12 Things to Do in Las Vegas During the Day

Aug 24, 2020

12 Things to Do in Las Vegas During the Day
By Alex Velazquez

Looking for things to do in Las Vegas during the day? A Las Vegas vacation is a dream for most partygoers, and true – most people spend the nights partying and gambling, but did you know there was ANOTHER side of Vegas? Kinda of like a reverse-vampire side,… yes! That's right! The side of Las Vegas that ONLY comes out during the day time! Now, at first this sounds a little crazy, I mean,… what can Vegas really offer during waking hours that you can't do when the sun goes down and the lights come up? But let me ask you this - do you have any idea of the myriad of things you can do in Las Vegas during the day? Have you ever even attempted a Vegas day trip?

As a party destination, the most popular things to do in Vegas are geared towards the nightlife. Whether it’s partying at the best clubs, gambling at the casinos, or watching concerts and shows, most of these things happen during the night, but that leaves ample 'recovery' time during the day for either low key activities OR to switch it up with some attractions that help you,… hmmm… let's just say, even it out (if you happen to be staying in Vegas for a while). But what happens during the day? You definitely don’t want to spend the entire day in your Las Vegas hotel room, right?

Best Things to Do During the Day in Las Vegas

Okay, so we've established that there’s definitely more to Las Vegas than the nightclubs and casinos. In fact, there are several other interesting things you can do than just partying at The Strip. Read on as we share some of the best things to do in Las Vegas during the day.


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1 | Tour the Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden | For a more family-friendly activity in Vegas, check out the Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden. You’ll find it at the Mirage, close to the pool entrance. Aside from swimming with the dolphins, your kids will enjoy a close encounter with animals from the wild such as leopards, lions, white tigers, and more! You can also take part in some interactive activities, such as Yoga with the Dolphins, Trainer for the Day, and a VIP tour. What’s great about it is that all these exhibits and activities are geared towards promoting conservation and wildlife research. Take your kids to the Sustainability Discovery Center where they can join educational exhibits on topics about water conservation and wildlife preservation.

WHERE: The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-791-7188

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2 | Visit the Springs Preserve Park | The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre natural park that has nature walks and interesting displays that are operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District. Located just within the city, this park is also home to botanical gardens and other natural attractions. The Springs Preserve houses the water source that supporting the entire region with indigenous people. This is said to the main reason why humans chose to settle here some thousands of years ago. There are also a few museums within the park including the Nevada State Museum as well as the Origen Museum, showcasing the modern history of Las Vegas.

WHERE: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107 | WHO: 702-822-7700

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3 | Book a Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour | Are you looking for a convenient way to explore Las Vegas during the day? Then book the hop-on hop-off bus tour that will take you to explore the various sights and attractions all over the Sin city. The tour will pass by the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, and will pass through the Golden Nugget hotel and towards the entertainment section of the Fremont Street, and into the malls, museums, and more. You just get off to wherever you want to stop and wait for the bus again to head to your next destination.

WHERE: N/A | WHO: 702-685-6578

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4 | Visit the Grand Canyon | During the day, take advantage of Las Vegas’ close proximity to the Grand Canyon. Located just 4 hours away from Vegas, the Grand Canyon is the perfect place to explore for those who love the outdoors. This natural wonder is truly a sight to behold, making it a great destination for a day trip outside of Vegas. In order to make the most of your time in the Grand Canyon, consider booking a guided tour. With a local guide by your side, you’ll be exploring this massive natural wonder while learning a lot of interesting things along the way. There are also tours that include transportation and other amenities. And if you feel like splurging a bit, explore the Grand Canyon on a helicopter!

WHERE: Arizona, United States | WHO: 928-638-7888

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5 | Ride the High Roller | One of the most enjoyable things to do in Las Vegas during the day is to get on board the High Roller. Although this observation wheel is also open during the night, visiting it at daytime means shorter waiting times. The Higher Roller will take you 550 feet up into the air, which makes for a fun and thrilling adventure. Your adventure will take around 30 minutes and you’ll be treated to a 360-degree view of The Strip, which is truly breathtaking. To make your experience even more exciting, upgrade your ticket to the Happy Half Hour ride inside the open bar cabin. With this option, you’ll be enjoying your favorite drinks as you soak up the gorgeous city views 550 feet above!

