You have probably heard this before, but YESSSSS Vegas is an adult’s life-size playground. There is so much to do here! We’ve got the casinos and, believe it or not, things outside of the casinos as well including everything from rocks, to mountains and bright lights. It’s the BEST city in the world! No wonder everyone wants to visit Las Vegas at least once in their lifetime.
Lucky me…I’ve lived here for more than a decade. The things to do here never seem to end. I always discover new places, activities and concerts to attend.
So in celebration of that, I decided it’s time to share with you some of the fun things you can do while in the “city that never sleeps”. Keep in mind, this is just a mini version…there is so MUCH! I will have to do probably 100 more blog posts on this topic to cover it all.
- Visit Area 15
Do you want to immerse yourself in a world that’s mesmerizing in sound, colors and experiences? Then, you’ve surely got to visit Area 15 – it’s like a playground for adults!
You can easily spend hours there without realizing time has passed. That’s what happened to me, as I enjoyed every second of this amusement park. You can choose from various events or experiences all located in Area 15. We decided to explore Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, and I loved the secret bar with funky cocktails, the neon installations, the musical lasers, and the surreal worlds transforming before my eyes from one room to another.
Once you enter Area 15 you never know what’s coming next. It’s so unpredictable and exciting at the same time! You have to go and experience it yourself! I like that this is something really fun to do and something completely different than anything else here in Vegas. Go with your friends because there are lots and lots of photo opportunities. Also, it’s best to visit Area 15 during the week. It will be less crowded than the weekends (you don’t want heads photobombing your photos.).😂
2. Take a Trip to Hoover Dam/Lake Mead
It’s always fun to venture down to Hoover Dam! It’s only an hour drive away, which is great for getting a break from the city life. Also, on the way there you can catch a glimpse of Lake Mead. You get a beautiful overview of the blue waters. So good for water sports too during the spring and summer. These “island looking” views you can catch from the Lake Mead overlook, which is perfect because it’s right on the way to the dam. The drive there is beautiful and very scenic, so enjoy every glimpse of it.
So I’ve been to the Hoover Dam a few times now, however I’ve never walked the Bypass Bridge. Last time I was here, it was still in the process of building. It separates the states of Nevada and Arizona. Careful where you step because with one leg you can be in Nevada and the other in Arizona…😂. How cool is that? It was really awesome seeing it all from there…everything looks miniature, so if you’re a bit afraid of heights, don’t look down too much.
It was a lovely sunny day trip to the Hoover Dam because we came upon new discoveries like the bridge and the lake overviews, which I haven’t seen on my last visits there. If you’re visiting Las Vegas and want something to do and see outdoors, this a great option.
3. Go to a Golden Knights Hockey Game
You’ve got to goooo BIG in Las Vegas!
One of the most fun ways to do that is by attending a Golden Knights hockey game. You might not be a fan, but trust me Vegas does it different. Way more spectacular than you can imagine! Why? Because it feels like a huge show…lots of music, lights, action and a crowd that roars louder than a lion.
I wasn’t a hockey fan before, but since Vegas started the hockey team in 2017 I got into the sport quickly. I have been to several live games since and now I can’t wait for the year when they win the Stanley Cup. (I think it’s coming soon!)
Also, my favorite part is dressing up for a game. Of course, I’ve got to have the gold sparkly nails, gold eye-shadow, my Golden Knights jersey and cap…all of it. Full on decked out from head to toe, so I’m not mistaken which team I’m rooting for. hahaha!
4. Visit Seven Magic Mountains
This beautiful art installation has people visiting Nevada from all over the world. These colorful boulders are 30 to 35 feet tall. Super stunning, especially during sunrise and sunset. The colors POP so loud!
I love that the Seven Magic Mountains is open to the public, no entrance fee needed. It’s very popular, so try to visit during the week or at a time when most people are at work.
Fun Fact: This art was supposed to be there only for 2 years. However, it’s still there in its full beauty. If you get the chance make sure to visit and take photos because it is spectacular in person. My favorite time was definitely at sunrise…watching the sun be the spotlight to each colorful boulder was amazing.
5. Enjoy a day at “Market in the Alley”
If you love being outdoors and supporting cute local small businesses, you would enjoy a fulfilled day at Market in the Alley. I had no idea about it until a friend of mine told me she sells her handmade earrings there. Since then I’ve been two times and found it so neat. It’s really inspiring seeing creatives sharing their passions with others like photography, jewelry, wall decor and much more.
This market happens during the first and third Sunday of every month (next one happening is May 7th if you’re in the area). Both times I went to the one at Uncommons, which is this awesome new area with lots of restaurants, cafes and nice open area to enjoy the beautiful sunshine.
What’s even more exciting (as you can see in the photos above) is that in the beginning of April my sister joined the market by selling her photography prints/canvases. I couldn’t wait to go weeks prior! I loved seeing her put her work out there, stepping outside of her comfort zone and trying something new.
It was a BLAST! Definitely a great activity to do here in Vegas with your family. Plus, I guarantee it… you’ll come home with lots of one of a kind handmade goodies.
6. Go to Mount Charleston
Do you want to escape the city (and summer heat) to be surrounded by tranquility and stunning views? Then you’ve got to head to Mount Charleston!
I’ve been going there since I moved to Vegas. My favorite is having a picnic and then heading on an adventure on one of the many hikes. Super fun! I definitely love the fresh mountain air. Plus, I grew up in the mountains, so going to Mt Charleston feels like reconnecting with my roots.
It’s really nice living in Vegas because we have it all. We’ve got Lake Mead for all of our summer activities and just a 45 minute drive away from the city we have these epic mountains. What else could you ask for?
Whether you’re a Las Vegas local or wanting to visit this fabulous city, these are some of the most FUN things you can do here. Let me know, what activities are on your Las Vegas bucket list?