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From dazzling lights to thunderous sounds of slot machines, Las Vegas Nevada is a city with an endless amount of activity and entertainment. But what if you want a relaxing getaway? Should you try Las Vegas? Absolutely! I’ve been to Las Vegas for everything including amateur poker tournaments, a babymoon, bachelorettes parties, girls’ trips, friends weekends, a wedding, and most recently a toddler free weekend to recover from 8 days at Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and Sea World Orlando. Relaxation and Las Vegas go hand in hand if you know what to do. Here are my 10 favorite chill things to do in Las Vegas Nevada when you want to relax…or recover.
1. Stay at a Smoke Free Hotel on the Strip
A hotel on the Strip puts you right in the middle of everything. But we’re talking about chill things to do in Las Vegas Nevada, so let me tell you about my new favorite hotel: Vdara. Vdara is wedged between Aria and Bellagio which puts it in middle of the Strip. However, it’s set back from Las Vegas Boulevard itself, behind Cosmopolitan. This all-suite hotel is smoke free and casino free so it’s great for kids and those with asthma or allergies. But a quick walk to Aria across a pedestrian bridge will put you right into a fantastic casino. (Seriously, Aria’s craps tables are hot!) You can also walk to the Strip through Aria or Bellagio. Or when you exit Vdara, keep left to the secret staircase and elevator near the smoking area to access Cosmopolitan. Read my full Vdara review here.
Pro Tip: You can book Vdara with 20,000 World of Hyatt Points which you can transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards, but make sure you get more value than 1.25 or 1.5 cents per point.
2. Hit a Buffet (or Two)
There’s no denying that Las Vegas has tons of great dining options. Pick your favorite celebrity chef and they’ve probably got a restaurant somewhere in Vegas. Or if you’re into fine dining, you can even find Michelin star restaurants. But if you can’t get a reservation or you’re locked into a never-ending battle of wills with your spouse about where or what to eat, a buffet is the way to go!
The Bellagio buffet is one of my favorites and it’s easy to access from Vdara. Since the Bellagio Conservatory and Garden is also on my list of chill things to do in Las Vegas Nevada, this buffet is always my go-to option.
Pro Tip: M Life Pearl status or higher gets you front of the line buffet access at all M Life buffets like Bellagio. You can status match from World of Hyatt Discoverist which you earn automatically with the Hyatt Credit Card.
We tried the Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan on our last trip. It was excellent! This is also within walking distance to Vdara. They’ve got a wide variety of dishes and fantastic desserts including a gelato bar! This is probably the best option towards the south end of the Strip.
The Buffet at the Wynn is my all-time favorite Las Vegas buffet. As you enter, you’re greeted with towering floral topiaries, an open atrium, and marble floors. The main dining areas are just as beautiful with high ceilings and bright colors that make it feel more intimate than your typical buffet. The food options are just as impressive with numerous live cooking stations. And, oh, the dessert bar! Dessert is my favorite thing about a buffet which is probably why I love this one the most. It’s towards the north end of the Strip, but it’s definitely worth the trip from Vdara.
3. Commune with Nature (Indoors)
When you’re looking for chill things to do in Las Vegas Nevada, you can’t beat communing with nature. But Vegas gets hot. Really, really hot. So, the best way to experience the outdoors is indoors. Luckily, there are some great options up and down the Strip.
Bellagio Conservatory and Garden
Before you hit the Bellagio buffet, take a walk through the conservatory and garden. Natural light fills this space inside the Bellagio illuminating giant floral topiaries that change with the seasons and holidays. This is one of my favorite spaces to visit in Vegas. The horticulturalists never disappoint with their elaborate flower sculptures. Plus, it’s completely free! However, go early because it can get crowded in the afternoon.
Mandalay Bay Shark Reef
Another great spot to commune with nature is the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. Reptiles, fish, sharks, and more call this aquarium home. They have several huge aquariums featuring different habitats, but the coolest part is the tunnel through the shipwreck exhibit. It’s a great spot to cool off and relax as the sharks and rays swim all around you.
Yoga with the Dolphins at Mirage
What could be more relaxing than doing yoga with dolphins? I can’t think of much. While the dolphins aren’t exactly practicing yoga with you, find your center as you watch them in the underwater viewing area of Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage. There’s only one class a day in the morning so make sure to call the Mirage in advance to book your spot.
