If you don’t know your Diplo from your Tiesto and have no desire to bet a Dollar Yo, you probably think there is no good reason to visit Las Vegas. But strip away all the drinking, gambling and general debauchery The Strip offers and you’ll see a city with tons of opportunities to get your geek on.
At VisitLasVegas.com you’ll find a comprehensive list of events and attractions geared towards self-proclaimed nerds. Links to Cosplay, comic shops, festivals, conventions, and, yes, even geek-friendly bars will keep you busy from morning ‘til night.
While the Atomic Testing Museum, the Pinball Hall of Fame, Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N and Madam Tussauds Wax Museum get a ton of publicity there are some new and more obscure activities worthy of your money and attention.
So, if you want your adult playground to feel more like an actual playground, tap into your inner child and get ready for some sin-less Sin City fun.
Located in the Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian/Palazzo, this “fully Immersive” attraction will appeal to fans of VR and Star Wars. If you ever wanted to be in a Star Wars movie (ask Donald Glover how that worked out for him) this is your chance to dress as a Stormtrooper and fight space monsters.
According to the reviews on Yelp, it’s best to reserve a time online in advance.
If you love gaming, you may enter Esports and never want to leave. This 30,000 square foot arena is a gamers’ paradise. Built for competitive gaming, players and fans will be enthralled by the 50-foot LED video wall. But you don’t have to be a pro or even good at gaming to participate. As Esports says, “Anyone Can Play.”
Price range from $10 for an hour pass to $99 for the entire weekend.
Before the mobsters discovered Las Vegas, cowboys roamed this desert outpost. This re-creation of a 1880’s mining town located 30 minutes outside of Vegas will have you saying, “Bugsy Siegel, who?”
There are gunfights (fake ones, of course) and a hanging at noon (hopefully, also faked.) Wallow in all-things cowboy, visit the petting zoo and have your picture taken in a wild west costume.
Bonnie Springs is near Red Rock Canyon so you can also do a bit of hiking if that’s your thing.
Are you scared of zombies? This Las Vegas attraction will have you screaming like Gordon Ramsey when he’s served raw chicken.
Based on the popular AMC series, this “thrill ride” is an escape room, maze and interactive video game all rolled into one.
Located in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street (where many of the tourist look like the walking dead) all ages are welcome as long as you meet the height requirements.
Only in Las Vegas would you find an art installation on the top floor of a Louis Vuitton store. Designed by James Turrell, visitors walk through chambers filled with rotating lights. Think of it as old-school VR.
Admission is free but you have to make a reservation at least a month in advance. When you arrive, be prepared to remove your shoes and sign a release the size of the Manhattan phone book. (A phone book is an old-school list of numbers.)
Celine Dion isn’t the only star in Las Vegas. There’s an entire sky full of them! And at the College of Southern Nevada's Planetarium, you can see them "up close."
The observatory is small compared to other such facilities in other cities, but some folks think that’s part of its charm. Admission is cheap at six bucks for adults and four for kids. In the 68-seat theater you can see educational movies which explore our solar system.
Nothing makes you feel like you’re on vacation more than a round of miniature golf so, you don’t have to be a fan of the iconic band to have a good time. However, if you are a fan of KISS this is a must-do.
The course is packed with KISS memorabilia, so it’s like playing 18 holes in a KISS museum. You’ll begin to wonder if Gene Simmons licked all the balls.
It’s open until midnight. Golf late if you want to avoid kids. Located in the Rio, it’s a great way to add some silly, ironic fun before or after Penn and Teller or a show at the Comedy Cellar.