Your Family Guide To Las Vegas

Your Family Guide To Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, otherwise known as sin city, isn’t exactly the first place you think to bring your kids on vacation. At least, we didn’t! In fact, while planning our first trip to the city, we refused to stay anywhere near the strip. All we could envision were half-naked women, drunks, and craziness everywhere we looked. Activities we didn’t want to expose to the kids.

 

We decided to stay a little way out from the strip and venture in when we had the urge to get out and about. That’s when we learned that the area wasn’t nearly as bad as we had imagined. Sure, we saw a few showgirls and got a few sniffs of “skunk” while walking along the strip, but, for the most part, we spent our days hanging out with mermaids and enjoying all of the free activities Las Vegas has to offer.

 

The only problem, we didn’t have nearly enough time during our first trip to participate in them all, that’s why we planned a second trip, only this time we stayed at an Airbnb, just a few miles away from the strip.

 

Where To Stay?

Deciding where to stay is going to depend on how you plan to travel and what you plan to do in the area. If you’re a RVer, I suppose you would be looking for an RV park. If you’re planning to spend the majority of your time gambling, you might want to stay in one of the many hotels. If you’re looking to stay close to the strip, yet, far away, an Airbnb might be best for your family.

 

Our family scored a deal on a seven bedroom home with a fully stocked kitchen and swimming pool in the backyard on Airbnb. We loved it, but, it was more than we needed. It would, however, make a great home, for a few families to stay and split the costs.

 

View Our AirBnB Here

 

If you looking for a good deal to stay in the Vegas area. You might want to try using Booking.com

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Airbnb Options In Las Vegas

If you haven’t already heard of Airbnb. It’s an online platform that allows people to rent or host short-term lodging that could range anywhere from a tent site to a yacht or anything in between. We have used them for most of our stays the past nine months and loved each one.

 

You can browse what is offered in the Las Vegas area Here. If you choose to make an account it will give you $40 off of your first stay and us a little credit toward our stay. Thanks! : )

“Only in Vegas can you visit both Paris and New York In One Day”

RV Parks In Las Vegas.

We don’t have any experience with any of the RV parks in the area, but, the ones below seem to have the best reviews.

Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort

8175 Arville St

Las Vegas, NV 89139

Phone # (702) 897-9300

Preferred Season Daily Rate: $80

Off Season Daily Rate: $70

 

Las Vegas Koa At Sams Town Journey

4040 S. Nellis Blvd 89121

Las Vegas, NV 89122

Phone # 702-454-8055

Daily Rate: $53

 

Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort

2711 W Windmill Ln

Las Vegas, NV 89123

Phone: (800) 566-4707

Daily Rate $47

 

Hotels

We didn’t stay in any of the hotels in the area, but, we did consider staying at one and found some great options for families. They offer things like kids clubs, babysitting services, arcades, board games, kid-friendly pools, bowling alleys, kitchens, smoke-free, and free baby items at your request. I’ve heard many family’s have luck finding deals on hotels with using booking.com. (link above)

Wyndham Grand Desert

11011 W Charleston Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89135

Phone: (702) 797-7777

https://redrock.sclv.com/

 

Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa

11011 W Charleston Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89135

Phone: (702) 797-7777

https://redrock.sclv.com/

 

Hilton Grand Vacations On The Boulevard

2650 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone: (702) 765-8300

https://www3.hilton.com

 

Trumps International Hotel Las Vegas

2000 Fashion Show Dr

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone: (702) 982-0000

https://www.trumphotels.com

 

Las Vegas Family Friendly Activities

 

We could hardly believe the amount of family-friendly activities in Vegas. An area we thought, needed to be avoided at all costs, turned out to be one of our favorite family destinations.

 

We stayed in the area for a month, going out almost every day and never ran out of things to do during our stay. We would go out with the intentions of completing several activities and end up stumbling upon much more than we anticipated.

