What to do in Vegas if you don’t drink or gamble
By Aimee Heckel
Don’t laugh. It’s not a joke.
Reba Sparrow in Portland, Ore., is headed to Las Vegas next month, and she does not drink or gamble.
Despite Vegas’s reputation, she is not alone — and he also won’t be bored. There is plenty to do in Vegas without indulging in a naughty vice or two.
Take some time to people-watch. It’s worth it. Really. This is some of the most amusing people-watching in the world, right up there with Huffington Beach, Calif., and Boulder, Colo. Pick a restaurant on the strip and share some appetizers one afternoon. We recommend the Comme Ca at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, with oversized windows and a view of the Strip. Beware: The food here is excellent, so it might provide some additional excitement. For your belly.
Enjoy the view. For dinner, pick a romantic restaurant overlooking the Strip, like the Top Of The World Restaurant in the Stratosphere. Relax in the rotating dining room and indulge in some great food (definitely try the lobster bisque). Bonus: You get free admission to the observation deck, so plan on some star-watching after you dine.
Rev up your adrenaline. You absolutely must experience the roller coaster that winds in (terrifying) circles around the New York, New York. Buy a wrist band so you can go again and again. Of course, the view is stunning — if you can focus your eyes behind the tears and wails.
Go see a show. Vegas is just as known for its incredible concerts and theatrics, as it is for its slots.
Go shopping. The Fashion Show Mall has some excellent shops. Somehow we always end up there buying comfortable flats, after only packing impractical stilettos. Go figure.
Tempt your sweet tooth. Swing by the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and M&M World. This is a highlight for parents with kids, or if you’re looking for a good gift to bring home to your child.
Go to Gameworks. Forget slot machines. Gameworks is packed with hundreds of fun arcade games and (our fave) old-school classics, like darts and billiards.
Enjoy plenty of free entertainment. Vegas is bursting with free shows and endless sites to explore. Don’t miss Old Las Vegas’s Freemont Street Experience, where evenings are hopping with free, live music and a big block party, underneath a canopy of lights. With less walking, a massive big-screen TV, an old-school Vegas feeling and a friendly atmosphere, don’t overlook this destination.
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