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Old 02-06-2019, 02:13 PM
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Just a reminder: I am looking for experiences in the city of Las Vegas, not hiking, mountain climbing or river rafting excursions, and I have already been to the dam and the canyon.
Yeah, sorry, but other than gambling and casinos, there's not much there.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:30 PM
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Yeah, sorry, but other than gambling and casinos, there's not much there.
Other than a whole thread worth of ideas, sure.
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:22 AM
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OP: I know you said you didn't gamble, but if you're on Fremont, you should check out the second floor of The D, which exclusively features old-school coin-op slot machines. It's one of the last places in the world with a functioning Sigma Derby - an elaborate 10-seated electromechanical device from the '80s, where you bet quarters on the outcome of a horse race run by miniature figures on a track in the middle of the table like so.

It's worth having a gander at just for the spectacle of it, even if you're not up to playing.
I'm not usually one for watching wheels spend all my money, but this actually looks like fun.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:41 PM
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Vegas without gambling

One might after dark go downtown for The Fremont Street Experience, an overhead light show.

I like Red Rocks much better than Valley of Fire. (both mentioned by others)

If youíre interested in Vegas history, visit The Neon Museum. Itís more about the signs than actual neon, so first-timers should go in the daytime. You must make a reservation but thereís always plenty of space.

If you like magic, Penn & Teller are a must.

We like to walk along The Strip and look at all the hotels.

If youíre a thrill-seeker, jump off The Stratosphere Tower, the tallest structure west of the Mississippi. (I forget what they call the controlled fall.) Thereís also a roller coaster & other rides on the roof.

Thereís another roller coaster at New York New York. Their food court has a cool street-like atmosphere.

Maybe Iíll think of more later.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:45 PM
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The Star Wars VR experience in the Venetian is awesome.
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:36 PM
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One might after dark go downtown for The Fremont Street Experience, an overhead light show.
The other thing about the Fremont Street Experience is the various performance stages. There are three of them - Main Street, 1st Street and 3rd Street. It's all cover bands, but the skill level is very high. Loads of free music in casinos all over Vegas.
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:58 PM
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Other than a whole thread worth of ideas, sure.
The entire thread has been restaurants and casinos. There's literally nothing in this entire thread that's not attached to a restaurant or casino downtown or in the county, except for a couple of museums.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:10 PM
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The entire thread has been restaurants and casinos. There's literally nothing in this entire thread that's not attached to a restaurant or casino downtown or in the county, except for a couple of museums.
Plenty of things listed. If you dont like them, dont read them. Let the OP decide what is good.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:45 PM
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How about Ethel M, the chocolate factory in Henderson? They have a tour and a tasting room. If the chocolates bore you, they have a huge cactus garden right outside.

Zappos has tours of its HQ near Frontier Street.

Shelby has a tour of its automotive operations south of the Strip near Sunset and I-15.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:26 AM
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Plenty of things listed. If you dont like them, dont read them. Let the OP decide what is good.
You're misunderstanding. And, your statement is logically troublesome.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:35 PM
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You're misunderstanding. And, your statement is logically troublesome.
I understand just fine. You sullied the thread without adding anything of value to it.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:40 PM
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How about Ethel M, the chocolate factory in Henderson? They have a tour and a tasting room. If the chocolates bore you, they have a huge cactus garden right outside.

Zappos has tours of its HQ near Frontier Street.

Shelby has a tour of its automotive operations south of the Strip near Sunset and I-15.
Yes, no, and Damn Right! March 31st is the last day to see the first Shelby Cobra on display there.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:49 PM
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How about shooting guns? Battlefield Vegas has historical and current weapons and, for enough money, you can run over a car with a tank. It's located near the north end of The Strip behind Circus Circus.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:55 PM
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How about shooting guns? Battlefield Vegas has historical and current weapons and, for enough money, you can run over a car with a tank. It's located near the north end of The Strip behind Circus Circus.
A little pricey...but the free Humvee pick up and drop off is a cute touch.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:12 PM
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what no ones mentioned hookers and blow ?

seriously if I wanted to make a new casino id base it on the mos Eisley spaceport from star wars I mean theres several forms of in universe gambling that you could convert to casino games and you could have family friendly shows and have "jabbas dancing girls " for the adult experience


Disney would never do it tho
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:19 PM
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if you like shooting there's several shooting ranges that specialize in letting you shoot guns that aren't legal anywhere else in the country

There used to be a place that was ran by one of the people who did all the marksman tests for the army and it was set up like an actual testing range …. an uncle used to stop when passing through to see if he could still qualify like be did in the nam era,,,, he could and always got a discount because of it
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:11 PM
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Drink at Frankie's Tiki Room.

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Old 02-11-2019, 06:55 PM
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:02 PM
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The rides at the Stratosphere have been mentioned, but if you've got the stomach for it I recommend trying the SkyJump - they dress you in a flight suit, attach you to a tether, and you jump off the observation deck for an 835-foot controlled freefall that slows you down as you approach the ground so you land safely. It's the scariest thing I've ever done, and one of the most fun as well. For a little extra they'll even strap a GoPro to your wrist and give you a flash drive with a recording of your jump - here's mine.
Wow dude. Just...no. I'd be mewling in a puddle of my own feces just standing there looking down.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:17 PM
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How about Ethel M, the chocolate factory in Henderson? They have a tour and a tasting room. If the chocolates bore you, they have a huge cactus garden right outside.

