I’ve been to Vegas a couple of times; it’s an enchanting city. My first visit as a young girl, with my sisters and cousin, was very different from a more recent family trip.
As I saw my kids have the same reaction to Vegas and its dancing fountains, as they do on our visits to Disneyland; I realized Las Vegas has as much to offer families as it does adults.
So when travel writer, John Westerman offered to create this well-researched list covering the top 10 family friendly things to do in Vegas, I just had to agree.
At this time of year, Vegas becomes even more magical, with something out there for everyone.
Of course, when it comes to me, there’s a higher chance you’ll find me gazing longingly at the mouthwatering pastry creations on display at the Jean Philippe Patisserie in Aria, than you’d see me at a slot machine.
Without much ado, onto John and his list filled with some amazing family friendly suggestions…
Written by John Westerman, Travel Writer
You may not think that the Bright Lights City is the most family orientated place, but you’d be surprised, as there are hundreds of attractions to entertain your family members of all ages.
Here are 10 to get you thinking:
1. Hershey’s Chocolate World & M&M’s World
With over 800 different types of Hershey’s chocolate and a waterfall of sweets, it’s the perfect place for anybody with a sweet tooth. The venue also has an interactive museum, where your kids can learn about the history of chocolate! And M&M’s World offers four floors of chocolate fun; kids love taking pictures with the M&M characters.
2. Madame Tussauds
Your kids can pretend they have met their favorite singers, sports star or superheroes at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The museum is home to over 100 different wax figurines and even has a 4-D Marvel ride, where any wannabe Spiderman can get a taste of some action.
3. Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Situated as part of The Mirage Hotel complex, the venue is home to a variety of different tigers, lions and leopards for visitors to see. The Dolphins have over 12.1m gallons of water to swim freely around in and has an underground viewing area for you to get the perfect picture.
4. Wet ‘N’ Wild
With approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, Wet ‘N’ Wild is a great place to keep cool. Located around 30 minutes off the famed Vegas Strip, the water park has over 25 different slides varying in steepness, so it is perfect for children of all ages.
5. Adventuredome Theme Park
The Adventuredome at Circus Circus has something for everyone, with the likes of roller coasters, clown shows, laser tag, and bumper cars. Being part of the Circus Circus hotel, the complex is under a huge glass roof, making it the largest indoor theme park in America.
6. The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel
If your children are fans of anything nautical, The Silverton Hotel’s Aquarium is the perfect place to go. There are over 160 different species of fish swimming around with educational material available; so your children can learn more about the sea life creatures.
7. Discovery Children’s Museum
As one of the more fun-packed child friendly venues in Las Vegas, it is a great place to take the younger ones in your group for an entertaining afternoon. The museum has three floors with exhibits ranging from Fantasy Festival, Water World and the Summit.
8. Lake Mead
Being one of the largest manmade lakes in the Western Hemisphere, Lake Mead has over 820 miles of shoreline and a staggering 1.5 million acres of land to explore. You can hire boats, go swimming in the lake or enjoy a hike into the scenic backdrop.
9. Adventure Canyon at Buffalo Bill’s
The Adventure Canyon is the best water ride in Las Vegas, with a huge 35 feet drop to soak all the older kids looking for a daring good time. May not be suitable for children under the age of 8 years.
10. And finally, this one is for only the adults in your group – Hit the Vegas Strip
If you’re in Las Vegas, it’s a good idea to drop by one of the famed casinos with slot machines, blackjack and poker.
While the kids spend an hour time at the hotel’s childcare, you get to enjoy a bit of well-deserved adult time.
As you see from this list above, it’s very much possible to have a fun packed vacation with your family in Las Vegas.
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