25 Things To Do in Las Vegas with Kids

Las Vegas Family Vacation Activities

Once America's playground for adults, in the last decade Las Vegas has become one of the most popular family vacation destinations. It is possible to book a sitter to enjoy some grown-up time on the strip, but it would be a shame to visit this desert town and not experience the great natural attractions, museums, and family fun you can find a little further afield.

I just got back from a week visiting family in Vegas. We had a blast exploring kid-friendly activities both on and off the beaten track. Here are my recommendations for the top things to do with kids in Las Vegas. 

  1. Learn, play and discover at the Discovery Children's Museum.
  2. You'll feel like a true American Gladiator when you jump, bounce and fly at Gravady
  3. Cool off and go crazy at Wet 'N' Wild water park.
  4. Discover the Vegas's natural beauty at the ​Springs Preserve. Hiking trails and the Botanical Gardens are just the beginning. 
  5. Have fun and stay cool at Adventuredome - America's largest indoor theme park.
  6. Take a bite out of Las Vegas at the Shark Reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

      
    Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium. Photo by Bryan Haraway courtesy of MGM Resorts International 
     

  7. In the cooler months, plan a picnic at Red Rock Canyon and take in some of the most beautiful views you have ever seen.
  8. Become a pinball wizard at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Admission is free, just make sure to bring plenty of quarters.
  9. Got a train lover in the family? Make sure to check out Nevada Southern Railway where you can ride an actual train that was used to bring supplies to the Hoover Dam.
  10. Take in the natural beauty at Mount Charleston.
  11. Learn about animals and prehistoric creatures at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
  12. Water lovers fret not. Lake Mead has tons of fun activities to choose from. You can rent jets skis, kayaks and fishing boats for a day or week on the water.

     
    Red Rock Canyon. Photo by Morgan Paul/CC BY 2.0
     

  13. Enjoy the lush greenery at Floyd Lamb State Park.
  14. Indulge your sweet tooth at Ethel M Chocolate Factory and walk off that sugar next door at the Cactus Garden.
  15. Catch an outdoor movie or try some local eats at Downtown Container Park. It also has an amazing interactive playground.


    The Las Vegas 51s playing at Cashman Field Stadium. Photo by Tom Donoghue
     

  16. Check out the "mermaids" and the 160 different species of fish at the Aquarium at The Silverton
  17. Take a ride on the world's tallest observation wheel - the High Roller. Children under 12 ride free.
  18. Catch an out-of-this-world baseball game with the Las Vegas 51s.
  19. Feel like "The King of the World" at the Titanic Artifact Exhibit. With more than 300 artifacts and amazing replicas, this is a truly unique experience.


    Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International 
     

  20. Experience Venice, Italy with gondola rides and street performers at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
  21. Enjoy the cool New York City replicas at high speed at the Big Apple Coaster at New York New York Hotel and Casino.
  22. Take in the wonder of the Hoover Dam.
  23. Get a 360 degree view of the city atop of the Strasophere. Got a thrill seeker in the family? Check out the three intense rides while you're up there.

     
    Stratosphere photo by Prayitno/CC BY 2.0
     

  24. Take a walk on the wild side with the White Tigers at Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden. While you're there be sure to take a look at the Dolphin Habitat as well.
  25. With so many Cirque Du Soleil shows to choose from, you can watch your kid's imagination come to life right before their eyes.

    Top photo shows X-Scream atop the Stratosphere Tower, which along with two other rides called Big Shot and Insanity are the highest thrill rides in the United States. Photo by Francis & Francis

location: 
The High Roller
3545 Las Vegas Blvd South
89109 Las Vegas , NV 36° 7' 3.99" N, 115° 10' 21.2736" W
Nevada
Cashman Field
850 Las Vegas Blvd. North
89101 Las Vegas , NV 36° 10' 48.1584" N, 115° 7' 51.9816" W
Nevada
Gravady Extreme Air Sports
7350 Prairie Falcon Rd., #120
89128 Las Vegas , NV 36° 12' 25.7976" N, 115° 15' 9.6588" W
Nevada
Adventuredome
2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
89109 Las Vegas , NV 36° 8' 12.9264" N, 115° 9' 48.5712" W
Nevada
The Silverton Hotel
3333 Blue Diamond Rd.
89139 Las Vegas , NV 36° 2' 30.1092" N, 115° 11' 1.8564" W
Nevada
The Discovery Children's Museum
360 Promenade Place
89106 Las Vegas , NV 36° 10' 7.23" N, 115° 9' 9.3492" W
Nevada
Wet 'N' Wild
7055 S Fort Apache Rd
89148 Las Vegas , NV 36° 3' 30.7332" N, 115° 18' 1.2708" W
Nevada
Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
89107 Las Vegas , NV 36° 10' 14.6352" N, 115° 11' 25.098" W
Nevada
Mandalay Bay
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
89119 Las Vegas , NV 36° 5' 27.0996" N, 115° 10' 30.0972" W
Nevada
Red Rock Canyon
3205 NV-159, Las Vegas, NV 89161
89161 Las Vegas , NV 36° 9' 32.0796" N, 115° 6' 3.4848" W
Nevada
Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E. Tropicana Ave.
89119 Las Vegas , NV 36° 6' 4.8204" N, 115° 7' 50.0232" W
Nevada
Nevada State Railroad Museuem
600 Yucca St.
89006 Boulder City , NV 35° 58' 13.0116" N, 114° 51' 19.098" W
Nevada
Mount Charleston
6755 W Charleston Blvd
89146 Las Vegas , NV 36° 9' 30.2976" N, 115° 14' 30.39" W
Nevada
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
89109 Las Vegas , NV 36° 10' 47.6364" N, 115° 8' 1.9032" W
Nevada
Lake Mead
601 National Highway
89005 Boulder City , NV 35° 58' 41.5992" N, 114° 50' 4.2432" W
Nevada
The Venetian
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
89109 Las Vegas , NV 36° 7' 17.2272" N, 115° 10' 10.5996" W
Nevada
Ethel M Chocolate Factory
2 Cactus Garden Drive
89014 Henderson , NV 36° 4' 25.8492" N, 115° 4' 19.4772" W
Nevada
Floyd Lamb Park
9200 Tule Springs Road
89131 Las Vegas , NV 36° 19' 16.4856" N, 115° 16' 11.91" W
Nevada
Downtown Container Park
707 Fremont Street
89101 Las Vegas , NV 36° 10' 4.4544" N, 115° 8' 17.3112" W
Nevada
The Mirage Hotel and Casino
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
89109 Las Vegas , NV 36° 7' 16.3056" N, 115° 10' 26.6664" W
Nevada
Stratosphere Observation Deck
2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
89104 Las Vegas , NV 36° 8' 50.0892" N, 115° 9' 21.7116" W
Nevada
New York New York Hotel
3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
89109 Las Vegas , NV 36° 6' 10.8036" N, 115° 10' 24.6576" W
Nevada