Thanks to Buick for the Envision!
Is Vegas kid friendly? I say yes.
We took a Vegas road trip with our 11 year old daughter, and it was memorable.
Taking to the road in our 2018 Buick Envision, we got to Vegas in style with comfort and safety. We explored the hotels, but avoided hanging around/near casinos. There’s a lot to do, including taking in world class shows, exploring buffets and even thrill coasters that rival Six Flags. We took in some of the splendor of the strip, but also ventured off the strip for some family fun.
My first tip is to find a hotel that offers entertainment for kids. The Excalibur Hotel offers Tournament of Kings dinner show, The Luxor has an arcade but we booked Circus Circus which has an indoor theme park attached to it called Adventuredome. There are rides for kids of all ages and the Canyon Coaster has major twist and turns and the El Loco has a 90 degree drop. My daughter loved laser tag as well. The theme park even has a small roller skating rink. Another feature of the hotel is the Midway. Play carnival games and catch some circus acts. Added bonus, this is one of the few hotels that offer free parking.
Visiting other hotels. Take a gondola ride at the Venetian, or walk trough the Botanical Garden in The Bellagio. Don’t miss The lobby of The Belllagio and it’s gorgeous glass floral ceiling created by Dale Chihuly. One of our goals during any vacation is to ordering a crazy desserts when we are on vacation. Black Tap located in the Venetian hotel satisfied this craving with their supreme shake bar! Kids will go nuts for the shakes. If you are lucky to sit near the bar, watch the shakes being created and walked to customers. We shared the Oreo and cream shake. The shake is topped with a massive cookie. Sooo good!
Bring a bag of quarters to the Pinball Hall of Fame. This is off the strip but well worth the visit. Tons of vintage pinball machines and other games to play. All the games are non-violent and many of the machines start at .25 the newer machines are upwards to a $1. There are also classic video games like Ms. Pacman and Asteroids. We spent quite sometime here, and it was a blast!
Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden was a must see for my daughter who aspires to be a pastry chef. Check out a working factory and watch chocolates being made. Better yet, there are free samples. We decided to sign-up for a tasting class where we tried four of the factory’s top-selling chocolates. We learned the history of cocoa beans, and the origins of the company. The owner actually lived in an apartment above the factory. Take a walk through the cactus garden when you are done.
If you’re looking for a hike Red Rock Canyon State Park is only 30 minutes away. Check the beautiful rock formations and nature right outside of the hustle and bustle of the strip.
On the way out of Vegas stop at Seven Magic Mountains. This is a temporary art installment that is set in the middle of the desert. It’s definitely an Instagram favorite location. The old colors definitely stand out against the stark sandy dessert. Please visit before heading out in case the installment ends.
Circus Circus Hotel & Resort/Adventuredome 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Bellagio Hotel and Casino 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Black Tap/Venetian Hotel 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Ethel M Chocolate Factory 2 Cactus Garden Dr, Henderson, NV 89014
Pinball Hall of Fame 1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Red Rock Canyon State Park 37749 Abbott Dr, Cantil, CA 93519
Seven Magic Mountains S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89054