Las Vegas is the perfect place to bond, reconnect, and make new memories with your best friends. My city has got you covered: there’s something for every personality, budget, and itinerary.
Here are fun things to do for your next girls trip to Vegas, along with tips I’ve learned first hand as a local. This list is not just for girls: it’s for anyone who’s open to a good time and trying new things!
Swim & sunbathe by the hotel pool
You can’t go wrong with swimming and sunbathing by the pool during a girls’ trip to Vegas. Most hotels on the Las Vegas Strip provide towels you can borrow. If you want prime pool chairs, get there early in the morning!
You’ll most likely have to pay a hefty fee for a private cabana. If you want to feel sand on your toes, there’s a faux beach at Mandalay Bay for $20 during the weekdays if you’re not a hotel guest.
Walk down the Strip and Fremont Street Experience with a yard-long slushie
Walking down the Strip and Fremont Street Experience with a yard-long frozen cocktail can mark you as a tourist, but they’re one of the few places in the U.S. where you can walk down the street with an alcoholic beverage in an open container.
Going with a friend who’s not a drinker? You can request a virgin version, without alcohol.
Have a tea party at Tea Lounge Waldorf Astoria
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas | 3752 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 590 – 8888 | 11:45 AM to 4:15 PM
I’ve never felt like a fancy princess until I had afternoon tea on the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria. They serve afternoon tea and cute finger sandwiches on the prettiest, Instagrammable plates ever.
When my best friend visited me, I took her here and we loved it! We had the best view of the sun setting on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s $48 per person, but the price was worth it.
Make sure you make a reservation way in advance to reserve your spot!
Dance at clubs just like in the movies
I still remember the first time I went clubbing in Las Vegas. My then-boyfriend-now-husband and I went to Hakkasan. The first thought I had was: “This is it! It’s the first time a club actually looks like how they do in the movies!”
The venue’s massive, and so are the lines to get in. My advice is to line up as early as you can (before 10 pm), especially if you’re visiting during the busy summer months (June, July, August).
If you want that larger-than-life club experience, I recommend a girls’ night at Hakkasan or Omnia. Going to the club at least once is pretty mandatory during a girls’ trip to Vegas!
Shop at luxury boutiques
So you’ve saved up all year and you’re finally going to treat yourself with a luxury handbag. Or maybe you just want to window shop to motivate yourself for the rest of the year.
You can find them all at one spot at the luxury shops at Crystals by Aria or The Forum Shoppes.
See the Grand Canyon
Nothing can bond friendship stronger than experiencing one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The road trip-worthy Grand Canyon is about 4 hours away from the Strip.
If you feel like your friendship will suffer navigating the roads, there are plenty of Grand Canyon tours that will pick you up from your hotel. The Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk is only about 2 hours away, but I’ve heard the extra distance to the South Rim view is worth it.
Drink coffee and tea at cute cafes
If you love cute and cozy cafes, you’ll definitely find one in Las Vegas that’s a quick Lyft away. Try Gabi and Cafe Lola as a start!
Watch Magic Mike Live
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169 | Tickets
I can’t think of a better gift for a bachelorette than treating her to a Magic Mike Live show: it’s 80-minutes of hot guys dancing! They have shows Wednesday through Sunday, and tickets start at an affordable $49.
Sip on a photogenic milkshake
Inside The Venetian | 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 414 – 1000
Black Tap’s milkshakes are probably the most photogenic milkshakes on The Strip. Their Crazy Shakes are $15, and you can get a spiked version for an extra $8.
Take a break at the Bellagio Fountains
In front of The Bellagio | 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | Fountains shows throughout the afternoon, last show at midnight
Watching the Bellagio Fountains is a touristy “must-do” that’s actually worth it. The great thing is, you don’t have to go out of your way: it’s right in the middle of the Strip and there’s a fountain show synchronized with music every 15 to 30 minutes.
Go to a dessert bar
5040 W. Spring Mountain Rd | (702) – 290 – 7181 | 6 PM – 12 AM Weekdays; 12 PM to midnight on Saturdays; 12 PM – 9 PM on Sundays
Sweets Raku was the first “dessert bar” I’ve ever been to. They have the cutest desserts and they assemble them in front of you. You can also order champagne and wine: it’s perfect for a girls’ night out!
Look at neon lights at The Neon Museum
770 Las Vegas Blvd. North | (702) 387 – 6366
While the Las Vegas Strip is ever-changing, you can see neon pieces of history at The Neon Museum. You can view the exhibit on your own, or do a guided tour.
