5 Things to do in Vegas Not in a Casino

By Shannon Gosney
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February 7, 2013
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Desert Landscape at Red Rock Canyon, NevadaI love to travel!  It could be traveling to foreign destinations or even traveling to another state – either way, traveling is something that I enjoy.  I have to admit that I have only been to Las Vegas twice in my life – once as a kid and once as an adult.  Believe it or not, neither time I went did I spend time in a casino!  When many think of Vegas, the first things that pop into their minds are casinos, bright lights, and the strip, right?  There are many other things to do in Vegas outside the casino.

Dig This – Have you ever dreamed of playing with big-boy toys such as enormous bulldozers and excavators?  You can make those dreams come true at Dig This, which is located only about 4 miles outside the city.  This “Heavy Equipment Playground” gives you the chance to dig up and tear down all sorts of dirt with huge excavators and bulldozers but also to shoot machine guns, rifles, and handguns on their firing range.

Red Rock Canyon – Red Rock Canyon offers a gorgeous 13 mile drive that you can enjoy in the safety and comfort of your car, as well as several different hiking trails for those who like to get out and have the nature experience.  Red Rock Canyon is located only 15 miles outside the city and gives some pretty amazing views at sunrise and sunset in particular.  Keep in mind the desert heat when visiting, being sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of water to drink.  It’s worth your time!

Richard Petty Driving Experience – How would you like to get behind the wheel of a racecar and drive a few laps at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway?  With real Nascar stock cars, you can get an up close and personal taste of what the racing life is really like!  If you’re too scared to go by yourself, you can choose to ride along with a professional driver who will speed around the track at dizzying speeds.

Pinball Hall of Fame – Do you like to play pinball?  If so, then you’ll definitely want to show off your pinball skills on more than 250 classic pinball machines, all in working order and available to play.  Unlike most museums where you can only look and not touch, this one is a hands-on experience with old and new pinball maching alike to not only admire but play as well!

Grand Canyon – While the Grand Canyon is not exactly in Las Vegas, there are a wide range of tours that can get you there – from helicopters to plane tours.  You don’t want to miss out on one of natural wonders of the world.

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Shannon Gosney is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. With 3 active boys, Shannon loves living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

6 Responses to “5 Things to do in Vegas Not in a Casino”

  1. My youngest sister and our mom went there a few years ago and loved getting away from the strip. Thanks for sharing other activities outside of a casino as any time I have to go out there I’d want options.

  2. Yolanda says:

    Good ideas! I never think of doing much beyond shows, food and slot machines when in Vegas. Next time I’ll have to try something different!

  3. Greta says:

    Vegas is a great town! I had no idea the pinball hall of fame was there. I like to shop, as there’s all kind of fantastic crafty bits in Vegas.

  4. I had no idea about the pinball hall of fame! hahaha

  5. Rachel H. says:

    Thank you for the info! We are visiting Vegas in a few months, so this list will come in handy! Thanks!

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