Vegas Vacations for Families: Kid-Friendly Adventures in Sin City

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  • Las Vegas

  • Family Travel

  • Active Travel

  • City Travel

  • Entertainment

  • Kid-friendly

  • Outdoors

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Curator’s statement

Las Vegas, often known for its vibrant nightlife and adult entertainment, might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about family-friendly destinations. However, the city has been working to shed its "Sin City" image and has a surprising number of activities and attractions suitable for kids.

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Things to do in Las Vegas

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Shark Reef Aquarium Mandalay Bay

Step into an aquatic wonderland at the Shark Reef Aquarium, nestled within the iconic Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This remarkable attraction is home to a diverse array of marine life, making it one of the most captivating aquariums in the United States. As you journey through the aquarium's winding pathways, you'll encounter over 2,000 animals, representing more than 100 different species, including mesmerizing sharks, graceful rays, and other awe-inspiring creatures.

Tournament of Kings at Excalibur

Perfect for families and fans of medieval history, the Tournament of Kings is a thrilling, family-friendly experience that brings the age of knights and chivalry to life in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. It's a captivating blend of entertainment and dining that ensures an unforgettable night of adventure and excitement.

Games at Fun Dungeon at Excalibur

Whether your little ones are testing their skills in skee-ball or challenging you to a friendly game of laser tag, the Fun Dungeon has something for every age and interest. And it's not just about gaming – this immersive space is brimming with carnival-style attractions, including prizes to be won and thrilling rides for the little daredevils.

Adventuredome at Circus Circus

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas is the ultimate kid-friendly playground. This indoor amusement park features a thrilling assortment of rides and attractions, including roller coasters, mini-golf, bumper cars, and circus acts, all under a massive pink dome. With its wide range of activities and lively atmosphere, it's a surefire way to keep the kids entertained during your Las Vegas family getaway.

LINQ Promenade light show, Zip-Lining, and High Roller Observation Wheel

The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas offers a variety of family-friendly activities, including the High Roller Observation Wheel, a giant Ferris wheel with climate-controlled cabins, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for children. For those seeking a bit more adventure, the Fly LINQ Zipline offers a thrilling zip-lining experience where kids (above the age of 40 inches) can soar over the lively promenade. In addition to these attractions, families can enjoy street performers, dining options, and shopping, making it a well-rounded destination for visitors of all ages. The light show features a dazzling display of lights and music that comes to life on the overhead canopy, creating an immersive visual and auditory spectacle. To make the most of your visit, arrive a bit early to secure a good viewing spot, and consider checking the show schedule in advance as performances occur periodically throughout the evening. It's a captivating and free entertainment option that the whole family can enjoy during your Las Vegas visit.

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck

Paris Las Vegas offers a family-friendly ride known as the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. Kids can enjoy a scenic elevator ride to the top of a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower for stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip. To make the most of your visit, consider going during the daytime for better visibility and shorter lines, and don't forget to capture the memorable moments with your camera.

The Titanic Exhibit

The Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition provides an educational and immersive experience about the ill-fated ship. Children can explore recreations of the Titanic's interior and see recovered artifacts. To enhance your visit, consider picking up a kid-friendly audio guide or engaging in the interactive exhibits to keep young ones interested and informed.

Free things to do in Vegas

Bellagio Fountains & Conservatory

The Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas are a mesmerizing and family-friendly attraction. Kids of all ages can enjoy the captivating water displays, choreographed to music and illuminated with colorful lights, making it a delightful experience for the whole family. After enjoying the mesmerizing Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, take a short walk inside the Bellagio Hotel to visit the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. It's a fantastic stop for kids, with ever-changing seasonal displays featuring vibrant flowers, sculptures, and sometimes even interactive elements. Children can appreciate the beauty of nature while strolling through this enchanting oasis in the heart of the city.

Fall of Atlantis, The Forum Shops

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas offers a fantastic and kid-friendly show in the Forum Shops called "Fall of Atlantis." This free attraction features animatronic figures, special effects, and a captivating storyline, making it an engaging experience for children. To make the most of your visit, arrive a little early to secure a good viewing spot, and consider grabbing a snack or beverage from the nearby food court to enjoy during the show. It's a great way to introduce kids to the world of ancient mythology and storytelling in a fun and entertaining manner.

Fremont Street

Start your adventure by heading to the SlotZilla zipline attraction on Fremont Street. There are two ziplines to choose from, the lower "Zipline" and the upper "Zoomline." Depending on your children's age and comfort level, you can decide which one is more suitable for your family. Be sure to check the height and weight restrictions for each zipline and book tickets in advance to avoid long lines. In the evening, Fremont Street comes alive with dazzling LED light shows on the overhead canopy. Make sure to arrive before sunset so your kids can enjoy the transformation from daylight into a vibrant, illuminated spectacle. These free shows run every hour, and the music and visual effects are a delight for all ages.

Fremont Children Tip: Keep a close eye on your children in the crowded area, and consider using child leashes or wristbands if you have little ones who tend to wander. Ensure everyone knows a designated meeting point in case you get separated in the crowd.

Places to eat & drink in Las Vegas

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Rainforest Cafe

The Rainforest Cafe in Las Vegas offers a unique dining experience for families. With its rainforest-themed decor, animatronic animals, and occasional simulated thunderstorms, it provides an entertaining and immersive atmosphere for children. To make the most of your visit, consider making a reservation to avoid long wait times, and be prepared for the occasional loud sounds and visual effects during the "storm" in the restaurant. It's a great choice for a memorable family meal in Las Vegas.

Margaritaville Las Vegas

Margaritaville in Las Vegas is a vibrant and casual restaurant and bar inspired by the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett. It's a fun place to enjoy tropical drinks and American coastal cuisine in a lively, island-themed atmosphere. It's a great option for a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience in the heart of Las Vegas.

Buddy V's Ristorante in Las Vegas

Buddy V's Ristorante in Las Vegas, located at the Venetian Resort, is a kid-friendly Italian restaurant inspired by the famous "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro. The restaurant offers a children's menu with classic Italian favorites like pasta and pizza. The warm and inviting atmosphere, along with the friendly staff, makes it a great choice for families looking to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine in a family-oriented setting.

Battista's Hole in the Wall

Battista's Hole in the Wall is a classic Italian restaurant in Las Vegas known for its family-friendly atmosphere and rich history. This charming establishment has been serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1970 and is famous for its all-inclusive meals, complete with house wine and tableside accordion serenades. Kids are welcome, and they can enjoy classic Italian dishes in a cozy, old-school ambiance that's sure to transport you back in time while you dine.

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