Las Vegas is an exciting city filled with shows, lights, adventurous activities, tasty restaurants, pools, and so much more. If you’re visiting Las Vegas for the first time, it can be an overwhelming experience.
You might not know where to start, what to see first, or even what activities to include on your trip. Below you’ll find a list of 20 things to do this weekend in Vegas downtown AND off the strip.
Enjoy as many of the options below as you’d like on your Vegas vacation, or split them up across multiple visits!
Things to do This Weekend Downtown and Off Strip Las Vegas
Zipline across Fremont Street
You’ll want to head to the Fremont Street Experience for this zipline on the Las Vegas Strip.
There are two options – one that zips you over the street in a superman pose from 11 stories high (Zoomline) and an option that starts at seven stories high. In this second option, you’ll be moving in a seated position (Zip-Zilla).
Both choices begin at a giant slot machine-inspired building named the Slotzilla. This is one of the best Las Vegas attractions to try.
Visit Mob Museum
Have you ever wanted to learn about organized crime and law enforcement?
If so, this museum is perfect for you. It’s located in downtown Las Vegas and offers a unique and educational spot that looks into how organized crime has affected society in America. This is shown through artifacts and exhibits that are interactive. The interactive exhibits have an extra fee, though some are included with the deluxe and premiere passes.
Check out the speakeasy, which is limited to those 21+ and requires a password for entry. They have prohibition-era drinks and small plates.
Area15 and Omega Mart
Area15 in Las Vegas is a mall, unlike any other mall you’ve ever seen.
It contains a food court along with multiple immersive and interactive experiences.
You’ll be able to zipline indoors, be a part of Van Gogh’s paintings, participate in VR experiences, see light-up exhibits, and much more. Each activity will need a separate pass for entry, though parking and mall entrance is free.
Omega Mart is one of the available exhibits, which includes a storefront with secret passageways that lead to “other dimensions.
Bet on Sports at Circa Vegas
Circa Las Vegas, one of the newer casino resorts in Vegas, offers three floors of betting areas for sports lovers.
This location can hold up to 1000 people and provides private betting boxes for reservations for groups. A panel of screens lines the wall and features live sports in all different categories. Circa Vegas takes betting to a whole new level.
The Circa Mega Bar is set on the first floor of this establishment and is one of the best places to watch the NFL in Vegas.
It is well-known as a spot for bartenders to show off their drink-slinging skills. Mega Bar is the longest indoor bar in Las Vegas, and it reaches 165 feet from end to end. The back wall behind the bar offers two levels of TVs which add up to 46 in total.
120 different beers are available for purchase at this bar.
Pool Time at Circa (Stadium Swim) + Red Rock Pool
Two of the best places to cool off in the summer are Stadium Swim at Circa and Red Rock Pool at Red Rock Resort. If you head to Stadium Swim, you’ll find six different pools to swim in while enjoying the humongous 40-foot TV screen. There are also swim-up bars here, daybeds/cabanas, and selfie-walls.
Red Rock Pool provides a slightly faster-paced environment. You’ll be able to lounge while listening to energetic music. This pool also has a café for snacks/meals and poolside gambling tables.
Head to Hoover dam
The Hoover Dam is a must-see in Las Vegas.
It’s the perfect experience for those who love seeing historical spots in person. The Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 and now provides one-hour tours for visitors. You’ll be provided with access to the powerplant and paths inside the dam.
Tickets can be purchased online for this activity.
Free Concerts on Fremont Street Experience
Who doesn’t love free concerts?
Freemont Street Experience provides live music events every day at 6 pm. Three stages offer rotating entertainment, so you’ll never get bored when stopping by here. Check out the online calendar to see upcoming artists who will be performing.
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Tour the Grand Canyon
Most people think of the Grand Canyon as only being accessible in Arizona.
However, it’s also a Las Vegas Nature spot. The West Rim of the Grand Canyon can be explored in Las Vegas by tour. This tour provides lunch, a snack, and a self-paced exploration tour which is great for families and people of all ages.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is the perfect spot for nature enthusiasts.
