There is so much going on in Las Vegas that it sometimes almost impossible to decide what is worth doing and what you should leave off the list. Couple that with the fact that any Vegas trip longer than 3 days might leave you broke and wishing you never came, and we find ourselves trying to cram as many fun activities as we can into that short stay. We have consulted some season Vegas veterans to give you this list of things to make sure you plan do in Sin City before you leave.
1. Pool Party
You probably don't need a fancy list to tell you this, but the Las Vegas pool parties are OUT OF CONTROL. With lineups that regularly feature world renowned DJ's such as Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki just to name a few, you are sure to have a good time no matter the circumstances. And trust me on this one, spend a little bit of extra money for the cabana to avoid the chaos at the bar, you'll be glad you did. My personal favorite pool is Wet Republic at the MGM Grand, but there are plenty of other great options. Make sure you check the lineups before you go to nail down tickets to the right one.
2. The High Roller
Even though it is one of Vegas's newest attractions, the High Roller is an absolute must. Standing at 550 feet tall, this observation wheel gives the absolute best 360 degree unobstructed views of the strip. And that's not even the best part. You have the option to get a pod that comes complete with your very own bar AND bartender for an open bar that runs from the time you step foot in the pod to the time you leave (about 30 minutes). Tickets for the open bar option go for $33 during the day and $52 at night but you can usually get them a little cheaper if you book through your hotel concierge. This is something that is well worth the money and you will enjoy every second of it.
3. Legal Sports Betting
If you haven't spent an afternoon in a Vegas sports book, you need to go ASAP. For all you sports junkies out there, legalized betting combined with an enormous wall full of TV's, cushy lounge chairs, and a bar just feet away sounds like a dream come true. May I suggest planning a Vegas trip for the first weekend of March Madness? Just make sure you get there early, as this is the busiest sports book weekend of the year.
4. Take Advantage of the Open Container Laws
Or lack thereof! That's right, you are free to roam around the Las Vegas strip with the beverage of your choice in hand. There are plenty of fine establishments that cater to this by offering to-go drinks, or you can just go the old fashioned way and buy a six pack from the local convenience store. Either way, its a great way to keep hydrated while you soak in all that Vegas has to offer.
5. Get Bottle Service at a Nightclub
So this one is a little on the pricey side, but when you get a table with bottle service at a Vegas nightclub you get treated like kings (or queens). Promoters are always looking to get all of the tables filled at the clubs so try getting in contact with a few to see who will offer the best deal. You can also try going on a week night if you're finding that the Saturday night tables are a little bit outside of your budget.
6. Eat at a 5 Star Restaurant
Las Vegas has some of the best restaurants in the world. Pick a night to splurge and see what all the fuss is about. There are several celebrity chefs that have their flagship restaurants in Vegas hotels and most of them are well worth checking out.
7. Gamble! (But not too much)
The key to gambling in Vegas is to play just enough that you're having fun, but not so much that you blow your entire budget for the trip in the first night and then can't have any more fun the rest of the trip. Try the lower limit tables to start out until you get a feel for whether Vegas will be treating you favorably or not over the next few days.
8. Visit Old Vegas
A visit to "Old Vegas" or Downtown Las Vegas is like a step back in history. This is where Vegas got its start, before the strip was built and is filled with old time casinos and hotels. Take a walk down the Fremont Ave Experience
9. Check Out the Bellagio Fountain
This may seem a little tacky and touristy (because the rest of this list totally isnt') but you really can't get a feel for how cool the fountain actually is until you see it up close. Get a front and center view and take in one of the shows with the accompanying music. There's a new show every 20 minutes or so and its absolutely free, so there's no excuse for missing this one.