“A family trip to Las Vegas?”
“Las Vegas?? Really?”
“Why would you take your kids to Vegas?
“There are so many other places you can go.”
That was pretty much the response we got from everyone when we told them we were going to Vegas with our children. People who don’t live in south Louisiana may not understand why you’d bring the kids down for Mardi Gras. But we thought we would have a great time in Vegas as a family, and we were right. With walking and activities rivaled only by our trips to Disney, Las Vegas was an ideal Spring Break for our family of five. In case you are planning a family trip to Las Vegas, here are some tips and tricks to make the most of your vacation:
Stay off the strip.
You can stay on the strip and be fine, but we preferred to retreat back to our resort which was an easy 20 minute drive away. We were able to avoid the noise and crowds in the evening, and were able to afford a much nicer place because we were off the strip.
Avoid the area just “off the strip.”
During one of our drives, we ended up on a street behind the strip, not even sure what it is called, but it was very … adult. As in, lots of signs that will make for awkward conversations if your child is old enough to read.
Rent a car.
Even if you decide to stay on the strip, having a car means you never have to worry about finding transportation, and you can enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the strip such as Red Rock National Park. Some of the most breathtaking natural views we have ever seen were just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip.
Go during the week if possible.
Obviously, it is easier to travel on weekends, which is why things are significantly more crowded. We chose Spring Break so we could spend only weekdays in Vegas.
Make a loose plan.
While it is nothing like Disney, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities in Vegas and you’ll want to have some idea of what you’d like to see and experience. These things will obviously vary from family to family, so below I’ve listed some of the top kid-friendly attractions in Las Vegas. We did not get to experience them all, but I know without any sort of plan we would have missed out on more.
Top family-friendly activities in Las Vegas:
Marvel STATION at Treasure Island: Huge hit with our whole family!
Aquarium at Caesar’s Palace (free)
Fountains of Bellagio (free)
Carnival Midway at Circus Circus (free)
The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Casino
Off the Strip Fun:
I could go on and on with the amount of family fun in and around Las Vegas!! We absolutely loved our trip and would go again with the kids. That said, I know it is a completely different experience without kids and am looking forward to visiting with just my husband.