The 15 Best Things to Do With Kids in Las Vegas

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There's more to Las Vegas than casinos and nightclubs. Make Las Vegas a family-friendly adventure that’s fun for kids of every age. From watching knights joust to cooling off at a water park, there's something for every tiny traveler to enjoy.

Here are the top 15 attractions and shows for kids in Las Vegas.

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Go Indoor Skydiving

Indoor skydiving
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Address
200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109-2021, USA
Phone
+1 702-731-4768

Head to the skies with Vegas Indoor Skydiving, where you can get an adrenaline rush without jumping off an airplane. Flyers walk into a vertical air tunnel, where a 1,000-horsepower motor shoots them into the air and gusts up to 120 mph keep them afloat. Riders need to weigh at least 40 pounds and take a safety training class before skydiving, and an adult must be present for kids to fly.

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Explore the STRAT SkyPod, SkyJump, and Thrill Rides

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

Head to the top of America's tallest freestanding tower for a view of the city from the SkyPod's indoor and outdoor observation decks. The STRAT tower houses SkyJump—a bungee jump that takes you down 108 floors in about eight seconds—as well as other thrill rides. X-Scream catapults riders 27 feet over the edge of the SkyPod, while Big Shot blasts them 160 feet in the air from a 921-foot-high platform.

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Take in the Strip on the High Roller

Las Vegas - June 27, 2015 - The High Roller Wheel light up at as sunrise comes through the wheel at dawn at the center of the Las Vegas Strip on June 27, 2015 in Las Vegas. The High Roller is the world's largest observation wheel.
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Address
3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-322-0593

The world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller at the Linq Promenade spans 550 feet in the air. The 28 glass-enclosed cabins take passengers for a 30-minute spin, giving them a serene view of the entire Las Vegas valley. Consider this a break from the chaos of the Strip, and snap some shots of the kids from high above the city.

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Scream at Adventuredome

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

Circus Circus attracts families with its indoor Adventuredome theme park, set on five acres and featuring more than 25 rides—including two roller coasters. Speeding through the park at 44 mph, Canyon Blaster is the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. Meanwhile, El Loco ascends 90 feet before dropping over and under. For those who don't want thrills, the Carnival Midway offers games and free circus acts such as trapeze artists, clowns, and acrobats. There are even tame roller coasters and flying airplanes for the little ones.

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Get Up Close With a Shark

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Courtesy of MGM Resort

Address
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
Phone
+1 702-632-4555

Bravely get up close with 2,000 underwater creatures—including more than 15 species of sharks—at North America's only predator-based aquarium. Featuring 14 exhibits, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay boasts a 1.3 million-gallon saltwater tank, which you can walk through via tunnel for an almost 360-degree view of aquatic life. The Touch Pool gives everyone a chance to feel sharks, rays, or horseshoe crabs.

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Tour New York City on the Big Apple Roller Coaster

Address
3797 Las Vegas Blvd S New York-New York, Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-740-6969

The Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York is really two rides in one. The world’s first coaster to feature a 180-degree “heartline” twist-and-dive maneuver takes you through a replica of the Big Apple’s skyline. A virtual reality option changes the ride into an adventure with aliens and monsters, all set in New York City. The kids can even play in the arcade before or after.

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Slide Through a Shark Tank

Address
129 East Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
Phone
+1 702-385-7111

The Golden Nugget gets its guests up close with sharks at The Tank. Brave water venturers can zoom through a 200,000-gallon shark tank—inside a clear tube, of course. For those who prefer not to undertake the water slide, there’s a behind-the-scenes shark tank tour by one of the on-staff marine biologists. Participants can witness feeding time and learn about the different species that inhabit the tank. 

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See Pink Flamingos and More

Address
3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-733-3349

Located at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, the 15-acre Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is open to the public 24 hours a day. It's filled with a flock of Chilean flamingos, Ring Tealed ducks, and Sacred Ibis, as well as swans, koi fish, turtles, and brown pelicans. Swing by at 8:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. any day of the week to see the pelicans get fed. Have those cameras ready for selfies.

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Play with Dolphins and Watch the Big Cats

Dolphins

Courtesy of  MGM Resorts

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

One half of the magical Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat houses the famous magician's white tigers, lions, and leopards. The other neighboring half hosts a dolphin habit, which recently welcomed a bottlenose baby. Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility or even become a trainer for a day. Alternatively, you could paint artwork with the playful creatures or spend the morning doing yoga next to them.

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Root for a Knight or a Dragon

Tournament of Kings

 Erik Kabik

Address
3850 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 702-597-7777

Cheer on your favorite royal jousting knight—or even the fire-breathing dragon— at the Excalibur's "Tournament of Kings." Knights ride horses and fight with swords, maidens dance, and the dragon gets his own pyrotechnics show. With Merlin the Magician overseeing the festivities, diners take it all in while eating tomato soup and Cornish hens sans utensils. 

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Dig in the Dirt

Excavator

 Courtesy of Dig This

Address
800 W Roban Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89044, USA
Phone
+1 702-222-4344

Build huge mounds of dirt and push gigantic tires in a bulldozer at Dig This. The construction equipment sandbox includes skid-steer loaders, bulldozers, and excavators, and the off-Strip attraction offers kids ages four and up a digging experience to remember.

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Roar with the Lions

Address
382 Bruner Ave, Henderson, NV 89044, USA
Phone
+1 702-595-6666

Big cats roam the Lion Habitat Ranch south of the Strip near the M Resort in Henderson. You can dine at a table in the midst of a cage, or go behind the scenes to watch the animals being fed and cared for—if you're feeling brave, you can even feed them yourself. The ranch also has a giraffe you can hand-feed.

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Go Magical with Mac King

Address
3475 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 800-214-9110

One of the best afternoon shows in Las Vegas, "Mac King Comedy Magic Show" gives children a chance to get up on stage with a magician. Goldfish disappear and turn into coins, ropes magically get longer and shorter, and live animals appear in this 75-minute show with the charismatic King.

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Learn to Surf

FowRider Wave in a Box

 Erik Kabik

Address
3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone
+1 866-919-7472

You can learn to surf on body boards on the FlowRider Wave in a Box at Planet Hollywood Resort. Because the machine's surface absorbs energy, riders can feel safe knowing that they have less of a chance of getting hurt if they wipe out. Kids must be at least 48 inches to ride. Two pools accompany the attraction at this rooftop destination.

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Make a Splash

Wet 'N Wild

 Courtesy of Wet 'N Wild

Address
7055 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89148-6757, USA
Phone
+1 702-979-1600

Wet'n'Wild water park features more than 25 thrilling attractions that keep kids cool during the heat of summer. Among the park's eight waterslides, you'll find the Tornado and the six-lane Desert Racer. Kids can splash around in the 10,500-square-foot Paradise Falls, which has 11 slides, spray guns, geysers, and a massive tipping bucket that dumps water on guests. Kiddie Cove offers three slides for the little ones.

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