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Experience Las Vegas for Family-Friendly Fun

With long summer days on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to plan a family vacation to Las Vegas. Imagine palm trees swaying in a gentle breeze, laughs erupting poolside, and an abundance of budget-friendly activities and dining experiences on and off The Strip. Whether you crave excitement or R&R, Vegas offers a welcome escape from the ordinary.

If your party needs several beds, consider booking your stay at The LINQ where spacious bunk rooms offer a fun and airy retreat. You might even score a room with a view to the High Roller, a 550-foot tall observation wheel in continual motion offering expansive views of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding landscape. Located in The LINQ Promenade, the High Roller should be on your family to-do list at least once for its impressive but super smooth ride. Each rotation of the wheel takes thirty minutes to complete so you’ll have ample time in the glass-enclosed cabin for snapping selfies and making memories. Prefer to keep your feet on the ground with immediate pool access from your room? The LINQ offers deluxe poolside cabana suites complete with your own private patio in King, Queen, and Double options.

Families seeking posh amenities will be happy to hear The Venetian boasts the largest rooms on The Strip. You’ll enjoy separate sleeping and living spaces in these well-appointed suites. Book a two-night stay and receive resort credit for property restaurants, or nab a discount on stays of three nights or longer. On site, explore The Grand Canal Shoppes connecting The Venetian and The Palazzo. You’ll experience 500,000 square feet of shopping and amenities, handy for last minute sunglasses, swimwear, and more. From fine dining to quick bites, you’ll be tempted by a world of flavors like lobster rolls at Lobster ME and sweet treats from IT’SUGAR. The Grand Canal Shoppes also has a variety of budget-friendly chains like Panda Express and Subway. 

Continue to feed your hunger throughout The LINQ Promenade. One absolute must is Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, perfect for hot summer afternoons. The Promenade is also home to Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, a quick pick-me-up venue serving authentic British fare. Seeking something spicy from your celebrity chef menu? Head to the patio at Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar for wings, tacos, and more shareable plates. Across the Boulevard, tucked inside Caesars Palace, is Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. Here you’ll find a casual pub with everything from light snacks to decadent desserts. Share the Eton Mess Parfait with your favorite niece and drool over the vanilla bean custard with red berry fool, strawberry-rhubarb sorbet, and meringue. This light and airy dessert is perfect for summer. Or, share Ramsay’s Sticky Toffee Pudding with the table. The buttery warm toffee and almond brittle are sure to please all ages.

Of course you’ll want to schedule some out-of-this-world activities for the whole gang, and Vegas has everything from action-packed adventure to history and culture all awaiting your curiosity. Take a stroll through Madame Tussauds wax museum at The Venetian, where notable figures throughout history nearly come to life. Explore LV’s past at The Mob Museum in downtown Vegas during the day, then take an evening tour of The Neon Museum where vintage signs light up the boneyard.

Craving adrenaline? Try your hand at operating a bulldozer or excavator. At Dig This, instructors share hands-on leadership and safety tips, then let students practice skills in an open field. This educational activity is fun for all ages and challenges hand-eye coordination, boosts your adrenaline, and is the most fun I’ve had in a sandbox. Want a breathtaking view that defies gravity? Take a tour with Papillon Helicopters. Explore the Grand Canyon, or for a budget-friendly experience take a tour over Hoover Dam. Include the river raft tour of the Colorado River for an interesting perspective of the Dam and fascinating narration from the raft tour guide.

Culture lovers will want to reserve tickets to see a Cirque du Soleil performance. There are several resident shows in Las Vegas, spread all along The Strip. For an edge-of-your-seat adrenaline rush, I recommend KÀ at MGM Grand. This family-friendly show will entertain with acrobatics, martial arts, and puppetry. Want to really impress the kids? Take them to KÀ Theatre Spectacular, a free open house at MGM Grand that shares insight into Cirque’s production technology. KÀ Theatre Spectacular is free every Tuesday and Saturday at 11am and 11:30am.

For free fun throughout your stay, snap selfies in front of the Bellagio Fountains. Explore old-school Vegas in the Fremont District where people-watching and vintage charm take center stage. This is also a great area for street performances, cheap eats, and the best deals on souvenirs. 

You’ll find details and schedules for all of these amazing activities on the Las Vegas tourism website. Book hotel stays direct with each resort for the best deals and package options. Visiting Las Vegas is wonderful any time of year, but especially during pool season. Take advantage of some great accommodation deals and last minute flights to stretch your budget and treat the family to a fun-filled getaway.

Lori A. May is a Seattle-based freelance writer.

Photo credits CT Shier except where noted.

Insider Tip

M Life member? Receive a discount on Cirque du Soleil performances at Las Vegas resorts by purchasing your tickets at an M Life Box Office.

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