The 20 Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas HistoryLas Vegas Weekly · November 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm“A Disneyland for adults.” Las Vegas has worn that nickname for decades, even though a day in Las Vegas is arguably more affordable than one at Disneyland. But there was a time, not too long ago, when Vegas tried to erase its demographic line by constructing roller coasters, motion-simulator rides and entire theme parks. Unsatisfied with the drawing power of star entertainment, legalized gambling and topless ice shows, Las Vegas built attractions that could pull in entire families—in essence becoming a Disneyland for everybody.It didn’t quite work. By the mid-2000s Vegas reverted to its core (adult) strengths, and much of that family fun got ripped out. What follows is our attempt to divine the 20 all-time best of those rides, dancing fountains and roadside attractions. We limited our focus to man-made diversions (hence no Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire), excluding also special effects-heavy production shows (we already picked our top 20 of those in November 2016) and art galleries (because those might someday get a top 20 of their own). We considered all the things that make (or made) these attractions unique, groundbreaking and, above all, fun. And we imagined a Las Vegas where none of them had ever been closed or been replaced—one giant, multifaceted Disneyland. With nude ice shows.20. Springs PreserveThis 10-year-old, 180-acre attraction houses the birthplace of Las Vegas: the natural springs that led Spanish explorers to name it “the meadows.” Today the spot includes nearly four miles of trails, botanical gardens, museum exhibits (including the Nevada State Museum), events and classes.