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There is literally something for everyone in Las Vegas, whether you’re into arts and culture, culinary experiences you’re not going to find anywhere else, nighttime entertainment (from musical acts like Blue Man Group to showgirl vignettes, plus your favorite rock star), and outdoor adventure. Then, of course, gambling because every casino wants you to try your luck on a slot machine or a card game. If you plan to keep yourself busy in Las Vegas, invest in the Las Vegas Pass ($259 for two days or $359 for three days, plus the $499 five-day pass), which provides access to 60-some Vegas attractions, including three Cirque du Soleil shows (Ka, The Beatles Love Cirque, and Zumanity); or Go Las Vegas ($84 to $147.90), allowing discounted or free admission to 50 attractions, which are not locked into specific dates. Instead you can visit attractions of your choice over a 30-day period.

Grand Canyon Tours from Las Vegas

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If you love natural wonders, Las Vegas is just five hours from the Grand Canyon National Park. Several tour companies get you there with ease—without even staying the night in Arizona. Pink Adventure Tours offers a 13-hour tour from Vegas to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, including breakfast, lunch, parking, and admission fees. For a deeper thrill, and to see Grand Canyon from above, book a four-hour helicopter or airplane tour with Canyon Tours.

Things to Do in Las Vegas With Kids

Eruption of the Mirage Volcano / PeterJamesSampson/iStock

The 13,000-square-foot exhibit galleries at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas opened in 2011 in Springs Preserve. The museum includes stepping into a stalactite cave and witnessing an atomic explosion. If your kid always seeks a thrill, check out Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus or The Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York Hotel and Casino. Everyone in the family can enjoy the larger-than-life neon signs at The Neon Museum in downtown Vegas, with rotating exhibits that include art by Tim Burton. Streetmosphere at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian is perfect for kids, too. Follow up your visit with a gondola ride, just like a Venetian. Walking the Strip at dusk with kids means you can check out a volcanic eruption at The Mirage or the nightly water-fountains show, paired with music, at Bellagio.

Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

Bellagio Hotel Conservatory & Botanical Gardens / kobbydagan/iStock

Resorts and casinos entice visitors with free activities, whether it’s the Conservatory and Botanical Garden at Bellagio (and its nightly water-fountains show with music), viewing City Center’s fine-art collection, Silverton’s Aquarium Las Vegas, or circus performances at Circus Circus. Off The Strip, visit Ethel M Chocolates Factory in Henderson at no cost or stroll the six-block-long Fremont Street Entertainment District downtown. Also, by ducking in and out of casino lounges, you’ll experience top-notch musical performances that charge no fee.

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