Las Vegas is full of adults-only activities, but families can still find plenty of things to do with the kids. Taking a short drive away from the Strip is often the best way to escape the more adult elements of the city, although there are also kid-friendly attractions on the Strip.
For families vacationing in Las Vegas during the summer, a trip to one of the city's two thrilling water parks is in order: Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas or Cowabunga Bay. Both feature an assortment of attractions sure to entertain every member of the family, from scream-inducing water slides to go-with-the-flow lazy rivers. Be sure to come prepared with the sunscreen–the cool water makes it possible to stay completely comfortable in the hot summer sun.
Las Vegas is also home to an abundance of hiking and nature watching activities, all an easy drive from the Strip. Plan a picnic lunch and go hiking to see rare features like petroglyphs and hidden springs. Take plenty of of water and time your outside activities to be in tune with the season–in warmer months, go early in the day for the coolest temperatures.
Animal attractions and museums are another good activity for kids in Las Vegas, and while most exhibits are on the small side, they offer a child-friendly space that everyone in the family can enjoy.