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10 reasons to go to Las Vegas to non-gambling people

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Sin City, a gambler's paradise, the place where you can bring the most compromising evidence - whatever they call Las Vegas. But those who do not gamble or have made a vow not to enter a casino in vain cross it off the list of must-see places. Las Vegas is not only about one-armed bandits and card tables, it is a theater city, looking behind the scenes of which you can make amazing discoveries. ForumDaily found 10 reasons for non-gambling readers to come to Vegas.

Dancing fountainsThe dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio Hotel can rightfully be called the “calling card” of Las Vegas. To come and look “for show” is the same as not coming at all. The fountain show must be seen at least twice - from the ground, standing right in front of them, and from a height, sitting in a restaurant or simply standing on the balcony of one of the hotels in the vicinity. It will be two completely different shows.

Jets of water rise to a height of 152 meters to music. They also sway to the beat of the music, that is, they dance, and the sound of the water mixes with the voices of Pavarotti, Bocceli, Sinatra. Sometimes the fountain can suddenly work with the patriotic "God bless America." It cost $ 1175 million to turn 4500 jets of water and 40 lamps into a work of art, but viewers are not charged a cent.

Price: Free options

Address: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Bellagio Hotel Resort, Las Vegas, NV

Run time: every 15 minutes with 16: 00 hours until midnight

 

Gondola rideLas Vegas has its own New York, its own Paris - hotels with such names are built as copies of the famous sights of these cities. Copies of the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower seem comical to some, but what you see in the Venice Hotel is really impressive. The hotel inside is stylized as Venetian streets, there is also Piazza San Marco, Campanile, Rialto Bridge.

But the main miracle is the real canals and gondolas with gondoliers that float under bridges and sing "Santa Lucia". Unique lighting creates the illusion of daylight: no matter what time you find yourself in “Venice”, it will seem that it is a cool summer day and you are in real Italy. Venice in miniature cost the owners $ 1,5 billion - and that's not counting the gondolas, which were brought directly from Italy, bought from hereditary gondoliers.

Price: Free options

Address: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Run time: around the clock seven days a week

 

Desert beach

Perhaps in Las Vegas there can be no unfulfilled desires. I wanted a beach with sea sand and waves in the middle of the Nevada desert - come to the Mandalay Bay hotel and get the real ocean waves that are simulated in local pools. The sun beds here actually stand on fine white sand - it was brought here from California. And from all the seas and oceans of our planet, they collected the most dangerous sharks.

Shark Reef is one of the largest aquariums in North America and the only one in the United States to house hammerheads. In addition to sharks, rare species of stingrays and fish swim here, which you can practically touch with your hands. The aquarium is located in a glass tunnel, and predatory fish swim right over the heads of visitors, at arm's length. This is the only aquarium that is located away from water sources.

Price: For adults - $ 20, for children under 12 - $ 14, for children under 3 - free

Address: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Run time: Daily from 10.00 20.00 up

 

Secret garden, dolphins and white tigers

The goal of each hotel is to get a tourist into its gambling hall, where there are slot machines and card tables. In most hotels, to find something interesting and unusual, you have to go through the casino. But in “Mirage” everything is the other way around: first you find yourself in the Secret Garden, then you pass the enclosures where white tigers and white lions, Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, panthers and a snow leopard live. Then you walk among the flamingos and hummingbirds, walk along the pool with dolphins - and only then, if you want, go to the casino itself.

Who lives in the Secret Garden, probably, no one knows. Some there met owls, others - peacocks, someone managed to stroke a lemur, and someone generally said that they enjoyed a cup of coffee all alone. Despite the “Dolphinarium” sign, you don't have to look for tickets for the dolphin show. Dolphins live their lives here, pleasing to the eye and not doing any tricks. Dolphins frolic and play in conditions that are as close to natural as possible, even in the pool they have a real coral reef and sand that was raised from the bottom of the ocean. The only thing the dolphins were taught was to play ball with the visitors. And they do it with great pleasure. True, no one is responsible for the dryness of your clothes.

Price: For adults - $ 20, for children under 12 - $ 15

Address: 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Work time: Monday-Friday from 11.00 to 16.00, Saturday-Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00

 

Museum of Neon Signs

Where else could such a museum appear, if not in a city that lives precisely at night, in the light of neon signs and letters. Since 1929, when the first neon signs appeared in Las Vegas, the museum has also been born. Rather, at first it was a cemetery - everything that burned out, out of order or out of fashion was brought to the wasteland. But since neon signs have become a symbol of classic Vegas, a decision was made half a century ago to turn the cemetery into a museum. Even exhibits with a hundred-year history were dug up among the junk. This is how the museum became a true illustration of the history of design.

Today it is the only museum in the world that collects, stores and studies neon signs and neon advertising. Some copies were saved from under the presses at the collection points of scrap metal. And the most famous neon sign is considered to be a horse rider - this is the first sign that appeared in 30 of the last century on Fremont Street near the Hacienda section.

