Spending 24-hours in Las Vegas can be a dream vacation for some and a nightmare for others. For some visitors, it’s all about soaking up the sun at the pools, imbibing in the vibes and comped drinks and hitting those infamous casino tables. But casinos certainly don’t rock everyone’s boat the same way. Fortunately, visitors who have already booked their flights to Las Vegas and want to experience it without hitting one of these pocket-draining establishments lining The Strip, there are plenty of other options.
That’s right. Las Vegas, sans casinos, is a reality. In 24 hours, Sin City visitors can choose from museums, coffee shops, outdoor adventures and so much more. Not sure where to begin? Well, here are a few ideas to give you a head start on your agenda!
Have Breakfast at a Las Vegas Institution
An icon of the Vegas restaurant scene, The Omelet House has three locations throughout the city, but the original spot by the corner of W Charleston Blvd and Rancho Drive should probably be your main priority. It may seem a bit shabby, but the menu more than makes up for the looks. Plus, the clientele here is worth the trip alone. From politicos to celebutantes, to all-night club-goers trying to sober up before heading home (or work), this restaurant gives visitors a chance to see how the locals live, or at least, due to the close proximity of the tables and booths, lets them overhear their stories. Did we mention the food is the perfect combo of greasy and healthy?
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Find Adventure on Freemont Street
From there, head down to The Freemont Street Experience. Yes, it’s lined with casinos, but on Fremont Street, there is plenty of entertainment for both the adventurous and the non-adventurous alike. For daredevils, there’s SlotZilla Zipline, which features a lower zip line that whizzes participants 25 miles-per-hour down an 850-foot line that’s 77-feet up in the air. And, it’s not super pricey — $20 for riders before 6 p.m. and $25 after. For everyone else, there’s the people-watching. Sure, you can people-watch anywhere, but Fremont has got some of the more eclectic tourists hanging out in “old” Vegas.
Catch Some Show-Stopping Entertainment
As the entertainment capital of the world, it comes as no surprise that Las Vegas has hundreds of shows for all ages and interests. All over the city, you’ll find a variety of shows that are sure to pique your fancy.
From tantalizing circus performances to jazz concerts and burlesque shows, you can pretty much find whatever type of live entertainment you could think of. Wherever you go to watch, you’ll notice that the theater culture here highlights the best aspects of Vegas culture. So, when you’re looking for things to do in your 24-hour Sin City visit, you’ll want to add one of these shows to your list!
Check out a Cool Museum or Two
A few miles from Downtown is the Neon Museum Las Vegas: The Boneyard. This is an outdoor exhibit, so if you go in the summer, wear your sunscreen and bring water…lots of it. Take a step back in time and learn about Las Vegas during the time of mobsters and the Rat Pack. This nonprofit museum has relics from an old Las Vegas, laid out in a gorgeous display of old (and no longer functioning) neon signs. The curators help guide guests as they weave their stories of the properties the signs belonged to. Not only is the museum a must while in Vegas, but it also lends itself perfectly to photo shoots. But, be warned. If you want to head to this, reserve your tour in advance. Tours operate Tuesday through Friday, twice-a-day (noon and 2 p.m.), and on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets start at $20.
The National Atomic Testing Museum is another place worth checking out. The museum documents the history of atomic testing that took place in the 1950s at the Nevada Test Site and comes complete with a unique display of memorabilia and stories. General admission is $22.
There’s also the Pinball Hall of Fame, a 10,000 square-foot space dedicated to, yup, you guessed it, pinball. Pop quarters into the machines, which date back to the 1950s, and try your luck.