From driving race cars to taking air balloon rides, a morning person won't want to miss these Las Vegas ventures
Studies say a morning person tends to be happier than a night person. Las Vegas and nightlife are almost synonymous with one another, but do yourself a favor. Don’t sleep on all the daytime adventures in this city. For the early risers, here are 17 ways to get the most out of your daylight hours.
1. Eat Breakfast at The Original Omelet House
Since 1979, The Original Omelet House has become a staple for locals and a hidden gem to visitors.
From former President Bill Clinton to comedian Jerry Seinfield, this cafe has served some high-profile celebrities. An episode of Jerry Seinfield’s “Comedians in Cars,” features him drinking coffee at the diner with one of their famous regulars, comedian Jerry Lewis.
- Eggs Benedict Lobster made with two basted medium eggs, a special blend of real lobster with fresh avocado served atop an English muffin.
- Famous Fried Zucchini, which comes with their special cheese sauce and ranch dressing.
Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 2160 W. Charleston Blvd. and 316 N. Boulder Hwy.
Cost: Varies, but prices are fairly inexpensive with a range of $5 and up on items
2. Visit The Las Vegas Farm
The Las Vegas Farm opened to the public in 1968. Not only do they supply farm to table ingredients, but they also rescue animals.
To help rescue abused, neglected and abandoned animals, The Farm partnered with Barn Buddies Rescue, which is a non-profit dedicated to providing housing, rehabilitation and holistic care for abused farm animals.
On the weekends, The Farm offers visitors personal experiences with their animals. Meet their chickens, peacocks, ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, pigs, horses, cows, rabbits, tortoises, llama and other furry friends they’ve given a home to. For a small fee, guests may purchase hay to feed the animals.
Pick up some of their eggs, fruit and locally made honey. All their eggs come from happy, healthy, free-range farm animals and their honey is not filtered, pasteurized or altered. They also sell seasonal produce.
Times: Open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 7222 W. Grand Teton Dr.
Cost: Shopping at the market is free entry. To see the animals it is $8 for 13 years old and up, $4 for 12 years old and below
3. Go All-In at a Brunch Buffet
Buffets are to Las Vegas as pizza is to New York, a staple that must be checked off every travel bug’s bucket list. These over-the-top feasts took a hard hit amid the pandemic; however, a newly renovated Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace has reopened.
It is the largest buffet in town with 15 daily chef specials, 90 minutes to dine, nine kitchens and countless flavors to wow your taste buds.
The brunch buffet includes the first waffle and pancake bar, a meat carving station, a variety of meatless and plant-based dishes, specialty egg offerings, decadent desserts and the list goes on.
Times: Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Caesars Palace, 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Cost: $54.99 per person
4. Venture to Rail Explorers (Boulder City)
For outdoor adventurers, Rail Explorers is just a short trip to Boulder City.
A Rail Explorer, in case you didn’t know, is a pedal powered vehicle on railroad tracks. Each rail bike has four steel wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat and are easy to ride.
It’s a hands-free adventure, which is perfect for explorers to snap photos and record videos while on the ride.
Times: Earliest tour begins at 10 a.m. on weekdays
Location: 601 Yucca St., Boulder City, NV, 89005
Cost: Tandem Explorer (for two) $42.50, Quad Explorer (for four) $160, 10 percent discount for groups of 10 or more plus locals with a NV ID receive a 10 percent discount.
Tours: Morning tour- ‘Southwest Roundup,’ other tours include: The Southwest Ramble, Desert Sunset and Fireside Starlight
5. Hike at a State Park (Overton)
Believe it or not, Nevada has 27 state parks. Vegas locals and lovers looking to experience another side of the Silver State will be mesmerized by the gorgeous hiking trails at Valley of Fire. It’s about an hour drive from Vegas, but it’s worth the ride.
Valley of Fire is like Mars on Earth. With its red mountains, crimson sands and otherworldly hieroglyphics, this park offers plenty of wondrous views to admire.
Times: Open daily from sunrise to sunset with 24-hour access to campgrounds
Location: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy., Overton, NV 89040
Cost: $10 entrance fee ($15 for non-NV vehicles)
6. Stroll a less crowded Bellagio Conservatory
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden is a magical display that changes with every season. Thousands of flowers and plants are gathered to design a fairytale-like scene.
The foot traffic gets heavier later in the day at this free, 24/7 exhibit, which is why a morning person roaming in Las Vegas is likely to get a less crowded experience.
Right now, they are showcasing their autumn-themed “Deeper Into the Woods” exhibit, but the garden will transform into “Holiday Time” on November 20, featuring a 42-foot tall Christmas tree from Mt. Shasta., a Swiss Chalet and so on.
Times: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Location: 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
7. Step on the gas at Richard Petty Driving Experience
The Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives NASCAR fans a chance to get behind the wheel of a race car. A crew chief provides training and instructions to guest drivers. BUT you drive the car by yourself! From 5 to 48 minute sessions, the speedway is yours for the taking. Knowing how to drive a stick-shift is big plus.
