10 Things To Do In Las Vegas That Don't Involve Alcohol
One might say the purpose of coming to Las Vegas is for the drinking and the nightlife but that's not always true for everyone. Whether you're here on business, with your family, or you just aren't a fan of drinking, Las Vegas doesn't have to be defined by the alcohol. Personally, I just don't drink much; one bottle of beer puts me in a daze and a glass of wine instantly makes me lightheaded and wobbly.That doesn't mean I can't enjoy our City of Sin. Check out a few of my favorite things to do that don't involve drinking alcohol.
1. The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
I could go here every weekend! It's not a huge aquarium like some cities have, but it's just as peaceful and magical. Admission is $20 for adults, unless you know a teacher. Teachers can get in free every first weekend of each month.
2. Farmers Markets
Instead of spending the day drinking, visit some of our wonderful farmers markets. Saturday is the best day because Summerlin has two markets running at the same time and they're only a few miles apart - Tivoli Village and Downtown Summerlin.
3. Trade Shows
Las Vegas is home to some of the biggest trade shows and conventions in the nation. There is always something going on. To give you an idea, just this month there is the International Bicycle Expo, Olympia and Performance Expo, Southwestern Women's Expo, Perfect Wedding Expo, Life is Beautiful and the Hot Rod Power Fest among many other events.
4. Pinball Museum
Not only do you get to walk around and see the different older pinball machines, but you get to play them. Enjoy a few hours of being a pinball wizard - you won't regret it!
5. Tournament of Kings and the Fun Dungeon at Excalibur
The Tournament of Kings is a fun jousting show at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. It's about $70 for admission ($50 without dinner.)They really take you back to the era of King Arthur and even serve you dinner without utensils. After the show, you can head downstairs for fun carnival games to win prizes and enjoy some friendly competition.
6. The Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson
Many people may remember when we had lions in the MGM Hotel and Casino. Although the lions aren't there anymore, their habitat is still in business. This non-profit ranch is a wonderful place to go visit the lions and many other animals. When there are cubs, you can even set up times for a personal visit to pet and play with these fun little guys. The cost is $25 or only $20 for locals.
7. Hoover Dam
Did you know the Hoover Dam is only about an hour drive away from Las Vegas? It's a beautiful drive, and if you own a motorcycle, I highly recommend taking this day trip. The whole area is picturesque. You can have a guided tour or just wander the area yourself. There's a museum and a nice little cafe to take a break at.
8. Camping at Mount Charleston
A quick 30-45 minute drive up to the mountains and you can enjoy cooler temperatures, lots of greenery, hiking, camping, wild horses and roasting marshmallows!
Las Vegas has a lot of beautiful golf courses and you can find them all over the city and surrounding areas. Not sure where to go? Check with your hotel, most of them can set you up with a day pass to many of the golf clubs in the area.
10. The Boneyard Neon Museum
If you like old Vegas, you have to visit the Neon Museum. This non-profit serves to preserve some of our cities most iconic neon signs. Day tours are an hour long and are only $18, or $12 for locals. Don't forget your camera for this one!