Contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas has plenty to offer for families. There are a ton of things to do, from indoor activities and entertainment to outdoor recreation. Here are some of my favorite family-friendly activities, which also happen to be some of the best things to do in Las Vegas.
Circus Circus Hotel and Resort
2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Bet you didn’t know there’s a kid-friendly theme park in Las Vegas! Adventuredome is located inside Circus Circus, offering a total of five acres of fun and thrills.
There are about 25 rides at the Adventuredome (so-called because it’s inside a glass dome). There’s the Canyon Blaster, the only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew coaster in the world. Canyon Cars is the Adventuredome’s take on the classic bumper cars. If you want to experience 4 g’s, try the Sling Shot.
Little kids can also have some fun with the Adventuredome’s junior rides, such as Thunderbirds and Miner Mike.
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV
Nurture curiosity among all members of the family, young and old, at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
Walk through the wide variety of exhibits that will take the rest of the family on a learning adventure around the world. There’s the “Treasures of Egypt” exhibit, which features a recreation of the entrance to King Tut’s tomb and authorized replicas of the objects that were found inside.
In the Engelstad Family Prehistoric Life Gallery, the 35-foot model of the T-Rex dominates the entire space. Dive deeper into dinosaur world at “Dinosaur Mummy CSI,” where you can find what was uncovered from Leonardo, the Dinosaur Mummy. At the Marine Life Gallery, there’s 3,000-foot aquarium with live sharks and stingrays. Your group can also experience the flora and fauna of Africa at the African Rainforest and African Savanna Gallery.
There are more exhibits to explore! Admission fees are as follows: $12 (adults), $6 (kids), $10 (seniors, students, and military), and free for children under 2 years.
- Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Meet and greet bottlenose dolphins, leopards, and tigers at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. Open every day, you and the family can even get up close and personal with their dolphin encounters. The kids will surely love this activity.
For one day, become a dolphin trainer under the tutelage of one of the facility’s Dolphin Care Specialists. Another activity is to go painting with the dolphins (you get to take the artwork signed by your partner dolphin home!) For adults who love yoga, you can sign up for yoga with the dolphins, which is held every morning and also comes with full spa access.
Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is open for birthdays, so if you want to organize a memorable birthday party for a family member, get in touch at 702.792.7980.
- Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV
Skydiving is a bit too extreme for the young ones, but that doesn’t mean they should just miss out on all of the fun.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving simulates the adrenaline-filled experience of jumping out of the plane and into the sky, all within the safe confides of the great indoors. Instead of leaping out into the sky, you leap and let the giant propeller propel you upwards, as if you’re free-falling.
The activity is open to kids. There’s only a minimum weight requirement to meet before being cleared for “flight.” Rates already include the training, all the equipment you need, the expertise of a bona fide indoor skydiving instructor, and two minutes of tunnel time.
- Springs Preserve
333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Balance all the indoor fun and activities by spending some time in outdoor attractions such as the 180-acre Springs Preserve. There is a bevy of things to do here, with other sites to explore located within the facility.
For instance, there is the award-winning Botanical Garden, which features a Mojave Collection highlighting the different cactus and succulent species that thrive in the desert. The Butterfly Habitat is another treat, open mostly during the fall when free-flying painted ladies, banded orange longwings, gulf fritillaries, and tropical blue waves flit about in the preserve.
Other spots you should check out include the Origen Museum, Boomtown 1905, DesertSol, and the Nevada State Museum.
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