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25 FUN Ideas for Celebrating 50th Birthday in Las Vegas

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Last Updated on January 23, 2022 by Michelle Moyer

The 25 TOP Ideas to Celebrate 50th Birthday in Las Vegas or ANY Birthday!!

Lots of lights and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip for a celebration
Lots of fun birthday spots in Las Vegas!

Las Vegas annually ranks as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world so of course, there are LOTS of ideas for celebrating 50th birthday in Las Vegas.  There are so many activities to choose from that everyone at your party will be entertained from morning until night…. And even into the wee hours of the morning.

I recently planned a birthday trip to celebrate my 50th birthday in Las Vegas with family and friends for a long weekend of 4 days.  We piled so much into those days and everyone had a fun time!  They can’t wait until the next trip!  Sadly, it will not be a 50th birthday trip to Las Vegas, but perhaps there will be another fun milestone birthday to celebrate in Las Vegas.

Ways to Celebrate 50th birthday in Las Vegas:

Attractions for EVERYONE to celebrate a birthday in Las Vegas

Shows & Entertainment

Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world due to its broad scope of entertainment options.  There are musical concerts, hilarious comedy, acrobatic artistry, master illusionists, and adult shows jam-packed into every theater and venue on the strip each day and night of the week.

Take in a new production or a long-running favorite.  Top entertainers like Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, David Copperfield, Prince, and Celine Dion have had their names lighting up the marquee at their shows in Las Vegas.  Today, each casino has its own headling entertainment to draw in the tourists.


The Very Best Comedy Show

with comedian at Comedy Show - Mike Hammer during 50th birthday in Las Vegas
Birthday wishes from the Las Vegas comedian

The huge variety of Vegas shows includes comedy shows.  We chose to go to the Mike Hammer Show at the Four Queens Casino on Fremont Street.  My sides hurt from laughing the whole entire time.  Mike leaves no one out of the show.  If you sit in the back, be prepared to still be a part of the show.  I was on stage assisting with a magic act and my daughter was actually a PART of the ending act! 

Mike Hammer has a nice Meet and Greet after the show, so we stopped by to show our gratitude and grab some photo opportunities.  I highly recommend this show for its comedy. The added bonus is its location on Fremont Street —the next entry on this list of exciting things to do in Las Vegas on your birthday!

PRO TIP: You DO need thick skin to attend this show!  Only go if you want to laugh at yourself, at your guests, and at EVERYONE in the room!


Fremont Street

Posing on the busy Fremont Street in Las Vegas during 50th birthday party
Wear a Birthday Banner while you celebrate a milestone birthday in Las Vegas on Fremont St.

Fremont Street is the old Downtown Las Vegas, located a few miles from the strip, and is a feast for all the senses.  Street performers are scattered throughout Fremont Street, playing music and displaying their talents, which are often quite unusual and exotic. 

We had time to explore this interesting part of Las Vegas before we went to the Mike Hammer Comedy Show.  The neon lights of the downtown casinos twinkled brightly and beckoned us inside to try out their slots, eat at the restaurants, order the alcohol, or just wander around and experience the atmosphere.

Fremont Street has a canopy over the top and has an illuminated sound and light show every hour from 6 pm – 2 am, with the premium show Mixology shown twice.  It is considered to be the largest single digital display in the world with music from well-known artists on their nightly Viva Vision Lightshow lineup.


Neon Museum

25 FUN Ideas for Celebrating 50th Birthday in Las Vegas 4 Neon Museum Tour during 50th birthday in Las Vegas
Neon Museum: a unique addition to the list of things to do in Vegas for a birthday

The neon museum is a great place to take your family and friends during your birthday party in Las Vegas.  They have 2 different tours plus a show to choose from.  We chose to visit the Boneyard on a guided tour at night.  It was spectacular to be able to see all the neon signs lit up. 

The guide explained where they all came from, the unique backstory behind each one, who created them, when each one was made, and the role they all played in the history of Las Vegas signage.  We were able to take as many selfies as we wanted.

The Neon Museum is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1996 in order to preserve all the iconic Las Vegas light-up signs.  They work hard to keep these treasures intact while educating visitors about the historical importance of each piece.


What on earth is Area 15?

neon lights at Mega Mart while Celebrating 50th birthday in Las Vegas at Area 15
Area 15: an unusual thing to do in Vegas for your birthday

I took my 50th birthday party to Area 15 and we were definitely the oldest people in the building.  This entertainment complex is an over-the-top display of modern tech, immersive entertainment, and artwork.  We spent a lot of time in the arcade trying out the pinball machines and skeeballs. 

