Winner, winner, chicken dinner! That is how most people react when they book a vacation to Las Vegas. Yes, a weekend of gambling, drinking and all around debauchery. Is there anything better than a boy’s or girl’s weekend away in the City of Sin? There’s no doubt that it’s a cool experience and one everyone should try, but families don’t have to split up. As it happens, Las Vegas, the city built on gambling and mafia ties, is a family-friendly town for all ages.
Okay, so there are things to avoid, like the constant bachelor and bachelorette parties. And, you won’t be hitting up the clubs until the early hours of the morning. But, that doesn’t matter because Vegas has everything a young family could ever need or want.
Here are just a handful of reasons why it’s an excellent place for your next family holiday.
Kid-Friendly Hotels And Resorts
The first thing you need to book is accommodation. The problem is that you don’t want young kids traipsing around a casino floor all day and all night. And, in Vegas, it seems like everything is centered on the poker and craps tables and the roulette wheel. Fear not, though, because there are plenty of establishments which are happy to cater to children. The Mirage is a world-famous casino, but it’s also a huge resort which is home to a 20,000-gallon aquarium. Not only that, but there is a rainforest-themed atrium that will make you feel as if you are in the Amazon, as well as a volcano show out the front. Think of the Bellagio’s water jets but with faux magma. If the strip is too central, there is South Point hotel which is a couple of miles off the strip. Like all great family establishments, there is a pool that will keep the kids happy for days.
Because drinking and gambling are off the table, you need to find something to do during the day. Well, the good news is that there is plenty and it’s all within a short walk or taxi ride away. To start with, you can idle down the strip with the kids and take in the massive buildings and novelty city. Thanks to the above the ground walkways, it’s a safe and easy experience. Next, you can go to one of the many theme parks, zoos or aquariums. As a rule, Adventuredome and SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium are two of the best and most popular family hotspots. There’s also Wet ‘n’ Wild if you fancy cooling off away from the desert sun. Speaking of sand, it isn’t difficult to hire a car and head out into the outback and explore the state. Vegas may be the jewel in the crown, but Nevada has lots to offer, from Lake Tahoe to Red Rock Canyon.
America is a huge country that relies on air travel to get around. However, there are states which are closer than they seem and easier to explore. Nevada is one such place and Las Vegas is the prime example because it’s in the south. As a result, it’s a short trip away from the Grand Canyon. If you have never been, the GC is without a doubt a bucket list activity which you shouldn’t miss. Better yet, the City of Sin is less than a few hours away from California. One of the most popular states in the country, Cali is home to Hollywood, San Diego and San Francisco. If these are too far away, Death Valley, Kings Canyon and Mojave are close by and well worth a visit. Just make sure you take enough water because the desert is pretty dry even in the winter!
Show Stopping Events
Playing the slots may be the main thing that springs to mind, but Vegas is notorious for much more. Shows have been and continue to play a significant role in the life of the city, and that is why the best artists show up on a yearly basis. Any music fans can look to catch people such as Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes and Demi Lovato playing their trade on a sprawling stage. These days, kids go crazy for pop stars and Vegas has the best ones on retainer. Another family favorite is a magic show, with the legendary Penn and Teller playing almost daily at certain points of the year. Not only that, but budding magicians also host events that are well worth a watch if the tickets are not available or too expensive. Finally, there is Cirque du Soleil. For over 20 years, the acrobats have put on a breathtaking show that wows and keeps families in suspense. Honestly, there is nothing else like it in the world and Vegas is its home.
What’s a child’s equivalent of a casino? It’s an arcade with hundreds of the best games. You know what’s coming next, right? Yep, Vegas has tons of places to throw away tens of dollars in quarters. From Ms Pac Man to Donkey Kong, there are the retro classics for kids and parents alike. Come on – don’t pretend like you weren’t a gamer back in the day! Also, there are the modern classics such as Madden Football and Grand Theft Auto, not to mention the new VR headsets. What’s fantastic about an arcade is that you can leave the kids to enjoy while you take a much-needed rest. Don’t worry because they’ll find you easy enough when they run out of money. In fact, you may need a spin on the roulette wheel just to fund their habit.
Variety Of Restaurants
Holiday goers go on about the world-class, Michelin starred restaurants in LV. Of course, it would be nice to try fine cuisine, but the kids won’t be as enthusiastic. As any parent knows, give them a burger and fries and a coke and they are set. Well, Las Vegas has plenty of burger joints, including the famous McDonald’s, but it also has Thai, Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern food to name but four.
So, the next time you book a vacation, you may want to reconsider Las Vegas.