While most know Las Vegas for its limitless nightlife scene, there’s more to be explored beyond what happens after dark. Whether you’re looking for adventure, food, health, shopping or something else, you’ll find it in Vegas if you know where to look. To help you discover Sin City’s less sinful side, here’s a short guide to Las Vegas beyond the nightlife.
Order A Spa Treatment On The Rocks[caption id="attachment_32572" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Pamper yourself at one of the many hotel spas Sin City has to offer. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.[/caption]
Usually when you someone asks if you “want it on the rocks?” they are referring to your drink; however, at ESPA at Vdara, it’s the name of a luxury body treatment. “On The Rocks” wipes away dead skin cells via body brushing, before hydrating and smoothing with an invigorating spearmint body polish. Next, it’s on to the hot stone massage portion, with healing essential oils that are rubbed into the body. The experience ends with an infusing scalp massage with Pink Hair & Scalp Mud to nourish the scalp. If you’d prefer a curative bath to a scrub, the BATH HOUSE at Delano offers an relaxing and hydrating milk and honey bath.
Eat Your Booze[caption id="attachment_32576" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Soda flavored treats laced with Champagne! © Al Powers, PowersImagery.com[/caption]
Las Vegas is practically synonymous with booze and debauchery; however, while most visitors imbibe with bar-made cocktails, BLVD Creamery infuses alcohol into their made-from-scratch all-natural ice creams. Anyone over 21 can visit their playfully pastel-colored soda fountain to savor scoops laced with Champagne, red wine and beer. We recommend the Shock Top-flavored “Suds Sorbet” with hints of orange, the fizzy “Tipsy Bubbles” made with Prosecco, or a virgin jalapeño watermelon sorbet called “#WTJ” sandwiched between two brownies. The creamery is also home to a dessert-themed art gallery, with colorful sweets paintings on the wall.
Take A Cooking Class With An Executive Chef[caption id="attachment_32574" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Chef Edmund Wong provides a cooking demonstration for the Epicurean Epicenter © Al Powers, PowersImagery.com[/caption]
The Bellagio features an Executive Chef Classroom, with cooking courses led by their own Executive Chef Edmund Wong. Whether you want to know how to whip up meals in a “Healthy Gourmet” style or the “Slice Dice and Roll…Sushi and Sashimi Making,” you will likely find something you’re interested in here. Classes typically take place on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, with students making a delicious 3-course meal and then savoring their creations paired with wine — all for $135 per person.
Enjoy The Rides[caption id="attachment_32568" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The Adventuredome in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.[/caption]
If you’re an adventurous traveler, New York-New York is home to the Big Apple Roller Coaster, featuring drops up to 144 feet and reaching a height of 203 feet and speeds of 67 mph. There’s also the Adventuredome at Circus Circus Hotel, which houses over 25 rides under a weather-proof dome for both families and adults.
True adrenaline junkies though should head over to The Stratosphere, where you can choose to dangle from the top of a building, zip line dive from the 108th floor, have a mechanical arm spin you at a 70-degree angle over the skyline or be catapulted at 45 mph into the air. To say that this is intense is a massive understatement.
Explore The Hotel Attractions[caption id="attachment_35400" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The colorful tulips at the Bellagio. Photo courtesy of the Bellagio.[/caption]
What’s great about Las Vegas’ hotels is that they’re all home to their own unique attractions. See the dancing fountains or fragrant botanical gardens at The Bellagio, the erupting man-made volcano at The Mirage, gondola rides and Italian-inspired performances at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino or the fiery Fall of Atlantis shown in the Forum Shops at Caesars, just to name a few. Most of these hotel experiences are free or budget-friendly and are well worth trivago magazineg out.
Shop In Style[caption id="attachment_32578" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The Crystal Shops in Las Vegas. © Al Powers, PowersImagery.com[/caption]
The Shops at Crystals feature 500,000 square feet of luxury shopping, with stores like Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, PRADA and more. While simply hopping from shop to shop is an experience, there are a few highlights. For example, purchase a beauty product from Sisley and receive a complimentary facial and makeup application in their onsite spa cabine. At Louis Vuitton you’ll find a 3D art installation within two colorful chambers incorporating the Ganzfeld effect, providing the sensation you’re in a limitless space. Strolling The Shops at Crystals is also like an art museum experience, with public works, design elements and galleries like The Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Collections Gallery and The Art of Richard MacDonald presented by Cirque du Soleil® throughout.
What are some of your favorite alternative activities in Las Vegas?