There are multiple activities to participate in here, making it family-friendly. Drive the 13-mile road to view sites around the canyon. Hike or bike on the 26 available trails or spend a night camping here
Lake Mead is another excellent spot if you want a break from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas.
Multiple lakes provide beautiful water views. There are canyons, caves, mountains, and valleys galore here. Beyond the impressive sights, you’ll also find plenty of activities like boating, hiking, fishing, and camping.
The Neon Museum offers a different type of museum experience than one usually expects. Neon signs have been collected since 1996 from Las Vegas and displayed here.
Day and night tours are available at this museum. At night, the neon signs are light up for display. It is recommended that children be a minimum of 10 years old for daytime tours and 12 years old for evening tours.
Shop at Container Park
Container Park is an interesting shopping center that is off The Strip in Las Vegas.
Live entertainment, including a flame-throwing giant metal praying mantis, can be found here. There’s also a large playground in the middle of Container Park with viewing spots around for ease of keeping track of your kids. Restaurants and boutique shops are available to peruse.
If you’ve ever wanted to try an experience where you dine in the dark – Blackout Dining is the best in Vegas.
You’ll be immersed in complete darkness as you consume a seasonal menu. The experience includes a 7-course dinner which encourages your other sense to be heightened as you will not be able to see the meals.
Shoot a Gun – Machine Gun Vegas
Heading to Machine Gun Vegas is perfect for those who want a unique shooting experience.
There is a vast array of available guns to shoot with, including historical guns. You can also choose to shoot guns that SEALS and Delta Force Teams typically use. If you want to go all out, you can choose the Exotic Racing Bundle, where you’ll race a Lamborghini before heading to the shooting range.
WOW Vegas at Rio, Penn & Teller shows
This is a fun event for those who didn’t grow up with the Pen Teller tv show.
Pen and Teller are magicians who will make you rethink your ideas on magic shows. Penn and Teller provide comedy along with teaching you how to perform different magic tricks. Even with the behind-the-scenes look, you’ll still be in awe once the tricks are performed.
Shark Tank at Golden Nugget
The Shark Tank at Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, is a unique sight to be seen. It’s the only pool in Las Vegas that includes a tank with swimming sharks.
Both hotel and non-hotel guests are welcome to spend time at the pool, though non-hotel guests are not allowed access on Saturdays. Cabanas, lounge chairs, and even a jacuzzi are available for use while swimming here.
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Banger Brewery Tour
Barrel brewed beer is available at Banger Brewery. Each beer available at the brewery is made in-house.
Take a tour of the brewery for a behind-the-scenes look at how their beers are made. You’ll also gain insight into what ingredients are used. A four-beer flight of popular Banger Brewery beers is included on this tour. You must be 21+ for this activity.
Steak at Hugo’s Cellar
Hugo’s Cellar is an excellent spot to stop after a full day of activities.
The vibe inside is romantic, intimate, and tasteful. It’s a perfect location for a date night or even a solo meal in Vegas.
The steak at Hugo’s is the best option – try it during your next visit to Las Vegas. Hugo’s is located in The Four Queens Hotel/Casino. They are open every day from 5 pm to 10 pm for dinner. It is recommended to make reservations ahead of time to avoid a long wait time.
Try out this Las Vegas local spot for an excellent dining experience.
Play Golf at Night at Angle Park
Those who consider themselves golf-aficionados are in for a treat at this spot. This course is designed with aspects of the top best short holes in mind.
It’s an excellent way for beginners and experienced golf players to spend time in Las Vegas.
The Cloud 9 course is shorter, with 12 holes to play.
It has accumulated many mentions over the years for being one of the best golf courses available. Rates for play run $4-$5 for this course, depending on the player’s age. Playing at night “under the lights” creates a completely different experience for golfers. The course can be walked on foot, or golf carts can be rented.
Enjoy Vegas With These Fun Things to do Downtown and Off The Strip
Get ready for a fun-filled weekend with the above-listed activities.
Also, check out some of the free things to do on the Vegas strip.
There’s an activity or event for groups of all sizes and people of all ages. If tickets are required, make sure to purchase them ahead of time to avoid being turned away. Many locations require appointed time slots for entry, including pools.