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7 Surreal Places You Didn’t Know Were In Las Vegas

Las Vegas may be one of the party capitals of the world and your favorite place to coincidentally have to business trip to, but there are a few hidden gems in the city that are not to be missed. For those days when a trip to the hotel bar sounds incredibly counterproductive, relax and get your culture fix at one of these hidden gems. Museums, art and even a quick jaunt in the great outdoors all make for a day that will recharge your batteries just in time for a night at SLS Las Vegas (opening August 23rd!).

The Neon Boneyard

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Some of the most iconic Vegas signs now live in The Neon Boneyard. Caesars Palace, Binion's Horseshow, the Golden Nugget and the Stardust, among others 150 other historic signs, reside in this rich collection. Ranging from the 1930s to the present day, you can see how tech and design have evolved throughout time, giving your Vegas stay a bit of historical background.

Springs Preserve

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The constant lights and action of Las Vegas can feel stifling after a couple of days. Grab a breath of fresh air and head to the beautiful outdoors of Las Vegas' Springs Preserve. Botanical gardens, hiking and scenic walks plus a beautiful cafe nestled in the lush nature will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time.

The National Atomic Testing Museum

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Indulge your inner nerd and brush up on some history at the National Atomic Testing Museum. Off kilter and unexpected, this museum boasts a vast amount of history about Las Vegas and its atomic testing history plus it'll help you brush up on your facts about the Cold War. This museum is reasonably geeky, but a good way to exercise your brain with some food for thought. Swing by with an open mind on your next free afternoon in Las Vegas.

Fremont Street Experience

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Take it back to the old days of Vegas: free entertainment, legendary casinos, classic gambling hospitality, a combination of things that has some calling the Fremont Street Experience intimate at times. You never know what you may find - any given night offers the promise of wandering showgirls, an exhilarating jazz performance or maybe an iconic casino owner sitting next to you at the blackjack table.

The Arts Factory

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Located in the center of the Las Vegas Arts district is the Arts Factory, a 50 year old commercial warehouse building adorned with traditional architecture. Representing a broad range of both contemporary and traditional arts, the Arts Factory is a wonderful place to squeeze in some culture during a busy day. Grab a cup of coffee and check out the art exhibitions of local and renowned artists alike.

Pinball Hall of Fame

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Bring a pocketful of change and indulge your inner child for a few hours at the Pinball Hall of Fame. 10,000 square feet solely dedicated to vintage Pinball machines will have you feeling as if you walked into a vortex of childhood nostalgia.

The Mob Museum

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Just a few blocks north of the Freemont Street Experience is The Mob Museum, a place brimming with history focused on the controversial relationship between law enforcement and organized crime. Get lost inside the world of mobsters that helps provide Vegas with its rich history at the museum one afternoon - exhibits focus on mob violence, law enforcement wiretapping and they even have the blood-stained wall where the St. Valentine's Day massacre took place. The Mob Museum is guaranteed to have you creeped out and enthralled all at once.
The Neon Boneyard
810 N Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 387-6366
Springs Preserve
333 S Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 822-7700
The National Atomic Testing Museum
755 E Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 794-5151
Fremont Street Experience
425 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 678-5777
The Arts Factory
107 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 383-3133
Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 597-2627
The Mob Museum
300 E Stewart Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 229-2734