Las Vegas is famous for its nightlife, gambling, and grand spectacles, but how does it fare as a family-friendly destination? If you’ve ever thought about bringing along the kids, chances are you may have worried about hearing things like, “I’m bored”, or “there’s nothing for me to do here”. Well, worry not!
Downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience is entertaining for thrill-seekers of all ages. SlotZilla, for example, is a two-level zipline that runs down Fremont Street. One level is seated and on the other, higher zipline, riders get to fly head-first like Superman. Evening zipline rides during the Fremont Street Experience light show makes it all the more eventful. (Tip: Go early in the evening, as the later you are there, the rowdier the crowds). We’d recommend purchasing tickets early to ensure availability for the best date and time that fits your schedule. Plan for about an hour wait from your chosen time to the time you actually end up gliding down the zipline.
The two-acre Neon Museum is just north of downtown Las Vegas and houses more than 200 old neon signs from hotels and casinos. Admission includes a visitor center and guided tour of the grounds. Again, we’d recommend purchasing tickets in advance since available slots can fill up quickly. If it works for your schedule, go for the night tour so you can see some of the signs lit up!
Of course, Cirque du Soleil has many great shows at various venues in Las Vegas, but you could also try a musical, magic show, or see the Blue Man Group. With so many venues in town and entertainment styles to choose from, odds are good that you’ll be able to find a show to appeal to any teen. To see what’s going to be live on stage during your trip, check out Vegas.com or hit up a Tix4Tonight booth while you’re there for same-day reduced price ticket.
Located about 25-minutes from the Las Vegas strip, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is as expansive as it is gorgeous. The cost is $15 per vehicle to enter the area for the day, and the park has a visitor center and 13-mile scenic drive which includes several places to stop along the way to explore various trailheads. We’d recommend heading out early in the morning before it gets too hot, and that you stop somewhere along the way to pick up several bottles of water. Remember to hydrate! The park has hiking and biking trails for all ability levels, so choose the best one for you.
For the older, more daring kids in the group, try the rides atop the Stratosphere. Trust us when we say these are extreme. You can literally leap off the tower from 829 feet on the Sky Jump, spin around 900 feet above The Strip on the aptly named, Insanity, or pull some “Gs” blasting straight up on the Big Shot. If you’ve got a ride-lover, this is the place to be.
Just south of downtown is Container Park. Here, old shipping containers have been converted into artistically quirky shops and restaurants. It’s not only family-friendly, it’s also a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the Strip and Downtown.
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