From the Neon Museum to the Mob Museum – Top 5 Las Vegas Must-See Attractions
Las Vegas is America’s famous all singing, all dancing home of extravagance. Named in 1821 by Spanish explorer, Rafael Rivera, it’s an icon for opulence that has quickly grown over the past few decades with an array of glittering casinos and bustling hotels.
As the largest city in Nevada, it’s been a hotspot for tourists from across America and around the world for many years since investment started pouring into the upscale resorts and attractions throughout the 1990s. Recognisable in films, such as Oceans 11 and The Hangover, the hi-rise heavy landscape has lots more to offer than flashing lights and fountain displays. For more of a cultural fix, here are just some of the top things to do in Las Vegas.
There’s no better way to dive into the iconic history of Las Vegas than a visit to the Neon Museum, located near to the downtown area. A great destination for visitors to the city, the venue features memorabilia from old casinos, including the restored lobby of the sophisticated La Concha Motel as a visitor centre. The 2.6 acre property is home to many vintage disused neon signs from businesses across the city, highlighting Las Vegas’ glamorous cultural and artistic history. Daily tours allow guests to hear about and enjoy more information on the stories behind the signage. General admission is $22.
The aptly named ‘Mob Museum’, offering an exciting and fascinating insight into the city’s organised crime history, is also one of the top things to do in Las Vegas. Located just minutes from Fremont Street, visitors can experience a journey through time starting from the early American dreamers, to the rebels of the wild prohibition era. The museum documents Las Vegas’ crazy voyage from small stopover town, to a world-famous gambling hotspot. There are also interactive experiences including a crime lab, and even a Firearm Training Simulator.
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
Also located in the downtown area is the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum. Offering nine-themed exhibition halls and 26,000 square feet full of interactive hands-on core exhibits, this is a great option for family fun. There are a number of pop up and permanent spaces, including the ‘Eco City’, Water World, Toddler Town and Discovery Lab. General admission is $14.50, and children under the age of one go in free! The venue is open 10am-6pm, is closed on Mondays and opens late on Sundays.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
For traditionalists, there’s the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. From near to far (Nevada to Africa), prehistoric times to the present, the museum takes guests on a learning adventure throughout the world. From ‘Treasures of Egypt’, to ‘African Rainforest’, to the International Wildlife Gallery, this is a great option for families looking to explore natural science from past and present. For an extra special experience, visitors can take the curator-led Museum and Collections Tour which offers a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the exhibits (costing $250 for groups up to 10).
Once you’ve picked up some historical knowledge, the one thing that must also be on the itinerary for Las Vegas is shopping! If you want to partner a true destination experience with incredible retail, look no further than The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace®, a unique home to luxury brands, excellent location, entertainment and elegant surroundings. Guests will feel as though they are wandering the streets of ancient Rome in this unique property, with more than 160 specialty shops and restaurants. The Forum Shops is perfectly located adjacent to Caesars Palace, at the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip, meaning you can show off your new purchases in no time at all.