Las Vegas Top Ten:
Vegas has an overwhelming number of sights and attractions. Our lists of the top ten things to do in Las Vegas will help you decide how to best prioritize your time.
Top 25 Las Vegas Photo Opportunities:
1. The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign (South Strip): Created by Betty Willis in 1959, this iconic photo op is a must for any Las Vegas visitor. You can find the sign a block south of Mandalay Bay on the Vegas Strip. Walking is there is fine but the Deuce Bus Line running up and down the Strip is the easiest way to get there.
2. Million Dollar Photo (Binions, Downtown): Home of the Million Dollar Photo which is the best photo op in Las Vegas!! Here you can have your photo taken for FREE with the Binions girls and a stack of one million dollars cash. Photo op is open to those 21+ in age near the player’s club from 10am to 11pm.
3. Shark Tank Slide (Golden Nugget, Downtown): The most unique pool experience in Vegas lies here as The Tank will have you swimming with the sharks. A 30ft high glass slide will take you through a long tunnel going right through the heart of a giant aquarium full of sharks. Have your friends take photos as you glide through the middle of the shark tank and you’ll have a photo to be proud of.
4. Minus 5 Ice Bar (Mandalay Bay, South Strip): For the “coolest” pictures around you need to check out the Minus5 ice bar and lounge. Who could ask for a better pic: Sitting at an all ice bar, drinking a great drink out of an ice cup while adorn with boots, gloves, and the signature blue parka, Minus5 will give you some of the most unique pics anywhere let alone Vegas. Because the bar is kept at a refreshing -5 degrees Celsius no electronics are allowed inside, however, a professional photographer comes around every few minutes to take multiple photos of you and your friends. All photos are available for sale as you leave the bar at a price of $13.95 each. The printed photos are so priceless that the price is for sure worth it, plus they give you a nice photo holder and handy digital copy.
5. Neon Museum (Near Downtown): As LCD and LED signage became available old neon signs were disregarded at an alarming pace. Seeing the culture of neon disappearing, the Allied Arts Council formed the Neon Museum and started an effort to save an important piece of Las Vegas history. As a base to start restorations a museum visitor center and a 2 acre display yard known as the Boneyard were built. You can easily peak through the fence or over the wall to get a peak of the signs frozen in time, but taking the official tour is a great experience. Before you even take the tour you know it’s going to be awesome from the giant high heel street lamp to the eclectic mix of sign letters spelling out “Boneyard”. The standard tour last one hour, takes you through a staged collection of 120 signs and includes some very entertaining stories of the of the vintage sign fossils. There is a great mix of urban decay and bright colors among the massive neon skeletons that will make your photographs really pop. If you are looking from more private time with the photos they have a separate staging area for photographers and video shoots that you can submit requests for a fee, but you need to submit your request at least a week a head of time.
Guided Tours: You can only tour the museum on a 1 hour guided tour which leaves every 30 minutes Mondays-Sundays starting at 10am until one hour before sunset. Cost: $18. Location: 770 Las Vegas Blvd North.
6. Fremont Street Experience: The intersection of Fremont and Main Street is where Las Vegas was first founded in 1905 and is now the marks the beginning of the Fremont Street Experience.
The full Fremont Street Experience is seven blocks long but you’re sure to be drawn to the 4 block long, 90 foot wide canopy over the street filled with 12.5 million colored LEB bulbs called Viva Vision. The entire area really comes to life the top of every hour from 8pm to 1am when Viva Vision turns into a full on light and video show synced to music on a concert quality sound system. The light shows themselves are a reason to put Downtown Vegas on your to do list, but stay a little longer and you’ll find a lot more to love.
If you are hard core you’ll get your picture while ziplining right through the middle of Fremont street, high above the crowds and traffic with Flight Linez Zipline.
7. Ghostbar Terrace (Palms, Near Strip): 55 floors up and the best views of the Strip makes the Ghostbar’s terrace the third best in Vegas to take pictures.
8. Hand Of Faith (Golden Nugget, Downtown): Sitting in the lobby of the Golden Nugget, the 61 pound Hand of Faith is the biggest golden nugget in existence, the second-biggest ever discovered, and the biggest ever found with a metal detector. It was found in the spring of 1980 by Kevin Hillier while playing with his metal detector in his tiny hometown of Wedderburn, Australia. To heck fine finding small coins or nails, Hililier found this monster nugget that he later sold to the Golden Nugget Casino for over a million dollars.
9. Bellagio Botanical Gardens (Bellagio, The Strip): sdf
10. Paris Hotel Exterior (Paris, The Strip): The exterior of the Paris hotel with it’s 1/2 scale Eiffel Tower, large Balloon, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Paris Opera House, and Hotel de Ville replicas is one of the most photographed places on The Strip. The best photos during the day come next to the large fountain near the sidewalk by crouching down and getting the fountain and Eiffel Tower above all in one frame. At night is really comes alive with accent lighting and we like taking photos of the exterior from the long walkway on across the street to the South which runs from Las Vegas Blvd to the entrance of the Bellagio.
11. Belligo Fountain Show: sdf
12. Lion Habitat (MGM, The Strip): sdf d Lion Habitat.
13. Richard Petty Driving Experience (Las Vegas Motorspeedway): sdf
14. Mirage Volcano (Mirage, The Strip): 54 foot tall Polynesian-style volcano erupting nightly every hour 8pm-Midnight
15. Dolphin Training (Mirage, The Strip): One thing that visitor often miss Sieffried & Roy’s Secret Garden. Here you will see white tigers, white lions, panthers, and an excellent dolphin exhibit but the best photos opportunities come from the Dolphin Trainer for a Day program where you get in the water and actually train dolphins.
16. Berlin Wall (Main Station, Downtown):
17. Vintage Neon (Fremont Street, Downtown): From the entrance of the Freemont Experience at Fremont and Main are some of the best vintage neon signs in Vegas. They include iconic Cowboy Vic who was built in the 1950’s for the Pioneer Club and Sassy Sally who was built for Sassy Sally’s strip club. The Sassy Sally sign was added to the club in the 1980’s but was bought by the Mermaid Casino in the early 2000’s Sallys was renamed Glitter Glutch and the sign was renamed Cowgirl Vicki. When the Freemont Experience was completed Vic and Vicki were actually married in a ceremony covered by the local newspapers and news stations.
18. Grand Canal Shoppes (Venetian, The Strip): with a unique streetmosphere. The streetmosphere includes Italian-style building facades, a replica Rio Alto Bridge, and gondoliers
19. Siren Pirate Ship Show (Treasure Island, The Strip): Siren shows facing the strip on the pirate ships
20. Forum Shops (Caesars, The Strip):
21. Tropicana x Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip): An amazing location on the strip where you can take photos of the New York New York Skyline, the Excalibur Castle, and the MGM’s Lion Statues all in one place.
22. Luxor Pyramid (Luxor, South Strip): at night
23. Mermaid Show (Silverton Casino, Far South Strip): Escape from the ordinary and catch live mermaids in action in Las Vegas at the Silverton Casino Hotel’s aquarium. This 117,000-gallon reef aquarium with over 4,000 tropical fish plus stingrays and sharks features interactive stingray feedings and live mermaids. Mermaid swims take place Thursdays during the hours of 2:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays between 2:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.