If you’ve been to Las Vegas you would probably say it’s a city built for adults, and not for families with kids. Something like Disneyland for grown ups?
Well, there is still plenty of fun activities for under 21s in Las Vegas. Here’s our pick of fun things to do with kids on and off the Las Vegas Strip.
Wow, this Las Vegas attraction must be on top of every family’s “Las Vegas Must-See” list! With nearly 1.6 million gallons of water, fourteen exhibits, everything from sharks and crocodiles to komodo dragoons and piranhas, the Shark Reef Aquarium is considered one of the best family attractions in Las Vegas. The highlight of the visit is the 1.3 million gallon shark exhibit with a walk through tunnel, so make sure you don’t pass it by.
Either you would like to try out your hand at serving lunch to sharks or even dive with them, you can do it all at the Shark Reef Aquarium.
Need a minute without the kids? Drop them to a shark party, no strings attached! The Shark Reef Staff will take care of your clan!
General admission: Adult $20.00; Seniors (65+) $18.00; Children (Age 4-12) $14.00; Children (3 & under) Free. Nevada resident discounts available.
No trip to the Venetian would be complete without gliding down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola. The Venetian Hotel offers both indoor and outdoor gondola rides complete with a personal gondolier singing Italian songs.
Practical information: Each gondola seats up to four people and the ride lasts 14 minutes. The gondoliers’ singing takes place in front of the lagoon.
Provided you’re a history buff and your kids are in love with animals, Las Vegas Natural History Museum will make for a fun few hours. Everything from animated dinosaurs, whales, sharks, and southern Nevada’s plant and animal life.
Before you head to the next Las Vegas family attraction, check out „Treasures of Egypt“ exhibit displaying replica Egyptian artifacts or the „Ancient Rome“ (June 11 – September 11) showcasing inventions from the Roman Empire such as the book, paved roads, cranes and industrial machinery, water pumps, and other technologies.
Admission: Adults $10.00; Seniors, Military & Students 12 and over $8.00; Children (3-11) $5.00; Children (2 and younger) Free
Insider tip: Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year by hosting its annual Sundown in Downtown party. Check museum’s website for more information and special offers.
M&M’s World & Coca-Cola Store
If you’re a Coca-cola lover and have a sweet tooth, both Coca-Cola Store and M&M’s World should be on the top of your list. Located close to Coca-Cola store with a giant 100-foot tall Coca-Cola bottle outside the store, four floors of chocolate heaven awaits you at the M&M’s World. The good news is, it’s for free! Not to miss is the Coca-Cola beverage bar on the second floor, where you can taste sixteen sodas from around the globe. Your taste buds will dance with excitement!
Location: Near the corner of the Strip and Tropicana Avenue. Next door to the MGM Grand hotel-casino.
Hiking off the Strip
Looking for a place to take the kids for a hike near Vegas? Located only 15 miles west from Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is a perfect place for families to enjoy nature. Red Rock Canyon offers everything form scenic drives and hiking trails to adventurous activities such to rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. We recommend planning your trip in advance just to make sure you have enough time to experience the best the Canyon has to offer. The good news is that dogs are allowed in trail in this park. Put on your hiking boots and get your camera ready for some spectacular views!
Check natureplaytrips.com for more detailed hiking information.