Please note that in order to get to the museum, the tour must be ordered in advance, at least one week in advance.

Price: $ 15

Address: 770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV, telephone for tour recording + 1 702-229-5366

Run time: Monday-Friday from 9.00 to 17.00, the museum is closed on Saturday-Sunday.

 

Nuclear Test Museum

Most of us think that only those who want to make money on vice and passion come to Las Vegas. But no. In the Mojave Desert, where the city is located, there is also a big secret of American nuclear weapons.

Isolated and cut off from the world, 1951 turned out to be the ideal place for nuclear testing. In 105 km northwest of Las Vegas, a test site was built. Underground tests here were carried out before the 1992 year, and all that is allowed to show and tell, now collected in the Museum of Nuclear Testing.

At a test site in Nevada, about 800 underground and about 100 atmospheric nuclear shells were blown up. More than 12 of thousands of exhibits related to the US nuclear program have long been the real secret materials. But now, when both protective equipment and Geiger counters (instruments for detecting and changing the power of radiation) and models of bombs are outdated, it’s safe to show them.

In the premises of the museum, reminiscent of a bunker (this is a design idea - to create the feeling of being in a shelter), you can watch videos of nuclear tests. Get ready for the fact that this will not be an ordinary movie about an explosion with an atomic mushroom in the lead role. In fact, the audience is blinded by a strong flash, followed by a roar, and a wave of hot air rushes into the cinema hall of the bunker. At this time, the benches begin to shake and it seems as if they are about to come off the floor. The faint-hearted and impressionable, perhaps, should refuse to visit.

Price: Entry for donation, money goes to charity

Address: 755 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV

Run time: Monday-Saturday from 10.00 to 17.00, Sunday from 12.00 to 17.00

 

Pinball hall of fame

With the game "Pinball", in which you need to toss balls with your "paws", not letting them fall, you are probably familiar in its computer version. But for Americans, the favorite and traditional is not a computer pinball, but a game on a pinball machine. This is a table covered with glass, on which, just like in a computer, you need to drive the ball, as long as possible without letting it fall.

At the very beginning, it was a miniature billiard table with pins stuck on it, and later progress made its contribution to the game - there were machines and even sports-themed pinball varieties.

The world's only museum or Pinball Hall of Fame can boast that all of its exhibits (and there are about 1000 of them) are active, and you can play the machines.

The owner of the museum, Tim Arnold, got carried away with the idea when he was an 16-year-old teenager. In 1972, he began collecting automatons across America, restoring them and putting them on display for pinball fans. The money that Tim gets from fans to play, he gives to charity.

Price: Free entrance to the Hall of Fame, old slot machines - 25 cents, new - 50 cents

Address: 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV

Run time: Sunday-Thursday - from 11.00 to 13.00, Friday-Saturday - from 11.00 to 12.00

 

Game cars for big boys

In this large sandbox, you can fall into childhood in a matter of seconds. However, provided that you are already 21 years old. The construction site, on which there is a fleet of excavators and bulldozers, is like a dream come true for any boy. You can get into any car and dig, dig, pour.

The owner of this amusement park, Ed Mumm, once hired excavators to build his own house, but after a while the work stopped because Ed was having fun and having fun driving big machines. When the house was nevertheless finished, Ed got the thought: if falling into childhood is interesting for him, it will be interesting for others as well.

There are a lot of people who want to sit at the levers of construction machines, although this sandbox is expensive entertainment. However, Ed invested well: about a million dollars was spent on the construction of a giant sandbox and the purchase of bulldozers, excavators and other machines from boyish dreams.

Price: $ 200

Address: 3012 S. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV

Run time: Daily from 10.00 15.30 up

 

Overhead movie

Las Vegas is said to be one street city. The Las Vegas Strip, a 7-kilometer stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, is home to all of the major casinos, hotels and shops.

Vegas has always been a city on one street, only before life was in full swing on a completely different street - Fremont Street. In the 90s, the development of skyscrapers and casinos on a completely different level began on the Las Vegas Strip, and Fremont began to die. To save the area, a unique "overhead cinema" was built here in 1995. It is a huge domed screen 460 meters long with 12,5 million displays and 555 kW of sound. Films are shown on the screen, excerpts from show programs that go to Las Vegas casinos, performances of stars. This ride has brought tourists back to vintage Vegas.

Price: Free options

Address: Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV

Run time: Every day, around the clock

 

Guinness Museum of Records

Many world records that fell into the Guinness Book were recorded in Las Vegas. Perhaps because the number of reckless extreme lovers per capita is off scale here. In the Guinness Museum of Records, the main value is video recordings of world records. After all, to get into this book, you need not only to declare yourself and document the achievement, but also to invite the representatives of the book to shoot the record on camera. The filmed video was kept in closed archives for many years, but then it was decided to show it in a special cinema.

Price: For adults - $ 6.50, for children under 12 - $ 4.50, for children under 4 - free

Address: 3930 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Run time: Daily from 10.00 12.00 up

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