When you’re a young gambler visiting Las Vegas by your lonesome, or maybe a few like-minded pals, the casino becomes your home away from home.
In fact, many hardcore players soaking in the Sin City experience for the first time seldom feel that infamous 110-degree heat searing the sidewalks, as they remain glued to their favorite table game or machine all day.
And for good reason…
With every casino on the iconic Las Vegas Strip offering an all-you-can-eat buffet of blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette, slots, and video poker, who has time to gorge themselves at the actual buffet? With a steady stream of complimentary cocktails arriving on demand, who needs to sit in a crowded bar and pay $10 bucks for a beer? And with beautiful dealers in the “party pit” area strutting their stuff while they deliver the cards, what’s the point of seeing one of those exotic revue shows that The Strip is known for?
Fortunately, the best Las Vegas casino resorts have readily embraced a new role as family-friendly destinations that cater to guests of all ages and inclinations. Nowadays, a decent chunk of the 40 million annual visitors to the gambling capital of the world never even place a bet.
Instead, they’re off feasting at world-class restaurants run by celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Gordon Ramsay, and Giada De Laurentiis. Or shopping at any number of high-end retail outlets featuring designs by Burberry, Fendi, Prada, Michael Kors, and many more. Or catching a show with musical luminaires like Celine Dion, comedians extraordinaire like Penn & Teller, and the acrobats of Cirque du Soleil.
Just like the Las Vegas Strip serves as the flame to which top gambling talents flock – advantage play specialists, poker pros, and elite sports handicappers – the city’s bright lights also attract the very best restaurateurs, entertainers, and fashionistas to excel at their craft.
And that’s great news for anyone arriving in Las Vegas with no intention to gamble.
If you’re a non-gambling spouse or family member coming along for the ride, but you’d still like to cut loose on the Las Vegas Strip, this page is for you. Below you’ll find five of the best casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard where guests who don’t gamble can have a blast.
1 – Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
One of the more impressive sights greeting visitors to the Las Vegas Strip, the appropriately named Caesars Palace is a monument to extravagance and excess in the true Sin City spirit.
And while the casino itself is top-notch, you can spend a week here without ever stepping foot on the gaming floor.
The Bacchanal Buffet is regularly voted as the best buffet in town by reviewers from USA Today and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and when you see (and smell) this glorious spread in person, you’ll immediately know why. Unlimited mimosas get the Bacchanal Buffet party started, and for reasonable prices of between $55 and $65 (depending on the hour), you’ll have carte blanche to devour everything from prime rib to fresh crab legs, Australian lamb, and green applewood smoked wagyu beef.
Vegetarians and vegans are in luck at Bacchanal Buffet too, what with the pasta station serving up penne and oil, the Asian station offering all the noodles you can eat, and a diverse array of salads that cover every color in the rainbow.
Once you’ve fueled up for the night ahead, be sure to score tickets to Absinthe, one of the most popular long-running shows in Las Vegas. Blending the awe-inspiring feats of a carnival with carnal pleasures, Absinthe is designed for adults who want to go “all in” on Las Vegas’ most sensual delights. If you enjoy vaudeville style comedy, burlesque inspired dancing, and a singularly unique experience, Absinthe at Caesars Palace is the ticket.
But before you the Spiegelworld Tent where Absinthe is held, you’ll want to dress the part, so take an hour or three to see what the Forum Shoppes have in store. Billed as the “Shopping Wonder of the World,” the Forum Shoppes are home to outlets by Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Salvatore Ferragamo among dozens of other acclaimed international designers.
To get you started on the right path, full location and contact information for Caesars Palace – along with a five-star Yelp review indicative of the venue’s family-friendly commitment to non-gambling guests – can be found below:
Caesars Palace Contact Information
- Address: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- Phone: (866) 227-5938
- Website: https://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace
Five-Star Family Friendly Yelp Review
“Been coming here for 20 years. Caesars is as good as it gets. The spa is the best in Vegas. The Augustus tower rooms are large and quiet. Half of them will get you a great fountain view. Giant upscale shopping mall. There is a wide variety of food choices. It’s all yours for the taking.”
– Susan L., Northridge, Los Angeles, California
2 – Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino
If the Forum Shoppes at Caesars Palace are all about shoppers experiencing the lap of luxury, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood feel more like the world’s greatest mall happened to be built inside of a casino.
Designed in a convenient circular array around the Zappos Theater – another terrific non-gambling destination found within Planet Hollywood – the Miracle Mile Shops will bring you back to the days when “mallrat” was a term of honor. Everything here is bright and bubbly, brimming with excitement as shoppers peruse the most popular modern retailers.
After you buy a swimsuit from Bikini Bay or Billabong, head over to The Scene Pool Deck, which doubles as Planet Hollywood’s outdoor swimming pool and an endless party. Live DJs provide the tunes, dozens of cabanas provide the shade, and Las Vegas’ perpetual sunshine provides the tan.