4. Hang Out by the Pool
Another great way to relax or recover in Vegas is by hanging out at the pool. Some pools in Las Vegas close during the winter, but some are open all year round. For instance, the pool at Vdara closes for winter, but guests can use the pool at Aria instead. Also, some pools are for hotel guests only while others allow non-hotel guests to buy a day pass for access.
The Tank at Golden Nugget is open all year round. And it has a water slide through a shark tank! However, the main pool at Golden Nugget gets hectic during the day when it’s full of kids. So, try the hideout rooftop pool instead. You can buy a day pass to the Tank if you’re staying at a different resort.
Mandalay Bay has a lazy river and a beach entrance wave pool. It’s a wonderful spot to rent a cabana for the day. For adults, there’s a topless pool called Morea. However, this pool is for hotel guests only.
Rockstar Pool Party Tour
If you’re looking for a little more excitement by the pool or if you’re not staying a resort with a great pool, consider booking a Rockstar Pool Party Tour. This tour is available as part of the Las Vegas Explorer Pass. You get luxury transportation to two different pools on the Strip. The pools vary but usually include MGM, Hard Rock, or Venetian.
5. Pamper Yourself
If you really want to relax, visit one of the many great day spas up and down the Strip. Both Cosmopolitan and Aria have wonderful spas right near Vdara. You can even get a Moroccan Hammam experience at Cosmopolitan. If you’re on a budget, just treat yourself to a blowout at the Dry Bar. There are two convenient locations on the Strip in Cosmopolitan and the Miracle Miles Shops. It’s a great way to splurge without breaking the bank plus you’ll look fabulous for a night on the town.
Pro Tip: There’s also a Sephora in the Miracle Mile Shops. If you’re VIB Rouge, book a free customer makeover before or after your blowout.
6. Window Shop
There are lots of places to window shop in Las Vegas Nevada both indoors and outdoors. But consider leaving your wallet at home so you won’t be tempted to break the bank at Harry Winston, Louis Vuitton, or Tiffany’s, among others. (Unless you’re winning at craps, then go for it!) A quick walk from Vdara to Aria will take you to the shops at Crystals. Just up the Strip from Vdara, you’ll find the Forum Shops at Caesars’ Palace. And towards the north end of the Strip, check out the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. You can also take a gondola ride there.
7. Grab a Drink and People Watch
Just because you’re looking for chill things to do in Las Vegas Nevada, doesn’t mean you aren’t looking for a good spot to have a drink (or three). I love to relax with a drink and a view of the crowds stumbling up and down the Strip. It makes me feel better about my life choices.
Beer Park at Paris
One of the newest spots to get a drink and people watch on the Strip is the Beer Park at Paris. This rooftop bar has a wide selection of beer and great pub food. They also have games like air hockey and giant Jenga. You can make reservations in advance or walk up and try to get a spot at the bar. In addition to people watching, they also have numerous giant TV’s that play sports all day long.
Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan
If you really want to feel fancy, get a drink in a chandelier! The Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan is one of my favorite spots to get a specialty cocktail or a glass of wine either as nightcap or before you hit the Strip. This bar features three levels and lots of great spots to people watch. You can’t see the Strip, but you can admire the stylish crowds that frequent Cosmopolitan.
Spanish Steps at Caesar’s Palace
I was heartbroken to learn that Serendipity 3 at Caesar’s Palace closed. It was a great spot for a giant grilled cheese sandwich and a milkshake. But my other favorite place at Caesar’s Palace is the Spanish Steps Bar located right on the Strip. They’ve got tons of blended drinks on tap and lots of outdoor, covered seating with a great view of the Strip.
8. Get a Bird’s Eye View of the Strip
Once you’ve had your fill of people watching on the Strip, head up into the sky for a bird’s eye view. This is something you should do at least once when you’re in Las Vegas. You’ll be able to see all the hotels of the Strip plus the mountains and desert that surround the city.
Eiffel Tower at Paris
With a Las Vegas Explorer Pass, head up to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris. If you’re afraid of heights, there’s a handrail along the inside of the tower for you to hang on to. You’ll get a full 360-degree view of the strip. And, if you time it right, you can watch the Bellagio fountain show from almost 500 feet in the air. It’s only half the size of the real Eiffel Tower, but it’s a heck of a view.
