Las Vegas Attractions Great for The Whole Family…
There is no question that Las Vegas is famous as being the ultimate playground for adults. But over the last two decades, Vegas has also become a popular family vacation destination. Many of the mega-hotels that line the iconic Las Vegas Strip can now boast attractions that specifically appeal to visiting families.
The best way to explore Las Vegas with your family is to pick up a car rental. You and the kids will not have to hassle with public transport or walk for hours in the desert heat. You are free to set your schedule and see as much or as little of this entertainment mecca as you want.
Here are three Vegas attractions that are sure to be hits with your whole family:
A Cirque du Soleil Show
Las Vegas is now home to no new fewer than seven permanent Cirque du Soleil shows. Some shows are particularly geared towards families. ‘Mystère’ at Treasure Island offers a contemporary spin on its old world Spanish, African and European influences. It also has some humorous parts that kids will love. ‘Kà’ at the MGM Grand traces the story of two imperial twins who are separated by an attack on their palace. The show illustrates their journey across the sea, jungle and mountains to be reunited. Hotels that host performances offer vacation packages that bundle accommodation, tickets to the show and dinner afterwards for one affordable price.
The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens
This Vegas attraction is an unexpected mix of the sweet and the spiky. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory offers the sweet and the accompanying Botanical Cactus Gardens provide visitors with the spiky. Together, this attraction brings in 700,000 tourists every year, who come for the delicious chocolate deserts and candies, and the 300 species of cacti. Visitors can see the production process, including the conveyor belts and the two tanks that together hold 50,000 gallons of chocolate. If you time it right, you and your family can witness a tank being refilled by staff that has to be harnessed so they don’t fall into the tanks.
As this is a chocolate factory, you can expect lots of delicious chocolate samples. After you have had your fill, your family can walk off some of the calories in the Botanical Cactus Garden. Most of the species of cacti are native to the Southwest but there are also species from South America and Australia. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens is just 20 miles from the Strip. Admission is free. If you can rustle up a group of ten people, the factory does offer a guided tour.
St. Mark’s Square at the Venetian
The Rialto Bridge, the Campanile, the Doge’s Palace, and gondolas — no, you’re not in Venice, but at St. Mark’s Square at The Venetian in Las Vegas. This incredible hotel and casino has been built to recreate the city of Venice, Italy — on a smaller scale of course. The illusion is complete with canals that allow guests and visitors to take gondola rides through the hotel. There is also the tangle of shop-lined streets reminiscent of the real Venice. This is not the place to look for the typical Vegas souvenirs. The shops in St. Mark’s square sell Italian-inspired treasures like glass blown figurines, marionettes and Venetian carnival masks. The gondolas are the highlight. Passengers can choose a ride through the heart of the shopping center or outside of the hotel to see the sights. It may not be a roller coaster, but a gondola ride is a unique experience that your kids are sure to enjoy.