Las Vegas Things To Do And Activities

Las Vegas Things To Do

As promised in my previous post, which focused on the hotels we visited in Las Vegas, I will share some of the activities that we did while on our short stay here. We were pleasantly surprised by the variety of activities available to us and in fact we struggled to fit in everything we wanted to do n our three days in the city.

Gordon Ramsay Fish and Chips

This casual eatery was somewhat new when we were in town. We had heard about it on the grape vine before our trip and knew it was a must for us. On our first day in Vegas, we decided to go exploring the city with the intention of locating this restaurant on our travels for lunch. It was super easy to find and in a central location between the Linq and Flamingo hotels.

Once you are on the correct street you can’t miss this place! Its decked out in the British colours with the shop front donning an enormous fish dressed in the British flag. The doors in and out of the restaurant are also very genuine…they have used doors from red telephone boxes to keep the authenticity of this venue strong!

Our Food At Ramsays

It had to be the obvious choice of battered fish and chips and boy were we blown away. As with anything Gordon Ramsay touches, nothing is standard and this can certainly be said of the fish and chips. The fish itself was cooked to perfection with crispy batter that left us wanting more.

The choices of homemade sauces were to die for and the real vinegar on offer was that little something you don’t often get when away from home. The generous lemon wedge skewered on top left us wanting for nothing. This venue is also licensed so was the perfect pit stop for our afternoon.

Grand Canyon

The trip we made to the Grand Canyon from LAs Vegas was an experience I will never forget and one of the best activities we have done.

We hadn’t booked this tour in advance and in fact that benefitted us on this occasion. We knew this was definitely something we wanted to do while in Las Vegas but hadn’t gotten round to researching it properly and didn’t want to book it without doing so. As a result, on the day we wanted to go, we went to one of the tourist kiosks in our hotel and enquired about any deals they had running. As there were vacancies on a tour running later that day, we got a really good deal.

Did You Know

Another thing that we hadn’t realised prior to our trip, was that the Grand Canyon is a nature reserve and therefore can not be accessed by just anyone. Many people decide to drive to the Grand Canyon themselves while in the city but they can only get to certain points and don’t get the same access or experience that you get when on a guided tour.

Full Service To The Canyon

We hadn’t intended going the full hog when we started looking into this tour but due to us booking last minute, we got all the frills for the same price as the basic package. We ended up being collected from our hotel in a limo and driven in style to the airfield on the outskirts of the city. Our decision the helicopter ride that took us over the Hoover Dam and then into the valley of the Grand Canyon. As this area is a nature reserve, there are only certain places that people can set-down and they need clearance and all kinds of licenses to do so. Taking a guided helicopter tour is one of the only ways of being able put your feet on the ground of the Canyon itself!

Our Flight Time

We opted for the late afternoon/evening tour and were glad we did so. Our tour meant we had a stop over in the Canyon which included the most adorable champagne picnic. We landed while the sun was still up and had our nibbles and champagne as the sun began to set…it was like something out of a movie!

Inside The Canyon

We also had time to take pictures and the tour guides were wonderful in terms of assisting with this too when we both wanted to get into the snap. As we left the Canyon just on sunset, we then got to experience the surrounding landscape and indeed the glitter strip (on our arrival back to the city) in a totally different light to when we left. The incredible lights of the hotels were in full swing and we could appreciate the city for what it is best known…the glitz and glamour!

One little tip I would give if opting for the tour at this time of day is to bring a warm cardigan or coat. Regardless of what the weather is like when you leave to start the tour, once the sun sets you need to remember that you are in a desert and the temperature can drop dramatically!

Fremont Street

This area of the Las Vegas is a must when in the city. Fremont Street was once the heart of Las Vegas and the origins of this crazy city can still be seen here today and is full of great and exciting activities.

It is considered the “Old Las Vegas” but once you step into this area, nothing feels old about it. The flashing lights above the casinos, the street performers and the huge ‘tacky’ signs in the street are what we have come to associate with this part of the world and if that is what you want to see, then this is where you need to visit.

Viva Vision Fremont Street

There is another unusual feature on Fremont Street that attracts lots of attention – Viva Vision: The world’s largest video screen! This is a free show that can be enjoyed from any point under the 1,500 feet long screen that is suspended 90 feet above Fremont Street’s pedestrian mall. The show lasts about 6 minutes and run every hour starting in the evening (depending on the time of year).

The imagery projected by the millions of LED lights come in a variety of shows and are certainly worth checking out. And one spectacular way to see all this is to take the zip line that runs under the Viva Vision screen – not for everyone but definitely an option for the thrill seekers.

Cirque Du Soleil

In Las Vegas one of our choices of activities to do was to take in a Cirque Du Soleil show. What I didn’t realise until we started looking at our options for shows, was that there are several shows running at the same time in Las Vegas in different hotels. Many hotels have resident shows running for long periods of time and as a result, the performers take short periods of time off meaning there are times of the year when some of the shows may not be running for a few days at a time. As there are several running along side each other though, you should be able find some show operating during your stay even if it is just a short stay. It may be worth double checking dates however, if there is one particular show you are interesting and if your dates for travel are flexible.

The Show

We ended up seeing the show Kai. It wasn’t a show we had heard anything about but the fact that it was a Cirque Du Soleil production was good enough for me. The stage and setting was out of this world with parts of the stage even moving during the performance to add to the dramatics.

The performers were like nothing I had ever seen before, with skill and courage that I couldn’t even comprehend! We were both speechless from the very opening scene to the last movement on the stage. A show like this is something I would highly recommend and no matter what your interests are, there is no way you couldn’t appreciate the mastery involved in such a performance.

