5 Things to Do in Las Vegas When Your Flight is Delayed


The best cities to have flight delays are the ones with airports near the city center, so you can pop out for lunch or to see a couple more sights while you wait. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is just south of the Strip, conveniently located smack in the middle of the city. Killing a couple hours in the area is no problem and won't have you sweating to make it back to the airport.

The Strip

The Las Vegas Strip, stretching along Las Vegas Boulevard from about Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere, is obviously the top destination in Las Vegas, and chances are, if you're flying out of here you've already seen some of what it has to offer. But if you didn't quite get enough, it's definitely doable for a short trip from the airport. Depending on which end you're aiming for, it could take between eight and 17 minutes to travel from McCarran airport to the Strip.

Trips could include a visit to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, a ride on New York New York's roller coaster or spin on The LINQ's High Roller Ferris wheel.
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The Marjorie Barrick Museum at University of Las Vegas, Nevada

Just seven minutes from the airport, the Barrick Museum on the UNLV campus showcases the artwork of graduates of the art program, artists with ties to the Las Vegas area and works with heritage significant to Southern Nevada. The rest of the campus makes for a pleasant walk in the spring and fall as well.

Free, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., closed Sunday.

The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign

Between the shows, restaurants, clubs, shopping and other sights, maybe you didn't get a chance to stop by the iconic sign. The few hours before a delayed flight may be a good chance to stop by and snap a shot of it. It's about 10 minutes away from the airport.

Free, open 24 hours daily.

Sunset Park

Also seven minutes from the airport, Sunset Park is one of Las Vegas' largest parks. With walking paths, tennis, softball, basketball and volleyball courts, a disc golf course and bicycle, fishing and sport equipment reservations, the park is a good way to get fresh air before holing up in a plane for hours.

Free, open daily 6 a.m.–11 a.m.

Town Square shopping center

This upscale shopping center eight minutes from the airport has the usual store offerings plus a movie theater and Whole Foods. It's a good stop for dining, shopping and walking around.

Free, Monday – Thursday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Sarah Corsa is a features reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She spends her time finding the best the city has to offer, then sharing that intel. You can find her