Is there such a thing as a family-friendly Las Vegas? Sin City may not have the reputation of a family-oriented tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do and see while in town with the kids. Although children and teenagers aren’t allowed on casino floors, many Vegas institutions, world-renown for gambling, have other activities suitable for them.
1. The Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand Resort
An interesting start for any incredible family vacation, the MGM Grand hosts this 5,000 square-foot authentic lion habitat complete with professional lion-handlers and a glass tunnel that lets guests venture face-to-face with these amazing animals!
2. Fremont Street Experience
This covered pedestrian zone boasts one of the most extensive, colorful light shows in the world! With 2.1 million lights controlled by 36 computers, people of all ages are sure to be amazed.
3. Mandalay Bay
With an artificial beach, wave pool and real-life shark aquarium, this resort offers one of the best places, on the Vegas strip, for those looking to beat the heat.
4. The Burger Bar
Located within Mandalay Bay, this build-your-own burger bar offers a hamburger to suit everyone’s taste. There’s also an entire french-fry menu along with create-your-own milkshakes!
As the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, this world-famous hotel not only stands out visually, but also in the realm of world records. It boasts both the highest thrill ride in the world and an 855-foot bungee jump!
This medieval-themed resort is perfect for the family getaway in Las Vegas. Complete with wizards, knights, and princesses, Excalibur also offers nightly jousting shows and a buffet located in a “medieval forest.”
Known throughout the globe, the fountains of this casino symbolize not only the decadence of Las Vegas, but the grandiose spectacles offered there and suitable for the entire family.
8. Adventure Dome
As a part of the Circus Circus resort and casino, the Adventure Dome has everything one would expect; and more. Housed in the largest permanent circus tent in the world, the Adventure Dome has daily, carnivalesque shows and rides for all ages.
In the first vertical wind tunnel in Las Vegas, visitors – not fond of heights – can “virtually skydive”. Flyaway is a place where one can learn and practice skydiving techniques… indoors!
10. The Wynn Buffet
Voted the best restaurant in Las Vegas several years running, the Wynn Buffet is perhaps the best place in the city to go on a family vacation. The expansive food buffet, not to mention the dessert-bar, assures everyone would find something to suit their tastes.
Connected by tram to Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, Luxor is the place to go for live entertainment. This casino not only boasts shows by Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil, but also Christina Aguilera and the Blue Man Group!
12. Planet Hollywood
Undoubtedly the go-to place for shopaholics in the family, Planet Hollywood houses the Miracle Mile Shops, a live America’s Got Talent show, a swimming pool with DJ, and a myriad of other activities for the whole family.
13. New York New York
As the Manhattan theme suggests, New York New York features scale structures of famous New York buildings such as the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Within the casino are live shows and The Roller Coaster, a New York-style roller coaster featuring yellow checkered taxi cabs!
Perhaps best-known for its fully-functional, pina-colada-scented volcano that erupts several times every evening, Mirage also has plenty of other sights for family vacationers. This includes a 20,000-gallon aquarium complete with exotic fish, Beatles LOVE, and art by Mickey Hart, drummer for the Grateful Dead.
15. SkyDive Las Vegas
If you’ve seen everything on the strip, why not check it out from 3 miles up? Although not the most family-oriented activity in Las Vegas, this Skydiving team is one of the best in the world, and is perfect for those taking their older children for the first time.
Bringing your children to Las Vegas is a guaranteed way to give them a memorable vacation. The infographic below will guide you through the world of fun in the family-friendly Las Vegas!
Amber Kingsley’s passion for travel began after graduating with a degree in history. Writing about her travels has always felt like a natural way to share her experiences. She also contributes to the iTravel2000 newsletter.