Gondola Ride at the Venetian

Las Vegas is known for its bright lights, world-class entertainment, casinos, and fun-filled attractions. While this town is home to many popular adventures, did you know there is much to do outdoors in Sin City and the surrounding areas? 

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We’re talking about classics like the Fountains at Bellagio, the Las Vegas Sign, The Eiffel Tower, Stratosphere, Gondola Rides, and the High Roller. But you shouldn’t miss some other amazing activities like Seven Magic Mountains, the Neon Museum, Fremont Street, the Container Park, Red Rock Canyon, and Sprints Preserve.

Many of these adventures can be taken year-round. However, it is advised to watch out for the hot summer months when the evening is the best time to be outdoors.

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If you’re looking for details, and you’re up for the adventure, grab some water, throw on some comfortable shoes, and charge those cameras because these 12 outdoor attractions will be some of the highlights of your year. 

Without further ado, here are 12 Outdoor Las Vegas Attractions that you won’t want to miss:

  1. Fountains of Bellagio – If you’re looking for any free outdoor activities, the Bellagio Fountains are the place to go. This daily experience happens every 30 minutes from 3 pm to 8 pm with a choreographed water show. It’s best to show up early to stand as close as possible to the water for the ultimate experience. The fountains tend to get crowded, especially on the weekends, so plan accordingly. As one of the most identifiable tourist landmarks in Las Vegas, The Bellagio fountains are a must-visit outdoor attraction. 
  2. Gondola Rides at the Venetian – This attraction starts indoors, but as the Ride begins, you will soon find yourself outside, taking in the views of the Las Vegas Strip. These traditional gondola rides cost $34 per person from Monday to Friday and $39 from Friday to Sunday. Each gondola holds four people and happens to be quite spacious. The experience would not be complete without professional Gondoliers serenading their way through the water. Gondola rides have been voted one of the “most romantic things to do in Las Vegas.” Whether you’re coming to Las Vegas with a group or significant other, this is another fun outdoor attraction to add to your list. 
  3. Seven Magic Mountains – Just 10 miles south of Las Vegas, NV are colorful stacked boulders that have been the town’s talk since 2016. Since the initial installation, tourists have been flocking to Seven Magic Mountains faster than expected. This large-scale desert artwork was invented by Ugo Rondinone who is an internationally renowned Swiss artist. This is a perfect detour when coming or going to California as it is located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15. Initially, Seven Magic Mountains was scheduled to remain open for two years. However, due to its popularity, this very instagramable site received a permit to extend its appearance. There is still talk of a new license since tourists visit this outdoor attraction from all over the world. 
  4. Neon Museum – If you love history, then the Neon Museum is the place to visit. This outdoor exhibit collects and preserves signs from old casinos and popular businesses. Expect to see the history of Las Vegas in 2.62 acres either through a self-guided tour or group tour. Pieces in this Neon Boneyard Museum range from the 1930s to the present day. According to their website, everything is specially preserved and studied for “educational, historic, arts, and cultural enrichment.” General ticket admission is $20 for visitors and $16 for locals, which gives you an hour to view all the signs. There is also a guided tour option at night which starts at $28 for visitors and $24 for locals. Other ticket options include Brilliant!, Photo Walk, and Portrait Hour. 
  5. Fabulous Las Vegas Sign – While this might be a very obvious outdoor Las Vegas Attraction, many visitors tend to miss it. It’s easily forgotten as there are so many great adventures to be had in Sin City. However, if you get the chance to visit, you won’t regret it. The fun picture you get is worth the wait and the memories. Expect a line at any hour of the day, but if you get here early enough, you might get lucky. For the best picture, stand toward the sides and lower the camera for the best angle. The Fabulous Las Vegas Sign is an entirely free outdoor activity and perfect for kids. 
  6. High Roller Observation Wheel – Located at the end of the Linq Promenade is a 550-foot tall observation wheel. It is the world’s second-largest observation wheel, open from 4 pm until 12 am. If you’re interested in getting the best view from the Las Vegas Strip, this is the place to be. The 30-minute long Ride takes you slowly around, which gives passengers a 360-degree view of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding city. The spacious pods hold 40 passengers with lots of seating and open windows for great pictures. Tickets start at $34.75 for adults and $17.50 for youth. If you’re planning on visiting with friends, the Happy Half Hour tickets are the way to go. Enjoy happy hour from the sky with unlimited drinks and great views. 
  7. Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck – This might not be the real deal, but it certainly comes close and gives you killer views of the Bellagio Fountain, The Las Vegas Strip, and the beautiful city of Las Vegas. While this attraction is not a free outdoor activity, it certainly counts as a great outdoor adventure. Tickets cost $22 for ages 13 and above, but there are always discounts to be found online. For the ultimate experience, dine in at the Eiffel tower las vegas restaurant. 
  8. Fremont Street Experience – Very close to the Las Vegas Strip is the Fremont Street Experience. Located Downtown where Las Vegas’ first hotels were born in the historic heart of Las Vegas and a place locals and tourists love to hang out. A canopy covers the Fremont Street Experience with LED lights that illuminate with sounds for the ultimate show. Guests love walking through this outdoor mall, listening to music, watching the lights, and stopping at different stages for more live entertainment. Take advantage of the 12-story SlotZilla Zip Line that travels down the Fremont Street Experience for even more adventure. There are two options for the Ride: lower zipline and upper zoom line. The lower zipline crosses halfway through Fremont Street Experience, and the zoom line travels the entire distance. Ziplining is a fun outdoor attraction for adrenaline seekers. 
  9. Downtown Container Park – Down the street from the Fremont Street Experience is another open-air shopping center with restaurants, a treehouse, and live entertainment. This is a great free outdoor activity for couples, friends, and families in the heart of Downtown. The Downtown Container Park is a great place to start or end the night out with great food, drinks, and a free concert. Check out their schedule online for discounts, rewards, and event times. Friendly tip – a 44-foot tall fire-breathing praying mantis by the front gates tends to scare visitors. This praying mantis is harmless and part of the fun before entering. 
  10. Stratosphere Tower – If you’re interested in another option for a 360-degree view of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding city, visit the tallest building in Nevada. For the group’s thrill-seeking lovers, the attractions at the top of the tower are the place to be. Tickets can be purchased for the three main rides: the Big Shot Space Shuttle, X-Scream, and Insanity, the Ride. These rides can be viewed from other locations on the strip due to the size and location of the rides. The Sky Jump is another option if you’re interested in leaping out from the tower 829 feet above the ground. This is certainly not an attraction for everyone but a great opportunity for thrill-seekers. 
  11. Red Rock Canyon – Just a short 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip is Red Rock Canyon. This 13-mile scenic drive includes stops for the most incredible trails and hiking, campgrounds, geology, picnics, and so much more. Red Rock Canyon is a National conservation area that visitors and locals go crazy over. Their bright red rocks, beautiful trails, and breathtaking views make for a great outdoor adventure worth a visit. Be mindful of the hot summer days and try to arrive as early as possible. 
  12. Springs Preserve – If you love nature, butterflies, botanical gardens, and historical museums, this is the place for you. Springs Preserve is located three miles west of Downtown Las Vegas and is home to 180 acres of Las Vegas culture and history. The butterfly habitat is one of the most popular features, but be sure to check out reservations online in advance. Take advantage of the great events and activities at Springs Preserve for a fun las vegas outdoor adventure away from the busy strip. General admission tickets must be reserved online at $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for children ages 3-17. 
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