The average trip to Las Vegas lasts almost two and a half days according to the most recent Las Vegas Visitors Profile from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The same study shows that the average visitor only spent about an hour and a half gambling during that time.
Gambling for 90 minutes of a 50+ hour trip leaves a lot of time to Las Vegas to enjoy other things the city has to offer. Here are five ways you can enjoy your time in Las Vegas without gambling:
There are plenty of professional tour companies that will help you explore Las Vegas from downtown to the Grand Canyon. If you prefer a more DIY approach to touring Las Vegas you can download an app to help navigate a walking tour around Las Vegas.
You can even use a map from a website on places to explore Las Vegas. Over the years we’ve recommended beer hopping tours and casinos to visit before they close. There are plenty of fun and unique ways to tour Las Vegas.
Hiking and Horseback Riding
Las Vegas is sort of situated like a bowl. The city can be considered the bottom of the bowl while the surrounding mountains can be seen as the sides of the bowl. The mountains are beautiful nature that can only be found in the southwest. Hiking is an inexpensive way to visit tour the unique landscape. You can even go horseback riding in some of the mountainous parts of Las Vegas. You can even explore the Red Rock Canyon scenic loop by car if it’s too hot outside and you have a car.
Art isn’t too difficult to find in Las Vegas if you’re looking for it. The Bellagio is home to the Gallery of Fine Art, which has more traditional art to enjoy. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has a few different art retailers including the Las Vegas location for the Disney Fine Art Gallery. You can explore different art at many casinos on the Vegas Strip. If you’d like to get away from the casinos you can head to the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas.
More than half the people who visited Las Vegas in 2017 saw a show of some kind. There’s a show for every budget. You might prefer spending only a few dollars to sip a cocktail in a lounge and watch a musician perform for no cover charge.
If you like music and don’t mind paying there are concerts regularly in Las Vegas. The shows range in size from the cozy Bunkhouse Saloon in downtown Las Vegas to largest national tours at T-Mobile Arena. Of course, you could see a more traditional Las Vegas show like Absinthe at Caesars Palace.
Hitting the links is a great way to enjoy the fresh air outdoors for a few hours. If you don’t play the game regularly, you may not realize that there are well over 100 golf courses around Las Vegas. Even though Las Vegas is a desert there are a variety of course styles to play. There are traditional country club settings as well as links-style courses from Europe.
If you don’t want to play a full round you can simply roll up to a driving range or head over to Topgolf at MGM Grand to eat, drink, and play their different golf games.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.