Summertime in Vegas is sizzlin’ hot, like bacon frying in the morning. We’re not joking when we say you could fry an egg on the sidewalk in the middle of the day. If you’re really into it, eat it and call it the “sidewalk scramble.” When it gets upwards of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s hard to want to be outside. You can turn from pale to lobster in a matter of minutes. So, with that all being said, why go outside when you can stay in the beautiful air-conditioned hotels? Yeah, you might not get any color on vacation, but at least you won’t come back looking too toasted, or worse, looking like a “Jersey Shore” cast member. If you’re going to be a shade seeker like us, there’s plenty of fun things to do in Vegas that don’t involve direct sunlight. Here’s a list of our favorite indoor attractions to give you that “Vegas experience” everyone is talking about.
As a kid during summer, it was a punishment to stay inside because your parents didn’t want you risking your life on the streets of your suburban neighborhood. But in Vegas during this heat, it’s a blessing and we have some awesome tricks up our sleeve to keep anyone entertained. Vegas Indoor Skydiving makes staying inside one hellavu thrill. Who else from your neighborhood can say they went skydiving in a wind tunnel? Not that many people, let us tell you. Suit up and head to the tunnel where you’ll get a special feeling inside that’ll make you glad you decided to stay in for the day. Yes, you might look like a flapper face doing it, but it’ll totally be worth it. Time to get street cred from the kids in your neighborhood, you’re welcome.
Who needs friendly dolphins when you can have man-eating sharks? We all know that sharks make for a better story, and at Shark Reef inside Mandalay Bay, you’re going to come out with some of the best stories to date. We might be biased toward sharks because we love the vicious action that’s in their DNA, but that doesn’t make this indoor attraction any less awesome! The Shark Reef is one of the dopest aquariums in town and by the end of it you’ll be able to say that you got to pet and feed a shark. A SHARK FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Besides the coolest moment of your life, you’ll get to explore the depths of this attraction with full 180 views of fish tanks and more than 2,000 species of animals to look at. We triple-dog-dare you to try and find them all. In total, this place has 1.6 million gallons of water. We would like to say that’s the size of the Atlantic Ocean, but that would be a tall tale (tell your friends that anyway and see who believes it). Instead of looking at lobster at a buffet, look through the water and find one instead.
If you’ve ever dreamed about being a real Sherlock Holmes, now’s your chance. CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand will give you a cold case that will put your detective skills to the test. You’ll get an all-access pass to a crime scene, and it’s up to you to solve the whole thing. What’s better than a realistic puzzle? We know it sure isn’t those 2,000 piece puzzle packs that you end up giving up on after five minutes because they’re the most frustrating things in the world. Think of this more like a real-life Clue, but instead of Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the library, it’s a psychopath killer that used to be on the loose. Time to put on your thinking cap and puff a pipe, this indoor Las Vegas attraction has your name on the file.
What better place to beat the heat than in a deep freezer? We don’t know about you, but we’ve always wanted to know what frozen food feels like. Just kidding, we’re not that crazy. Who do you think we are? Minus5 Ice Experience inside Mandalay Place and The Palazzo Las Vegas is legit the coolest place in Vegas. Some people call it a “chilling” good time! Get where we’re going with this? Good. Minus5’s thermometer is set to -5 degrees Celsius and the whole place is made out of pure ice. There are ice sculptures of famous Vegas landmarks like the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, there are pop culture references like the iron throne from “Game of Thrones” and they even have you drinking out of glasses made of ice. So how does one survive the arctic temperatures? They give you jackets that will turn any popsicle into a nicely insulated watery popsicle. Time to get our ice on at Minus5 Ice Bar.
We’ve recommended some intense things to do so far, so let’s slow our roll and take a stroll through the Bellagio Conservatory. With thousands of flowers on display, this free indoor attraction in Las Vegas was made for Instagram selfies. Not really, but it makes us feel better about ourselves every time we go there and take a couple selfies for the ‘gram. You’ll be amazed by the sculptures they put together and the ones solely made out of flowers. It’s like floral origami. The display changes five times a year, and no matter which time of year it is, you’ll be blown away each time. Just google it and you’ll see what we are talking about. So make sure to bring your selfie sticks so you can get a good angle. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses, literally.