The one thing we all have in common is a love for sports and sports betting. After that, things splinter off. I might like beer too much, you might like shooting guns too much, and someone else might like something else. To each their own - we can still hang in the sportsbook.
At the end of the day, we’re all sports geeks. However, when we’re not watching, wagering, or playing sports there’s usually time for some other hobbies and passions. Las Vegas is always home to what's popular around the country - regardless of how it fits into the typical image of Sin City.
Believe it or not, “nerd culture” has been popping up all over Las Vegas for the past few years. There was even a rumor that Comic-Con might relocate to Las Vegas from San Diego. That didn’t happen but there are actual comic conventions in Las Vegas. The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con takes place at the Westgate from June 29-July 1.
Here are some places to check out if you’re into some of the nerdier things in life.
Neonopolis (Fremont Street Experience)
This mini-mall in downtown Las Vegas has found a niche with venues for all kinds of nerds. They're even home to a bar called The Nerd, but that’s just the beginning. Neonopolis is home to a variety of venues for all kinds of nerds. You can spend hours here geeking out on stuff. Toy Shack, Celestial Comic, Fremont Arcade, Millennial Esports, Metropolitan art gallery, Axehole (throwing axes is nerdy, right?), Ultimate Sports Cards, and Banger Brewing. Beer nerds should sign up for a tour of the brewery.
Tournament of Kings (Excalibur)
This is the ultimate dinner and a show experience for nerds who like Renaissance festivals. Watch the knights get medieval while eating a massive turkey leg. Yes, this is a family-friendly show but it’s dorky fun for all ages.
Saw Escape Room (Near the Stratosphere)
This is an official Saw Escape Room experience that is inspired by the blockbuster Saw film franchise. There are a handful of escape room experiences in Las Vegas but this one embodies the horror movie franchise. “Guests” are part of an elaborate game devised by the infamous Jigsaw killer. The only way to escape is to work together. That’s how escape rooms work!
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Treasure Island)
The latest “Avengers” movie is one of the most popular movies of all time. You’ll see memorabilia and recreated sets from the different Marvel Avengers movies in this interactive and educational exhibit. There isn't much more to say about this attraction besides that it's a must for Marvel fans. Pro-tip: There are often discount tickets available online.
Fear The Walking Dead Experience (Fremont Street Experience)
You don’t have to be a fan of the show to be concerned about a zombie apocalypse. This experience is a part maze and part escape room. The experience has both video game and ride elements that are based on the TV Show. This is quite a unique experience for downtown Las Vegas.
CSI Experience (MGM Grand)
This experience is based on the popular TV show franchise and has videos with cast members and actual forensic scientists. Guests do realistic crime lab tests like matching DNA, examining bullet casings and identifying strands of hair in order to solve a crime.
Writer's Block (Fremont Street)
NERD! You went to a bookstore in Vegas! Seriously though, this is one of the most popular independent bookstores in Vegas.