Las Vegas: Fun City For Whole Family

Carol O By Carol O, 16th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The article talks about how family friendly Las Vegas is, despite its reputation as Sin City. It offers specific things to do and see.

Start By Getting Wet... N Wild!

When you think of Las Vegas, a family vacation usually doesn’t come to mind. Nicknamed Sin City, Vegas is best known for bright lights, gambling and general debauchery.
But look deeper and there is actually a lot for a family to engage in.
Set to open Memorial Day weekend is Wet N Wild, a spanking brand new state-of-the-art water theme park that has something, actually, many things for everyone. From the exciting three-person ride the Rattler and the harrowing Hoover Half-Pipe to the calm yet wet serenity of the Colorado Cooler, it’s a day of cool fun in the desert heat.
For family members with a sweet tooth – and isn’t that just about everyone! – Visitors can enjoy M&Ms World. Enjoy four floors of candy-coated charm that include M&M’s memorabilia, making your own personalized M&Ms and watching an adorable 3-D film about how the red and yellow M&M try to recover the red’s logo that he “accidentally” gambled away. It’s 10 minutes of cinema magic!
Close at hand our several historic sites, such as the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and the Red Rock Canyon. Also nearby is Lake Mead, the 16 largest man-made lake in the world, which offers year-round recreation. Other great spots to explore include a number of museums, covering everything form natural history to the Mob. Yes, there is a Mob Museum, so don’t “forget about it!”
Of course the kids will probably love the Aquarium, the Adventuredome and the Shark Reef. Don’t forget the Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden, which houses some of the world’s rarest and most exotic animals. This one-of-a-kind animal reserve is home to gorgeous white tigers and beautiful dolphins, which will actually tail walk across the water!
Animal lovers might also want to venture to the Zoological Botanical Park, where they will also find endangered cats, a family of Barbary apes, chimpanzees and even venomous reptiles, as well as lovely flamingos parrots and even wallabies!
All you gamers, come on down! Think you’re a real pro? How about taking a shot at the game that started it all – the pinball machine. Las Vegas is home to the one and only Pinball Hall of Fame, which features 141 pinball machines. Also on hand are other early arcade games, such as Tetris and Super Mario Brothers.
Science and nature are the themes at the Spring Reserve, which actually was the birthplace of Las Vegas. The 180-acre setting offers hiking, live animal shows, state-of-the art exhibits and botanical gardens. This beautiful park offers a day’s worth of activities and includes the Springs Café, which is operated by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. Dine inside or enjoy the panoramic view from the patio.
So much to do with the family in Las Vegas! We haven’t even mentioned the famous Chuck Jones Experience (it’s Looney Tunes time!), CSI: The Experience (with crimes scenes for visitors to solve), the famous – or is in infamous? – Madame Tussands (wax figure museum) and the Nevada Southern Railway (where you can ride an authentic old-time train).
Wrap up the day by heading to the Stratosphere, where you can get a 360-degree view of the city while dining.
So next time a family vacation comes to mind, think Las Vegas!


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author avatar Carol O
Carol O has a BS degree in journalism and more than 20 years of writing experience. She has been published in local and national magazines and newspapers, covering business, travel and entertainment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2013 (#)

Great write-up on a place that I thought was just a sin city that does not have other attractions. Thanks Carol - siva

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