There is no denial that Las Vegas is known primarily for gambling, clubbing, and other fun experiences for adults. We have all heard the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” So, it’s hard for some to imagine Vegas as a family vacation destination. You will be surprised to know about the plethora of options the city offers to have a memorable vacation with your family. In the last few years, the city has grown and diversified its activities and entertainment options catering to everyone in your family. You are in for a great family vacation.
Las Vegas offers kid-friendly stage shows all year round, such as magic shows, juggling acts, and acrobatic shows. Older kids can choose from a wide range of options for a thrilling Vegas experience – right from roller coasters, bumper cars to activities like rock-climbing, bungee-jumping, and more.
Here is a short list of the famous ‘family-friendly’ attractions in Las Vegas.
The Adventuredome Theme Park
The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is the go-to place when you take a Vegas vacation with your family. It’s spread over five acres with indoor climate control and is an ideal hang-out place for people of all ages. It’s filled with various rides and fun activities like a laser tag, rock climbing wall, and a mini-golf course. The thrill-seekers will love going on these famous Adventuredome rides like the El Loco that gives riders over 70 seconds of an adrenaline-pumping ride or their newest ride NebulaZ, which spins riders every which way on two massive arms with cars at both ends. You can also go on the roller coaster Canyon Blaster, or find the Inverter if you like to spin, or strap yourself in for some Chaos.
Height restrictions are applicable on all rides. It’s best to take an all-day pass to save time, enjoy rides and have a great time. Find more information here.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Let’s admit, we all have our one favorite movie star, a superhero, or a famous TV character who we love to watch on screen. Visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum allows you to get pictures clicked with over 100 lifelike celebrities, film and TV characters, athletes, musicians, and Marvel superheroes, as well hosts as a 4D movie theatre. The ticket purchase includes entrance to the new Marvel 4D Superheroes Experience. Tickets are available at the Madame Tussauds Box Office, any Venetian or Palazzo Box office. For more information, click here.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Everyone in your family can have an unforgettable experience of the underwater world at the Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay. The aquarium is one of the most extensive exhibits of its kind and houses over 2000 aquatic species, including sharks, horse crabs, rays, and other exotic fishes. You can also witness a 1.3 million-gallon shipwreck with a 360-degree view.
Customers looking to book the ticket should do it online. Find more information here.
The Eiffel Tower Experience
Inspired by the Eiffel Tower’s illuminations in France, the tower created in Las Vegas offers a glittering view to its visitors. It is sure to dazzle everyone in your family. You can glide up 46-stories to an open-air observation deck and look beyond the city lights to vast deserts and mountains. From the tall tower, you can also witness aerial views of some of the most iconic attractions and areas like the Bellagio Fountains, Glowing High Roller Rollercoaster, and vibrant streets of Downtown. The tower experience includes a free, recurring light show from sunset to midnight. To find more information and buy tickets online, click here.
Located at Town Square Mall, GameWorks is a paradise for video game lovers in your family. It is a location-based entertainment venue featuring a wide array of video game arcades, including full-service restaurants and bars. Challenge your family members or friends in more than 100 titles in the e-sports lounge and enjoy a delicious meal at the Works Kitchen. There is also an option to enjoy classic and new arcade and redemption games and win a chance of claiming different prizes in the Works Shop. For more information, click here.
Ethel M Chocolates Factory
We are pretty sure that love for chocolates will pull any family to visit the renowned chocolatier Ethel M Chocolate Factory. It’s located approximately 20 minutes from the Strip in Henderson and offers free admission for self-guided tours. Who wouldn’t like that? Indulge in the candy-making process’s learning experience, taste a few free samples, and enjoy the breath-taking view of their Botanical Cactus Garden. They offer chocolate tasting classes to too visitors. Find more information here.
Red Rock Canyon
If you are looking for a different experience away from the city hubbub, lights and games, head to Red Rock Canyon located in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. The arid stretch of land was Nevada’s first National Conservation Area and soon became a popular stop among tourists. It features a one-way 13-mile scenic drive, camping, hiking trails, wildlife, plants, and much more. You can easily find a taxi from the Strip and get there in 30 minutes. For more information, click here.
High Roller Observation Wheel
Take your family for a spin on the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller at the LINQ hotel. It’s 550 feet above the famous Strip and offers a sweeping 360 view to visitors. The giant wheel takes about 30 minutes to complete one entire cycle and features 28 spacious cabins to accommodate guests. For more information, click here.
Whether you’re wheeling a stroller or have a handful of pre-teens, you’ll find family friendly things to do in Las Vegas. Swim, eat, take family photos and create a unique experience that you’ll all remember forever. If you want to find a next best thing to a Disney destination, Las Vegas awaits.
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