Drivers receive instruction from a spotter over a 2-way-in-car radio. Every 15 minutes there will be a quick pit stop. And if there are slow pokes riding on the track, they might eat your dust since passing is allowed.
Like all attractions, there are some basic requirements the driver must meet before stepping on the gas. Be sure to read them all before making a reservation.
Times: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd.
Cost: Prices usually start at $499.99 for 5 minutes of track time, but right now they are sale for $249.99. Check their website for details.
8. Take a Coffee Break at Gabi Coffee & Bakery
Inspired by the Chosun Empire period, Gabi Coffee & Bakery blends traditional Asian cultures and modern western cultures in this “Alice in Wonderland” like cafe.
There are no signs drawing attention to this coffee shop. All there is on the outside is a big wooden door and the address number. If you aren’t looking for it, it’s likely that you won’t even know it’s there.
This cute cafe offers a wide selection of tea, coffee and pastries served in mismatched China dishes. Slip off your shoes and have a seat on their Korean book staircase.
This coffee house may be one of Vegas’ most best kept secrets (until now, that is). From the velvet couches to the gorgeous artwork to the delicious Korean coffee, this quaint coffee speakeasy is an underrated treasure in the city.
Must-Try Dishes and Drinks:
- Avocado Croissant made with sprouts, tomato, arugula, red onion, avocado and vinaigrette. For a few extra bucks, get the side of soup. They serve potato chowder soup and tomato soup.
- Fat Carons (macaroons) come in eight different flavors including double strawberry, matcha yuzu, ube (purple yams from the Philippines which have a nutty, vanilla taste), double choco, cheese, crème brûlée, lavender early grey and lotus.
- Cream Kiss, a house-brewed coffee topped with soft whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top.
- Butterfly Latte, a butterfly tea pea (an earthy tea colored blue or violet) fixed with steamed milk and banana purée.
Times: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: 5808 Spring Mountain Rd. #104
Cost: Prices vary, but a 2 oz. espresso shot starts at $4.5. Visit their website for more details
9. Bottomless Drag Brunch at The Garden Las Vegas
Las Vegas visitors experience the best buzz at Bottomless Drag Brunch at The Garden Las Vegas.
The brunch features a rotating lineup of the top queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race and more. Watch these dazzling divas perform catchy songs while you sip on bottomless mimosas.
Tickets also include a choice of a brunch entree. The special menu offers six different entrees.
Fun Fact: Madame Tussauds features a Mama Ru a.k.a. RuPaul wax figure that’s twinning the famous Queen.
Must-Try Dishes and Drinks:
- Avocado Toast made with chives, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula and garlic aioli
- Hangover Burger made with angus beef, an overeasy egg topped with crispy bacon, lettuce, pickled shallots, mayo served medium-well with a side of fries.
- Garden Rita, Size Queen (sharable cocktail), is mixed with El Jimador Blanco Tequila, Triple Sec, agave with a salt rim and
- Cinnamon Toast shots made with Jack Daniel’s’ Tennessee Fire, RumChata and toasted coconut. Delish!
- For morning people that want to stick close to the Strip, there’s also a Drag Brunch at Senor Frogs inside Treasure Island.
Times: Saturday and Sunday; Saturday showing at noon, Sunday showings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Location: 1017 S. 1st Street, Ste. 180
Cost: For seatings up to two guests, tickets start at $150
10. Drive a Bulldozer at Dig This Las Vegas
Dubbed “The World’s Heavy Equipment Playground,” Dig This was conceived by New Zealander, Ed Mumm and first opened in Colorado in 2007. But Mumm’s always envisioned opening a “super-sized sandbox” here in Las Vegas.
Dig This gives non-industry visitors a chance to experience the thrill of playing with bulldozers, hydraulic excavators and skid steer loaders.
For children three and up, they also offer Kid Digs along with construction-themed birthday parties.
This family-friendly experience ranks No. 1 on TripAdvisor’s Fun & Games in Las Vegas category.
In a 6,000 square foot industrial-style space, the unique attraction offers drivers a chance to operate a fourth full-size excavator and four 1.4 ton excavators (brand new).
Times: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., twilight and evening sessions are available by appointment
Location: 800 W. Roban Ave. (About 10 minutes away from Mandalay Bay)
Cost: Kid Digs are $20 for a 15 minute session, adult mini-experiences for 60 minutes start at $169 and up
11. Hop on a Spectacular Morning Balloon Ride (Pahrump – Las Vegas)
Vegas Balloon Rides offers one-hour flights at sunrise with a Champagne toast upon landing. The ride launches from Pahrump, a small town about an hour away from Las Vegas.
Fly 10,000 feet high above a dreamy desert landscape with views of the Spring and Nopah Range, Death Valley and Eastern California.
Even the tallest building in the city won’t offer anything comparable to this 360 degree view.
