More Than Just Casinos

December 19, 2013

Fun locales to go to in Vegas besides gaming floors

For many people, going to Las Vegas often translates to having one of the most enjoyable – and possibly unforgettable – moments of their lives. The casinos alone promise tons of laughter and gaming fun as they should, being the lifeblood of the city. Like they say, a visit to Vegas isn’t complete without shouting at the top of your lungs in the hopes that Lady Luck might just grant your wish for the ball to land on a red tile.

That said, there are more things you can do in Vegas beyond going a few rounds of roulette, blackjack, and slots. The city, after all, encompasses more than just casinos. Some of the best things in Vegas happen outside of gaming establishments, as the list below will show:

1. The Stratosphere Tower allows customers to experience the harrowing fun that is SkyJump. As the name implies, it’s a controlled freefall ride that encourages the brave to jump from a height of 829 ft., or roughly 100 stories. Not only is SkyJump the highest commercial decelerated descent in the world, but it’s also the only one you’ll find in North America.

2. To cool down your adrenaline rush after your first (or second, or fifth) freefall jump, you might want to head on over to the many spas the city has to offer. Find out why many consider Vegas the new spa destination in the country by having a relaxing massage at the Venetian’s Canyon Ranch, or a coconut milk bath over at the Bellagio’s Spa.

3. Continue your downtime by paying a visit to the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay. Take your Shark Week viewing fascination to the next level by marveling at the actual ocean predators, along with a heaping helping of manta rays, crocodiles, turtles, and even a komodo dragon.

4. Bring the energy back up by going to any of the city’s trending clubs. Satisfy your craving for Euro-synth and techno beats, and dance all night under the hypnotic trance of the best DJs in some of the trendiest establishments of the world like Tao, The Bank, Tabu, Cathouse, and many more.

5. It’s hard to beat the classics; and with that, cap off your vacation by admiring the fountains of the Bellagio. Long a hallmark of many movies and TV shows which take place in the city, the fountains dancing to the big band tunes of Frank Sinatra provides that perfect end to a perfect vacation, and leaves you with a mark that’s truly Las Vegas.

While Las Vegas continues to thrive on its gaming rooms, it’s no secret that online casinos are slowly eating up the audience that used to frequent their brick-and-mortar counterparts, what with their potential for a wider audience reach. The successful partnership between BetFair Casino and Trump Plaza is expected to net the online casino company in excess of $325 million by the end of the pairing’s first fiscal year alone. If that’s any indication, this online onslaught doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon.

It’s a good thing, then, that Vegas still has a whole caboodle of Plan Bs in place, just in case. Whatever happens, it looks like the city will still hold on to its title as Entertainment Capital of the World.

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