Are you looking for some different, fun, unique things to do in Las Vegas the next time you are on the strip? Plan to do some of the things in our guide below on your next Las Vegas vacation!
Unlike other Las Vegas guides which list generic things like going to see a show (Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Blue Man Group, etc), or trying different buffets or restaurants, our list below includes UNIQUE things to do in Las Vegas.
Even better, most can be done for free or cheap!
Let’s get into it
What are Some Fun and Unique Things To Do in Las Vegas?
1. Rent a Daybed at the Pool
If you are planning on spending a full day (or more) in the pool complex at one of hotels on the Las Vegas Strip like the MGM Grand, here’s a pro tip: rent a daybed!
A daybed is located located near the best and more premium spots of each pool complex. It can hold two, four, or eight people and usually comes with a safe and an umbrella you can use for partial shade.
Most daybeds in Las Vegas also comes with personalized waitress service. You book your daybed in advance and don’t have to worry about being one of the first people down to the pool, laying on an uncomfortable pool lounge chair, or losing your spot when you want to take a dip in the lazy river.
And here’s the best part: daybeds are actually FREE.
At any MGM Resort location, daybeds only cost a food and drink minimum which usually ranges from $30-80 per person depending on supply and demand. That means that as long as you spend the minimum during the day on food and drinks, your daybed costs nothing extra.
Most people are likely to spend more than the minimum – did we mention that pool drinks can be $20+ – so the daybed is a nice perk for those smart enough to book it.
For some people, Las Vegas restaurants mean lots of money on expensive drinks and premium dining. However, tons of places have embraced the Las Vegas happy hour (especially during weekdays) and with a little planning, visiting happy hours is one of our favorite things to do in Las Vegas.
Feel free to have your own fun with this, but here’s what we recommend.
First off, check out our complete guide on Las Vegas happy hours – we have over 75 different deals listed!
Jot down one or two places in the hotel you are staying in and the 3 closest hotels nearby you. You may jot down places based on their cheap drinks, included appetizers, or uniqueness.
Start at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and visit a minimum of four different Las Vegas hotels and sample at least one happy hour from them.
Why are las Vegas happy hours fun and unique?
- You’ll meet some awesome waiters/waitresses and new friends along your travels.
- You’ll feel more accomplished than just sitting in one spot and drinking.
- You’ll get to see and experience some really unique Las Vegas restaurants.
- Finding each place is half of the fun, weaving through casinos and enjoying your time on the strip in each hotel
Here’s one example Las Vegas happy hour trip:
- Emeril’s at MGM Grand – $5 beers
- Tom’s Urban at New York York – 1/2 price on anything that pours. This includes $5 each for two “Big Ass Beer”, 80 OUNCES of beer total.
- Beerhaus at the Park (by Park MGM) – $5 beer and $6 appetizers
- Jaleo in Cosmopolitan – $4 beer and select $4-6 tapas
- Harvest by Roy Ellimar in the Bellagio – $7 cocktail or wine plus $7 snacks from the snackwagon
Keep it fun and let your day take you where it may!
3. Visit Topgolf Las Vegas
If you are even the most casual of golfers, you have to check out Topgolf in Las Vegas right on the backside of the MGM Grand property.
More than just a golf driving range, Topgolf makes things fun and interactive. You earn points for landing your golf ball nearby designated targets on the range. Each golf ball you hit has a tracker in it that shows you stats on the screen such as:
- ball speed
- total height
- distance travelled
- curve (slice or hook)
Each pod at Topgolf has a sectional couch for your party to relax on and enjoy a drink. The place even has a swimming pool and swim up bar on the third floor to check out!
Things are funner at Topgolf in groups of 4 or 6 and a bigger party makes the prices reasonable too – you pay per hour for the pod.
4. Piano Bar or Coyote Ugly in New York New York
If you want to go clubbing in Las Vegas and are planning on spending A LOT of money, you’ll have no trouble finding nightclubs in each hotel (Hakkasan in MGM Grand or XS in Wynn are two popular choices).
Both places are cheap to get into, have a casual atmosphere, and will provide plenty to sing and dance to.
Coyote Ugly has cheap drink specials from 6-9pm every night. The piano bar lets you get involved by requesting songs for the duelling pianos to play (tip recommended).
Once you are done, the Times Square area in New York New York has plenty of cheap food options open late (New York pizza!).
