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
(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
(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.