Times: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The flight time is 45-60 minutes in the air or longer depending on the weather. Set aside 6 hours for the activity that starts from the meeting time to the return at the meeting location
Location: 4390 Polaris Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103
Cost: Spectacular Morning Balloon Flights are $299 per person with an occupancy of 16 passengers max. Check their website to learn about other flight options.
12. Visit the Wildlife at Floyd Lamb Park
Ducks, geese, peacocks and rabbits roam freely at Floyd Lamb Park in Tule Springs. This lush 360-acre park is filled with trees and lakes where visitors may go fishing.
This breezy haven gives guests a glimpse of the traditional ranches and early days of Las Vegas. Under the shady trees, it’s a perfect spot to read a book or have a picnic on a sunny day.
If you stay until the sunset, you might be lucky enough to see a peacock jump into a tree. That’s where they sleep at night.
Times: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Winter Hours from October to March)
Location: 9200 Tule Springs Rd.
Cost: $6 per vehicle, FREE admission to active-duty military, veterans and the disabled
Facebook: Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs – Park – Landmark & Historical Place
13. Go on a Downtown E-Scooter Street Art Instagram Tour
Atomic Scooters Las Vegas explores the city’s local culture, history and artwork. The tour also honors Tony Hseih by showcasing his impact on the Downtown community.
For those who love to wander independently, they also offer self-guided tours and by-the-hour rentals in the mornings. During lunchtime, there’s a taco foodie tour option. And I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like.
Times: Open Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except for Wednesdays
Location: 901 Fremont Street
Cost: $89 per person for a 2-hour tour and includes E-Scooter, includes 18-30 professional photos with experienced photographer, All scooter and tours must be booked in advance
14. Visit a Unique Museum
Travel back in time to board the “Unsinkable Ship” at the Luxor Resort & Casino’s “Titanic Artifact Exhibit.” Although you won’t find Jack and Rose, the exhibit features over 250,000 artifacts recovered from the shipwreck, recreations of the Grand Staircase and more.
At the beginning of the tour, every guest is given a passenger’s passport. When visitors reach the end of the tour, they reveal what happened to that passenger you were given that boarded the Titanic. It’s heartbreaking to learn more about this historic tragedy and all the lives lost on this voyage.
It’s almost eerie how much it feels like you are standing on the famous luxury steamship.
Times: Open Daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Luxor Hotel & Casino
Cost: Tickets start at $32 per adult
15. Creep Around a Ghost Town (Beatty)
For lovers of the strange and unusual, a trip to Rhyolite Ghost Town in Beatty is a no brainer decision. It’s about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Straddling California and Nevada, this eerie abandoned town’s origins began in 1904 with prospects for valuable minerals and ended with a financial crisis that caused them to shut down the power in 1916.
What’s left now are remnants of a three story bank building, a jailhouse, a (privately owned) train depot, Bottle House (which was restored by Paramount Pictures in 1925) plus The Goldwell Open Air Museum, which features ominous ghost sculptures re-enacting the “Last Supper” by Poland-born Belgian artist Albert Szukalski. And other thought-provoking sculptures that exude a haunting presence.
Morning activities in Las Vegas never sounded very spooky until I caught a glimpse of those ghost statues.
Times: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Location: Near Eastern boundary of Death Valley, Beatty, NV 89003
16. Sweat it Out at The Salt Room
Release all the tension in your body by booking a facial, massage or energy healing session at The Salt Room Las Vegas.
Salt Therapy a.k.a. Halo Therapy, in case you didn’t know, is a holistic treatment “that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave.” According to their website, this therapy is said to help with treating respiratory conditions like allergies, asthma, emphysema and more.
How Does It Work? Dry salt aerosols are scattered into a room with walls and floors covered with pure Himalayan Salt. The salt on the walls and the floors combined create a negative ion and antibacterial environment. Studies show that salt therapy helps reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract and helps clear mucus, says their website.
Times: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: 1958, Village Center Circle (Summerlin), 10624 S. Eastern Ave. Ste. G
Cost: Salt Therapy sessions start at $35 for 45 minutes, but check their website for specials
17. Watch the Sunrise on Lone Mountain
Hike the 1-hour Lone Mountain Trail to watch a sunrise over the valley. The park is only minutes away from Downtown Las Vegas. There’s no parking fees and the path is pet-friendly, too.
The desert sky blooms in the morning with various shades of purple, pink, orange and blue. No one talks about how breathtaking these sunrises are unless they are a local, then they probably have several photos of these picturesque moments living somewhere in their phone. It’s like a rite of passage.
This peak atop Lone Mountain is a tranquil place that is ideal for meditation and mindfulness. For nature lovers, this zen spot is a sweet getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city. Take in the colorful sunrise with a striking backdrop featuring the city skyline. This morning activity in Las Vegas is a beautiful way to start the day. Be sure to snap photos for the ‘gram, which has become a virtual scrapbook in modern times.
Times: Open Daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: 4445 N. Jensen St.
Facebook: Lone Mountain Park – Landmark & Historical Place
Who knew there were so many activities to do in Las Vegas in the morning?