Everyone knows Las Vegas as the entertainment and gambling capital of the world. With nicknames like “Sin City,” it’s natural to assume that Las Vegas is meant for adults rather than kids or teens. But contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas is an extremely kid-friendly getaway. The Strip is chock full of wholesome family fun, especially if you know where to look.
Find Entertainment Around Every Corner
No matter the time of year–or day–there’s a show going on in Las Vegas, including many age-appropriate performances that the entire family can enjoy. Guests of all ages leave wowed by the Cirque du Soleil circus troupe, whose world-famous acrobatics and colorful characters have become one of the city’s top entertainment staples. The Tournament of Kings dinner and live-action performance is also very popular among families. During this show, patrons are transported to the world of knights, steeds, and action.
Fulfill the Need for Thrills
Families staying in Las Vegas don’t have to look far to find excitement. While most hotels in the area have kid-friendly pools or splash pads, many even have amusement parks right inside or outside of their walls. Adventuredome Theme Park inside the Circus Circus Resort is just one of many exhilarating examples, as the park includes five acres full of various attractions that kids and adults alike will love. Las Vegas is also home to the world’s highest observation wheel, the High Roller. Towering over the city, the High Roller gives tourists an unforgettable view of the Strip and its many glamorous sites. For those who seek a truly memorable experience, a stop at Vegas Indoor Skydiving is a must. With wind speeds up to 120 mph, kids and adults alike can see what it’s like to soar.
Share Something Sweet
It’s no secret that kids love candy, and there’s no better city in the world to indulge in the sweet stuff than Las Vegas. Hershey’s Chocolate World introduces visitors to more than 800 Hershey products and invites guests to become the star of their very own Reese’s TV ad, to name a few fun perks. M&M’s has a similar store on the Strip that is equally worth the visit. In just a matter of minutes, patrons can make personalized, one-of-a-kind M&M’s featuring unique messages, images, and colors.
Explore Wondrous Worlds Within The Strip’s Hotels
Fortunately, family vacationers don’t have to book a room in any of the Strip’s top hotels to experience some of their world-class attractions (although we highly recommend it). The Bellagio Hotel & Casino boasts the breathtaking Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Each season, this 14,000 square-foot space transforms into a new, larger-than-life installation dedicated to the earth’s natural bounty and beauty. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden, located inside The Mirage, allows guests to explore a palm tree paradise filled with tropical vegetation and come face-to-face with some of the animal world’s most beloved species, including white tigers.
For families looking for an incredible aquatic experience, look no further than The Mirage or Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Mirage is famous for its 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, which houses over 85 fish species inside a beautiful coral reef. But that’s not all The Mirage has to offer visitors. Siegfried & Roy’s Dolphin Habitat provides visitors the one-in-a-lifetime chance to meet, greet, and help train the hotel’s cherished flippered friends. Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium is another must-visit for families, especially for those who want to see sharks in action. Aside from the 2,000 animals available for viewing in the exhibit, the Shark Reef Aquarium offers stingray and shark feeding experiences to get everyone in the family up close and personal to some of the underwater world’s most exciting creatures.