Being a teetotaler in a city that celebrates overindulgence can be tough. Alcohol is everywhere – in the casinos, at the pools and at the breakfast buffets. It’s even served in the places you’d least expect it, like at Starbucks, Taco Bell and during yoga class (yes, Beer Yoga is a thing now).
But if you’re planning on experiencing Sin City sober, fear not. There are plenty of booze-free activities offered in the Vegas Valley if you know where to look. Here are nine ideas to get you started.
You won’t need Beer Goggles to appreciate the beauty of Vegas’ unique brand of Mother Nature. From canyons and lakes to snow-capped mountains and even forests, the natural scenery in Vegas is varied as it is stunning, and it’s only a 30-minute Uber ride away. For the best hiking in the valley, head to Red Rock Canyon for the Red Rock Hiking Tour, a world-famous destination for hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking. Whether you opt to scramble up the craggy red sandstone cliffs, meander the winding trails or horseback ride to the western town of Bonnie Springs, there’s enough in Red Rock to keep you busy for several days of alcohol-free fun.
One of the best things about Las Vegas is that on any given night of the week, there’s guaranteed to be a venue offering live music – and often for free. Whether you’re looking to see a cover band, dueling piano players or a local musician, you’ll find it in Vegas. Many of the bands play in restaurants with no drink minimums, or in parks, cafes and concert halls, too. Container Park, The Smith Center and the Brooklyn Bowl are good places to start.
A Vegas adventure doesn’t have to involve The Hangover-type shenanigans. As any sober person can tell you, the best adventures are ones that you experience clear-headed (and remember the next morning). Vegas offers dozens of adrenaline-fueled activities for the thrill-seeking sober girl or guy, including: kayaking, sky diving, bungee jumping, mountain biking, dune buggy racing, sand sailing, zip-lining and more.
Though Vegas nightlife has become synonymous with clubs and cocktail bars, the real entertainment in Vegas begins and ends at one of Vegas’ dozes of Broadway-caliber theatrical productions. Catch a Cirque du Soleil show (there are five to choose from) or dance the night away at one of Vegas’ famed artist residences (Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and Rod Stewart, just to name a few). Who needs booze when you have sex(y) singers and rock n’ roll?
Many Vegas visitors are surprised to learn that Las Vegas is home to over a dozen museums. From the very “Vegas” Neon Museum and Mob Museum to the more traditional Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art to the delightfully odd Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum, Clark County’s art and culture scene is a definite must-see for anyone looking to enjoy a softer, more sophisticated side of Vegas.
Enjoy the natural high you get from experiencing something new and novel with an “only in Vegas” excursion or activity. Dining in the dark, competing in an escape room challenge, learning how to throw an axe or smashing copy machines in a “Wreck Room” (it’s cooler than it sounds) are just a few of the one-of-kind activities Vegas has to offer those who prefer fun that doesn’t involve encores of “Shots, shots, shots!”
Forget the pub crawls. The new and hip thing to do in Las Vegas is a restaurant crawl. With thousands of gourmet and fine dining restaurants opening in Las Vegas the last few years – many of them celebrity chef-owned – Vegas has made a name for itself as one of the world’s top dining destinations. Join your fellow foodies on a Las Vegas Foodie Walk, where you’ll get to sample the fare at four popular Strip eateries.
While the rest of Sin City spends their morning gulping Gatorade and Advil, you can start your day off feeling healthy and refreshed at one of several yoga classes offered both on and off the Strip. As with anything in Vegas, the city takes a “have it your way” approach to Zen, offering up a variety of options for every flavor of Yoga. In addition to the usual Bikram and hot yoga, there’s candlelight yoga at Tivoli Village, poolside sunset yoga at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa and dolphin yoga at the Mirage. And just in case holding a tree pose next to porpoise tank isn’t quite what you were looking for, Goat Yoga Las Vegas offers yoga classes with – yep, you guessed it – live baby goats.=
After a long day of side-stepping Beer Pong players and shoving your way through screeching bachelorette parties, you may find that what the doctor ordered is a hot bath and a cool drink (fruit juice, of course). Vegas has over 20 resort spas, such as Planet Hollywood’s Mandara Spa, that provide a full range of spa, massage and salon services that will you leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and punch-drunk happy.