While Vegas may not come to the forefront of your mind when you think of the annual family vacation, there is so much more to this location than the gambling and ‘’sin.’’ In fact, there are oodles of activities appropriate for the little ones, with many being just as much fun for the adults. If you are looking for some family-friendly ways to spend your time in Las Vegas, here is just a sampling of what is on offer.
Family Friendly Shows
Vegas is renowned for its entertainment options and catching a show or several is usually one of the top Las Vegas city excursions on the list. While many of the shows are clearly for adults only, there are plenty that are appropriate for the whole family. If you are looking for a show to stimulate the senses, the Blue Man Group is a perfect fit; comedy and magic are the name of the game with the Mac King show, one of the most family-friendly performances on the strip; bonus—it takes place during the afternoons. Comedian and juggler Jeff Civillico is another great option for an afternoon of fun.
Flora and Fauna
Anything involving animals is always a good bet when it comes to family-friendly vacation activities and Vegas has plenty of options. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay can get you up close and personal with numerous sharks and other ocean predators. The Secret Garden at the Mirage has a host of animals on display from lions to dolphins. Continuing on the nature theme, the Bellagio Conservatory is home to a wide range of plants and flowers that have been molded into beautiful arrangements — even better, this attraction is free.
A trip to Las Vegas presents a wonderful opportunity to see some of the natural beauty of Nevada, with many parks and other natural settings only a short drive outside the city. Take in the beauty of Red Rock Canyon with its scenic views and hiking trails. Located practically next door is Spring Mountain Ranch State Park offers the chance to learn about nature and history, with some great trails for young kids, such as the Overlook Trail. The Calico Basin has a great boardwalk trail and is a wonderful spot for a family picnic. The Springs Preserve is a great educational experience with many nature exhibits on hand; you can also see animals and beautiful botanical gardens; it would be a good idea to check out their website to see if they have any special activities planned during the time you will be in Las Vegas.
Games and rides abound in Las Vegas. The theme park at Circus Circus is a great spot with rollercoasters, water rides and carnival rides. If arcade games are their thing, you can find plenty at NY/NY, Gameworks and Excalibur. NY/NY also has a mighty fun rollercoaster. The Lied Discovery Museum kind of fits in this category as well—while it is more of an educational experience, there is plenty of opportunity for play and fun.