Even though Las Vegas is known for its casinos and nightlife, it is also a fantastic place to take the kids. Whether you have toddlers or teens, there are plenty of fun things to do in Las Vegas. Theme parks, shows, aquariums, gardens, and zoos are all highly rated with kids as well as adults.
Las Vegas is also great for outdoor fun, being enveloped by several conservation areas and the warm climate. The average temp in the 70s and very little rain encourage park activities like hiking, biking, and water sports. Lighten your load by dropping off your luggage at a luggage storage place in Las Vegas first.
Inside Circus Circus, enjoy Midway games, two roller coasters, and Canyon Cars. The FX Theater 4D shows Ice Age 4 and SpongeBob Squarepants. The older thrill-seekers will love the Disk’O, Slingshot, Chaos, and Inverter. And the mini tots can ride the Frog Hopper, Miner Mike, and Thunderbirds.
Big Apple Coaster and Arcade
On top of the New York-New York Hotel, you and the kids can ride the rooftop roller coaster. You have to be 54 inches tall though, so keep that in mind. Luckily, there is an arcade there too, so even the shorties can have a blast with Skee-Ball, Air Hockey, and video games of all kinds. They can even win prizes!
Marvel Avengers Station
All kids (and many adults) know who the Avengers are, so make sure you stop by the Station while you are in Vegas. The kids can learn all about Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Captain America while they become members of Marvel. They can even do experiments and try out some of the Avengers’ weapons.
The older kids will love this one. Fly high 77 feet above the Fremont Street Experience on the SlotZilla Zip-Zilla traditional zipline. Or hang 114 feet up over the street on the Super-Hero Zoomline. Hanging prone like you are flying, the upper line is the most thrilling but both of them are pretty amazing.
This is not your typical Ferris wheel. High Roller is the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 feet tall. Take a 30-minute ride in one of the air-conditioned cabins to get a spectacular view of the city. They even have a family field trip that teaches your kids about the science, math, and technology of the High Roller.
Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix Family Fun Center
The Gran Prix in Vegas is fun for everyone. The miniature race cars are just the beginning. They have three types. The Go-Karts let you race others, the Sprint Karts are fast and fun, and if your kids are 16+ they can ride the Gran Prix cars. They also have a roller coaster, arcade, a super slide, and carnival food!
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden
Meet some exotic creatures at Siegfried & Roy’s while you are in Vegas. See leopards, white lions, and white tigers. Then get up close and personal with some bottlenose dolphins. These trained dolphins love people, so they enjoy the experience as much as you do. Feed the dolphins, be a trainer, or help them paint.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Not just for flamingos, this wildlife habitat hosts a plethora of birds and other feathered friends. The flock of Chilean flamingos is the highlight, but they also have Sacred Ibis, Ring Teal ducks, and brown pelicans. And don’t miss the swans, turtles, and koi fish living in the lake. They even have parrots!
Shark Reef Aquarium
The Shark Reef Aquarium has over 2,000 animals from piranhas to sharks and even turtles and stingrays. The Komodo dragons are friendly but if you want to get really close to nature, those 18 and over can try the shark dive. Feed the stingrays and touch horseshoe crabs, too. You will get a memorable experience like no other.
Nature Areas and Parks
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Whether you have thrill-seeking teens or tiny tots, there is fun to be had at Red Rock Canyon. The big kids can go rock climbing or mountain biking while you and the little ones explore the visitor center and take a walk on one of the trails. Keep your eyes open for mule deer, sheep, burros, and other critters.
This park is a fun place to bring the kids for outdoor activities as well as cultural learning. With four museums, a butterfly habitat, a botanical garden, and Boomtown 1905, you and your kids can learn more about the City of Vegas and the state of Nevada. You can also ride the train, hike the trails, or rent some bikes.
Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
This 48,438-acre park has a lot of history that you don’t want to miss. Show the kids some of the 300 rock ark panels at the Petroglyph Site, see the 1,700 designs, and look for some wildlife. You can see a lot of flora and fauna including bobcats, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, roadrunners, and coyotes.
Discovery Children’s Museum
Across from Symphony Park, the Discovery Children’s Museum has over 58,000 square feet of exhibitions including dozens of interactive activities. Little ones can play in the Crawl Zone at Toddler Town and older kids will enjoy the 70-foot Summit with 13 levels to explore and learn about science.
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Wax museums are a big thing now and are especially great for selfies. Rather than trying to get selfies with your favorite pop stars, just go to Madame Tussauds instead. Take some selfies with Thor and Iron Man or swing with Miley Cyrus on her wrecking ball. They even have a virtual room where you can time travel.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
This museum focuses a lot on King Tutankhamen (King Tut) in its Treasures of Egypt Collection. They also have a variety of dinosaur items in the Prehistoric Life Gallery. The Marine Life Gallery and International Wildlife Gallery are also popular, and the Young Scientist Center is fun for everyone.
No matter where you go, be sure to grab some souvenirs to take home with you. And take a lot of pictures to share on social media. Eating is fun at kid-friendly eateries like the Rainforest Café and Tournament of Kings. Or try the amazing crazyshakes and burgers at Black Tap Craft Burgers.