What to See and Do in Las Vegas

Whether it’s your first time in Las Vegas or your hundredth time, Vegas has a wealth of activities, restaurants, museums and excursions. There’s so much to do and see, but most of the fun is in exploring – in the day or night. Below, we’ve highlighted some top restaurants, museums and sights for your trip.

Food

You’re in for a treat once you get to Vegas. With everything from 5-star restaurants to 5-star pizza shops, you’ll never go hungry! The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort, our location for the conference, has 29 restaurants, grills and cafes, including celebrity chef restaurants such as Lupo by Wolfgang puck, Fleur by Hubert Keller and the new Kumi Japanese Restaurant & Bar by Akira Back. If you’d like to venture outside of the hotel, Hash House A Go Go has an excellent breakfast. Or head over to Bouchon restaurant for a taste of Paris! For casual dining, Island Style Asian Fusion or the FUKU Burger truck with Japanese inspired burgers are great choices, or head to Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill for an authentic English pub experience. Zagat’s 10 Best Restaurants in Las Vegas include Michael’s, where old school elegance is “worth every penny;” Picasso, decorated with original Picasso pieces; or Lotus of Siam, which offers traditional Thai food at modest prices. For more restaurant recommendations visit http://www.vegas.com/restaurant/.

Sights

There’s more to explore in Vegas beyond the casinos and world-class dining. Check out one of the engaging museums and tours available to you during your stay. The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is great for the whole family! With exhibits on marine life, animated dinosaurs and local wildlife and hands-on learning rooms where children can engage with cultural artifacts. Visit the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor. There you’ll find a 25,000-square-foot exhibit featuring numerous artifacts from the Titanic. The Arts Factory was built to create a community of fine and practical artist. The art factory’s purpose is to “inspire with greatness.” Bodies the Exhibition is located on Las Vegas Blvd., where you get to learn more about your own body. The exhibit has carefully preserved full-body, organ, and partial body specimens. Or head over to the Stratosphere tower to enjoy some thrill rides in Vegas! Interested in history or geography? Check out the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park or take a helicopter tour for an up-close and personal introduction to the valleys, deserts and mountains of the Grand Canyon West region.

Explore

Las Vegas in the summer is hot – not doubt about it. We’ve got a few ideas to help you keep your cool. For starters, the Mandalay Bay has a five pool-pool collection including lazy rivers, real waves and a beach setting. The Mandalay Bay also includes the Shark Reef, an attraction for the whole family that includes sawfish, giant sting rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile, to name a few. If you’re dive-certified you can dive with the sharks in a 1.3 million gallon shipwreck exhibit in the ultimate SCUBA experience. Chill out with an ice cream cone at The Sugar Factory. Still need to burn off some energy and cool off further? Try a white water rafting tour. You’ll relax as you float past the beautiful scenery of the Black Canyon and the Hoover Dam. Lunch on the beach is provided in the tour, and your guide will share the history of the area. Check out other ways to cool off in Las Vegas with FodorsTravel.

Shop

Love to shop? You’ll love Las Vegas! Start your journey at Town Square, an open-air center including an eclectic collection of over 100 different shops and dining spots. If you want to save 25%-65% on designer and name-brand stores then you may want to visit the Las Vegas Premium Outlets. The outlet features over 150 different designer and name brand outlet stores such as White House black Market, Perry Ellis, Dooney & Bourke, Juicy Couture, Calvin Klein, Armani Outlet and the Nike factory. There is a bus from the Mandalay Bay that takes your straight to the outlet from 9am – 12:30am every 15 minutes every day. Have fun!

Play

Las Vegas is well known as an adult amusement park – and there are plenty of bars, clubs and world-class entertainment to keep you smiling. The Mandalay Bay offers Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, an immersive musical experience. The show is driven by Michael Jackson’s powerful, multi-layered music and takes the audience through a series of seamless visual and musical tableaux, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical, and heartwarming. In Michael Jackson ONE, Michael’s artistry and spirit is expressed through the vibrant energy of the cast of dancers and performers, underscored by aerial performance, driving acrobatics, and vivid choreographies that use the urban/hip hop idiom as a springboard for exploration. The House of Blues Music Hall at Mandalay Bay is legendary for showcasing a wide variety of music, from LeeAnn Rimes to Gunz N’ Roses. Seven nights a week you can stop by for a show, ranging from rock, reggae, rap, rockabilly, jazz and of course blues. Le Reve is an excellent stage show that combines water, fire, swimming, acrobatics and amazing effect into one show. Every seat is a maximum of 42 feet from the stage and they offer the option to have dinner at your seat. Relax and kick up your feet with some friends at the Ri Ra Irish Pub, also at Mandalay Bay. Ri Ra was a pub in Ireland, but it was shipped and restored at the Mandalay. The pub has live entertainment each day of the week, with traditional Irish bands visiting from the homeland. At Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat you can explore, learn and play in an enchanting world of white lions, white tigers, panthers, leopards and a family of bottlenose dolphins.

Have fun in Las Vegas!