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Post by Dieharder » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:10 pm

I will be in Vegas for 3-4 days next week, along with family. I don't gamble, and do not like Casino's very much. I don't intend to spend anything even in the slot machines. Some of our friends are also there, they like Casinos and playing the games. They also like shows, my wife and daughter will go for some shows that is suitable for little kids. My older one will be busy playing a tournament and do not have to worry about. We will drive to GC for couple of days, and I will enjoy the outdoors. In Vegas, I thought of joining friends and family for some shows, but some of them look like getting hard to get good seats or may even be expensive. Do I have to go for any of these? I guess not. What else is there to do? I am thinking of just hang around and enjoy that are available publicly. Never been to Vegas before.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:41 pm

Go to www.vegas.com and click on the "Attractions" tab. Lots to do there even if you don't gamble. DW and I were just there this past week, weather was pretty good (50's-60's and sunshine). Check out the Valley of Fire tour, we just did that, very impressive.
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Post by Doom&Gloom » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:42 pm

Drive out to Red Rock Canyon and/or Valley of Fire State Park. Lots of hiking opportunities and nice scenery.

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Post by orca91 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:43 pm

Hang out by the pool and soak in the hot tub.

If you don't like gambling, shows, or spending money, you're probably not going to like Vegas much. :happy

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Post by hicabob » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:54 pm

Play with a bulldozer
https://www.viator.com/tours/Las-Vegas/ ... 84-5662DIG

or shoot a machine gun if that rings your bell?
https://machinegunsvegas.com/

or rent a Ferrari for a day and drive to Hoover dam
https://www.gothamdreamcars.com/exotic- ... /las-vegas

or get an unlimited buffet ticket and see how much you can eat :happy

Vegas can be amusing even for non-gamblers. It did take a couple trade show visits before it grew on me.

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Post by Nicolas » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:00 pm

I would avoid casinos and shows altogether as a waste of time. But to each their own. There must be some good libraries or bookstores in the city.

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Post by LearningtheRopes » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:02 pm

hicabob wrote:
or shoot a machine gun if that rings your bell?
https://machinegunsvegas.com/



I was going to suggest something similar, but at a different locale -- lots of fun options at a good indoor range:

https://thegunstorelasvegas.com/

Also, if you're a football fan, I suggest going to one of the big casinos' sportsbooks to watch the games. You don't have to place a bet, but you can watch tons of games simultaneously, and at least when I was there last (which was about a decade or so) you could drink for free even if you weren't gambling.

Apparently the Bellagio's art museum is legit.

And while perhaps expensive, if you haven't seen a Penn & Teller show live, you should.

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Post by Mudpuppy » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:40 pm

I'd be reluctant to visit the Grand Canyon at this time of year due to winter weather. It is frequently snowy/icy in December and January. For example, there's a winter storm warning in effect right now with snow and ice predicted on the south rim roads. Yes, the south rim is open year-round, but it's not always pleasant to visit in the winter (or mid-summer). And it's also pushing it to make it a "quick trip" since it takes 4-5 hours to drive there in good weather. Add more time if there's a winter storm passing overhead (and that's assuming the roads are even open). So you'd spend a day just traveling back and forth.

Red Rock Canyon will also be cold and potentially snowy/icy during this time of the year. It is a whole lot closer to Las Vegas though and would be a good "day trip" distance. But pretty much anything outdoors at this time of year risks being hit by snowstorms and other winter weather. The Hoover Dam would be a bit more pleasant since it's at a lower elevation and thus a little warmer.

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Post by ModifiedDuration » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:55 pm

I was going to suggest taking a look at the Trip Advisor website for Las Vegas attractions:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions ... evada.html

Also, we liked this tour of a mine:

http://www.eldoradocanyonminetours.com/mine-tours.html

I was also going to suggest the Hoover Dam that was mentioned above.

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Post by Raymond » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:13 pm

Red Rock Canyon - hiking, dress for cold weather this time of year.

Battlefield Vegas - shoot machine guns, free Humvee pickup if you're staying in one of the LV Strip hotels.

Dig This - driving bulldozers and excavators.

National Atomic Testing Museum

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Post by Steelersfan » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:33 pm

I found the Mob Museum quite interesting, and it's downtown so you get to check out a different part of Vegas:

http://themobmuseum.org/

If you do decide there's a show you want to see, check with the concierge in your hotel. They may well well have tickets available and at a good discount to regular rates.

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Post by Pranav » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:38 pm

Red Rock Canyon is half hour west from Las Vegas. It has a scenic loop. :happy

Hoover Dam is also half hour east from Las Vegas. Walk through Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for a great view of the Hoover Dam and nearby canyons. It will be very windy on the bridge. :happy
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Post by MoonOrb » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:39 pm

Rent a car and visit Death Valley National Park, one of America's most surprisingly beautiful places.

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Post by sambb » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:41 pm

I would do vegas "right" for fun. Play some games, see some shows, go out to some night spots, late dinners in trendy places. Enjoy it! Sort of like going to spain - yes, eat dinner at midnight and go dancing. have a blast!