WHERE: 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-322-0593

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6 | Visit BODIES: The Exhibition | The Luxor Hotel & Casino is a popular establishment in Vegas that’s recognized for its Egyptian theme building, which is housed in a 30-story pyramid. But do you know that the hotel has interesting exhibits inside? In the lobby, you’ll find an exhibit known as the BODIES. This one-of-a-kind display showcases real bodies with actual organs that were preserved using high-tech preservation techniques. The aim is to promote scientific knowledge to the public. During your visit, you’ll get a closer look into the workings of a human body. There are also galleries featuring anatomical specimens that were all carefully presented in an educational manner. The BODIES is the country’s biggest permanent anatomical exhibit and is truly a must-visit during your trip to Vegas.

WHERE: 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119 | WHO: 702-262-4400

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7 | Ride the Adventuredome Theme Park Attractions | Visiting the Adventuredome Theme Park is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas during the day for the entire family. This is an indoor theme park with exciting rides that are geared towards adults and kids. From thrilling rides to interactive arcade games, there’s definitely something for everybody to enjoy here. When taking your kids to the Adventuredome, be mindful of the age and height restrictions on the rides. The last thing you want is to disappoint your kids when you’re inside the park because they won’t be allowed to ride.

WHERE: 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-794-3939

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8 | Try Skydiving at Vegas Indoor Skydiving | Do you want to experience how it feels like to go skydiving but you’re not brave enough to do the real thing? Then why don’t you try indoor skydiving? At the Vegas Indoor Skydiving, you’ll experience the thrill of skydiving but without the risk. Since it’s indoor, there’s no need to take a parachute or jump from a chopper. You can do it on your own, with your partner, or with a group of friends! Indoor skydiving is also a fun activity for families with kids. Just make sure to check in advance if there are any height or weight restrictions.

WHERE: 200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-731-4768

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9 | Visit the Mob Museum | For history buffs, spend your day browsing through the Mob Museum. This museum showcases Vega’s rough history of organized crimes that the city is known for back in the day. You’ll surely have a great time browsing through the immersive exhibits about organized crimes not only in Vegas but also around the country. With so many things to discover in this museum, you could spend half the day soaking everything in. But take note that the museum is not suitable for the kids. So, if you’re taking the little ones on your Vegas trip, this is not the best place to visit during the day.

WHERE: 300 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | WHO: 702-229-2734

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10 | Become a Forensic Detective at CSI: The Experience | If you want to experience how it is to be a forensic detective for the day, then head to the MGM Grand and visit the CSI: The Experience. Here, you will have the opportunity to work through simulated crime scenes and evaluate pieces of evidence just like Lieutenant Horatio Caine. You could spend the entire day having fun at this 12,000 square feet area dedicated to forensic props, simulated crime labs, and a whole lot more!

WHERE: 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-891-5749

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11 | Get Close to Celebrity Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds | You may have visited a Madame Tussauds wax museum in some other parts of the world, but the one in Vegas has a unique exhibit of its own. Here, you’ll find wax figures of your favorite celebrities, musicians, politicians, athletes, and several other world-famous personalities. Located inside the Venetian hotel, visiting this museum is one of the most popular things to do in Las Vegas during the day.

WHERE: 3377 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste. 2001, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-862-7800

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12 | Visit the Las Vegas Natural History Museum | Another great museum to visit for the history buffs is the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. It caters to travelers of all ages so if you’re traveling with the kids, then this museum is a must-visit. The museum has fascinating permanent exhibits and galleries of prehistoric fossils, which include dinosaurs. There’s also the Wild Nevada Gallery, which focuses on flora and fauna. The Geology Gallery is also an interesting section to explore.

WHERE: 900 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | WHO: 702-384-3466

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Last Tips on Things to Do in Las Vegas During the Day

As you see, there are many ways to entertain yourself during the day in Vegas. Aside from the things above, you can also go shopping at luxury boutiques, brunch at fancy restaurants, or hang out at one of those chic cafes inside the luxury hotels.

If you’re on a budget, there are free things for you to do as well. You can spend the day exploring the gorgeous interiors of the Venetian hotel and watch costumed performers wander along the streets. In the afternoon, head to the Bellagio Hotel and marvel at the spectacular dancing water fountains. Indeed, you definitely won’t run out of things to do in Las Vegas during the day!


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