To say Las Vegas is known for its casinos would be an understatement. There are about 30 of them on the Strip alone, and dozens of others nearby. But what if you aren’t into gambling, or just need a break from all the glitz and bright lights?
Luckily, Vegas is filled with unique attractions to keep you entertained.
1. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area lies in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. It’s known for its stunning geological features, including towering red sandstone peaks. The premier activity in Red Canyon is hiking, but there are lots of other things to do there. For example, you can go on the Scenic Drive, where you’ll come across some incredible features of the park. You can also rock climb or check out the overlooks.
Red Rock Canyon spans more than 195,000 acres and is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.
2. National Atomic Testing Museum
Ever been curious to learn more about America’s nuclear weapons? Vegas is home to the National Atomic Testing Museum, which outlines the history of nuclear weapons in America. The museum is home to both the Silo Museum, which plays a short film about the Nevada Test Site, and the multi-sensory Ground Zero Theater, which explains the history of atomic testing.
The National Atomic Testing Museum also has exhibits that showcase authentic Geiger counters, radio badges, and other testing devices.
3. Flamingo Habitat
Amid the hustle and bustle of Vegas lies a cool oasis where you can take a break from all the sensory input . The Flamingo Habitat, located on the grounds of the Flamingo Hotel, features flamingos, koi fish, turtles, brown pelicans and other exotic creatures. The habitat is also home to hummingbirds, which you can watch close up at their feeders.
The garden is four acres and has waterfalls and streams that will transport you to a peaceful haven. It’s completely free to visit!