With its history of gambling, vices, and “anything goes” attitude, you might think that Las Vegas is just about the last place to go for family adventures. But that’s far from the truth! There are actually a number of fun, action-packed activities that guarantee a good time for people of all ages. From taking the kids on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride to visiting a theme park for endless thrills, there are a number of memorable family-friendly activities to be found in Sin City.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Imagine you and your family floating thousands of feet above the Southwest desert, floating peacefully along without a care in the world. If this sounds like your idea of fun, you should look into hot air balloon rides Las Vegas. Led by a professional pilot, you’ll spend anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes in the air. During that time, you’ll get a birds’ eye view of the city’s best attractions, and you’ll also be treated to the spectacular sight of a Southwestern sunset. Perhaps the best part of all is that you can schedule hot air balloon Vegas rides for a private tour. This gives you even more quality family bonding time without the distractions of the outside world. Keep in mind that it’s best to schedule Vegas balloon rides ahead of time, as they can become booked and fill up quickly.
Adventuredome Theme Park
If you (or your children) prefer to be in the center of the action, a trip to the Adventuredome Theme Park is a “can’t-miss” opportunity. It is apparent that this theme park is different from first glance, as evidenced by the fact that it is situated under a large pink dome. This all-indoor theme park covers an impressive five acres, and it has enough rides to provide family fun all day long. There are a number of activities for participants of all ages, including games, roller coasters, and arcades. There is no entrance fee to enjoy this opportunity. Instead, you only pay for rides and games. This, plus the fact that it offers non-stop entertainment, makes the Adventuresome Theme Park a “must-see” opportunity for families in the Las Vegas area.
High Roller Observation Tower
Another option, if you have children who are thrill-seekers, is to check out the High Roller Observation Tower. As the name implies, a visit here means you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Las Vegas, even if it’s not as dramatic as what you’d see from Vegas balloon rides. Nonetheless, the High Roller Observation Tower is a monument in itself. This attraction is essentially a mega Ferris wheel that rises over 550 feet above Las Vegas. That makes it the world’s largest Ferris wheel! From the top, you’ll be able to get a full view of The Strip in all directions, and on a clear day, you can see the spectacular area beyond. In 30 minutes, you’ll see all the best that Sin City has to offer.
Cirque du Soleil
From daredevil acrobatics to beautiful choreography and impressive dancing, there is never a dull moment in a Cirque du Soleil performance. In fact, Cirque du Soleil is now recognized as one of the most prestigious and professional of all circus acts in the world. Since there are always a number of Cirque du Soleil performances going on in Las Vegas, there’s no excuse not to miss one! There are several productions in residency in Sin City, and you can check them out at The Strip. When you buy a ticket to family-friendly performances like “Beatles LOVE” or “Michael Jackson ONE,” be prepared to be blown away by incredible performances with comedy, great music, breathtaking stunts, and more. The performances take place at hotels around The Strip, many of which also have great dining opportunities and make for a great place to stay if you want to spend the night.
Housed at the Venetian Resort, a “must” on your list of family activities, if you haven’t taken the kids there already, is a trip to Madame Tussauds. This stunning museum is not your typical history museum, which admittedly might bore the kids and make them grumpy. Instead, here you will be able to see life-size, and often convincing, statues of celebrity figures. Here your kids’ imaginations can go wild as they visit their favorite stars in person. Visitors are also free to touch props for the ultimate interactive experience. If you can’t see the Red Carpet in person, this museum is a close second!
If you have younger children, chances are good that they have an insatiable sweet tooth. Whether you’re planning to visit as a standalone attraction or stop in between sight-seeing activities, a chance to check out M&M’s World is a child’s dream come true. There are rows and rows and walls upon walls of candy at this premier destination, which has just about every M&M candy flavor imaginable. In addition to the four stories’ worth of candy, you’ll also find branded paraphernalia like M&M rugs, large tubes filled with candies, stuffed animals bearing the brand’s logo, office supplies, and even cooking supplies. You even have the opportunity to customize what you want your M&M candies, mugs, or T-shirts to say. Even if you’re sick of sweets by the end of a day here, you have to admit that it doesn’t get much more personal than that.
Bootleg Canyon Ziplines
Perhaps, instead of rushing towards all the action, you’d prefer to take a step back. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities to enjoy away from The Strip, too. One is Bootleg Canyon Ziplines. This is a great chance to get outside, get some fresh air, and get the adrenaline pumping. The zip lines take you on death-defying flights across the red mountains above Boulder City. There are four zip lines available, where you can reach speeds of up to 60 MPH as you go! Before you head out on a bus to the ziplines, you will get a tutorial at the safety school to make sure you and your family are ready for the challenge. During the three-hour tour of Boulder City, you’ll be able to enjoy the experience together, take pictures, and share your experiences in the end.
Desert Dune Buggy
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, a fine option for family fun is touring the area by desert dune buggy. This method of travel makes you feel like you’re on a safari adventure, even if you’ve never visited Africa in your life. When you embark on a dune buggy through the desert, you’ll get a newfound appreciation for the desert landscape near your home. Keep an eye out, as you may even be able to see rare birds and wildlife. This is a fine choice of an adventure if you have very young or elderly family members who might not be able to do a hike or other strenuous activities, but who still want to see the beauty of the landscape around Las Vegas.
From a world-class show to a safari-style expedition, there are a number of great options for family fun in Las Vegas. You can treat your children to an unforgettable hot air balloon ride thousands of feet above the city, or you can take them to the center of the action with a ride on the Observation Tower. Whatever you choose, rest assured that any Vegas activity you choose is sure to leave pleasant lasting memories!