Las Vegas may be commonly known as a place for gambling, clubbing, and other ventures—a place where apparently anything that occurs in Vegas stays in Vegas. But Vegas can also be a fun place for families, as long as you know where to go!
I rang in 2017 with my family in Vegas last year, and this past year spent a couple days between Christmas and New Year’s. Although we drive there frequently, we were still excited for all the fun!
Here are a few family-loved attractions in Vegas:
Bellagio’s beautiful displays
Every season, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens showcases its intricate flower displays in the 14,000-square-foot center lot. Bellagio has special floral exhibitions reflecting colors of the spring, summer, fall, and winter, and even celebrate the lunar new year with a grand Chinese New Year display! The Cafe Bellagio is also situated beside the exhibition area, so visitors can admire the displays while enjoying some great food! There are impressive photo-ops for families in this vibrantly colored hall, and it is an excellent way to really feel the liveliness of each season.
A rather new endeavor for Las Vegas, The Park encompasses the land between New York New York and Monte Carlo (soon to be converted to Park MGM). It is an outdoor dining and entertainment space with restaurants such as Bruxie’s, California Pizza Kitchen, and Shake Shack, and rests right beside the T-Mobile Arena and Park Theater, two wonderful venues to watch concerts, sports, and the like, depending on what is playing at the time. During the holiday season, an ice skating rink and several smaller holiday boutiques are set up amidst the trees and art pieces scattered along the main path. This is definitely a place to visit with families to escape the suffocating smoke from casinos and take a breath of fresh air!
Cirque du Soleil
Some of America’s favorite acrobatic sensations are shows by Cirque du Soleil. Their productions have a specific style—either you like them or you don’t!—but nevertheless Cirque du Soleil is a popular classic. Most recently, my family enjoyed “O,” which plays at Bellagio. It was an exuberant combination of fire and water, divers and swimmers, and acrobatic synchronization. The entire stage can be submerged in water at times, with performers wearing delicate costumes that reflect the mood of each scene. The awe-inspiring performance is truly an experience to remember! The other six shows by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas include KÀ (MGM Grand), Michael Jackson ONE (Mandalay Bay), Zumanity (New York New York; 18 and over), The Beatles LOVE (The Mirage), Mystère (Treasure Island), and Criss Angel MINDFREAK LIVE! (Luxor).
The High Roller
Probably imitating the London Eye, the High Roller is a ferris wheel located at the LINQ hotel that can take you high above the Las Vegas strip for stunning views—especially if you go at night. Described by itself as the “best family attraction,” the High Roller is definitely a great sight-seeing opportunity that can’t be missed!
Who doesn’t love a good meal? Or two? Or three? While specialty restaurants are slowly gaining more momentum, the famous grandeur and mouth-watering appeal of Las Vegas buffets will never cease. Buffets along the strip range in price from about $20-$50, depending on which meal of the day, quality of food, and which day you go. Holiday dinners are usually the most expensive. There is also a buffet package: the Buffet of Buffets deal is a $60 ($50 for Total Rewards members) pass for five buffets valid for 24-hours that gives you access to Caesars Palace, Paris, Flamingo, Rio, Planet Hollywood, Bally’s, the LINQ, and Harrah’s. My favorite buffet of all time is the buffet at the Wynn (pictured below). Although a bit more pricey, the vast selection of delicacies from various cultures, amazing desserts, and beautiful presentation make it worth the price!
Las Vegas Premium Outlets North
Shopping is the most fun when you can score insane prices, and the outlets of Las Vegas can provide those deals! There are both North and South branches, although the North branch is much larger and includes many, many shops. All your favorite stores, such as Adidas, Nike, American Eagle Outfitters, Calvin Klein, etc., and luxury brands such as Burberry, Bally, and Dolce & Gabbana can be found at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. Your family can spend a day here!
Other great shopping centers include the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo, the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Shoppers looking for luxury brands can explore the shops at Crystals, The Cosmopolitan, and Bellagio, among others!