The main attraction is Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart which is an interactive walk-through art exhibit that is themed after a grocery store and sometimes compared to a scavenger hunt.

Grab a ticket here and prepare for a great birthday activity!!

Lost Spirits Distillery is located at the entrance.  It has been called a ‘Willy Wonka’ for adults with its amazing array of tasting rooms for all of the distilled spirits. 


Gambling in Las Vegas

slot machines for gambling in casinos in Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ claim to fame is its gambling institutions in the form of large and luxurious casinos.  They are over 120 casinos throughout the city that are filled with slot machines and card tables of every variety to satisfy every type of gambling need. 

Try out your birthday luck by placing some bets, rolling some dice, betting on a horse, or pulling the slot machine lever.  Ok, most of the digital slot machines don’t have levers anymore, so all you can do is press a button!  If you are spending your birthday in Las Vegas, you might have some good luck vibes so try out those colorful digital slot machines!


Welcome to Las Vegas Sign (s)

group of ladies posing at the Welcom to Las Vegas Sign for birthday party
My girls! …as they party with me to celebrate my 50th birthday in Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Sign is iconic.  There are several… no, there are MANY MANY Las Vegas signs all around the strip, but there is only ONE Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

The huge 25-foot-tall sign is located in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard South and most people consider it the marker for the south end of the Las Vegas strip.

Gather your Las Vegas birthday party guys and gals and grab a selfie for your most fabulous souvenir at Sin City.  The line is usually long, but it goes pretty fast.  At night, there is often a ‘photography helper’ there to light up your party for a better photo. Preserve the memories of celebrating your 50th birthday in Las Vegas and put one of these signs on your Las Vegas birthday party itinerary.

posing under the Las Vegas sign near the Stratosphere in Las Vegas

There is also a new Welcome to Las Vegas sign located at the north end of the strip near the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.  There are several cool Instagram photo opportunities there as well as a Las Vegas arch that crosses the boulevard next to the Strat.

The Welcome to Las Vegas store is located throughout the strip at many locations.  They not only have many souvenirs commemorating the iconic sign, but they also have small light-up sign replicas that beckon tourists for additional selfies.  Of course, I obliged!


KISS Minigolf at Rio

Much better than a bowling alley and a putt-putt course!  This is KISS Mini Golf!  There are 18-holes custom-designed in 13,000 square feet of KISS-themed attractions, glow-in-the-dark features, state-of-the-art video, and authentic KISS props and memorabilia.  The whole place rocks as a DJ spins KISS tunes and hosts trivia contests with prizes galore.

This fun dedication to the rock legends is located at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.  To add to the festivities, they even have a special event room to host your birthday bash. Let’s not forget that rock and roll gift shop for last-minute gift ideas!

Attractions for the LADIES to Celebrate a 50th Birthday in Las Vegas

Ladies, there are so many Vegas Birthday Ideas for a 50th birthday party in Las Vegas! No matter what your age, your birthday party in Las Vegas will be SPECTACULAR!
Plan a night out with the girls for special birthday trip memories of a lifetime!

Thunder from Down Under / Magic Mike

men in front of red screen during Thunder from down under 2 for 50th birthday party in Las Vegas
Celebrating 50th Birthday in Las Vegas at Thunder from Down Under

I was undecided between Magic Mike and the Thunder from Down Under.  I ended up going to the Thunder Show and loved it, but I can’t compare it to the other since I didn’t go.

The Thunder from Down Under is a male revue that is FULL of refined Australian men.  We definitely saddled up for the night and lost our inhibitions to the cowboys gyrating on stage, leaping onto the counter right in front of us, and yes, even closer, right on top of our seats inviting our admiration of their bodies and holding our hands in places that I can’t mention.

man dancing without a shirt at Thunder from down under 2 for 50th birthday party in Las Vegas
Special birthday surprise in Las Vegas!

Drinks are as plentiful as the men.  In fact, the Shout Out and Shots Package from Vegas Girls Night Out gave our whole birthday party a jello shot or two, AND called out a special Happy 50th Birthday to this Moyer Memoirs Travel Blogger! 

Grab your HOT ticket NOW!!!

