The 50-somethings’ Guide to Las Vegas

Regardless of age, Las Vegas is a city sure to bring fun and excitement. That being said, certain activities and adventures cater more to certain age groups. To ensure you’re not missing anything your peers rave about, we’ve come up with a series on the Vegas experience for different age groups. Here, we’ve compiled a list of how to do Vegas in your 50s.

You’re already familiar with most of what Vegas has to offer. You recognize that Sin City offers a plethora of rewarding outdoor activities outside the summer months largely ignored by the younger set. As a seasoned Vegas veteran, you also don’t buy into the myth that Las Vegas is devoid of culture. You’re perfect Vegas night out might just be dinner at a world-class steak house, a choice cigar accompanied by two fingers of Scotch whisky and the Las Vegas Philharmonic at The Smith Center. In fact, you fully plan on tapping into the often overlooked well of Vegas’ cultural offerings.

Leave the gambling and overpriced nightclubs to those still neglecting their retirement savings and check out these Las Vegas attractions perfect for the 50-somethings feeling far from 50 in Glitter Gulch.

Try dinner and a show with the Savory Bites & Neon Lights package.

Maverick has the perfect pairing for a night on the town. As mentioned, our Vegas Nights flight is the optimal way to see the bright lights of Las Vegas. Paired with the award-winning Lip Smacking Foodie Tour it’s the perfect combo.

If you’ve always wanted to sample the fine cuisine that Las Vegas is known for the Savory Bites & Neon Lights combination tour will help you cross that item off your bucket list. Visit four of the top restaurants on the Strip with the award-winning Lip Smacking Foodie Tour before jumping on Maverick Helicopters Vegas Nights flight over Las Vegas.

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Old School Vegas Cool

One look at the Neon Museum’s visitors’ center, originally the striking, mid-century modern lobby of La Concha Motel designed by acclaimed architect Paul Revere Williams, and you’ll know you’ve come to the right place. Housed within the walls of this “neon boneyard” are decades of Las Vegas signage, some still lit, some worn and rusted, all towering over the trails that meander through this outdoor exhibit. See the ghosts of Fremont Street and the Strip in the form of neon signs that once hung above the likes of Stardust, Moulin Rouge and Lady Luck. The museum’s knowledgeable and personable docents deliver fascinating anecdotes and facts during the one-hour guided tours. Day and night tours are offered, both of which have their merits. Admission for day tours starts at just $15. Avid museum enthusiasts would do well to book the Neon Museum and Mob Museum combo tickets available through the website.

Support the Arts

A $470 million investment of largely private donations that resulted in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts changed the Downtown Las Vegas landscape forever. The beautiful 170-foot Art Deco bell tower that tops the ornate building serves as a beacon of culture and a symbol of community pride. First-time visitors are floored by the interior’s stunning décor, including 19-foot-tall chandeliers and beautiful sculptures. There is more to the center than good looks. Programming at The Smith Center is second to none with regular local composer showcases in the Cabaret Jazz Lounge, Broadway touring companies in Reynolds Hall, evocative speaker series and performances by big name touring groups such as the Beach Boys, Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Keep an eye out for performances by the Nevada Ballet Theatre company. Its annual production of The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition for Las Vegans. Also not to be missed are any offerings from the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Its yearly string of performances includes both a master works and a pops series.

The Dream

By this point in your Vegas career, you’ve probably already locked down a favorite hotel. It has all the amenities you’re looking for. You’re on a first name basis with the masseuse. The bartender at your favorite lounge knows that when you ask for a dirty martini, you really mean olive brine with a splash of gin. And the beds are just firm enough. Loyalty is big in Las Vegas. Casinos recognize repeat customers and treat them accordingly. Any list of perfect candidates for favorite hotel definitely includes Wynn. The resort’s unique salons, award-winning spas, luxury shopping, exquisite resort pools and team of concierges to assist with your every need make Wynn one of Las Vegas’ best hotels. Add in its gorgeous golf course, Encore Beach Club and one of the Strip’s best shows in La Rêve – The Dream, and you’ve got yourself a vacation for the ages.

High Steaks

You’ve recently decided to cut back on the red meat, but you’re on vacation, and this is Vegas, baby! If you’re talking steak houses in Las Vegas, there is one option that stands above the rest. Golden Steer has been serving up some of Glitter Gulch’s finest cuts to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio since 1958. Its old Victorian ambiance reminiscent of the Gold Rush-era of San Francisco sets the mood for a night of cold drinks and spicy conversation. Turn off your electronic devices and enjoy this world-class meal the way it was meant to be enjoyed: in the company of good people. If you’re celebrating a special occasion while in Las Vegas, this is where you do it.

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