Viewer E-mail: What can a non-gaming partner do in Vegas?

I get this question from time to time.
“My partner/spouse is going to Las Vegas (typically for a conference, but sometimes just for fun). I’m going too, but I don’t gamble. What is there for me to do?”
I’m assuming that you will spend evenings together and already have ideas for that, so I’ll focus on daytime activities. Here are my suggestions.

  • Get out to Red Rock Canyon and drive the scenic loop. I don’t suggest hiking by yourself, but the drive and scenic overlooks are nice. Another option if you don’t have a car and don’t want to go by yourself is to take a group tour. Pink Jeep  offers half day tours of Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam and the Valley of Fire which can make for a nice morning or afternoon and still have you back in time for any evening activities.
  • Ride the High Roller. It is the world’s tallest observation wheel and gives some great views of the Strip once you get towards the top. If you have less time or want to wait to ride the High Roller with your companion, you can get a nice view from the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris. If you are looking for something a bit more extreme, try  the SkyJump at the Stratosphere.
  • Get a suite and enjoy spending some time in your room. If you have a basic room (even if they call it a suite, like the Rio) you probably won’t want to close yourself up in your room, but if you upgrade to something like a Corner Suite at Aria or a Spa Suite at Monte Carlo you get a nice room where you can soak in the jacuzzi while having a nice view. Top that off with some room service and you have your own private spa experience.

4 thoughts on “Viewer E-mail: What can a non-gaming partner do in Vegas?”

  1. My girlfriend and I were just in Vegas in July for a conference that she attended. I spent a large amount of my time at the pool and sunbathing and just wandering around the city which is fun, but we did hit up the Mob Museum (which is a lot of fun). Also checking out the little local shops at the container park was awesome the local artisans there were amazing.

    I know I want to go back with her and check out the neon museum and the pinball hall of fame and a bunch of other things Mark has suggested above!

    1. Thanks!
      I almost included wandering/window-shopping/people watching in the list (and highly recommend it). One of the best ways to discover the city is to just get out there.

  2. Mark–your tips to a NON-gambling spouse in Vegas were certainly right on the money–so to speak. Having visited Las Vegas many times–sometimes by myself–I’d like to suggest the following web site: http://www.vegas4locals.com/free.html
    AND even though it says Vegas4Locals–these are FREE things for ANYONE to do. After reviewing this list — I’d like also emphasize–BIG ELVIS at Harrahs. I think Big Elvis sounds more like Elvis that Elvis ever did! Even if you were never a huge Elvis fan–you’ll enjoy this afternoon show. And if you like to shop or even window shop and watch people–any of the malls on the strip are great: Fashion Show Mall, Caesar’s Forum shops, Miracle Mile Shops/Planet Hollywood and Grand Canal Shoppes/Venetian & Palazzo are a few of my favorites. And–when you visit the Bellagio Conservatory–walk a little farther back and see the chocolate fountain at the Jean Philippe patisserie shop. Also just prior to the Bellagio Conservatory (when entering from the Las Vegas Blvd side) you’ll see the beautiful Bellagio hotel lobby with a ceiling of 2000 glass hand-blown Dale Chihuly flowers. So much to see, so little time. . . . . enjoy!

    1. Thanks for the suggestions Jean!
      I forgot about Big Elvis. Well, I didn’t forget about him, but I certainly lost track of where he is these days.
      Thanks for the update.

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