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  • Gambling on a Budget: Finding a local at a Strip casino is rare. Why? Because Vegas residents know the limits are lower and the payback is often higher at neighborhood casinos like Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort.
  • Eating off the Strip: Those same locals who don’t gamble on the Strip usually don’t eat on the Strip either, unless they are trying to impress visitors. Instead they dine at the less expensive but still fantastic local eateries such as Lola’s: A Louisiana Kitchen or Todd’s Unique Dining.
  • Becoming an Arts Lover: Leave the tacky Las Vegas snow globes for the souvenir-hunting tourists and get yourself some unique Vegas keepsakes at one of the arts collectives instead. Emergency Arts and The Arts Factory are leading the charge for the burgeoning arts scene in the city.
  • Hunting for Treasure: It may be surprising to find out that in a city like Las Vegas, where history is often disposed of with carefully timed implosions, antique shopping is a favored pastime of locals and visitors alike. Check out the fun finds at Retro Vegas.
  • Catching a Broadway Show: The stunning (both visually and aurally) Smith Center for the Performing Arts has been a boon to the cultural life of Las Vegas, giving a proper home to everything from the philharmonics and dance troupes to their popular Broadway Series featuring titles like The Book of Mormon and Finding Neverland.
  • Walking the Streets: No, not that way. Instead, check out the fun First Friday Las Vegas street fair, which brings the local (and tourist) community together with live entertainment, art vendors, and lots of state fair–type food. Did we mention deep-fried cookie dough? We thought that would get your attention.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.