Steamy and powerful dances are choreographed to thunderous music in time to the rapid heartbeats of the audience.  No one is left out and I often wondered if perhaps my front-row seat was not the best view of the men dancing their way back and forth on the tables! This was definitely one of the most entertaining ways to celebrate my 50th birthday in Vegas.


Shopping Malls on the Las Vegas Strip

Mannequins in a window modeling fashions while Shopping the Las Vegas Malls for 50th birthday gifts

Las Vegas is a mind-blowing shoppers’ paradise.  There are huge shopping malls right on the Las Vegas strip, outlet shopping centers for amazing finds and numerous luxury brand shops that are packed with well-known name-brand merchandise like Dior, Prada, and Chanel.  Spend some of your birthday cash and take home some lovely souvenirs!


Novelty Souvenir Shopping

giant M&M guys and candy at the M&M store in Las Vegas
M & M World
giant coke bottle at the coca cola store in las vegas
Coca-Cola Store

For all the shop-aholics…Vegas is heaven for us! Walking up and down the strip there is a store for everyone. Some of the most unique and exciting stores that stood out to me were the famous M&M world and Hershey’s Chocolate World. I could have spent all day in those stores if I had the time!

In the M & M world, it is a 4 level store- with each level a different color M&M theme. My favorite color has always been yellow, so I spent most of my time on the YELLOW floor. They have so many options for all ages from multiple varieties of candy M&Ms, to soft themed blankets, to mugs for hot chocolate. They even have M&M statues to pose with for a picture! My souvenir was a yellow M&M oven mitt.

Over in Hershey’s Chocolate World, there is an abundance of every chocolate you could imagine! We decided to buy multiple different types of delicious cookies to share with our group.

Pro tip: Don’t eat a big meal because you will be filled with yummy treats after visiting these awesome novelty stores.

Attractions for the GUYS to Celebrate a 50th Birthday in Las Vegas

Dream Racing Exotic Sportscar

standing in front of racecar at Exotic Racing in Las Vegas for birthday
Dream Racing: one of the best Las Vegas birthday ideas for men! Yep, that’s my hubby looking all cool!

Guys, if you are anything like my hubby, there is gasoline in your blood, headlights in your eye sockets, and the chance to drive an engineered racing machine makes you drool.

And drool, he did!  But only for a minute, until he got behind the wheel, and then it was all grins!  Hubby was upgraded to a race-prepped Porsche Cayman S and was able to enjoy the highest-rated driving experience in Las Vegas with Dream Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Where else can you get behind the wheel of an exotic sports car like a Lamborghini or Porche and push the pedal to the floor with no red and blue flashing lights behind you!  This is the ultimate rush of a birthday idea and probably one of the best Las Vegas birthday ideas for men!

After getting your racecar briefing you will get one-on-one training to try out this once-in-a-lifetime experience on the 1.2 mile, nine-turn racetrack to live out your racing dreams!

Reserve your EXOTIC RACE CAR NOW!

This is one of the best birthday surprises in Vegas that you can get for your car-loving significant other!!


Machine Guns Vegas

Take some powerful shots as you celebrate your birthday in Las Vegas at this premier shooting range.  Choose a modern machine gun, a historical handgun, or over 40 other firearm options from the Machine Guns Vegas armory like an AK-47, M4, Glock, UZI, and Beretta.

If it is your first time pulling a trigger, they can find a package that will suit your experience.  For those with more expertise, they also have Seal Team 6 and SAS Experience packages with real-life special forces weaponry.


Nelsons Ghosttown

posing in the dirt with old cars and an old building for Birthday photos in Las Vegas at Nelsons Ghosttown
Posing for a photo in Nelsons Ghosttown: Birthday Ideas in Las Vegas

If you have an eye for authentic machinery and nostalgic pieces, Nelsons Ghosttown is the perfect destination to reminisce about years gone by.  They have quite a collection of vehicles and collectibles that provides a nice tribute to classic Americana.

They charge just $1 for walking around.  It felt like we were walking around the set of an old movie.  Classic car bodies were parked in the field and old abandoned buildings beckoned us to show them some love.  We obliged, of course, with a smattering of selfies!

Nelson’s Ghosttown would be the perfect background for that impeccable 50th birthday snapshot!


Sports Entertainment in Las Vegas

Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in front of a blue sky

Celebrate your milestone birthday in Las Vegas at a sports venue!  Attend an NFL game at the new Allegiant Stadium, a beautiful addition to the skyline, or catch an NHL game to watch the Golden Knights.

