Venture off the beaten path for fun in Vegas

It’s no secret that 99.9 percent of tourists come to Vegas to experience what the Strip has to offer. Of course this means the Strip, both outside and inside the resorts, can get a bit crowded and full of hustle and bustle. If you happen to get tired of it all and would like a change of scenery without going too far away (after all, there’s a slot machine waiting for you), here are some places just a few miles off the Strip where you can have fun and even learn a new thing or two.

Atomic Testing Museum

755 E. Flamingo Rd.

It’s a safe bet that back home you don’t have a museum that celebrates nuclear fusion. Located on the corner of East Flamingo Road and Swenson Street, the museum focuses on the Nevada Test Site. You can view a 10-minute video of an atomic explosion inside a replica of a bunker. You’ll even feel bursts of hot air and strong vibrations.

Pole Position Raceway

4175 S.  Arville St.

This is an indoor facility with a quarter-mile European-style track for go kart racing. The go karts are electric and can reach 45 miles an hour. Hold on to your seat!

Liberace Museum

1775 E. Tropicana Ave.

Liberace himself opened this museum back in 1979. It occupies two buildings and houses one-of-a-kind items from Liberace’s personal collection, such as a piano-shaped gold ring with 260 diamonds and the world’s largest rhinestone, which weighs 150,000 carats.

Lied Discovery Children’s Museum

833 N. Las Vegas Blvd.

Vegas is promoted as an adult haven. Still, many parents bring their kids with them, either because they can’t part with them for a second or they couldn’t find a babysitter. In any case, this museum has really good interactive displays that will entertain your kids while you decide where to gamble next.

Springs Preserve

333. S. Valley View Blvd.

Here you’ll find 180 acres of interactive exhibits, galleries, trails and gardens and tips on how to save energy. The gardens display more than 400 trees and plants.


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  1. Laura at 12:52 pm

    My friends and I will be enjoying Marriage Can Be Murder @ Fitzgerald’s on Sunday Nov.15th at around 6ish (PM). We are staying on the strip so I was thinking we could arrive downtown earlier in the day and take in some (inexpensive)fun events. I, however, have not been able to navigate this site well enough to find things to do downtown in the early afternoon. Also, we will be there celebrating my 50th birthday so we are NOT a group of YOUNG ladies. Can you help????