Eat at In-N-Out
Inside LINQ Promenade | 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | 10:30 AM to 1 AM; ’till 1:30 AM on Friday & Saturday
In-N-Out was an interesting place for me when I just moved from the Midwest since we didn’t have one. You don’t have to drive off The Strip to try their animal-style fries: there’s one at The LINQ Promenade.
Go to a festival
If you’ve seen what most of The Strip has to offer, experience Las Vegas in a different way through a festival. We have EDC, Life is Beautiful, Burning Man, & iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Escape The Basement
3440 Polaris Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102 | (866) 993 – 7227
When family came to visit, we took them to The Basement, an escape room near The Strip and we had a blast! I liked this one the best since they had an actor in the room, and the props were better quality than others I’ve been to. If you and your friends love scary things, it’s a fun activity to bond over.
Dance to live music at Fremont Street
Didn’t have time to buy tickets, or you don’t want to line up at a club? Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas is always a good option for a fun night. They have live music every night, and best of all, it’s free. It’s about a 20-minute Lyft or cab ride from the Strip.
Indulge at Bacchanal Buffet
Inside Caesar’s Palace | 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 731 – 7928
Eating buffet is a Las Vegas “bucket list” item, so why not eat at the best one? Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace has “stations” of different cuisines, so there’s something for everyone. You can add an all-you-can-drink package for only an additional $15.
Lines to enter can get long, so don’t line up last minute (they close at 10 pm) or you won’t have enough time to try everything! I’ve seen discounted rates for weekday brunch in Groupon, so check before you pay full price.
Go on a Chinatown run at midnight
After a fun night out, going to Las Vegas’ Chinatown is mandatory. It’s only a quick 10-minute ride from The Strip. You’ll have plenty of options: pho, ramen, Korean barbecue & more! It’s also more affordable than dining in restaurants on The Strip. I like to go to Pho Kim Long for pho (a Vietnamese noodle soup), or Magal BBQ for Korean barbecue.
Have open bar inside a Ferris Wheel
Inside LINQ Promenade | 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
This might be Vegas’ most interesting idea yet: a bar inside a Ferris Wheel called the High Roller. You can buy the open bar package for unlimited drinks for $35 during the day and $47 at night. If you just want to sightsee, that’s okay too.
Watch Lady Gaga live in Park Theatre
Park MGM | 3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
If you’re a fan, watching Lady Gaga’s concert in Las Vegas should be one of your bucket list items. She has two shows at Park MGM: Enigma, and Jazz + Piano on Sundays.
Take a tour of Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon
If you’re a nature lover and you’ve already seen the Grand Canyon, take a tour of the unique Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon in Arizona, about 4 hours from The Strip.
Grab a cupcake from an ATM machine
Inside LINQ Promenade | 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 733 – 0522
The Sprinkles cupcake ATM machine is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a while. Just swipe your credit card, and voila! a magic cupcake arrives. You can find one next to the Sprinkles store in The LINQ Promenade.
Sip on a fancy cocktail at The Chandelier
The Cosmopolitan | 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 698 – 7979 | Open 24/7
The Chandelier is the place I take friends and family when they come to visit us. There’s nothing else quite like this multi-level bar: long, glitzy, pink-lit chandelier strands while you’re sipping on the fanciest drinks!
Cocktails start at a steep $16, but the workmanship of the drink and the atmosphere is definitely worth it. It’s also the perfect place for a selfie!
Hike at Red Rock Canyon
1000 Scenic Loop Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89161 | (702) 515 – 5350
If you’ve had enough of the Strip, take a break at Red Rock Canyon, about 30 minutes away. For $15 per vehicle, you can drive through the beautiful Scenic Drive or hike in one of their trails.
There’s also a free hiking trail and picnic area at Calico Basin by the entrance. Make sure you wear sun protection and bring enough water even if it’s a short hike: temperatures can reach 100F and above in the summer.
Drink a cocktail around a fire pit
2985 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 | (702) 735 – 7635 | Open 24/7
Everyone should go to The Peppermill at least once for their old school Vegas mood. It’s made up of two parts: a diner and a lounge. There’s a cozy fire pit in the lounge where you can try one of their signature cocktails (like The Scorpion).
Look for Secret Pizza
Inside The Cosmopolitan | 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Sometimes a big slice of pizza is just what you need after a long night out. Why not make a fun scavenger hunt out of it? You’ll find Secret Pizza at the end of a secret hallway inside The Cosmopolitan.
