With the 4th of July approaching next week, it has me thinking about our July 4th last year in Las Vegas. We spent a week in Vegas during our cross country family road trip. While Las Vegas may not be the first place in mind for a family vacation, there are actually so many family friendly activities in Sin City. While I wouldn’t recommend a Vegas trip FOR kids under 2 (it can be hot and tiring), there is still plenty to do! If you find yourself with kids in Vegas, here are some of our favorite family friendly activities:
There are so many fun shows in Vegas. As one of the so called entertainment capitals of the world, there are offers several family friendly options including numerous Cirque du Soleil shows (our favorites!) that are perfect for kids 2+. We also found the magic shows, like mac King Comedy Magic Show or Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream, are tons of fun for families (with kids under 5). There are also family friendly comedy shows, like Mac King at Harrah’s, if your child can sit through it. Although we didn’t get a chance to go, we were told by many families that Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater (in Planet Hollywood) is awesome for kids. This is on our list to visit during our next Vegas trip! If you decide to do a Vegas show, I’d recommend checking around for best prices. It turns out that sometimes buying tickets directly from the theater can be cheaper (and much better in terms of seat location) than the “Tix4Tonight” stands that are located around downtown. Many theaters offer discounted (or free) children’s tickets.
The LINQ Promenade and High Roller
The LINQ Promenade has tons of live entertainers and street performers, and features the High Roller. This area is FUN for families, with bubbles, artists, and music filling the block. The super tall observation wheel is Las Vegas’s downtown enclosed ferris wheel which gives amazing views of all the hotels downtown. The High Roller is actually the world’s tallest observation wheel! We found the best time to go was at sunset. You can even catch the Bellagio’s water show if you’re looking out for it. If you happen to be in town for July 4th, the fireworks are amazing to watch from the High Roller! This ferris wheel is up there with one of our favorite activities (we love doing ferris wheels in new cities), so put this on your list with the little ones! You can also bring the stroller right on if you need to- the cabins are very large and air conditioned!
I always recommend staying in hotels with pools when traveling with kids. Because Las Vegas gets so incredibly hot, most of the resorts have phenomenal outdoor pools. Review hotel policies when you are booking your hotel, to make sure that the pool areas are “family friendly” (some are not because there may be outdoor gambling). Many of the larger resorts have multiple pool areas, which have designated family pools. We love the Nobu at Caesars Palace and had a blast swimming in the family friendly pools (which are beautiful).
Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas
Depending on the time you are visiting, Las Vegas is HOT. There is nothing better than a waterpark to cool down hot kids. Wet ‘n’ Wild is located just 15 minutes outside of the city and is perfect for families.
Walk through Resorts
Almost all of the resorts have SOMETHING that kids enjoy. We took a couple days to just explore the resorts as we hadn’t been to Vegas in a few years. I recommend taking the stroller and walking through the resorts with your kids, keeping an eye out for some of our favorites, in no particular order:
- The Silverton Hotel in Vegas has a free aquarium that kids love. While there, watch mermaids swim in one of the shows (usually every 15 minutes). Your mermaid loving children will absolutely be entranced by watching “real” mermaids swim around in the aquarium!
- The Venetian gondola rides aren’t just for lovers (although while we were there we saw a couple get married on one!). We loved exploring the shops at the Venetian then taking a gondola ride through the resort. If it’s hot, we may recommend the indoor ride. The Venetian is gorgeous, and definitely one to add to your resort walk through in Vegas.
- The Circus Circus arcade area is tons of fun. We spent an entire afternoon playing games and watching the amazing circus acts (which come on about hourly).
- The Bellagio has a beautiful (free) indoor, air conditioned conservatory and botanical Take a walk through this beautiful floral playground and snap some amazing pics with the kids. Then walk right around the corner and enjoy the huge chocolate fountain and enjoy a sweet!
- The Flamingo Las Vegas has a Wildlife Habitat that features actual flamingos and other animals (like ducks, swans, pelicans, fish, and turtles). This area is also completely free and perfect for families walking through with strollers.
- Watch the Mirage volcano rumble and spew in from of the Mirage resort. Volcano loving kids will love this- and it’s completely safe.
- Walk through the Forum Shops, and watch the free Fall of Atlantis show, with animatronic displays and sound effects.
- Go see the Tournament of Kings show in the Excalibur resort. Not only is this entire resort really cool to see, the show is awesome (much like a Dixie Stampede or Medieval Times show). Kids love it, and those under 3 are free!
- Walk through Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay! Admission is free for kids under 3, and discounted for kids ages 4-12.
Fun Family Eating
Like any tourist city, there are tons of fun dining options for families throughout Vegas. While pricey (of course), enjoy one of our favorites with your family like: Sugar Factory, Planet Hollywood, Carmine’s (Forum Shops at Caesars), Senior Frogs, Hash House a Gogo, or the Hofbrauhaus (husband’s favorite! check it out).
Discovery Children’s Museum
This museum is a really cool, hands-on area designed just for kids with things like Hoover Dam replica’s, interactive galleries, and science areas, which is awesome for kids of all ages. There is even an amazing “Toddler Town” specifically designed for kids under 5. Definitely check this museum out if you’re looking for a hands on museum experience for the kids.
Day trip to Hoover Dam
Spend an afternoon visiting Hoover Dam (only about an hour drive from Vegas) with the kids. Pack sunscreen, water, and snacks (it can be HOT), and bring the stroller. There are several indoor areas to explore, as well as a restaurant and gift shop. Older kids may enjoy this experience more than the younger kids, but strollers are welcome!
Have you been to Vegas with your babies? Did I miss anything? Let me know if I need to add something to the list for our next visit!