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Las Vegas, a Family-Friendly Destination? You BET!

Written by Chris Osburn

America’s so-called Sin City is actually a sensational setting for all sorts of family-friendly fun, and a kid-focused vacation that can be as wholesome as you choose! If you’re looking for a destination where everybody’s going to be happy with a broad choice of activities, a trip to Las Vegas is no gamble.

Here’s a list of fantastic ways to experience a family-friendly Las Vegas!

Make a Splash!

Guaranteed sunshine and year-round heat mean a dip in the pool is mandatory fun for anybody visiting Vegas. For a G-rated mega swim head to Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino’s Mandalay Beach with its three pools across 11 acres, quarter-mile lazy river, giant wave pool, sandy beach, and deluxe cabanas replete with TVs and refrigerators. One of the only heated pools open all year in Vegas, The Golden Nugget’s pool complex offers guests the chance to zip down a three-stories waterslide through a shielded area of the resort’s live shark tank!

Discovery Children’s Museum

Take a minute and think about children in a chocolate manufacturing facility. Now envisage that the chocolate manufacturing facility is essentially a museum filled with interactive exhibits encouraging art, culture, and science – and your kid’s response is amazingly identical to being provoked with a candy cane. That is the Discovery Children’s Museum, home to nine themed exhibition halls, and the facility lures kids of all ages with a well-balanced set of learning experiences, which feel more like play. The experiences begin from the second you inch closer to the museum building, located in Symphony Park, Las Vegas. The institution’s façade calls to mind prestigious museums in traditionally cultural cities like New York. The flashing stars on the structure’s intriguing marquee are the only clue that you are still in Las Vegas. When your kids enter the building, they will hit the ground running while screaming with joy.

Ready for Some Family Magic?

Want to make the boredom disappear? Take your family to a magic show. Penn & Teller and David Copperfield are just two of the big magic that made famous nightly appearances (and disappearances!)  in Vegas. Wherever you plan to visit, be sure to check out at least one show by a world-famous magician. You won’t believe your eyes—or your family’s smiles!

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas is a unique and delightful retail experience, which presents more than eight hundred candies and chocolate varieties within the globally-renowned New York-New York Hotel. This bellwether store offers Hershey’s products, treats, and gifts only; thus, transforming it into one of Las Vegas’s most famous destinations. If you wish to see a famous icon fashioned from chocolate, stop by Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas and get to witness the Statue of Liberty sculpture fabricated from roughly 800 pounds of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. Also, if you wish to customize your chocolate bars and purchase the presents you adore the most, Hershey’s Chocolate World is the place to be!

Snow Way!

Yep, you read it right. Just a half-hour or so outside Las Vegas you’ll find snowy Mount Charleston, one of the highest peaks in the state of Nevada, and a great outdoor escape to combine with your Vegas vacation. Skiing and sledding in the winter, plus hiking all year round and spectacular vistas to behold, make Mount Charleston an ideal getaway for nature lovers!

The Adventuredome Theme Park

The two hectares of fun at the Adventuredome will thrill you if the casinos fail to do so! This park has over twenty rides, including the indoor double-loop (the only one in the world), Ferris wheel, bumper vehicles, swinging pirate ship, and wall ascending. The park’s giant roof is crafted wholly of pink-tinted glass, and the inside is fashioned to resemble a gorge. The Adventuresome is perfect for families who require a break from the masses and the scorching sun. In addition, the park is full of child-friendly rides, such as the Miner Mike. If you are young at heart and seeking an adrenaline thrill, you can make a splash on the Rim Runner or lose your way on Chaos. Hence, it is the perfect spot for you and your family.

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The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade

In a way, the entire city of Las Vegas is like one giant amusement park, is it not? Suitably located at New York-New York, The Big Apple Coaster is a loopy loop coaster and the first in the world to contain a 180-degree twist and dive. The coaster travels at 67mph and does a 203-foot drop, lending more than 1.4 million riders an extreme adrenaline and fear pump annually. Now you can add virtual reality to The Big Apple’s experience and plunge yourself into an extra-terrestrial and monster battle for ages. Plus, they offer some of the latest video and arcade games and several classics, including Air Hockey and NBA Fever! For the adrenaline-seekers and coaster-distraught children in your family, this ride is a must.

Shark Reef Aquarium

Who would’ve thought that you would have the opportunity of facing eye-to-eye a few of the world’s most amazing oceanic creatures when you found those cheap flights to Las Vegas? This aquarium is home to virtually 2,000 species, such as the giant rays, piranha, rare golden crocodiles, and sharks. At Shark Reef, you come face-to-face with more than 100 sharks, together with the 1.3-million-gallon main tank, one of the biggest in the United States. Travel around the underwater tunnels, and experience Sea Monsters unveiled the globe’s biggest exhibit of peculiarly conserved sea animals.

Have you ever visited Las Vegas with your family? Let us know your favorite activities in our comments section below!

About the author

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.

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