Las Vegas might have started out with a more adult focused reputation but today's Las Vegas has quickly grown into a tourist friendly, exuberantly bright and exciting city for the family as well.
The kid friendly entertainment choices in today's Vegas are extensive and varied with new venues aimed at families continuing to pop up on the strip on what seems like a daily basis. Just walk along the strip and you'll be blown away with all your choices. Some of the options lean toward the educational; some are just down right fun and exhilarating.
Now the Las Vegas Strip is more than 4 miles long so you will need to plan accordingly. That is a lot of walking for the little ones-especially in the heat! There is a monorail service running behing the strip. 24 hour passes are available for $12 per person (kids under 5 are free).
Another option is the double decker bus known as The Deuce. This bus runs every 12 minutes or so during the day along the strip. Passes are available for $8 for 24 hours.
Start out in the morning by visiting attractions within walking distance of your hotel. Once the kids have had enough-hop on the monorail to visit attractions that are further out. The following morning you can still use the pass until your 24 hours are up!
A rental car is great for families too. We rented one from Dollar and it was cheap and quick. Most hotels have free self parking and valet parking so you can easily navigate the Strip this way!
At the north end of the strip is The Stratosphere. You will get the best views of Vegas here-they have a 360 degree viewing platform 108 floors up! They also have some thrill rides up at the top including the world`s tallest ride that shoots you in the air, one that dangles you in a chair over the edge and spins around and one more that is a teeter totter over the edge of the building. These are great for older kids and teenagers-and believe me they are the scariest rides we have ever been on!!
Circus Circus is wonderful for kids! It is a 15 minute walk from the Stratosphere. Stop by here and you can go and enjoy a few of the shows they have going on with fantastic acrobats and magicians and visit the midway with lots of carnival games for kids. The Adventuredome is located here-a huge indoor amusement park with roller coaster rides, a flume ride, 4D movies, kiddie rides and more! My kids loved this place!
Heading South down the strip, you will encounter Treasure Island hotel which hosts the free Sirens of TI show each evening (multiple times). This is an action packed show! Strollers are not permitted in the viewing area.
Pop over to the Venetian to watch the singing gondoliers steer their boats along the Grand Canal.
A couple doors down is the wildlife habitat at the Flamingo. Koi fish, turtles and of course pink flamingos are found here. Great for babies, toddlers and children!
Stop by the Mirage hotel and check out the huge aquarium that sits behind the front desk of the hotel. In the evenings you can watch their volcano explode!
Stop by Ceasar`s Forum to watch the statues come to life-complete with fire, lights and lots of action. There are several aquariums here to!
The famous Bellagio with its musical water fountain show is nearby. It is well worth watching this show twice-once in the day and later in the evening when it's all lit up! This is a classic Las Vegas attraction! Don`t miss the lovely Bellagio conservatory which features an elaborate themed garden that is decorated for each season.
The Paris hotel is worth a visit with its replica Eiffel Tower. Your family can enjoy wonderful views of the strip from 46 floors up!
Stop by the Planet Hollywood`s Miracle Mile shops and watch the Nathan Burton Show! This hour long show is filled with magic and comedy-great for kids!
Don`t miss the M&M store and the Coke Store where you can watch the M & M 3D movie or sample 16 types of soda from around the world.
MGM Grand has an interesting activity for families to enjoy. You can stop by the CBS research centre and screen one of the upcoming tv shows and give your opinion! You might even get some coupons or small gift certificates.
The Tropicana has the Mob Attraction which we loved! It is a unique activity where you are given a mission from the mob and interact with live actors and holograms. Lots of artifacts from the Las Vegas mobsters too!
Across the street is the NY NY roller coaster which will have you flying all around the skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty!
Next up is the Excalibur’s fun dungeon which is filled with fun midway carnival games and is home to the Tournament of Kings where you can watch a medieval show and feast on supper!
The Luxor will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time to ancient Egypt. Don`t miss the Bodies Exhibit where the kids can get one of the best science lessons of their life-they can get up close to real human bodies that have been preserved and showcase the different organ systems of the body!
Final stop at the South end of the strip is Mandalay Bay which is home to the Shark Reef aquarium with a tunnel aquarium and touch pools!
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