Vegas With The Family

Venetian GondolaLas Vegas is traditionally considered a romantic getaway, a great bachelor/bachelorette party destination or, of course, the gambling capital of the world. But more and more travelers are bringing their children with them to Las Vegas. Families can enjoy the shows, take an excursion to nearby scenic destinations and enjoy all the Vegas strip has to offer.

“Las Vegas welcomes more than 42 million visitors annually,” said Courtney Fitzgerald, brand public relations manager for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “With so many things to do and experience in one destination, Las Vegas is popular for multigenerational travel.”

The Vegas strip has rides and sights that adults and children of all ages can enjoy. The Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York Hotel & Casino winds around the resort 203 feet in the air. The coaster features the first-ever heartline roll, which provides a sensation similar to that felt by a pilot during a barrel roll in an airplane, according to Fitzgerald.

Stratosphere Ride
Rides on top of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. Las Vegas has shifted to family entertainment to lure more customers to the desert city.

The gondola ride at the Venetian Las Vegas is a quarter-mile replica of the Grand Canal in Venice with singing gondoliers.

The ever-changing Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens displays gorgeous plants and flowers from all over the world and the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts displays world-class art. The fountains at the Bellagio display on a schedule and can be viewed from the strip. For the best view of the fountains and a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Valley, take an elevator ride to the observation deck atop the 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.

The 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas (Photo by Maura Vernice)
The 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas
(Photo by Maura Vernice)

Las Vegas offers themed mini-productions such as the world of Roman mythology at Caesars Palace, where the Forum Shops are fun to explore as well. The Volcano at The Mirage Hotel & Casino sends huge fireballs 12 feet into the air.

Browse the Penske-Wynn Ferrari/Maserati showroom at Wynn Las Vegas.

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, located at The Venetian Las Vegas, displays more than 100 wax figures of some of the world’s most popular celebrities. The museum also recently opened the Hangover Experience that includes a mock hotel room and wedding chapel.

Exploring all that Las Vegas has to offer can be great fun with the whole family.

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Maura Vernice
Maura Vernice is the former editor of Port Washington News.

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