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Five Top Attractions In Las Vegas

The top attractions in Las Vegas are among the main reasons why this dazzling city in the Nevada desert is one of America’s leading destinations. Some are obvious, like world-class hotel-casinos and its enormous collection of dining spots. But visitors from all over the world also come to Las Vegas for its enormous collection of entertainment and leisurely activities like golf, hiking and zip-lining. Although your choice of what to see and do is really up to you, here are a five top attractions in Las Vegas, along with several other bonus suggestions.

Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas (Randy Yagi)

 

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, Paris Las Vegas
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(888) 727-4758
www.caesars.com/parislasvegas

A distinctive Las Vegas landmark well before it officially opened in 1999, the Eiffel Tower of Paris Las Vegas is a stunning half-size recreation of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. A consistent top five attraction in Las Vegas, the Viewing Deck rises 460 feet above ground level, where visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the city, in particular the glamourous hotels along the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets to the viewing deck may be purchased online or at the Box Office inside Paris Las Vegas, adjacent to the main entrance from Las Vegas Boulevard. In addition to discounted tickets online, Paris Las Vegas offers ongoing deals and special offers, which includes a Family Special for two adults and two youths and discounts for seniors and members of the U.S. military. The Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck is also available for special occasions, like birthday parties, weddings and corporate events.

Viva Vision at the Fremont Street Experience (Randy Yagi)

Fremont Street Experience, Downtown Las Vegas
Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV  89101
(702) 678-5600
www.vegasexperience.com

Located in the historic section of Las Vegas formerly known as Glitter Gulch, Fremont Street Experience is a lively pedestrian mall spanning five blocks, open 24-7 and consistently named one of the top five attractions in Las Vegas. But what most visitors and locals associate the Fremont Street Experience are the incredible light shows held nightly on Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen that’s reflected upon an enormous, four-block long canopy. On the other hand, there is much more to do here, like the free summer concerts, gambling at iconic casinos like Binion’s Gambling Hall, Golden Nugget and Four Queens, and the thrilling SlotZilla zipline, that transports thrill seekers from the 11-story SlotZilla slot machine and then across much of Fremont Street. Viva Vision is absolutely free, as are upcoming concerts featuring big name acts like Collective Soul August 10, Cheap Trick August 24, The Wallflowers August 30 and Smash Mouth September 28.

High Roller Ferris Wheel
High Roller (Randy Yagi)

High Roller
3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 322-0593
www.caesars.com/linq/high-roller

One of the newer attractions along the Vegas Strip, the High Roller is the world’s largest Ferris Wheel, at 550 feet tall. Located at the end of the bustling promenade of the LINQ Hotel, High Roller allows visitors to enjoy spectacular views of Las Vegas, particularly during the early evening hours. Discounts are available online, including the popular Happy Hour cabins with an open bar, with tickets available from 12 pm to 1 am daily. Discounts are also available for seniors, US military members, students and Nevada residents. The High Roller is also available for special occasions like bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthdays, family reunions and corporate gatherings. The LINQ Hotel is offering a hotel package that includes two complimentary tickets to the High Roller.

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entrance to Mob Museum
Mob Museum (Randy Yagi)

Mob Museum
300 Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV  89101
(702) 229-2734
www.themobmuseum

Once named among the top 20 museums in American by TripAdvisor, the Mob Museum chronicles the history of organized crime in the U.S., and the law enforcement efforts to curtail it. Housed within the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, the Mob Museum has been open for just seven years yet quickly has become one of the most popular museums in Vegas. The Mob Museum holds several notable exhibits, like the courtroom for one of the 1950s Kefauver Committee hearings and the authentic wall from the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. Visitors should also visit the Underground, to see the speakeasy and distillery. The Mob Museum offers a variety of tickets, with discounts available to students, active military and educators. Premium tickets may also include the Crime Lab Experience, or the Distillery Tour and Tasting. The museum also hosts a number of special events with prominent guest speakers and live music.

