Las Vegas: Best things to do after dark

Just over 38 million people visit Las Vegas each year. Though all of the casino hype seems to depict clubbing as the only cool way to been seen and have fun, many people aren't fans of the nightclub scene. Here are 10 fabulously fun things to do in Vegas once the sun goes down that don't involve a DJ or EDM.

1. Bellagio Fountains – No visitor to Vegas should miss the glamour of The Fountains of Bellagio in front of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Every 30 minutes (or better yet, every 15 minutes during peak time) you'll get treated to a water, music and light show extravaganza that's absolutely free.

2. The Linq – The Linq is an outdoor adult playground. The High Roller sits on one side of the long promenade and Las Vegas Boulevard, known as LVB to locals, sits on the other. In between are casinos, shops, restaurants, plenty of outdoor patios, and great places to hear live music, like the Brooklyn Bowl.

3. The Top of the Stratosphere – Check out the famous Vegas neon lights at the tallest observation tower in the United States. The observation deck at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is 869 feet high, providing a 360-degree view of the entire Las Vegas Valley.

4. Fremont Street – It's hard to explain, but to say that Fremont Street is an “Experience” is an understatement indeed. Picture the largest video screen in the world up above a boardwalk filled with people - with casinos and lights on both sides of the street for six city blocks, watching a light show as thrill seekers zip line across your view. Add the crazy street people, and you've just locked in a lifetime memory.

5. Watch the Planes Land Up Close – An airplane takes off or lands in Vegas every 3 seconds. Get in on the action. There's an observation lot on Sunset Road just south of the Strip that you can lay on top of the trunk of your car and see the lights and feel the energy of the planes as they arrive. The area is located about 1/5 mile west of Eastern Avenue alongside the McCarran fence. Tune your FM radio to 101.1 and listen to the conversations between the pilots and the air traffic control tower. It's open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

6. The Coaster at New York New York – Whoever thought you'd get to sing “Start Spreading the News” in Sin City? Whether you sing or not, you'll have fun riding the Big Apple Coaster that features a 180-degree “heartline” twist and dive maneuver on the rooftop of the casino.

7. Peoplewatch at the Tank at the Golden Nugget – There are many great pools on the Strip, but none is much better than the best pool in Downtown Las Vegas. Wander in the swallow end, have a cocktail at the H2O Bar, play craps or blackjack in your bathing suit, or watch kids and adults alike shoot down the pool slide as it juggernauts through a huge aquarium that's filled with sharks – divided by glass, that is!

8. Talk a Walk in Paris – Step off the Strip and into the heart of France. At Paris Las Vegas, you can walk among the cobblestone streets, and dine at Gordon Ramsay Steak, or whatever restaurant you choose. See replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Paris Opera House and the Hotel de Ville.

9. Sail Outside in A Gondola – It's a romantic evening in Venice... we mean Las Vegas. At the Venetian Hotel and Casino, pay a friendly gondolier to take you and your sweetie (or your whole family) on a gondola ride they'll never forget. The gondola sails partially indoors and partially outdoors among the Vegas lights.

10. Have a Cocktail at the Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar – It's the ultimate in luxury. Choose The Forbidden Fruit, the Intimate Playlist, or another signature cocktail of your choice at this three-story open bar that has a huge chandelier hanging down the middle connecting it all. You'll be literally surrounded by the lights and excitement of the city.

Have fun, and Viva Las Vegas!

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