While outsiders may not think of Las Vegas as having much in the way of alcohol-free entertainment, as any local can tell you, there are a lot of sober things to do in Vegas! You just have to know where to look. Here is our list of 58 fun sober things to do in Las Vegas and Henderson:
Get Outside in Nature
1. Rock climb in Red Rock Canyon—Las Vegas is known for being one of the world’s top rock climbing destinations. Climbing.com breaks down some of the climbing routes and where to go for lessons and gear. 2. Go for a sunset boat cruise on Lake Mead—For a romantic evening or special occasion, Lake Mead Cruises offers 2-hour sunset dinner cruises on America’s largest water reservoir. 3. Hike the old railroad tunnels—Running parallel to Lake Mead is a 4-mile hiking trail through Boulder City’s old railroad tunnels, which were once used during the construction of the Hoover Dam. Placards explaining the tunnels’ history line the trail and views of the 247-square mile Lake Mead make this a popular choice for hikers of all ages and experience levels. The trail is smooth and flat, making it a doable walk even for small dogs, kids and the elderly. 4. Soak in the hot springs—The Arizona Hot Springs in Boulder City are located on the Colorado River and can be reached either on foot or via boat. Although they’re not easy to get to, soaking in the hot, mineral-rich water will feel heavenly on crisp autumn afternoons. 5. Kayak along the Colorado River—Although you need a permit to do so, kayaking down the Colorado River is a popular choice for anyone looking for active and adventure-filled activity. While floating down the river, you can stop to swim in the cool emerald-green water and explore hidden caves. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a big-horned sheep or two! 6. Go skiing on Mt. Charleston—45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, at Mt. Charleston, locals and visitors can go skiing, snowboarding and even sledding in a horse-drawn carriage. Snow-covered forest cabins are available for rental as well. 7. Go camping on Mt. Charleston—During the summer months when temperatures soar into the triple digits in Vegas, Mt Charleston often remains in the 60s and 70s, providing the ideal destination for those looking to escape the heat for a night or two. 8. Go cliff jumping at Lake Mohave—Jump off of 10, 20, 35 and 40-foot cliffs into cool waters at nearby Lake Mohave. You can also go kayaking, boating or jet-skiing. 9. Visit the Springs Preserve—Wander through 180 acres of botanical gardens, trails and museums hidden in the heart of the city. 10. Wander a cactus garden at Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory—After you’ve gotten your fill of cacti, stop by the factory for a free chocolate sample. This is a particularly fun place to visit during Christmas time, when the cacti are decorated with colorful lights. 11. Go bird watching at Clark County Wetlands Park—Located in Henderson, this nature preserve is home to 212 bird species as well turtles, beavers and even coyotes.
Go to the Extreme
12. Bungee jump off the Stratosphere—You can jump off the 108th floor and fall at speeds of 40 miles per hour. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, SkyJump holds the record for the world’s “highest commercial decelerator descent”. 13. Race a race car—Head to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and take a few laps behind the wheel of a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Porsche. 14. Go land sailing—Sail across the sand in one of Vegas’s dry lake beds, where land sailing speeds can get reach over 100 miles per hour (Yikes!). 15. Go go-karting at Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix—This is a fun activity to do with kids! It’s open 7 days a week until 10pm and 11pm on the weekends. 16. Zipline in Boulder City—Fly through Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City at speeds of 60 miles per hour. 17. Take a circus trapeze class—Pretend you’re in Cirque du Soleil for an afternoon with a high-flying trapeze class located on Sunset Road (near the airport).
18. Watch a 51s Baseball game—Named after Area 51, the Las Vegas 51s is a minor league baseball team. Going to a game is a great way to spend time with friends and family while supporting the local community. 19. Go bowling— Many of the station casinos have large, full-service bowling alleys complete with snacks, arcades, “cosmic” glow-in-the-dark bowling and even fog machines, for as low as a $1 per game. 20. Play disc golf at Sunset Park—Disc golf is a fun summer evening activity, especially in the popular tree-lined course in Sunset Park. 21. Play indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf—King Putt Las Vegas was voted one of the “10 most unique miniature golf courses in the US”. 22. Play laser tag or paint ball—Get in touch with your inner 12-year old with a family-friendly game of laser tag or paint ball. 23. Take golf lessons and catch a concert at Top Golf—With views of the Strip, a swimming pool and a concert venue, Top Golf is more than just a golf range. 24. Go for a bike ride in Red Rock Canyon—For inexperienced cyclists worried about the hilly terrain, several local bike companies offer pedal-assist electric bikes. Rent them by the hour or book a guided tour. 25. Go paddle boarding on Lake Las Vegas—Go at sunset for an extra pretty view! Paddle boards are available for rent for $25 per hour (life vest included).
Explore Local Art and Culture
26. See a play or musical at Super Summer Theatre—Supper Summer Theatre’s biggest draw is its gorgeous outdoor theatre, which is located in a grassy green oasis at the foot the lovely Red Rock mountains. Productions are top notch! 27. Catch a ballet or jazz performance at The Smith Center—From Broadway shows, operas and ballets to theatre classes and kids camps, there’s a little something for everyone at The Smith Center (located in the heart of the Arts District). 28. Admire the art at First Friday Art Festival—On the first Friday of every month, parts of Downtown and the Arts District shut down to make room for a family-friendly art and food fair. 29. Go to the Mob Museum or the Neon Museum—Not just for tourists, these museums showcase a wealth of interesting information about the history of Las Vegas as well as monthly events targeting Vegas locals. 30. Go on an art photo walk in downtown Las Vegas—If you’re a photographer or just a fan of funky art, then you’ll probably enjoy wandering around downtown’s funky public art exhibits. Highlights include: Graffiti art on East Fremont Street, a cat head sculpture on First Street and a peeing fountain (seriously!) at the D Las Vegas. 31. Join a book club, writers workshop or attend an author signing at The Writers Block—The Writers Block, an indie bookstore located in downtown Las Vegas (East Fremont street), hosts a variety of events every month for the local community.
