What to do when you’re not busy partying in Vegas

Published May 23rd, 2016

Vegas is 24-hour party central, but if the urge to get away from the constant dinging of slot machines and chinking of drinks kicks in, there’s plenty more to do and see in Sin City. Here are some of the best:

Neon Museum

Ever wondered what happened to all the discarded neon signs that adorned former casinos and hotels along the streets of Vegas over the years? Wonder no more as you take a trip to the ‘Neon Boneyard’ AKA the Neon Museum, which houses just about every famous sign from Vegas history. 

There are so many of these fabulous vintage signs, the boneyard is set across a huge 6-acre site! Considered to be a huge part of the culture and history of Vegas, some of the signs are also being restored to their former glory and exhibited around the Freemont St Experience.

Mob Museum

Vegas and the mob go together like…. well you know! The excellent ‘Mob Museum’ (official name: the National Museum of Organised Crime and Law Enforcement) is another must-do Vegas experience.

Documenting the impact of organised crime throughout Vegas’s history and how it shaped the city, you can learn all about the most notorious gangsters through interactive exhibits that really bring the story to life.


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Beautiful gardens

The Bellagio is one of the swankiest hotels in town, and unless you’re cashed up, you’ll probably not be staying here, but a visit to the hotel’s gorgeous botanical gardens should definitely sit on your must-do list while you’re not partying!

The beautiful floral playground atrium is redesigned 5 times a year through the different seasons, and wandering round, inhaling the scents of the flowers is a truly cleansing and grounding experience after all that hard partying!

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See the sign!

A selfie with the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” neon sign is an absolute must-do. Head down to the southern end of the Strip where you'll find the sign, which has been welcoming visitors to the city since 1959.

Shop vintage

Venture off The Strip, and you’ll discover vintage fashion that will really float your boat. From the quirky ‘Gypsy Den’ in Vegas’s emerging Arts District, to the famous “Attic” Downtown, there are kooky treasures to be found that have rocked through decades of the history of the glamorous city.

From vintage sunglasses to shearling vests, and evening gowns galore, you’ll love browsing through the treasure troves.

Get high at the Stratosphere

For amazing views of Vegas and right across the desert and mountain ranges beyond, head to the Stratosphere Tower, America’s highest observation tower, located at the northern end of The Strip.

The 360 degree views are sensational, and there are also some extreme thrill rides based there if you’re feeling really daring, including a crazy bungy jump and a vertical drop ride.

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.