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48 Hours in Las Vegas
By: Danielle Max | Dec 23 2016

There’s no need to gamble on lady luck when you visit Las Vegas. Sure most people come for the shows, the casinos and the shopping, but there are plenty of other attractions to keep you busy if you want a break from the bright lights and gaming tables (don’t worry, they’ll be there when you get back!). So check out some of the off-beat attractions Vegas has to offer and see a different side of the city. 


The Las Vegas Strip at dusk | Travel Nevada/Photo by Ryan Jerz

Morning
Go Up, Up and Away
Morning
Go Up, Up and Away

Love is in the Air Ballooning | Kevin Cloney

Start the day soaring high above the Las Vegas Strip with Love is in the Air Ballooning and take a ride in Nevada’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon. The hour-long journey gently rises over the west side of Las Vegas, affording amazing views of Spring Mountains, Red Rock National Park and the Las Vegas Strip.

The flight is suitable for wheelchair users who can comfortably sit for at least an hour. The balloon has a clear polycarbonate ramp and side viewing window giving wheelchair users a clear look out.

The balloon has an FAA-approved locking system, which is designed to secure passengers traveling in a wheelchair. Anyone traveling in a wheelchair must be accompanied by at least one caregiver.

 Click here for more accessibility information or call 702-726-0400 to find out more. 

Afternoon
Indulge Yourself
Afternoon
Indulge Yourself

Ethel M Chocolates Botanical Cactus Gardens | The Las Vegas News Bureau

Head over to Ethel M Chocolates’ Botanical Cactus Gardens in neighboring Henderson. The cactus garden, which is free to visit, is the largest in Nevada and one of the biggest in the world. It features four acres of drought-tolerant ornamentals, cacti and other succulents.

Of course, the cacti are just the precursor for the real reason for your visit – chocolate! Escape the heat with a visit to the Ethel M Chocolates’ Factory. See how these delicious treats are made with a walk down the corridor overlooking the factory floor and then make your way to the gift shop and indulge in the free samples. 

The site is wheelchair accessible. 

Evening
Be a Culture Vulture
Evening
Be a Culture Vulture

Bellagio waterworks | Bellagio

If you want to quiet your mind before a raucous night on the town, stop in at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. While a visit to an art museum doesn’t exactly scream “Sin City,” this is an intimate, exquisite gallery where you can see works by some of the world’s most renowned artists.  

Morning
Release Your Inner Critic
Morning
Release Your Inner Critic

Before hitting the Strip for the day, release your inner critic with a detour to the CBS Television City Research Center, located in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, for a chance to let the TV execs know exactly what you think of their latest productions. Watch the latest offerings from CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon and other Viacom networks and give your feedback to the networks’ executives. 

The attraction is wheelchair accessible. 

Afternoon
Get Your Fill Of Kitsch
Afternoon
Get Your Fill Of Kitsch

Casa Shenandoah | The Las Vegas News Bureau

Head out to Wayne Newton’s 52-acre Casa de Shenandoah for your fill of kitsch and see the home of the entertainer known as “Mr. Las Vegas.” The (pricey) visit includes a film about Newton, the chance to see his private jet and tour his memorabilia collection.

The tours take place on accessible shuttles that can accommodate wheelchairs. The Aramus Stables equestrian exhibition area and the Mansion are not wheelchair accessible. Service animals are allowed on the tour. 

Click here for further information.

Evening
Swim With The Sharks
Evening
Swim With The Sharks

Mandalay Bay, Shark Reef Aquarium | Darrin Bush/Las Vegas News Bureau

Las Vegas is full of sharks, so whether you’re up or down, put it all in perspective with a visit to Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. The aquarium features 14 exhibits devoted to dangerous aquatic predators, including the showpiece 1.3-million-gallon shipwreck where visitors can experience an almost 360-degree view on the journey through an acrylic tunnel, where there’s no escaping these ferocious creatures.

The aquarium, which takes about an hour to navigate, is fully accessible. Wheelchairs, headsets and written text are available upon request to use in the aquarium.

Getting Around
Getting Around

Las Vegas is served by McCarren International Airport. All restrooms throughout the terminals are fully accessible. The airport has designated enclosed relief areas for animals in Terminals 1 and 3.

The RTC Paratransit Shuttle service is available by reservation at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. To make a reservation visit the RTC website or call 702-228-4800 / TDD 702-676-1834. The Terminal 1 shuttle stop is just outside the doors on Level Zero and the Terminal 3 stop is located on Level Zero, outside door exit 55.

Click here for further information.

All RTC transit vehicles are ADA accessible and can accommodate two or three wheelchairs, depending on space. 

The Deuce on the Strip runs 24-hours a day, every day, and stops at most hotels and casinos along the Strip. From 7 am to 2 am, the Deuce is scheduled to arrive about every 15 minutes. From 2 am to 7 am, it runs every 20 minutes.

The Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) runs from 9 am to midnight and stops at limited hotels and casinos. From 9 am to midnight, it is scheduled to arrive about every 15 minutes.

By law, Vegas cab companies are required to have wheelchair vans in their fleet. Airport wait times will vary and travelers may have to order a specific size of cab depending upon equipment and luggage needs. 

Where to Stay
Where to Stay

Las Vegas has more guest rooms accessible to people with disabilities than any other city in the US, so the choice of where to stay is yours. 

Many of the hotels have accessible slot machines and sit-down tables games. Newbie gamblers should check out the gaming schools on offer at many of the casinos. Ask in advance if you need a sign-language interpreter.

In addition, most bingo rooms have braille cards as well as large-print playing cards, so there’s nothing from stopping you from having fun. Just remember, the house always wins. 

Additional Resources
Additional Resources
Click here to read the Las Vegas' Visitors Authority Accessibility Guide. 

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