Area 15 is an art, entertainment, dining, & retail complex that opened in 2020.
It is located a mile off the Strip behind the Trump Hotel (about 2 miles from The Strat).
Area 15 has many immersive and interactive art installations such as Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, the Van Gogh 360 degree immersive art experience, Museum Fiasco Cluster sound and light spectacle, and Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite.
Explore The Sanctuary, a 32-foot high bamboo volcano and take a selfie next to the 12-foot tall glowing skull.
Experience high-tech entertainment such as the Birdly flight simulator, Oz Experience virtual reality, Particle Quest augmented reality, and Five Iron virtual golf.
Get your blood pumping by throwing axes at Dueling Axes or riding Haley’s Comet indoor zipline.
Enjoy a drink or a meal at Emporium bar and arcade, Oddwood Bar (with a large glowing LED-lit Japanese tree), or The Beast food hall by Todd English.
Boulevard Mall is not far off the Strip behind the Venetian.
This exciting mall has 140 stores and restaurants.
It has entertainment options such as SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, Galaxy Movie Theatres, Jupiter Express Railroad, Game Center Animal Rides, Dixie Dooley’s Magic Shop, First Vegas Virtual Reality, Las Vegas Family Puppet Theater, Versus esports arena, and Rex Center (with laser tag, go-carts, and mini golf).
Located in the East Fremont Entertainment district, the Downtown Container Park has unique stores & restaurants in converted shipping containers. Enjoy The Dome – an immersive, 4K-visual dome entertainment experience, the candy store, a park with a play structure for kids, and a fire-spitting Mantis sculpture in front.
Take a short 10-minute cab ride West of the Las Vegas Strip to this massive flea market with up to 600 vendors.
We love finding good deals and unique products and food.
Admission costs only $1.
BONUS TIP – If you like swap meets, you should also check out Broadacres Marketplace, which is only open Friday nights and during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Here you will find over 1,000 vendors, a food market with great food trucks, and live entertainment.
Las Vegas Premium Outlet Malls (North and South)
There are two outlet malls in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets is downtown near the West end of Fremont Street. It is an outdoor mall with over 140 retailers plus several restaurants like Shake Shack and Cheesecake Factory.
Las Vegas South Premium Outlets is not far South of the airport on Las Vegas Boulevard. It is an indoor mall with over 140 stores and two food courts inside. You’ll find more dining options in the parking lot.
The Pinball Hall of Fame recently re-located to a massive stand-alone building on the Las Vegas Strip across from Mandalay Bay and the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. For the last 10 years it was located off-Strip, so I decided to leave it in this article.
Their website says they have over 200 playable retro pinball machines and 50 arcade games from every decade. However, someone recently told me that they now have 800 pinball games and 200 arcade games.
This unique casino and resort is located on the Eastern outskirts of Las Vegas (20 minutes from the Strip) and periodically offers free shuttle service to and from the Las Vegas Strip.
There is a lot to see here besides gambling, including bowling, an arcade, and the Sunset Stampede, a free Laser Light and Fountain Show in the Mystic Falls Park. The park also has trees, bubbling brooks, and animatronic animals.
The Haunted Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas
It has been voted the best haunted attraction in America.
ATV and dune buggy tours
Off-road driving tours are offered by many tour operators that take you to different places and use different vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and custom-made dune buggies. The tours start in Las Vegas and then you are taken out in the desert for some off-road wild rides in cool vehicles. Check out the attraction ratings and comments on TripAdvisor to help select the tour that is right for you.
Not everyone wants to gamble, drink, and see shows every day of their Las Vegas vacation. Others just want a break from the crowds where they can see or do something special.
We hope this article has given you lots of food for thought when planning your next trip to Las Vegas.
Let us know in the comments below if you try any of our suggestions or if you have experienced them before. Also, please share any other great ideas for off-strip things to do in Las Vegas that are not on the Las Vegas Strip or Fremont Street.
* AUTHOR NOTE: Access to businesses, attractions, and parks are subject to change, especially due to pandemic health restrictions and related tourism and business conditions. Please check the website or call before going to avoid disappointment, especially if you are driving an hour or more to get to some of these locations.
Kevin & Tina
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