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Post by gunn_show » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:44 pm

orca91 wrote:Hang out by the pool and soak in the hot tub.

If you don't like gambling, shows, or spending money, you're probably not going to like Vegas much. :happy


Agree with second line... probably not the place for you

And in winter it can get very, very cold.. was in the 40s when I was there earlier in the month, so walking the strip may not be all that enticing. Pools are long closed, but jacuzzi area may be open. Really not a -lot- to do there in winter if you don't gamble, don't sound very social with clubs and shows and such... so the recommendations to venture out to red rocks or other attractions may be your best bet
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Post by fish idaho » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:45 pm

Go to the Pinball Hall of Fame on Tropicana. Vintage pinball machines that you can play.
http://www.pinballmuseum.org

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Post by JMacDonald » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:54 pm

Mudpuppy wrote:I'd be reluctant to visit the Grand Canyon at this time of year due to winter weather. It is frequently snowy/icy in December and January. For example, there's a winter storm warning in effect right now with snow and ice predicted on the south rim roads. Yes, the south rim is open year-round, but it's not always pleasant to visit in the winter (or mid-summer). And it's also pushing it to make it a "quick trip" since it takes 4-5 hours to drive there in good weather. Add more time if there's a winter storm passing overhead (and that's assuming the roads are even open). So you'd spend a day just traveling back and forth.

Red Rock Canyon will also be cold and potentially snowy/icy during this time of the year. It is a whole lot closer to Las Vegas though and would be a good "day trip" distance. But pretty much anything outdoors at this time of year risks being hit by snowstorms and other winter weather. The Hoover Dam would be a bit more pleasant since it's at a lower elevation and thus a little warmer.


Actually, the winter is my favorite time to go to the Grand Canyon. I have plans to go next month. The roads should be clear by next week as the storm will be over in a day. Have dinner at the El Tovar Hotel one night: http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/dining ... nd-lounge/
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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:56 pm

I've thought about this in the past since my industry sometimes has conferences in LV.

Shelby Museum
Pawn Stars: Gold and Silver (a friend went and told Chumlee that he didn't seem anywhere near as stupid as they depict him on tv)
Count's Kustoms: go find Danny there or at his bar or tatoo place
American Restoration: meet Rick Dale
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Offroading in the desert. Jeep, quad, sand rail, bike. Rent something and have some fun.

I understand what you're saying. I have zero interest in casinos or giving them my money. I've been stuck in one during a work outing and spent an entire day just walking and looking in stores.
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Post by neurosphere » Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:00 pm

fish idaho wrote:Go to the Pinball Hall of Fame on Tropicana. Vintage pinball machines that you can play.
http://www.pinballmuseum.org


This is worth a visit even if you don't like pinball machines. All machines are playable, but no cost to get in if you simply want to walk down the isle and see the evolution of pinball from the 40s to the present.

If you do happen to like pinball, play Medieval Madness, if you have haven't. One of the best (and popular) pinball machines ever designed.

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Post by StevieG72 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:13 pm

I have been a few times, and while I do gamble my bankroll is light.

There is tons of other stuff to do!

I have been hiking at Red Rock Canyon, really enjoyed the hike and it was free!

Rented 4- Wheelers to tour the desert, LOTS of fun but it wasn't cheap.

Rented a boat and cruised Lake Mead for the day, relatively inexpensive, may be cheaper off season ( we rented in July)

Drove to GC, awesome experience. Hiking is fun but can be dangerous!

Drive to Laguna Beach, California for a few days. I am from Virginia and had never been to California. It is just over 4hrs drive, but will likely take longer due to traffic. LOVED Laguna Beach!

If you are even remotely found of the Beatles, then the Love - Cirque show is a must see. I thoroughly enjoyed it, there is not a bad seat anywhere, action is better the higher up you are.

There is a place to Zipline not far from the strip, sounds fun but I have not been there.

Much more that I have left out. Do your research and plan for something memorable for your family!
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Post by tinscale » Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:04 pm

Just walk around the strip and people watch and look at the extravagance of the casinos and their free attractions - Pirate Show at Treasure Island, Bellagio Fountains & Gardens, Mirage Volcano and Rainforest, Circus Circus, etc. It's better after dark.

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Post by Shackleton » Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:34 pm

I'm an early riser, and last time I was there I enjoyed getting up early on Sunday and sipping my coffee in front of a Starbucks while watching people dragging back to their hotel rooms at 7am. The Las Vegas walk of shame. :shock:
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Post by Dieharder » Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:24 pm

Looks like there is plenty to enjoy for free. I will go to one show with family and friends, that is decided, the rest enjoy on the cheap. I will go to the Casinos but will not spend a dime of my own, instead watch other people and the extravagance. GC should be interesting, and cold is not a problem for me unless it is below freezing with heavy wind. I doubt it will be that cold. I am staying at one of the lodges there. Then for new year will be back in Vegas to watch the fireworks, and that shouldn't cost anything. I hear fancy restaurents are very expensive, so will try to stick to cheaper eats.

