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Looking to get away from the typical Las Vegas attractions? Here are 10 unique Vegas destinations to fill your next itinerary.
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Las Vegas is one of the most popular places to visit in the world, and you'll never find a shortage of things to do. But sometimes, you want to go off the beaten path and find a few unique attractions that others may be missing. So, if you're looking to plan a Las Vegas vacation that doesn't exclusively involve drinking and gambling, you'll want to keep these 10 activities in mind.
The population of Las Vegas boomed in the 1950s mostly due to available jobs at The Nevada Test Site, located just 65 miles from Las Vegas. The post-World War ll era was a different time, and from 1951 to 1992, nuclear testing occurred at this site. The site is known as the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), and The National Atomic Testing Museum, located just a few blocks from The Strip, keeps the memories and stories of this historical location alive today.
Visitors can view some of the first nuclear weapons ever used, look at unique artifacts and exhibits, and experience interactive displays and videos about the history of nuclear weapon production. General admission is $24 for adults, $18 for ages 7 to 14 and free from kids 6 and under.
Las Vegas has seen many classic signs and neon displays come and go throughout its short history. But what exactly happens to those signs when they are removed from The Strip and hauled away? They go to the Neon Museum, aka the Neon Boneyard, where visitors can see iconic Las Vegas sights that have since gone into retirement.
The Neon Museum is a nonprofit organization that gives these old signs a second chance to shine and preserves the sights and stories of classic Las Vegas. Guests to The Neon Museum can opt for a general admission ticket or a 45-minute guided tour. While the museum is open during daytime hours, a nighttime trip is sure to give the best photo opportunities and help visitors appreciate the true beauty of each unique sign.
Have you ever wanted to drive around an enormous bulldozer or operate large construction equipment? Then las Vegas is the place to be.
Dig This brings out the kid in all of us with a large selection of heavy machinery that anyone can take control of. The 90-minute session includes a safety class, and you'll be able to work with an instructor to dig trenches, stack tires, and build huge mounds of dirt. You'll also get to play games like excavator basketball. The best part is that you'll get your own graduation ceremony at the end to honor your newfound bulldozing skills.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is sure to be at the top of any "Best Unique Las Vegas Attractions" list. It contains the largest display of working pinball machines in the world and allows guests to play on just about all of them. The Pinball Hall of Fame first opened in Las Vegas in 2009 and recently moved to a new, 20,000-square-foot warehouse right on Las Vegas Blvd.
Visitors to the Pinball Hall of Fame will find a variety of pinball games, including Godzilla, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and Batman. Of course, they have all the classic arcade games as well, including Frogger, Paperboy, Joust, and Pac-Man. Whatever age you are, you're sure to find a unique game you can enjoy at the Pinball Hall of Fame.
Located just 17 miles west of Las Vegas, you'll find the Red Rock Canyon. It's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip and take in the beautiful natural sights of the surrounding desert.
Red Rock Canyon covers over 195,000 acres within the Mojave Desert and offers a diverse mix of animals and wildflowers. Once you reach the canyon, you can take a 13-mile scenic drive and even camp at the Red Rock Canyon campground. Visitors can also hike on one of the 26 trails that meander through the valleys and up to the highest points in the canyon.
Red Rock Canyon is also a spectacular place to stargaze. With dark skies nearly untouched by any surrounding lights, The Las Vegas Astronomical Society hosts a variety of stargazing events complete with educational presentations and a variety of telescopes.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the mysterious nature of Area 51 near Las Vegas? Well, taking an Area 51 guided tour with Adventure Photo Tours is your chance to get up close and personal.
Tours typically begin around 7 am and include lunch, water, and snacks. They also offer hotel transportation to make the planning process as seamless as possible.
You'll see places like the top secret Janet Airlines, the ancient Dry Lake, see the perimeter of Area 51, and much more. You'll also take in the sites along the Extraterrestrial Highway as you make your way towards Rachel, NV. From Las Vegas, it's 100 miles to Rachel, and the tour goes until 5 pm, so be prepared for a full day of alien adventure.
Just minutes from the Las Vegas strip and full of unique oddities, this unique museum houses a collection of tiny random oddities that are sure to peak anyone's interest. It's a place of small, lost, and forgotten objects, like tiny animal figurines, an antique dice collection, vintage doll parts, marbles, miniature vintage porcelain fruit, and more. Guests are able to read books, open boxes, and take a look through the collections. You can also check out their store to buy things like a tiny box of treasures, which includes small vintage toys, beads, buttons, foreign matchboxes, and anything else you can think of.
This is certainly a very unique Las Vegas destination and may not be for everyone, but the admission is free, so why not stop in when you're in town and check it out?
Horseback riding is probably one of the last things to come to mind when planning your Las Vegas vacation, but there are more than a couple of companies that offer the experience.
Wild West Horseback Adventures and Cowboy Trail Rides are two of the most popular tour companies that offer trail rides to Las Vegas visitors. Saddle up early, take to the trails, and enjoy magnificent desert views, followed by a traditional western-style breakfast, or book an afternoon tour and ride off into the sunset while enjoying wildlife all around you. Many of the afternoon tours include an authentic cowboy-style dinner that is sure to hit the spot.
Wild West Horseback Adventures also offers to pick up their guests at most major Las Vegas hotels and casinos, so there's no excuse for missing this truly unique Las Vegas experience.
I’ve only done two of these but the Pinball Hall of Fame and The Neon Miseum are well worth the money.
We did Cowboy Trail Rides and really liked it. We had family in from California and they had never ridden, but the instructors were helpful and patient.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is amazing. I went there last trip and will surely be back again.