Our Top Sights for a Weekend in VegasDecember 16, 2016 12:00 pm
Make the most of your getaway weekend in Vegas with our top tips for the best things to see in Sin City!
Planning on spending a weekend in Las Vegas? With a range of shows, landmarks, tours and fun-filled activities, it can be overwhelming putting together any form of an itinerary. But don’t fret, because we’ve scoured the scene and picked out the can’t-miss spots that you need to put on your list.
Short on time, but want to take in the best things to see in Las Vegas? Choose a Big Bus Day Tour, which will whisk you around the city of sin to icons including the MGM Lion, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Bellagio fountains and more. Accompanied by expert Las Vegas guides, guests can choose to either make the most of the hour and a half tour or build their own adventure by jumping on and off to explore the sights in more depth.
Have your Ocean’s Eleven moment at the Bellagio fountain extravaganza, where rainbows of light, music and dancing water combine for an unforgettable experience. As one of the Las Vegas’ many free shows, it’s one of the few worth making time for and is thoughtfully choreographed to over 30 different songs by artists as diverse as Tiestö and Frank Sinatra to make every visit a unique one. With over 1200 water jets that reach heights of 460 feet, it’s an audiovisual spectacle unlike any other.
Address: Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, shows run every half hour from 3pm – 8pm, every 15 minutes from 8pm – midnight; Saturdays and public holidays, shows run every half hour from 12pm-8pm, every 15 minutes from 8pm – 12am; Sundays, shows run every half hour from 11am – 7pm, every 15 minutes from 7pm – 12am
The aptly named Stratosphere Tower holds the title of tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA at 1149 feet tall, which is no small feat. Unsurprisingly, it boasts a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city and the weather’s never an issue with both indoor and outdoor decks to take in the sights, as well as long opening hours. Make an evening of it at the Top of the World Restaurant and AirBar, Las Vegas’ tallest bar, or get your heart racing with a 261m bungee jump and the multiple thrill rides that call the Tower home.
Blue Man Group
Part comedy, part live music, part spectacle – it’s hard nailing down exactly what the Blue Man Group is, but just know that they’re incredible. Blending together stunning light design, keen wit, pumping music and a lot of blue paint, these performers are amongst Las Vegas’ favourites and play to packed audiences every night at their specially designed theatre at the Luxor. Bubbling with energy and creativity to spare, you’ll be on your feet dancing way before curtain call.
Address: Blue Man Theatre, Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Opening Hours: 7pm, 9:30pm daily; occasional 4pm performances
Prices: $85 – 188, available here
See the city of indulgence from the top of the world’s tallest observation wheel, located right on the Las Vegas strip. At 520 feet high with unbeatable views, the ride is a leisurely half hour and all takes place in one of their many crystal cabins. Illuminated at night with more than 2000 LED lights, it’s perfect for a romantic evening.
Run away to the circus for an evening with Cirque du Soleil and relive Beatlemania at a jaw-dropping show themed after the iconic British band. It has the hallmarks of every great Cirque du Soleil performance: outlandish costumes, unbelievable acrobatics and theatre magic and Giles Martin, the son of Beatles producer Sir George Martin has a hand in revisioning some of the band’s most beloved tracks. While one of the more expensive options on the list, Cirque du Soleil is synonymous with the height of Las Vegas entertainment and it doesn’t get much better than LOVE.
Address: Mirage Hotel, 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Opening Hours: See all showtimes here
Prices: Tickets begin at $79
Adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you. Strap yourself in and soar over the city on the VooDoo Zip Line from the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower in Rio Las Vegas, where you can watch the hustle of the Las Vegas Strip unfold like miniatures below you. Reaching speeds of up to 33 miles per hour, riders can travel solo or bring someone else with them if you need a bit of moral support. The bravest thrill seekers can even ask to go backwards if they dare.
Meet some of Las Vegas’ wildest inhabitants at the Mirage Hotel, where white lions, leopards and white tigers roam the enclosures as bottlenose dolphins play in a 2.5 million gallon water habitat. Whether you just want to catch a quick peek on the way to your next sight or are interested in an up close and personal VIP experience, their inhouse animal experts can lend a hand and even leave you with a bit of trivia to take home.
New York taxis don’t have a great reputation, but the Big Apple Coaster at New York New York is one worth jumping into. This 203 foot high roller coaster is designed to look just like a taxi cab and reaches speeds of up to 67 miles an hour, making it one of the most exhilarating attractions in Las Vegas. Easily identifiable by its bright red tracks that sprawl along the Las Vegas strip, it was the first ride to ever feature a ‘heartline’ twist and dive – which in layman’s terms is a 360 degree barrel roll and drop. With over 1.4 million riders a year sliding into its seats, it’s a Las Vegas favourite that never disappoints.
Escape the desert heat and dive under the sea at Mandalay Bay, where some of the world’s deadliest predators lurk in their gigantic aquarium. Drift by a 1.3 million gallon of water exhibit where sharks explore a sunken shipwreck, slip into an underwater tunnel to watch sea turtles soar overhead and make new aquatic friends at the Touch Pool filled with rays, horseshoe crabs and sharks. With over 2000 species to discover, it’ll be easy to spend hours captivated by the underwater world.
Address: Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard S., Las Vegas
Opening Hours: 10am-8pm, Sunday – Thursday; 10am – 10pm, Friday – Saturday; May 24 – September 1, 10am – 10pm every day
Prices: Adults priced at $20, seniors at $18, children 4-12 at $14 and under 3s go free