Las Vegas Shows and More: A Guide for Seniors Who Love Fun and Relaxation

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Las Vegas may be known as the gambling capital of the world. However many vacationers flock to the city that never sleeps for its spectacular Las Vegas shows. Yes, there is so much more to this vibrant city than casinos. Whether you are looking to take in a show, experience fine dining, glamour, or simply a little poolside relaxation, you will find it all in Sin City.

And if you are a senior who loves fun and adventure, you will be amazed by the variety of activities and attractions that Las Vegas has to offer.

Here are some of the best things to do in Las Vegas for non gamblers, especially for seniors who enjoy life to the fullest.

People Watching Along the Strip is a Free Las Vegas Show In Itself

One of the best ways to experience the energy and excitement of Las Vegas is to walk along the famous Strip, where you will see dazzling lights, iconic landmarks, and spectacular fountains!

For example:

  • Admire the dancing fountains at the Bellagio
  • Take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower at Paris
  • Watch a volcano erupt at the Mirage, or
  • Hop on a roller coaster at New York-New York.

You can also explore the magnificent hotels and their unique themes, such as the Venetian’s canals and gondolas. I once spent a lovely hour in the canal-side cafe, sipping a cappucino and watching the gondoliers go by. Note: The blue sky and fluffy clouds in the pic below are actually the painted ceiling:

Do you love ar,t architecture and beautiful landscaping?  Plenty to view at Caesar’s Palace’s. Or take in  the Wynn’s floral displays and waterfalls. So many pleasant wayw to while away an hour or so!

And don’t forget to check out the amazing free shows that some hotels put on, such as:

  • Circus acts at Circus Circus
  • The pirate battle at Treasure Island, or
  • The musical fountain show at Wynn.

Enjoy world-class dining

Las Vegas is a foodie’s paradise, with hundreds of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. You can indulge in lavish buffets at almost every hotel, where you can sample cuisines from around the world. Some of the most popular buffets are at Paris, Wynn, and Caesar’s Palace.

If you are looking for something more upscale, you can treat yourself to a meal at one of the many celebrity chef restaurants in Las Vegas, such as Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at MGM Grand, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace, Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu at Caesar’s Palace, or Thomas Keller’s Bouchon at Venetian.

You can also find restaurants that specialize in different types of food, such as steak, seafood, sushi, Italian, French, Mexican, Thai, and more.

A Must: Go To At Least One or Two Las Vegas Shows!

Las Vegas is known for its incredible entertainment options, from concerts and comedy to magic and acrobatics. You can catch some of the most famous performers in the world on stage. The city has attracted stars in the entertainment field, such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, Lady Gaga, and more.

You can also see some of the most spectacular shows by Cirque du Soleil, which combine stunning visuals, music, and athleticism. Some of the most popular Cirque du Soleil shows are at Bellagio, Mystere at Treasure Island, Ka at MGM Grand, and Zumanity at New York-New York.

Not to be out-done, The Wynn currently is offering an intriguing show called: Awakening on a spectacular, custom-designed 360 degree stage. The show  follows the story of a “beautiful heroine and her two fellow travelers as they seek to restore beauty and love to the world.”

If you are looking for something more risque, you can watch one of the Las Vegas burlesque show or cabaret show. Some suggestions: Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Zumanity at New York-New York, or Fantasy at Luxor.

Relax By the Pool

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas and enjoy some sun and relaxation, you can head to one of the many pools that Las Vegas hotels have to offer. You can lounge on a comfortable chair, sip on a refreshing drink, swim in a crystal-clear water, or soak in a hot tub.

Some of the most beautiful pools in Las Vegas are:

  • Mandalay Bay, which has a beach-like setting with sand and waves, plus a lazy river
  • Aria, which has three pools with cabanas and daybeds;
  • Bellagio, which has five pools with Mediterranean-style landscaping; and a jetted hot tub
  • Wynn, which has four pools with lush gardens and waterfalls.

Take a Side Trip to Stunning Attractions

Las Vegas is not only a great destination by itself, but also a convenient base for exploring some of the most stunning natural and man-made attractions in the region.  A great way to see these spectacular sights is to take one of the helicopter trips you can book. Another option is a group tour to save having to rent a car and drive out into unknown territory. A fun idea would be a small group tour half-day outing that includes lunch. Check out Trip Advisor Las Vegas tours recommendations.

The Grand Canyon, one of the most awe-inspiring wonders of the world, where you can hike, raft, or take a helicopter tour.

Hoover Dam, one of the largest and most impressive engineering feats in history, where you can tour the dam and see the power plant.

Red Rock Canyon, a scenic area with colorful rock formations, where you can hike, bike, or drive along a -mile loop.

Valley of Fire, a state park with ancient petroglyphs and fiery red sandstone, where you can hike, camp, or picnic.

Lake Mead, a large reservoir created by Hoover Dam, where you can boat, fish, or swim.

The Glittering Vegas Night Scene

If it’s a romantic atmosphere and experience you’re after, Las Vegas at night can be breath-takingly beautiful. I remember taking a stroll along  floodlit and lushly landscaped pathways, ending at a beautiful fountain.  I was in heaven!

So it’s not just about the non-stop action on the Strip. The city is full of other enchanting delights!

Las Vegas is a city that has something for everyone, especially for seniors who love fun and relaxation. You don’t have to gamble to enjoy the best that Las Vegas has to offer. You can have a memorable and exciting vacation by taking advantage of the many activities and attractions that Las Vegas has to offer for non gamblers.

All-in-all, Las Vegas offers up many delights for a weekend get-away!

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Susan Cooper

I'm a "woman of a certain age" who loves to travel, preferably in style! There's something exciting about exploring new places, meeting fellow travelers, and experiencing local cuisine. But I also really enjoy relaxing at a cafe. And it's always fun to absorb a little culture and history along the way!


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