The sights and sounds of Las Vegas are enjoyed by millions of visitors every year. They stay in some of the most glamorous, unique hotels in the world. They eat at five-star restaurants and expansive buffets. They play at casinos, pools, health spas and golf courses.
You will be dazzled by Vegas, but the sheer number of things to see and do can seem overwhelming. A little advance planning will help you to enjoy your Vegas trip.
Below is a sampling of some the local attractions and activities which you may want to consider during your visit to Las Vegas. Please keep in mind that prices listed below are subject to change. For more suggestions, check out the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.
Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil
Brand new production which will call the ARIA Resort & Casino its home. All NASFAA attendees staying at the ARIA can receive 15% off of ticket prices, and there are still a few NASFAA Night at Cirque tickets available.
Adventuredome Theme Park
Adventuredome Theme Park has mountains of thrills under the dome including the Canyon Blaster, Sling Shot, Chaos, Inverter, Rim Runner and Lazer Blast.
Arts Factory Las Vegas is a collection of artists, architects, photographers, graphic designers, and galleries all gathered under one roof and located near downtown Las Vegas in the 18b Arts District.
The Auto Collections
Featuring a 125,000 square foot showroom with over 250 world class automobiles on display, the Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace is the world's largest classic car showroom and one of the top tourist stops in Las Vegas.
Fountains of Bellagio
Whether this is your first time to Las Vegas or you’re a return visitor, no trip to Las Vegas is complete without watching the Fountains of Bellagio. Located in front of Bellagio in the middle of the Strip, it’s hard to miss this water show, which dances to a variety of music ranging from opera and classical to popular Broadway show tunes. The Fountains of Bellagio perform on the half hour Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from noon-8:00 p.m. There are shows every 15 minutes every night of the week from 8:00 p.m.-midnight.
Sirens of TI
The nightly Sirens of TI show is little more than a outdoors burlesque show on a pirate ship outside of Treasure Island, and it’s not nearly as family friendly as it used to be, but it is free to watch. The show is primarily a showcase for the sirens to shake their hips and dance, but the highlight of the show is the battle scene toward the end. Show times are nightly at 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (summer only).
Volcano at the Mirage
A visual and musical show of light and fire, the volcano located outside of the Mirage has dazzled audiences since 1989, but the show and special effects have gotten better over the years. The volcano’s show occurs on the hour from 8:00 p.m.-midnight each night. It can be seen from in front of the hotel or from across the street from the walkway in front of The Venetian.
Located next to the MGM Grand, M&M World is 28,000 square feet, four stories high and completely dedicated to M&M candies. Though M&M World is first and foremost a store selling everything from M&M pillowcases and shot glasses to t-shirts and key chains, it also celebrates the history of M&Ms. Looking and browsing are free. Unfortunately, shopping isn’t.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
As the seasons change, so do the artistic work in the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. You’ll find butterflies in spring, oversized beach balls in summer, falling leaves in autumn and gigantic candy canes come winter … most handcrafted with flowers. Bellagio employs 140 horticulturists to ensure the flowers and theatrical arrangements of the gardens are flawless. The conservatory and botanical gardens are located inside the hotel and are open all day, every day.
Ethel M Chocolates – Factory Tour
The free self-guided Factory Tour and Botanical Cactus Gardens tours are open seven days per week. Adjacent to the factory is our world famous Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden. One of Nevada’s largest collections of cacti, the garden will delight you with over 300 species of plants. Located in Henderson, Nevada.
Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shopping
With 170 specialty stores that line the fiercest fashion district in Las Vegas. From H&M and True Religion Brand Jeans to Marciano and Urban Outfitters, this is where you get the look that gets you noticed. The Miracle Mile offers numerous dining options so satisfy your cravings at any of Miracle Mile Shops 15 restaurants. Incredible taste experiences such as Cabo Wabo Cantina have made their Las Vegas debut at the Mile, and it’s time for you to do the same.
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
The iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign features a 12-car parking lot, which is designed to improve pedestrian safety and even provide access for the disabled. Located on the Las Vegas Strip just south of Russell Road near Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, the sign famously reads, "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" on the front and "Drive Carefully" and "Come Back Soon" on the back. The sign was designed by Betty Willis while she worked for Western Neon Company and cost $4,000 to build and install.
Fremont Street Experience
Located in Downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience offers free nightly shows featuring 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of amazing sound at VivaVision. Enjoy free concerts and special events throughout the year. Times are 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am. Take a walk through the Neon Museum, which hosts some of the old hotel's neon signs, located at the east end of the Fremont Street Experience.
The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian
From romantic gondola rides and live opera shows to rustic architectural facades, the Grand Canal Shoppes captures the true spirit of Italy. In addition to exquisite shops and fine dining, an experience at Grand Canal Shoppes offers more than your average mall trip. The Grand Canal and the blue sky-painted ceiling make you feel like you're outdoors. There are plenty of things to see and do besides shopping. For a romantic date, enjoy a peaceful ride on one of the gondolas. The indoor gondolas travel through the Grand Canal Shoppes. The ride lasts about 15 minutes. At the turnaround, your gondolier begins his Italian serenade. Don't forget to kiss under the bridge, which we hear is good luck.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
“The Shopping Wonder of the World,” the Forum Shops are a must-see Caesars Palace shopping destination that includes approximately 160 stores representing some of the biggest names in fashion. The Forum shops has continued to grow, most recently adding 175, 000 sq. ft. and expanding the Las Vegas shopping mall all the way out to the strip. Restaurants at the Forum Shops include Spago, The Palm, Sushi Roku, Max Brenner, Trevi, Cheesecake Factory and Planet Hollywood.
And there's so much more! For the adventurer, there are helicopter and ATV tours, skydiving trips, train adventures, and hiking opportunities. For the shopper there are world-class stores featuring the hottest designer names. If you love music and theater, you won't find more opportunities to see lavish performances, productions, cabarets and performers anywhere else in the world. Las Vegas has a little bit for everyone.