Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

The Top 3 Activities for First-Time Vegas Visitors

Las Vegas is known for a couple pretty specific tourist offerings: gambling, shows, & nightlife. But don’t let the stereotypes keep you from exploring some of the lesser known activities that can make your vacation unforgettable. If it’s your first time in the area, check out these Las Vegas tourist attractions that you’ve probably never heard of.

Lake Mead Cruise

Aerial view of Lake Mead.

Bet you never pictured yourself out on a ferry out in the lake surrounded by peaceful mountains when you thought about your Vegas vacation. Save the slots and nighttime dinner theaters for another time. Your first time out you need to get a wide angle of the variety of Las Vegas tourist attractions.

Hop on the genuine Mississippi-style paddle wheeler ferry with three decks of white iron railings. Wander around the roomy boat taking photographs of the serene peacefulness of one of America’s most beautiful and secluded lakes.

If it sounds unbearably hot out in the Vegas sun in the daytime, don’t worry about that because there are temperature-control decks. Or, you can head out there in the evening for a cooler night cruise.

A Ride in the Maverick Helicopter

Maverick Helicopters / Chris Neill / Focal Plane Imagery © 2009

Standing above all other Las Vegas tourist attractions has got to be the Maverick helicopter ride at Machine Guns Vegas. Before you get to blasting off with some of the most classic and obscure guns of the century, get some serious airtime in a military-grade helicopter. You’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime view from above of the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.

Once your blood is boiling, you get to let all that energy out at the specialty gun range. If you really want to personalize your experience, bring your own memorabilia to shoot at. Imagine demolishing your ex-wife’s dress or riddling your college diploma with bullet holes. For first-time Las Vegas tourist attractions, a trip to MGV should be enough to keep you coming back every vacation.

Angel Park Golf Club

Golf Course

Any list of Las Vegas tourist attractions is incomplete without mention of the legendary Angel Park Golf Club. This 36-hole championship course was designed by one of the most famous and beloved pro golfers of all time: Arnold Palmer himself. See for yourself what the master designed for the Las Vegas outskirts.

Angel Park also features a nine-hole putting course so you can work on your short game before you hit the links. And don’t worry about fitting your golf game into the day when the Vegas sun is blazing. Play a relaxed night game, as the whole course is brilliantly lit.

Get creative with your trip to Vegas—there are attractions for every type of visitor. And while you’re there, don’t forget to come down to Machine Guns Vegas.

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