Heading to Rehab Summit 2018 in a couple weeks? Be sure to check out our Las Vegas city guides to help you make the most out of your trip.
Let’s get one thing clear from the start, there are hundreds of activities, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment options in Vegas. There’s a reason why Sin City is known as America’s Playground. In a couple weeks, the EcoPro team will be heading to Las Vegas to attend the 2018 Rehab Summit conference. As such, we’ve put together the below handy list of some of our favorite non-gambling Vegas activities. Don’t spend your four-days in Vegas staring at the carpeted floor of your hotel’s casino. Get out and explore the city with these tips on getting the best that Vegas has to offer.
Start your exploration of Vegas with a trip back in time. Located in a former courthouse (that hosted part of the Kefauver Hearings), downtown Vegas’s Mob Museum is an interesting, informative, and entertaining look at Vega’s mob connections. The museum doesn’t focus solely on Vegas but charts the rise and expansion of organized crime across the globe.
The museum has a ton of exhibits including a vintage electric chair and a piece of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre wall. There’s even a real, working Speakeasy in the basement that can serve you prohibition style cocktails to help you get your full Al Capone on.
It seems like the face of the Strip changes every decade. New hotels are built while old ones are imploded and retired. However, thanks to the preservation habits of the Las Vegas Neon Museum, the iconic neon signs from these now non-existent hotels have been preserved for your viewing pleasure.
As an added treat, check out their Brilliant exhibit showing 4 times nightly. During Brilliant, music, and sound collide to give you a taste of what it would have been like to see these signs lit and alive during Vegas’s golden years.
With enough star power to give Broadway a run for its money, Vegas hosts dozens of shows every night. The shows range from low-product reviews to full-on celebrity gawk-fests featuring some of the top names in music including Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, Backstreet Boys and Reba McEntire.
In the mood for more spectacle, may we suggest the amazing artistry of Cirque du Soleil? With more than 20 years of shows in Vegas, Cirque du Soleil offers 6 different styles of shows sure to meet a range of taste and preferences.
Stay an extra day or come into town a little early to take in the sites outside of Vegas. Rent a car from LAS and head to the monument to mankind’s inventive spirit that is The Hoover Dam. This 726-foot-high curving cement wall makes for an unbelievable view (and photo op). Take a guided tour to learn more about the history of the dam as well as some interesting facts.
Have a little more time on your hands? The Grand Canyon is only a 4-hour drive away. An easy day trip to see one of America’s most famous natural wonders.
Step on out and see what you’re made of! The Stratosphere (also known as the Strat) is the tallest building in Nevada and is home to several thrill rides on their rooftop amusement park. While Big Shot, X-Scream, and Insanity: The Ride will all get your heart racing, there’s nothing quite like one-and-only Stratosphere Skyjump.
With 152 pinball museums and 54 classic arcade games, the Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame is a time capsule of pinball wizardry. Be sure to bring your quarters. Entrance to this temple of bumpers, buzzers, and flippers may be free, but the machines will cost you between 25 and 75 cents to play a round.
We’re going to go ahead and assume that if you’re in Vegas, you’re going to explore the world-renowned Vegas Strip. But, let us make a case for the Strip’s younger, smaller, and fiercer sister the Fremont Street Experience. Located a bit north of the strip, Fremont street begins at a 24-hour pedestrian promenade with a massive LED canopy. Keep your eyes peeled for fellow tourists zip-lining their way a few feet above you.
Pro-tip, continue a few blocks past the Fremont Street Experience to get a true taste of old-school Vegas including some amazing casino (with the lowest minimum bet tables in Vegas). Cap off your Fremont adventure with a stop at Atomic Liquors, Las Vegas’s oldest freestanding bar. This bar has been open for decades and locales will tell you tales of climbing onto the roof of the bar to watch nuclear test explosions.
Vegas is a food-lovers paradise. Almost all the big-name chefs have at least one (if not more) eateries bearing their name in the city. We’re talking names like Andrés, De Laurentiis, Fieri, Gagnaire, Mina, Puck, Ramsay, Robuchon, Savoy, and Morimoto to name a few. Do yourself a favor and pass on that extra conference snack and save room for some of the best meals of your life.
We’re excited to be part of this year’s Rehab Summit conference! If you’re attending, be sure to stop by Booth #203 to learn more about how the EcoPro Pillow Cover can save your clinic time and money.