Despite its youthful image, Las Vegas is a popular spot for seniors as well. In fact Las Vegas is a popular retirement destination as well both for the many things retirees can do here, and because of the dry weather and relatively low living cost compared to many cities. Vegas is a city full of fun and history, and there is a ton to do here if you are a senior.
There are tons of tours in Vegas, and bus tours are especially popular.
Sit back and enjoy a ride to the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam. You’ll have plenty of time to visit the gift shops, pick up mementos, take as many pictures as you like to remember your trip, and have a wonderful experience in general. Or take a trip up and down the Strip and see all of the sites. Other places to visit include Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, and Floyd Lamb Park.
The surrounding desert was the home of nuclear testing during the dawn of the atom bomb, and while you won’t find any mushroom clouds in the sky, you can visit the Atomic Testing Museum which carries artifacts like pieces of the Berlin Wall, the World Trade Centers (though we’re not sure where the atomic connection lies here), artifacts from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. You can also view presentations concerning the atomic bomb and the Nevada Test Site.
If fine art is your think, than the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is the place to go, featuring several pieces by some of the world’s most influential artists.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is fun for all ages. Here you will find interactive exhibits displaying the wildlife from past to present, with a focus on educating everyone on the importance of wildlife, ecosystems, and cultures.
The Nevada State Museum & Historical Society contains all types of prehistoric fossils, and imparts and understanding of the nature surrounding Southern Nevada and its relationship to the surrounding area.
If you are curious about Native culture in the area, than the Barrick Natural History Museum is just the thing. Learn how Southern Paiute tribes and Navajo survived, and even thrived in the relentless desert environment.
If you like to gamble, you’re in the right place, but if the shoulder to shoulder, loud revelry of Downtown and the Strip get to be too much, check out some of the local spots like Station Casinos, Sam’s Town, Texas, and others around Las Vegas. These usually cater to an older crowed, with less noise, lower limits, and less distractions.
Shows in Vegas are for everyone, well mostly. Some of the more popular shows for the older crowed include O at Bellagio, Viva Elvis in City Center, the comedy of Rita Rudner, Mystere at TI, Phantom at the Venetian, and Blue Man Group in Luxor. Downtown is a great area for entertainment, come on a busy weekend or especially the first Friday of any month (called First Friday) and you are going to be basically surrounded by noisy, often quite drunken youth. For most of the year though, Downtown can be very relaxing, with tons to do and lower prices than the strip. Of course while there you will have to check out the Fremont Street Experience and Viva Vision.
Also check out our list of free shows in the Free Stuff to Do in Las Vegas section.