Zappos has tours of its HQ near Frontier Street.

Shelby has a tour of its automotive operations south of the Strip near Sunset and I-15.
Seconding the Shelby Museum, it's free and you can go at your own pace if you miss the daily tour of those beautiful cars (and trucks).
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:51 PM
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seriously if I wanted to make a new casino id base it on the mos Eisley spaceport from star wars I mean theres several forms of in universe gambling that you could convert to casino games and you could have family friendly shows and have "jabbas dancing girls " for the adult experience


Disney would never do it tho
The Hilton used to have a Star Trek attraction that was fantastic. It was part thrill ride, part immersive experience with actors. And afterward, you could hang out at Quark's bar, with a fully made-up Ferengi bartender and alien patrons. It was awesome.
Sadly, it's gone now.
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There's ziplining downtown, along Fremont Street.

If you like occulty stuff, Zak Bagan's Haunted Museum is kind of cool, but make sure you can stand for a long time--the line is long to get in, and the tour takes about 90 minutes during which you get exactly one opportunity to sit down for about 5 minutes.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:29 PM
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The Neon Museum really comes to life at night, (you just have to love Happy Shirt!) and the Brilliant! show is really cool.

We saw Absinthe and are planning to see Opium in April. AFAIK, they're not related thematically other than being produced by the same writers.

If you work for a large or even just largish company, see if you can get access to a discount site called Tickets At Work. Their discounts may or may not be better than others available with some googling and hoping, but they are 100% legit, so no worries about buying bogus show tickets, for example.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:12 AM
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If you feel like going a little off the beaten path, you can walk east down Fremont St., about four blocks past the end of the Experience, to Atomic Liquors.

At first glance, it's just your typical dive bar, but it has a colorful history - it's the oldest free-standing tavern in Vegas, it holds the oldest liquor license in the city, and it derives its name from the fact that, back in the '50s, bargoers would gather on the roof to watch the nuclear tests happening north of town in the desert. The whole place is decorated with Atom-punk memorabilia, and the drinks are pretty good. (It's the only place I've ever drank at that had a house version of a Pimm's Cup.)
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:39 AM
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The Hilton used to have a Star Trek attraction that was fantastic. It was part thrill ride, part immersive experience with actors. And afterward, you could hang out at Quark's bar, with a fully made-up Ferengi bartender and alien patrons. It was awesome.
Sadly, it's gone now.
Ah yes, Quark's bar, where their signature drink was called a Warp Core Breach and would get you seriously hammered.
And the bathroom there had urinals that would talk "detecting high amounts of alcohol..."

Speaking of the Hilton (now the Westgate) and bathrooms, the mens room by the sports book has amusing decor
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Penn and Teller was my first choice...but they happen to be out of town that week. Is Tapeface or Piff The Dragon an good option?
I've seen a couple of Tapeface's TV appearances - he's definitely funny and offbeat for at least 5-10 minutes. Can he sustain this for a whole show? Dunno, but obviously Vegas thinks so.
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The only attraction in the Vegas area that would interest me is Hoover Dam. I don't gamble or drink, and I have my own swimming pool... I've often thought that I might be the only miserable person in Vegas. I'm married so hookers are out, and I hate extreme heat. And I'd rather go to NYC to see a show. So what I'm saying is... Vegas can kick rocks.
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The only attraction in the Vegas area that would interest me is Hoover Dam. I don't gamble or drink, and I have my own swimming pool... I've often thought that I might be the only miserable person in Vegas. I'm married so hookers are out, and I hate extreme heat. And I'd rather go to NYC to see a show. So what I'm saying is... Vegas can kick rocks.
Thanks for nothing, I suppose.
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We're spending one afternoon and evening in Vegas on the way back from a week long hiking trip in Utah in April. Last year we did a similar trip but flew out Saturday evening, this year I convinced my wife to spend the night so we can see a show in the evening and enjoy the Strip at night.

I'm trying to decide between seeing Penn and Teller vs one of the Cirque du Soleil shows (Beatles most likely). I think we'll end up seeing P&T since it's pretty easy to see CdS shows elsewhere. Since the P&T show is at 9:00 we'll have a nice dinner somewhere before the show. Any suggestions for a place up high to have a nightcap with a great view of the Strip?
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I will be in Las Vegas from March 27-31 on a family trip, and I'm looking for places to do and things to see, emphasis on the weird and/or cheap. Strange museums, stores and tours, interesting places to eat, fun stuff to see etc.
Whatcha got?
I'd say go see the shows, but that's not exactly cheap. I went on a timeshare thing to see a couple shows last time I went there to save money. I wish I just bought the tickets. I find the low price of casino food kind of offsets the cost of shows though. Maybe get a groupon.
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I'd say go see the shows, but that's not exactly cheap. I went on a timeshare thing to see a couple shows last time I went there to save money. I wish I just bought the tickets. I find the low price of casino food kind of offsets the cost of shows though. Maybe get a groupon.
Already staying at my sister-in-law's Worldmark for the duration, and I don't have time to to waste listening to a hardsell just to get low grade seats to a lower grade show.
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Zombie Burlesque was a great show when I was there.
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The only attraction in the Vegas area that would interest me is Hoover Dam. I don't gamble or drink, and I have my own swimming pool... I've often thought that I might be the only miserable person in Vegas. I'm married so hookers are out, and I hate extreme heat. And I'd rather go to NYC to see a show. So what I'm saying is... Vegas can kick rocks.
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