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Originally published Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

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Finding Vegas fun beyond the casinos

Shows and pool cabanas, shopping and stargazing, in Sin City.

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So what’s there to do in Las Vegas besides lining up cherries on a slot machine? A heck of a lot. Some options:

At the Neon Museum ( vintage signs are artfully arranged in the “boneyard” behind the visitor center. Daytime guided tours are $18; night tours are $25. Book in advance.

See a show

Check out the Cirque du Soleil shows and other extravaganzas. Ticket prices are hefty, generally $90 and up. See for show listings and special offers.

Dam it

Pay homage to the Hoover Dam ( at some point, either by rental car or bus tour. (Check with the concierge or visit one of the myriad info stands on the Strip.)

The Miracle Mile (miraclemileshopslv.­com) is a circuitous mall at the Planet Hollywood resort/casino in the heart of the Strip.

The super-chic Shops at Crystals ( is an eye-popping architectural showstopper in the CityCenter complex.

At just about any of the hotter clubs, restaurants and even pools will have a celeb or two bopping around; check the local papers to see who’s in town and what’s going on.

Get wet

Nothing beats sunshine and cold water for shaking off the night before in Vegas. With a group of friends, I rented two side-by-side Vdara cabanas on a Monday afternoon for $150 each, half the weekend rate. Our two private havens included eight loungers; misters that kept the air cool; fridges full of (nonalcoholic) beverages and fruit; large-screen TVs; a long, narrow pool that we had to ourselves.

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