When you think of Vegas, you might picture casinos. Lots of them. I was worried that there wouldn’t be much to do in Vegas for someone who wasn’t interested in gambling…like me. Boy, was I wrong! From food to shows to unimaginable shopping, and yes, a high-stakes poker game or two, Vegas has something for everybody! Here are 5 alternative activities you can do in Vegas that’s not gambling.
1. Eat a fancy dinner
Vegas is home to tons of world-class, Michelin-starred restaurants. We decided to #treatourselves to some fine dining and ate dinner at Spago by Wolfgang Puck.
- Location: 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite G-1 Las Vegas, NV 89109 (inside Caesar’s Palace)
- Dinner 5-10PM, Happy Hour 3-6PM
- Insider’s tip: make reservations in advance!
This octopus had the perfect tenderness and zest. I could’ve eaten 5 more plates of these things.
Succulent yet a little gamey tasting. Never had duck like this before!
We really lucked out here. The dessert chef had some family over that day and had a few (off-menu) leftover chocolate gold nuggets. Presentation was A+.
2. Watch a show
We heard Cirque du Soleil shows were THE ones to watch. Since I’ve never seen a Cirque show before, I wanted to go all out and watch the most popular one, “O!”
- Location: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (inside Bellagio Hotel)
- Tickets: $99+
- Time: ~1.5hrs
Here we are, very excited before the show…
Now that I’ve seen it, I’ll say that the show was…quirky. The story felt unfocused and was hard to follow. The cool costumes, on-stage pool, and awesome acrobatics kept me entertained though.
3. Shop til you drop
How did I not know this before going to Vegas? But practically every hotel on the strip is also a mall! There’s stores of all price ranges for every shopper’s needs.
For us, it was as simple as having gelato options…
See a map of all the shops, hotels, and restaurants on the strip here.
4. Eat at buffets
Apparently Vegas is also known for its abundance of buffets. Clearly I’m a first-timer here! Our friends recommended that we try Buddy V’s in the Venetian. We opted for their brunch buffet with bottomless libations and didn’t look back 😉 It was definitely some delicious “home-cooking” style Italian food.
- Location: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (inside The Venetian)
- Brunch buffet: $34.95/person + $14.95 bottomless libations
- See the menu
My favorite dishes were the cheese selections, spicy italian sausage, and mac n’ cheese carbonara. That one meal probably undid all the calories we burnt from hiking throughout the previous week, lololol.
5. Explore hotels on the Strip
The hotels along the strip are full of entertainment – casinos, shops, food + drink, you name it. We had a fun time marveling at the ostentatious decorations. See a map of all the shops, hotels, and restaurants on the strip here.
You might be wondering if we stayed in one of the hotels along the strip. The answer is no – we struck a bargain by staying in an Airbnb. If you are booking Airbnb for the first time, here’s $40 in travel credit for you! Perhaps one day we’ll #treatourselves and stay in one of the Vegas hotels. 🙂
Have y’all been to Vegas before? What are your favorite things to do there? Let us know in the comments below!
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