9 Wheelchair Accessible Things to Do in Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas generally stays in Vegas, but I’m dishing on my recent adventure so that all of you know what’s up if you ever make it to Sin City. During my trip to Nevada’s gambling gem, I discovered that Vegas is an excellent place for wheelchair users to have fun – and lots of it. So, without further ado, I’ll present to you 9 amazing things to do in wheelchair accessible Las Vegas… And don’t worry – getting married isn’t one of them!

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#1: See a Show — or a Few

 

Some of the spectacular performers of Absinthe

Some of the spectacular performers of Absinthe

 

Las Vegas is all about bright lights and glamour, so it’s not surprising that shows are one of the main attractions here. In fact, Vegas boasts one of the best selections of shows in the world. My absolute favorite was Absinthe, a show that premiered in 2006 and is still going strong with its unique and entertaining combination of acrobatics and cabaret. It’s playing at Caesar’s Palace, and it’s actually probably the greatest show I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a LOT!)! It is an adults only show, as there is a lot of cursing. If you’re easily offended, skip Absinthe and maybe go see one of Vegas’ more tame shows.

Another show I saw while there was Zumanity, a cabaret-style show put on by Cirque du Soleil. In fact, Cirque du Soleil has a number of shows that are playing in Vegas, and they’re all worth a watch! Many cities will only have one show from this amazing company, if they’re lucky – but Vegas offers eight different Cirque shows to choose from.

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#2: Go Hot Air Ballooning

 

 

While all the neon lights on the famous Vegas Strip are really cool, there’s no doubt in my mind that the best view of the city comes from above. And if you didn’t think hot air balloons could be wheelchair accessible, think again! Thanks to the friendly folks at Love is in the Air Ballooning, I enjoyed a marvelous ride of the Las Vegas Valley, staring down at the beautiful desert landscape while flying in the sky.
I felt safe and secure with my wheelchair held in place by a locking system, and I had no trouble seeing out with the balloon’s convenient panoramic windows. According to the company, they’re the only accessible hot air balloon business in the state, so be sure to take advantage of this neat opportunity. To read more about my hot air ballooning experience, click here for the full post.

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#3: Gamble Your Money Away

 

I played this for a couple hours. So fun!!

I played this for a couple hours. So fun!!

 

Nearly every movie set in Las Vegas revolves around this iconic activity. Blackjack, slot machines, you name it – even if you’re not a big gambler, it’s something everyone has to try at least once while in this city. Dress in fancy clothes and hit up the famous Monte Carlo, Treasure Island, MGM Grand, Bellagio and more for some fun with cards, dice, and pure chance. Let’s hope Lady Luck is on your side, but even if she’s not, don’t worry – gambling, especially the card games, are still fun to watch from the sidelines. Even just being inside such grand and elegant buildings is a thrill!

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#4: Walk and Roll on the Vegas Strip

 

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Close your eyes and picture everything that is iconic about Las Vegas, and that’s basically what the Strip is. Bright lights, flashy buildings, elegantly dressed gamblers and more can be found on this stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South. It’s even like traveling the world, as you can see replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Venetian Grand Canal and the Sphinx at some of the internationally-themed resorts. Featuring 15 of the world’s 25 largest hotels, it’s quite a sight and one that surely can’t be missed by anyone heading to Sin City.
The Vegas Strip is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations, which is both a good and a bad thing. Parts of the Strip can get somewhat crowded, but the world-class shops and iconic sights make it all worthwhile. While the view from above was great, there was nothing quite like being in the midst of Vegas’ ultramodern skyline.

