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Visiting Las Vegas with Kids - Finding Family Fun in Sin City

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Las Vegas is traditionally thought of as an adults-only destination, but there's plenty of fun here for families as well. A look beyond the casinos and resorts reveals a wealth of museums, zoos and aquariums, thrill rides, and water parks. These attractions are sure to provide fun for the whole family and make planning a trip to Vegas with the kids even more exciting.



Las Vegas is home to all sorts of museums. The DISCOVERY Children's Museum in downtown offers educational fun for the younger set, including toddlers. There's also the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, complete with dinosaur fossils. For older kids, there's Madame Tussauds, where they can see wax figures of their favorite celebrities and even snap a photo or two.


DISCOVERY Children's Museum


Let the kids play and learn through exhibits including Young at Art, Water World, and The Summit, featuring 12 stories of interactive experiences based on scientific principles.


360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas, NV 89106Tel: +1 702 382 5437


DISCOVERY Children's Museum website


Madame Tussauds Las Vegas


Known for its wax figures of celebrities, Madame Tussauds is the most famous museum of its kind. Here, kids can take their photo with everyone from Lady Gaga to Tiger Woods.


3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Tel: +1 866 841 3739


Madame Tussauds Las Vegas website

Animal encounters


From aquariums to zoos, Las Vegas has plenty of attractions that will let your kids get up close and personal with their favorite animals. Located both on and off The Strip, these sights offer glimpses of animals from around the world and the Las Vegas Valley. Plan some time to "get wild" during your trip.


Shark Reef Aquarium


This aquarium houses more than 2,000 animals, including 15 species of sharks. Don't miss the aquarium's centerpiece, a 1.3-million-gallon shipwreck exhibit. While you walk through a tunnel, you can see sharks swim around you.


3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Tel: +1 702 632 4555


Shark Reef Aquarium website


Springs Preserve


Springs Preserve has 180 acres of exhibits that cover everything from Las Vegas history to green living. The Origen Museum has live animal habitats, and you can also wander trails to see animals and plants native to the Mojave Desert.


333 South Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89107. Tel: +1 702 822 7700


Springs Preserve website


Water parks and thrills


A family vacation to Las Vegas in the summer isn't complete without a visit to one of the city's water parks, perfect for cooling off from the hot desert sun. If you're traveling with older kids, chances are they'll be up for some thrills, and Las Vegas doesn't disappoint there, either. Spots along The Strip offer rides that are sure to add excitement to any trip.


Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas


Need to escape the desert heat? Wet'n'Wild has 25 water slides and attractions, including the Tornado, which sends riders through a 110-foot tunnel. Kiddie Cove has 3 slides, so little ones can experience the fun as well.


7055 South Fort Apache Road, Las Vegas, NV 89148. Tel: +1 702 979 1600


Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas website




You'll find plenty of thrills at the Adventuredome at Circus Circus. This indoor amusement park has 25 rides, including El Loco, a coaster with a 90-foot ascent and a 1.5 vertical-G. There are also several rides for younger children.


2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Tel: +1 702 794 3939


Adventuredome website


Dining with kids


A day full of sightseeing is sure to work up an appetite, especially in kids. While Las Vegas is famous for its upscale dining options for grown-ups, it also offers plenty of family-friendly restaurants with menu items everyone can enjoy. Despite the city's decidedly adult atmosphere, you'll find that many restaurants are more than happy to welcome young diners.


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When it comes to kid-friendly food, it's hard to beat burger and fries. Located at Planet Hollywood, this celebrity-chef-owned restaurant offers traditional burgers that kids will love and updated takes on the classic that adults will find delicious.


3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Tel: +1 702 731 7778


Gordon Ramsay BurGR website