Las Vegas has often been referred to as “Disneyland for adults” – and it’s easy to see why. If the flashy cartooned slot machines, Lego castle-shaped casinos and costumed street performers weren’t enough, there are the visitors themselves, who, let’s face it, come three a.m., can oftentimes resemble teetering two-year-olds. But there’s no shame – Las Vegas was created in ode to the id, after all. In Sin City, responsibilities are boring, a concern best saved for long after you’ve experienced as many shows, tours, nightclubs and attractions as you can handle. So put your Adulthood on hold and let your inner child reign supreme at these ten fun Vegas destinations – no stuffy grown-ups allowed.
Pinball Hall of Fame
If you have fond memories of playing Pac Man or Street Fighter in the neighborhood arcade, you’ll love the Pinball Hall of Fame. With 10,000 square feet of pinball machines and vintage video games, this warehouse-sized arcade is kid gamer heaven. The Pinball Hall includes some of the oldest machines in the world – a pinball game from the 1930s – and some of the rarest, like the Bally’s Pinball Circus (one of only two on the planet) and a machine built for the scrapped sequel to Gone with the Wind (it’s the only of its kind ever made).
The budget-conscious adult in you will appreciate the free entry and discounted prices (games are $.25 or $.50 to play), as well as the fact that your money will go to a worthy cause. The Pinball Hall of Fame is actually a nonprofit, with all proceeds going toward the Salvation Army.
The Slotzilla Zip Line on Fremont Street
If you’ve ever had the childhood fantasy of flying superman-style over city rooftops and crowds of awed onlookers, then the Slotzilla Zip Line in Downtown Las Vegas may be a good place to jumpstart your Saturday night shenanigans. The zoomline, which is located underneath the world’s largest canopy light show, starts at the top of the 12-story slot machine dubbed Slotzilla (yes, really) and zooms riders for 1,750 feet, over crowds of tourists and street performers and past the glowing neon of Vegas’ oldest casinos. Giggle and scream in glee as you soar to speeds of 40 miles per hour on one of the city’s most thrilling attractions.
The Big Apple Coaster at New York New York
The New York New York roller coaster may have turned the big 2-1 this year, but with the 2018 addition of 4D virtual reality headsets, it’s now as high-tech as ever. When you climb inside the coaster trains (which have been designed to resemble New York City taxis) you’re given the option of riding the roller coaster in the regular manner (hands up and screaming) or using a virtual reality headset. Both methods involve a nearly three-minute long outdoor roller coaster ride that includes loops, corkscrews, a 114-foot drop and speeds reaching 67 miles per hour. The more traditional method offers you a view of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as the surrounding casino architecture, which includes a replica of the New York Harbor and a 150-foot model of the Statue of Liberty. The virtual reality option replaces reality with a screen version of the Las Vegas valley that includes a flying robot, an alien and sunset views of the city.
Escapology Escape Rooms in Las Vegas
Pretend you’re competing in a video game or a ‘90s Nickelodeon game show at Escapology Escape Rooms. Like the name suggests, the goal of the game is to escape. Between two and eight participants are “locked” in a themed room and must follow a set of clues in order to find their way out. You have 60 minutes in order to do so. Choose from six themed test rooms – each with its own unique mystery to solve – including a murder mystery aboard the 1931 Budapest Express and a bandit detective mission in 19th century Arizona. Escapology is conveniently located less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip and is ideal for those looking for a quirky and entertaining challenge.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park
If you’re visiting Vegas in the summer, you’ll want to escape the oven-like temperatures and treat yourself to a splash and a cool down at Wet ‘n’ Wild water park in Henderson, Nevada. Sure, your resort likely has a pool – and it might even have a water slide or lazy river ride, too – but there’s something special and deliciously “summer” about visiting an amusement park dedicated to all things aquatic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas, located about 25 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, features 25 slides and over 30 acres of pools and attractions, including a 1,000-foot winding river and a 400,000-gallon wave pool.
Lest you think Wet ‘n’ Wild is only a place enjoyed with kiddos in tow, the park also provides a bar and eatery called the Oasis Patio that’s ideal for the party set who like to enjoy their water tubing with a shot or whiskey slider.
Karaoke at Dino’s Lounge
Give that childhood dream of a singing career another shot on the karaoke stage in downtown Las Vegas. Dino’s Lounge is a dive bar and popular after-work locals hangout. While the lounge may bill itself as “the last neighborhood bar in Las Vegas,” – it’s certainly one of the oldest. Dino’s was bought in 1960 by Dean “Dino” Bartolo and has since been passed down through the generations. The fact that a small, family-owned business continues to thrive on the opulent Las Vegas Boulevard is testament to the fact that Dino’s fulfills a need for laidback, grungy fun in a city that tends to favor the fancy and frou-frou. Karaoke is hosted on the weekends and draws a large and varied cast of characters – anyone from hard hat-wearing shift workers and flannelled hipsters to dolled up wedding parties and bearded bikers.
Carnival Court at Harrah’s
The Carnival Court at Harrah’s is an open-air block party that features live bands, DJs, outdoor Black Jack, Craps tables and more. What makes this an entertaining choice for Kids at Heart the world over, however, is Carnival Court’s infamous flair bartenders. Watch in wonder as the barmen and women flip, spin and juggle bottles like boozy circus performers. Later, shimmy your way over to the venue’s outdoor concert stage, where you can dance under the stars as the band cranks out your favorite ‘80s and ‘90s nostalgia.
Hexx Chocolate Tasting at Paris Las Vegas
At Hexx, you’re like a kid in the candy store. Embark on a Willy Wonka-esque tasting tour that will take you from Hexx’s chocolate bar to a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchens and the chocolate-making process. Learn how chocolate is made, sample chocolates that include flavors from Peru, Tanzania, Venezuela, Ecuador and Madagascar, and ask questions to your childlike heart’s content. Hexx is Nevada’s only bean-to-bar chocolate creator, making their chocolate tasting and “Behind the Bar” tour a truly unique experience that’s fun for cacao fiends of all ages.
Container Park is an open-air shopping and casual fine dining center that features a number of novel boutiques, eateries, bars and art galleries. What makes this destination unique is the fact that all of the shops and restaurants are housed in refurbished shipping containers. What makes it fun for those with a bad case of Peter Pan Syndrome is the park’s giant interactive playland. After 9 p.m., the park is transformed into an adults-only playground, where only those 21 and over are allowed to play. You can recreate the Swiss Family Robinson make-believe games of your youth in the giant tree house, or play tag or blocks on the park’s grassy lawn. Container Park also offers free movie nights, jazz sessions, karaoke and live concerts. Admission is free.
Advertised as “the world’s best adult sandbox,” Dig This is the place where grown ups (and kids 14 and older) go to play with real bulldozers and excavators. After a safety orientation and lesson, you’re given the keys to a piece of construction equipment and free reign to dig and doze your heart out. Don’t worry – rolling boulders, digging trenches and stacking tires isn’t as dangerous or difficult as it sounds – and you’ll have an instructor there every step of the way if you need help. If you opt for the Aggression Session package, you’ll even get to crush a car. Make every Bob-the-Builder-loving five-year-old squeal with envy and splurge on this unique, ‘only-in-Vegas’ experience.