Las Vegas may not be the first place that pops into your head when the idea of a tech detox comes up.
You’re practically expected to walk around the strip with your phone out to accurately document the level of excitement that envelopes this city on a 24/7 basis. Still, there are people out there who want to “live in the now” and experience Las Vegas unfiltered, making this list of nine places and experiences a necessity for those needing to disconnect while on vacation.
1. The Neon Museum
When it comes to stepping away from technology, there’s no metaphor more fitting than visiting a museum that has a section dubbed “the neon boneyard.” This museum collects the out of commission neon signs from the iconic Vegas Strip and puts them on display for people to catch a glimpse inside Vegas’s past. You get to see defunct signs from the 1930s and go to a place that celebrates what happens when all the lights go out — it’s a metaphor, get it?
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2. Pinball Hall of Fame
What better way to celebrate a tech detox than by honoring the type of game that doesn’t rely on graphics or motion capturing technology to show people a good time. With over 100 pinball and old-school arcade games on display, this is a museum where visitors are fully expected to touch and interact with the art.
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3. Las Vegas Arts District
You wouldn’t expect a place like Las Vegas to have an art scene — but it’s real and you should visit. The 18b Arts District is the area’s answer to the misguided perception about a lack of culture and provides an outlet for those itching to get their hands on some art. You’ve got galleries and studios lining the streets, as well as restaurants, bars, bistros, and theaters. One event you need to be a part of is First Friday, which gives 20,000 people the opportunity to sample local food, art, and music.
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4. Dig This
There are plenty of ways to get rid of your stress in Vegas: You can see a show, grab one of those crazy yard drinks, or just commit to a night of good ol’ fashioned gambling. One surefire way to detox is by checking out Dig This: A heavy equipment playground where you can drive bulldozers and excavators and “unleash your frustrations on a perfectly good car,” according to their website. If there’s a better way to decompress than obliterating innocent vehicles, we’d like to hear it.
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5. Richard Petty Driving Experience
Remember how fun Go-Karts were when you were young? Well, we all know the excitement of driving 20 mph around a closed course pretty much dissipates once you got your driver’s license; that’s when excursions like the Richard Petty Driving Experience come into play. Topping out at speed of 140mph, Richard Petty puts you in a legit 600 horsepower NASCAR race car where you can take anywhere from eight to 50 laps around Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If you’re too neurotic to drive, but still have the need for speed, you can sit shotgun in a racecar as you’re brought to top speeds of 165 mph for three laps around the speedway.
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6. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
There’s more to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino than the food. With over 1,300,000 gallons of water, the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay has one of the largest shark tanks in North America. If giant man-eating fish aren’t your thing, the facility also has a jungle section, which plays host to golden crocodiles, green tree monitors, a Burmese python, and a Komodo dragon.
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7. Rehab Beach Club at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
When aiming for a complete tech detox, it never hurts to amp up the fun around you to get your mind off of missing out on social media. Hard Rock Las Vegas rehab is the place to do it. Don’t be fooled by the name — Rehab is not about abstaining from excess, but rather giving into it at a giant pool party with scantily clad people. Located in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Rehab has everything you need to relax, pending your idea of relaxing involves loud music and cold drinks.
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8. Sahra Spa & Hammam
There are plenty of spas to choose from in Vegas — so, you might as well go with one that you’ll never forget. The obvious choice is Sahra Spa & Hammam — a 50,000-square-foot spa located within The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
By using a “centuries-old practice of purification” that combines body detox, hydrotherapy tubs, steam treatments, and a 1,200-square-foot Turkish bath in which you’re cleansed with volcanic black soap, this place makes you forget you have a life outside the spa.
We suggest going for the Moroccan Journey plan in which you’ll pay $450 to bask in a eucalyptus steam room before soaking in an enormous tub. After experiencing a day at Sahra Spa & Hammam, you’ll never feel the need to pick up your phone again.
9. Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris
One particularly unique aspect of Las Vegas is its ability to bring the entire world to one 135 square mile area; you don’t even have to leave the strip to sightsee. One of the most famous attractions is the Eiffel Tower — the other Eiffel Tower. Located within the strip, Paris Las Vegas is a half scale replica of the real thing and offers 46 stories of restaurants, gift shops, and breathtaking views. The observation deck gives you a stunning 360 view of Las Vegas, while offering an exotic Parisian experience without the jet lag.
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