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#5: Shop ‘til You Drop

 

At the Venetian

At the Venetian

 

If you won some money gambling – or even if you didn’t – you must check out the amazing stores that Las Vegas has. The Strip boasts some of the best shopping in the city, and one of my favorites is The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Aside from having a great selection, they have an interesting history – evolving from the first destination mall in Vegas to the highest-grossing mall in the entire United States.
Of course, competition among the classic giants on the Vegas scene is ever-present, so a number of other resorts have great shopping opportunities as well. Check out the Via Bellagio Promenade for a high concentration of high-end stores, and the excellent Grand Canal Shops. If you’re looking to escape the bustling Strip for a while, head to the outskirts of the city for the Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North and South.

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#6: Experience Fremont Street

 

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Fremont Street is the place to go for entertainment in downtown Vegas. It features hotels, casinos, light shows, live music, museums, and more. Even a zipline, aptly dubbed the “Slotzilla,” can be found here. Though it depends on your particular circumstances, in many cases wheelchair users can fly on the Slotzilla zipline, starting at the world’s largest slot machine and soaring through the Fremont Street sites and taking an elevator to each platform.
If ziplining’s not your style, don’t worry. There’s plenty more to do on these five blocks of fun – and plenty to eat, as well! While here, I visited the famous Heart Attack Grill (and came away heart attack-free). One of the only restaurants in the world to brag about how deliciously unhealthy their food is, it’s a unique experience to say the least. You can order a burger with up to 8 patties and 40 slices of bacon, and it doesn’t cost as much as you might think. In fact, you can even eat for free if you weigh over 350 pounds. Good luck finishing your meal!

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#7: Marvel at Old Neon Signs

 

This was my favorite sign at the Neon Museum wheelchair accessible las vegas

This was my favorite sign at the Neon Museum

 

Past or present, Vegas just wouldn’t be Vegas without its iconic neon signs. These are one of the coolest attractions in town, and there’s a must-see collection of them at the Neon Museum, which is conveniently close to Fremont Street. Be sure to get a guided tour of the Boneyard – it’s where most of their collection resides and it’s meant to inspire, but you can only go with a guide so you’ll need to make reservations in advance. Colors, culture, and more make for one of the most wonderfully eclectic museum experiences I’ve ever had!

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#8: Savor Delicious Food

 

 

Vegas is crawling with casinos, but dare I suggest that its food might come in a close second as Sin City’s best feature? From gourmet to great street stands, from Heart Attack Grill to the picture of health, Las Vegas has an excellent variety of cuisine. One of my favorite places to eat was BurGR, a restaurant run by Gordon Ramsay which specializes in high-end burgers. For dessert, I was excited to indulge in the treats and sweets offered by The Sugar Factory. Whatever your taste and preferences, you’ll find excellent options in this food-savvy city!

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#9: Ride the World’s Tallest Observation Wheel

 

My mom and I loved the High Roller

My mom and I loved the High Roller

 

The High Roller has only been in Las Vegas since 2014, but it’s quickly became a must-do for any visitors. It is basically a huge Ferris wheel similar to the London Eye, but actually larger. At 520 feet in diameter, it is the world’s tallest observation wheel and up to 40 people can fit into one pod. It’s quite remarkable and the views during the 30 minute ride are spectacular. The High Roller is completely wheelchair accessible as well. There was plenty of space inside the pod for me to move around and take in the views from every angle, and getting into the pod was a breeze with the ramp.

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Food, fun, shows, bright neon lights and lots of places to spend money and love it – Las Vegas truly does offer the ultimate vacation. Despite the crowds, there’s nothing getting in the way of wheelchair users having the full-on Vegas experience. Whether I was wheeling down the Strip from store to store, playing the slot machines or flying high above the city in a relaxing, accessible hot air balloon, I was having the time of my life in Nevada’s very own city that never sleeps.


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Are you a wheelchair user who has been to Vegas? I’d love to hear about your favorite attractions!

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2 Comments

  • The Neon Museum was definitely worth the trip! If you’re interested in the history of Las Vegas, then you must visit this museum. I love this museum so much!

  • Rodolfo says:

    Wow, congrats! Beautiful blog post that help me decide which attractions to recommend to my clients on wheelchairs! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experiences with the world!

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