Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps. Well, some people do sleep and just want to relax and have a good time while not trying to party like a rock star. Thankfully, Vegas has just about everybody covered for having a good time, including the more seasoned travelers. While Vegas can be a fast-paced, exciting place for partygoers, there are plenty of things to see and do in Las Vegas that older people love. If these don’t tickle your fancy read more here.
The Mob Museum
The mob built Las Vegas starting, and at The Mob Museum, you can see how they did with many exciting exhibits. Beginning with The Speakeasy exhibit, one can travel back in time to the prohibition era and see an authentic night club from the twenties, if you know the password. You can also help solve crimes in the interactive Crime Lab. Here you can learn how real police labs help solve crimes and put criminals behind bars. There are too many other exhibits to list here, so checking out the Mob Museum is a must on your next Vegas trip.
The Neon Museum
If you’ve been to Vegas over the last 50 years, then the Neon Museum could bring back exciting memories from your younger days. Vegas is constantly changing, and neon signs are continually being upgraded, moved, or removed. At the museum, you’ll find 80+ years of Las Vegas history. Further re-live the past by visiting after dark when many of the signs get lit up again. Track the design and style of signs throughout the decades at the Neon Museum next time you visit Las Vegas.
Many older people visited the dam in their youth, and to see it again can bring back memories of those times with your parents. Over the last ten years, access to the dam has improved with the highway 93 bridge that spans over the expanse of the Colorado River. You can walk across and get a bird’s eye view of the Hoover Dam. So, re-live your past or see for the first time one of the “7 wonders of the earth” next time in Vegas.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
The Venetian Las Vegas Casino has a spectacular wax museum with hundreds of celebrity figures. There are Madame Tussauds Wax Museums in New York City, Washington D.C., and Hollywood, California, but the Vegas location is the original and still the best. These figures can take up to six months to produce and are done so in exquisite detail; some of them may even fool you for the real thing. The museum opened in 1999 and has been growing its collection ever since. You will find Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Shaquille O’Neal, among many other stars. The cast of characters in the museum aren’t made entirely up of clay, steel and clays help make these stars come to life. The skin is made of oil-based paints to replicate a realistic skin texture. These figures are simply amazing, and you should stop by the Venetian and its Wax Museum the next time you visit Vegas.
Las Vegas Golf Courses
Golfing in Las Vegas can be spectacular, with courses covering a wide range of budgets. There are so many great courses within easy driving distance from the strip that it could be hard to choose where to go. The TPC Las Vegas is one of the best courses if you can get a tee time, you may want to book your golfing trip in advance to make sure you can get in. The Wolf at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is another excellent option; it is a links-style course reminiscent of British courses and is plenty long. The Sun Mountain at the same resort is another beautiful course that is a bit shorter, making it perfect if you’ve lost a few yards on your driver. Sun Mountain is a bit easier on the casual golfer as well if you’re looking for a more relaxing round. The amount of golf courses within a relatively short distance makes Las Vegas a great golfing vacation spot.
Fountains of Bellagio
The fountains of Bellagio is a free attraction that every Las Vegas visitor should go and see, no matter the age. Walking down the strip with your spouse and then just sitting and watching the sound and light show at Bellagio can be one of the most romantic moments of the whole vacation. The shows run every 15 minutes after 8 PM, so you won’t have to wait long if you get there in the middle. The shows consist of powerful water choreographed with music and lights; it is something special to behold, and you can’t be the ticket price.
Downtown Las Vegas used to be where all the action took place. While the “Vegas Strip” is now to the southwest there is still plenty to see and do downtown. One of them is the Fremont Street Experience; here, you’ll find a five-block section of Freemont street covered with a spectacularly lighted roof. This section of the street is pedestrian-only so you won’t have to dodge double-decker busses and limos filled with screaming people. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to visit and casinos to try your luck at Freemont.
Helicopter rides may not be for those who enjoy them; Las Vegas has plenty to look at from the sky. You can get rides of the Hoover Dam, the Vegas Strip, and even the Grand Canyon. The view from the air can be breathtaking and something you won’t soon forget. A helicopter tour of the area is an excellent way to get to see the most amount of things in limited time.
If helicopters are out of your comfort zone, you can still get up high and see the Vegas Strip from the Stratosphere Tower. The tower is over 1,000 feet tall and is the highest structure in Nevada. There are interior and exterior observation decks at the top, which make this tower an excellent place to relax with your spouse while doing something thrilling.