Wicked cool things to do in Las Vegas – after the tradeshow

Vegas is Sin City, which means there’s plenty to do there other than just attend Interop, tech shows

What to do in Las Vegas
What to do in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, you can do anything you want, for a price of course. While you’re out in Las Vegas for Interop, or any one of the other hundreds of conferences there a year, it can be nice to get out and have some fun. Here are some suggestions of attractions outside of just the techy events.

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Wine & Dine

Wining and dining is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas, and new restaurants are constantly opening up along the Strip by big-name, celebrity chefs. Some of the newest include Carnevino by Mario Batali; Max Brener, the chocolate connoisseur, and the always pugant Gordon Ramsay even has a new Pub & Grill.

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See Cirque du Soleil

Besides dining, Las Vegas is also known for its shows. One of the most critically-acclaimed is Cirque de Soleil, and there are eight different to choose from. Ka is at the MGM Grand, while a Beatles-themed rendition named Love is at The Mirage. O at the Bellagio has a water stage and One is set to Michael Jackson music. These are must-see shows. More information.

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Freemont St. Experience

Tired of the strip? Check out Freemont St., an area of Las Vegas that is home to the original casinos in the city, such as the Golden Nugget. It’s also known for having the largest big-screen display in the world named Viva Vision, made up of a canopy of more than 12 million lights 90 feet in the air. Perhaps the best part: It’s free to go there!

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Neon Museum

Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and neon signs. As a tribute to this tradition, the Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas has more than 150 neon signs on display in its “Neon Boneyard.” Check out signs and light displays dating back to the 1930s on either a self-guided tour of the 2-acre facility, or hear from an expert who will show you around, seven days a week.

Where: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North

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Mob Museum

Organized crime has just about as much history in Las Vegas as gambling, and the Mob Museum offers an up close, personal and behind the scenes look at the industry. Browse mob artifacts, learn about the legends of the mob, and go face-to-face with hologram reincarnations of the mob bosses. More information.

Where: Inside the Tropicana Hotel, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd.

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National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photos

There are a variety of other exhibits to check out as well, including the National Geographic 50 greatest photos. The magazine is known for its iconic photos, in this exhibit you can see 50 of the greatest images from the magazine’s history, plus learn the stories behind how they were captured. More information.

Where: The Venetian, on the strip, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

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Bodies exhibit

Yet another exhibit is Bodies. The amazing part about this one is that it is made up for more than 200 actual human bodies and specimens, according to exhibit's web site. It allows visitors to see the inner workings of the body in a way that few people other than doctors ever get to see. More information.

Where: Luxor Hotel, 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd.

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Score, the ultimate sports experience

For the sports enthusiasts, Score is the place to check out. Test your hockey stick-handling skills and see how fast can you throw a baseball. Visitors can also check out Score’s massive collection of game-worn jerseys, as well as its cache of trophies, from a Heisman to World Series hardware. More information.

Where: On the strip at the Luxor Hotel, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd S.

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Tournament of Kings

What could be better than watching jousting, dancing maidens and fireworks? Tournament of Kings is a dinner experience that will bring you right back to midieval times. More information.

Where: Excalibur, on the strip, 3850 Las Vegas Blvd South

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Shoot guns!

If you’re looking to get out and about, there are a variety of options. There are a variety of shooting ranges in the area, allowing customers to fire a variety of weapons, including a “Gamer’s experience” at where users can replicate first-person shooter games in a live shooting range. More information.

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Paintballing

If real guns aren’t your thing, perhaps paintball guns are a little easier to stomach. More information.

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Ride in a Dune Buggy

Las Vegas is out in the middle of a desert, and what better way to explore this dry, baren land than in a dune buggy? More information.

Where: 6925 Speedway Blvd., North Las Vegas

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Drive sports cars

Where else can you drive Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mercedes, Porsches and Aston Martins? Las Vegas, of course. A variety of venues in Sin City offer the chance to drive some of the fastest cars in the world. More information.

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Zip lines

If you still have a need for speed, but racing doesn’t quite suit your fancy, perhaps a zip line would? FlightLinez offers zip lines either over historic Freemont St., or at the Grand Canyon. More information.

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SkyDive Las Vegas

One step above zip lining is sky diving! Here’s how it works: Take a plane 3 miles up into the air, freefall for about a minute at 140 miles per hour, open the parachute and glide down with your tandem instructor for another 6 minutes. Doesn’t sound so bad, right? More information.

Where: 1401 Airport Road, Boulder City, NV

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Spring Mountain State Park

If you’re looking to get out of all the glitz of the Las Vegas strip for some peace and quiet, Spring Mountain State Park could be the place for you. Located about 15 miles west of downtown – making it an easy half-day trip, the park includes a ranch house available for tours and a variety of gardens to walk around in. More information.

Where: Blue Diamond, Nevada 89004

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SkyWalk

If you really want to get out of the city, SkyWalk is a must-see attraction. This U-Shaped structure jettisons out over the rim of the Grand Canyon, allowing users to stand with only a glass floor between them and the Grand Canyon floor, 4,000 feet below. More information.

Where: Grand Canyon West, about two and a half hours outside of Las Vegas by car. Directions.