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10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Las Vegas

Yoga with dolphins at The Mirage, Las Vegas
Yoga with dolphins at The Mirage, Las Vegas

By Larry Olmsted

Nearly 40,000,000 people visited Las Vegas in 2012, and by most accounts the Las Vegas Strip was the third or fourth most popular tourist attraction in the world, dwarfing tourism icons such as Disney World and Niagara Falls.

The city’s appeals are obvious, and the vast majority of visitors come for the gambling, world class dining, entertainment, and frenetic 24/7 action that outpaces every other U.S. city in terms of raw energy. Virtually every visitor to Las Vegas will stroll The Strip, catching the dancing fountain show at Bellagio, the erupting volcano at the Mirage, or the animated statues at Caesars Palace. Many will crane their necks to look up at the city’s own “Eiffel Tower,” and most will make it to recently revived Downtown Las Vegas and its Fremont Street Experience.

But almost all will miss a slate of very interesting and unique lesser known options, well worth seeking out and many of them available no place else.

For instance, while Las Vegas is well known for its poker sharks, very few visitors know that Mandalay Bay’s aquarium, Shark Reef, is on of the few in the world that allows SCUBA certified guests to get in the tank and swim with actual sharks, such as the fierce Sand Tiger. In the same vein, several resorts worldwide let you swim with dolphins, but only the Mirage offers a Dolphin Trainer For The Day program – and even Dolphin Yoga!

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DSC_0067  Award-winning travel journalist Larry Olmsted is a Contributing Editor to US Airways Magazine and Cigar Aficionado Magazine and “The Great Life” columnist for Forbes.com

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  1. April 3, 2013 at 10:40 am — Reply

    I’ve done the dolphin yoga! It’s an amazing way to spend a morning and you get access to the Mandalay Spa for the day – both are great! Really great Vegas to do!!

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