 

I should also mention we aren’t big fans of spending our hard earned cash on outrageously priced activities in tourist areas. Therefore the activities we did were free of charge or low cost.

 
 

Free Or Low-Cost Activities

Get Kissed By A Mermaid At The Silverton

Silverton Aquarium’s Free Mermaid Show isn’t something you’ll want to miss, especially if you have any sea lovers in the family. The show takes place in a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with thousands of fish, including stingrays inside. During the show, you’ll see a mermaid swimming around just as Ariel would, from the little mermaid-stopping often to pose for photos and blowing a kiss to the children watching.

Mackenzie was tickled, to death when she received her very own kiss and even more stoked, to see the air bubbles left behind, turned into a heart.

 

There is also a stingray feeding show if you’re interested. The Showtimes Are As Follows

 

Stingray Feeding Show – Daily at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM

Mermaid Swims – Thursday through Saturday at 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 5:00 PM; Sundays at 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, and 5:00 PM

Chocolate Factory Tour

I wouldn’t call this a tour. There isn’t a tour guide, guiding you through the actual factory. There’s a large window, with the steps to making chocolate, written along the bottom, to peer through and watch the chocolate being made. Definitely not Willy Wonka Style, but, still neat, plus, you receive a free sample of chocolate. One dairy-free option too.

Cactus Botanical Garden

After you’re done, with your chocolate factory tour, you can step outside and walk through one of the worlds largest cactus gardens. Here you will see over 350 species of plants spread out through four acres of land.

We enjoyed walking along the trails trying to guess what kind of cactus we were looking at before reading the sign with the name displayed.

Experience An Indoor Rainstorm At Miricle Mile Shops

Despite what others might say, I wouldn’t go out of your way, to see this one. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be! The whole show lasts under five minutes and consists of some “rain” falling from the sky, painted ceiling along with fog, lightning-flashes of light, and the sounds of thunder.

Our kids enjoyed it for about two minutes, after that, they were done.

 

It might, however, be worth a stop if you’re already shopping at Miracle Mile. The show happens Monday through Thursday at the top of the hour from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Friday and Saturday every half hour from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Animal Free Circus

If you happen to be a family that avoids the circus due to the treatment of the animals involved you’re in luck! Las Vegas has the largest permanent circus in the world, and there aren’t any animal acts, only humans. You’ll be able to enjoy clowns, strength and balance routines, acrobats, flying trapeze tricks and so much more. Circus Circus was our kid’s favorite place in all of Las Vegas.

 

You can get the acts schedule by clicking HERE

 

Listen To Your Kids Scream

The Adventuredome is a 5-acre indoor amusement park located inside Circus Circus. Here the kids will be able to choose between twenty different rides, the range any where from bumper cars to roller coasters that flip upside down. We couldn’t convince either of our kids to go on the canyon blaster, they did, however, ride chaos, which was CHAOS.

 

If you want to here Mackenzie’s scream while riding the coaster click HERE.

 

Note: Adventuredome isn’t free. An all-day bracelet costs $29.95 riding adult and $16.95 per riding child.

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Walk The Strip

I can’t tell you how many times we went out with the intent to visit a particular place, never making it to our destination because we got distracted by something else happening. The

strip is always bumpn’ with something.

Looking For Some Healthier Food Options While Visiting Vegas? Be Sure To Read Our Post On Plant-Based Options In Las Vegas.

Get Some Chocolate At Hersey’s World

Bellagio Water Fountain Show & Botanical Garden

We saw several different water fountain shows while visiting Vegas, but this one was our favorite! There’s something special about watching water blasting over 400 ft into the air while dancing perfectly along with different variations of music. We stopped and seen this show every time we had the chance.

 

Show times are after 3:00 every half an hour Monday-Friday and ever 15 minutes after 8:00 pm and on both Saturdays and holidays.

