Viva Las Vegas!
Las Vegas, the most famous desert city in the United States, is known all over the world as an adult playground. But did you know that Las Vegas has also become a first-rate family destination? Over the last decade, the city has worked hard to expand its offerings, and now it has attractions for visitors of every age. Whether you're looking to stroll the casino floor, catch a show at the Venetian, or see the wild burros at the Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas can fit the bill.
Of course Vegas is most famous for its casinos, nightlife, and shows. And even if you just walk the strip, you'll get a glimpse of what makes these casinos so special. The Las Vegas casinos are far more than just buildings. Each one is a world unto itselLas Vegas Camping and RVingf, playing out its individual theme through every detail, large and small. You'll see the Venetian, a sumptuous palace that's modeled after the Italian city, complete with a canal and gondoliers. Inside, the ceiling is covered with elaborate Italian frescoes.
Caesar's Palace is famous among Vegas casinos for its elegance and tony shopping walks. The sky in Caesar's is painted to look like the sky with lighting that changes throughout the day.
Bellagio is all about beauty. This elegant pale building is filled with glass art by the renowned artist Dale Chihuly and lush plants, trees, and flowers. In front of the Bellagio, you can catch a breathtaking water fountain display.
Paris delivers exactly what it promises, a taste of Paris in the middle of the Nevada desert. Paris has a vibrant, lively casino floor, French-style shopping streets, and a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower.
Children aren't allowed onto the casino gaming floors, so if you're traveling with the family, stick to the shopping arcades and hotel theaters. Even without entering the gaming area, the kids will probably enjoy cruising past the Egyptian-themed Luxor, New York-New York (with its replica Statue of Liberty), and Excalibur.
Other Vegas Attractions
Las Vegas has plenty to offer beyond casinos. You'll find family-friendly attractions like laser tag, Star Trek rides, and the Ripley's Believe It or Not hall. At the Mirage, you can visit the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat to see the white tigers and dolphin pool. At Mandalay Bay, the Shark Reef is an actual aquarium like what you'd find in any coastal city. You'll see all sorts of freshwater and tropical fish and undersea creatures. The MGM Grand has a free Lion Habitat, with lions kept behind glass.
For rides and thrills, head to the top of the Stratosphere, the tallest observation tower in the U.S. This tower juts 1,149 feet above the Vegas skyline. The truly brave can ride the Big Shot, shooting straight up at 45 mph to 1,000 feet above the strip. If that isn't enough of an adrenaline rush, try the X-Scream teeter-totter that sends you 27 feet off the edge of the Tower (866 feet above the ground). And then there's Insanity, the Ride, a mechanical arm that spins riders 64 feet off the edge of the tower at a force of 3Gs.
Cirque de Soleil, Blue Man Group, and other shows (including stand-up comedy and concerts by some of the biggest names in the business) are a classic staple of Las Vegas. If your kids get tired of sitting in their seats, take them to the Adventuredeme, a huge amusement park that's next door to Circus Circus.