Are you thinking about taking the kids on your Las Vegas vacation? Go for it! Though the city has a reputation as an adults-only playground, there’s a surprising number of family-friendly activities that you’ll enjoy as much as your kids will.
Adventuredome Theme Park
Just behind the iconic Circus Circus is the casino's pink-domed, five-acre indoor theme park. It has experiences for all ages including traditional rides, thrill rides, and roller coasters. There’s no admission fee and it is possible to purchase an all-day ride pass before you go so you don’t have to pay for each activity individually.
Shark Reef Aquarium At Mandalay Bay
The last place you’d expect to find ocean marine life is in the desert however, this is Las Vegas. In this city, unexpected attractions can be found anywhere. The ocean-themed Mandalay Bay casino is an ideal choice for operating a state of the art aquarium. Visitors of all ages will appreciate the close-up view of sea life including sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanic Gardens
The Bellagio may be known for its luxurious amenities and enormous outdoor fountain, but inside is a cultural treat for the entire family. Throughout the year, more than a hundred horticulturalists formally arrange beautiful scenes near the area of the reception desk. A trip there will delight everyone’s senses and help everyone learn about botany and biology.
The Grand Canyon
Though you may not have planned a family trip to the Grand Canyon, it is easily possible to add one into your Las Vegas vacation. Getting there can take four or five hours by car or motorcoach but it is well worth it.
To up the excitement and save time, consider getting there by helicopter. Aside from the stunning views and time that you'll save, these air tours may be one of your first times in a helicopter. That experience alone will add to your trip.
Las Vegas Night Flight
Famous for its neon signage, Las Vegas is beautiful at night from any vantage point. Having an aerial view from a helicopter is one sight your family won’t soon forget. Once you’re up in the air you can compare how it looked when you were below and marvel at the work that went into making such an explosion of light in a wide-open desert space.
As you’re considering family-friendly activities consider exploring the nature that's nearby. You can enjoy any number of stunning hikes that are no more than an hour’s drive away. Each of them showcases the kinds of high-desert beauty you’d expect to find in other parts of the American West like Utah or Arizona.
What are some of the most visited hiking spots? Popular sites include Valley of Fire State Park (which happens to be Nevada’s first state park), Red Rock Canyon, Ice Box Canyon, and the Las Vegas Overlook Trail.
Even though there is plenty for kids to do, you may want to treat yourself to an adults-only night out. In advance of your trip, talk to your hotel concierge to see if the hotel has a kids club or knows about reliable child care providers.
Not finding what you need? An online search can also uncover options that you can visit it once you’re there to ensure it’s a good fit for you. This should give you the freedom to balance family fun with the grown-up time that will make your trip even more memorable.