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Thinking of taking kids to Vegas but at 13,16 and 18 is there enough to keep them occupied. Travelling from UK so 18yr old can't seem to come to terms with the fact that she won't be able to drink! Shall I wait until they are 21??

Late March /early April 2018

10 Answers

answered by
Jennifer from Utah

There are a ton of fun age-appropriate things for teenagers to do in Las Vegas

Here's just a few:

1. Outdoor stuff like Hoover Dam, Dune Buggy Tours, and a Day trip to the Grand Canyon.

2. Fun Museums like Neon MuseumBeach-El Capitan, and the Pinball Hall of Fame.

3. Tours like Ethel M Chocolate FactoryHigh Roller Observation Wheel (larger than the London Eye), and the Stratosphere Casino Observation Deck

4. Thrill Rides like Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, Zip Line over Fremont Street Experience, and the Stratosphere Casino Thrill Rides.

5. Shopping (lots of fun and different shopping places)

6. Relaxing by the Pool

I hope you and the kids have a blast in Vegas!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Las Vegas (city)
  2. Hoover Dam (attraction)
  3. Grand Canyon (attraction)
  4. Neon Museum (attraction)
  5. Beach-El Capitan (attraction)
  6. Pinball Hall of Fame (attraction)
  7. Ethel M Chocolate Factory (attraction)
  8. High Roller (attraction)
  9. Stratosphere Casino (attraction)
  10. Adventuredome Theme Park (attraction)
  11. Circus Circus Hotel & Casino (hotel)
  12. Fremont Street Experience (attraction)
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answered by
Diane from Branford Connecticut

There is plenty of things for people of all ages to do in Las Vegas.  Lots of shows and tons of sight seeing.  We always walk through the casinos just to look at all of the things offered.  Would recommend The Venetian and do the gondola ride through the canals it is great even a serenade! Then there is the Madam Tassaud's Wax Museum fantastic deserts and foods in he larges courtyard with free performances. Caesars Palace is interesting many shops art dispalys and lots of walking.  There are roller coasters at several locations and zip lining.  Not everything costs money.  There is a candy factory tour and don't miss the Fremont Street Experienceexperience lovely marketing square by day and entertainment at night including an incredible light show.  The Hoover Dam is also a fun experience.  Maybe go back in a few years but don't hesitate to take the opportunity to go now with all of your children.  There.s a nice M&M Worldon the The StripStrip and many restaurants to enjoy.  If you love ribs and chicken try Village Pub and Cafe on Koval Lane for their great deal on these two items but you will have to sign up for a card first.  Check the free street show from Treasure Island.  It's very entertaining.  There is always something to do.  The kids will love it. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Las Vegas (city)
  2. The Venetian (hotel)
  3. Madam Tassaud's Wax Museum (attraction)
  4. Caesars Palace (attraction)
  5. Fremont Street Experience (attraction)
  6. Hoover Dam (attraction)
  7. M&M World (attraction)
  8. The Strip (attraction)
  9. Village Pub and Cafe (restaurant)
  10. Koval Lane (attraction)
  11. Treasure Island (attraction)
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answered by
Janelle from Charleston

I wouldn't go as far as John Sappington, but I do agree that LV is a city mainly for adults.  You have to be 21 to drink and gamble in the USA, but LV does have a few decent attractions for kids.  All the Strip resorts have swimming pools and game rooms that are popular with kids and teens, the Shark Reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is pretty cool, Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas is one of the best water parks in the USA, the Shelby American Inc museum is great if your kids are into cars, and the Cirque du Soleil shows (Mystere at Treasure Island, Love at The Mirage and Michael Jackson One at Mandalay Bay) are great for all ages.  If you want to get out of the city, Hoover Dam and Charleston Peak are nice excursions about an hour outside of town.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (hotel)
  2. Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas (attraction)
  3. Shelby American Inc (attraction)
  4. Treasure Island (attraction)
  5. The Mirage (hotel)
  6. Michael Jackson One (attraction)
  7. Hoover Dam (attraction)
  8. Charleston Peak (attraction)
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answered by

The under-21-crowd will not only not be able to drink, but they will not be able to gamble.  They can walk through the casinos with an escort over 21 but will not be allowed to watch or linger by any of the games or machines.  There are things that they can do - I think there are shows that they can visit.

You can look at this website and see if there is enough to keep them entertained.  You can also do day trips outside Vegas - my daughter took her teens to see Boulder Dam and I think they also went to the Grand Canyon.

