Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps, offering non-stop entertainment along a brightly lit strip surrounded by desert. There is nowhere else like Vegas, so be prepared to be seduced by what this decadent, exciting and show stopping city has to offer.
You’re not going to find a list of things to do in Las Vegas without mentioning a casino! This is one of the primary reasons millions of tourists visit here every year.
Each casino is themed or styled differently, and whilst they offer many of the same games, some are more expensive to play than others. One thing that is for certain, is that each casino is designed to lure you in and have you spend your money at the machines or the tables for as long as possible, so it might be a good idea to set yourself a limit. Also be aware that many travel insurance policies cover theft of cash*, so always keep your money safe and avoid carrying too much around with you!
There are so many casinos along the strip and located downtown, that you might as well visit as many as you can, even just to see the amazing interiors. If your time is limited, however, there are a few casinos that you won’t want to miss.
The Venetian & The Palazzo
The stunning exterior of The Venetian is worth the visit alone, with replica buildings from the Italian city of Venice, complete with gondolas on the canals. The opulent look continues inside and to its adjoining casino, The Palazzo.
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
This casino is decorated in an exotic tropical theme and offers many gaming experiences and some of the largest screens showing a mix of sports.
Aria Resort & Casino
The Aria is a contemporary and sophisticated casino, and does a good job of keeping the atmosphere fresh by emanating a vanilla scent throughout the building.
Famous by name, this casino offers an authentic gaming experience on a variety of budgets. Caesar’s also hosts many big-name shows and is centrally located on the strip.
The Bellagio is a very elegant casino, frequented by the wealthier crowd. It’s also been featured in the Oceans 11 movie. This casino is famous for its spectacular water fountain show on the strip, which happens every 15 minutes.
Other notable mentions
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is known for its modern facilities and floor to ceiling windows, the MGM Grand for its vastness and family friendly atmosphere (check out the lions exhibit!), Palms Casino Resort for its trendy celebrity hang-out status, Red Rock Casino for its beauty and 600-seat bingo hall, and New York – New York, because it’s like, well, New York and even has a rollercoaster!
For old style Vegas casinos, head downtown and be sure to check out El Cortez Hotel & Casino.
Shows and Attractions
Take a break from the casino tables and see one of the many amazing shows on offer at the hotel resorts. Regular residencies include comedy and magic duo, Penn & Teller, Cirque du Soleil shows at various locations, including Michael Jackson ONE and The Beatles LOVE and many other cabaret, comedy and pop artists.
There is also a variety other attractions available along the strip and inside many of the resorts and casinos, many which are kid friendly, including:
Mandalay Bay Events Center
This huge 12,000 seat entertainment venue hosts everything from pop star concerts, music industry awards and big sporting events, like the UFC. Check out what’s on when you’re in town.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Fancy a close encounter with a deep sea predator? Not typically what you think you would find in the Las Vegas desert, but it’s available inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The largest observation wheel in the world, you can see the Las Vegas Strip from one of the 28 passenger pods.
The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade
Looking for a different kind of thrill? Then jump aboard the rollercoaster located within the New York - New York Casino. Zoom past a replica New York skyline and try not to scream when you pass through the 180-degree twist and dive.
Take the ultimate selfie with your favourite celebrity…made of wax. Featuring Elvis, Leo DiCaprio, the Hulk and more, the photo opportunities are endless.
Explore the desert surrounds
Your proximity to the breathtaking Grand Canyon means you can take a day bus tour or half day helicopter tour, with optional upgrades. Also nearby is the Hoover Dam, and these 2 attractions can be covered in a day trip as well.
If you fancy a slower paced ride, head up in a hot air balloon for spectacular views of Red Rock Canyon and the Las Vegas strip. Both helicopter rides and hot air balloon trips are covered in our travel insurance packages*.
Party or lounge pool side
Combine the Las Vegas party vibe, the hot summer sun, sparkling resort pools and some of the world’s best DJ’s and you have yourself a rocking pool party!
There are plenty of choices along the strip – just remember to stay hydrated and don’t forget the sun cream!
Big name DJs, big parties
If you want the big name DJs and loud party atmosphere, you can’t go past the original day club, Rehab, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Encore Beach Club at Wynn Encore is one of the biggest and has featured DJ David Guetta.
Equally as impressive is Wet Republic at MGM Grand Hotel, where DJ Tiesto and Calvin Harris have been regulars. If you fancy some entertainment on top of that, head to Palm Pool & Dayclub at Palms Casino Resort and play an Xbox of PlayStation game from the comfort of your pool side cabana.
Our final mention goes to Daylight at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino – a 5,000 person capacity venue and DJ’s like Skrillex will have you dancing in the shallows all afternoon.
Pool with a view
Drai’s Beach Club at The Cromwell has all of the same offerings, but this rooftop club also comes with a view of the strip. The Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan also overlooks the strip and turns into a live concert venue in the evenings.
Pool side fun
If you’re after a slightly smaller venue with a touch of class but still want tunes from the DJ and a VIP cocktail service, head to Liquid at Aria, or the Azure Pool at the Palazzo.