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Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend - 10+ Fun Things to Do in May

Looking to get away this Memorial Day Weekend? Consider a trip to sunny Las Vegas. The weather is warm, there's plenty to see and a ton of the popular summer attractions will be up and running, ready for you to enjoy. If you’re looking for Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in Las Vegas in May, including...

  • Grand Canyon South Rim Tour
  • Hop-on Hop-off Las Vegas Bus Tour
  • Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
  • High Roller Observation Wheel
  • Hoover Dam Tour
  • Eiffel Tower Experience
  • And more!

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Regular admission to a number of these attractions are included on the Go Las Vegas pass. Choose as you go from dozens of Las Vegas attractions & activities and save up to 65% off combined admission vs paying at the gate. See all available passes and Las Vegas attractions – learn more. Please note, some of these special May and Memorial Day weekend events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Las Vegas pass.

Grand Canyon South Rim Tour

What better way to enjoy the start of summer than with a trip out to one of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders? The Grand Canyon is a marvel to see any time of year, but in the spring and summer months the greenery is a sight to behold. Take a bus tour of the South Rim, which boasts many lookout points, museums, Native American artwork, sculpture and more. Plus, the bus conveniently escorts you directly from Vegas so you don’t need to worry about the hassle of parking (a big relief in the Grand Canyon). Is there a better way to begin your summer than with a visit to the Grand Canyon? Getting In: Grand Canyon South Rim Tour tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Hop-on Hop-off Las Vegas Bus Tour

If you’re new to the city, or haven’t previously seen much beyond the Strip, then a bus tour of Las Vegas is in order. You’ll see many of the top sites throughout the city, from the big hotels on the Strip to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and trendy areas downtown. A hop-on hop-off option is a smart choice, too, because it gives you the flexibility to choose where to stop and explore. There are two routes to choose from – the Strip Route, and the Downtown Route. Both have buses that run approximately every 20-30 minutes giving you plenty of time to hop-off wherever you fancy. Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Las Vegas tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Pay a visit to Las Vegas’ own little slice of Hollywood. A visit to Madame Tussauds is a great option for those who love the glam life and can’t get enough of celebrities and pop culture. Explore several themed areas, from Viva Las Vegas to Music Icons. In addition, there are several specific areas that focus on majorly popular franchises, like The Hangover films and Marvel Superheroes. Getting In: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

High Roller Observation Wheel

Seeing the city from above is always a great idea when you’re talking about a city with such an impressive skyline as Las Vegas. Just picture all the lights, signs, larger-than-life designs, and more – all for you to see from the perfect vantage point. Take a ride to the top of the High Roller Observation Wheel for some of the best views in the city. Enjoy a 30 minute ride up to 550-feet above the ground and snap those perfect Instagram shots. When you're done, explore the LINQ area around you for shops, restaurants, and other fun activities. Getting In: Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Hoover Dam Tour

Another great option for getting out of the city and into the beautiful Nevada wilderness is with a trip to the magnificent Hoover Dam. This marvel of modern engineering is a sight to behold and is a can’t-miss attraction for fans of architecture or history. It’s actually a National Historic Landmark and showcases an important time in the history of the American Southwest. Insider Tip: walk along the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for the best views and photo-ops of the Hoover Dam and Colorado River. Getting In: Hoover Dam Tour tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Eiffel Tower Experience

Enjoy a walk through the most scenic areas in Paris without the hassle or expense of a trans-Atlantic flight. Stroll past magnificent buildings like L’Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and of course, the Eiffel Tower itself. Afterwards, ride in an amazing glass elevator to another exhilarating observation deck, where you’ll get panoramic views of everything from the Parisian scene below to the farthest reaches of the Strip. Getting In: Eiffel Tower Experience tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Rockstar Pool Party Tour

Cultivate your inner rock star with a day spent on the Rockstar Pool Party Tour. It’s the start of summer and the timing couldn’t be better in terms of the weather. Make the most of the Vegas heat and get into some of the coolest pool party clubs on this adults-only excursion. There are tons of pool parties in Vegas, so whatever your vibe there will be something for you. Whether you just want to kick back with a cocktail, relax, and work on that tan, or you’re interested in playing some fun watersports with your group - you’ll have the opportunity on this tour. Please note that you must be 21 or older to join this tour. Getting In: Las Vegas Rockstar Pool Party Tour tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Fremont Street Walking Tour

Photo credit: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino's Official Facebook Page
Another delightful way to explore unique areas of the city is with a walking tour. This Downtown-Fremont Street Walking Tour is a top option because it showcases areas of the city many casual visitors don’t get to see. Enjoy a guided two-hour stroll past top landmarks and attractions like vintage Las Vegas sites, Downtown Container Park, and many shops and restaurants. Getting In: Fremont Street Las Vegas Walking Tour tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Best Dam Barbecue Challenge

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly event – and especially one with great food! – stop by the 16th Annual Best Dam Barbecue Challenge. In addition to an amazing professional team BBQ competition, you’ll also find plenty of food to chow down on - we’re talking everything from shaved ice to pulled pork. There will also be a wide selection of marketplace vendors offering everything from temporary glitter tattoos to barbecue equipment and more. This event runs around Memorial Day, and is held in Boulder City's Bicentennial Park. Getting In: Admission to the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge is free.

Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival

Here’s one for your music lovers. Head to the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival to enjoy their distinctive take on a summer kick-off concert and events. Enjoy multiple bands per day – including massive favs like Madness, Cock Sparrer, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and more – plus bowling, movies, and poker games. It’s probably best for adults. The festival runs in May, and takes places at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Getting In: The Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Go Clubbing

Of course Vegas is a great place to have a night out, but even more so during Memorial Day Weekend. All of the clubs have top DJs from around the world bringing the party. There are no shortage of clubs, so get your party on while in town. Getting In: night clubs are separately ticketed and are not included with the Go Las Vegas pass.

Let's Recap

There you go - plenty of fun ideas for things to do in Las Vegas in May to help you plan your Memorial Day weekend itinerary. Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the Go Las Vegas pass, where you can save up to 60% on combined admission vs paying at the gate. We really hope you consider adding a few of these popular options to your upcoming plans. Enjoy!

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