Las Vegas, NV - Top 5 Things to Do

Explore The Strip, see Fremont Street, watch the Bellagio's Fountains, and more.
Hotel and fountain in Las Vegas

Hotel and fountain in Las Vegas

Getting Around Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Monorail runs seven days a week, 7 a.m.-2 a.m., along the length of the Strip from Sahara Station to MGM Grand Station; a one-day pass costs $12. For a map and more information: The Las Vegas Strip area is also served by several trolley routes; a one-way ticket ($2.50) or one-day pass ($4.25) can be purchased at any hotel front desk.

Lodging, Dining and Entertainment Information

Contact the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority: (877) 847-4858; Get helpful information for families at

Top 5 Things to Do in Las Vegas

1. Explore the Strip

Go ahead and live it up! You're in Vegas. Extending for 4.2 miles of concrete running north to south on Las Vegas Boulevard, this is the heart of Las Vegas nightlife, gambling and hotels, with a dizzying extravaganza of neon and over-the-top resorts with creative themes like Circus Circus, Caesar's Palace and MGM Grand. And there is no shortage of hotel rooms: 25 of the world's largest hotels (in terms of number of rooms) are on or near the Strip. Book your hotel for a weeknight and you are most likely to get a deal.

2. Catch a Show

Nearly every hotel on or near the Strip has a theater (or multiple) built-in to accommodate the house performance, or performances. Shows vary widely in target audience, duration, price and format (ranging from dinner shows, magic shows, Broadway musicals, and acrobat acts). It is most economical to buy tickets in advance. Check out or

3. Experience Freemont

Situated at the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard, the family-friendly Freemont Street Experience is an alternative to the Strip and offers, shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as a decadent array of flashing neon signs along an outdoor walkway. Now fully restored, Freemont was the first Las Vegas street to be paved (in 1925). For more information:

4. Watch the Bellagio's Fountains

Located in front of the Bellagio hotel at 3600 Las Vegas Blvd., this fantastic explosion of water rockets goes off with a heart-thumping boom and then creates more drama with music and lights. Added bonus: It is free. The fountains explode every half-hour between 3 p.m.-8 p.m. and every 15 minutes between 8 p.m. and midnight.

5. Visit Circus Circus Adventure Dome

The flipping acrobats, magician shows and adrenaline-pumping carnival rides entertain the kid in everyone. Located along the
heart of the Strip, this is the largest indoor theme park in the world. Full day passes
$14.95-$22.95; open daily 10 a.m.-midnight. For more information:


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