21 Family Friendly Things to Do in Las Vegas, Nevada

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When my husband informed me that road trip across the US wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Las Vegas,
I only knew that Las Vegas was known as Sin City.

And Sin City didn’t sound like a place I wanted to take our children.

Before we hit “the Strip, I did some research to find family friendly things to do in Las Vegas.

My research revealed more nicknames for Las Vegas,

  • The Gambling Capital of the World
  • The Entertainment Capital of the World
    (I didn’t want to know what kind of entertainment earned Sin City this nickname)
  • The Marriage Capital of the World and ironically
  • The Capital of Second Chances

With this list of nicknames,
I wondered if I would find any wholesome activity in Vegas for our two observant and impressionable teens.

Not one to easily give up, I kept researching and compiled a 2-page list of family friendly things to do in Sin City.
And not only were these places and sites wholesome, but also many of them were FREE.

Take a look at our Family-Friendly Stop in Sin City….

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A List of Family-Friendly Stops along the Las Vegas Strip

# 1 – Have your picture taken at the famous Las Vegas Sign

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a photo-op at the famous Las Vegas sign
was not a teen approved activity for Belle and Buddy

# 2 – See an obelisk, a pyramid, and the Great Sphinx of Giza

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without leaving the US

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 You can also try reading hieroglyphics.

# 3 – Travel back in time and explore a medieval castle

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 the Excalibur

#4 – See the Statue of Liberty in Vegas

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# 5 – Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in Nevada

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# 6 – Ride the Roller Coaster at New York New York

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# 7 – Travel to the French Rivera

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and check out the neoclassical arches, ornate fountains, and marble sculptures
at Monte Carlo

# 8 – See the famous Fountains of Bellagio


 and watch a choreographed show of fountain waters, lights, and music;
wander around the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens;
and admire works of art at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts

#9 – Step back in time to the Roman Empire

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at see a show at Caesar’s Palace

# 10 – Photo-Op with your favorite Characters

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Just FYI – not a teen-friendly activity for our two

# 11 – Travel to the Caribbean
to see a Pirate Battle Show in Buccaneer Bay

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at Treasure Island

#12 – Watch a show at the world’s first permanent circus


at Circus Circus

# 13 – Take a ride in the elevators at Encore

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to see what floors are missing.
Then have your teens research why these floors are missing.

# 14 – See ducks, flamingos, swans, and koi living in a desert

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at the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo.
While you’re at the Flamingo,
soak up the Art Deco style of Miami and
see plants imported from around the world in the Garden Courtyard.

# 15 – Attend a Comedy-Magic Act

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our children enjoyed Nathan Burton 

# 16 – Visit Paris without leaving North America

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at Paris Las Vegas, your family can check out…
replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and La Fontaine des Mers.
You could also pay a pretty penny for the Eiffel Tower Experience,
which our family did not. 

# 17 – Snap a picture of the largest bronze statue in the US

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Leo Lion – at MGM
MGM is the largest hotel complex in the US

# 18 –  Participate in CBS TV City Research

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and help select the new fall shows at the MGM Grand

# 19 – Visit M&M’s World

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Pick your favorite colors at the rainbow wall of color
Play kid-friendly slots and win

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choose what M&M color you are

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# 20 – Watch Street Performers


Just FYI – if you watch long enough,
you become part of the act!

# 21 – Lean about neon gas at the outdoor Neon Museum

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Stay until dusk to experience the neon lights of “the Strip”
but leave Sin City before the family-friendly atmosphere disappears.

Las Vegas Boulevard offered so many themed hotels, wholesome shows, and wholesome activities that it took two days to complete this list of 21 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Las Vegas. Gary and our children spent two days exploring “the Strip”.

However, if you’re not a fan of crowds or second-hand smoke …you might want to pick and choose which activities appeal to your family the most. Because one afternoon may be enough time to experience Sin City. It was for me.

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