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Neon Boneyard (Randy Yagi)

Neon Museum
770 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV  89101
(702) 387-6366
www.neonmuseum.org

A graveyard of sorts for vintage neon signs from casinos and hotels, there is really nothing in the world like the Neon Museum. Established in 1996 but only open to the public since 2012, the Neon Museum holds an ever-growing collection of quirky neon signs, many of which are considered culturally significant by historians. Among the many notable attractions in the museum’s Neon Boneyard are neon signs, some of which are still working, from famous but defunct casinos like Fitzgerald’s, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Stardust and Sahara, as well as kitschy motel signs and other businesses that went bankrupt or rebranded. Tickets are available online and reservations for dates and specific times are highly recommended. Guided tours and Brilliant! tickets are also available, as well as combo tickets. The museum also presents temporary exhibitions like the Los Vegas: Tim Burton exhibit, as well as ongoing special events.

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New York-New York Hotel & Casino (Randy Yagi)

 

25 More Las Vegas Attractions Also Worth Visiting 

Abbey Road Crossing (Randy Yagi)
Abbey Road Crossing (Randy Yagi)

Abbey Road Crossing
www.abbeyroadlv.com

Las Vegas crosswalk on East Fremont Street that’s approximately the same distance and width as the Beatles’ famed crosswalk near Abbey Road Studios in London. Just outside of the El Cortez Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, Abbey Road Crossing also features Beatles’ inspired art, including a replica of John Lennon’s Imagine memorial in New York’s Strawberry Fields in Central Park.

Adventuredome, Circus Circus
www.circuscircus.mgmresorts.com

Opened more than 25 years ago, Adventuredome was once the world’s largest indoor amusement park. Despite its age, it remains one of the most popular family friendly attractions in Las Vegas, with 25 rides and attractions. For families with children, it may rank among the top five attractions in Las Vegas.

Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art
www.bellagio.mgmresorts.com

Currently closed but scheduled to reopen next mid-summer.

CSI: The Experience, MGM Grand
www.lasvegascsiexhibit.com

Interactive experience dedicated to the popular CBS television series CSI for the entire family.

The Bug Outside Downtown Container Park (Randy Yagi)
The Bug Outside Downtown Container Park (Randy Yagi)

Downtown Container Park
www.downtowncontainerpark.com

The Container Park is a hidden gem just past Abbey Road Crossing on East Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. An open-air dining, shopping and entertainment center built from large shipping containers. Is definitely worth seeing at night, when the gigantic metal bug and the rest of the container park is lit up with neon.

Fall Of Atlantis, Caesars Forum Shops
www.vegas.com/caesars-atlantis-fountain

The Fall of Atlantis is an animatronic show that’s typically held hourly from 11 am to 10 pm on weekdays and until 11 pm on weekends. A popular attraction for all ages, Fall of Atlantis features a fire breathing dragon.

FlyLINQ
www.caesars.com/fly-linq

Thrillseekers will love this zip-line located 12 stories above the LINQ Promenade. Options are available in a seated or superhero position.

Fountains of Bellagio
www.bellagio.mgmresorts.com

Spectacular water fountain shows are held frequently each day in front of Bellagio Las Vegas. Please check the link for times as schedules may vary.

Gondolier at the Venetian (Randy Yagi)
Gondolier at the Venetian (Randy Yagi)

Gondola Rides, The Venetian
www.venetian.com

Visitors to the Venetian Hotel and Casino can enjoy a ride inside an authentic gondola along the hotel’s Grand Canal. Visitors can also enjoy the Gondolier March, held daily at 9:50 am and 4:20 pm.

Hunger Games: The Exhibition, MGM Grand
www.mgmgrand.comhunger-games

A family friendly exhibition dedicated to the Hunger Games movie franchise, located inside the MGM Grand. One of the world’s largest hotels, the MGM Grand has so many attractions it could easily top a different listing of top five attractions in Las Vegas.

Ice Rink At Boulevard Pool, Cosmopolitan (seasonal)
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ice-rink

Open each holiday season, at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. Food and beverages will also be available onsite. Definitely a family friendly attraction.

