There’s a lot more to Las Vegas than casinos and buffets. It’s a town filled with museums, dwarfs, gangsters, and showgirls. You can find some of the greatest karaoke singers in the world in Sin City, too.
If you’re visiting Las Vegas for the first time, I encourage you to venture out and see some of the more unusual attractions. You could easily spend all your time in various Las Vegas casinos on the Strip, but those have become so plastic and standardized now, why would you want to?
Even if you’ve been to Vegas before, you owe it to yourself to check out some of the more obscure attractions there.
In this post, I offer you seven weird Las Vegas attractions worth seeing.
1 – The Neon Boneyard
You should definitely visit the Neon Boneyard.
For a quarter of a century, the Neon Museum has curated and displayed neon signs from the ghosts of Las Vegas past. The visitor’s center is located inside of what used to be the La Concha Motel.
Every night, when the sun goes down, the curators light over 200 original neon signs. You can choose to take a guided tour or do one of the self-guided tours. The Neon Museum is open every day, although the hours vary throughout the year.
Some of the neon signs here date back to the 1930s.
You might remember some of these signs from the movie Vegas Vacation, which you should see if you’re planning to visit Las Vegas.
2 – The National Atomic Testing Museum
The National Atomic Testing Museum might sound too high-brow for you. It’s not, so check it out.
NATM is both a science AND a history museum focused on the weapons testing that went on at the Nevada Test Site.
It’s also one of the only private museums in the country. Where else can you see a nuclear reactor? That’s just one of the items on display in the 8000+ square feet of museum.
They also display a piece of the Berlin Wall, complete with graffiti from the day the Wall fell.
The best part is the simulation of a test and what it was like to be at Ground Zero.
3 – Atomic Liquors
The oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas is Atomic Liquors.
The bar has been in business since 1952 and has served meals and cocktails to some of the most famous entertainers to ever visit Sin City, including:
- Frank Sinatra
- Dean Martin
- Sammy Davis Jr.
- Barbara Streisand
- Clint Eastwood
The bar was family-owned until the married couple who founded it passed in 2010.
An investment group bought the bar from the owners’ son and remodeled it to look like it had originally.
If you visit, you’ll notice that the men’s room is labeled “Joe’s,” while the ladies’ room is labeled “Stella’s.” Those were the names of the original owners.
They have a number of craft beers on tap. They also serve dinner and cocktails.
4 – The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum has a longer and more formal name, too—The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.
Like the Neon Museum, the Mob Museum is a nonprofit. Their goal is to help people understand how organized crime has helped shape American society and culture.
Of course, the Mob is well-known as being crucial to the early history of Las Vegas. You probably already know that Bugsy Siegel owned the Flamingo.
And if you’ve seen the movie Casino, you understand how important organized crime is to the way casinos used to be managed and operated.
The Mob Museum is inside the old courthouse and post office near Glitter Gulch.
The exhibits are separated into 4 levels:
- The Underground
- 1st Floor
- 2nd Floor
- 3rd Floor
Each level has a theme. The underground, for example, is themed around the speakeasy and the distillery. During prohibition, alcohol was a major profit center for organized crime.
The coolest (and possibly weirdest exhibit) is the piece of the wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, which has bullet holes. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre also drives the plot in Some Like It Hot.
5 – Criss Angel’s Mindfreak Live!
Criss Angel’s Mindfreak Live! Is the only show I’ve included on this list. I just don’t think you can create a list of weird things to see and do in Las Vegas without including this show.
Of course, you might have seen Criss Angel’s television show of the same name, which was also hugely popular (and really weird). That should give you some idea of what you’re in for with this show.
It’s not just a magic show, though, the special effects artists in Las Vegas are incomparable, and their work is on full display during Angel’s show.
The show is also still relatively new, having launched in June 2016. The stage is dark on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesdays. This is one you’ll tell your grandkids about, believe me.
6 – Denny’s
I know what you’re thinking. What’s weird about Denny’s?
Well, the Denny’s in Las Vegas on Fremont Street offers weddings.
It’s probably the most affordable wedding package in the country, too—just $199 for the entire package, which includes all kinds of neat stuff.
There’s a chapel at the restaurant you can use, as well as a photo booth. You’ll get a real silk boutonniere to wear. You’ll also get a wedding cake made of pancake puppies and a champagne toast.
Best of all, you get two t-shirts and two Grand Slam breakfasts, which you have to use on your NEXT visit, not on your wedding day.
Sadly, Denny’s wedding packages don’t include Elvis.
7 – Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum
The Haunted Museum, like most of the best attractions in Las Vegas, is located Downtown near Fremont Street.
You might have seen The Haunted Museum featured on the Travel Channel during an episode of Ghost Adventures. If you like ghost stories, you’ll hear plenty of them.
But the best part is seeing all the haunted items on display in the museum.
Supposedly, the museum itself is haunted. It was originally built in 1938, and the businessman who owned the property originally is said to wander around the property still.
The museum features over 30 different rooms. One of those rooms displays the Dybbuk Box, the “world’s most haunted object.”
The marketing director for the museum and the owner (Zak Bagans) claim to have seen ghostly figures trying to get to a haunted wine cabinet on display there, too.
I don’t believe in the supernatural, but I love horror stories. If you do, too, then this is probably something cool to see and do in Las Vegas.
I’ve barely scratched the surface of the weird and wacky things you can do when you visit Las Vegas. I’m sure if you’re a regular visitor to Sin City, you have recommendations, too.
Leave details about your favorite strange Las Vegas attractions in the comments.