New things to do in Las Vegas pop-up, and sometimes fizzle out, with mind-numbing frequency.
Although it can be difficult to keep up with the pace of change, the constant churning of attractions means that there’s always something new to do, even for the most seasoned Vegas veterans.
We thought it would be helpful to summarize the newest things to do in Las Vegas, both on the Strip and on Fremont Street.
New Things To Do on The Strip
Discovering King Tut’s Tomb at Luxor
The newest museum attraction at Luxor allows guests to follow in Egyptologist Howard Carter’s steps and relive the 1922 discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Discovering King Tut’s Tomb tells the story of Egyptian culture and Howard Carter’s Exhibition through a multimedia experience that includes video, audio, and replica artifacts.
I recently visited Discovering King Tut’s Tomb and was impressed with the educational aspects of the attraction, but underwhelmed by the fact there were no real artifacts on display.
That being said, fans of ancient Egypt are likely to enjoy the presentation and can price tickets out with:
Awakening at Wynn
Awakening calls the recently re-designed Awakening Theater at Wynn home and is the brainchild of Baz Halpin and Michael Curry.
Interestingly, the show is narrated by Anthony Hopkins.
The stage itself appears to be worth the price of admission and is made of dichroic glass and custom LED screens. I don’t know what most of that means, but it sounds impressive.
The show follows the story of a heroine and her fellow travelers who seek to reunite two lovers, but based on the visuals I’ve seen so far, the story will be of secondary interest.
I think CEO Craig Billings said it best – “Every so often, the bar for spectacle in Las Vegas is raised”. In typical Wynn fashion, they appear to have achieved that.
Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition at Crystals
This tribute to Princess Diana is located within the high-end Crystals Shopping mall in front of Aria. Inside, fans will discover 12 themed rooms and 700+ artifacts from Diana’s life. Themes include “Wedding of the Century”, “Fashion Icon”, and “Gone Too Soon: A Memorial”.
I recently stopped by! Take a look inside the Princess Diana Exhibition.
National Geographic – Rarely Seen Photograph Exhibition
Located at Bally’s, this Nat Geo exhibit boasts 50 “once in a lifetime moments” captured on camera from around the world. Photo locations include New Zealand, Vatican City, Australia, and Thailand. Pricing lands in the $20-$25 range and tickets can be purchased with:
Delilah at Wynn
Supplying a seemingly non-stop stream of celebrity sightings, Delilah is a swanky new supper club that borrows inspiration from Vegas of the 1950s.
Delilah offers the unique opportunity to pair an upscale meal with entertainment in the form of live jazz music, DJs, and other performers.
As a popular spot, Delilah can be tough to get into. We’d recommend snagging reservations at Delilah in advance.
Superfrico at Cosmopolitan
Another dinner show concept, Superfrico is the creation of the folks at Spiegelworld, who are also behind the popular shows “Absinthe”, “Atomic Saloon”, and “Opium”.
While Superfrico serves “Italian American Psychedelic” cuisine, the real draw is the acts, some on the raunchy side, that steal the show.
Las Vegas Movie Tours
Jump aboard a “Theater on Wheels” for a tour of Las Vegas film sets led by a local movie expert. Las Vegas Movie Tours takes you to the real-world locations where movies like “The Hangover”, “Casino”, and “Ocean’s 11” were filmed.
Along the way, relevant movie clips play as you pass notable sets, and your tour guide will shower you with insider facts and insights.
Pinball Hall of Fame
While the Pinball Hall of Fame isn’t necessarily a new attraction, their new location on the Strip is, and it’s glorious. Boasting 25,000 square feet of space, the new location is able to fit a wider selection of games than was possible in the museum’s previous home.
This shrine to the game of pinball is located near Mandalay Bay and the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on the south end of the Strip.
For those unfamiliar, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a non-profit museum that allows visitors to play pinball games that span decades, with some dating back to the 1950s. Playable with quarters, playing pinball is both an inexpensive and family-friendly thing to do in Vegas!
Bally’s is Now Horseshoe Las Vegas
Beginning in the spring of 2022, Bally’s began a metamorphosis that has changed its look and identity to the iconic Horseshoe brand.
While the resort’s name has already changed, renovation work continues on the casino floor, the exterior of the building, and on the marquee sign along the Strip.
What will the new Horseshoe be like? Well, this press release quoted an executive that said “At Horseshoe, it’s all about the gambler. Since 1951 Horseshoe Casinos have been home to the best odds, highest limits, and biggest jackpots. So, it’s fitting that we bring Horseshoe back to Las Vegas, and right on the Las Vegas Strip”.
It’ll be interesting to see what that means, as gaming odds on the Strip have been deteriorating for some time and Caesars is far from the only guilty party.
An exciting recent addition to Horseshoe’s culinary lineup includes Jack Binion’s Steak House (Jack is Benny Binion’s son), which is already open and slinging meat.
Blake Shelton will also be opening a live country music venue called Ole Red, which will be located along the Strip in the Grand Bazaar Shops area.
In an odd twist, Bally’s former sportsbook space has been re-purposed as an arcade.
Personally, I’ve always found Bally’s to be a bit dull and can’t wait to see what’s to come once all the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted.
Coming Soon to The Strip
Coming in 2023, the $1.8 billion MSG Sphere is located behind Venetian and Palazzo and will be a theater unlike any other in Las Vegas.
