An alternative guide to an inexpensive weekend in Las Vegas

Ah, Las Vegas. Sin City. The entertainment capital of the world. What happens there stays there. Well, unless you're Benja.

Shortly after Benja started in 2014, the folks behind the VegasTechFund's “The Mill” provided our first piece of external validation: an early-stage investment. The company spent time in downtown Las Vegas as the folks at the Downtown Project got to work.

We were blown away by the effort: a bunch of new restaurants, bars, galleries, and an awesome set of people who make up the booming startup scene near Fremont Street.

While we were there, we built a roster of can't-miss places that won't make a hole in your wallet.

1. Neon Museum

Neon Museum preserves and showcases vintage Vegas signage. Take a tour to gain insight into how the strip’s iconic signs have changed in design over the years with pieces from the 1930’s through to the present day. All signs have been restored so you can see them in all their former glory.


Price: $18 for an hour-long guided tour

2. Slotzilla Zoom Line

Be taken on an amazing ride above the awesome Fremont Street on a slot machine-inspired zip line ride. You’ll get some amazing views while you travel at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour at a height of up to 114 feet. We recommend that you take this zip line at night so that you really get to see all the charm of Fremont Street.

Price: $45

3. Wildlife Habitat

The Wildlife Habitat found at Flamingo Hotel and Casino is one of the most unique attractions in Sin City and guess what? It’s free. The habitat is home to an incredible flock of Chilean Flamingos, meanwhile, there are also swans, turtles, hummingbirds and many more animals frolicking around the grounds.


Price: Free

4. Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck

Enjoy one of the best views of Las Vegas from Stratosphere Tower’s incredible observation deck. You’ll get a 360-degree view from 1,149 feet above the ground where you’ll be able to take in all of Sin City’s most iconic attractions.


Price: $20

5. The Big Apple Coaster

This one will whet the appetite of thrill-seekers who love nothing more than going on a loop de loop, fast and frantic rollercoaster. The Big Apple Coaster will take you up 203 feet, then drop you down 144 feet, all while taking you to speeds of up to 67 mph. It’s also the very first coaster to feature a “heartline twist” which is basically an 180-degree twist and drop movement. This one isn’t for the faint-hearted.


Price: $14

Even in fabulous Las Vegas, there is still inexpensive fun to be had! Just think a bit outside the box (and casino) and have a truly alternative Las Vegas trip.