Las Vegas (or Vegas) is a city in Nevada, United States. It is world-famous for its nightlife, casinos, careless lifestyle, grand hotels and amazing entertainment. Vegas is often referred to as a ‘paradise’ for adults where they can relax without children. However, it might surprise people to hear that Vegas also offers non-gambling activities and entertainment for families with kids, too.
Families rarely choose Las Vegas for their holiday destination. However, as of recently, more and more families come to this city as hotels become more kid-friendly. There are also lots of fun things to check out in Vegas with kids, such as the famous Botanic Gardens, the Fountains of Bellagio and miniature versions of famous buildings.
All three days in this itinerary include a little bit of walking, so if you have small kids, it is recommended to use a taxi, public transportation or a car (rental or your own).
The first day of this itinerary focuses on learning more about Las Vegas while having fun, which visiting museums will allow you to do as they are entertaining for both the kids and adults. Las Vegas and its surroundings have 26 interesting museums altogether, which are all worth visiting if you are staying in the city for longer than 3 days. However, this itinerary’s first day only covers the most important museums, such as the Natural History Museum, the National Atomic Testing Museum, and the Nevada State Museum. After the museums, you will have a chance to ride the famous Las Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel to see the beautiful Vegas skyline at night time.
Note, you don't have to visit all the suggested museums below. You can just pick one or two to visit and take it easy for the rest of the day as travelling with children can be tiring!
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a non-profit organization that introduces museum visitors to the sciences, the natural world and human history. It is full of hands-on activities and interesting exhibitions that provide information not only about the natural world of Las Vegas, but also from other parts of the world. Make sure to check out their Egyptian collection.
The Nevada State Museum is a museum all about the history of Nevada state. Here, you can find dinosaur fossils, mineral specimens from Nevada mines, casino cheating devices and hotels artefacts. The museum contains lots of interactive displays, which are always enjoyable for young children as they can keep them engaged. Do make sure to take a look at the museum website before visiting as it offers various seasonal events and activities.
The National Atomic Testing Museum has more than 15,000 period artefacts and atomic age memorabilia. Museum visitors will have a chance to learn more about Area 51 secrets and Cold War heroes. Due to its interactive and interesting displays, this museum was ranked as the best museum for kids in Las Vegas.
If you still have time, or have skipped any of the museums, it is highly recommended to go on the High Roller Ferris Wheel to have a look at Las Vegas from above. The High Roller is a 550-foot tall, 520-foot diameter Ferris wheel that is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel and an icon of Las Vegas. During sunset, it offers magnificent views of the city and is a popular attraction for both families and couples.
The Las Vegas Strip, also known as the Las Vegas Boulevard, is the main central street in the city where you will find the most popular hotels and night time entertainment. The Strip is also famous for its great theatre shows and restaurants where you can eat as much as you want and can. The street starts with the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign, which is said to be one of the most visited locations in the city by the tourists. On this day, you will visit some more exciting sites, such as the Shark Reef Aquarium, the Fountains of Bellagio, a copycat of the Eifel Tower and a hotel that houses flamingos.
This day will leave you and your kids amazed by the beauty of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Shark Reef Aquarium is located in the Mandalay Bay Hotel at the beginning of Las Vegas Strip. This aquarium is a special one as it is designed as a shipwreck and offers a total sensory experience. The Aquarium has more than 2000 animals, including 15 different species of sharks. It will definitely keep you and your kids occupied for a couple of hours. The most famous attraction at the aquarium is a Touch Pool that allows you to touch various marine creatures, such as rays, fishes and even sharks.
The Eiffel Tower is an iconic landmark also located in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, which was obviously designed to look like a little Paris. The Eiffel Tower is the most popular attraction at this hotel as it offers a fantastic observation deck. From the deck, you are able to see the famous Las Vegas Strip and its iconic landmarks, such as the High Roller Ferris Wheel and the Fountains of Bellagio.
Book tickets in advance online (note that from morning till the afternoon, there is a discount!).
The Fountains of Bellagio are themed music fountains located in the Bellagio Resort and is open to the general public. This stop is optional as it tends to be more popular among couples and is often watched at night. However, if you are going to pass it anyways while on your way to another site, you can stop to watch the water show.
The showtimes are as follows:
Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., show every 1/2 hour & 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., show every 15 minutes. Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., show every 1/2 hour & 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., show every 15 minutes.
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is a mini wildlife corner located in the Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. It is full of colourful Chilean flamingos, exotic birds, fishes and turtles. The staff is very knowledgeable and provide lots of interesting information about the exotic animals. Also, twice a day, there is a pelican feeding time that kids enjoy a lot, so make sure to check this activity out!
Venetian gondolas can be found in the Venetian Resort, which was once again designed to impersonate another famous international city... Venice, Italy of course! You can choose an outdoor or indoor gondola to ride, which passes through Venice-style cafes and goes underneath balconies and bridges. You will be able to see great views and your kids will enjoy an exciting ride. Also, it is the perfect place for picturesque photos for your family album.
Your third day in Las Vegas is going to be different from the other days as you are going to explore beyond Las Vegas city and experience thrilling adventures. During this day, you and your family are going to visit the famous Valley of Fire (just a 54-minute drive from Las Vegas), ride a zip line through the desert (Bootleg Canyon) and have lots of fun at the Adventuredome Theme Park (back in Las Vegas city).
This day includes only three stops, so you don’t need to rush in order to do everything.
The Valley of Fire State Park is located about 50 miles from Las Vegas and is a popular destination for a day trip out of the city. The park is filled with red rock formations made from Aztec sandstone. On sunny days, the rocks look like they are on fire. The state park is a popular destination for hiking, and the scenery is magnificent too. It is equally an interesting location for kids and adults.
Drive to Bootleg Canyon (Boulders City) for the next adventurous activity. At the Canyon, you will find Flightlinez zip line, which will take you for a 1.5-mile ride through the desert. You can book tickets/tours online beforehand. When you arrive, a professional guide will explain more about the canyon ecosystem and inform you about what you will see while on the zip line.
Your last stop in Las Vegas is Adventuredome Theme Park, which is located at the Circus Circus Resort. It is an indoor theme park that offers thrilling rides for both adults and kids. While you are there, make sure to try the Canyon Blaster - the world's only indoor double-loop rollercoaster. Make sure to also check for seasonal promotions and events online before buying tickets.
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