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‘Las Vegas’ and ‘kids’ are two things that you wouldn’t automatically think would go together! However this bright and bustling city has a huge amount of kid-friendly things to do, as I discovered on our recent US road trip. While I was at first hesitant in bringing the kids, we now wish we’d had longer to fully explore and experience all that Las Vegas has to offer for families!
While we didn’t get to visit everything on our ‘fun things to do in Las Vegas’ list that we had compiled before our trip, we’ve included them here for inspiration for other families looking for the best things to do in Las Vegas for kids.
Here’s our round-up of the best Las Vegas attractions and activities for the family.
Things to do with kids in Las Vegas on the Strip
High Roller Observation Wheel
Towering over Las Vegas Boulevard, the 550 foot tall High Roller Observation Wheel is one of the tallest in the world! Located at the Linq Hotel, the wheel rotates slowly (approximately a 30 minute ride), while the glass cabins give passengers amazing 360-degree views over the strip and beyond.
Situated directly out the front of the Bellagio Hotel is a large man-made lake, with over 1,000 fountains that provide a mesmerising performance of water and light, carefully choreographed to music. The free shows take place every half-hour until 8pm, then every 15 minutes until midnight.
Located near MGM Grand, the Coca-Cola store has a massive range of Coca-Cola apparel and merchandise! However the best part is the beverage bar on the second floor, where you can order an ‘Around The World’ tray and taste test the most popular soft drinks from different countries around the world.
Also near the MGM Grand is M&M’s World, with four levels dedicated to this delicious chocolate candy treat! You can personalise your own M&M’s and watch them being created, or browse the selection in the M&M’s My Colour section for dozens of different shades of M&M’s that you don’t typically see at your local grocery store.
Cirque de Soleil Shows
You can’t go to Vegas and not see a show! Our pick of the shows for families would have to be the Cirque de Soleil productions – the acrobatics, stunts, divine costumes and sets are guaranteed to keep your kids mesmerised for the entire time. Mystere at Treasure Island is a great introduction for younger kids (mine were aged 7, 5 & 4 years old at the time). O at the Bellagio features a water stage with thrilling acrobatics, while KA takes you on an epic journey on a floating stage. For music-lovers, the Beatles and Michael Jackson ONE shows are sure to please. However, Zumanity is strictly adults-only.
Gondola Ride at The Venetian
Step inside the Venetian hotel, and you could be forgiven for thinking you had suddenly transported to Venice! Here you can take an indoor or outdoor gondola ride through the replicated canals of Venice, guided by your own personal gondolier.
For those interested in the history of Las Vegas, a visit to the Neon Museum should be on your list. Built around the Neon Graveyard, this attraction features vintage signs from a glamorous and sparkling Vegas of yesteryear.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
This popular (and FREE) attraction is located just past the lobby inside the Bellagio Hotel. Changing with the seasons and holidays, this magnificent garden features thousands of plants and flowers that have been shaped into beautiful seasonal scenes and displays.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Dive into an underwater world at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Exhibits include over 100 sharks and other sea life, a massive shark tank with a walk-through tunnel, and touch pool are popular with families.
Mirage Hotel Volcano
Out at the front of the Mirage Hotel is the iconic volcano show, erupting nightly at 8:00pm and 9:00pm, plus also 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday! This realistic show features real fire and smoke shooting into the air.
The Eiffel Tower
You can’t miss the replica of the famous Eiffel Tower outside the Paris hotel on the strip! The top of the tower contains an observation deck, offering amazing 360° views over Vegas. The view is perfect at night, when you can have a birds-eye view of the lights of Vegas and the Bellagio Fountains.
The Adventuredome Theme Park
The Circus Circus resort features its very own indoor theme park, the Adventuredome! With rides for all ages and levels of thrills, this 5-acre park has rollercoasters, bumper cars, mini golf, arcade games and lots more fun stuff. You can pay-per-ride, or purchase an all-day ride pass.
