There is actually a lot of things to do in the Las Vegas area that is not on the strip and has nothing to do with gambling. You may not believe it, but gambling is not one of the big highlights for the residents here in Las Vegas.  Vegas has several parks, lots of places to shop, many museums and even some cultural and historical places.
The Metro Las Vegas area has several museums that will spark the interest of someone in your family. Here is a partial list of museums in the Las Vegas region.
African-American Museum & Research Center 705 W VanBuren Ave, Las Vegas, NV (702) 647-2242 This museum is dedicated to the celebration of all African-Americans. Rich in culture and history.
Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum 444 Hotel Plaza, Boulder City, NV (702) 294-1988  The city that was made from a dam and the townspeople that are damn proud of it.
Clark County Heritage Museum 1830 S Boulder Hwy., Henderson (of Course), NV (702) 455-7955  Yes, Southern Nevada does have a history other than Bugsy Siegal and hookers.  Many Historical buildings have been moved to this site to show what early Vegas life was all about.
Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Movie Museum 305 Convention Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV (702) 733-2243 Over the years, Debbie Reynolds has collected Hollywood memorabilia and now has put her collection on display in the museum.
Guinness World of Records Museum 2780 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702) 792-3766 If it is the biggest, smallest, oldest, youngest, most, least, etc. It is displayed here. How come the stuff we really want to know about is never on display?
Las Vegas Natural History Museum 900 N Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702) 384-3466  Hey, they have mechanical dinosaurs, and we like that. Also a living reptile museum.
Liberate Museum & Foundation 1775 E Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV (702) 798-5595 Mike actually sold this property to Liberate. Lots of Liberate stuff from cars to clothes.
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum 833 N Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702) 382-5437  If you don’t have kids, borrow some and come hang out at this place! Tons of real neat displays and interactive stuff.
Nevada State Railroad Museum Boulder City, NV
Thunderbirds Museum Nellis AFB 4445 Tyndall Ave, Nellis AFB, NV (702) 652-4018 This museum is devoted to the Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, The Thunderbirds. 
Some hate it, others can’t live without it. Well here is the skinny.  Vegas has many strip malls and small shopping centers in town, so if you are looking for something particular you may want to consult the Sprint First Source Yellow Pages Directory for Las Vegas. Now if you are ready to go malling (mauling during the Christmas Holidays) read on.
Belz Factory Outlet World 7400 S Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV (702) 896-5599  This place has several factory outlet shops in it. A nice place to buy expensive sunglasses and cologne.
The Boulevard Mall 3328 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV (702) 735-8268 This is Nevada’s largest mall. Tons of shops, tons of kids. It is single story, so you can do it all in one pass.
Galleria at Sunset 1300 Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV (702) 767-0202 Like a real mall only smaller and with a Disney theme. Several anchor stores.
Las Vegas Factory Stores of America 9155 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 897-9090  Here is a place you want to take your worst enemy in the summer. Actually a non-enclosed strip mall open to the weather elements of the desert southwest. Can you say, “DUH”? Many shops, but it nearly gave Ziggy’s Mom heat stroke.
Meadows Mall 4300 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV (702) 878-4849 Not big, but a bunch of places to shop and a huge parking lot.
There are several parks in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas so here is a list of park departments to the several cities, and communities that are here.
FLOYD LAMB STATE PARK 9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 486-5413 This truly is a desert oasis, with ponds, streams, fishing and water foul. A great place to picnic and relax.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA PLANETARIUM 3200 E Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas, NV (702) 651-4759 This unique facility features programs and films viewed on its 360° screen.
GILCREASE NATURE SANCTUARY 8101 Racel St Las Vegas, NV (702) 645-4224 Located neat Tule springs, this non-profit refuge houses exotic species of birds and animals.
LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY 7000 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 644-4444 This state of the art 1,500 acre auto racing facility has 24 separate venues, campgrounds and RV park.
OLD LAS VEGAS MORMON FORT STATE PARK Las Vegas Blvd and Washington Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 486-3511 This is one of the original settlement buildings in the meadows known as Las Vegas. Built as part of a Mormon fort in 1855, it is now a park and museum.
ZOOLOGICAL-BOTANICAL PARK 1775 N Rancho Dr, North Las Vegas, NV (702) 648-5955 A small zoo with several species of animals.
DESERT DEMONSTRATION GARDEN 3701 W Alta, Las Vegas, NV (702) 258-3205 Sponsored by the Southern Nevada Water district, this demonstration garden gives residents and visitors an idea of how a beautiful garden can be designed with being miserly in the way of water usage.
ETHEL M. BOTANICAL CACTUS GARDENS 2 Cactus Rd, Henderson, NV (702) 433-2500 A wide variety of cactus from around the world are on display here, as well as an water reclamation facility. On the grounds of the Ethel M Chocolate Factory.
LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM 6130 W Charleston, Las Vegas, NV (702) 259-4458 A ever changing display of paintings, sculptures and pottery
NEVADA INSTITUTE  FOR CONTEMPORARY ART The Cannery, 3455 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 434-2666 Features contemporary from all over the world, changing every six weeks or so.
BLACK CANYON RAFT TOURS 1297 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, NV (702) 293-3776 Take a leisurely raft adventure starting at the bottom of Hover Dam and then through Black Canyon on the Colorado river to Willow Beach.
