Best Things to Do in Las Vegas

Every year, millions of people from all over the world travel to Las Vegas to experience world-class shows, luxury hotels, and upscale resorts. But theres more to Las Vegas than the Sin City experience.

The city is home to great family-friendly neighborhoods, top-rated schools, and wonderful destinations. Before moving to Las Vegas, discover what else the city has to offer beyond the glitz and glamor of the Strip.

History

The citys history began in the 19th century when Mexican scout Rafael Rivera ventured into the desert and found the oasis of Las Vegas Springs. The valleys verdant grasses inspired him to name the area Las Vegas which means the meadows in Spanish. 

Later in 1890, Las Vegas became a prime stop along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles railroad route. As the years went by, more and more saloons, stores, and houses popped up around town. The city of Las Vegas was officially founded on May 15, 1905. 

The hotel boom started in 1941 when El Rancho Vegas, the first hotel in the city, opened its doors. Its success inspired other hotels to set up shop along Highway 91. The said highway would later become The Strip as we know it today.

In 1966, businessman Howard Hughes decided to buy the Desert Inn and other hotels in the area. This ushered in the era of glamorous luxury hotels and casinos. By 1994, the city has been completely transformed into one of the worlds most exciting entertainment districts, complete with hotels, casinos, restaurants, and resorts.

Education

Las Vegas is serviced by the Clark County School District (CCSD), the countrys fifth-largest school district. The districts large scope has allowed it to offer services like a school police department and adult education courses.

CCSD has a wide array of Magnet Schools, Advanced Placement Programs, and Career and Technical Academies. Their nationally recognized programs and innovative partnerships with Vegas PBS and The Public Education Foundation are providing students with limitless opportunities for personal and educational growth.

Universities, colleges, and career schools are also abundant in the Las Vegas metro area. Some of the most recognized schools include the College of Southern Nevada, University of Nevada, Nevada State College, and Touro University Nevada.

Attractions

Las Vegas is known as a world-class entertainment destination. Find outstanding shows, incredible shopping spots, and a vibrant culinary scene here.

Go to the Fremont Street Experience to see true Las Vegas glitz and glamor. This five-block entertainment district features free concerts, hourly light and sound shows, and a zip line that allows riders to fly over the lively street.

Shop until you drop at Downtowns Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Stores here offer savings of up to 25 to 65% on designer brands like Armani, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Coach, and Dolce Gabbana.

For a different kind of shopping experience, the LINQ Promenade is the place for you. This open-air, pedestrian-only mall has one of the tallest observation wheels in the world, as well as concert venues, stores, and restaurants.

Catch incredible performances by world-acclaimed singers, dancers, and magicians taking residency at some of the magnificent hotels at the Strip. Get a feel of Italy via the Venetians canals. Or watch the beautiful fountain show at the Bellagio.

Arts and culture

Las Vegas is home to a thriving arts and culture scene. The city has everything from community events celebrating local art to performing arts centers showcasing the best international talents.

Find art in a variety of mediums at the Chamber Gallery, Charleston Heights Arts Gallery, Grand Gallery, and Mayors Gallery.

Go to First Friday for a glimpse of what the Las Vegas art scene has to offer. This community event is held – as expected – every first Friday of the month and features local artists, musicians, and vendors.

Numerous classes, workshops, and programs are available all over the city to foster young peoples talents and to help develop a new appreciation for the arts. 

Lifestyle

The city offers great housing options for everyone, from young professionals to military families. Whether youre looking for a single-family home or a luxury abode, youll definitely find something here. 

The cost of living in Las Vegas is also relatively low compared to nearby cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Residents here get to enjoy low sales tax and no income tax. 

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Las Vegas might often be called Sin City with its incredible line-up of casinos, restaurants to try, shopping options to explore, and nightlife to experience, but this city in the desert also has another face: a family-friendly one. In between all the adult entertainment and activities are family-friendly attractions and things to do, from interactive museums and Willy Wonka-esque chocolate factories to sprawling botanical gardens and wildlife habitats. In this blog, I list down five North Las Vegas spots that are great for families: Adventuredome, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Siegfried and Roy’s at the Mirage, Vegas Indoor Skydiving, and Springs Preserve. Click here to find out why you should take the family in these places the next time you’re out.