Las Vegas' 10 Best Kid-Friendly Attractions: Fun for the Whole Family

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.

High Roller
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The world's tallest observation wheel, the 550-foot-tall High Roller is a great place to take the kids. Younger riders are sure to be in awe of the jaw-dropping views of the Strip and city down below as they ride in one of the attraction's sleek...  Read More

Before you get to "fly" over Fremont Street on the Slotzilla zip line, you'll probably get to see several groups of people zoom out of the giant slot machine while you're waiting. The anticipation is part of the fun. If you're an adrenaline...  Read More

Shark Reef Aquarium
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A big hit with adults and kids alike, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is the only animal care facility in the State of Nevada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Families will not only see 15 different species of...  Read More

Lion Habitat Ranch
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For a roaring good time, take the kids to this 6.2-acre ranch in Henderson, which is home to more than 40 majestic lions--many from the same bloodline as the real-life MGM lion. Guests can walk the grounds and see the animals or partake in an...  Read More

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area was once far removed from Las Vegas, but now sits just outside the western edge of the city. The area is full of spectacular natural beauty, rugged red rock formations, desert vegetation and open...  Read More

Northwest Las Vegas
Springs Preserve
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Located minutes from the Strip, this award-winning 180-acre family destination is dedicated to exploring green-living, desert life and Las Vegas' vibrant history through botanical gardens, interactive science and nature exhibits, animal shows...  Read More

DISCOVERY Children's Museum
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Located in the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center, a three-story, 58,000-square-foot building adjacent to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, this interactive children's museum features more than 26,000 square feet of exhibit space,...  Read More

The Adventuredome
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One of America's largest indoor theme parks, The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is the perfect Las Vegas attraction for families--or those who are just kids at heart. Boasting 25 rides and attractions, including a mini golf course and laser tag,...  Read More

Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas
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The perfect place to escape Las Vegas' scorching triple-digit temps during the summer, Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas is Nevada's premier water park with more than 25 slides and attractions. Ideal for both thrill seekers and families, the park features...  Read More

Cowabunga Bay
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Spanning several acres, this Henderson water park is one of Las Vegas' coolest places to take the kids. Cowabunga boasts loads of attractions, including a lazy river. Offering something for everyone, there are water slides in all sizes and...  Read More


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