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The Las Vegas Guide for Families   by Vegas Guy


Whether you've been to Vegas before or not, coming with your family can certainly stress even the hardiest of travel planners. Afraid there won't be enough for the kids to do? Relax, there's plenty. Afraid there won't be enough for mom and dad to do? Don't you know anything about Vegas?

Hotels

So you want to stay somewhere the kids can have fun just a short walk away? No problem. Circus Circus, with its indoor circus and theme park, and Excalibur with its host of family-friendly options were both designed with families in mind.

The Stratosphere, at the north end of the Strip, is perfect for families who don't mind being away from the action. With a rollercoaster and other attractions, the Strat is located close to Circus Circus, as well.

For a more upscale family vacation, the MGM Grand has a reputation as all things to all people. While this generally does not include children, the Lion Habitat and proximity to M&Ms World should keep them occupied. The Venetian, though pricier, offers larger room sizes (all rooms are suites) and a killer location on the Strip.

Attractions

Get the kids dressed and ready to go...there's a ton of stuff you need to do!

First off, it is important for us to remind you that if you are staying with children, ALWAYS book a hotel with a decent pool. With that out of the way...

Though there dozens of fun things to do in Las Vegas, an on-Strip vacation needs its highlights. The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is an exciting way to "kill an hour or two." Featuring a massive aquarium, The Shark Reef does not disappoint kids 3 and up.

Also worth checking out are Circus Circus' indoor circus and amusement park Adventuredome, the Stratosphere, and a day trip to the Hoover Dam. Younger children will enjoy Circus Circus, while teens will probably like cruising the Strip by themselves (it's quite safe!). Young engineers will love the Hoover Dam, which is almost too exciting to miss.

Restaurants

Vegas is not designed for children. That being said, there are still tons of great options for kids and parents to refuel.

Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffett classic, is fun for the whole family and features a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. So too, do Rainforest Café, Planet Hollywood and the ESPN Zone, which also features a massive arcade. When in doubt, aim for the restaurants that your kids like at home...and don't worry, there is a McDonald's right on the Strip.

Shows

Bringing the kids to headliners and other shows is an expensive proposition. If your budget does not allow $400 for shows, try the free Fountains of Bellagio or Mirage Volcano, which run on set schedules throughout each day.

Otherwise, the Blue Man Group, Mamma Mia! And Extreme Magic with Dirk Arthur are all fun for young children up to mom and dad.

Mom & Dad Time

Found a babysitter? Check out our other Guides to Vegas for how to spend your "alone time."

About the Author

Vegas Guy is the co-founder of VegasADD.com and LasVegasADD.com, two of the leading Las Vegas travel sites. Home to unbiased reviews and low rates, VegasADD is the one-stop-shop for everything Vegas. (Please do not reprint without all fields fully intact, primarily the text above.)

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