take you up more than 11 stories above the ground. There are a number of businesses that offer the flying tour, and you likely will spend less than $100 to experience the memorable 2 hour view. Generally, the night flight is recommended as you will be able to see the jewel in the middle of the desert fully lit. There is a shuttle that will pick you up and your hotel and take you to the launch pad.
The Las Vegas Aces at the Mandalay Bay Events Center
While much ado has been made about the NFL Oakland Raider football team moving (or not moving) to the city, the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces have already arrived and you can get tickets to see a live professional woman’s basketball game. The great thing about watching the Aces play is it is definitely a non-Vegas experience, as you will forget you are actually in Vegas once the game starts. It is a nice break away from the bright lights and casino sounds that are the essence of the Las Vegas experience.
Sparrow and Wolf – off the Strip
If you want to move out of the Strip to find a nice place for dinner that also has a diverse menu, Sparrow and Wolf is the go-to choice. The prices are reasonable and you will discover one of the most culturally diverse places to eat in the city. But don’t worry about the food being gamey.