Las Vegas' Best Things to do With Kids: Fun for Everyone

The Las Vegas Strip may be slanted toward visitors over 21, but parents will still find plenty of things to do with the kids--both on and off the Strip. Away from the Strip, parents and kids can explore hiking trails, museums and water parks. On the Strip, you’ll find things like animal attractions, an observation wheel and even a small theme park.

Families visiting Las Vegas during the summer may want to make a trip to one of the city's water parks. Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas has an assortment of attractions sure to entertain every member of the family, from scream-inducing water slides to a go-with-the-flow endless river.

Las Vegas also offers a host of hiking and nature watching activities, all a short drive from the Strip. Grab a picnic lunch and go hiking in Red Rock Canyon to see rare features like petroglyphs and hidden springs. Take plenty of water and time your outside activities according to the season–in warmer months, go in the morning for the coolest temperatures.

If you’re staying on the Strip, going out earlier in the day helps cut down on the more adult elements you may encounter while out sight-seeing. Take a morning ride on the High Roller, for instance, so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view of the Las Vegas before you wander through the Linq’s Promenade for lunch.

Read on for more suggestions on the best things to do with kids in Las Vegas.

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. Riders of all ages 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...  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 original real-life MGM lion. When the MGM Grand's lion exhibit on the Strip was open,...  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



Nevada has a history rich with the stories of trains, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving that heritage. In Southern Nevada, the Railroad Museum is just outside of Boulder City. Visitors can explore the grounds and...  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

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

DISCOVERY Children's Museum
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Located in the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center in 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

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


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