Off the Beaten Track
by Brad Eldridge and Tina Shaw
If you are travelling to Las Vegas and plan to stay for a few days and don’t fancy spending all of your time on ‘The Strip’, there are plenty of other exciting activities to be found off the strip. From indoor sky diving to visiting the house Elvis once owned, there’s something for everyone. I have compiled a list of just a few of the many things to do and see that aren’t located on the strip.
• Drive a Race Car - if you feel a need for speed, then head on down to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where you can drive an actual race car. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located just outside of Vegas near the Nellis Air Force Base. There are several different driving experiences available, ranging from a ride-a-long in a two seater stock car driven by a professional instructor - for $89, to a more substantial experience of a lifetime - 30 laps around the track and a safety program, starting at $1199. Opening hours: 8am – 5pm, Mon to Fri: 9am - 3pm, Sat-Sun: all year round.
• KISS Monster Mini Golf – fancy a round of golf but don’t want to spend all day out in the sun? Well go along and have a round of mini golf with one the most famous rock bands of the last 40 years, KISS. With heaps of memorabilia, fantastic fluorescent lighting and cool rock music playing, you’ll feel like you’re in rock heaven. On the final hole, you even get to shoot your ball down Gene Symonds’ famous outstretched tongue. It’s not all about mini golf however, there is an arcade, special event rooms, a KISS gift shop, a Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night Café and if you want to get married in rock style there is a ‘Hotter Than Hell’ wedding chapel. Open daily from 10am until midnight at a cost of $12 per person per round of golf.
Address: 4501 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169.
• Gold & Silver Pawn Shop – If you have watched the popular TV series ‘Pawn Stars” then you’ll have to go and have a look at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. The show is based on the owners of the shop and since the show has become an international success, customers have been known to line up out the door, waiting to have their chance to get something valued or just to catch a glimpse of the stars of the show. Even though they try to be there every day, the stars – Rick Harrison, his son Corey (Big Hoss), his dad Richard ‘Old Man’ and Austin Russell, are usually busy working behind the scenes.
Address: 713 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101.
• Dig This – have you ever wanted to drive a bulldozer (or even an excavator) but never had an opportunity? Then Dig This is the place for you. A brainchild of owner Ed Mumm, this attraction allows you to operate some of the biggest machinery found on construction sites. After being given a safety brief, you’ll be hopping on board ready to start shifting mounds of dirt, placing huge tyres on top of each other, or even pushing gigantic boulders around. Don’t worry if you are a little nervous, an experienced instructor will give you directions over the radio. After completing your ‘days work’, you’ll be given a certificate at the completion of your duties. Costs start at $249 per session. Age: min 14 years. Opening times: 8am – 5pm.
Address: 3012 S. Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89102.
• Neon Museum and Boneyard - ever wondered where all the old neon signs go when they retire? At the Neon Museum and Boneyard of course. Take a walk through Las Vegas’ glittery past and amaze yourself at what made Vegas famous. The museum has been saving signs since 1996 and has also