High Roller at the LINQ
Another great option for a 360-degree view of the Strip is the High Roller at the LINQ. This is modeled after the London Eye and features air-conditioned capsules on a rotating wheel. The High Roller is also included on the Las Vegas Explorer Pass, but the most fun I’ve ever had on the High Roller was in the happy half hour capsule. You get unlimited drinks for the duration of your journey. It’s well worth the cost to upgrade.
If you really want to see the whole strip from the sky, get the lowest prices on helicopter tours in Las Vegas with Viator. They’ve got a lot of great options for night flights, so you can see all the dazzling lights of the Strip. This would be a great way to start off a Vegas date night. You can also upgrade your Las Vegas Explorer Pass to the All-Inclusive Pass which includes one premium attraction such as a helicopter night flight over the Strip.
9. Explore Downtown Las Vegas
If you want a more classic Las Vegas Nevada experience, head downtown. There are lots of great options downtown both new and old. The Tank at Golden Nugget stays open until 7pm which is usually later than pools on the Strip. And it’ll put you in the perfect spot to explore Downtown Las Vegas at night.
If you’ve ever wondered where all those old neon Las Vegas signs go when they die, find out at the Neon Museum. You can only access the signs on a guided tour, but it’s a great way to see signs from long gone casinos and hotels. (And it’s a popular spot for Instagram photos!) They now have a special exhibit called Brilliant where digital projection brings several signs back to life along with a musical homage to the Las Vegas of the past.
After visiting the Neon Museum, take an Uber to the container park. This new area features shops, restaurants, and bars around a playground that are all constructed out of shipping containers. Late at night, the container park is for adults only, so you can relive your childhood on the playground. They’ve got some great food options and a stage for live music. There’s also a driver-less shuttle that’ll take you to Fremont Street.
After you’ve finished at the container park, take a short walk to Fremont Street. Honestly, Fremont Street is the opposite of chill things to do in Las Vegas Nevada. But it’s a good spot for people watching and it has a free light show called the Fremont Street Experience. For a little guidance on Fremont Street, take the walking tour as part of the Las Vegas Explorer Pass. If you start to experience sensory overload, head back to the Strip to see a show.
10. See a Show
I’ve heard a lot of people say they’ve never been to a Las Vegas show, but, boy, are they missing out! From comedy to music, acrobats to sports, there’s a show for everyone in Las Vegas. Plus, it’s a great way to spend an evening in Las Vegas without heading to a club.
Cirque du Soleil
I love Cirque du Soleil. It’s amazing what the acrobats and aerialists can do with their bodies and you’re bound to have a good time. Watch out for the warm-up performers who road through the crowds before the show. They might just dump popcorn on your head. My favorite Cirque du Soleil in Vegas is Ka at MGM Grand, but O at Bellagio, Mystere at Treasure Island, and Zumanity at New York, New York are also great.
Pro Tip: You can book several Cirque du Soleil shows through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal by searching for activities in the Las Vegas area.
Concert at T-Mobile Arena
The newest concert venue in Las Vegas is the T-Mobile Arena. It’s located behind New York, New York, just a short walk south of Vdara. My favorite thing about the T-Mobile arena is the massive amount of air conditioning and the wide selection of food and drinks inside. This is one of my favorite places to see concerts that I can’t see near home.
Las Vegas is now home to a professional hockey team called the Golden Knights and a professional soccer team called the Las Vegas Lights. Both teams are very popular with locals and tourists alike so make sure to buy tickets in advance. Soon, it will also be home to the Raiders, so you’ll be able to enjoy a professional football game too.
Bonus Tip: Take a Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam Tour
If you really want chill things to do in Las Vegas Nevada, consider getting out of town. The Las Vegas Explorer Pass includes a bus tour to the Hoover Dam. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time though because the trip takes 5 and a half hours. Or if you upgrade to the All-Inclusive Pass, you can use your premium attraction for a tour to the Grand Canyon instead of a helicopter night flight. That tour takes 13 hours though so plan accordingly.
Final Thoughts on 10 Chill Things to Do in Las Vegas Nevada
Las Vegas is the perfect playground for adults. But it doesn’t have to be all about drinking and partying. These chill things to do in Las Vegas Nevada will help you see the city in a whole new light. One that is just as much about relaxation as it is about endless fun. With these activities on your list, you’ll have a different kind of good time.