Try bubble tea for the first time
Kungfu Tea at Fashion Show Mall | 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 464 – 3144
Don’t know what bubble tea or boba tea is? It’s a fruit or tea-based drink with chewy tapioca toppings. The great thing is Las Vegas has a plethora of bubble tea and coffee shops. You don’t have to drive to Chinatown to try it: stop by Kungfu Tea at the top floor Fashion Show Mall. My favorite is their oreo milk tea! (I get one every month…)
Watch a Cirque du Soleil show
If clubbing or bar-hopping isn’t your thing, you’ll have an equally great time (if not more) at a Cirque du Soleil show. Currently, Cirque du Soleil has the following shows in Las Vegas: KA, The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, Zumanity, Mystere, and O.
The performers are all so talented you can’t go wrong with any of them. My favorite thus far is KA, but I have yet to see ONE & Zumanity.
Stop by Bellagio‘s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
The Bellagio | 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | Open 24/7
If you’ve been to Vegas last year, it’s worth it to make another stop at Bellagio‘s Conservatory & Bellagio Gardens: their colorful flower displays change every season.
Go bowling at Brooklyn Bowl
Inside LINQ Promenade | 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 862 – 2695
Sometimes you just want to chill and not wear 4-inch heels for a night out. For these nights, stop by Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ Promenade. It’s shiny and modern inside, so it’ll still feel like a special night out.
Tour the desert on an ATV
If you and your friends are nature and adventure lovers, then going on an ATV ride in the desert should be a”must-do” while you’re in Las Vegas.
Practice your golf swings
4627 Koval Lane., Las Vegas, NV 89109 | (702) 933 – 8458 | Open 9 AM to 2 AM Daily
Even though you’re not into golf, Topgolf Las Vegas is still a fun place to hang out. They have multiple bars, pools, cabanas, & big screens to watch a sports game.
If you’d rather practice your golf swings instead, you can rent a private bay good for 6 people. For prices, click here.
Go to happy hour
Happy hours are a great way to indulge in Vegas at a more affordable price. During happy hours, appetizers and drinks are discounted during certain hours of the day. Most of the time, it’s earlier during the afternoon before dinner or late at night. I love going to happy hour to sample food at a new place, without the commitment of a full-priced entree. This is a great option if you and your pals are here on a budget.
Eat cereal-milk-flavored soft serve at Milk Bar
The Cosmopolitan | 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 698 – 7000 | Open daily from 9 AM to 1 AM; 2 AM on Fridays & Saturdays
Milk Bar is another place I love taking my friends when they come to visit. They are best known for their unique desserts, especially their cereal-milk-flavored soft serve and Crack Pie. If cereal-milk flavor doesn’t sound appealing to you, they also serve gluten & dairy-free cookies, lattes & spiked milkshakes. If your travel buddy’s celebrating her birthday while you’re here in Vegas, you can surprise her with a cute 6″ Layer Cake!
Have a robot make a drink for you at Tipsy Robot
The Miracle Mile Shops | 3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd | (702) 659 – 7711
Even if you don’t order one, it’s still fun to watch a robotic arm make a drink at Tipsy Robot. You can also order a slushie in a cute robot-shaped container.
Rent a cozy log cabin at Mt. Charleston
You don’t have to stop in Colorado: you can have a cozy ski vacation right here in Nevada! Mt. Charleston is about 30 minutes away from the Strip. During the winter months (December, January, & February) we have enough snow for skiing, snowshoeing & tubing. Stay at the cozy Mount Charleston Lodge or The Retreat on Charleston Peak.
Make sure you check weather conditions before you take a drive up the mountain: you may need tire chains or an all-wheel-drive vehicle in order to pass. If you’re here during the summer, it’s still a great place to cool off and see nature: it’s 20 degrees cooler there than on the Strip.
Go zip-lining on The Strip
3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 777 – 2782 | 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM; closes at 2 AM on Friday & Saturday
You don’t have to go downtown or The Rio to go zip-lining. Now you can go to FLY LINQ at the LINQ Promenade. Tickets (for the seated position) start at $30 during the day and an additional $5 at night.
Take a group photo in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
5200 S. Las Vegas Blvd | Open 24/7
There’s nothing quite like announcing you’re in Las Vegas than a group photo in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. There’s always a long line of tourists waiting for their turn, so it’s best if you come early. There’s also not a lot of parking spots available, so consider taking rideshare like Lyft or the bus here.
Hunt for murals downtown
Las Vegas isn’t just all about gambling and drinking. If you look closer, you’ll find several art installations on The Strip and colorful art murals downtown. Plus, they’ll make for a unique selfie!
Watch Thunder from Down Under
Excalibur Hotel & Casino | 3850 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 597 – 7600
While Magic Mike Live might have all the buzz since it’s the newest male revue in town, Thunder from Down Under have been at Excalibur since the early 2000’s so that counts for something! It’s perfect for a bachelorette party, or if you just want to treat yourself on your birthday.
