Our Top 5 Day Time Things to do in Las Vegas

Although Las Vegas is best known for an exuberant nightlife, there is much more to this metropolis than meets the eye. After all, the surrounding desert is primed for adventure while attractions such as Fremont Street offer an interesting insight into the hidden side of Sin City.

When you realize this is also home to the largest canyon in the world, it makes sense to take time away from the city to explore the region. Furthermore, there are some truly fascinating museums which make family travel a little more exciting and enough reason to consider a holiday extension.

With this in mind, here are five of the best day time things to do in Las Vegas you should actually make time to encounter: 

5 Day Time Things to do in Las Vegas

  1. Visit the Titanic Exhibition & Bodies

As already mentioned, there are many museums in Las Vegas which are the perfect distraction when it comes to family travel. At the same time, it must be said that these museums are not the kind to leave the children feeling restless, bored or tired. On the contrary, both the Titanic Exhibition and Bodies are thrilling encounters which never fail to delight people of all ages.

Naturally, the Titanic Exhibition focuses on the most infamous voyage of all time and features a wide range of artifacts from the ship including luggage and even a large piece of the ships’ hull. While many children will be unfamiliar with this fateful voyage, the museum is a vibrant and interactive encounter which has an in ate ability to grasp the imagination.

Bodies is another popular exhibition in Las Vegas although admittedly a little morbid. Consisting of real organs and human bodies, this museum provides an engaging insight into the human body and a unique perspective regarding one of the greatest wonders of the world. Again, it may not be for everyone, but the museum is certainly unique, educational and a worthy alternative to the Titanic.

  1. Take a Grand Canyon Excursion

Stretching for more than four hundred kilometers in length and thirty kilometers wide, the Grand Canyon is the most famous gorge on the planet. However, no statistics are needed to appreciate the majestic nature of this attraction and the awe-inspiring sight as you stand next to the canyon.

Just a short distance from Las Vegas, this is one of the most popular excursions for family travel and an opportunity to witness one of the wonders of the world. Whether you rent a car or take an organized day tour, the Grand Canyon is incredibly easy to reach and the perfect way to feel acquainted with the bizarre nature of the region.

You also have the option of taking a rather affordable helicopter tour through the canyon or even a boat ride in the river below but either way, this breath-taking sight is most certainly worth the cost.

  1. Hiking in Red Rock Conservation Area

As you know, the desert can be quite an intimidating place, and this is often the reason why many visitors defer the option to venture away from Las Vegas.

Featuring rock walls and spectacular scenery, Red Rock National Conservation is a great place for climbers to sample the surrounding rock formations. However, there are also several maintained hiking trails in the area which offer a safe and convenient place to explore the outdoors. Consisting of wide barren valleys, luscious forest, and towering peaks; this scenery is also surprisingly diverse but either way, the opportunity to get outdoors make for a welcome break from the busy city.

As with the Grand Canyon, this region is also highly accessible with superb roads, plenty of rental vehicles, parking facilities and organized day tours should you wish to put the feet up and tag along for the ride.

  1. Shopping at Caesars Palace, Venetia, Palazzo & Wynn!

Most people arrive to spend time at the Casino but there are many day time things to do in Las Vegas outside of gambling and shopping is one of those things. Located in Caesars Palace, the Forum offers arguably the most lavish and interesting lineup of stores anywhere in the United States. Yes, this might be a rather expensive place to shop, but at the same time, there are endless boutiques, designer stores, and gift shops to explore.

From Gucci perfume to Prada handbags, the extent of variety is astounding, and the same can be said for the shops inside the Venetian, Palazzo and Wynn Hotel. Again, this may not be for everyone, and this is certainly not the reason why most people arrive in Las Vegas but make no mistake; the shopping is world class and another alternative to take time away from the excess in other areas.

  1. Venture into Fremont

Fremont is almost the forgotten neighborhood in Las Vegas but also one of the most interesting places in town. Located to the north of the strip, this is the lesser known and slightly more authentic version of Las Vegas which many folks decide to visit on a holiday extension. When you consider how most of Las Vegas features a rather contrived infrastructure with carefully designed experiences, the opportunity to spend time in Fremont feels a lot less touristy and every bit as enjoyable.

In fact, taking a walking tour of Fremont uncovers the historical side of the city where humble casinos and classic hotels are reminiscent of the beginning of Sin City. This urban area is without the reputation of the main strip but still home to excellent restaurants, local bars, and friendly locals. When you visit Fremont Street itself, you should also lay witness to a vibrant world which was largely the inspiration for the Las Vegas we see today.

As you can see, Las Vegas is full of things to do, but many of these attractions remain uncovered for the fact that most people arrive merely for the hotels and casino. With that said, it makes sense to take time away from the obvious and explore some of the more interesting aspects of Las Vegas.

Many people say that three or four nights in Las Vegas is more than enough, but the truth is, there is much more to this energetic city than the exuberant nightlife.

Mark Buck is the Managing Director of United Europe Travel Services (Pty) Ltd, a travel wholesaler based in South Africa


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