Watch A Volcano Erupt At The Mirage

We could literally feel the heat while watching this Mirage volcano rumble and erupt with fireballs being thrown into the air. The show plays three time a day at 8:00PM, 9:00PM, and 10:00PM

Take A Fun Instagram Photo

There are several opportunities to snap great pics while visiting Vegas, but, I’m not sure your trip would be complete without a photo of the famous welcome to fabulous Las Vegas sign.

 

Visit The Pinball Hall Of Fame

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam isn’t free, but, it’s a fun way to sneak some knowledge into your kids during vacation and it’s only about 45 minutes from the strip. Plus if you’re up for some hiking there’s a way to avoid the parking fee. (see next activity)

Walk Through Old Railroad Tunnels

This trail will lead you straight to the Hoover Dam. The trail runs along the gorgeous Lake Mead and snakes through five historic railroad tunnels along the way. It was used in the past to transport the different building materials needed to build the Dam. Today it’s a fun and easy hike!

Visit The Wynn

We couldn’t believe our eyes when first walking into the Wynn! The kids were running in circles singing “it’s SO beautiful” as we strolled through the picturesque gardens. There was a miracle round, hot air balloon, and an entire isle made our of different colored flowers. And that’s not even what we came to see. We were there to see the Lake Of Dreams show which I don’t think was working right. All we saw was a couple of balls floating along the water making different noises.

 

I think there was also supposed to be a large screen with a woman’s head, along with a huge singing frog.

 

The shows run nightly, every half-hour, from dusk to 12:30 a.m.

Experience Little Italy At The Venetian

My favorite hotel to visit! We spent several hours here listening to the different opera singers, jugglers, and other performers, waving to the Gondolas as they passed by and trying to hold as still as the live statues did, not easy!

 

Walk Across the Memorial BridgeIf you’re looking to snap some great photos of the Hoover Dam, this might be your best option.

 

Check Out Our Time Spend In New York New York Hotel In This Video

 

Walk Around New York New York Hotel

New York New York hotel is a small replica of the famous New York City. Here you’ll be able to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and stroll through the indoor streets shopping and eating at some of New York most known stores and restaurants. There’s also the option of visiting the Big Apple Arcade- riding the most popular roller coaster in all of Vegas and maybe winning a whoopee cushion.

 

Check Out The Largest Screen In The World On Fremont Street

Fremont Street might not be what some call kid-friendly! It’s definitely the most lively street in Vegas with street entertainers-half naked girls, Elvis imitators, people playing a variety of instruments and music playing so loudly it might burst your eardrums.

 

Our reasoning for coming here, however, was to see the ginormous screen the size of five football fields, which was quite impressive, but, we only watched one video and left.

 

Shows last approximately six minutes, and run every hour. The current time schedule is 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m., 12:00 a.m., 1:00 a.m.

 

Caesars Palace Show

We got lost trying to find this particular show and would probably get you lost trying to so you how to get there, so my suggestion would be to ask for directions once you arrive at the hotel, as we did.

 

Once you do find the “stage” you will be rewarded with an eleven-minute show by animatronic people depicting the Fall Of Atlantis. Our kids loved it!

 

Show Times: Monday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Tuesday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Wednesday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Thursday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

 
 

Town Square Children’s Park

This park is a kids dreamland! It seems there’s everything your child needs to run free with there imaginations. There are tree houses climb into, slides and poles to go down, a stage to perform what they wish, bakery houses to bake, A tower for their inner price and princess and when they are done playing there’s a Pop-Jet fountain for them to cool down.

 
Our kids had loads of fun!

Container Park

A little park surrounded by boutiques and diners made from re-purposed shipping containers. There’s also a stage behind the park the does regular shows for kids and a flame-throwing praying mantis out front. Fun!

Not far from the Las Vegas Strip you will find some of the best hikes in Nevada, one with a spectacular view of the city below-Calico Tanks. Another one great for kids is Calico Hills where they will get to explore a large cluster of huge red and orange rocks, making a great game of hide seek.

