As a top tourist destination for both American and international travelers, Las Vegas offers a number of attractions, activities, dining and entertainment options to suit anyone's budget. Whether traveling in luxury or on a tight budget, couples can choose from a variety of cute and romantic dating ideas, many of which are easily accessible from the Las Vegas Strip and other areas surrounding the city center.
Ride an Authentic Gondola
Starting at $16 (as of 2011), the Italian gondola ride at the Venetian Las Vegas (m.venetian.com) allows couples to indulge in romance as they float down the canals along the hotel's Italian streetscape. During this half-mile ride, couples enjoy an unique view of the Venetian's shops, surrounded by a ceiling emulating a blue sky. During the tour, a singing gondolier sweeps around the Grand Canal and European architecture inspired by many Venice landmarks. The gondola ride travels beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies and even outside to the Venetian-inspired exterior of the hotel.
Watch the Las Vegas Sunset
Many good locations are available for couples who want to watch the sunset on the Las Vegas Strip. At a cheap price, couples can see the sunset over the Strip from the Stratosphere Observation Deck (stratospherehotel.com) or the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower (parislasvegas.com). Another idea is to go to nearby McCarran International Airport (mccarran.com) and watch airplanes land. An observation area is situated along Sunset Road, where visitors can hear pilots talking to the tower via FM radio. Couples can also travel a few minutes away from the Strip to check out Seven Hills along Eastern Avenue in Henderson and dine at the Black Mountain Grill (blackmountaingrill.com). Being in an elevated area, some great vantage points of both the sunrise and sunset are available.
Enjoy the Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame (pinballmuseum.org) houses the world’s largest pinball collection by Tim Arnold, a renowned arcade chain owner and pinball collector. This 4,500-square foot storefront is open to the public and also serves as a non-profit museum featuring pinball machines dating from the 1940s to the 1980s. Here, couples can view more than 200 vintage pinball machines or play pinball at a cheap price, ranging from 25 to 50 cents per game, as of 2011.
Watch the Dueling Pianos
The Las Vegas Dueling Pianos (duelingpianoslv.com) show plays in various locations including Harrah’s, the Palazzo and New York-New York. In most locations, these duels are free of charge. Each highly interactive show varies every night and features two pianists who engage the audience to sing to the tunes being played, while they showcase their piano skills. As all-around performers, the players are not just gifted pianists, but also musical comedy artists or dancers. Couples can make requests for song's they want to hear. By the end of the show, the audience chooses the night’s winner by applause.