Las Vegas has some of the biggest boxing matches in the world, so there will be no shortage of entertainment for the fighting venues.

Cheap Attractions for the Budget Conscious Birthday in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip tours

New York skyline at New York Casino during a las vegas birthday trip

Each Las Vegas strip casino and hotel is filled with stunning and often unusual architecture.  The designs range from the Italian Renaissance to glitzy-over-the-top displays.  There are floral arrangements, waterfalls and fountains, Instagram-worthy signs, and colorful backdrops.

For your birthday trip to Las Vegas, arrange a walking tour of the Las Vegas casinos and be mesmerized at each stunning lobby and all the displays of grandeur both inside and outside at each location.  The theming of each casino is carried out to extremity, perhaps you will wonder if indeed you are wandering through the quaint Parisian streets or meandering through Venetian alleys next to the singing gondoliers!

Don’t want to PLAN the tour? Sign up for a pre-planned tour & have a blast on your birthday in Las Vegas!


Mirage Volcano

Fire and water shooting up at Mirage Volcano show in Las Vegas

The volcano erupts in front of the Mirage Resort every hour beginning at 7 pm in an incredible free show.  Be sure to get there early like we did so that you can get a nice unobstructed view.  We arrived 20 minutes early to get front row at the railing in front of the volcano.

The show is a thunderous eruption of volcanic lava that is displayed with 150 jets of fire, red smoke, and accompanying lights.  The exciting show is choreographed to an original rhythmic composition by the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian composer Zakir Hussain.  The music has a tribal vibe that is heavy on the drums giving an exotic air to the whole presentation. 

The Mirage volcano is a must-see during your 50th birthday party in Las Vegas.  You definitely need to witness this 120 feet high powerful eruption that entertains the crowd for over 4 ½ minutes of fireballs.


Pinball Hall of Fame Museum

lots of machines lined up on the wall at the Pinball Museum - birthday trip destination in Las Vegas

What is in the Pinball Museum?  You guessed it: Pinball Machines!  The non-profit museum has 25,000 square feet filled with arcade games and is dedicated to keeping them around for years to come.  The pinballs are all in working order that you can enjoy them for just a few coins.  The older pinball machines are 25 cents and the newer models are 50 cents.

We took the Las Vegas birthday party to the Pinball Museum and had 2 hours of fun for 10 bucks!  You can’t say THAT for a lot of the places on Las Vegas Boulevard!

PRO TIP: Free parking and free admission!


Hang out in a Mansion to celebrate your 50th birthday in Las Vegas

pool and slide at the las vegas mansion for my birthday in las vegas
Pool area at our Las Vegas Mansion!

The BEST idea that I had to celebrate my 50th birthday in Las Vegas was renting a mansion through VRBO for all of my family and friends to stay in.  This was WAY better than getting 8 hotel rooms because we could all gather in the living room to socialize, have breakfast at the bar at our leisure, and walk right out onto the patio to soak in the hot tub.

My hubby cooked a delicious birthday dinner of baked pasta and garlic bread in our huge mansion kitchen.  This was better than dining in the expensive Las Vegas restaurants because we could all sit together and talk without the extra noise and clatter of other diners.  Better yet, I could get seconds and thirds of pasta just by walking 10 steps to the counter!

How did we manage to stock the fridge for 3 breakfasts, ingredients to cook our 2 big dinners, and even get a birthday cake –resulting in a stress-free start to our vacation?  We used a grocery delivery service!  We pre-planned all our meals and had the groceries and cakes delivered!

Don’t worry, we still ate out!  We did leave time to enjoy some Las Vegas food.  Continue reading just a little bit more for Las Vegas birthday ideas for the foodie!


50th birthday Decorations

two 50th birthday cakes in Las Vegas

Don’t forget the 50th birthday decorations to make your birthday party in Las Vegas even more special!  Use the decorations all around your mansion rental or decorate your hotel room to give it a festive atmosphere.

Attractions for the Adventurous to Celebrate a 50th Birthday in Las Vegas

High Roller

colorful neon lit Ferris Wheel High Roller in Las Vegas
High Roller Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas

This gigantic 550-foot Ferris wheel is the second-tallest in the world! While watching the High Roller from afar, it doesn’t even look like it moves because it is so big and slow. This observation wheel carries 28 HUGE enclosed pods that can hold up to 40 people. My favorite part- half of them have a built-in open bar inside. If you purchase those tickets, there is a Happy Hour with a full bar on the High Roller which includes free drinks for your 30-min ride!

