17 Top Family Attractions in Las Vegas

For families headed to Sin City with the kids in tow, the "sin" aspect isn't the goal. From its early origins as a sleepy desert gambling town to the heyday of the Rat Pack, Las Vegas was synonymous with adult entertainment, but that all changed in the 1980s. Seeking to lure in a different demographic the casino owners began to build attractions and activities that were more wholesome, and now Nevada's best-known city is a great vacation spot for all ages. 

For families visiting Las Vegas, the biggest concern will be to narrow down which activities to do from the massive array of options. From educational opportunities to fun geared towards teens or sporting options and toddler-centric excursions, your visit from to Las Vegas will keep the entire family busy all day long.

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Indulge in Chocolate

Hershey's Chocolate World in Vegas

 

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Address
3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-437-7439

Chocolate overload is the end result when visitors stop in for a taste of all the sweet, decadent treats at Hershey's Chocolate World. After taking a tour of the massive store (and dealing with the sugar rush) walk over to the Park Las Vegas Hotel and grab a bite to eat or play a game of corn hole in the outdoor lounge.

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Skydive Indoors

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Address
200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-731-4768

This exhilarating activity provides participants with the feeling of floating through the air—without having to actually jump out of an airplane. After a short but detailed training class, flyers suit up and fling themselves into a wind tunnel blowing air upward around 120 mph. The ride has a minimum weight limit of 40 pounds. Kids adore the faux-Superman experience.

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Throw a Bowling Ball

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Bowling is an activity that is great for all ages, and parents will be pleased that the price tag at places like Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ Las Vegas, Bowling at GameWorks Las Vegas, and Gold Coast Bowling Center is very reasonable.

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Ride a Roller Coaster

Thrill ride on top of Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower

 

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Address
2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA
Phone
+1 702-380-7777

If you want to make your kids scream with pleasure, there is no better place than the top of the Stratosphere Tower. The three rides, Big Shot, X-Scream, and Insanity, are essentially roller-coasters situated at 1,081 feet in the air—and Big Shot launches riders off the side of the building down to the earth below. Save this one for the adrenaline junkies in the family.

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Play at the Downtown Container Park

People visiting Container Park Village, downtown Las Vegas

 

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Address
707 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
Phone
+1 702-359-9982

Grab a cocktail and take a seat as your kids run around in the tree house and play area in the center of the Downtown Container Park. Shops, restaurants, and bars surround this gentle taste of Downtown Las Vegas. The kid-friendly concept goes away after dark so make sure to make this an afternoon activity.

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Take a Day Trip

Family walking in Zion National Park

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Address
Utah, USA
Phone
+1 435-772-3256

Zion National Park is only 168 miles from Las Vegas, and you'll drive through a few canyons carved out by the Virgin River. Once you get to Zion National Park, you can leave your vehicle and enjoy a ride on the free shuttles provided by the National Park Service. Inside the park are options for biking, horseback riding, and tubing on the Virgin River. 

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Wave at Dolphins

Dolphin at The Mirage, Las Vegas

 

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Address
The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-791-7188

Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is home to white tigers and bottlenose dolphins in a setting that is set up like a mini zoo. Visitors get a close-up look at tigers, lions, and leopards as they playfully wrestle each other and the dolphins swim around in endless play. The attraction offers special packages, including Trainer for a Day, Painting with the Dolphins, and Yoga With the Dolphins.

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Get Wet at Cowabunga Bay Water Park

Cowabunga Bay Water Park Draper Utah

 

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Address
900 Galleria Dr, Henderson, NV 89011, USA
Phone
+1 702-850-9000

Vegas weather can get scorching hot, so beat the heat at the Cowabunga Water Park. The bigger kids will have a blast on the nearly half dozen fast-paced slides, while the little ones can keep cool on the lazy river or mellower water rides. In addition to concessions and a shopping area, the park offers cabana rentals by the day. The water park runs seasonally, so confirm dates before slipping on your swim trunks.

