16 things to do in Las Vegas and event guide for 2021

We’ve got the best Las Vegas attractions, parties and sights that you won’t want to miss when visiting Sin City.

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Find yourself getting married in a Vegas wedding chapel, take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and gamble (responsibly) until the sun comes up. Las Vegas was built for entertainment and you're sure to find plenty of it.

Book a show and explore the many wonders from around the world that have been created in one spot. If you need some help deciding what to do, check out these must-do activities first to decide what to do when visiting Sin City.

Top things to do in Las Vegas

1. Head to all of the attractions with the Go Las Vegas Explorer Pass

Heading to Las Vegas and unsure of what you want to do? The Explorer Pass gives you access to 35+ attractions so you can choose where you want to visit and design your own itinerary so you can do it all at your own pace. The pass saves you having to wait in line to pick up and pay for tickets at the booths and is valid for 30 days after the card is activated. See a show at the Las Vegas Comedy Club, take the Hoover Dam tour, visit the Stratosphere Observation Deck and more.

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2. Take an unforgettable journey to the Grand Canyon

A day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon can be done via a helicopter for epic views or a bus tour to explore the canyon's rim. Experience comfort on your trip as you take a coach from your hotel to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you'll have the option to hike up to the Grand Canyon Village to see breathtaking panoramic views. A scenic flight over the Grand Canyon gives you the best views in the house overlooking breathtaking vantage points. Upgrade your experience by landing at the Grand Canyon West Airport to take pictures and visit the souvenir shop. The Grand Canyon is so close to Vegas that it's only right that you go to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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3. Catch a Vegas show

What's a trip to Vegas without seeing a show? Be entertained by some of the most iconic stage shows in the world, all within walking distance of one another – and your hotel room. See shows with glitz and glam such as Vegas! and favourites like Cirque du Soleil.

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4. Try your luck at the casinos

You won't have to go searching far to find a casino in Las Vegas. Casinos can be found at almost every hotel along the strip. Some of the most famous casinos include The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. A great way to casino-hop is with the Las Vegas Monorail pass, which takes 15 minutes from one end of the strip to the other.

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Things to do in Las Vegas with kids

5. Visit a museum

Don't be deterred from bringing the kids to Vegas. There are plenty of activities to keep them busy, starting with a museum experience that the whole family will enjoy. Madame Tussaud's houses over 100 life-like celebrity wax figures with interactive elements so you can get up close and take realistic selfies with the stars. The Las Vegas Mob Museum is a fun place to visit to hear stories about Las Vegas' past with gangsters via multi-sensory exhibits and a 17-foot-wide interactive touch wall.

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6. Enjoy a day of rides at Adventuredome

Adventuredome is an indoor amusement park with rides that range from child-friendly to exhilarating experiences that are not for the faint-hearted. Enjoy the roller skating rink, free clown shows, roller coasters, family rides and junior rides for the little ones to enjoy.

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7. Let the kids run wild at a water park

Wet'n'Wild is a great place to spend a warm sunny day in Las Vegas. Reserve a cabana and relax while the kids splash their way around the park. Enjoy a series of inflatable slides, jumping pillows and runways at Aqua Park. The park offers a great outdoor experience that the kids will love, and the swings, trampolines, ladders and ramps are sure to create an entertaining experience for those who enjoy a challenge.

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Things to do in Las Vegas during the day

8. Supercar experience

A supercar experience in Las Vegas is a great way to step away from the slot machines and try something new. If you feel confident being in control of the wheel, you can opt to choose from a collection of high-performance supercars and with a professional driving instructor by your side, you'll get in the driver's seat and race down an exclusive track. Otherwise, you can sit in the passenger seat as a professional race car driver takes you around the track at exhilarating speeds.

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9. Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of the World that can be reached from Las Vegas. It spans across Colorado River, connecting Nevada and Arizona. Get picked up from your hotel and stop by the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to get the famous shot before heading to the dam.

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10. Have a Las Vegas wedding ceremony

Vegas and weddings are synonymous and there are more than a few themed chapels to say "I do" in the city. You can book a chapel package prior to arrival that includes all the bells and whistles. There are even options for you to renew your vows at a classic Vegas wedding chapel. Naturally, you always have the option to go all out and have an Elvis wedding. After all, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

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Things to do on the Las Vegas Strip

11. Tour the Las Vegas Strip

The main attraction of Las Vegas is the strip itself. It's packed full of entertainment, casinos, shopping, restaurants and bars, so whatever time of day you visit, it will be buzzing with people and things to do. Hop on a mini coach and tour the strip at night. You'll receive a glass of champagne before setting off to see popular attractions including the MGM Resort, The Palazzo and the Fremont Street promenade. For the ultimate experience, take a 2-hour walking tour that includes champagne and a professional photographer so you can capture as many memories as possible along your walk down the strip.

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12. Dance the night away at infamous Vegas clubs

Don't miss out on the night life along the Las Vegas Strip. Experience Vegas by night at some of the most popular clubs and bars in town. Las Vegas is known as the city that never sleeps, so it's only fair that you immerse yourself in a pub crawl. Ride in a luxury limousine around the Las Vegas Strip streets before getting skip-the-line access to the most sought after clubs in the city.

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13. See the Las Vegas Strip from above with a helicopter ride

See Las Vegas from the best view – the sky. Look over some of the city's most iconic landmarks including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and the Stratosphere Tower. A helicopter ride showcases stunning views along the east and west ends of the Strip and you can rest assured that you're getting the full Las Vegas sightseeing experience with a helicopter ride.

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Fun things to do in Las Vegas

14. Sit back and have a laugh with a comedy show experience

Las Vegas has a thriving comedy culture, so if you're looking to enjoy quality entertainment, then Vegas is your spot! Head to the Las Vegas Live Comedy Club to see Edward Sam Juan, the headliner of the club, as well as a rotation of other comedians that will leave you howling with laughter for the entire 75-minute show. For a unique comedy show experience, Comedy Pet Theater brings together a performance with more than 30 animals performing impressive stunts and tricks, with ringleader Gregory Popovich and other performers showing off their skills.

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15. Ride the High Roller Observation Wheel

Ride the world's tallest observation wheel in Las Vegas, where you'll have 360-degree views overlooking iconic Las Vegas landmarks and the skyline during sunset. Who doesn't want to have the best views of the city during prime time? Get your camera ready to capture shots of the Las Vegas Strip as you relax in a spacious cabin and take in your surroundings with a drink in hand.

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16. Fire a machine gun

Choose between an indoor shooting experience at MGV Indoor Shooting Range or get picked up from your hotel and transported into the Mojave Desert where you'll use infamous guns to shoot targets. Whether you're looking for a change of scenery from the heart of Las Vegas or you have a keen interest in learning how to safely use a gun, this experience is suited to individuals of all skill levels.

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Seasonal events in Las Vegas

Things to do in Las Vegas in summer

  • Las Vegas Brews and Blues Festival
  • Vans Warped Tour
  • World Series of Poker

Things to do in Las Vegas in winter

  • National Finals Rodeo
  • America's Party
  • Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour

Things to do in Las Vegas in autumn

  • Helldorado Days
  • Life is Beautiful Festival
  • Route 91 Harvest Festival

Things to do in Las Vegas in spring

  • EDC Festival
  • Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly
  • The Great Vegas Festival of Beer

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