When you're not winning in the casino, lounging by the pool or savoring delicious cuisine, you'll find that Las Vegas has a variety of must-see attractions and entertainment options to keep you and the whole family occupied. From thrilling roller coasters to virtual-reality simulator rides and erupting volcanoes to wax museums, Las Vegas' attractions appeal to people of all ages, interests and budgets.
Discover the wild side of Las Vegas-as if you haven't already-at a variety of attractions for animal lovers. Visit the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas and see Chilean flamingos, swans, ducks, Koi, goldfish and turtles. Venture over to The Mirage for Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The Secret Garden is home to royal white tigers, white lions, black panthers, a snow leopard and golden tigers. The Dolphin Habitat, adjacent to the Secret Garden, houses an extended family of bottlenose dolphins. Get up close and personal with endangered and unusual aquatic animals at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium. Visitors journey through a replica of an ancient temple ruin and a sunken galleon ship surrounded by several varieties of sharks and other predatory creatures.
Downtown's famous, casino-lined Fremont Street has been converted into a 175,700-square-foot pedestrian area covered by a continuous canopy studded with more than 14 million lights.
Called the Fremont Street Experience, this canopy showcases spectacular light-and-sound shows every hour on the hour during the evenings. If you're looking for thrills of a different nature, visitors to Fremont Street Experience can ride "Slot-zilla," a zip line tower that looks like a giant slot machine. Thrill-seekers will soon be able to experience the top lines of the experience with the world's first power-launched zip line down the entire length of the Fremont Street
Stratosphere has four of the world's highest rides located 100 stories above the ground: Skyjump is a "controlled free-fall" in which participants plummet 855 feet at a speed of up to 40 miles per hour; XScream teeters riders over the edge of the tower 900 feet above the ground; Big Shot is a thrill ride that shoots adrenaline-seekers 160 feet into the air at a force of 4Gs before letting them free-fall back to the launching pad; and Insanity is an appropriately named, dizzying, spinning ride that dangles passengers over the edge of the tower before whirling them around at speeds approaching 40 miles per hour.
The Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York-New York is an exciting roller coaster with twists, loops and dives around the resort. Rising 203 feet, the coaster features the first-ever heart line roll, which provides a sensation similar to that felt by a pilot during a barrel roll in an airplane.
Desperado, one of the world's tallest and fastest roller coasters, is located near the California/Nevada border just 30 minutes from Las Vegas at Buffalo Bill's in Primm, Nev. The ride begins with an initial lift height of 209 feet and a breathtaking 225-foot drop. Additional coasters and rides can be found at America's largest indoor theme park, The Adventuredome at Circus Circus, offers more than 25 attractions, including the newest roller coaster, El Loco.
Now open to visitors, located at the center of the Las Vegas Strip is the world's tallest observation wheel, the High Roller. The 550-foot tall observation wheel is part of The Linq Promenade, a $550 million outdoor dining, entertainment and retail district by Caesars Entertainment.
For the romantic in you, slow things down a bit with a Gondola Ride at The Venetian. Accompanied by singing gondoliers, this leisurely tour takes you along the quarter-mile replica of the Grand Canal in Venice. Just down the street, you'll discover another romantic Italian attraction at Bellagio. The world-famous Fountains of Bellagio will speak to your heart as opera, classical and whimsical musical selections are carefully choreographed with the movements of more than 1,000 water-emitting devices. Next stop: Paris. Take an elevator ride to the observation deck atop the 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas for a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Valley.
If you simply want to be entertained, you've come to the right place. Las Vegas offers a variety of themed mini-productions, which occur regularly throughout the day. Travel back in time and into the fascinating world of Roman mythology with two shows, Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain Shows, which feature Roman statues that come to life, inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The Mirage has created an audio/visual spectacle for its famous volcano attraction.
The Volcano forges a primal volcanic environment of sound, light, music and heat with choreographed fire shooters, which send massive fireballs more than 12 feet into the air.
If your Las Vegas dream vacation involves fast cars and celebrity sightings, you'll have plenty to brag about to your friends back home. Check out the multi-million dollar Auto Collections at The Quad, one of the world's largest selections of antique, classic, muscle and special-interest automobiles available for sale. The 250 automobiles span a century and range in price from $20,000 to $3 million. Then, check out Penske-Wynn Ferrari/Maserati showroom at Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada's first and only factory-authorized Ferrari and Maserati dealership, offering the finest in new and pre-owned cars.
After you've chosen your dream car, you'll be ready to meet and greet some of the most famous celebrities in the world at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Located at The Venetian, the museum showcases more than 100 wax figures of some of the world's most popular film, television, music and sports celebrities. Visitors can even interact with several "celebrity" experiences for a truly memorable photo opportunity. To really impress your friends, don't forget to bring home some gold. Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino has the first GOLD to go ATM in Las Vegas. The GOLD to go ATM vending machine dispenses 24-karat gold bars of various weights ranging between one to 250 grams. The vending machine also sells traditional gold coins and signature gold bars featuring the Golden Nugget logo.
The popular CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand gives guests the opportunity to play the role
of a crime scene investigator, learning scientific principles and real investigative techniques as they try to solve one of three crime scene mysteries. Two state-of-the-art crime labs help guests piece together the evidence to crack the case.