When traveling to Las Vegas as a tourist, there seems to be the general idea that it’s a place suited only for adults. But it’s no longer just a place for gambling, bachelorette parties, and good old fashioned debauchery. It’s now a growing city with its own history and culture. And because not every adult out there is into the idea of strip clubs and all night poker sessions, The Strip has become a pick-your-own-adventure scenario, depending on who you’re there with. There are tons of family-friendly options that will allow you to visit this famous city without spending all night holed up in a windowless casino or club.
Modeled after the beautiful canals of Venice, Italy, The Venetian offers gondola rides in the man-made canals that go in and out of the hotel. The gondoliers wear the classic attire, and you can ooh and ahh at the beautiful sights inside the hotel as well as outside on The Strip.
This is a classic Las Vegas attraction, and the best reason to get outside and go for a family walk on The Strip. The fountain show happens every 30 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes after 8:00pm.
Experience a face-to-face interaction with these exotic and beautiful animals. Dolphins and tigers and lions and leopards, oh my!
Once an hour, The Forum Shops puts on animatronic show that has become a true Las Vegas classic. It tells the story of gods and goddesses and even has a scene with real blazing fire! Plus, it’s been voted the best shopping destination in the city.
Even though it’s a 10 minute drive from The Strip, this museum is worth it and will please the entire family. Las Vegas was built on the base of organized crime, and the museum offers an interactive journey through the very true stories of this sordid part of American history.
This aquarium has fourteen exhibits displaying over 100 different underwater species. They even have a Touch Pool where the whole family can touch a rotating collection of animals that includes sharks, rays, and crabs.
Ride a thrilling roller coaster and then go play in the Coney Island themed arcade. Plus, the New York New York park offers lots of good NY-themed food, like hot dogs and there's even a Shake Shack s o you can pretend you’re really in the Big Apple!
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