We just wrapped up our post on Overrated Aspects of Las Vegas, and although the list is short, taking a negative tone about Las Vegas had us feeling down. Not typically our style when discussing Vegas. With that in mind, we aimed to create a list of the attractions, food and services we find to be underrated or undiscovered by many Vegas visitors.
Do you have a secret hole in the wall restaurant or activity you never miss when in town? Leave it in the comments!
NYNY Big Apple Coaster: There’s a reason 1.4 million people pile onto this rollercoaster annually which provides great views and an exhilerating ride. At $15 a ride ($8 for re-rides) is a great value. For $5 more, strap on VR goggles for a differentiated experience (we prefer a view of the Strip though). What makes this underrated Vegas attraction better is the lack of a line. Jump right on!
Ellis Island Casino Dining Options/Craft Beer: The Gambling is good, but the food and craft beer options are the more alluring draw. The ham and eggs breakfast will set you back $7.99 or try the sirloin and eggs which can be yours for a measly $11.99 (view menu). Add a 20oz. craft beer for only $2.50. Ellis island is a short walk from Bally’s – and worth it.
WAX Bus to Fremont Street from McCarran Airport: While we think the Deuce, which goes up and down the Strip to Fremont Street is terribly overrated due to overcrowding and frequent stops, the WAX is the exact opposite. If you need to get to your Fremont Street hotel from McCarran, the WAX (view schedule) is your best bet for only $2 one way. Underrated and largely unutilized by most tourists.
Happy Half Hour on High Roller: The High Roller itself isn’t underrated. Everyone has heard of it and you can see it from pretty much anywhere on the Strip. What is underestimated, however, is the open bar option. For $35 (just $12 more than a ride without booze) the happy half hour package provides access to an open bar in your cabin. Depending on how many rum and cokes you can throw back, it’s an underrated value.
Vintage Slots at the D: If you are the nostalgic type, check out the second floor of the D downtown. While the first floor of the casino is dedicated to modern slot games, the second floor features hard to find games from a bygone era. Included in the collection is the impossible to find original Sigma Derby horse racing game.
SkyPod at The Strat: Even with their recent remodel and name change to The Strat, the property remains under visited by Vegas tourists mostly due to its location. There are, however, a lot of unsung intricacies about the tower that should be called out. First, SkyLounge 107 has one of the best happy hours on the Strip which runs from 4-7pm and features domestic beers for $3.50. The bar offers a stellar view of the Strip and grants you access to the observation deck for free ($20 value).
If you are an adrenaline junkie, you can check out one of the 3 rides on the observation deck. Observation deck access costs $20 and each ride is an additional $5 – A strong value for a thrilling attraction with minimal wait times.
Main Street Station Downtown Las Vegas: Set a couple blocks away from the street performers and concerts, Main Street is an absolute gem downtown. With an impressive array of antiques on display to include part of the Berlin Wall, Doors from the Kuwaiti Royal Bank, Chandelier from the Figaro Opera House in Paris, Main Street is much more than a casino – It’s a Museum.
Check out the Triple 7 Brewery at Main Street Station as well. Quality beer options at a good price wont disappoint – $4.75 for a 16oz / $5.75 for a 23oz.
Escaping the City: According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, only 19% of visitors said they visited or planned to visit natural attractions outside of Vegas such as the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon. If you are in town long enough, take a day, rent a car and see some natural beauty. A personal favorite is driving out to Lake Mead and abusing a rental JetSki.
Frozen Baileys at O’Sheas: The best drink in Vegas to start your day after a night of insanity. Nothing soothes your throat like the ice cold, malty consistency of the Frozen Baileys offered only at O’Sheas inside LINQ.
Topgolf Las Vegas: You may have a Topgolf in your hometown, but its not on Vegas’ level. The Vegas incarnation of Topgolf has all the aspects of the traditional experience but also includes a 2 level pool (free access!), 5 unique bars, video poker, TVs of all sizes scattered about and great food. With 4 large screens at the end of the driving range, Topgolf is the perfect place to sweat out a sports bet. Check out additional photos we snapped at Topgolf here.
The Cromwell: Mega resorts are slowly destroying the value that Vegas has always delivered, especially when it comes to gambling odds. Cromwell, although owned by Caesars Entertainment, bucks that trend by offering single zero roulette and 100x odds craps. They also offer $3 vodka drinks at the Interlude Bar from 9am – 8pm. Cromwell, an underrated casino on the Strip actually gives you a reason to risk some money.
CVS/Walgreen’s on the Strip: All I hear is outcry. How dare the Strip further commercialize! The underrated reality is that the stores popping up left and right deliver a hell of a lot of value. Stock up your room cheap and grab a 3 pack of tall boys for the road. I know I’ll never spend $19.99 on a small bottle of sunscreen at the hotel gift shop again!
Titanic the Exhibit at Luxor: If you are a history buff like myself, this attraction will blow you away. Contained within the 25,000 sq. ft. exhibit space are a large number of items recovered from the wreck to include luggage, dining utensils and even a massive piece of the ship’s hull. Additionally, the exhibit has built replicas of 1st and 3rd class rooms as well as the grand staircase. You’ll certainly feel an eerie connection to the passengers on the ill fated ship. Titanic is unsung, and worth the trip.
What is your favorite undiscovered / underrated Vegas attraction? Let us know in the comments!