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Las Vegas, the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, is a place with a lot to do. What’s interesting, however, is that most people tend to do the same things whenever they vacation here.

“How many casinos can we hit in one night?”

“Do they really serve free drinks if you play the slots all night?”

“How do we get to that circus from Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas?”

But what if you wanted to do something different during your next Vegas vacation? Something off the beaten path? With so much to do, there must be something that isn’t the strip or a roulette wheel do to, right?

Actually, yes! That’s completely right!

Travel Back In Time to The Pre-Prohibition Era

One of the newer bars in the Fremont East District, the Commonwealth introduces a chic and trendy vibe to the ever-expanding downtown Las Vegas. The art and architectural design of this ritzy, 6,000-square-foot bar is inspired by the pre-Prohibition era.

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The best part about this bar is the secret Laundry Room, which can only be reached via text message (702)-701-1466. You should receive a text back within 15-20 minutes with a reservation confirmation. If you are new to the bar scene, and not sure what to order, ask the expert mixologist about the classic St Germain champagne cocktail, with elderflower liqueur, bubbly, a splash of club soda and lemon peel. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday 7 PM-LATE on 525 E Fremont St Las Vegas, NV 89101.

Explore Unique Rock Formations

Pack your lunch and spend the day hiking and exploring the Valley of Fire State Park! Located in the Mojave Desert about 58 miles Northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, it is the oldest State Park in Nevada. The park covers about 35,000 acres and was named for its beautiful sandstone formations, as well as shale and conglomerate.

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White Domes, Arch Rock, Elephant Rock, and the famous Fire Wave are the main attractions within the park. When the sun’s rays reflect on the rocks it actually looks like the valley is on fire! The hike is fairly easy and is only a one and a half mile round trip.

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The Valley of Fire state Park is open all year round except of Christmas day from dawn till dusk.

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  • Valley of Fire State Park 29450 Valley of Fire Road Overton, Nevada 89040 (702).397.2088
  • Entrance fee is $10/vehicle ($8/vehicle Nevada resident).
  • Camping is $20/night.

Meet the MGM Lions

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The Lion Habitat Ranch is a non-profit corporation, whose ultimate goal is to get you to fall in love with their lions. Since 1989, they have been striving to protect precious lion habitats as well as educate the public on the importance of protecting this incredible species.

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The facility offers a number of tours and up-close animal encounters, including feeding the lions. Other rescued species housed on the property are ostrich, emu, and Ozzie, the only giraffe in the entire state.

  • 382 Bruner Ave, Henderson, NV 89044
  • General Admission is $27

Check out A Piece Of Burning Man

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Downtown Container Park is marked by a 55-foot-tall steel praying mantis sculpture built atop a dump truck at the entrance. This mobile piece of art was created for Burning Man, an Art festival that takes place every year in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. During special occasions the sculpture named “The Mantis” shoots fire from its antennes.

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Located in the heart of Vegas, this open-air shopping center offers many boutique retail shops, unique restaurants, and live entertainment to experience. For the kids there is the interactive playground featuring “The Treehouse” as well as free concerts, movies, and more on the main stage.

The World’s Largest Cacti Collection

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The maker of some of the world’s most famous chocolate brands like Snickers, Dove, and M&Ms dedicated a cute boutique chocolate shop to his mother. Not only this, but it also includes an impressive cacti collection! The Botanical Cactus Garden is home to four acres of drought-tolerant ornamental cacti and other succulents.

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This beautiful naturalistic design features 300 species of plants mostly from the American Southwest as well as Australia, and South America. The plants were specifically chosen for their displays and how well they adapt to the Nevada weather.

After you take a look around the garden, go visit Ethel M Chocolates at the factory location in Henderson. Be sure to check out the self-guided chocolate viewing aisle to see how the chocolates are made.

Hangout With The Locals At First Friday

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Every first Friday of the month, downtown is stocked with food trucks, creative crafts, artwork, and long-time locals for you to explore. First Friday is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve the local art and culture.

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The First Friday Foundation works closely with schools, youth groups, senior centers, ethnic and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits. They are proud to celebrate diversity and creativity through artistic inspiration for the betterment of society.

  • The event begins at 5 PM and runs until 11 PM

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