Weekend City Picks: Las Vegas

More than bright lights and endless gambling, Las Vegas' top restaurants, natural wonders, and interesting history just scratch the surface of what to see and do in Sin City.

Weekend City Picks: Las Vegas

Arts & Entertainment

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Explore an Egyptian mummy or take a photo with the 35-foot long robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex at this intimate museum that packs a punch with its enthusiastic exhibits.

The Mob Museum

Take a trip into the world of organized crime at the renovated courthouse turned museum. From Made Men to famous Hollywood mobsters, the museum highlights the culture, artifacts, and history of some of the country’s most notorious crime leaders.

Pinball Hall of Fame

Revisit childhood memories and don’t hit tilt. Over one thousand decades-old vintage pinball machines line the walls in this Gamer’s paradise.

Walk Down Fremont Street

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Neon signs shine bright along this vibrant avenue lined with hotels like the iconic Golden Nugget, famed Mob Museum, and Fremont Casino with their infamous $.99 margaritas. From May to September stumble upon one of the many free concerts right on the street.

First Friday Art Festival

Stroll through rows of more than 100 local artists and street vendors in Las Vegas’ Arts District the first Friday of each month. Integrate yourself into the local community while enjoying local treats from food vendors and exploring unique art including paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, textile arts and sculpture.

Penn & Teller

Known for their mix of comedy and awe-inspiring magic, tenured magicians and Penn and Teller take the stage at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel for a dynamic show blending traditional magic with shocking illusions.


 Food & Drink

The Barrymore

The retro décor plays second fiddle to the signature 28 day dry-aged bone-in ribeye. You can find this throwback to vintage Sin City inside of the Royal Resort Las Vegas. Snag a seat on the intimate outdoor patio and enjoy a dry martini overlooking city lights.

Cinnamon’s Restaurant

This sweet-sounding restaurant features traditional Hawaiian breakfast and is located at the Shoppes at Summerlin Parkway. No stranger to the late-night crowd, the specialty Guava-chiffon pancakes and Mahi Mahi eggs Benedict are not to miss.

Metro Diner

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Feel like a local this at-home dining destination offering simple fare and comfort food. A feature on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, order a larger than life portion of a hearty dish while rehashing your previous night’s adventures.

Momofuku Las Vegas

The king of ramen brings his earthy noodles to the Las Vegas Strip at one its most alluring hotels, The Cosmopolitan. David Chang’s restaurant serves up his signature play on classics, satisfying visitors from all over the world.

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Not your typical steakhouse,Bazaar Meat by Chef José Andrés is the chef’s “celebration of the carnivorous, in all its forms”.  Find foie gras cotton candy, whole suckling pigs, Kobe beef from Japan, and liquid green olives.  Best of all, there is a roving cocktail cart preparing tableside science-like libations.

Lotus of Siam

This hidden Thai gem may be housed in an unassuming strip mall, but serves up the best Northern Thai food in Las Vegas, and maybe even the U.S. These spicy authentic dishes are applauded by food critics and bloggers and beloved by both celebrities and locals.  

Mermaid Restaurant and Lounge

Drink with the fishes in this kitschy bar featuring a 117,000 gallon aquarium full of exotic sea life tenants and mermaid performers. Located at the Silverton, chat up one of the in-house marine biologists while sipping on a Shark Attack.

Karaoke at Dino’s Lounge

Take the stage and live out your Vegas performer dreams at Dino’s Karaoke. A Dive-bar with a deep karaoke playlist, someone might have to pry the microphone from your hands before belting out your fourth Tina Turner tune.

Golden Tiki

Pirate Ship or Cocktail-slinging den? From the thatched roof over the bar, black velvet Pirate paintings, to the giant conch shell seating area – You’ll spend all night admiring interesting details and treasures found in every nook and cranny while enjoying a signature scorpion bowl.

Artifice

This art-focused bar located in, you guessed it, the Arts District, is adorned with constantly rotating art. Catch a live performance or relax in the living-room like setting with one of the bars playfully named drinks in-hand.

Skyfall Lounge

Take in a 180-degree view of the city from the 64th floor of the Delano Las Vegas. The James Bond inspired Lounge features creative cocktails in an elegant setting.

Atomic Liquors

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Built in 1945 and heralded as the oldest freestanding bar in the city, Atomic Liquors was named for a time when customers would watch atomic blasts from the roof. Pull up a seat at the bar where some of your favorite movies have been filmed, including Casino and the Hangover.

Commonwealth

This dimly lit cocktail den features a 2,000-square foot rooftop with live music and hand-crafted libations. But the real attraction is the super-secret 28-person speakeasy bar complete with hidden door and a reservation-only list.

Capo’s

Styled into a mob-era speakeasy, this throw-back bar and restaurant features live entertainment each night while serving up cuisine that claims to include secrett-family recipes from Al Capone. 


Healthy Living

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Hike one of the many trails along the 180-acre Springs Preserve and experience interactive nature exhibits, a botanical garden, and live entertainment at the amphitheater in this desert oasis.

Red Rock Canyon

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Enjoy a 13-mile scenic drive or strap on your hiking shoes to explore one of the many trails winding though the eye-pleasing Canyon. You’ll enjoy expansive views of the Mojave Desert and can picnic at the foot of a waterfall.

Hibiscus Las Vegas Spa and Salon

After all of the shopping, shows, and bright lights, you can slow things down at the Hibiscus Spa and Salon with luxe spa facilities and a full menu of treatments to pamper and rejuvenate yourself.  You won’t want to leave after a pool-side massage and trip to the steam room.


 Outdoor

Hoover Dam Bypass

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Renamed the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, this stunning walkway spans one of the great industrial wonders of the world. Suspended 890 feet above the Colorado River, the pedestrian walkway provides spectacular views of the Hoover Dam.

Sky Combat Ace

Thrill seekers will love stepping into the shoes of a fighter pilot and taking a spin in one of the stunt planes that give guests The Top Gun experience full of aerobatic tricks.

FlightLinez Bootleg Canyon

This eco-adventure gives guests the opportunity to hike alongside mountain creatures, take in the breathtaking views of the desert, and excite the senses with a thrilling Zipline rides.


Family

Fountains of Bellagio

One of Las Vegas’ most iconic attractions, visit the Bellagio Hotel and watch the majestic fountains dance to the beautifully synchronized music and lights.

Neon Museum

Dedicated to preserving some of the city’s most iconic neon signs, walk through the rows of over 150 vintage larger-than-life retired neon signs aptly named the “Neon Boneyard.”

Sundance Helicopter Tours over Vegas and Grand Canyon

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See Vegas from the clouds with a Sundance Helicopter trip where you will take in your choice of spectacular sights like the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, and glittering lights of the Strip.

Thrill Rides at Stratosphere

Get propelled over 160 feet in the air and watch the big city lights from far above on one of the four extreme thrill rides. With names like the X-Scream and Insanity, you’re in for an adrenaline ride.

Blue Man Group

This infamous group combines art, comedy, music, and state-of-the-art technology to create one of the most innovative and visually stunning performances to take the stage at the Luxor Hotel and Casino.


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