The Best Places to Visit Off the Vegas Strip

We all know that Las Vegas is the hotspot for gambling, food and dancing the night away at the clubs but what if none of those things sound appealing?  I often get the question, what can I do in Vegas that doesn’t involve being stuck in smoke and still having fun?  I’m happy to report there are plenty of other things to do, here are my favorite places to visit off the Vegas strip!

Red Rock Canyon (Photo by esudroff. Used with creative common rights )

1. Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is located in Summerlin, in West Las Vegas.  It’s a gorgeous setting for hiking and exploring the canyon area.  We went with a 6-year-old and chose one of the easier hikes.  We had such a great time exploring the rocks and the trails.  Make sure to go early to beat the heat and bring plenty of snacks and water!

2. Container Park

The Downtown Container Park is an outdoor shopping center and entertainment venue in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Opened in 2013, it was built from shipping containers and features over 30 shops, restaurants, and bars. 

Our favorite place for a nice glass of wine and a bite to eat is the Bin 702 Wine Bar. The park also contains a treehouse play area for kids as well as an outdoor performance space used for concerts and events. The unique container architecture and mix of boutique retailers and eateries have made the Container Park a must-visit spot off the Strip in Las Vegas!

3. Mob Museum

I know, I know, the Mob Museum sounds sort of cheesy right?  But where else can you see one of Al Capone’s actual guns?  The Mob Museum is located in the downtown area not far from the Container Park.  It has 3 floors of informational exhibits focusing primarily on the Italian mafia. Wander around to see a prop electric chair and a courtroom where you can sit in a mock trial. 

Parking is adjacent to the museum and while not free, its around $5 for a few hours.

Don’t skip the speakeasy in the basement, it’s dimly lit and have pretty good drinks and light snacks!

4. Neon Museum

Colorful and the perfect place to photograph Instagram selfies, the Neon Museum is a unique off-the-strip experience.  Tours range from $16 to $30.  The visitor center for the Neon Museum is housed in the vintage La Concha Motel.   Several of the light installations actually work and it’s a fun place to explore for those, not into gambling or clubs.

Neon Museum. (Photo by Sergio Smirnoff used with creative commons rights)

5. Seven Magic Mountains Art Installation

Another unique and colorful place is the Seven Magic Mountains Art Installation.    Located South of LAs Vegas in Sloan, NV Seven Magic Mountains is a free art installation that is a quick and fun stop for anyone who loves art.

Seven Magic Mountains (photo by Jameshills used with creative common rights)

6. Botanical Garden

A visit to the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden in Las Vegas is a unique and peaceful experience that offers a welcome respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. This three-acre botanical garden is home to over 300 species of cacti and succulents from around the world, including rare and endangered species. Walking through the garden, visitors are treated to a serene and stunning display of desert flora, punctuated by the vibrant colors and textures of the cacti.

7. Hoover Dam

Visiting Hoover Dam is a must-do activity for anyone traveling to the Las Vegas area. Located just 30 miles southeast of the city, this engineering marvel is an impressive feat of human ingenuity and an important part of American history. Visitors can take guided tours of the dam and power plant, explore the exhibits at the visitor center, and even walk across the top of the dam to take in breathtaking views of the Colorado River and the surrounding landscape.

The dam’s Art Deco design and massive scale are truly awe-inspiring, and learning about the history and construction of the dam is a fascinating experience for both adults and children. With its unique blend of engineering, history, and natural beauty, Hoover Dam is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the Las Vegas area.

So there you have it, places to visit off the Vegas strip!  Do you have any cool places to add?  Leave it in the comments!

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    1. OK this place looks amazing! I’m putting it on the list to visit! Thanks M!!

  1. How about the Ethel M factory?

    1. How have I never heard of this place?? The girls would love a chocolate tour. Thank you!!

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