M&M’s World
www.mms.com/mms-store-las-vegas

Huge retail store completely devoted to all things M&M’s. Located in Showcase Mall along Las Vegas Boulevard.

Lady Gaga Wax Figure, Madame Tussauds (Randy Yagi)
Lady Gaga Wax Figure, Madame Tussauds (Randy Yagi)

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
www.madametussauds.com/las-vegas

Located at the Venetian Hotel and Casino, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas features more than 100 wax figures of famous celebrities, politicians and more. The Las Vegas site is part of the world’s most famous wax museum chains.

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
www.sharkreef.com

Large semi-circular aquarium filled with more than 2,000 sea creatures. Dive-certified vsitors have the option to enjoy a Dive Experience with a dive guide.

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., Treasure Island
www.treasureisland.commarvel-avengers

Family friendly attraction dedicated to the Marvel comic book superheroes from the Avengers.

Mirage Volcano
wwwmirage.com/volcano

The Mirage Volcano is a long-standing, free attraction in front of the Mirage Hotel and Casino, along the Las Vegas Strip. Volcano shows are held nightly at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm.

Palazzo Waterfall Atrium And Gardens
www.venetian.com/shops/the-atrium

Located inside Palazzo Hotel and Casino, the Waterfall Atrium is open to the public 24-7. It’s located near to the entrance to the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.

The Roller Coaster at New York-New York (Randy Yagi)
The Roller Coaster at New York-New York (Randy Yagi)

Roller Coaster, New York-New York
www.newyorknewyork.mgmresorts.com/big-apple-coaster

One of the leading attractions at the New York, New York Hotel and Casino, the steel roller coaster features train cars that resemble New York City’s yellow taxi cabs.

Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat, Mirage
wwww.mirage.mgmresorts.com/secretgardendolphinhabitat

Officially known as Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, visitors can see fascinating animals like white tigers, white lions and bottlenose dolphins. A family friendly attractions.

Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck
www.stratospherehotel.com/Observation-deck

At 1,149 feet high, the Stratosphere Tower is the largest freestanding observation tower in the U.S. and the tallest tower west of the Mississippi. Located at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower, the observation levels features a number of attractions. This includes upscale dining at the Top of the World restaurant and thrill-seeking rides like Insanity and Big Shot! The observation deck is annual cited as the best place to see Las Vegas and may appear on other stories for top five attractions in Las Vegas.

Bliss Dance, Outside Park MGM and T-Mobile Arena (Randy Yagi)

The Park, Vegas
www.mgmresorts.com/the-park-las-vegas

Located between the new MGM Las Vegas (formerly the Monte Carlo) and New York-New York, the Park is a large outdoor dining and entertainment center. Highlights include the Bliss Dance sculpture, Hello Kitty Cafe Las Vegas and Sake Rok, with the Park Theater and T-Mobile Arena just footsteps away.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Luxor
www.luxor.mgmresorts.com/titanic

Located inside the pyramid-shaped Luxor, this 25,000 square foot exhibition features authentic artifacts from the Titanic. Other highlights include a full-scale recreation of the grand staircase and a portion of the promenade deck.

Wildlife Habitat, The Flamingo
https://www.caesars.com/flamingo-las-vegas/things-to-do/wildlife-habitat

The Wildlife Habitat is a 15-acre property at the Flamingo Hotel that home to a large number of exotic birds like Chilean flamingos, fish and turtles. The habitat is completely free and open to the public.

Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
www.facebook.com/WelcomeToFabulousLasVegasSign

Built 50 years ago, this Las Vegas sign is a very popular spot for visitors. The sign is located on South Las Vegas Boulevard past Mandalay Bay and adjacent to McCarran International Airport. Because it’s in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard, visitors are strongly urged to be cautious when crossing the street. A top five attraction in Las Vegas for Instagrammers and members of other social media platforms

World’s Largest Permanent Circus, Circus Circus
www.circuscircus.mgmresorts.com/circus-acts

Free circus acts with daily performances starting at 11:30 am. One of the best family friendly attractions in Las Vegas.

About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, in California.

 

 

 

 

 

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