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Las Vegas Family Attractions

Even though Las Vegas is stereotypically referred to as Sin City, families visiting every year are pleased to discover a vast array of child-friendly activities and attractions that everyone can enjoy. Believe it or not, parents can take their children to The Strip with the confidence that their kids will find something to be amused by!

Vegas has something for everyone to love, no matter their personality, taste or age.

Here are six ideas that the kids are guaranteed to adore.

1. The most obvious thing to do is to take a photo with the legendary “Welcome to Las Vegas” road sign. Erected in 1959 for the princely sum $4,000, it has become an iconic piece of Americana history, so snapping a photo of the whole family in front of it is a must.

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A few decades back, there was nowhere to park so vacationers had to gamble with their safety by illegally parking up on the side of the road, taking a quick photo and returning to their cars. Nowadays, at the cost of over $40,000, a huge parking lot has thankfully been built, which is a fantastic boon to snap-happy members of the tourist community. Sure, it’s just a sign, but it’s THE sign. A much-treasured staple for anyone’s photo album.

2. An archetypal free Vegas attraction to visit is the striking water fountain and light show in front of the Bellagio. Because it runs regularly throughout the day (usually in 15-30 minute intervals), it’s best to see it in the daytime and then again at night. If you’re eating at one of the restaurants neighboring the waterworks, make sure you ask for a seat with a view.

The stunningly choreographed ballet of water jets and music – running the gamut of classical, opera and thumping pop – prove a superlative mixture for the senses, so make sure you take a lot of photos. It’s a memorable experience, so definitely visit this spectacle at least once in your life.

3. Another fantastic Bellagio-based attraction, the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are dramatically eye-catching. The recent butterfly-covered atrium was a visually stimulating fairyland for children to encounter, filled to the brim with remarkable landscaping designs and intoxicating floral flourishes.

Sparing no expense, the display is totally altered every month and usually packed with holidaymakers taking photos in their very best “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” poses. Hugely inspirational at times.

4. With the Lion Habitat situated inside the MGM Grand Hotel sadly closed down a couple of years ago, Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef is the next best thing. Although it is rather small, it boasts a diverse range of green sea turtles, jelly fish, alligators, and komodo dragons.

Kids will always find something new and unique to point out to you, especially when they find the petting area for the stingrays! Children under the age of four are admitted for free, and residents of Nevada will receive a discount if they show valid ID.

5. Even though it’s just a massively unsubtle advert for the soft drink company megalith, the World of Coca-Cola store is still one of the better family-friendly things to do on The Strip. Covering two floors of all things Coke-inspired and Cola-infused, the “Taste of the World” sampling selection features numerous products available in different parts of the world. By the way, the t-shirts made from recycled plastic coke bottles are pretty cool!


6. Located next to the World of Coca-Cola, M&M’s World covers four floors with every imaginable type, flavor and color of sweetie merchandise. The candy-coated madness begins with free screenings of the charming 10-minute “I Lost My ‘M’ in Vegas!” 3-D movie, and the “My M&M My Color” area is enormous fun too.

A (hopefully quite apparent) word of warning: the chocolate-based insanity will drive children mad with hunger in a matter of minutes, so be prepared to buy lots of chocolate, as well as the normal gift displays crammed with magnets, pencils, towels, pillows, backpacks, toys and, naturally, chocolate dispensers.


A few other ideas including the Adventuredome, America’s largest indoor theme park that is located inside Circus Circus, and Excalibur’s Fun Dungeon Arcade.

Bodies… the Exhibition at Luxor is both fascinating and wholly educational, as is Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

Furthermore, the front entrance of the Mirage Lagoon contains the world-famous effervescent lava Volcano.

Adventurous kids and teenagers might want to test their mettle on the rollercoaster housed at New York-New York, and the gondola ride in St. Mark’s Square (at the Venetian) is the most popular attraction for young children.


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Still want more? Here are a few other Las Vegas stories:

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Winning in Las Vegas (Part 2 of 2)



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  1. We are heading southwest for a long road trip next summer and based on this post may pass through Las Vegas even if just for a couple of days. It does seem like there are lots of things to do that the kids would enjoy! Is there any certain family friendly hotel you would recommend? There are 6 of us and finding places to stay that aren’t outrageously expensive is sometimes an issue for us.
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    1. We stayed at the Excalibur. It was okay – not great. We picked it because it wasn’t that expensive. Let me check with some of my contacts and see if they can offer any suggestions!

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