5 Attractions for Families in Las Vegas

Stratosphere Tower

When you think of family-friendly destinations, Las Vegas may not be at the top of your list. In fact, it may not even make your top fifty. However, although Vegas stereotypes aren’t necessarily inaccurate, you’d be surprised by all the attractions so-called “Sin City” offers for families with kids. Contrary to popular belief, you can (and should!) enjoy a vacation in Las Vegas with your family and the devilishly delicious buffets will be the only “sinful” thing about it.

So don’t let the Vegas hype ruin your chance to see some really exciting attractions for families. If you stay away from the casinos and night clubs and keep an open mind, you’ve got nothing to worry about. And just because you’re not on the casino floor doesn’t mean you won’t get the Vegas experience. These 5 attractions and shows are as Vegas as anything, and you couldn’t avoid the city’s celebratory neon lights if you tried.

  1. Stratosphere Tower

    The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the tallest building west of the Mississippi. For kids, looking out from the 869-foot observation deck is plenty of amusement. For adults, the 360-degree panoramic views from the Stratosphere are truly incomparable. If anyone in your family is looking for more excitement, get them in line for one of the 3 thrill rides housed in the tower—The Big Shot, X Scream, and Insanity.

     

  2. World Class Circus Acts at Circus Circus

    Although Circus Circus is a hotel/casino by night, in the day it is home to the world’s largest permanent circus. The incredible acts you’ll see at this Cirque de Soleil-style family attraction include jugglers, unicyclists, trapeze artists, acrobats, contortionists, and more. Each act lasts about 10 minutes and they take place every half hour (on most days) starting at 11 a.m. Best of all, watching a show is absolutely free.

  3. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

    Madam Tussauds wax museums are enjoyable for visitors of all ages. In the Vegas location you’ll find lifelike wax creations that are recognizable to kids, like Shaq and Britney Spears, as well as celebrities even grandparents will recognize (be on the lookout for Elvis). Take some photos of your kids with their favorite stars— they’ll love showing them off to all of their friends when you get back home.

  4. Springs Preserve

    This 180-acre cultural institution is only 3 miles from The Strip, but you’d never know it. The Preserve— designed and dedicated to honor Las Vegas’ lively history and pave the way for a sustainable future—features museums, galleries, outdoor concerts, bright botanical gardens, and a comprehensive trail system that runs through a scenic wetland habitat. Plus, the Preserve offers several programs tailored just for kids, like “Children’s Playground,” an interactive desert canyon-themed play area and “Nature Exchange,” which encourages kids with archaeological interests to collect shells, rocks, bark, pinecones and more.

  5. Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing

    If you’re vacationing with kids that are over five feet tall, take them to Fast Lap’s indoor tracks for a racing adventure that emulates the experience of professional racers. Each kart at Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing is equipped with Honda 200cc engines which reach speeds of up to 50 mph! The tracks were specially designed by two former IKF Racers, and Fast Lap prides itself on thoroughly maintaining them. Indoor karting may be the most fast, fun, and safe Vegas attraction for families.

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