SIN CITY – Las Vegas has been used by families in Utah as a stopover on their way to sunny California for generations. But if you’re looking to make Vegas a destination, there are plenty of fun (and appropriate) activities in the area for kids of all ages.
Here are six ideas for your next family getaway to the Las Vegas area.
Just a 15-minute drive from the Strip is the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. This 180-acre wonderland is operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District and is located on the city’s historic water source. In fact, the entire place is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Springs Preserve has botanical gardens, hiking trails, animal shows, and plenty of interactive learning opportunities. Highlights include the Boomtown 1905 exhibit, the Butterfly Habitat, the Natural Mojave Gallery, the Desert Gorge Playground, and the 70,000-square-foot Nevada State Museum.
For ticket information and directions, visit springspreserve.org.
Lost Creek Children’s Discovery Trail
Mountains around Lost Creek Canyon as seen from Red Rock Canyon View of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo: Harry Beugelink, Shutterstock)
If you’ve never hiked Red Rock Canyon before, you’re missing out on one of the most interesting parts of the Las Vegas area. And the Lost Creek Children’s Discovery Trail is one of the canyon’s most popular options for families.
The entire route is less than a mile away so small children will enjoy it too. Just make sure you bring sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water. Along the way you will see wildlife, pictograms, breathtaking rock formations and at certain times of the year the beautiful Lost Creek waterfall.
For instructions and additional information, visit redrockcanyonlv.org.
The Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that is committed to preserving the history and artistry behind the city’s characters. (Photo: Grant Olsen)
The glitz, glitz and typography of Vegas are world famous. But where do these iconic characters go when they retire? To the Neon Boneyard, of course.
The Neon Museum is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and artistry behind the city’s characters. You can stroll through the boneyard and see fascinating pieces that date back to the 1930s. It’s a beautiful and enlightening walk through the past.
For ticket information and directions, visit neonmuseum.org.
The high roller
It takes half an hour to make a complete revolution in the High Roller Observation Wheel. This is enough time to enjoy breathtaking views of the city in all directions. (Photo: Jonathan Weiss, Shutterstock)
Las Vegas is a city of exaggeration, where most billboards advertise the “World’s Greatest Wizard” or the “World’s Top Rated Steak Dinner”. But the High Roller Observation Wheel can actually back up its claim with cold, hard facts. This is without a doubt the tallest Ferris wheel in the world (more than 30 meters higher than the London Eye).
It takes half an hour to complete a complete revolution in high roller. This is enough time to take in breathtaking views of the city in all directions. If you want to see Vegas from a new perspective this is definitely the way to go.
For ticket information and directions, visit caesars.com/linq/things-to-do/attractions/high-roller.
Lake Mead cruise
Cruises on the Desert Princess last around 90 minutes and pass breathtaking locations like the Hoover Dam, Arizona Paint Pots, and Fortification Hill. (Photo: Grant Olsen)
Lake Mead is just a short drive from Vegas and offers many recreational opportunities. One of the most unique ways to enjoy the area is on the Desert Princess, a beautiful three tier cruiser that can accommodate hundreds of passengers.
Cruises on the Desert Princess last around 90 minutes and pass breathtaking locations like the Hoover Dam, Arizona Paint Pots, and Fortification Hill. You can sit inside, where it is air-conditioned, or relax on the upper deck with an unobstructed view.
For ticket information and directions, visit lakemeadcruises.com.
Historic railway route
This 12 km round trip is a pleasant way to get a panoramic view and explore extensive tunnels. (Photo: Grant Olsen)
Don’t miss the Historic Railroad Trail while in the Lake Mead area. This 12 km round trip is a pleasant way to get a panoramic view and explore extensive tunnels. The line is left over from the railroad that was built in the 1930s to carry material to the Hoover Dam project.
The best time to go the trail is in the morning or in the evening as the heat can be very high during the day. Make sure you bring water and sunscreen
For instructions and additional information, visit nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hikerr.htm
About the author: Grant Olsen
Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com team in 2012. He reports on outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble”. To contact Grant and read more articles, visit his KSL.com author page.×