Las Vegas, commonly known as Sin City to those over the age of 21, is a city like no other. But not everything that happens in Vegas has to stay there. After all, there's an abundance of family-friendly sights and sounds that are sure to bring magical memories back home with you in 2023 and beyond. From rollercoasters and acrobats to wildlife experiences and natural wonders - The Entertainment Capital of the World will have you occupied from dawn ‘til dusk...
Take a stroll on The Strip
The first thing to know is that Las Vegas is absolutely huge, and the best way to get acquainted with the sparkling lights of the city is to take a stroll down the famous Strip. This walk itself could take a good few hours, as there are a million and one free things to do here alone - from seeing the popular light show and fountain at The Bellagio, to gazing at the sights and sounds on Fremont Street. Of course, you also can’t miss the chance to grab a family photo with the Las Vegas sign. Maybe you came to Vegas but still dream of European landmarks - luckily for everyone, you can go from the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel to riding gondolas at the Venetian in about fifteen minutes.
Dive into the shark tank at Mandalay Bay
Forget your standard family outing to the local aquarium, the Shark Reef Aquarium blows them all out of the water (so to speak). The Aquarium is home to over 2,000 different species and wandering through the underground glass tunnels is a world class experience. For kids who like to get hands on, you can also feed stingrays and turtles, or if you want to really push the boat out you can feed and dive with sharks. The aquarium also has an affordable immersive VR experience which will transport you to the Pacific Ocean to learn about and swim with whales - so you can put a tick next to 'educational' on your travel wish list too.
Feel the need for speed at Adventuredome
What would a family holiday to Las Vegas be without hitting up a theme park? Especially when Adventuredome is the largest indoor theme park in America, and certain to keep kids entertained all day long. You won’t just find rollercoasters here either. The park has arcades, sports like darts mini basketball, rock climbing, and virtual reality rooms. If you have time to catch a film, there’s even a 4D theatre and an Angry Birds Immersive Theatre experience. Plus, in the adjoining Circus Circus hotel, you’ll discover five different restaurants serving everything from pizza to Mexican food for when everyone needs to refuel.
Experience 360 degrees of Vegas
To leave all ages speechless, witness the spectacular skyline of Las Vegas from 550 feet in the air. Head to The High Roller at the LINQ, the world’s largest observation wheel. And although it only takes 30 minutes to complete the rotation, along the way you’ll get to see every possible landmark in the city. Afterwards, the LINQ promenade has plenty more attractions to fill your time, with every shop and restaurant imaginable. It’s also a great place to pick up some souvenirs to remind you of your holiday, which will be everything from mugs to t-shirts emblazoned with the Las Vegas sign.
Pick a card, any card at a Las Vegas show
Musicians, gymnasts, DJs and fire-breathers are just a few of the awe-inspiring performers you can find in Las Vegas. So if you visit just one attraction, make sure it's a Vegas show. Kids and adults alike will be wowed no matter which performance you choose - from the impossible acrobatics and effects in Cirque du Soleil to the magic of Penn & Teller. If you’re hoping to see someone famous, there's always an iconic residency happening, with everyone from Katy Perry to John Legend hosting concerts, meaning even if your group has different tastes, you’ll find a show that won't fail to impress.
Get a taste of Las Vegas
Get ready to put your diet aside and indulge yourself. Las Vegas has over four thousand restaurants, or in other words, if you can think of a food, you can find it. Splurge on a Michelin-starred restaurant such as Le Cirque, or take your life in your hands at the Heart Attack Grill. Kids will be in a haze after visiting the Coca Cola store, M&M or Hershey’s World. And you may not want to look at a burger again after this holiday, but during it, your taste buds will thank you.
Fly above Fremont Street
Walking down Fremont Street is one thing, but flying over it is entirely different. A great activity if you’re travelling with teenagers, the SlotZilla Zipline might only take a minute (literally) but the exhilaration is unmatched. The zipline is based on a slot machine, 11-stories high and lets you fly over the hundreds of people walking below and see Fremont Street from the air. If you don’t have a strong head for heights, the lower zipline is only 7 stories high and travels half the length of the street. For thrill-seekers, the 11-story SuperHero Zoomline will certainly satisfy your need for speed.
See a wonder of the world at the Grand Canyon
Calling this wonder of the world ‘grand’ is frankly an understatement of epic proportions. A visit to the Grand Canyon is a bucket list trip for many, and at only four hours from the city, it can be done in one epic day trip where you can gaze over the rim and get a photo at the wittily named Ooh Aah point. If you’re a family who prefers adventure holidays, consider an overnight stay to fully experience the park, whether you go kayaking, white water rafting or hiking, you’ll be awestruck by this natural phenomenon. For a family holiday you’ll never forget, you can book a helicopter trip to fly you over the canyon for endless views of the cliffs and pinnacles.
And there you have it: Las Vegas is a city you can visit time and time again and still never discover everything it has to offer. That's why the city makes the perfect destination for families of all ages and interests.
If you’re ready to visit the City of Lights and be immersed in everything Vegas has to offer, simply get in touch with our Travel Specialists today.