COMPETITION GRAND PRIX 2980 S Sandhill, Las Vegas, NV (702) 431-7223 Go carts, kiddie carts, slick track, mini-golf, arcade games
ETHEL M. CHOCOLATE FACTORY  2 Cactus Rd, Henderson, NV (702) 433-2500 Visit the chocolate factory, sample the treats and then visit the cactus garden.
LAS VEGAS MINI GRAND PRIX 1401 N Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 259-7000 Super stock cars, adult gran prix, go carts, kiddie carts, arcade
MOUNTASIA FAMILY FUN CENTER 2050 Olympic Ave, Henderson, NV (702) 898-7777 Roller skating, go carts, mini golf, bumper boats.
 SCANDIA FAMILY FUN CENTER 2900 Sirius, Las Vegas, NV (702) 364-0070 Mini-golf, batters cages, video games.
OCEANSPRAY CRANBERRY WORLD WEST 1301 American Pacific Dr, Henderson, NV (702) 566-7160 Visit the factory where most things cranberry comes from. There is a factory tour, gift shop, sample cranberry treats and there are giant dancing cranberries.
SANTA FE  ICE ARENA 4949 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV (702) 658-4991 Yes, there is ice skating in the desert.
ULTRAZONE 2555 Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV (702) 734-1577 Laser tag adventure.
ALL AMERICAN SPORTSPARK (PUBLIC) 5325 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 798-7777 par 3 and driving range.
ANGEL PARK GOLF CLUB (PUBLIC) 100 S Rampart, Las Vegas, NV (702)254-4653 36 holes, designed by Arnold Palmer, Lighted par 3 golf course, lighted 18 hole putting course, lighted driving range, start times accepted 60 days in advance.
BADLANDS GOLF CLUB (PUBLIC) 9119 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV (702) 242-4653 Johnny Miller Signature course with consultation by Chi Chi Rodriguez.
BLACK MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB (PUBLIC) 500 Greenway Rd, Henderson, NV (702) 565-7933
BOULDER CITY GOLF COURSE (PUBLIC) 1 Clubhouse Dr, Boulder City, NV (702) 293-9236
CANYON GATE COUNTRY CLUB (PRIVATE) 2001 Canyon Gate Dr, Las Vegas, NV (702) 363-0303
CRAIG RANCH GOLF COURSE (PUBLIC) 628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas, NV (702) 642-9700 Rural setting, six thousand trees.
DESERT WILLOW GOLF COURSE (PUBLIC) 2020 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Henderson, NV (702) 263-4653 Driving range, 18 hole executive course.
DESERT PINES GOLF CLUB (PUBLIC) 3401 E Bonanza, Las Vegas, NV (702) 366-1616 Over three thousand pine trees, pine needles,  9 holes and 18 holes on water, 18 holes designed by Dye Design, lighted and climate controlled practice facility.
DESERT ROSE GOLF COURSE (PUBLIC) 5483 Club House Dr, Las Vegas, NV (702) 431-4653 18 hole championship course, driving range.
LAS VEGAS COUNTRY CLUB (PRIVATE) 3000 Joe W Brown Way, Las Vegas, NV (702) 734-1122
LAS VEGAS GOLF CLUB (PUBLIC) 4300 W Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV (702) 646-3003 Lighted driving range, 18 hole.
LAS VEGAS HILTON COUNTRY CLUB (PUBLIC) 1911 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 796-0016 18 hole championship golf course.
LAS VEGAS PAIUTE RESORT (PUBLIC) 10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 658-1400  2 challenging 18 hole courses.
LEGACY GOLF CLUB (PUBLIC) 130 Par Excellence Dr, Henderson, NV (702) 897-2200 18 hole champion course designed by Arthur Hills, site of US Open qualifying.
NEVADA COUNTRY CLUB (PRIVATE) 2950 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 791-1088
NORTH LAS VEGAS CITY GOLF COURSE (PUBLIC) 324 E Brook Ave, North Las Vegas, NV (702) 649-7171
PAINTED DESERT GOLF CLUB (PUBLIC) 5555 Painted Mirage Rd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 645-2568 Home of the Nevada Open, 18 hole championship target course designed by Jay Morrish, putting green, driving range.
SHADOW CREEK (PRIVATE) Contact The Mirage Hotel at (702) 791-7111
SOUTHSHORE GOLF CLUB (PRIVATE) 29 Grand Mediterra, Henderson, NV (702) 558-0020
SUN CITY SUMMERLIN GOLF CLUBS (PUBLIC) 10201 Sun City Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 254-7010 Two 18 hole championship courses and one 18 hole executive course, driving range.
SUNRISE COUNTRY CLUB (PRIVATE) 5500 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV (702) 456-2440
TPC THE CANYONS (PUBLIC) 9851 Canyon Run Dr, Las Vegas, NV (702) 256-2000 Raymond Floyd player consultant, home of the Las Vegas Senior Classic
WILD HORSE COUNTRY CLUB (PUBLIC) 1 Showboat Dr, Henderson, NV (702) 434-9000 Designed by Robert Cupp and Hubert Green 18 hole.
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