questionswhat to do in vegas?

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you'll be shocked to learn that i am from vegas.
boy i don't miss the heat.
local? woefully uncommon. but there are a few things.
do you like sciencey stuff? try the atomic testing museum.
do you like thai food? doesn't matter. go to lotus of siam. a james beard award-winning thai restaurant? come on now.
do you like farmer's markets and artisan foody bits? there are events way up in summerlin (tivoli square).

the weekly has a good calendar of local-oriented stuff. check it.
http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/events/

give my regards to jose the bartender, if you see him. tell him mommy's coming home soon.

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For free stuff, I'd second the Fountains at Bellagio. You will have to queue up early to get a good place to stand (at least 10 minutes, sometimes 15), but it is great to watch. They have a playlist online, but they don't say what is going to be played when, in case you want to see one particular piece.

There is a new outdoor show at Treasure Island, I haven't seen it, so I can't comment. The volcano at Mirage is worth a look, too.

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@johnnys13: Really, take my sister to the Spearmint Rhino? HA! Well, that would be a unique brother/sister outing. How are they about taking pictures?

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@mkentosh: Bunny Ranch is 7 hours away in Dayton, NV.....prostitution is not legal in Las Vegas.

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More great answers here and here. Personally, I liked the fountain shows at the Bellagio, Fremont Street at night and Blue Man Group was an absolute blast!

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BLUE MAN GROUP! What an enjoyable show. I moved from LV about 3 years ago....I promise you will not get bored.

The light show downtown is nice if you have never seen it.

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@mellielou: Exactly! The tour guide won't let you forget it...

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@barkwoot: You mean, go on the whole Dam tour ;)

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Hoover Dam is about 45 minutes or so away. It's very impressive. I recommend the power plant tour.

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Not sure where you are from, but if you live (or used to live) in NYC, be sure to wander around New York New York.

My Mom is originally from the Bronx and she had a ball there. Apparently the decorations were authentic enough that she could always tell what "borough" she was in and she could use her memory of NYC to navigate around NYNY.

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Bellagio fountains are always a must for me. Not a real time consuming thing to do there, but wonderful all the same. I would also look into some of the clubs if you're into that kinda thing. I thoroughly enjoy Tao and The Cosmopolitan. Great night activity and stunning artists there to enjoy as well. And yes. Beer is a great activity in itself. Not that you have to be in Vegas to enjoy that one haha. Cheers.

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I realize you said you don't gamble - just keep in mind Vegas wasn't built on the backs of winners!

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I would walk around with a boom box playing the theme from Ocean's Eleven

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@raremonkey: We are going to the Yard House right when she gets off the plane!

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I've never been but would like to someday. That is why I bookmarked this question from a few months back. It's good for future reference and might give you some ideas. Enjoy your trip!

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@raremonkey: I grew up in the 70s so, this is perfect!

I need to add this: we are beer enthusiasts. We don't look like it, though ;-)

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The pinball hall of fame http://www.pinballmuseum.org/ such a cool place to go if you like that kinda thing.