If you plan on seeing all the accessible sights Las Vegas has to offer, you better plan an extended vacation. Although it's known for its gambling, Sin City has a lot of other sights to see, and thankfully, the vast majority of them are accessible. Still, always call ahead to alert the venue of special accomodations you may need, and they might be able to advise on the best times to visit to avoid a traffic rush.
Shark Reef Aquarium
Mandalay Bay features a full-sized aquarium with a mission focused on education and preservation initiatives, smack in the middle of Nevada's high desert. A fully ADA-certified accessible facility, Shark Reef Aquarium features a 1.3 million gallon shark exhibit, shipwreck, octopus exhibit, reef sharks, a golden crocodile, komodo dragon, jungle of Amazon predators, and Caribbean reef tunnell. The journey takes visitors through a slowly sinking temple overtaken by some of the world's most dangerous predators, complete with tunnel exhibits that offer a "diver's view" of the depths below. An adult ticket offers admission to the Shark Reef Aquarium and Polar Journey special exhibit for $25, but there are discounts for Nevada residents, seniors, and children. Good news for families?children three and under enter free of cost.
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Animal lovers can see the world's most majestic species up close and personal at Mirage's Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The facility is entirely wheelchair accessible, and you can inquire at the front desk for scooter rental if you'd like to power through the day. This interactive exhibit features Bottlenose dolphins, white tigers, white lions, and leopards. For a real face-to-face experience, the VIP tour offers trainer for a day or painting with the dolphins. Locals, bring your Nevada ID for a discount. Regardless, children three and under enter for free.
Slotzilla Zoomline at Fremont Street Experience
Good news for adventure-seekers: Slotzilla Zoomline at Fremont Street Experience is wheelchair accessible! Thrill-junkies must be physically able to hold up your head and neck, but the rest is taken care of! The experience allows visitors to fly superhero style, 11 stories above Las Vegas, for five blocks at up to 40 miles per hour. The experience costs $45 and $49 Fridays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. For guests with disabilities, a SlotZilla supervisor will take the guest to the take-off deck in a Fremont Experience?provided wheelchair. Someone in the guest's party will meet them at the landing platform with their personal wheelchair. Note that there are some restrictions when it comes to prosthetic limbs due to harness and safety requirements, but in most cases, you are good to go! For children, Zoomline guests must be at least 80 pounds, and the maximum is 300 lbs. Flyers younger than 16 must be accompanied by a rider 16 or older.
High Roller Ferris Wheel
Towering 550-feet from the ground, the Linq's High Roller Ferris Wheel is wheelchair accessible with space for chairs in each cabin. Enjoy 360-degree views of Las Vegas in an air-conditioned pod that is roomy enough to accomodate 40 people.
Stratosphere Observation Deck
Prefer to keep your feet on the concrete? You can enjoy the view from the Stratosphere Hotel's 1,149-foot high observation tower. Despite the height, the entire facility, elevator, and observation deck is wonderfully wheelchair accessible. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the tallest freestanding observation tower Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
History Channel buffs take note: the world-famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is entirely wheelchair accessible. The shop is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., only closing for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Visits and parking is always free. Next door, the Rick Harrison Pawn Plaza shopping center offers shops, dining, and nightlife. Want to meet Rick, Chumlee, and Corey? Like the tables, you'll have to try your luck. The guys drop in on occasion to meet fans, sign autographs, and of course, make some deals. Most Saturdays and noon you can find Antwaun and Mark Hall Patton (called the beard of knowledge) holding a meet-and-greet for fans. Rick can also be found Friday and Saturday nights bartending at Rick's Rolling Smoke BBQ and Tavern next door. If anyone in your party is local, bring your Nevada ID for faster access to the shop and Pawn Plaza discounts.