Things to Do in Las Vegas in Summer 2018 – Attractions, Activities & More

Las Vegas is a hot destination in the summer – both literally and figuratively.

If you’re planning a visit and looking for things to do in Las Vegas in the summer, check out our list of the top attractions and activities going on this year, including:

  • Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
  • Hop-on Hop-off Las Vegas Tour
  • Hoover Dam Tour
  • Grand Canyon South Rim Tour
  • LINQ Promenade & High Roller Observation Wheel
  • Local Summer Festivals

Heading to the area to celebrate Independence Day? Then check out our post on things to do in Las Vegas 4th of July Weekend.

If you are in Sin City for Labor Day, here are some things to do in Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend.

Save on Summertime Activities

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the Go Las Vegas Card.

Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 60% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Check out all Las Vegas tourist passes, attractions and prices.

Please note, some of these special Summer events may be separately ticketed and not available on the Go Las Vegas Card.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Madame-Tussauds-Las-Vegas-2If you’re looking for a fun museum to take the kids to, or just an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon while soaking up some culture, visit Madame Tussauds Las Vegas.

This iconic wax museum is filled with informative exhibits and fascinating replicas of famous individuals from many areas of public life.

Some of their featured exhibits include “Viva Las Vegas,” “The Hangover Experience,” “Marvel Superheroes,” and more.

Getting In: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Las Vegas Tour

Big-Bus-Las-Vegas-1If you’re new to the city this summer, then you should seriously consider a ride on Big Bus Las Vegas.

This informative tour will give you the ins and outs of the city’s most iconic cultural sites, from famous casinos to landmarks and beyond.

The flexibility of a hop-on hop-off option can’t be underestimated, either — it’s perfect for those spontaneous summer afternoons when you find a restaurant or bar that strikes your fancy.

Getting In: Big Bus Las Vegas tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Hoover Dam Tour

LAS Hoover dam sky viewLooking to get out of the city and into the gorgeous southwestern desert? Take a bus trip out to the Hoover Dam and tour this iconic architectural marvel.

Take a guided tour to avoid the hassle of driving yourself, and enjoy an informative excursion to this signature attraction.

You’ll also enjoy mini-tours of Henderson, NV and Boulder City while en route — a pretty great deal!

Do keep in mind that summer is one of the busiest times to visit the Hoover Dam, so expect some crowds.

Getting In: Hoover Dam Tour tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Grand Canyon South Rim Tour

Image credit: Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page.

Image credit: Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page.

Another absolutely must-do activity for those visiting Las Vegas with extra time on their hands is a voyage out to the inimitable Grand Canyon.

Take a guided tour of the South Rim —  the most visited area of the National Park, with the most distinctive lookout points and Native American heritage sites.

You’ll be treated to an air-conditioned bus ride all the way out to the canyon (with an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch stop along the way), then a stop at most of the major landmarks like Mather Point, the Grand Canyon Railway, Hopi House Museum, and more.

Getting In: Grand Canyon South Rim Tour tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the 3-, 4-, and 5-Day Go Las Vegas Cards.

Blue Man Group Show & Other Shows

Blue-Man-Group-las-vegas-1There’s nothing more Las Vegas than taking in a show or three.

Swing for the fences with the Blue Man Group, one of the most iconic acts in recent history. You’ll enjoy their musical stylings alongside their signature makeup and costumes.

If you’re looking for other options, V Theater is another great venue that offers everything from a variety show to zombie burlesque to pet comedy shows. A perfect choice for families!

Getting In: Blue Man Group Show tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the 3-, 4-, and 5-Day Go Las Vegas Cards. Additional shows at V Theater are also included with the pass -consult our website for more details.

LINQ Promenade & High Roller Observation Wheel

LASHigh Roller_Hero Shot (1)A fun area of the Strip to explore is the LINQ Promenade. This shopping and dining mecca is filled with plenty to explore and much to enjoy, including bars, concert venues, a bowling alley, and more.

Another neat thing to do in the area is to ascend to the top of the High Roller Observation Wheel, which will provide excellent views of the Strip below and all the hectic glory of Las Vegas.

Getting In: High Roller Observation Wheel tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

CSI: The Experience

csi-the-experience-las-vegasIf you’re a fan of the TV franchise and have an interest in criminal forensics, then CSI: The Experience is a great thing to do in Vegas in the summer (or anytime really).

Learn all about the real techniques and technologies behind CSI’s depiction of a criminal investigation, and even embark on some crime-solving of your own!

Getting In: CSI: The Experience tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

The Mob Museum

Mob Museum

This delightful experience is a hit with visitors of all ages. Explore interactive exhibits and fascinating artifacts.

Learn about the significant role that organized crime has played in American history, and focus on the stories of some of the most famous criminals in the country.

They also host a number of special events throughout the summer, ranging from community safety events to book signings and beyond. Check out their website for specifics.

Getting In: Mob Museum tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Summer Stage Concert Series

Summerlin
Every Wednesday (except July 4), June 6 – July 16, 2018

This delightful summer concert series on Summerlin’s Lawn takes place every Wednesday evening from early June – mid July.

Nightly entertainment includes a varied schedule of events beginning at 5 pm with a DJ and kid-friendly activities and concluding at 9 pm with a band performance.

A tentative lineup for these events might include Rockie Brown and Jase Neron, likemelikeyou and Cameron Calloway, and several more.

Getting In: Summer Stage Concert Series events are free.

Amazing Las Vegas ComicCon

Las Vegas Convention Center
June 25 – 27, 2018

A fan of comic books and all things pop culture? Then spend some time at this multi-day convention dedicated to the “best and brightest” of contemporary and classic pop culture.

Enjoy an exhibition hall, an artists’ gallery, a video game arena, costumed attendees, and much more.

Some of the highlights of this year’s con include Rob Liefeld (creator of DEADPOOL, CABLE, DOMINO, and X-FORCE), Charlie Cox as DAREDEVIL, Jason David Frank as Green Power Ranger, Brianna Hildebrand from DEADPOOL 2, and lots more!

Getting In: Amazing Las Vegas ComicCon tickets are separately ticketed and are not included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Hamilton

The Smith Center

May 29-June 24, 2018

Curious what all the Hamilton fuss is about? You’re in luck if you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas this summer. And, you won’t be disappointed.

Snag some tickets for when this Broadway smash is coming to Las Vegas and experience one of the most entertaining accounts of important American history at this Tony Award-winning musical.

Getting In: Hamilton tickets in Las Vegas are separately ticketed and not included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Las Vegas Golden Knights

T-Mobile Arena (or any sports bar) May 30-June 13, 2018

Who would have bet that the newest expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, would make it all the way to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals during their first year as an established team?

If you did bet on them to go all the way, your bet would definitely have paid off!

If you’re not lucky enough to score tickets to the actual games, place your bet at a casino and belly up to a sports bar and cheer on the local team during the Stanley Cup Finals, the locals are sure to do some partying to celebrate their team!

Getting In: NHL Stanley Cup Finals tickets are separately sold and not included on the Go Las Vegas Card.

Let’s Recap

So there you have it. Our picks for some of the top things to do in Las Vegas in the summer.

Please note, the summer events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Plan to visit some of these top attractions during your trip. Whether you are traveling with your family or a couple of friends, we’re sure you will have a great time.

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