Visit The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop

Go On A Hike

Not far from the Las Vegas Strip you will find some of the best hikes in Nevada, one with a spectacular view of the city below-Calico Tanks. Another one great for kids is Calico Hills where they will get to explore a large cluster of huge red and orange rocks, making a great game of hide seek.

Pose With The Egyptians At The Luxor

This hotel is sure to catch your kid’s eye while driving around the area. It’s the shape of a ginormous pyramid with what looks like a sphinx laying in the front. Also surrounding the hotel are various Egyptian statues that our kids enjoyed posing for photos with.

Mustang Museum

Simply put, this is a museum filled with some awesome cars your kids might think are cool. There are also free tours throughout the day your child may or may not enjoy, depending on if they are interested in the history of the cars they’re looking at, ours not so much.

 

Tour times: Mon-Fri 10:30am and 1:30pm Saturday 10:30am (No Guided Tours on Sundays)

 

Wave To The Waving Cat At The Cosmopolitan

 

Hang Out With Pink Flamingos

Located inside the Flamingos hotel with free entry is 15 acres filled with not only flamingos but other exotic birds, fish, and turtles. They also have certain feeding times if you would like to see the catch a meal.

 

Watch The Water Fountain Show At Miracle Mile Shops.

Visit The Eiffel Tower

Okay, So, it isn’t the Eiffel Tower, It’s a half-sized replica, but, it’s a pretty cool place to snap a few photos and pretend you’re there, or if your feel letting some of your cash flow go, you can go to the top to capture an epic view of the city below.

Take A Photo With A Million Dollars At Bininos

Watch The Animals Come Alive At Sams Town

And last but not least another laser and light show, except this time they’re surrounded by a variety of animated animals and real trees-it’s as if you were walking through a forest.

 

Some Things You Might Be Interested In That Cost Money.

If we didn’t travel full-time and were visiting Las Vegas while on a family vacation we might have done a few of the paid activities below. You can just click and it will take you directly to their website.

Take a Gondola Ride At The Venetian

Cost $29 per person

 

View Vegas As a High Roller

Online prices Adults $22 Kids $9

Offline prices Adults $25 Kids $10

 

Discovery Children’s Museum

Cost Everyone $14.50

 

Natural History Museum

Cost Adults $12 Kids $6

Madame Tussauds

Basic Online Cost Everyone $16.99

 

Mandalay Bay Aquarium

Regular Starting Cost $25

 

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

All Day Adventure Pass Adults $22 Kids $17

 

Indoor Skydiving

$75 Per Person

 

Tournament Of The Kings Show At Excalibur

Starting Price $41.87

 

 

Marvels Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N

Adults $34 Kids $24

 

Wet & Wild Las Vegas

 

Neon Museum

 

Bodies…The Exhibition

Cost Adult 32.00 Kids $24.00

 

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Cost Adult $32 Kids $24

 

Dine With A Mermaid

 

Ride The Roller-coaster At The Stratosphere

 

Unlimited Rides $39.95 Per Person

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In Case You’re Looking For Free Parking In The Area

Believe it or not, parking the Las Vegas isn’t as bad as one would think. They’re hotels, that charge 6+ dollars an hour to park, but, there are also several that don’t charge a dime. Below is a list of hotels that offer free parking.

 

1) The Venetian Hotel 5) Planet Hollywood Resort

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109 Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

2) Palazzo Hotel 6) Circus Circus Hotel

3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd,

Las Vegas, NV 89109 Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

3) Tropicana Las Vegas 7) SLS Las Vegas, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

3801 S Las Vegas Blvd, 2535 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109 Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

4) Treasure Island 8) Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower

3300 S Las Vegas Blvd, 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd,

Las Vegas, NV 89109 Las Vegas, NV 89104

 

 

 

And that’s a wrap! Hope our guide helped you and your family plan your visit to Las Vegas.