Visiting Las Vegas? Here are 10 activities you can do on a trip to Sin City

Las Vegas is a lively spot filled with top-tier hotels, five-star restaurants and slot machines at every turn.

People visit the city for all kinds of reasons. It’s a popular spot for bachelor and bachelorette parties, a place to go to quickly say “I do” or to attend an entertaining show.

Vegas trips can also get expensive with the shows, pricey merchandise and, of course, the endless opportunities to test your luck with a table game or slot machine.


Luckily, there are also tons of free and inexpensive things you can do.

There are so many different activities to take part in on the Las Vegas Strip. (George Rose/Getty Images)

Here are 10 things that you can do on the Las Vegas Strip during your vacation.

Visit a museum or exhibitSee the Mirage volcano showGet a good spot for the fountain show at the BellagioSee a Vegas theater showTake a ride on the High Roller Observation WheelVisit “Paris”Get your thrill on with the Big Apple CoasterGo on a gondola ride through the StripTake a photo in front of the iconic Las Vegas signTake a walk through all the Strip’s hotels and casinos

1. Visit a museum or exhibit

There are a slew of interactive exhibits and museums that are located on the Strip, so you are sure to find one (or many) that fits your interests.

The Titanic exhibit is a popular choice where you can view items from the sunken ship as well as a re-creation of the ship’s iconic grand staircase. This exhibit is located in the Luxor.

The Mob Museum is another location popular among travelers. Here, guests can explore the history of organized crime in America.

For inexpensive fun, the Pinball Hall of Fame can offer hours of entertainment. The hall of fame is free to enter and features 700 pinball machines that cost between 25 and 50 cents to play.


2. See the Mirage volcano show

Las Vegas is known for its shows, but did you know that there are free outdoor shows at some of the popular hotels on the Strip?

One of those shows is the volcano show at the Mirage Hotel. Head over to the Mirage at night and grab a good spot to view the fiery show. The show runs every night on the hour from 7 to 11 p.m. and is free to watch.


3. Get a good spot for the fountain show at the Bellagio

The Bellagio, one of the most famous Vegas hotels, is also home to a show you do not want to miss. The show happens on the water right in front of the famous hotel. The show includes music that plays along to the movement of the water in the fountain.

The Bellagio fountain show happens several times every day in front of the hotel. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

This show plays many times through the night, but it does get packed with people wanting a good view, so you may have to stay for a couple rounds to get a good spot.

The free fountain display happens every day of the week. During the week, the show happens every 30 minutes from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., then every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight, according to the Bellagio website.

On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the show is every 30 minutes from noon to 7:30 p.m. and then every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight.


4. See a Vegas theater show

There are tons of shows that happen in Vegas every day, so there are plenty to choose from. There are lots of musical artists that have residencies in Vegas for a period of time, so check before your visit to see if there are any artists you’d like to see.

The Blue Man Group show at the Luxor in Las Vegas is a show filled with music and comedic sketches. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Blue Man Group)

There are also lots of popular shows in Vegas, like the Blue Man Group, America’s Got Talent Superstars Live!, Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller, Shin Lim, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil and more.

Whether you are looking for an adult show, magic, comedy, kid-friendly or musical, there is something you can see in Vegas.


You also won’t want to miss the immersive Las Vegas Sphere, a unique concert venue unlike any other. Even if you don’t see a show, the outside of the Sphere is a show in itself, with eye-catching designs.

Check before you go to see what shows will be running during the time of your visit so that you can get tickets ahead of time.

The exterior of the Las Vegas Sphere often features breathtaking displays, like this one during the Grand Prix in 2023. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

5. Take a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel

The High Roller is a great way to see all of Las Vegas, as long as you’re not afraid of heights, that is.


The High Roller is a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s not exactly the same as a normal Ferris wheel though, as each of the pods holds about 40 passengers and the experience takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

6. Visit ‘Paris’

Did you know that there is an area of Vegas that includes some of Paris’ staples, like the Eiffel Tower? The Paris-themed hotel is a cool area to walk through to emerge yourself in the European feels.

The Paris hotel in Las Vegas features a replica of the Eiffel Tower. (Roger Kisby/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Las Vegas Eiffel Tower also lights up at night.

7. Get your thrill on with the Big Apple Coaster

While there is a section of the Strip dedicated to Paris, there is also one dedicated to the East Coast, with New York City.

The New York City-themed hotel in Vegas displays many staples of the Big Apple, including the buildings and even a Statue of Liberty.

In this New York-themed section of the Strip at the New York-New York Hotel, there is also a roller coaster you can take a ride on.

8. Go on a gondola ride through the Strip

The gondola rides at The Venetian, an Italian-inspired hotel, are a great way to see Vegas. There is an indoor and outdoor ride at the hotel that are each filled with stunning views.

Don’t forget to snap a picture in front of the iconic Las Vegas sign at some point during your visit. (AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

9. Take a photo in front of the iconic Las Vegas sign

No Vegas trip is complete without a photo in front of the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. It is located on the south end of the Strip, fairly close to the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

10. Take a walk through the Strip’s hotels and casinos

Go hotel hopping! The Strip is filled with hotels that are worth taking a walk through.

The hotels on the Strip are huge, all filled with their own shops, all kinds of restaurants, casinos, shows and exhibits.

Take some time to explore each of the hotels and see what they have to offer. There are so many popular hotels worth checking out, like Mandalay Bay, Fontainebleau, The Cosmopolitan, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, The Venetian, Aria, Treasure Island, New York-New York, The Encore & Wynn, The Mirage and Resorts World, plus so many more.

There are tons of spots that visitors can access even if they aren’t staying at the hotel, so take some time to grab a bite, see a show or just explore other hotels on the Strip.

A lot of these hotels have their own theaters for shows and nightclubs, so be sure to check out what each one has. Plus, maybe you’ll find where you’d like to stay for your next Vegas vacation.

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Ashlyn Messier is a writer for Fox News Digital. 

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