Las Vegas is a city that can be overwhelming to visit. It seems like everywhere you look on the Vegas strip there is something for you to do. With famous shows, fine dining, and lots of places to shop it can be hard to find the time to sleep. Every time I visit Las Vegas I make time to visit new places and have new experiences. If you are planning a trip you might be wondering what the cool things to do in Las Vegas are.

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Find a Fun Place to Eat

Of course, you will need to eat while you are in Las Vegas. With buffets, celebrity chef restaurants, and less glamorous but still delicious eateries, there is something to eat for every budget and every taste preference. I have eaten at a new place on every visit to Las Vegas.  If you have never had an In-n-Out burger I encourage you to get one while in the area.

bobby's burger palace

There is such a variety of places to eat that no matter how many times you go to Vegas there is no way you can try them all. Some of my favorite places include Bobby’s Burger Palace and the Trevi Restaurant in the shops at Caesars Palace. My Dad really enjoyed the buffet at Caesars Palace while my Mom and I tried the buffet at Aria. Other fun places include Wahlburgers and the Taco Bell Cantina.


My Mom and I love to make time for shopping while we are in Las Vegas. Just as there is no shortage of places to eat there are also just a lot of stores for you to visit. There are stores for all budgets though you will see plenty of designer stores like Chanel, Prada, Tiffany & Co., and more. There are several malls throughout the Las Vegas strip and even a premium outlet mall roughly 12 miles away. Shopping is a great way to walk off some of the calories from all the delicious Las Vegas food!


I myself am not a big gambler. However, during my first trip to Las Vegas as an adult, I wanted to play craps. After watching Monica play on Friends I thought that it looked really fun. My parents had explained to me that a great time to gamble is on a weekday when the casinos are not very busy.  The dealers were very kind in helping explain craps to me and I really had fun. We even made some money which is always a good thing.

Other than the one time I played craps I have only done a few slot machines. I don’t want anyone to get into money troubles from going crazy in Las Vegas but I do think that gambling can be fun. Just make sure to go in with a set amount of what you are willing to potentially lose.

Make Time To Enjoy a Show

Las Vegas has a lot of entertainment options for you to choose from. Are you interested in seeing a show? Name the kind of show you are looking for and I can almost guarantee you can find it on the Vegas strip.

Want to see a Cirque Du Soleil show? With LOVE, Zumanity, ‘O’, and more it can be hard to pick just one. On my most recent trip, I watched KA at the MGM and I loved it! I was able to get a free ticket to the show by playing the My Vegas Slots. You can read more about that here.

Are you looking for more of a Broadway-style show? Jersey Boys at the Paris Hotel is a great option.  If you are on a tighter budget there is less expensive entertainment. Dueling piano bars are a really fun option. My favorite of the ones that I have checked out is Napoleons at the Paris Hotel. The fountains at the Bellagio are great to watch (and free) and I like watching the Volcano erupt at the Mirage. Almost every single hotel has some form of entertainment to offer.

Check out the hotels on the strip

Something that I really like to do is walk around the strip checking out the different hotels. Las Vegas is full of spectacular hotels with unique designs. Some of my favorite hotels to explore are the Bellagio, New York New York, the Paris Hotel, and Caesars Palace. Each hotel I have been in has something worth seeing. Plus, I love how well-themed the hotels are.

bellagio lobby

The Bellagio always has a beautiful display in the lobby of the hotel.

bellagio fountains

The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel it’s great. Especially at night when the Bellagio fountains are going off. *It does cost money to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower but I think it is worth it.

gondola ride at the venetian

You can take a gondola ride at the Venetian.

siegfried roy secret garden

You can check out the Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden at The Mirage. Not only will you see animals but when I was there I saw Siegfried!

the flamingo las vegas

You can see flamingos for free at The Flamingo Hotel.

Other Cool Things To Do

  • Go to Fremont Street
  • Take a Ride on the Linq Wheel
  • Explore the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
  • Check out the Titanic Exhibit
  • Visit the Pawn Stars Store
  • Visit Rick’s Restoration
  • Go hiking
  • Drive to the Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon

seven magic mountain rocks

Visit the Seven Magic Mountains. This is outside of Las Vegas to the west. It is such a colorful & cool spot to see. If you’re going to be driving to LA from Las Vegas be sure to check out this post on where to stop on your drive.

About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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