Las Vegas Must Dos – Non-Casino Related Fun & Food

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I went to Las Vegas for my sister’s 21st birthday and thought I’d share some of the fun stuff we did. Last time I visited Sin City was over 10 years ago so safe to say, I had a lot to explore.

Mimosa Gourmet

To begin with, Mimosa Gourmet is away from the craziness and has giant mimosas to share for special occasions! The mimosa was great and totally worth it. Breakfast portions were also huge. I had the Fried Chicken Benedict with fruit – it was delicious, but I wish there was more chicken and less bread.

AREA 15

AREA 15 – an immersive entertainment venue offering art shows, VR experiences, axe throwing, & a flight simulator – is a must if you’re in Vegas. You could easily spend a whole day (or more) here.

There are even stores and funky vending machines with cool merch. We even got our fortune told from one of those funky vending machines!

Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart

Within AREA15 is Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart – the whole reason I even found this entertainment venue. I don’t think I can truly encompass what Omega Mart was like with words and pictures, but I will try. Omega Mart is an interactive art experience and escape room in one! It kept me on my toes and fully enthralled at all times. I recommend getting the OMEGA ACCESS EXPERIENCE for $3-4 – it is an optional RFID card add-on that allows you to interact with devices at Omega Mart and experience the world on a different level. I won’t spoil anything, just go experience it yourself. Oh, and once you’re done, go get a drink at their Datamosh Bar (if you could find it)!

The Las Vegas Strip

The only thing I remembered about Vegas from my last trip was the extravagant hotels. I was looking forward to exploring them all again. My favorites were: The Venetian, Bellagio Hotel & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, The Cosmopolitan, and Caesars Palace. There are fun spots to explore within the hotels that aren’t casinos.

For my sister’s birthday, we ate at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill located in The Venetian. The plates were tiny, but everything tasted great. I had the poke bowl, and it was one of the best options size-wise. I was running on 3 hours of sleep, so the espresso martini hit the spot!

The Venetian offers zodiac inspired cocktails at The Dorsey Cocktail Bar, Rosina Cocktail Lounge, and Electra Cocktail Club. Visit any of the bars on your birthday to receive a 50% discount on your first zodiac cocktail to start your year off right. I got my sister The Virgo drink on her birthday.

Downtown Las Vegas

It’s worth checking out the historic heart of Las Vegas. Bustling Downtown Las Vegas is home to venerable casinos like the Golden Nugget, a vibrant LED canopy, a 24-hour mall with shops, light shows, and the SlotZilla zip line. Keep in mind that I went on a Sunday night, and it was still pretty wild and packed.

I must disclose that the extent of my Las Vegas gambling was a Game of Thrones machine at the Golden Nugget. I firmly stopped after losing $7.

The best part of Downtown Las Vegas was being able to say that I took a scorpion🦂 shot at Nacho Daddy (yes, you’re reading this correctly – I took a shot with a dead scorpion in it).

TACOS🌮

Tacos El Pastor had amazing, authentic pastor tacos! I recommend stopping by for lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack (on Friday & Saturday they close at 4 a.m.).

Hoover Dam

We did the dam thing! The Percy Jackson series inspired this visit to the dam. By car, it only takes about 40 minutes to get to the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas. If possible, I recommend checking it out and doing a tour. The view is great! Plus, it’s nice to get some fresh air away from all the smoke in the casinos.

Chinatown Las Vegas

I love visiting Chinatowns on my travels. Las Vegas’ Chinatown is a great spot to stop for some good eats.

In-N-Out Burger

If you’re like me and you live somewhere with no In-N-Out Burger, go to an In-N-Out in Vegas. These burgers hit the spot. They are a way better alternative to McDonald’s.

That’s a wrap on my Vegas list, folks!

-Caylin

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