If you are feeling active, check out both of these places in a single night – they sit one floor and apart 200 steps apart.
The Milk Bar is a famous and unique bakery unlike any other sweets you can you can get on the strip. It comes from Christina Tosi, who was the dessert chef for the Momofuku restaurant group who began own her business selling her “happy mistake” desserts full of ingredients that don’t normally go together.
One of the top favorites include the compost cookie – cookies packed with pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, and butterscotch.
Rather than regular old milk, The Milk Bar uses “cereal milk”. Imagine the taste of milk after cereal has marinated in it for 20 minutes and you can picture the awesomeness and uniqueness of Milk Bar.
6. Eat Cookie Dough at Doughp
Located in the Miracle Mile Shoppes by Planet Hollywood is Doughp – the original raw cookie dough restaurant. Featured on Shark Tank, Doughp is pre-packaged cookie dough in a variety of flavours from chocolate chip to birthday cake to cookies and cream.
Doughp is a unique twist on the dessert and Las Vegas and San Francisco are the only two locations you can get it at so far.
If you like what you taste, you can actually order Doughp online too, which is — dope.
7. Go Find Secret Pizza
There are plenty of pizza places on the Las Vegas Strip but if you want to feel like you’ve truly earned it, then go look for Secret Pizza.
Located on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan, Secret Pizza is not marked. Follow the vinyl record covers plastered on the hallways until you find this hidden gem where you can order pizza, play pinball, and enjoy yourself.
Secret Pizza has become a cult classic due to the adventure and mystery that surrounds it.
8. Get Berated at Dick’s Restaurant
Located in the Excalibur, Dick’s is a unique Las Vegas dining experience unlike anything other. Instead of a warm and comforting dining experience, the hosts and waiters at Dick’s are there to literally berate you.
You’ll be hurled insults, told to make your own place settings, judged for your food order, and mocked for the bill at the end.
In the over-the-top entertainment life of Las Vegas, Dick’s fits in oddly perfect with the strip. All of the staff do their job really well to make your experience awesome.
The choices above are only the tip of the iceberg to unique food in Las Vegas so comment on this guide with more options and we will add it to the list!
9. Go See a Las Vegas Residency Show
Las Vegas residency shows are different than long-term permanent Vegas offerings. Some of the current and former biggest artists in the world have ascended upon the Las Vegas strip with a special show event to check out.
From Celine Dion to Bruno Mars to Drake and Aerosmith, there are dozens of unique artists performing on the strip each night. We’ve even compiled a complete list of Las Vegas residency shows worth checking out.
Compared to most Cirque shows, Las Vegas residencies are limite time only and then gone forever, so don’t miss out.
Keeping in line with the Vegas theme, most residency shows contain acrobatics, pyro, magic, and other Vegas themes, making them different than when an artist goes on tour.
10. Go Looking For Fine Art at Aria
The Aria Resort & Casino is one of the most premier locations on the strip. It also has the first permanent collection of fine art in Las Vegas. This art is integrated permanently around the Aria’s property and is available to go look at.
There are art pieces by Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, James Turrell and Richard Long, among others.
Check out the map below to see where fine art is located around the Aria.
11. Go and Visit The Park
The Park in Las Vegas is a tourist attraction located right outside the doors of the Park MGM hotel. It is also right outside T-Mobile Arena, home to the Vegas Golden Knights.
There are a number of popular chain restaurants located in the park:
- Sake Rok
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Shake Shack
- Hello Kitty Café
On game days, the park is filled with tailgating activities and entertainment.
If you want to have some fun at the Park, try a drink out from each location. Take it to go and enjoy it on one of the many patios or green spaces in The Park Las Vegas.
12. Visit HAPPY PLACE
HAPPY PLACE Las Vegas is located in the Mandalay Bay hotel. It’s premise is simple: show you things that make you smile. With 12 vibrant rooms perfect for Instagram picture taking, there is a lot to smile around here.
Some of the larger-than-life one of a kind installations at HAPPY PLACE include:
- Seven-foot stilettos made of a million candies
- Six-foot tall X and O letters surrounded by a wall of 1,000 red lips
- A rubber ducky bathtub of fun
- A rainbow you can jump off of into a pot of happiness
If you are old enough to smile, then you are old enough for HAPPY PLACE. Click here to learn more information and buy tickets.
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