Created by Roadtrippers - March 28th 2016
There's no doubting that Las Vegas is one of the weird capitols of the the US. With countless curio museums, drive-by wedding chapels, and even a slide where you can swim with sharks, it's easy to get weird in Sin City. Here are some of the best spots to get really weird in Las Vegas!
Philly cheese steaks in Las Vegas? What better way to soak up all that alcohol than to ditch the expensive casino buffets and swing by Pop's Philly Steaks for the best Philly cheese steak in the entire city?
The best part (other than the fact that the sandwiches are delicious)? Pop's Philly Steaks is open 24/7, and it's cheap, so you can annihilate your hunger after emptying your wallet at the tables, even at 3AM.
Denny's on Fremont has only been up and running for two years, but since the popular diner opened its doors, it has already held over 33 weddings. And for a killer price of $95 a pop, why not add wedded bliss to your food coma? Once the ceremony is complete, you even get your photo on the "Wedding Wall."
Since it is one of the most visited Denny's locations in the city, expect a a decent wait before being seated.
The Mob Museum tells the story of organized crime... and of the law trying to bring them down. The museum is even housed in the old court house where infamous mobsters were tried for their crimes. This is a tell-all kind of experience. Not to mention, they have extremely cool artifacts like the wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the barber chair where crime boss Albert Anastasia was murdered!
Even the pools in Las Vegas are over the top! Case in point: this water slide at the Golden Nugget's opulent pool, which goes right through a massive tank that houses live sharks. The Shark Tank Water Slide is incorporated into the larger pool, so you can either enjoy the creatures as you casually swim around, or you can climb to the top of the tank to take on the Shark Chute. The slide will take you down 30 feet as it shoots you right through the shark tank... and because the enclosed slide is clear, you'll be able to get a good view of the creatures inside.
If the slide wasn't quite thrilling enough, you can book one of the hotel's behind-the-scenes shark tank tours, where you'll learn what they really eat from the staff marine biologist, and take home a souvenir shark tooth!
Gamblers General Store is literally the largest gambling store in the entire world... and it's only a short walk from the Strip. If you're looking to spend an hour picking up some souvenirs for your friends back home, the Gamblers General Store is a perfect place to start. They have over 5,000 items that range anywhere from hard-to-find games to custom poker chips to casino-quality equipment.
The famous Pawn Stars Pawn Shop is prominently featured in the History Channel series, and it's stocked floor-to-ceiling with so much crazy merchandise that you'll need to buy an extra luggage bag just to get it all home.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame houses thousands of rare and vintage costumes, props, photos, gowns, and personal effects that have belonged to some of the most iconic dancers in burlesque history. Unfortunately they aren't all on display, so expect a small exhibit including some of the more iconic pieces.
The Neon Museum collects, preserves, studies and exhibits some of Vegas's most iconic old signs from the 1930s to today. The entire museum encompasses 2 acres, which includes the Boneyard, an outdoor space housing more than 150 gorgeous retro signs, and the gallery, which has 60 more neon signs like ones from Palms Casino Resort, New-New York, Lady Luck, O'Shea's and tons more.
You can get an up-close look at The Boneyard as part of an hour-long tour. Hint: go in the evening or at night to see the signs in all their blazing neon glory, or book it for a photo shoot.
There aren't a lot of places where people willingly ask for Scurvy or Mutiny... but when those are the names of rum-laced drinks, then it's totally acceptable. And while the outside may not look like much, once you step inside, you'll be whisked away from the grungy Vegas Strip to a tropical island... well, at least the best dive bar on a tropical island.
Oh, and it's open 24 hours...
It doesn't matter if you've never fired a weapon in your life, The Strip Gun Club has got a package that'll satisfy anyone's itchy trigger finger. They even cater to bachelor and bachelorette parties. If you've got some pre-wedding jitters, the Strip Gun Club might just be the perfect place to blow off some steam.
Guests can choose from automatic weapons, handguns, shotguns and rifles. Tip: The Strip Gun Club also offers firearm safety and shooting instructions from trained professionals, so if anyone in your party is nervous, they can rest easy knowing that safety is a top priority here.
For $400 you get to attend a two hour training session where construction experts will school you in the ways of operating heavy machinery before setting you loose on the park's multiple Caterpillar machines for an afternoon of building giant sand castles, destroying giant sandcastles, and even racing your friends in dump trucks. The whole experience lasts about 4-5 hours.
Need to prepare your bug-out bag for the impending rise of the undead? The Zombie Apocalypse Store has all your zombie-slaying needs covered. Not only do they carry a wide assortment of things to slice, stab, shoot, and bludgeon the undead with, they also offer zombie target practice for just a dollar.
Tip: The store is pretty small, and the prices can be steep, so you probably won't be able to make an afternoon out of it.
Madam Tussauds is the only interactive wax attraction in the city, plus it's the only place where you can take a selfie with over a hundred of your favorite wax celebs.
Tickets will set adults back $30, but you're allowed to bring drinks inside the building, and you can even touch a lot of the wax figures!
What happens when a preacher and a pornographer decide to open a museum together? You get the Erotic Heritage Museum, a collaboration between Rev. Ted McIlvenna and Harry Mohney who agreed to work together to "maintain a mission of preservation for erotic artifacts, fine art and film." But don't let the description fool you... there's tons of boobs and stuff in there too.
NSFW: The museum store sells plush... lady parts.
Billing itself as a “hydration medspa,” REVIV is the only place on the Strip, outside of a hospital, where you can rehydrate via an intravenous infusion.
Those looking to shake their hangover or just sober up quickly can choose from one of three different treatments - the standard liter of saline and electrolytes, one full of multivitamins, or an infusion that includes anti-nausea medications as well. Treatments start at $99.
If you're a fan of Animal Planet's hit series 'Tanked', which is all about specialty aquariums, than you're in luck, because Acrylic Tank Manufacturing offers tours of the famous company, which has been in the business of crafting uniquely-designed acrylic aquariums to excited fans.
The VIP Tour gets you an in-depth look behind-the-scenes of the operation. You'll even see tanks that have been featured on the show in the past seasons!
Not a gambler? Head to the Pinball Hall of Fame for a different kind of skill game. With over 200 pinball machines that range from vintage classics to modern-day releases, this is the pinball arcade to rule them all. The best part? No entrance fee!
Sure, you can knock-back some overpriced, watered-down cocktails on the Strip, but why do that when you can head to this hidden staple where they urge you to "shut up and drink"? The Double Down Saloon has been around since the early '90s, and is the least "Vegas" place to get drunk in the whole city. Mild-melting art covers the walls in this "clubhouse for the lunatic fringe", and as anti-Vegas as the place is, you can still gamble.
There you have it! A collection of amazing offbeat travel destination guaranteed to make any trip to The Strip an even weirder one.