Father’s Day the Vegas way

Step away from the grill, this will NOT be another typical day with your dad.


Vegas has just about anything you could ever want to try, see, or eat. So on this Father’s Day, you should treat dad like the man he was before he had to change diapers and wipe regurgitated breakfast off his shirt. If you can’t figure out the perfect gift on your own, we’re to help. Here are the best gifts for Father’s Day based on your old man’s personality type.


Sky Combat Ace pilots photo courtesy of Sky Combat Ace.

The Daring Dad

If you’ve ever woken up in the car on a family road trip and your dad is racing the guy next to him, pay attention, this is probably your category. There are going to be very few things he’ll love as much as the Dream Racing Experience. He’ll be able to drive every single car of his wildest dreams (like the crazy man he is) without your mom screaming at him from the back seat.

If that seems like child’s play, Sky Combat Ace will give this adrenaline junkie just the fix he needs. He’ll hop in the cockpit of an Extra 330LC and learn to barrel roll and dogfight at 250 mph with retired pilots. He’ll even learn how to take out ground targets on combat missions.

Click, click, BOOM. At The Range 702, you’ve got the right to bear arms in 25 shooting lanes, full-time gunsmiths, training courses, a retail store and firearm rentals, this place will have gun enthusiasts drooling all over themselves. They’ll bring out the big boys, as in machine guns and military-grade weapons, and let your dad pop off rounds faster than he can count them.

Too much? OK, maybe he just wants to flirt with danger a little. Take him to Vegas Indoor Skydiving where he’ll experience 120 mph winds that will send him soaring high above the floor. He’ll be twisted and twirled and flipped over onto his back, and if he’s really good, the instructor will fly next to him.

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl lanes photo via Brooklyn Bowl.

The Competitive Dad

If your dad slammed the last checker down on the board and screamed “in yo’ face!” when you were 9 years old, this is going to be right up his alley. Does it get any better to have a building full of arcade games, video games, and booze? We think not! Insert Coin(s) is the adult arcade you wish existed when you were in high school. Not only will you play against each other at your table, you can even play one of 14 PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles while you stand in line at the bar.

A bowling alley, a concert venue and a restaurant all in one; Brooklyn Bowl is everything you need for hours of trash talking and laughs. You’ll lounge around on swanky chesterfield sofas and knock back a few adult beverages while waiting your turn.

If your father’s preferred method of dissing is a little more subdued and refined, the lush tropical grounds at Bali Hai, Royal Links and Desert Pines will be the perfect setting for you to battle it out on the greens. These five-star golf courses transport you to paradise in the middle of the desert. If he clobbers you during the day, throw him a curve and take him to KISS mini golf ,which offers 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark challenges.


Red Square Vodka Vault photo courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly

The Cocktail Connoisseur

If your childhood memories of your father included him swirling a snifter, we’ve got just the places to send him. Perfect for the gentleman sophisticate, Andre’s Cigar and Cognac Lounge serves more than 130 types of rare cognacs, scotch, whiskey and brandy, some dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

It’s all about vodka at Red Square. Buy a bottle of vodka and you’ll get to slip on a fur coat and head into the vault where they keep the room temperature between five and minus five degrees. All vodkas are served at five degrees Celsius (it is Russian after all), and some are infused with fruit right at the partially frozen bar. Just don’t ask for a chaser!

If you’ve ever caught him brewing beer in the basement, we’ve got just the ticket. Banger Brewing, Hop Nuts and Sin City Brewing Co. are all places to enjoy a custom craft. The most famous beer hall in the world is another favorite of ours. The Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas serves the finest Bavarian brews and flies in German bands to play seven nights a week.


Femme au collier jaune photo courtesy of Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

The Artsy Dad

If your dad is pensive and brooding, there’s a chance he’s missed his calling as one of the world’s art greats. Let him indulge in a little highbrow expression while he takes in the likes of Monet, Rembrandt and Picasso at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. There’s nothing like a little well-curated exhibit to get the creative juices flowing.

Play-Doh may be the extent of his sculpting knowledge, but he doesn’t have to know a single thing about art to figure out why Richard MacDonald is celebrated all over the world. There are more than 50 bronze sculptures that are featured at the “O” Theatre, some of which took eight years to finish.

The 4,350-square-foot gallery featuring Dale Chihuly is in the Gallery Row Shops at CityCenter. He’s famous for his use of color, fluid forms and massive glass installations, like the one he created on the ceiling of the Bellagio’s lobby. The gallery also features his drawings and prints.

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Maverick helicopter tour photo courtesy of Alonzo Wright.

The Adventurous Dad

If your dad can recite the lines of every Indiana Jones movie, he might have a little bit of an adventurous streak. ATV Hidden Valley takes you riding through rugged desert and mountain terrain, across dry lakes and extinct lava beds in a part of the Mojave Desert that is rarely seen.

The Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park tour will transport dear old dad to the surface of another planet. With the 50 million to 60 million-year-old Pink Cliffs of Bryce Canyon and the 2,000 to 3,000-foot-high canyon walls of Zion, he’ll feel like he’s Lewis or Clark.

Maybe his hell-raising days are behind him and he prefers something a little more low-impact. The only thing low-impact on the Dream Catcher is the comfort and exclusivity of a helicopter. Everything else is one jaw-dropping moment after another. Send dad flying high above the beautiful southwest, over the Valley of Fire, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon. He’ll land on the canyon floor and enjoy a bit of bubbly before his return flight over the Las Vegas Strip.


GLOW, a Mandara Spa photo courtesy of the Tropicana.

The Dapper Dad

Is GQ your dad’s middle name? Then he’ll probably love to customize his own suit all the way down to the buttons and thread color. Stitched, inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will help him design the epitome of his unique style with their made-to-your-measurements creations.

Get your credit cards ready for a shopping spree at some of the largest designer stores in the city. Crystals offers a massive selection of high-end retailers like Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Tom Ford. They’ve even got the largest Louis Vuitton in the country, spanning two-stories of sheer decadence.

Dad deserves to be pampered too, and there are plenty of ways to do it at the many spas on the Strip. Oleksandra Spa & Salon at Treasure Island is featuring a 50-minute men’s anti-aging facial to fight wrinkles, firm and energize your father’s face with a series of masks and natural active ingredients for $167. GLOW, a Mandara Spa features a line of grooming services for men including a sports manicure, pedicure, facial and deep tissue massage along with multiple salon styling services.


Born a Buckeye - raised a Hoosier. I grew up in a one-horse town that straddles the Indiana/Ohio state line and until 2006, was in two different time zones. There were three stoplights and a whopping 48 students in my graduating class. Fast forward a few years later, I was bitten by the travel bug and decided to head west. It seems like no matter how long I live here, there’s always something that still makes my jaw drop. That’s what I love about Vegas; you never know what you’re going to see next and that’s what makes living here so much fun. Basically, if you’re bored in this town, there’s something wrong with you…not the city. I’m an avid traveler with an incurable case of wanderlust so stay tuned for all the tours, attractions and shopping adventures that Sin City has to offer.