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8 Lesser-Known Attractions You Must Visit In Las Vegas in 2021

Asmita Karanje

Las Vegas is not all glamor and fun - it has a lot more history and culture to it than what Hollywood makes us believe.

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One of the most exciting places on the planet is Las Vegas. After all, it is home to The Strip, Bellagio Dancing Fountains, and the Venetian Casino, and the Grand Canal.

But aside from these top Vegas attractions, there are plenty of offbeat places that you should visit in Las Vegas.

Here is a list of lesser-known but excellent tourist attractions that you might consider visiting now that Las Vegas has rolled back several travel restrictions. There's something for everyone - there's history, there's art, there's nature. You will not be disappointed for sure.

Big Dig

If you want to play with big equipment like bulldozers, this might be the place for you. You can maneuver Caterpillar D5K Track-Type bulldozers, excavators, mini excavators, or skid steers and build huge mounds, push giant tires, and even seesaw over an enormous mound. You can also visit the retail store within the site and purchase dirt-scented candles for some home aromatherapy.

Springs Preserve

This 180-acre property downtown of Las Vegas is best for nature lovers and art connoisseurs. It is a place for sight-seeing of vibrant desert botanical gardens which were previously called Desert Demonstration Gardens, walking trails that all pass through wetland habitats, and even museum galleries, historic photo galleries, and indoor theater.

The Origen Experience is an interactive exhibit about stories of the Las Vegas Valley then and now. The Nevada State Museum exhibits the natural history of Las Vegas. The Desert Living Center houses the Nature Exchange which is an educational exhibit on how to conserve water and live sustainably in the desert. The four-themed trails in this attraction walk you through picturesque landscapes going to Cienega. The Springs Preserve amphitheater is the only intimate outdoor venue surrounded by museums and gardens in Las Vegas

The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM)

This national science, history, and educational institution is a place to visit if you are interested in American war weapons such as nuclear weapons. It tells the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program by showcasing the rarest artifacts of the US nuclear testing program. This includes Genie, the first air-to-air missile, the Backpack Nuke, and the Davy Crockett Weapon System.

Visitors will also experience a ground zero theater simulation of an above-ground test. The museum can give you a good grasp of the history of the Atomic Age culture and an understanding of the effects of nuclear testing on the world.

Pinball Hall of Fame

If you are wondering how a museum with entire pinballs looks like Tim Arnold’s Pinball Hall of Fame might interest you. This 10,000 square feet museum in Tropicana is a product of the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club’s attempt to house the biggest collection of pinballs. It is a place where you and your family can enjoy pinball arcade games with a vast majority of pinball machines.

Neon Museum

Another unusual museum in Vegas is the Neon Museum. It houses the most iconic neon signs in Las Vegas and aims to collecting, preserving, and studying these national treasures (Neon Museum, 2021).

Valley of Fire

You will find the 2,000-year-old petrified trees and petroglyphs in the Valley of Fire State Park. The park has bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops burrowed in tan and gray limestone. Visitors are expected to witness exhibits on the prehistory, history, geology, and ecology of the park as well as nearby regions. It is also a cool place for camping, outdoor picnics, hiking, and trekking.

Mob Museum

The museum is a restoration of the 1930’s US Post Office and Courthouse that takes visitors on an interactive trip that features the history of organized crime and law enforcement. It showcases various artifacts that tell the story of mobs versus the law.

Akhob

For those who are very much interested in art, Akhob by James Turrell contains a wide-range of colorful art installations and exhibits located just right above the Louis Vuitton handbag store. His most iconic installations “Ganzfelds” is the main attraction of the exhibit.

High Roller

This giant Ferris wheel in the Las Vegas Strip is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. In the evening, the wheel is illuminated by a 2,000-LED system that displays multiple colors and sometimes features custom displays during special occasions and holidays.

Fly Geyser

This is a geologic wonder that showcases the collision of man-made structures like the Black Rock Desert and natural geothermal sites such as the geothermal pools of the Hualapai Geothermal Flats. The property has three well-known geysers which are The Wizard, Will’s Geyser, and Fly Geyser. These are rich in minerals and can be a good source of hydrothermal power.

If you are eager to have a trip and go for wholesome activities in Las Vegas, these underrated destinations can be the most enjoyable tourist attractions for you. Just remember that you must pre-book all your trips and follow community guidelines when visiting these destinations.

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