America’s City of Sin doesn’t scream “family-friendly!” However, attractions and entertainment range far past the expected casinos, showgirls, and indulgences in vice. There are countless ways that a Las Vegas vacation can be a great experience for the whole family, including children. Here are the best Las Vegas attractions for the entire family.
1. Hershey’s Chocolate World
Located on the Las Vegas strip, this confectionary headquarters offers a unique retail experience including Hershey’s gifts, products, and treats. A chocolate lover’s dream, this location offers novelties that entertain both adults and children, including their Statue of liberty made of 800lbs of chocolate.
2. Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat opened in 1990 with a focus on scientific research, education and conservation outreach. Their mission is to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the animals and the environments in which they live. This is accomplished by highlighting the human-animal bond, bringing animals and people together through continued education and research.
3. Shark Reef Aquarium
The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a public aquarium located at and owned by the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Its main tank is 1,300,000 US gallons, one of the largest in North America. Families with kids who appreciate sea life will adore this aquarium. Shark Reef offers a comprehensive educational program for organized school groups of all ages, offering daily one-hour tours, as well as classroom sessions. Shark Reef adheres to high standards of animal care, while providing an entertaining and educational experience, as well as contributing to education and research initiatives.
4. Discovery Children’s Museum
Formerly known as Lied Discovery Children’s museum, this three-story children’s museum is located adjacent to The Smith Center in Downtown Las Vegas. Their mission is to foster a welcoming, vibrant, and inclusive environment where all are invited to engage in playful and educational experiences that ignite a lifelong love of learning.
5. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden
Ethel M Botanical Cactus Gardens is a 3-acre botanical garden located at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson, Nevada. The gardens, and the factory itself, are open to the public with no admission charge. According to their website, “Ethel M Chocolates’ breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest and one of the world’s most prolific collections of its kind. Based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden features three acres of drought-tolerant ornamental, cacti, and other succulents.
Over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds. Half are cacti and succulents largely native to the American Southwest, and the rest are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwestern United States, Australia, and South America. All of these plants were chosen both for the beauty of their floral displays and their ability to adapt to the climate of Southern Nevada.”
6. The AdventureDome Theme Park
Adventuredome is a 5-acre indoor amusement park at Circus Circus in Winchester, Nevada on the Las Vegas Strip featuring twenty-five rides and attractions.
7. Circus Circus
Circus Circus includes the largest permanent circus in the world. It features circus and trapeze acts, as well as carnival games, at its Carnival Midway.
8. Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island
Mystère is one of six resident Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. Held in a custom theatre at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, the show was first performed on 25 December 1993, making it the company’s longest running show.
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