We decided to check it out after we ate at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant. We had our tickets already so we walked right up to the gate and waited in a short line.

PRO TIP: Buy your tickets online, beforehand, otherwise you will be waiting in a long line to buy your tickets, and then another line to board the High Roller.

The Ferris wheel never stopped moving! It moves at such a slow pace that all passengers are able to board while it is still turning. The doors sealed shut as soon as we rounded the corner to go up in the air. Up, up, and away!

The views were breathtaking… we were looking down upon the lit-up city of Las Vegas. Everything that once looked so enormous didn’t seem as intimidatingly big anymore. If you looked directly up or down, you could see the other pods on the Ferris wheel.  My favorite view from the High Roller was watching the Bellagio Fountain show from far away. Seeing the entire city at night was the most beautiful experience and if I ever get the chance, I will do it again!


Seven Magic Mountains  MAP

7 towers of colorful rocks in the sunset at Birthday stop in Las Vegas at Seven Magic Mountains

Seven Magic Mountains is a large, free art installation located in Henderson, Nevada, and a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip.  It consists of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders that are more than 30 feet high, shooting out of the barren desert.

It was created by internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone in 2016 for a two-year exhibit.  It has become so popular and loved, particularly by Instagrammers, that its exhibition has been extended!

Take note of the weather when you visit Seven Magic Mountains.  It was sunset when we stopped and the chill was blowing in, so we had the quickest photo session ever!  We were not able to enjoy the interpretive signage at the installation.

There is a small parking lot nearby that was almost full at sunset and NO restroom facilities at the artistic site.



Late Night Las Vegas Activities for the Night Owls to Celebrate a 50th Birthday in Las Vegas

Minus 5 Ice Experience

When vacationing in the desert, the coolest place to be is an Ice Bar!  With three locations around the Las Vegas strip, the Minus 5 Ice Experience is a convenient place to cool off while enjoying a craft cocktail.

Everything in the Ice Bar is made of ice: the tables, the seats, the bar, the glasses!  The frosty environment was quite a unique experience.  I was bundled in a warm fur coat and hat that was a part of my Ice Bar package, so I was able to stay for about an hour before the chill got to me.  Gloves were also provided so that we were able to hold onto the ice glasses without getting frostbite on our fingers. 

PRO TIP: Make sure you wear socks to the Ice Bar, I saw a poor girl trying to put her mittens on her frozen toes!

We sipped our cocktails, admired the ice sculptures, enjoyed the multi-colored LED lights, and took a million photos.  At the end of our experience, we disposed of our ice glasses by demolishing them.  We had a competition for who would be the best at destroying their ice glass by spiking it into tiny bits.  Sadly, I lost!

Ice Bar Locations:

  • The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
  • The Grand Canal Shops at Venetian
  • The LINQ Promenade

Watch our awesome ICE CUP SMASHING!!


Night Clubs

golden lion in front of Hakkasan night club in las vegas
couple holding a drink in neon lights while Celebrating birthday in Las Vegas at Hakassan Night Club

It wouldn’t be the Entertainment Capital of the World without the exciting nightlife.  There are numerous bars with nightclubs that operate throughout the night featuring the top DJ’s and fancy drinks.  The clubs are often multi-level dance floors that can accommodate thousands of party-goers that are interesting in having a wild night.

For your birthday celebration in Las Vegas, make sure to get on the Guest List.  We reserved our tickets to Hakkasam Night Club for free entry passes and one free drink.  It was a breeze getting through the admission line and into the club where everyone was already hopping with the music and flashing lights.


Stratosphere Skypod

tall building in the dark sky Skypod at the top of Stratosphere
2 guys pointing at the view of all the lights in las vegas from the top of the stratosphere

The best views of Las Vegas are from high above and it is even better at night when all the neon lights are glowing.  Go to the top of the Stratosphere to see all the dazzling lights from the Skypod.


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Krista

Vegas seems to be a great city to celebrate a birthday in! There are definitely a lot of fun things to do here – day and night!

Travel A-Broads

I’ve been to Las Vegas several times but it seems I haven’t nearly scratched the surface with all the activities Vegas has to offer! When we visited in November, we waited in the long line for the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign – totally worth it, haha – and then we visited Seven Magic Mountains (which I was super excited about), but it was SO crowded. Next time, I’ll make sure to get there earlier in the morning! Xx Sara

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