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Vegas With the Kids
Taking the kids to Las Vegas as part of an affordable vacation makes sense; there really is fun for the whole family. And then they can brag to their friends that they have been to Vegas, but what happened there stays there, and feel very cool. Here are some kid-friendly attractions for your children or teenagers. For some great ideas on hotel deals in Vegas, check TripAdvisor.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Going Weightless With Vegas Indoor Skydiving
Indoor skydiving lasts only a few minutes, but you go through a safety orientation as well as watch a video so you should count on at least an hour of your time. It's a blast, and the entire family can do it at the same time.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Stratosphere Tower Las Vegas
The views from the Stratosphere Tower are worth a visit, and moments before sunset are a perfect time to go to get a complete experience. Younger kids might not enjoy this because a fear of heights is very real when you are this high up in the sky over the Las Vegas strip. Use your own judgment about whether your kids can handle this. Check out the thrill rides like the X-Scream at the Stratosphere if your kids are old enough and like thrills.
Fun for the Adults: Level 107 lounge is nearby, and this is a great spot for happy hour fun. If your kids are teenagers and old enough to explore the rides alone, take turns at the bar and add a little “Vegas” to your family vacation.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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The Giant Tree House at Downtown Container Park
Anytime you can incorporate a giant slide with a tree house and plenty of interaction between kids, it is a good thing. At Downtown Container Park, let your children race up the tree house and conquer their fear of long dark slides while you wait at the bottom with open arms. The kids will get hours of fun engaging in some games with the interactive spots in the play area, and even teenagers will like the very long and high tube slide.
Fun for the Adults: The play area is surrounded by spots for a cocktail or a snack. A few have patios that look out over the play area.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Zipline in Downtown Las Vegas
When you get to the top of the platform above Fremont Street on the Zipline, the view is intoxicating, so strap in and let the experience take over. If your kids love an adrenaline rush, they will really appreciate Slotzilla.
Fun for the Adults: Adults will love the ride, and if you need a little liquid courage, try the long bar at The D to help you with your motivation.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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El Loco Roller Coaster at Circus Circus
El Loco at Adventuredome is a ride strictly for kids who love roller coasters.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York Las Vegas
A store dedicated to chocolate should be a no-brainer if you are in Vegas and looking for fun for the kids. Hershey's Chocolate World is not cheap, so be sure to keep tabs on their wants or you could be in for a big surprise when you hit the register.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
There is nothing creepy about the way wax figures take a long look at you as you walk around Madame Tussauds at Venetian Las Vegas. Their eyes follow you around the room. Grab your camera, and your kids will have some great pictures with celebrities from Britney Spears and Nicolas Cage to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. This is definitely a Vegas-centric Madame Tussauds.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Black Canyon Raft Tour
This trip through Black Canyon, the natural gorge of the Colorado River near Vegas, just below Hoover Dam, is via motor-assisted inflatable raft, so there's no work involved. You'll get up close and personal with desert wildlife as guides on the trip give you the inside skinny on the history and geology of the area. The rafts are large and safe; this is not a wild whitewater trip.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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The LINQ Las Vegas
You'll notice the huge LINQ observation wheel from pretty much anywhere on the Strip, and even if your kids are small they should have some fun on the High Roller. Make sure to treat the kids to ice cream and cupcakes at Sprinkles and take them into the Polaroid Fotobar while you're there.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Adventuredome at Circus Circus
Adventuredome is ride heaven for kids, and they span the thrill level from kid-friendly to too scary for some. If your kids love amusement park rides, this is a must-do.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Your kids can touch a stingray, see a Komodo dragon and stand face to face with sharks at Shark Reef Aquarium. It's touted as a full sensory experience, where you and the kids will experience the sights, sounds, and encounters of an undersea environment. Shark Reef is great for all ages and even fun for parents.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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The Big Apple Roller Coaster at NY-NY
If your children/teenagers are thrill seekers, they'll simply love the Big Apple roller coaster at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino. There's also an arcade for more fun after the thrills.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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El Dorado Canyon Mine Tours
Take a tour of a real gold mine and listen to a few good stories about the gold mining era and the cast of characters who tried to make a few bucks in these parts on the El Dorado Canyon Mine Tour. The tour takes you inside the Techatticup Mine, the oldest and most famous gold mine in southern Nevada. It's just a 45-minute drive from Vegas.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Get up close to a Flamingo and walk around the outdoor Flamingo wildlife habitat at the Flamingo Hotel. It's free and educational. You'll see flamingoes, ibis, ducks, swans, pelicans, turtles, and koi fish in this habitat on the hotel's grounds.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden
The Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is home to white tigers, white lions, leopards, and bottlenose dolphins in a setting that is set up like a mini zoo. This is a longtime family favorite in Vegas.