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Las Vegas - Off the Beaten Path

Posted By Donald Kuitula, Friday, August 14, 2015

Las Vegas is known for its luxurious casinos, spectacular entertainment and all you can eat buffets. A few days of indulging in the decadence of this town can leave you exhausted. If you need a break from the glitz and glamour and wish to seek out lesser known places to enjoy, this list may be helpful.



With the annual meeting being held at the fabulous Flamingo on The Vegas Strip, we will begin with those places nearby. Next door to the hotel, at The Linq, you will find the Polaroid Fotobar (3545 Las Vegas Blvd South, Suite L-7) where you can instantly turn any image from Facebook, Instagram or your phone into a classic looking Polaroid print. In addition to the store, which stocks all things Polaroid, there is a free museum upstairs featuring permanent and traveling exhibits from world renowned artists. 

The National Atomic Testing Museum (755 E. Flamingo Dr.) is a museum dedicated to the history, development and testing of the nuclear bomb. There are over 12,000 unique artifacts, historical videos and interactive displays including an exhibit which delves deep into the highly secretive Area 51.

KISS: By Monster Mini Golf (4501 Paradise Rd.) is a rockin' 18 hole tribute to the band Kiss. The indoor course features glow-in-the-dark mini golf with a live dj spinning Kiss music along with Kiss trivia, contests and prizes. It is also home to the largest Kiss gift shop in the world as well as the "Hotter Than Hell” Wedding Chapel and the "Rock n' Roll All Night” Cafe. If mini golf wasn't enough to quench your competitive spirit, head on over to The Pinball Hall of Fame (1610 E. Tropicana) which features a collection of over 200 working pinball machines spanning all eras from the 1950's to present day machines. You can play to your hearts content so bring a pocket full of quarters and unleash your inner pinball wizard! It isn't about winning or losing here because as a registered non-profit company, most of the proceeds from the machines go directly to the owners favorite charity The Salvation Army.

A visit to Las Vegas is not complete without a trip to Downtown Vegas. The "original” Vegas features old school casinos (featuring better odds), the unforgettable Fremont Street Experience and a few other out of the way spots to discover. The unique Downtown Container Park (707 Fremont St.) is a sustainable shopping, dining and entertainment area made completely out of used shipping containers stacked upon each other. Shopping includes clothing boutiques and art galleries along with an array of restaurants, bars and dessert places to satisfy your sweet tooth. The Mob Museum (300 Stewart Ave.) resides in a former federal courthouse and contains over 41,000 square-feet of mob history. Exhibits, artifacts and interactive environments tell the story of notorious mobsters such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel alongside those who brought them to justice including J. Edgar Hoover, Elmer Irey and Harry Anslinger. A mile north of downtown brings you to the...

Neon Boneyard (770 N. Las Vegas Blvd) which is home to more than 150 historic neon signs from the golden days of Las Vegas. Guided tours of this outdoor museum bring you up close to fantastic and ornate casino signs, some of which date back to the 1930's. There is also a night tour showcasing some of the beautifully lit restored signs.

The ever expanding city of Las Vegas has much to offer beyond gaming and nightlife. Taking time away from familiar hot spots will allow you to discover some hidden gems and help you to recharge for another night on the town.

Tags:  2015  AAO  blog  education  Educational Meeting  Interactive  Las Vegas  PDC  Special Events  Tips  Travel 

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Denice A. Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS says...
Posted Monday, August 17, 2015
I'll add my two favorites. Hiking Mt Charleston and the Red Rocks Canyon. Nice canyon, not so much red rocks. Get to the top of Mt. CHarleston for an unparalleled view of the strip!
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