The Non-Gambler's Guide to Las Vegas

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The Non-Gambler's Guide to Las Vegas
Alternative attractions to gambling for those visiting Las Vegas.
When Las Vegas is mentioned, gambling and weddings often spring to mind, although there is so much more to this dynamic city than the popular connotations. From a wealth of fascinating museums and attractions to fantastic shows and unique experiences, there’s plenty for visitors who wish to leave gambling to the professionals.

Here is just a small selection of the various Las Vegas attractions which offer an alternative to gambling and walking down the aisle.

The Mob Museum

Dedicated to the story of organised crime and law enforcement, The Mob Museum offers visitors the chance to discover true stories of Mob history through interactive, high-tech exhibits and over 885 artefacts.

As the largest collection of Mob and law enforcement memorabilia under one roof, the Museum has acquired some of the most iconic artefacts in Mob history, including the barber chair Albert Anastasia was sitting in when murdered in New York City and the brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago in 1929. The building itself was also the stage for the biggest mob hearing in history, adding even more context to the experience the museum offers.

In addition, visitors can also take a close look at items and artefacts relating to law enforcement’s role in helping to eradicate and control the Mob, such as weapons, wiretapping tools and tactics, and crime scene photos.

Mob Museum

“The Mob Museum provides an eye-opening, interactive and authentic view of organized crime’s impact on the world through compelling storytelling and reveals an insider’s look at the events and characters of the continuing battle between the Mob and the law.

“But don’t just take our word for it –in less than three years, more than 700,000 guests, hailing from all 50 states and 35 countries, have visited The Mob Museum. We’re the only institution in the world seriously addressing the impact of organized crime and its relationship with law enforcement throughout the United States and beyond.”

-          Ashley Misko, director of marketing and public relations at The Mob Museum

Vegas Indoor Skydiving

Have you ever wanted to try skydiving but not felt brave enough to jump from a plane? Well, if the answer is yes, you can now get a taste of freefalling but without the use of an aeroplane or parachute. Built in 1982, Vegas Indoor Skydiving was the United States’ first simulated skydiving experience and uses a 22-feet-high vertical wind tunnel which can support the weight of an average adult.

Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving

“Our mission is to provide a safe and memorable indoor skydiving experience to the general public, understanding that everyone will learn and grow at different rates, adapting to the ability of the flyer, and to encourage their development by sharing our love and knowledge of flight. We pride ourselves on being able to provide a safe, fun, and adrenaline filled experience in Las Vegas for all ages ranging from 4 years old to over 104 years old.

“Our general manager, Brad Hess, is a former Guinness World Record Holder for the most forward somersaults in one minute in a wind tunnel.”

-          Vegas Indoor Skydiving

National Atomic Testing Museum

Absorb the history of one of man’s most significant inventions, the nuclear bomb, and discover more than 12,000 unique artefacts related to atomic testing. Visitors to the National Atomic Testing Museum can experience a simulated atmospheric bomb blast, explore how man came to make the first atomic bomb, as well as learn how to survive an atomic bomb attack. The museum also recognises Nevada’s valuable contributions during the Cold War, which helped gain the attraction its national status.

National Atomic Testing Museum

“Joining a distinguished family of just 36 museums to have been designated as national museums of the United States, the newly minted National Atomic Testing Museum adds a luster to the already glittering city of Las Vegas that is sure to attract new American audiences and international visitors.”

-          Allan Palmer, Executive Director and CEO

Las Vegas Party Bus

Those who wish to experience the city’s night life can do so in style by hopping aboard the hottest Las Vegas party bus. Not only will ticket holders be chauffeured to destinations in a luxurious limo bus with complimentary drinks, but they’ll also be able to skip the long queues and make the most of VIP host services. Tours are operated on Wednesdays, and Friday to Sunday all year round, and will ensure that you are treated like an A-lister from start to finish.

CSI: The Experience

Not just for fans of the most successful TV series in the world, CSI: The Experience places the visitor right in the midst of the crime scene, leaving guests to determine ‘whodunit’. Videos of the cast members will guide visitors throughout the experience at MGM Grand as they undertake a game of forensic role-play. The attraction includes dazzling special effects, meticulous crime scene recreations and two state-of-the art crime labs. Those who successfully complete a case will even receive a certificate at the end!

CSI: The Experience

“A challenging and fun multi-sensory attraction, CSI: The Experience places guests in the role of crime scene investigators as they solve one of three true-to-life mysteries.

“On their journey, guests explore one of three detailed crime scenes – “A House Collided,” where a car and its driver will appear to have crashed through the living room of a quiet suburbia residence; “Who Got Served,” where the body of a young woman will be found behind a motel; and “No Bones About It,” where human remains will be uncovered in the desert.”

-           CSI: The Experience

Image credit: Bert Kaufmann, The Mob Museum, Fred Morledge, Peter, CSI: The Experience (Flickr.com)

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