There are many existing stereotypes and stigmas surrounding Las Vegas that imply this city is filled with sex, strippers and over-indulgence. But there are a surprising number of things to do for those that are too young for the nightclubs and casinos. Here are my top five:
1. Walk The Strip
The Strip is surprisingly cool (and much less sleazy than it may be portrayed)! This is the only place in the world where you can visit Venice, Paris and New York all in one day. The Bellagio Fountains and the volcanic eruption at the Mirage were definitely a highlight, whilst the glowing neon lights at night are as iconic as ever.
2. Pinball Hall of Fame
This place was absolutely incredible despite the 4-5km walk through scary streets alone (I’d definitely suggest driving). At US$0.25-$0.75 per game, the Pinball HoF is incredible value. And if you do happen to visit, I implore you to play the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game as I you may see my high-score (unfortunately I clicked the wrong button so the high-score is under the name “AAA”)!!
This is where you’ll find most kids in Vegas on a daily basis. The inside is actually huge and it’s definitely worth having a look even if you don’t pay for the rides (some of which are more intense than you’d expect of an indoor amusement park).
4. Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is the place to visit if you want to experience the history of neon signs in Las Vegas with a massive neon graveyard that houses some of Las Vegas’ most famous signs from past decades. Hour-long compulsory tours cost US$18 and are run every half hour.
5. Battlefield Vegas
Battlefield was definitely right at the top of my wish list during my time in Las Vegas, however for now it must remain on my bucket list as I had both insufficient time and money. But seriously, who doesn’t want to be driven around in a military-grade Humvee before firing weapons from various eras throughout modern history.