Each year my hubby slips away for a safety professionals conference in Las Vegas. Tired of him having all the fun, this year I made arrangements for the kiddos and slipped away with him for a much needed get-away. I was told by several people before we left that I would either love Vegas or absolutely hate it; there was no in-between.
I fell in love with Las Vegas.
Now you know I am not a wild and crazy girl, but guess what?! You don’t have to be to have fun in Vegas, and “what happens in Vegas” doesn’t necessarily have to “stay in Vegas”
And I had a blast the four and a half days we were there!
So what can you do in Las Vegas if you are not a huge gambler or a late night partier? Here are seven fun things you can do and still get a Vegas experience!
1. Take in a show. As cliche as it seems, you can’t go to Vegas without seeing at least one live show. There is something from everyone from impersonators to live concerts. The week we were in town Brittany Spears performed twice and we had an option of no less than FIVE Cirque du Soleil shows! We opted for a musical and watched Jersey Boys (the Frankie Valli & Four Seasons story), which was playing nightly at the Paris hotel theater. The music was fabulous, making it an awesome choice and a show we enjoyed very much!
2. Enjoy dinner at a high end restaurant! Enjoy yourself and splurge. We chose to have dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant at the Paris hotel as part of a package that included dinner and the Jersey Boys performance.
Our reservations were early so that we had prime seating for the sunset and a view of the strip as it lit up for the evening.
We could also watch the fountains at the Belliago from our table. Another good reason for dining early was to keep us from being absolutely stuffed while watching our show later in the evening!
Service at the Eiffel Tower was impeccable. The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and took his time going over the wine list with us. The waitress was very friendly, yet professional and efficient.
Our filet medallions were cooked perfectly and dessert…. let’s just say I was very thankful for gym access!
My Creme Brûlée was sheer perfection.
3. Spend a day at Canyon Ranch SpaClub and Fitness Center. Located in the Venetian Hotel this spa club has everything you could imagine to spoil yourself … which is exactly what I did.
Because I have fitness goals I am still striving to reach, I took advantage of the personal trainers on staff and had my booty handed to me. It was a humbling experience as a licensed trainer to have another trainer whip you and nearly have you crawling out of the gym. I told them what I was looking for and for two days got it. I will definitely use the facility and the trainers again! The fitness club has every kind of equipment you could possibly want or need for a workout, as well as cardio equipment and a climbing wall! Fitness classes like spin, yoga, and zumba are available as well.
The ladies locker room is peaceful and calm which really encourages you to focus on the workouts to come!
While at the spa-club I spent the money and took advantage of one of the hairstylists, to “fix” me up for our evening out on the town as well as a cosmetologist for a dramatic makeover that I’ll never be able to recreate!
It was so much fun and extremely relaxing. Something every wife and momma needs from time to time.
While time didn’t allow for me to enjoy all the activities at the spa, with a spa passport you can use the steam rooms, rainforest aquavana, the sauna, and a hydrospa. For extra you can schedule a variety of massages, manis/pedis, body wraps and even a couples mud bath!
4. Walk through the many themed hotels and take in the architecture and decor.
I know, you’re thinking “how boring!”, but I promise you it’s not! Our trip corresponded with Chinese New Year, so a walk through the Belliago was unique, colorful and so enjoyable!
During the afternoon at the Venetian you may find a carnival atmosphere taking place right in the Canal Shoppes!
With live music and colorful costumes, it’s worth taking a break from your day to sit and take in a little Italian culture.
Stop by Buddy’s bakery or Godiva while hitting the Canal Shoppes in the Venetian. Just be sure to do a few extra reps when you hit the gym!
An if you want a bit of Egyptian culture, step into the Luxor. You feel like you’ve traveled the world with just a little walking!
5. Step back in time to the day of gangsters in Vegas with a stroll through The Mob Museum. Located in old Vegas the Mob Museum housed in the old US Post Office and courthouse built in 1933, the museum shares the history of the mob from it’s beginnings in the United States to its rise in Vegas and the end of several prominent mobsters. There are many interactive exhibits and plenty of history for you to soak in. “The Godfather” just doesn’t tell all of the story!
Another great exhibit in Las Vegas is the Titanic display at the Luxor. Cameras are forbidden in the tour, but the images will be forever etched in your mind. With actual artifacts from the shipwreck, paired with carefully reconstructed displays of various rooms on the ship and stories of the passengers you will need a box of kleenex. Very touching indeed.
6. Take a hike into Red Rock Canyon. While the Grand Canyon is drivable from Las Vegas (3.5-4 hours), Red Rock Canyon is just an hour out and a day you will find most enjoyable.
Start in the visitors center where you will get an idea of the history of the area as well as the wildlife and variety of native plants you will see while you are out and about.
Talk with one of the Rangers and pick up a guide showing you the many hikes you can take. It’s a stunningly beautiful area. Take a picnic, enjoy a hike, take in the wildlife and soak in God’s amazing creation.
7. Hit up a gun range for a military experience! We discovered Battlefield Vegas by accident as I was trying to do something fun for Audley since he had been a good sport by hiking and dressing up for dinner. Battlefield Vegas is owned and operated by US Veterans which made it even more appealing to us.
The experience begins when you are picked up at your hotel in a military vehicle and taken to their location. You can tour around outside and look at old military vehicles which made my veteran hubby quite happy.
Once you go inside, you have several packages to choose from for your shooting experience. We choose the Navy Seal package, plus added and extra gun.
Apparently Audley has missed shooting an AK-47.
We just paid for one package and split it.
Audley had a blast…. and so did I.
The “instructor” assigned to help us with the guns was really great and I think shocked that I knew what I was doing. You don’t have to regularly shoot to do this shooting experience; you will have plenty of help. They guys are really awesome and were great for answering any questions you might have. When you are finished shooting, shopping and touring, the guys will carry you back to your hotel or even a restaurant if you are going to eat. There are other shooting experiences available in the area, but we really had fun at Battlefield Vegas and will definitely do this again!
For reference, hotels for every budget are available in Las Vegas. You can stay in the Best Western or in Caesar’s Palace. We chose a Hilton property (always our preference), using the Elara Grand Vacations for our stay.
With a jacuzzi and full-sized living room and kitchen it was like we were in our own apartment instead of a hotel! I’m not a gambler at all, but for the Vegas experience I did play a couple of slot machines.
With only four days for our trip, as you can imagined we in no way saw all there is to see. I’m already planning to accompany Audley next year to his conference … I told you I loved it!