Here is our guide on the best things to do at the Venetian.
The Venetian is still one of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas. Even though visitors are all about the shiniest or biggest new hotel on the Strip, the Venetian has maintained a classic charm that we love.
They have a ton of fun things to do, eat, and it’s the prettiest casino-hotel to photograph. Plus, parking is free.
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Last Updated: September 29, 2021
15 Best Things to Do at The Venetian Las Vegas
1. Gondola Ride (Indoor & Outdoor)
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map
The Gondola Ride at The Venetian is an iconic Vegas activity. Out of all the touristy activities, it’s one that we’ve repeated (5x!) and recommend for visitors.
There are two separate rides: an indoor ride and an outdoor ride. After having done both, we prefer the outdoor ride (as long as it’s not blistering hot outside). You also get serenaded!
Local Tip: When it gets busy, tickets aren’t always available for certain time slots. It’s best to book a ticket ahead of time.
2. PanIQ Room Escape Room & Lounge
3325 S Las Vegas Blvd Grand Canal Shoppes Level 2M, 89109, map
We’ve done over 10 escape rooms in Las Vegas, and there are only two located on the Strip. PanIQ Room is one of them and is located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
They have 3rd gen (higher tech) escape rooms with fun reveals. On top of that, there is a lounge where you can get drinks while you wait.
We did the Atlantis room and even bounded as Little Mermaid characters. If you want to see how it compares to other escape rooms, check out our Vegas escape rooms post linked below.
Local Tip: Use code ‘localadventurer’ for 10% off your booking!
3. Museum of Dream Space
3327 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste 2732, 89109, map
The Museum of Dream Space, or MODS, showcases digital art. There are five main rooms with different themes and installations where you can freely roam and take photos.
You can see all the rooms on this IG reel or TikTok.
Local Tip: Get a coupon for the Museums of Dream Space here.
4. Sandbox VR
3377 Las Vegas Blvd S #2235, 89109, map
We’ve tried a handful of different VR experiences, and this is our favorite so far. It feels very immersive.
You and your team of up to 6 people are in a room to freely move around. Your body is tracked by the motion sensors and you work together to accomplish your goals.
They recommend maxing out the number of people for each experience to increase your chances of success.
In the end, it’s so fun to watch the trailer that they create of your experience. It switches between the footage of you in real life to what it looks like in VR.
Local Tip: Depending on the experience you choose, it can be a workout. Dress comfortably. A long dress was not the best choice, but it worked out okay. In the VR, my legs were constantly moving because of it.
5. Minus5 Ice Bar
3377 S Las Vegas Blvd #2140, 89109, map
Cozy up and get a drink at the Minus5 Ice Bar where everything around you is covered in ice and your drinks are served in glasses made of ice. It’s the perfect escape from the Vegas heat.
This is our favorite location so far with icescapes of penguins, polar bears, and even a Star Wars section.
When we went, there were times it was empty, and there were times it was packed. Most people stayed for a drink and some photo opps, so the flow was sporadic.
They provide a jacket, hat, and gloves to keep you warm, but proper shoes are your responsibility. Read our tips below.
- Save money by prebuying drinks when you get your ticket.
- Use the coasters. One of my drinks slid right off the table.
- Wear close-toed shoes. Like an idiot, I wore sandals thinking I could make it. My feet were pretty cold from the get-go, but after I spilled the drink on myself (rookie move), I was not enjoying myself anymore. They were nice enough to replace my drink for me, but my toes were not having it. Just wear the closed-toed shoes, yeah?
6. Atomic Saloon Show
3327 South Las Vegas Blvd Level 2, 89109, map
We’ve seen the other two Spiegelworld shows, Absinthe and Opium, but have yet to see the Atomic Saloon Show. We’ve heard a lot of great things about it, and one of our friends told us it’s their favorite out of the three.
If this show is anything like Absinthe and Opium, you’ll have a great time.
Local Tip: If you’re having dinner at any of the restaurants before the show, just let them know you have a show to get to so they can get you out in time.
7. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
3377 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste. 2001, 89109, map
This was one of those cheesy experiences we wanted to try, and we ended up having way more fun than we expected. Some of them looked so real, I was afraid to go near them.
It’s always fun playing tourist at home. I’m not sure I would put it at the top of my list of things to do if it was my first visit to Vegas, but maybe if it was my third or fourth.
It’s your chance to take a bunch of photos with celebs without actually bothering them IRL. Get tickets here.
Local Tip: They also have a Marvel 4D show.
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map
This is one of the top free activities to do in Las Vegas. Head to St. Mark’s Square on the weekends to catch a free 15-minute show. You’ll see a rotation of performers sing, play instruments, and dance.
Performances run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 PM to 7:30 PM.
Local Tip: Get a table at Mercato Della Pescheria for dinner and a show.
3327 S Las Vegas Blvd Suite 2884, 89109, map
If you love hot pot, X-Pot takes it to the next level. My favorite was the chicken broth with the Wagyu feast. Don’t forget the drinks – so good! You even have robot servers assisting the human servers.
10. TAO Nightclub
3377 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map
TAO Nightclub is still one of the popular clubs on the strip. It’s been around for over a decade and often hosts the biggest DJs and artists.
11. LOVE Sculpture
3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map
The LOVE sculpture in the Waterfall Atrium is a popular photo spot. Created by artist Laura Kimpton, the giant red letters are 12 feet tall and span 36 feet across. We saw one of her other pieces in Reno too!
Local Tip: Make sure you have a wide-angle lens to capture the whole thing.
12. Shop at the Grand Canal Shoppes
3377 Las Vegas Blvd S, 89109, map
There are a ton of shops at the Grand Canal Shoppes. We love wandering under the painted skies and along the beautiful canals.
When we need to buy gifts, we like to pick up chocolates from ROYCE.
13. The Wishing Tree
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, 89109, map
The Wishing Tree is a 20-foot olive tree sculpture with brass leaves and hidden glass birds. It’s a fun photo spot and has an AR experience. Just scan the QR code and speak your wish into an Instagram filter and see what happens.
14. Photo Opps in Front and at the Red Corridor
The Venetian is one of our favorite photo spots in Las Vegas. Not only do you get iconic moments like the Gondola Ride, but the front outdoor area is so picturesque. There’s a bridge to shoot at and corridors too.
Local Tip: Early mornings will be the least crowded!
15. See Musical Artists or Comedians at The Venetian Theatre
There is a steady stream of guests that come perform at the Venetian, whether it’s your favorite musical act or comedian. We saw Kelly Clarkson perform a few years ago. We highlighted some upcoming acts for you.
- Chicago 9/15-18
- Derek Hough No Limit 9/22-11/21
- STYX 9/24-26
- Andrew Schulz Stand Up 10/2
- ZZ Top: Viva Las Vegas 10/8-16
- Adam Lambert 10/20-30
- Eric D’Alessandro 10/30
- Earth, Wind & Fire 11/10-20
- Anthony Rodia Stand Up 11/27
- Josh Turner 12/4
- The Go-Gos 12/31-1/1
- Erasure 2/27/22
Local Tip: Check out this page to see who else is scheduled to perform.
6. KAMU Ultra Karaoke
3327 S Las Vegas Blvd Suite 2890, 89109, map
We love karaoke, but particularly Asian karaoke where you get your own private room. Kamu Ultra Karaoke is the first Asian karaoke spot on the strip. Get a room for you and your friends to sing your heart out, order delicious food, and drink up.
Local Tip: Waits for rooms can get really long on the weekends. Go early.