The venue’s LED screen, which is larger than 3 football fields, will not only sit in front of the audience but wrap around and above them. While we don’t yet know who will be performing in the new attraction, we do know that it’ll be epic.
Atomic Golf at STRAT
A similar experience to Topgolf, Atomic Golf will open at The STRAT in 2023 on a 7-acre footprint right on Las Vegas Blvd. The complex will offer 100+ hitting bays, 6 bars, opportunities to polish your putting game, and plenty of TVs to catch the big game.
Ole Red at Horseshoe (formerly Bally’s)
Speaking of Ole Red, the venue will be situated directly on the Strip near the pedestrian walkways that lead from Horseshoe to both Caesars Palace and Cromwell.
The country music venue, co-owned by Blake Shelton, will offer a large indoor main stage and a rooftop venue with a view of the Strip.
The $30 million project broke ground in January 2023 and is expected to be completed this year.
DiscoShow by Spiegelworld at Linq
Originally slated to open at LINQ in late 2022 (we seem to be a bit delayed…), DiscoShow will be the fourth show by Spiegelworld in Las Vegas, joining “Absinthe”, “Opium”, and “Atomic Saloon”. The show will follow the characters “who were there at the birth of disco; into their lives; on the streets; at the club; encouraged at every moment to lose themselves in the music and on the dancefloor”.
I’m personally just excited for another dose of the raunchy comedy Spiegelworld is known for.
“Game of Thrones” Dragons Las Vegas
Here’s what I know about this new attraction coming to Las Vegas: Nothing. The new attraction was announced in early December of 2022 via Twitter, and they have a website, albeit informationless.
What I do know is that fans of the hit franchise will likely enjoy what’s to come.
Of course, I’ll be sure to update this as details emerge!
New Things To Do Downtown Las Vegas
While the pace of change tends to be slower on Fremont Street than on The Strip, there are a few new things to do of note.
The Sand Dollar Lounge at Plaza
Now officially open, The Sand Dollar Lounge is located off Plaza’s casino floor and is the newest destination for those looking to enjoy live music.
Aiming to “Resurrect the energy of rock’s golden era”, The Sand Dollar should be a fun hangout. You can learn more about the vision on this episode of Plaza’s “On The Corner of Main” podcast.
The Movie Prop Experience
Located in Neonopolis, The Movie Prop Experience is a museum dedicated to showcasing props used in hit TV shows and movies that span the genre spectrum. Items currently on display include Wolverine’s claws, Han Solo encased in carbonite, Iron Man’s hand, and so much more.
The first new construction casino downtown in decades opened in October of 2020, and if you have yet to stop in, put it at the top of your list.
Among our favorite things about Circa include the massive sportsbook, the refurbished Vegas Vickie sign, and the Stadium Swim rooftop pool amphitheater. Seriously, check it out.
Coming Soon to Fremont Street
An exciting development, Plaza has announced some changes that will be coming to the property in the near future.
First, they plan to expand their casino and make the expansion completely smoke-free. The new smokeless casino will be the first of its kind downtown and carry the Brian Christopher Slots name. Brian, if you’re unfamiliar, is a popular YouTuber and champions the cause of casinos going smoke-free.
Secondly, the popular downtown steakhouse Oscar’s will add patio seating able to accommodate up to 225 people.
A Pinkbox Doughnuts will also be added to the front of the property and add some unique flair to Plaza’s exterior. The location will feature 70 doughnuts within a 16-foot-long display case.
What we’re most excited about: Plaza’s porte-cochere will be transformed into an outdoor carousel bar. I can think of few places I’d rather grab a cocktail than outdoors, beneath the twinkling lights of Plaza’s dome.
Other New Things To Do in Vegas
LIFTOFF at Area15
LIFTOFF is an outdoor attraction that looks and behaves like a mechanical hot air balloon. Before boarding, guests have the opportunity to purchase a cocktail at the bar in the attraction’s base.
Once aboard, LIFTOFF climbs 130-feet, providing fantastic views of Las Vegas. While an adult ticket costs $18, a cocktail + ride ticket can be had for $26.
“Coming Soon” Off-Strip Attractions
A “Horror Experience” from Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Parks & Resorts plans to create a permanent year-round horror attraction that will be an extension of the Area15 complex.
While details about the new attraction are sparse, the press release noted that it’ll be 110,000 square feet, using words like “creative”, “innovative”, and “immersive” – The holy trinity of press release verbiage.
The new horror attraction will “Bring to life Universal’s vast library of classic horror films and today’s most terrifying tales”. Count me in.
While we still know next to nothing about the Horror Experience, we do know that the venue will blend an ever-evolving lineup of spooky experiences with food & drink offerings and seasonal events.
I personally love Area15, especially Omega Mart, and am hopeful that this is equally impressive.
Based on the Steven King franchise, Escape IT is a new escape room concept that will have 20+ interactive rooms that will include the Neibolt House, Derry Canal Days Festival, and the sewers below the town among others. Opening in December of 2022, the new attraction will be a short ride from resorts along the Strip.
Finding new things to do in Las Vegas is rarely difficult as the constant drumbeat of change marches on. Hopefully, we were able to point you in the direction of new activities in Vegas that you deem worthy of adding to your itinerary.
See Also: Need more itinerary inspiration? Check out these free things to do in Las Vegas!
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.