Las Vegas is driven by tourism, whether it’s business trips, party groups, or family vacations. As the city moves farther away from gaming as its main source of revenue, a wide variety of attractions are proving to be major draws – especially for those bringing their kids along for a good time. Las Vegas is fast becoming one of the best destinations for families looking for fun and new experiences.
The shows and attractions are all there to entice people to visit specific casinos, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them if you don’t gamble.
Even if you have kids with you there are many attractions for the entire family.
ADVENTURE CANYON AT BUFFALO BILL’S
This attraction for kids(and the whole family) is found at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, about 40 miles or a short drive from the Las Vegas strip.
Keep in mind that it is only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning at noon each day. It’s a perfect choice for after a late breakfast buffet in Las Vegas and will have you back in plenty of time for dinner.
It’s a water ride that is head and shoulders above any water ride you’ve ever been on. Not only will you take a 35-foot drop, but you will also have the chance to work on your shooting skills as well.
It’s an interactive adventure and riders will be given electronic guns to shoot at bandits during their ride. Watch out though! They shoot back with water,
When the ride is over you will be able to see who scored with the most shots from your group.
NEW YORK NEW YORK ROLLER COASTER
Length: 4,777 feet
Max height: 203 feet
Biggest Drop: 144 feet
Max Speed: 67 mph
Ride Duration: 2 minutes, 45 seconds
Enjoy a stunning view of the strip as you climb slowly to the top and then plummet down a 144-foot drop. The intensity never stops with loops, corkscrews, and hills that will have you doing speeds of almost 70MPH.
If you are really adventurous, the ride also has a Virtual Reality option. Slide on your headset for as the ride begins and enjoy a 4k resolution video with a clear, crisp sound that will make your roller coaster ride a completely immersive experience.
There is no age restriction but minimum height is 54 inches with no loose articles allowed on the ride.
The ride is located on the second level inside the NY Ny hotel/casino at the south end of the strip. It’s open every day beginning at 10:30 a.m. The front desk will give you the current prices of the ride.
The Best Cirque du Soleil for Families
The best bet for kids is a Marvel Superheroes area featuring The Hulk and Spider-Man along with a 4-D theater experience that includes wind, water, and even smells during a 3-D movie presentation. • Sunday to Thursday: 10am-8pm. Friday to Saturday: 10am-9pm.
DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
The museum is located in Symphony Park adjacent to The Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas.
This is like letting kids loose in a candy store. There are three stories of interactive museum exhibits that promote science, art, and culture.
The children’s museum is actually home to nine themed exhibition halls that span 58,000 square feet and provides children of all ages with tons of learning experiences that are in the form of play.
Here are a few of the adventures awaiting your children:
The summit is a 70-foot, 13-level tower that features slides, climbing tubes, and hands-on experiments along the way. It’s centered around machines, air pressure, flight, electricity, light, and much more.
It’s important to keep track of your kids in here as the multilevel entrances and exits make it easy to get separated from your kids.
This is all about kids learning about water and how it moves and just how powerful it is. There are play stations with turbines, whirlpools, and water wheels that will have your kids learning all about water and how it works.
This is a retreat for toddlers five and under. There are art projects, animal noises, a padded baby center and a two-story pully system for beanbags.
These are just a few of the exhibits your kids will enjoy. There are many more for you to discover.
There is no age limit, but kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $14.50 and free for children under one year of age.
It’s located downtown Las Vegas next to the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center, next to the Smith Center. it is open every day beginning at 10 am.
You can drive a Ferrari, shoot machine guns, or go zip-lining. Whatever you decide to do, you will find that Las Vegas has some of the most amazing attractions in the world.
Whether you are staying downtown on Fremont Street of somewhere on the Las Vegas Strip there is plenty to do if you are traveling with kids.
If you are looking for day trips from Las Vegas there are plenty of choices as well. A couple of the favorites are the Hoover Dam, Laughlin, and the Grand Canyon.
If you are adults traveling without the kids, there are all kinds of shows to see if you are not inclined to spend your time gambling.
Las Vegas has some of the best entertainment in the world at any given time. They do this in order to attract visitors to their casino in the hopes they will decide to gamble before and after the show.
It’s a great opportunity for non-gamblers to make the most of their visit to sin city.