Show location

The venue for the show was the MGM Grand so once it was over, we ventured through the numerous bars and restaurants to explore our new surroundings. We found a cosy bar with amazing cocktails…the perfect setting to discuss the incredible show we had just seen and reminisce about our favourite parts. What a perfect way to round off an amazing experience!

Check out the MGM grands list of shows HERE

So that’s Las Vegas and a few activities to get you started thanks for stopping by.

Fancy checking out our Vegas Hotels post see link below.

Las Vegas Hotels

Part of our America trip also saw us test out the rides at Disneyland California. We have also taken a trip to the east side of the US and visited New York where we talk about the best food and what to do and see in this great city at christmas.

Best hotels to stay Las Vegas

Vegas Hotels!

For many people, Las Vegas holds preconceived notions of a wild weekend away with friends, little of which visitors can remember. However, when we started planning our trip to this city, I was pleasantly surprised at the huge variety of activities available and the different types of holiday you can have here. Yes, there are the amazing casinos that cover vast areas and have incredible entertainment going on inside every day of the week, but there is so much more to this oasis in the desert that you would be doing yourself an injustice if you didn’t explore all the city has to offer. Here is our Las Vegas hotels post.

Where We Choose

Accommodation is certainly something Las Vegas is not short on. The amazing options the glitter strip and surrounding areas have to offer are known the world over and making a decision on where you want to stay can be the hardest part of planning this trip. From the dazzling Bellagio with it’s dancing water fountains to the event-packed MGM (and everything your wildest imagination could dream up in between), there is something for every taste here.


We couldn’t go past the incredible Venetian. The hotel’s foyer was like something out of a Renaissance art appreciation book with it’s intricately painted ceilings, marble floors and elaborate finishings. The suite we had booked was an extension of this luxury, not something we are used to I can assure you. The enormous, marble-finished bathroom was second only to the lavishly dressed bed which was on an elevated floor looking down over the lounge area.

The view from the lounge area (which in itself was enough to captivate anyone!), would take your breath away. It was like a scene from the opening of a movie, with the twinkling lights of the many other extravagant hotels engulfing the frame that stretched the width of our room. In the morning, the view behind the hotels was just as incredible. The sweeping sands that stretched out behind the city were the perfect foreground to the sun rising behind the mountains. It is so hard to picture such drastic worlds side-by-side, but witnessing this comparison is something very special indeed.

Venetian Extras

As with all the other hotels in Las Vegas, The Venetian offers so much more than just accommodation. As well as the typical casino areas that the city is renowned for, there are numerous restaurants, shops and bars within the hotels themselves. I have heard people say that they never left their own hotel during a weeks stay in the city, but I think there is so much to explore that you can’t but get out and sample it all.

Las Vegas Hotels

Las Vegas is know world-wide for its elaborate hotels, both for their design and architectural structure as well as the unusual entertainment and attractions offered inside them. Each and every one could certainly provide enough interesting information to have it’s own blog post but I will just touch on a few of our favourites and share what we squeezed in on our short 4 day stay.

Walking The Venetian

This hotel was like a maze to us and even though we were staying here and walked through some part of it every day during our trip, we still didn’t see it all. The further you walk through the “streets” of the hotel, the more time-confused you can become. The ceiling above is painted throughout to set the mood of wandering through an Italian city…and wow do they succeed. You wouldn’t know whether it was day or night outside as the mood is set entirely by the lighting of the artificial sky which you quickly become accustomed to and assume is true.

The dimly lit sky inside the hotel can confuse you into thinking it is evening but when you leave and go back outside you might find a bright mid-day sun marking the middle of the day.

The shop fronts inside the hotel are so authentic and the restaurants so genuinely Italian, that you almost forget you are not in Italy. The cobbled pavements and breath-taking water fountains add to the authenticity of the environment and are complimented perfectly by the rivers meandering through the hotel offering gondala rides to customers, guided by singing gondaliers.

This hotel had such an elegant vibe and you could indeed spends weeks exploring it and not get bored. From the numerous restaurants and cafes offering mouth-watering delights to the glamorous shops and tasteful bars, every nook and cranny of this hotel was authentic and captivating. We would highly recommend a visit to The Venetian while in Las Vegas if not a stay in it’s incredible accommodation.

Planet Hollywood And Burgr

We didn’t explore this hotel too much during our stay, but I certainly couldn’t leave it off this list for one very special reason…Burgr! This restaurant is just one of Gordan Ramsey’s in Las Vegas. Married to a chef, we usually have a few eatery hotspots that are a MUST when we visit a city, and this was on top of that list.

We decided to try Burgr for lunch one day during our stay and we certainly didn’t need a dinner that evening…perfect if you are hitting the tiles one night and don’t want to waste precious dancing time at dinner!
Everything we ate that day was notable. The side of onion rings was almost a meal in itself. They were fluffy and crispy and just tasted like MORE! The sauces served on the burgers and with the sides were all homemade, even the ketchup…delicious! The little things like that really do make the difference to a meal and we noticed the quality from the first bite to the last lick of our fingers.

The Bellagio

This hotel was another glamorous structure in the centre of the glitter strip. It was December and there was a beautifully decorated grotto in the foyer which could be visited by anyone, even if you weren’t staying at the hotel or a customer.

Probably the best known feature of The Bellagio is the water show that occurs at the front of the hotel. This runs every day of the week but times differ from week days to weekends. The regularity of the shows also varies depending on the time of day with more frequent shows happening in the evenings. The shows are spectacular. This is something you should try and catch while in the city and even treat yourself to a drink in one of the many bars of The Bellagio while you wait.

There are so many amazing hotels in Las Vegas that I could go on and on and still not share with you all we saw.

Thats all for now but make sure you check out Part 2 on What to do in Vegas link below

Vegas What To Do

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