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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….
A List of Family-Friendly Stops along the Las Vegas Strip
# 1 – Have your picture taken at the famous Las Vegas Sign
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
You can also try reading hieroglyphics.
# 3 – Travel back in time and explore a medieval castle
#4 – See the Statue of Liberty in Vegas
(this picture is currently MIA)
# 5 – Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in Nevada
# 6 – Ride the Roller Coaster at New York New York
# 7 – Travel to the French Rivera
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;
and 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
at see a show at Caesar’s Palace
# 10 – Photo-Op with your favorite Characters
Just FYI – not a teen-friendly activity for our two
# 11 – Travel to the Caribbean
to see a Pirate Battle Show in Buccaneer Bay
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
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
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
our children enjoyed Nathan Burton
# 16 – Visit Paris without leaving North America
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
Leo Lion – at MGM
MGM is the largest hotel complex in the US
# 18 – Participate in CBS TV City Research
and help select the new fall shows at the MGM Grand
# 19 – Visit M&M’s World
Pick your favorite colors at the rainbow wall of color
Play kid-friendly slots and win
choose what M&M color you are
# 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
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.