Top 6 Weird Attractions in Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ most obvious appeal lies in the hot slot machines, ice-cold drinks, and untamed parties that you can’t (or choose not to) remember in the morning. Sin City is a sensory overlord, where you can enjoy the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower in the same skyline. Glittering showgirls, clicking slot machines, and the sweet sound of a jackpot will entertain you for hours. But if you want to escape the smoke-filled slot machine rooms and neon lights, there are some lesser-known options that are worth a visit. Here’s our pick for the top six weirdest things to see in Vegas.
1. Swim with Sharks at the Mandalay Bay Aquarium
Don’t forget to pack your flippers! The Mandalay Bay Resort has a public aquarium called Shark Reef, filled with, you guessed it, sharks. It also hold over 2,000 other animals, including giant rays, sea turtles, piranhas, crocodiles, and more. If you want to make things a little more interesting, you can even swim with the creatures. If you’re a certified diver and a Mandalay Bay guest, you can dive right in. The experience also includes an aquarium tour and orientation.
2. Neon Museum
Ever wonder where signs go to die? Find out at the Neon Museum. Designed to preserve iconic Las Vegas signs for educational purposes, this two-acre campus feels like neon sign heaven. With nearly 150 marquees, it celebrates Las Vegas’ diverse history through horseshoes, caesar heads, and other casino memorabilia. Get lost in larger-than-life, high-heeled shoes and tipping martini glasses. You can even learn about sign history, design, and technology.
3. Pinball Hall of Fame
If you want to play a different sort of game, head to the Pinball Hall of Fame. It comes with all the bright lights and loud noises of a casino floor, but costs next to nothing. Filled with about 200 pinball machines and other vintage, arcade games, this hidden gem lets you try out your flipping abilities on the video games of your childhood. Many of these machines have been refurbished from scratch by Director of Things and Stuff (that’s his real title), Tim Arnold.
Jump on it! No, really. Skyzone is a massive surface of interconnected trampolines, enclosed by, you guessed it, even more trampolines. You’ll be bouncing off the walls, literally. They even offer activities for people of all ages, like dodgeball and fitness classes.
5. Zombie Apocalypse Store
Perfect for your inner prepper, this store sells emergency rations, camping gear, self-defense products, and zombie memorabilia. If you’ve ever wanted a 42-ounce can of fettuccine alfredo then this is your place. They even carry zombie shooting range targets and a pale, undead creature resting on the roof that’s almost too real.
6. Dig This Playground
Great for adults and children, this playground lets you dig through dirt, knock over 2,000 pound tires, and play a giant-sized version of basketball. You’ll don a hard hat, throw on a neon yellow vest, then grab the controls of a massive bulldozer. Feeling a little intimidated? Don’t worry. The instructors will walk you through every button before letting you loose on some good, old-fashioned, dirt piles.
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Nandita Raghuram is a Brooklyn-based writer who loves all things travel and food related. She spends her days cooking, writing, and reading. Check out her Twitter: @NanditaRaghuram.