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answered by

I'd wait until they are 21. There would be stuff to do but its still vegas and most things are adult focused. 

answered by

Hi Sara,

Going backwards on the drinking age may be a bit tough.  You can try to get away with sneaking drinks to your kid but Las Vegasis pretty strict.  I used to go all the time as a child with my family, but I never experienced drinking, so it was no big deal for me.  

Aside from that, there are plenty things to do with the kids!! 

Amazing shows, incredible museums, roller coasters everywhere, intricate swimming pools (check out Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino beach pool - make sure its full and ready to use when you go.  They shut it down on the off seasons), sooo much shopping, amazing aquariums, live music everywhere, delicious food, and not to mention all the lights and detailed hotel entertainment.  Take it all in.  

Take time away from the strip for a day trip around Nevada.  Visit the Hoover Dam.  Check out Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area or Valley of Fire State Park.

Good Luck!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Las Vegas (city)
  2. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (hotel)
  3. Hoover Dam (attraction)
  4. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (attraction)
  5. Valley of Fire State Park (amusement park)
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answered by
Diane from Branford Connecticut

They can have a blast without having to be 21.  there is so much to do in Vegas that does not require a lot of money to do it.  I would recommend renting a car and do valet at all of the places you plan to visit.  Don't forget Old Vegas in the Fremont Street Experiencearea.  Lots of stuff to do there in the daytime with lots of vendors and shops and in the evening don't miss the Fremont Street Experience.  You can even do zip lining there. There are free shows there as well. The lights are really the best in this area at night. One of my favorite casinos is the The Venetian.  There are gondola rides, live performers right out in the open, no tickets, no fees, lots of window shopping, eateries, Godiva chocolates, art museum, and all in just one casino.  I love the Murano Glass flower as you walk in the Bellagio Hotelright above you head. The outdoor fountains are spectacular.  Every casino has lots of shops and tourist things aside from the gambling.  We went to a chocolate factory on a tour, no cost, but you will definitely buy chocolates at the end after sampling some.  We rented a car and used the valet services at every casino.  We also took a ride to the Hoover Dam.  A great experience and unbelievable views both when you get there and on the way. we went up the mini Eiffel Tower and at night time it was just breath taking and right across the street are the fountains of the Bellagio. there are roller coaster rides at New York New York Hotel & Casino that start  inside and go outside! Another fun thing is to ride on The Link.  Since we are well over 21 we opted to take the car with the bar inside.  We had a lot of fun and connected with some younger people there.  The pictures you can take are so beautiful.  Now there is the Magic Mile on the strip, oh yeah, it is inside.  You can walk around the place for hours, take in some magic shows, so much entertainment.  We always manage to go to Ellis Island Casinoand go to the famous BBQ there.  You will not be disappointed unless you want something other than ribs or chicken, or ribs & chicken.  Very reasonably priced. Also on the Strip there are nightly shows at Treasure Islandwhich are outside and you just stand on the sidewalk, totally free.  Nice show.  IF you are into it go visit Bass Pro Shops down the other way away from the Strip.  It is unbelievable. Have been to about 4 other ones but none compare to the one in Vegas. Your children will have the time of their lives. Of course if you are over 21 it is the Disneyland for adults. Have fun you won't regret going no matter what age.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fremont Street Experience (attraction)
  2. The Venetian (hotel)
  3. Bellagio Hotel (hotel)
  4. Hoover Dam (attraction)
  5. New York New York Hotel & Casino (hotel)
  6. Ellis Island Casino (attraction)
  7. Treasure Island (attraction)
  8. Bass Pro Shops (attraction)

answered by
Khaled from Cairo

I think Las Vegas is different than any city in USA...... it just good idea to let them see different city like Vegas .. you can hang out with them to see the city .. a lot of nice hotels like Paris Las VegasNew York New York Hotel & CasinoLuxor Hotel and Casino ..a lot of nice and big buildings.. nice and fancy restaurants..a lot of shows.. just Stay on The Strip. .a lot of great swimming pool.... shopping malls... night life is great in Vegas sure the older daughter she will like it ... I think it depend on you to take the decision but it is long time to wait another 8 years until the kids become 21 y old ..

answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

If they are good swimmers, then the lazy river pool at the MGM Grand Las Vegas is amazing. If not such good swimmers, then the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino wave pool is lots of fun. They can go in casinos to restaurants and hotels, just not onto the carpet into gaming areas.  

I have seen many Europeans there in August. 

Look for deals online. Do not be afraid to change hotels for pools. Stay on The Strip.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. MGM Grand Las Vegas (hotel)
  2. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (hotel)

answered first by
John from Carlsbad (California)

Las Vegas is one of the worst places to take kids. The US has so many better places to visit. 

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