What to do in Las Vegas off the Strip when you don’t want to gamble

Sure, Vegas is all about the gambling, but what if that’s not your thing? There’s actually all kinds of other legitimately cool and fun things to do that doesn’t involve plugging coins into the one armed bandit.

What to do in Vegas off the Strip

Big Dig in a Bulldozer

Push, dig and tear your way to excitement on Big Dig’s huge D5G Bulldozers. Yes!  You can run heavy equipment with just a bit of training!

“After a safety orientation and warm up, you’ll take the controls while your Dig This instructor guides you through a series of three exercises including building huge mounds, pushing gigantic tires around and rolling up and over mega mound!”

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Make Friends with the Mob

The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas lives in an old federal courthouse/post office and gives visitors, an interactive history of the mob and the role it had in creating and building Las Vegas.

Adult Amusements (not those kind!) – Go back to the 80’s at Insert Coins

If this doesn’t sound like a throwback…

At Insert Coins, you can play 1980s classic arcade games…while enjoying adult beverages. Las Vegas’ Insert Coin(s)  is part bar and part arcade, so you can get your Donkey Kong on plus enjoy arcade adventures like Galaga, Frogger, and Tron.

Drive an Exotic (and Expensive!) Car

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a car that costs more than your house? You can find out in Las Vegas. Exotics Racing lets you pilot a race car, or luxury autos like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche or a McLaren and more.

Pick your wheels and drive them around Exotics’ exclusive racetracks designed to offer the most exhilarating driving experience ever.

Check out more from Exotics Racing and World Class Driving.

Go Nuclear

Among the unusual museums in Las Vegas, there’s the Atomic Testing Museum. Linked to the Smithsonian Institute, the National Atomic Testing Museum isn’t going to amuse you with explosives, but instead is all about the history of America’s nuclear age. Just east of the Las Vegas Strip, the museum is open daily for guided or self-guided tours.

See the ‘Neon Boneyard’

The Las Vegas Neon Museum (read the full blog here) has one of the largest collections of its kind of old casino, club and venue signs, many dating back to the city’s heyday.  Most of the 150 signs are exhibited in “The Boneyard”.

Our tour guide wound us through this small but jam-packed area and shared stories for several of the signs.  Some are rusting and decrepit.  Others are being gently refurbished. The signs have, for the most part been donated; either by businesses like the big casinos, or by sign companies that built or maintained them.

What else can you do in Vegas that’s not gambling?

Check out the Hoover Dam

It’s a massive feat of engineering, and strangely alluring in its awesome size. Dams are actually quite interesting (read about touring Grand Coulee Dam here) and the Hoover Dam is no exception. Not far from Vegas, on the border of Arizona and Nevada, the Hoover Dam is over 700 feet tall and over 1,200 feet long. While you’ll need wheels for the drive that takes about 45 minutes to an hour, there are also many Las Vegas outfitters that do tours, including some tours by air.

Spend Time Outdoors – Springs Preserve

You might not think of Las Vegas as a lush green getaway, but there is actually a botanical garden in Sin City.  The Springs Preserve has a lot of natural education and activities, but it’s also got a nice garden complete with flowers and cacti.

Behold the Erotic, in a Platonic Way

Of course Las Vegas has an Erotic Heritage Museum. This, of any museum on earth, seems most at home in Las Vegas. The Erotic Heritage Museum features exhibits dedicated to the erotic world, from art, to lectures and learning. “The museum’s ethos is that sexual pleasure and its depiction are natural aspects of the human experience and that such celebrations of individual human sexuality (i.e. pleasure) must be made available to all, regardless of gender, race or belief.”