And don’t forget to take a whirl on the Flowrider, an exhilarating wave-generating “ride” where you can try to hang ten while surfing or boogie boarding.
Don’t fret if you take a spill on the Flowrider either, because this place boasts one of the best spas to get pampered and primped on The Strip in Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara.
Planet Hollywood Contact Information
- Address: 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- Phone: (702) 785-5155
- Website: https://www.caesars.com/planet-hollywood
Five-Star Family Friendly Yelp Review
“Nice to have the Miracle Mile shops right at your fingertips. My wife is a Fat Tuesday fanatic, so she appreciated having one right here in Miracle Mile. I appreciated the ABC Store to get some very fairly priced beer for room consumption.
Guests get access to the gym which is standard but also access to the Spa facilities including indoor hot tub, steam room, and sauna. Nice surprise.”
– Desmond J., San Lorenzo, California
3 – The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
The Venetian, and its adjacent sister casino the Palazzo, are the perfect place for non-gamblers to savor the essence of Sin City.
Most people know all about the Grand Canal Shoppes, a sprawling multi-story shopping district intertwined with the Venetian’s famous outdoor canals.
But the Venetian is also home to an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience known as The VOID, where teams can take part in truly spectacular VR adventures utilizing cutting-edge technology.
The Venetian’s gilded interior is also home to world-class nightlife at TAO Nightclub, the Wolfgang Puck steakhouse CUT, and up close and personal interactions with superstars of every area at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
Throw in top-tier swimming pools and spas that regularly rank among the best on The Strip, and the Venetian / Palazzo complex is a goldmine for non-gambling entertainment.
The Venetian Contact Information
- Address: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- Phone: (702) 414-1000
- Website: https://www.venetian.com/
Five-Star Family Friendly Yelp Review:
“I loved the shopping center it was fun to walk around and my husband and I took the gondola which was fun. The pools are really nice but it does get over crowded so try to come around 11 am to get a spot to lay down on.
I will come here again and again every time I visit Vegas!”
–Neloffer E., Dublin, California
4 – Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower (AKA “The Strat”)
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll start this entry off by letting you know that the Stratosphere isn’t exactly an upscale casino resort like the other three venues listed above.
With that said, the Stratosphere – which was recently rebranded as “The Strat” – is a perfectly nice place to stay on The Strip when you’re looking to save a few bucks.
And those savings will surely come in handy when you’re looking to have a good time at the Stratosphere. As the tallest point in the entire city – the 1,149-foot tower is actually the highest freestanding observation deck in America – the Stratosphere’s famous tower takes full advantage of its lofty status.
Visitors who like to walk on the wild side can head up top to the Observation Deck, an open-air area on the tower’s rooftop which offers by far the best views in town.
If you’re a little more hesitant about heights with exposed edges, try the Indoor Observation Deck, where angled windows allow guests to lean and peer down to The Strip below. And at the Top of the World restaurant, you can dine while taking in a 360-degree view of the Las Vegas skyline thanks to a revolving floor that completes a full rotation every 80 minutes.
And over at the Level 107 SkyLounge, you’ll find some of the best happy hour discounts on The Strip combined with a full 360-degree view.
Oh yeah, for the folks out there who get their kicks by mainlining adrenaline, you simply can’t miss the various roller coasters and thrill rides built on the very top of the Stratosphere.
Stratosphere Contact Information
- Address: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
- Phone: (702) 380-7777
- Website: https://thestrat.com/
Five-Star Family Friendly Yelp Review
“Great place to stay! This hotel offers a variety of activities on the property. Casino, hotel, buffet, shops, restaurants, 2 pools, observation deck, bars, and is located in a convenient area.
The buffet is an absolute must! I visited 3 other hotels for their buffets and The Stratosphere Buffet was by far, the best one!”
– Pamela P., Sheffield Lake, Ohio
While they aren’t exactly focused on non-gambling adults, both the Excalibur and New York/New York cater to kiddos by offering a long lineup of child-friendly entertainment options.
Excalibur hosts a nightly jousting session known as the “Tournament of Kings”, where kids and adults alike can watch the White and Black Knights duel on horseback.
And at New York/New York, you’ll find a spectacular outdoor roller coaster which twists and turns around the property, along with a massive “Big Apple” arcade and carnival games section.
Las Vegas will always be known best as the epicenter of the world’s gambling scene, a place where anybody with a few bucks and a little luck can leave town a newly minted millionaire. But gambling with real money on the line isn’t for everybody, especially on the grand stage of the Las Vegas Strip, so casino resorts here take pride in offering a full spectrum of entertainment options.
The five venues listed above go above and beyond, however, ensuring that anybody who walks through the door can have fun to their heart’s content, all without putting a single chip or spin in play.