I know there are a few Madame Tussauds located around the globe, however the Las Vegas version was the very first one to open! Open 365 days a year, here you can pose and interact with incredibly life-like wax figure celebrities and characters!
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
For Marvel fans of all ages, a visit to the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N is a must! Participate in an immersive recruitment and training as a ‘agent’, and view the display of Avengers items, including Iron Man suits, Captain America’s shield, and Black Widow’s uniforms.
The Wildlife Habitat At Flamingo
The Flamingo Hotel has an outdoor wildlife habitat, that is fun and absolutely free to visit. Reminiscent of an jungle with its waterfalls, ponds and lush vegetation, the exhibit features flamingos, parrots and other exotic birds.
The Big Apple Coaster
Spiralling its way around the outside of the New York New York hotel is the Big Apple Coaster, reaching speeds of 67 miles per hours as it twists and turns over the Vegas strip.
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
Grab a family photo or selfie with one of the most famous and recognised signs in the world! Located on the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard, there is easy parking nearby in the parking lot, and it is totally free.
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Things to do with kids in Las Vegas off the Strip
Fly over Fremont Street on a zipline! This 12-storey high tower is shaped like a giant slot machine (so Vegas!), from which you can choose two different zipline experiences. There are no age limits, however there are minimum weight restrictions. Our tip is to experience this night during the light show for an extra special experience.
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Downtown Container Park
The Downtown Container Park is a collection of shops, restaurants and bars made entirely from shipping containers. This funky and family-friendly open-air mall is also has a large interactive playground, including a tree house with a 33-foot slide, as well as a stage with free live concerts, outdoor movies and games, and seasonal events.. At the entrance to the park, you will be greeted by a giant praying mantis sculpture, which shoots flames from its antennae.
Away from the hectic pace of the Vegas strip is Springs Preserve. This sprawling site is a short trip from Downtown, and includes museums, nature trails, archaeological sites, botanical gardens, train rides, a butterfly habitat, sustainable energy gallery and more.
Discovery Children’s Museum
Located close to Fremont Street, the Children’s Discovery Museum is full of hands-on, interactive exhibits. This three-storey museum has fun areas for active kids to climb, slide and explore, as well as interactive areas to ignite kid’s creativity, problem-solving and curiosity.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas
Open during the warmer months, Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas is located about 15 minutes from the strip. Families of all ages are catered for, with areas for younger kids to enjoy, while older kids and adults can enjoy the 27 slides and other attractions within the park.
Located on the other side of town from Wet ‘n’ Wild, Cowabunga Bay is set on 25 acres and features slides, attractions and a beach area with a vintage beach party feel.
Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving
For those who want to experience the thrill of sky-diving without actually having to jump out of a plane, then head to Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving to experience the heady rush of free-falling!
Hoover Dam is approximately a 40 minute drive from the heart of Vegas. This iconic site is a National Historic Landmark, where you can take in amazing views and learn more about its construction and operation.
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight
Although an expensive experience, a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon is an amazing way to see this awe-inspiring landmark, especially if you do not have time to drive there yourself. There are a range of flights and experiences to suit everyone.
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Red Rock Canyon
Just outside Vegas in the desert lies Red Rock Canyon, with hiking trails and rocking climbing areas to suit families of all ages.
Click here for Red Rock Canyon tours.
Valley Of Fire State Park
The Valley of Fire State Park is an hour’s drive from Vegas, and happens to be Nevada’s largest state park. With spectacular scenery, this is the perfect place for a day spent exploring and hiking with the kids.
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Las Vegas Accommodation for families
There is no shortage of accommodation options to suit all budgets and family sizes. We have stayed at these properties with our kids and recommend them for families:
Hotels with casinos:
- The Cosmopolitan – large and luxurious rooms with amazing views over the strip or city. Has several dining options available in the hotel.
- New York New York – Big Apple themed hotel with comfortable rooms.
Hotels with no casino:
- Polo Towers – located just off the Strip (1-2 minute walk), large rooms and suites (some with full kitchens), and free guest laundry.