32. Try a vegetarian or vegan restaurant—Happycow.com lists 113 Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants in Las Vegas. 33. Enroll in a yoga class—Vegas is home to dozens of yoga studios and every kind of yoga practice imaginable; even dolphin yoga! (Say whaaa? Yes, at the Mirage, visitors can do downward dog with Flipper! Price is $50 and includes a day pass to the resort’s spa). 34. Visit a meditation center—In addition to the meditation sessions and classes offered at yoga studios and meditation centers across the valley, there are several temples in Las Vegas offering free meditation sessions that are open to the public, including the Chaiya Meditation Monastery. 35. Go to a comedy club—They say laughter is the best medicine. There are dozens of comedy clubs in Vegas, several of which are located off the Strip.
Embrace Your Inner Child
36. Play retro arcade games at the Pinball Hall of Fame—The Pinball Hall of Fame is a 10,000-foot retro-warehouse arcade filled with pinball machines from the 1950s through the 1990s. There’s no entrance fee and machines are priced $.25 to $.50 per game. 37. Go to a water park—There are two major waterparks in Las Vegas, which provide refreshing sober substitutes to the famous booze-filled pool parties on the Strip. 38. Go ice skating—Although there are several skating rinks in Las Vegas, one of the most fun places to go ice skating around the holidays is on the roof of The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. The Boulevard Pool at the Cosmo is transformed into an ice rink and visitors can sip hot cocoa and frolic in the fake snow. 39. Participate in a “Canvas and Coffee” painting class at a local coffee shop—Though “Painting and Pinot” classes are more well known, “Canvas and Coffee” is a similar idea, but instead of learning how to paint while drinking wine, participants can learn how to paint while drinking (yep, you guessed it!) cups of Joe. Grouchy John’s in South Las Vegas offers regular Canvas and Coffee classes. 40. Watch the Comedy Pet Theatre—The show features cats, dogs, goats, ponies, parrots and other animals, all of whom have been rescued from animal shelters. 41. Go to the Drive-In—The West Wind Drive-In Theatre in North Las Vegas offers double features for just $7.50. It’s one of the few drive in theaters still in existence in the US. 42. Attend a tea party—The Mandarin Oriental, The Bellagio and The Four Seasons all offer afternoon British or Asian tea service.
Things to Do Under $5
43. $1.99 breakfast—Club Fortune and The Rainbow Club and Casino (both located in Old Henderson) serve a choice of eggs, hash browns, toast and bacon or sausage for just $1.99. 44. Watch a movie at the $2 theatre on Tropicana—General Admission is just $2 and on Tuesdays, admission is just a dollar.
Free Things to Do
45. Take a walk in downtown Las Vegas—With new stores and restaurants popping up every month, it’s worth taking a stroll just to see what’s new (Plus, the people-watching is always Grade A entertainment). Make sure to also head south to the Arts District. 46. Check out the Bellagio Botanical Gardens—Slightly touristy, yes, but it can be a fun family outing and solid photo opportunity nonetheless. 47. Wander through the free public art at Aria and CityCenter—Grab a map at the front desk and take off on an art treasure hunt. 48. Catch a free concert at The District, Town Square or Container Park—They have free movie nights, too! 49. Gawk at some wild sheep or donkeys—Nearly every evening dozens of wild big-horned sheep traipse down the hillside of Bootleg Canyon to hang out in Hemenway Valley Park in Boulder City. To spot wild burros, head to the town of Blue Diamond near Red Rock Canyon. They can frequently be found hanging out in the town’s park or sleeping in the shade along the tree-lined streets. 50. Full moon “night hikes” lead by park rangers—Though parking costs $5, the ranger-led night hikes at Spring Mountain State Park are free. You’ll even see a burro or two (they often gather in the evenings to drink from the springs). 51. Watch the sunset from the 107 Lounge on top of the Stratosphere—The 107 Lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows and half-priced appetizers during Happy Hour. It’s a great place to take visiting friends or a date you’re hoping to impress. 52. Take a picture in front of the Las Vegas sign—Yes, it’s cheesy and parking can be a headache, but it’s worth doing at least once while you’re living in Las Vegas!
53. Volunteer! The Vegas Valley is home to numerous charities that are in desperate need of volunteers. Visit Volunteermatch.org to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule and skill set. 54. Join a Random Acts of Kindness Group on Meetup.com—Meetup.com is a social media site of sorts that brings together members of local communities. The site lists dozens of groups dedicated to volunteering. Simply type in your zip code and your interest to find a group “meeting up” near you.
55. Visit the Las Vegas Natural History Museum—Learn about dinosaurs and ancient civilizations at this small but well-kept museum. Attend a shark feeding or pet hairy spiders during their weekend “Critter Connections” events. 56. Watch a sci-fi film at the Sci Fi Center—Read this article in the Las Vegas Review Journal to learn more about the Center’s history and offerings. It’s ground zero for all things nerdy in Sin City. 57. Attend a poetry slam or open-mic night—Coffee, Tea or Me? hosts open-mic comedy hour on Wednesday evenings. 58. Attend a board game night—Love Monopoly, Risk or Charades? Meetup.com has a number of free board game clubs.
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