Enjoying a Las Vegas Family Vacation – 38

Have you heard the phrase, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?” Get the inside scoop into Ryan’s Las Vegas family vacation and why Vegas could be a great trip for you!

A Las Vegas Family Vacation

  • Context of the trip.
  • Where they stayed.
  • How they prepared (The Go Vegas Pass!)
  • Their daily Vegas fun!
  • Finding attractions in the casinos
  • What it’s like for a family on The Las Vegas Strip
  • Considerations, pros, and cons of a Las Vegas family trip

Go Vegas Pass

  • Lots of options…unlimited to activity-specific.
  • $106pp for 4 activities (we would have paid around $125).
  • Allows you to skip lines.

Thursday

  • Airport/Car Rental (Car rental center). The airport is very close to The Strip.
  • Do you need a car? We did Uber even with having a car rented.
  • Arrived mid-afternoon
  • Walked The Strip
  • Venetian for dinner (theming)
  • The mall

Friday

Most important: When did we watch WandaVision?

  • Work/conference in the morning (have space, internet vs. hot spots)
  • Red Rock Canyon (National conservancy area, timed entry $15). Scenic loop with stops. General sightseeing to strenuous hiking. 20 minutes from The Strip, a world away.
  • Freeds Bakery (Vegas cakes, kids liked that show)
  • Avengers Station at Treasure Island (finding things in casinos)
  • Movie in the room (build in quiet time, bring Roku, streaming device

Saturday

  • Work/Conference in the morning
  • Hunger Games Exhibit at MGM Grand
  • Shopping
  • The Strip was a bit crazier!
  • Dinner (make reservations for “off times”)
  • Ziplining at Linq Promenade (again, bypassed the line)

Sunday

  • Hoover Dam (30 min outside Las Vegas)
  • Tours were not open, but you could see the dam, wander around.
  • Top of the Strat (Strat Casino), the largest observation tower in the U.S.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

  • Aquarium and Virtual Reality experience.
  • It would have been part of the Go Las Vegas (along with other things).

Considerations, Pros, and Cons for a Las Vegas Family Vacation

  • Especially if you are not there to do the obvious…you have to search things out.
  • Plan your meals (open table, yelp
  • COVID-19 effects: 25% capacity, reservations at everything (shows, dining), things are open. I did not account for this in planning!
  • Very crowded (by corona capacity standards)
  • Behavior (yep, it was there…but not as bad as I remembered it), Exposure to “stuff.”
  • Many places still allow smoking.

Is this a family vacation location?

Yes, but…

  • Plan ahead/know before you go
  • Older kids

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Previously on All Things Travel, Episode 37: 37 Expert Tips to Enjoy Traveling with Kids More.