No one roundup can do the options Las Vegas has to offer justice but we put out a call online to locals for their tips and suggestions and below are some of their recommendations. If you have to see one thing while you’re in Las Vegas, it probably would be the Fountains at the Bellagio. Remember that it will likely still be pretty warm in September so be sure to pack a bathing suit or swim trunks to get some pool time in.
ON “THE STRIP”
“The Strip” refers to the length of Las Vegas Boulevard. Our conference hotel, the South Point Hotel and Casino, is located at 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89183. Here are some attractions you may want to check out:
– Restaurants at The South Point
The same wonderful attention to food allergy safety that you’ll enjoy as an attendee for dinner Friday night, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday, and breakfast/lunch Sunday is available on a personalized level at South Point restaurants. Two in particular come highly recommended in our chats with staff – Silverado Steakhouse and the elegant Michael’s.
–The Linq High Roller
The High Roller (catchy name, right?) is the world’s largest observation wheel. Each cabin holds 40 people so you can buy tickets or rent out an entire cabin for a private party.
– Minus5 Ice Bar
A unique experience – enjoy a drink while pretending you’re in an ice palace (for Frozen fans) or fortress of solitude (for Superman fans). See pictures here.
– Cirque du Soleil
Some of our favorites? “O” at the Bellagio is a water show and “Ka” at the MGM is great if you enjoy watching martial arts. (Check here for deals/discounts.)
– Bellagio Fountains (and Conservatory)
Watch water dance and soar to music. Wander inside the Bellagio to see the floral and blown glass displays as well. If you are up for a walk, take the tram from the Bellagio to see Crystals, Aria, and other City Center attractions/shopping. You can also see the world’s biggest chocolate fountain!
OFF “THE STRIP”
– Red Rock Canyon
Natural beauty is not too long of a drive away – see the titular red rocks on the scenic loop or park and hike for a while. If you don’t mind a longer drive, check out Valley of Fire State Park.
– The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas. Downtown has its own unique vibe (check out the Fremont Street Experience) and this museum gives you a little bit of Las Vegas history to boot.
– The Springs Preserve
History, conservation, and native plants and animals are all available to explore.
– Hoover Dam and O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge between NV and AZ
Tour the power plant or walk along the dam. You’ll get a great view of the recently completed O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge. If you’re into cycling, there’s the River Mountains Loop Trail – rent a bike and get a 30+ mile ride in over scenic paved trails.
– The Neon Museum
See old school Vegas signs up close in the Neon Boneyard. Great place for photographs (though they do charge a fee).
– The Red Velvet Cafe
Craving gluten free and vegan red velvet cake? This may be the stop for you – of course inquire about any specific allergies and concerns but this is a popular stop for locals.
You can also search the Las Vegas events calendar for more ideas or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for a specific recommendation or suggestion! If anyone would like to get a group together to check out a specific attraction, do let us know. You’ll receive information about shuttles from the hotel to the northern parts of “the Strip” or we can assist you with other arrangements.
Special thanks from Homa to her friends that contributed ideas for this list.