We love Vegas. We have been twice once pre-kids and once with kids. We had just as much fun with our family in Vegas as we did alone. Thanks Kendra for the ideas.
Are you planning your holiday vacation and wondering what might be a great family-friendly destination? I have a recommendation that you might not have considered -Las Vegas! Yes, this infamous gambling city has undergone some real changes in recent years and now caters to families. There are lots of fun and wholesome activities that can make Las Vegas a wonderful place to visit for the holidays.
One of the features of Las Vegas that is sometimes overlooked is that it's very close to some beautiful natural surroundings. This allows you to enjoy all of the city's excitement and also take some side trips that put you in touch with nature. For example, Las Vegas Springs Preserve is a 180-acre preserve that's only three miles from downtown Las Vegas. This is a place where you can bring your kids and enjoy a day of hiking and exploration. Some of the features include a museum, desert botanical gardens and outdoor concert venues.
If you're in Las Vegas this holiday season, be sure to visit Serendipity 3. This is a fun and festive restaurant that's part of Caesars Palace. You may be familiar with their restaurant in New York, which has been a famous celebrity hangout since the 1950s. One of the specialties you should be sure to try is the frozen hot chocolate, a drink that blends 20 different types of chocolate into a single delicious drink. Serendipity also offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Circus Circus is one of the most popular hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. Whether you are staying here or not, it's always worth a visit. They don't just call themselves a circus; they really have one! You can catch some spectacular circus acts here, such as the Flying Angels, Zoe the Argentina Aerialist and the Flying Vargas. Best of all, you can catch performances all day long, starting at 11 a.m. daily.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is an exciting place to visit anytime, but it's especially alluring during the holidays. This complex, which consists of multiple racing tracks, is elaborately decorated each holiday season with over 2.5 miles of lights. It's even possible to sponsor your own lighting display at an affordable price. The Glittering Lights display opens on November 15 and lasts through the holidays. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown Las Vegas.
If you can't make it to the Eiffel Tower in Paris this year, you may be able to get to the one at the Paris Las Vegas. This is a realistic recreation of the original structure and is one of the city's most recognizable attractions. You can experience some of the best views of Las Vegas from the Eiffel Tower's observation deck, which is 460 feet high. You may want to dine at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant while you're there. The Eiffel Tower Experience is also available for special events such as private parties and group visits.
Today's Las Vegas offers many options for families. There is lots of entertainment for kids and plenty of fine restaurants where you can dine. You can also take in some of the natural beauty that lies just outside the city. If you haven't taken your family to Las Vegas recently, this holiday season is the perfect time for a visit.
Kendra Thornton is the former Director of Communications at Orbitz Travel. She lives in Chicago with her 3 beautiful children and loves sharing tips and stories about her life of travels with the world.