Las Vegas Events and Attractions: Beyond the Casinos

Beyond the Casinos
Las Vegas News Bureau

In Town for Congress & Expo? Take a look at Vegas Above and Beyond the Casinos

You know the casinos and hotels, but there’s more to Vegas than trying your luck at Blackjack. There’s so much to see and do, you might just have to extend your stay into the weekend!

If you plan to extend your stay while in Vegas for the Congress & Expo, make sure to check availability online ahead of time. Some attractions require tickets to be purchased in advance.

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The Eiffel Tower Experience

Lift yourself above the lights and commotion of the Las Vegas strip with the one-of-a-kind Eiffel Tower Experience. An iconic landmark on the city’s skyline, this attraction is 46 stories up and provides 360-degree views of all that happens below. The half-scale replica of the famed French tower is an ideal venue for date nights and photo ops. Especially romantic at night, the views of Vegas are unmatched. Have dinner on the 35th floor and stop by the Total Snapshot kiosk to purchase a commemorative photo of your “France in Vegas” experience above the strip. It’s a perfect keepsake for an unforgettable moment.

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Exhibits and Festivals Beyond the Casinos

Before catching a dazzling Vegas show, consider checking out one of the events or opportunities available to you this week:

Great American Foodie Fest

Head to Sunset Station this weekend, Thursday to Saturday, and you’ll find some of best gourmet food trucks in the country — many have been featured on the Food Network, the Cooking Channel and the Travel Channel. Past vendors include Cousins Maine Lobster, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Jogasaki Sushi Burrito. The event also will feature carnival rides, a beer garden, food competitions and more.

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Mopars & Muscle Cars at the Strip

Do you hold a passion for the good, ol’ American Muscle car? Head to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, Friday to Sunday, to see your favorite Mopars, GMs and Fords compete in drag racing, autocross, pony car races and more! You can even get up close to your favorite cars at the MoPower Cruise and Manufacturers Midway, or catch some tunes at the Cannery Concerts.

To register and learn more visit

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

You don’t have to be a military history buff to enjoy this exhibit. The samurai weren’t just warriors; as aristocrats, they were poets, calligraphers and philosophers who developed their own culture, influencing the greater Japanese culture for centuries. You’ll see more than 50 pieces of armor, from the 16th through 18th centuries, while experiencing the samurai’s art, culture and lifestyle. The exhibit is at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, until the April 29.

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Local Attractions

Gamblers General Store

From gambling chips to how-to books to memorabilia, the Gamblers General Store has everything you’ll need to get a leg up in Roulette tonight. Located on Main Street, this 8,000 square-foot store is home to the largest collection of gambling books in the world — you’re sure to find a souvenir or two!

Learn more at

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Mob Museum

Housed in Las Vegas’ former courthouse and post office, the Mob Museum opened in 2012, after a decade-long restoration initiative. In 2000, the federal government sold the courthouse to the city for $1, asking that it be used for cultural purposes. The mayor at the time, himself a former criminal defense attorney who represented many reputed mobsters, took the case, suggesting a museum to document organized crime in the U.S. Exhibits include a wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, an electric chair and otherwise hard-to-access photos of the “mob’s greatest hits” — those slain as the subject.

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Rio Wine Cellar

Vegas might conjure up more images of cocktails and martinis than fine wines, but if you’re a wine person, you’ll find a home at the Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room. With more than 100 wines-by-the-glass to choose from, you’re sure to find a unique cabernet or muscato to tell your friends about (there are options for drinkers of the spirits, too!). The Wine Cellar boasts cult wines, global collectibles and an 1800 madeira from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar.

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If you had a little too much fun last night, taking a stroll in the bright sun of the Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market might help you see more clearly! Inhale the fresh smells of baked goods and seasonal produce. Run your hands over handmade crafts — and exhale last night’s excesses, if needed. Support Las Vegas locals at their Inspirada-Henderson location on Saturday or their Eastern-Henderson location on Sunday.

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National Atomic Testing Museum

Since 1951, the deserts just north of Las Vegas have been home to the Nevada Testing Site. Between 1951 and 1992, the U.S. tested more than a thousand nuclear weapons at the site. Learn the history and global influence of this site at the National Atomic Testing Museum. You’ll see nuclear testing equipment and step into a simulator, where you’ll feel the earth shake, just as if you were watching a nuclear test.

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Red Rock Canyon

Just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas strip, take another breath of fresh air and explore the desert at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Here, you can take a 13-mile scenic drive, horseback ride, rock climb or simply hike across Aztec Sandstone cliffs, called “escarpments.” Perhaps you’ll end your stay in Nevada watching an orange sunset sink beneath these rust red rocks.

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