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Visit Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside of Vegas

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Address
1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161, USA
Phone
+1 702-515-5350
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Spend a day exploring the Southern Nevada desert or climbing a sandstone rock face. Interpretive trails (and a respite from the Las Vegas strip) are a perfect reason to visit Red Rock Canyon. A quick 25-minute drive on Charleston Street takes you directly to the visitor's center. Special programs include a tortoise habitat, an artist in residence, and a visit with Jackson the Red Rock Canyon Burro.

What makes Red Rock the ideal day-trip is the proximity to the strip; you can explore the stunning Nevada scenery, but still be back in time for dinner. Admission is $15.00 per car.

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Play at the Arcade

Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus casino

 

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Address
2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-794-3939

Keep the kids occupied at Adventuredome with water rides, roller coasters, and arcades in a theme park atmosphere. Adventuredome is a large climate-controlled structure located at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. If the other options don't appeal to the kids, there's also a laser tag area, roller skating rink, and free clown show. Best of all—while the thrills are long, the lines are typically short.

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Ride a Gondola at the Venetian Hotel

people enjoy the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino

 

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Address
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-414-1000

Give the kids a taste of international transportation with a gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel. It's a Las Vegas activity that visitors do just because it is a tiny bit absurd, a little fun, and it is an amusing memory to have a rower with a lousy accent sing to passengers. 

Or make it an interactive adventure and attend Gondola University. Participants, limited to nine participants per day, learn how to pilot the vessel and receive a gondola hat, t-shirt, souvenir photo, and an official degree certificate at the end.

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Watch the Fountains at the Bellagio Hotel

Amazing Bellagio Fountains Water Show at Night in Las Vegas

 

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Address
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303, USA
Phone
+1 702-693-7111

Stand out in front of the Bellagio and watch as the music and the water are perfectly synchronized for your pleasure. It might be the best free show in Las Vegas. If you want the best view of the grandeur without the crowds, go inside the Bellagio Hotel and get a seat at Olives Restaurant. Enjoy the show while indulging on steaks, seafood, and desserts. The restaurant has a good kids menu, as well. 

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Smell the Flowers

The Botanical Gardens in Bellagio Hotel and Casino

Bellagio Hotel and Casino

Address
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-693-7111
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The seasons—and scenery—change with regularity at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Over 120 horticulturalists ensure that as every plant, flower, and tree gets planted in the garden, there is a new arrangement. So no matter how many times you return, there is bound to be something new to see.

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Go to the Top of the Eiffel Tower

View from Bellagio fountains

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Address
3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-946-7000

This taste of France at the Paris Hotel is an observation deck at the top of a replica of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris. From the 11 story perch, the views of the Las Vegas Valley are incredible and make for the perfect place to take that iconic family photo. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and has a brunch menu that's great for children.

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Visit an Underwater World

Shark Reef Aquarium, Mandalay Bay

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The Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay tunnels you through an underwater aquarium, putting you up-close and personal with sharks. The aquarium's fourteen exhibits all contain different types of underwater predators, with the highlight being a 1.3 million gallon shipwreck. Little ones will love the touch pool that houses non-aggressive sharks, rays, and horseshoe crabs. Group and school tours are available, too.

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Ride the Rides at Adventuredome

Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus casino

 

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The Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus will keep kids occupied for hours. With two rollercoasters, bumper cars, a swinging pirate ship, an arcade, a roller skating rink, and more, this indoor theme park offers just as many attractions as most outdoor venues. When it's hot outside, enjoy the air-conditioned dome, which makes waiting in lines (if there are any) much more tolerable. For the full Vegas experience, book a 3-pack package, including the Adventuredome and your pick of two other attractions like the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor or the Big Apple Coaster and Arcade at New York, New York.

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Attend a Cirque du Soleil Show

Day time aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Showing a Cirque Du Soleil billboard at the Bellagio hotel and casino tower.

 

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A Cirque du Soleil show will please anyone in the family, as the redesigned circus performances showcase athleticism, amazing stage sets and costumes, and thrilling stunts. With over 25 years under its belt, "Mystere," a family favorite, boasts 70 performers, a variety of acrobatics, including trapeze artists, and dramatic dance performances. "O" has a water theme with a circular pool that serves as a stage. And "KÀ," with its technical stagecraft, has been described by stageandcinema.com as "more of a 30-minute theme-park attraction than a 90-minute theatrical event."

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