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Post by PoppyA » Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:02 pm

Death Valley is super cool

Mob museum is liked by many

I recommend Nobu restaurant. It is pricy but oh my.....! Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeños, black cod miso. Order both and love it!

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Post by tim1999 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:32 am

Do you play golf? Plenty of courses around. Like cars? Rent a race car at the speedway or a Ferrari for a few hours to drive around town.

The mob museum is interesting as well as the nuclear testing museum.

They still have the car display at the Linq.

You could give skydiving a try.

Las Vegas is a testament to capitalism...you can do pretty much anything you could possibly imagine, for a price.

If you are looking to have a good time without spending any money, your choices will be very limited, so live a little.

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Post by reneeh63 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:40 pm

Something that is free to do is go up and down the strip to go inside and look at the distinctive decor of each hotel...and take lots of pics. Particularly cool are Caesar's, Venetian, Bellagio...you don't have to hit the casinos - just the lobby and the shopping area, maybe a look at the pool as well.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Sun Dec 25, 2016 3:25 pm

reneeh63 wrote:Something that is free to do is go up and down the strip to go inside and look at the distinctive decor of each hotel...and take lots of pics. Particularly cool are Caesar's, Venetian, Bellagio...you don't have to hit the casinos - just the lobby and the shopping area, maybe a look at the pool as well.


If you're lobby-hopping, you have to include the Wynn. Tons of flowers and other plant life. Don't bother with Luxor, it's impressive on the outside but a bit of a yawn on the inside. MGM's lobby is pretty impressive. If you go to Bellagio, be sure to check out the lobby ceiling, they have a Chihuly glass exhibit.

Of all the hotels I've hit so far, I have to give Paris the nod for how well they've done an interior theme.
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Post by leonard » Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:54 pm

If the family was going to Vegas, I'd make detailed plans to enjoy the peace and quiet at home.

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Post by HomerJ » Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:11 pm

LearningtheRopes wrote:And while perhaps expensive, if you haven't seen a Penn & Teller show live, you should.


Agreed.

You can also take a guided raft trip down the river by Hoover Dam. That was fun.

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Post by itstoomuch » Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:28 pm

Instead of a show, fly over to SanDiego or LosAngeles or even SF.
I dont like the casino feeling either.
Do they still allow smoking ?
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Post by tim1999 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:40 pm

itstoomuch wrote:Instead of a show, fly over to SanDiego or LosAngeles or even SF.
I dont like the casino feeling either.
Do they still allow smoking ?


I love the casino feeling...but I don't smoke. Almost all still allow smoking, but some will either have a non-smoking area or you can find one that's not busy and play machines/tables away from the smokers. MGM Grand is pretty good at not reeking of smoke all the time.

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Post by Mudpuppy » Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:28 pm

itstoomuch wrote:Instead of a show, fly over to SanDiego or LosAngeles or even SF.
I dont like the casino feeling either.
Do they still allow smoking ?

Smoking is still allowed in casinos in Las Vegas. Many of the strip casinos run special ventilation systems in the non-smoking parts of the casino to minimize contamination by smokers, but this may not help if you're very sensitive to smoke.

For example, I get asthma attacks if exposed to too much smoke. I never ended up in the ER, but the smoking in Las Vegas did bother me quite a lot. I could count on one hand the number of times I'd used my rescue inhaler in the year before the last conference in Las Vegas, but I had daily issues while in the conference hotel (a casino hotel) even though the conference area was non-smoking.

For someone like me, I'd recommend staying out of the casino hotels and sticking to true non-smoking places like shopping malls and restaurants. There are also many hotels where the guests rooms are all non-smoking, but I always stay at a non-casino hotel so the entire property is non-smoking.

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Post by BruDude » Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:41 pm

Go to Red Rock canyons and check out the scenery. Valley of Fire is also good. See Absinthe. Eat tasty food.

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Post by LarryAllen » Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:45 pm

We love Vegas and rarely gamble.

The shows are great. Absinth (if you don't mind a few bad words), Cirque Michael Jackson 1, Cirque Love, Elton John, and the list goes on.

Incredible restaurants.

Day time activities, as mentioned above, like Red Rock, driving cars fast at the raceway, driving heavy machinery, shooting machine guns, mob museum, neon museum, etc....

Live a little! Life is short.

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Post by jabberwockOG » Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:07 pm

Grand Canyon is a giant hole in the ground surrounded by tour buses - totally boring after 15 min in my opinion.

Valley of Fire State Park is great - no crowds, lots of good hiking and many native American petroglyphs to check out. Red Rock is also worth the short trip to hike.

Also Peterson auto museum in one of the hotels on the strip is a hidden gem if you are a car guy.

The casinos and heavy cigarette smoke are disgusting.

For a unique gambling experience get $100 worth of chips and find a $1-2 poker table in a non smoking room and see how long you can last. Even if you lose it fairly fast it will be an interesting people watching experience. Good poker players play the people as well as the cards. See if you can spot the naive sucker at your table, if you can't then you are him.

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