Not everyone who comes to Las Vegas wants to spend all their time in the casinos, gambling, drinking and partying. Vegas is also a great place for families who are looking for more appropriate avenues of entertainment for children, somewhere without scantily-clad showgirls and boisterous partygoers. And although it's usually the casinos that first come to mind when one thinks of entertainment in Sin City, there are actually quite a few enjoyable activities outside the Las Vegas Strip.
Adventuredome Theme Park: This five acre indoor amusement park, formerly known as Grand Slam Canyon, offers a full day of fun and thrills for kids and adults of all ages. Connected to the Hotel Circus Circus, Adventuredome is a massive complex bursting at the seams with thrills and excitement, with 25 laughter and scream inducing rides that will take your breath away. It's also a great place to book a kid's birthday party.
The Mob Museum: Located in the historical former Las Vegas Federal Building, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, aka the Mob Museum, is filled with exhibits and displays that tell whole story behind the early days in developing the casino industry of Las Vegas. Notorious gangsters were the first casino owners, and federal agents were hot on the trail to catch them in the act of some illegal doings. Spending time inside the Mob Museum is a fascinating experience for both adults and children.
Smith Center for Performing Arts: A cultural experience may not be what you expect from Las Vegas, but the arts community here is thriving. Both visitors and locals are thrilled to enjoy some of the most talented performance artists in the world on the stage at the magnificent Smith Center. Performances feature classical symphony, ballet, Broadway musicals, as well as more contemporary venues such as jazz, comedy and R&B. You won't see any neon or any showgirls here, but you are certain to have a pleasant experience.
Fremont Street Experience: FSE is basically a pedestrian mall, Las Vegas style. The most notable feature is a soaring barrel vault canopy featuring digital signage. The FSE entails five blocks of Fremont Street and includes an area known as Glitter Gulch. Free concerts are held on two stages, and fantastic light and sound shows offer amazing displays. The Neonopolis shopping mall is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard, and features three miles of neon lights in three open-air levels of shops, and includes the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art.
Qua Baths and Spa: Like everything else in Vegas, even a trip to the spa is an extravagant, extraordinary, and completely indulgent experience. But at Qua the atmosphere is relaxing rather than exciting. Fifty-one treatment studios offer a diversity of decadent attractions, including personalized hydrotherapy tubs, facial studios, massage studios, deluxe couples' studios, and even an Arctic Ice Room with snow falling from the ceiling!