There is always so much going on in Vegas. While the Strip may look nice and peaceful from the outside, there are countless shows, parties and exhibits happening deep in the hotels along the main road.
Walking around Vegas is a great way to get around, as it lets you stumble upon things you probably wouldn’t have found otherwise. During our time in Vegas we came across a silent disco in a side alley, an amazing Japanese restaurant in the Venetian Hotel, and more show girls walking around in their costumes than we could count.
Despite it’s party reputation, Las Vegas actually isn’t just about the nightlife scene. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas but you’re looking for something a little bit different, here are a few things to do that are sure to keep you busy during the day.
Visit the Las Vegas sign
This is probably the most obvious on the list, but you can’t really go to Las Vegas and not visit this iconic sign, can you?! The Las Vegas Sign sits on the way into Vegas, and you definitely need to take a photo with it.
Our one piece of advice for you is not to try and walk to the sign if you’re visiting during the summer months. Although it looks pretty close to Mandalay Bay, it was more than 40 degrees the day we attempted to walk to the sign, and we felt like we were going to die.
It shouldn’t have taken that long right, you can actually see the golden building of Mandalay Bay in the background of our photo. But oh my god it was so far away, and there was absolutely no shade on either side of the road to walk there.
Catch the bus and jump off as close as you can to the sign, or better ye, jump in a taxi and get them to drop you off right there.
Welcome To Las Vegas Sign || South Las Vegas Boulevard
Visit the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
Famous for it’s TV show ‘Pawn Stars’, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is the most famous pawn shop in Vegas and has helped put pawn shops back on the map. Easily accessible via the Deuce bus, take a trip down to check out the store and see if you can spot the Old Man, Rick, Big Hoss and Chumlee appraising valuables!
The store is still a functioning Pawn Shop, you can still buy and sell items here and you can often spot items from recent episodes that haven’t been sold yet. The focus is definitely jewellery but there’s also a lot of art and other random items around. It’s also a great place to visit if you’re a fan of the show, although the main stars generally aren’t there unless they’re filming anymore.
Gold & Silver Pawn Shop || 713 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Experience as many hotels as you can
With every hotel offering a very unique and elaborate theme, you could be anywhere from Italy or Paris one minute and then hopping across to New York the next. And why wouldn’t you?!
As well as their own crazy themes, each hotel offers their own sprawling pools, crazy shows, nightlife and entertainment, and hidden secrets that you’re not going to find out about unless you stumble across them.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can’t explore hotels that you’re not staying in, they all want you to come and visit, explore and check out what they have on offer.
Buy a cupcakes from the Sprinkles ATM
Yep, you read that right. A cupcake ATM. The wonderfully convenient and extremely entertaining idea from Sprinkles, spreading smiles and cupcakes all over Las Vegas!
For Sprinkles addicts on the go, the cupcake ATM is continuously restocked day and night with a variety of freshly baked flavours. The wait line is significantly shorter than getting into the actual store, and you have the added excitement of buying a cupcake from an ATM.
Sprinkles Cupcakes || Paradise Garden Buffet, 3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Catch the Las Vegas Deuce on the Strip
The Deuce is by far the most convenient mode of transport on the Las Vegas Strip. Running up and down the Strip 24 hours a day, the Deuce stops at almost every hotel along the Strip and comes every 5-10 minutes or so, making it so easy to explore around the whole Strip.
The double-decker bus is much more accessible than taxis, which can’t pick up and drop off passengers as easily on the strip, and you’re never far away from your closest stop. A highly affordable option for transport around the Strip, and very convenient to between hotels as well as to both the North and South outlets.
Visit Freemont Street
The Freemont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment district in historic downtown Las Vegas. The centre piece is the world’s largest video screen, Viva Vision, with is 1,500 feet long an 90 feet wide, suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian mall below.
Freemont Street is part of the old Las Vegas and includes the city’s most iconic casinos, countless restaurants, shops and retail kiosks and has more than 17 million visitors a year! Try and get down there if you have the time to experience the most iconic of neon signs. Image found here.
Freemont Street Experience || 425 Freemont Street, Las Vegas