If Las Vegas is anything it is quirky, and what that means to visitors can be summed up in three words: surprising, serendipitous, seductive. With a visitor count of more than 42 million last year, and hotel occupancy hovering around 90 percent, the city brings back repeat visitors and tantalizes new ones with its range of attractions—many of them odd and worth the exploration.
Downtown Las Vegas
The lion’s share of oddities can be found in Downtown Las Vegas, where the city started at the turn of the last century.
Start with the 24-foot bong at Cannabition, a new museum at Neonopolis on Fremont Street. Marijuana was legalized in Nevada in 2017, and although the museum does not sell consumables, it celebrates cannabis culture. Among the treasures: gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s “Red Shark” Chevrolet Caprice convertible.
A walk around the Downtown area delivers the Container Park, a collection of shipping containers turned into boutiques and cafes, a park for kids and a stage for live entertainment. A 55-foot-tall metallic praying mantis shoots fire from its antennae.
Nearby, the Mob Museum gives insight into the birth of the Mob, the Mob’s “greatest hits,” the Kefauver hearings and how crime labs work today. General admission is $26.95.
Around the corner is the Neon Museum, which has a special “Lost Vegas” exhibition through mid-February celebrating the filmmaker and artist Tim Burton’s link to Las Vegas’ historical neon heritage. General admission during the exhibition is $30.
Sin City Ziplines
Las Vegas has four Ziplines. Downtown, SlotZilla’s flights over Fremont Street can be done seated, seven stories above ground for two blocks ($20 or $25) or superhero style, 11 stories above ground for five blocks ($40 to $49).
Fly Linq features 10 side-by-side ziplines that can be engaged simultaneously from a 14-story tower to