Roadtrip to Los Angeles
L.A. is about 4 hours away from the Las Vegas Strip. You can make a quick one-night getaway if you’re here in Vegas for a week. It’s best if you leave The Strip as early as possible to avoid traffic.
Go swimming while your fave DJ spins
My first time at a day club was here in Vegas. We first went to Wet Republic at MGM, and we liked it so much we went to Tao Beach the next day. It’s basically a big pool party with better DJs.
The tough part is day clubs get really hot and crowded, depending on the month you visit. I suggest coming here during the spring or fall months for a better day club experience.
Get a blow-dry while sipping on champagne at The Dry Bar
The Dry Bar is the cutest salon I’ve been to, and it comes with a bar! It’s the perfect place to get glammed up before a big night out. A wash and a blowout start at $49. They can also make you an Instagram braid for an additional $10.
The Dry Bar has locations at the Miracle Mile Shops, The Cosmopolitan & Fashion Show Mall.
Visit a cool Taco Bell
Taco Bell Cantina | 3717 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 272 -2422 | Open 24/7
If Taco Bell’s not your thing, go for Cantina’s unique features you can’t find at a regular ‘ole branch. There’s a live DJ at their upstairs lounge, they serve spiked versions of Baja Blast, and you can even elope on the second floor.
It’s an affordable place to eat after a night of clubbing with your girlfriends.
Get a tattoo you may or may not regret
Nothing says “Sisterhood forever” quite like a tattoo! Make sure you research the individual artist and their portfolio before taking the plunge. As always, prices are steeper if you’re getting it on The Strip.
Grab a pint at a German beer hall
4510 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89169 | (702) 853 – 2337 | Sunday to Thursday, 11 AM to 11 PM; Friday & Saturday, 11 AM – 12 AM
If you’ve never been to Hofbrauhaus, you’re missing out! It’s a cozy place to drink beer without taking yourself too seriously. The Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas is the exact replica of the beer hall in Munich, Germany. They have live music and serve German food favorites like a pork schnitzel.
Hunt for deals at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North
875 S. Grand Central Hwy., Las Vegas, NV 89106
Las Vegas Premium Outlets North is another stop I take family and friends when they visit us in Las Vegas. It’s an outside outlet mall that’s a quick cab or rideshare from the Strip.
If you’re not familiar, outlet malls offer brand name and luxury brands at discount prices. They have Nike, Burberry, Lululemon, Tory Burch, & Ralph Lauren to name a few.
There are two outlet malls by the Strip: I prefer Las Vegas Premium Outlets North since it’s outdoors and they have a wider selection.
Zipline under Fremont lights
425 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
Ziplining in Fremont Street is another fun activity that doesn’t involve drinking or gambling. Tickets start at $25, and you can even do it at the same time with your friends.
Grab a beer at Beer Park
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 444 – 4500
The rooftop patio at Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas has one of the best views on The Strip. It’s in the middle of The Strip and you’ll be able to see The Bellagio Fountains & the Eiffel Tower (LV version). It’s the perfect place to enjoy our clear blue skies and warm weather in the spring and fall.
Bungee-jump at Skyjump Stratosphere
The Stratosphere | 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104
Bungee-jumping from the Stratosphere is another activity you can do in Las Vegas if you and your friends are adrenaline junkies. You’ll have The Strip’s glittering lights as your view during your descent.
Apocalypse Vegas is a live action experience that involves Airsoft and zombies. If you pick a Hero or Commando upgrade, a special shuttle can pick you up from your hotel room.
Play glow-in-the-dark mini golf
Bally’s Hotel & Casino | 3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 333 – 2121
If Topgolf isn’t your scene, try the kitschy mini golf, Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf inside Bally’s. The best part is it’s only $11.95 per person!
Share a 60 oz. goblet cocktail
Inside Fashion Show Mall | 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | (702) 685 – 0483
Remember when it seems like every celeb stopped by Sugar Factory? Even if it’s not getting as much buzz lately, it’s still a fun place to grab dinner and try their infamous 60 oz. goblet drink. If you browse Groupon, you might find coupon deals you can use toward your meal.
Eat a poke bowl
Poke bowls are like Chipotle’s burrito bowls but with raw fish instead! My husband and I discovered it when we moved here to Las Vegas: there’s a lot of poke bowl places here! It’s worth a try especially if you love sushi. You can make it any way you want. I like mine with brown rice, tuna, spicy crab, green onions, spicy shoyu sauce, and wasabi mayo.
See the Las Vegas Strip from above
Have you already walked up and down The Strip and want to experience it in a new way? Why not experience Las Vegas from a helicopter! There are evening tours that are under $100, which is not bad for an amazing view!