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The Quieter Side of Las Vegas: Attractions & Dining

With numerous trade shows each year in Las Vegas, many business travelers have “been there, done that” more times than they can count. So, when that time of year rolls around again and you face another upcoming trip to exhibit and entertain, where do you take your clients this time?

It’s not all nightlife, gambling, and shows. There’s a quieter side of Vegas that could be just what visitors are looking for when they want a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of activity or to wind down after a busy day. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or they know you by name at the hotel desk, this list may offer some sights unseen or give you another reason to take a second look at all that Las Vegas has to offer.


  • The Conservatory at the Bellagio: This indoor garden sanctuary changes seasonally, so you can find some Zen as you marvel at the colors and experience the scents of fresh flowers on a stroll through this creative display.
  • Bellagio Water Show: The amazing dancing waters are choreographed to music and can be seen from Las Vegas Boulevard in front of The Bellagio Hotel. Show times are usually on the half hour
  • The Canals at the Venetian: These winding waterways are an engineering feat in themselves! Visit the second floor to walk along the indoor canals as they meander among various unique shops and eateries. You can even take in a gondola ride with a singing gondolier.
  • Lake of Dreams at the Wynn: Visit Parasol Down for a cocktail and a view of their lake with an incredible 40-foot waterfall. This attraction is even more mesmerizing at night with a holographic light show you will not want to miss.


After a long day on the exhibit hall show floor when everyone needs to get off their feet, what better way than to enjoy a relaxing meal with colleagues? If time is limited, consider scheduling a breakfast or lunch meeting with a client. Given the vast number of culinary choices nearby, these lesser known spots deserve mention for their unique dining experiences:

  • Top of the World at the Stratosphere: This upscale restaurant provides a birds-eye view of The Strip from 800-feet in the air while it slowly rotates as you dine. This is especially impressive at night.
  • Battista’s Hole in the Wall: Get a taste of old school Las Vegas with casual, authentic Italian fare just off the strip. Take some time to check out the many historical photos on the walls.
  • Bouchon at the Venetian: Featuring French cuisine options for breakfast, lunch and dinner with stunning presentations. Request seating on the garden patio if weather permits (and isn’t it always sunny in Las Vegas?).
  • Oyster Bay Seafood & Wine Bar in the Miracle Mile Shops: This spot is great for a casual lunch or dinner featuring fresh oysters that are shucked and served with expertise. Also consider taking in the indoor Rainstorm Show while you eat.

While this short list only touches on a few of the many entertainment options, keep in mind that your hotel concierge can make dinner reservations on your behalf or point out the latest “must-see” attractions for your group. These in-the-know professionals are a great resource with helpful suggestions to make your working visit more enjoyable, allowing you to get the most out of your time in Las Vegas. It’s a sure win-win without ever hitting the slot machines!

Do you have any out of the way spots that you’d like to recommend? Add to our list and share your Las Vegas hot spots with us by commenting below.

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Jodi Craigie was a Product Marketing Manager for Skyline's portable line of displays.

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