I was recently speaking with some friends considering a trip to Las Vegas in 2021. They’re generally a little cautious about spending a lot of time inside public places. With that in mind, I’m going to look at some things they, or someone like them, can enjoy in Las Vegas.
Now, wait one minute! This is Vegas. Everything happens inside of a casino – especially during the winter. Not so fast my friends.
That may have been how things were for many of us in Las Vegas. It doesn’t have to be that way. Life changes and so does how we enjoy life. It’s important to adapt plans and expectations to manage fun in life and Vegas. There are plenty of outdoor activities, bars, and restaurants to enjoy in between gambling sessions.
Today we’ll look at a place to eat every meal outdoors during a weekend visit to the Vegas Strip. We’re also going to include a bar for an after-dinner drink or two. For good measure, we’ll add a few random activities you can enjoy away from the casino corridor.
Eating Every Meal Outdoors For A Long Weekend
There was a time in Las Vegas where outdoor dining and drinking wasn’t easily accessible. That’s one of the biggest changes I’ve seen since moving to Las Vegas. Many of the casinos on the Vegas Strip offer outdoor drinking and dining.
Even the Fashion Show Mall has outdoor options if you’d like to grab a drink or a bite after a little shopping. Here’s one way to set up a long weekend of eating and drinking outdoors on the Vegas Strip.
Breakfast: Mon Ami Gabi at Paris
Lunch: Beerhaus at The Park (New York-New York)
Dinner: Prime at Bellagio
Drinks: PBR Rock Bar at Paris
Breakfast: Jardin at Wynn (expensive but delicious)
Lunch: Hexx at Paris
Dinner: SW at Wynn
Drinks: Parasol Down at Wynn (or Beer Park at Paris)
Breakfast: Tom’s Urban at New York-New York
Lunch: Yard house at The Linq
Dinner: Lavo at The Palazzo
Drinks: Davidoff Cigar Bar at Fashion Show Mall
There are plenty more options but these are some personal favorites that offer a bit of variety. For example, Wynn has plenty of outdoor dining options but they might be out of budget for some visitors. Similarly, the outdoor dining at The Linq might not be fancy enough for everyone.
Outdoor Activities In Las Vegas
There’s more to do outside in Las Vegas than just eating and drinking, even though that’s enough for many of us. There are people who actually like doing other things outdoors. Here are a few options for activities you can enjoy outside in Las Vegas. Just a heads up that most of these are not on the Vegas Strip. You’ll need a car or car service to reach all but one venue.
- Topgolf at MGM Grand: This is my favorite sports venue to open in Las Vegas in the past decade. It’s a blast whether you play golf or just sit at one of the covered outdoor bars.
- Golf: There are more than 70 golf courses around Las Vegas. While Wynn and Bali Hai on the Vegas Strip are expensive there are plenty of options when you leave the Vegas Strip.
- Go for a drive: You can rent a variety of vehicles and explore Las Vegas. Exotic cars, motorcycles, and scooters are available for street driving. You can also get a dune buggy and explore the desert.
- Hiking: Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and Mount Charleston are all beautiful places to explore if you’d like to get some fresh air and a little exercise.
- Shopping: Town Square, Downtown Summerlin, Tivoli Village, Premium Outlet Mall, and Downtown Container Park are all open-air shopping districts where you can wander for a couple of hours. Town Square is the closest to the action on the Vegas Strip if you don’t want to go too far.
- Downtown Vegas: The Fremont Street Experience, Neon Boneyard, Premium Outlet Mall, and Downtown Container Park are all outdoor venues where you can enjoy the fresh air.
- Again, there are plenty of things to do outdoors in Las Vegas. These are just a few options to get you started on planning an amazing Vegas vacation.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.