City Guide: Las Vegas

Your one-stop city guide, packed with information on family-friendly hotels, restaurants, and local and unique attractions.

By The Editors

Whatever happens in Vegas with your grandchildren, will follow you for the rest of your life. That’s because there’s more to this city than the glitz, glitter, high rollers, and fast pace  that meets the eye.

HOTELS:

Mirage Resort
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 791-7111

www.mirage.com
Price: Rooms starting at $71/night

As one of the hotel pioneers in Las Vegas, the Mirage always has best highlights and attractions on the strip – even for kids. The hotel is home to Siegfried & Roy's “Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat,” which features white lions, white tigers, panthers, leopards, and a family of Bottlenose Dolphins. It’s the safe environment that the entertainment duo envisioned when building it, and kids will enjoy every moment of it.

MGM Grand Hotel
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(877) 880-0880

www.mgmgrand.com/hotel
Price: Rooms starting at $84/night

When it comes to Las Vegas entertainment, very few hotels have it like the MGM Grand Hotel. The Grand Arena is home to amazing acts and concerts, including David Copperfield, KA by Cirque du Soleil, and some of the most popular title fights. Your grandkids will enjoy the Grand Pool Complex, which offers guests a great escape from all the action on the strip.

Planet Hollywood Resort
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 785-5555
www.caesars.com/total/las-vegas
Price: Rooms starting at $229/night

Give your grandkids the star-studded treatment with a stay at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Accommodations feature one-of-a-kind movie memorabilia items, high-tech amenities and other luxurious touches that provide guests with an ambiance of excitement and fame. Their best family deal is the “Splash Into Fame” pool package, which includes two nights at a Hollywood Hip Room and $25 poolside food and drink credit at the Pleasure Pool. Located in the center of the Vegas strip, the resort’s convenient location is also an added benefit. 

Circus-Circus Hotel Casino
2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South,  Las Vegas, NV
(702) 734-0410

www.circuscircus.com
Price: Rooms starting at $52/night

Mention the name of this Las Vegas family-favorite hotel to your grandchildren, and we’re sure their eyes will light up with excitement. Home to the theme park, Adventuredom, and recreated studio of famous artists, Chuck Jones, Circus-Circus provides a comfortable setting and state-of-the-art amenities.

Trump Hotel Las Vegas
2000 Fashion Show Drive Las Vegas, NV
(702) 982-0000
www.trumphotelcollection.com/las-vegas/
Price:
Rooms starting at $109/night

If you’re looking to enjoy Las Vegas minus the gambling, then the Trump Hotel Las Vegas is the right pick. The non-gaming hotel’s Trump Kids deal also makes your Vegas experience much better by customizing their children’s room service menu, nanny services, coloring books and kiddie cocktails. Pets are also allowed a night or two, but it’ll cost you an extra $200.

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FOOD:

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant
3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 733-3302

www.margaritavillelasvegas.com
Hours: 8am–2am (daily)
Price: $$

Margaritaville is perfect tropical escape for you and your grandkids. Equipped with a suspended airplane, tiki bars, and other over-the-top, tropical décor, your family will sail away with this great island escape. Their kids’ menu has some very grown-up options, like House Sirloin and a Fried Shrimp Platter, with a dash of classic favorites, like the Peanut Butter & Jelly and Grilled Cheese.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 2144, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 784-8486

www.maggianos.com/EN/Las-Vegas_Las-Vegas_NV/Pages/LocationLanding.aspx
Hours: 11am-11pm (daily)
Price: $$

Maggiano’s provides the warm environment, with some of the best Italian food in Las Vegas. Kids can enjoy the restaurant’s popular Mac ‘N Cheese a La Maggiano’s, a baked ziti pasta topped with alfredo sauce and a blend of Italian cheese, or the giant meatball spaghetti  with marinara sauce. Why don’t you dare your kids to eat it all? All items on the kids menu at $5.95 and are guarantee to fill them up.

Cheeseburgerland
3663 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 735-8600

www.cheeseburgerland.com/Cheeseburgerland/Las_Vegas.html
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am–10:30pm, Saturday-Sunday: 8am–11:30pm
Price: $$

Straight from the beautiful shores of Hawaii, Cheeseburgerland brings you their Island Style, certified Angus Beef burgers and sliders. Your grandkids will love the different selection of burgers, including the Cheeseburger Challenge with over three different cheese, jalapenos and mushrooms, topped with chili fries and onion rings. What’s the challenge you ask? If you finish the entire Cheeseburger in 20 minutes or less, the burger is free.

Elephant Bar
2270 Village Walk Drive, Henderson, NV
(702) 361-7468
www.elephantbar.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm
Price: $$$

At the Elephant Bar, you and your grandkids could go on an around-the-world exploration of food. The restaurant’s Chicken Quesadilla, Tropical Citrus Salad with Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken Bowl are just some of the international dishes available for them to taste. What’s more, all the items in their menu are less than $10 and come with a strawberry sundae or hot fudge.

Ethel M. Chocolates
2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV
(702) 435-2655

www.ethelm.com/default.aspx
Hours: 8:30am- 6pm (daily)
Price: $$

Needless to say, a visit to Ethel M. Chocolates merits no explanation. This unique chocolate factory was established in 1980 by Forrest E. Mars, who named the company after his mother. It represents, as the company proudly proclaims, a proud heritage of chocolate-making with no preservatives and only fresh flavors and texture. While there, you can also visit the beautiful Botanical Cactus Garden, adjacent to the factory, and home to one of the largest cacti collections in Nevada.

ATTRACTIONS:

Adventuredome Theme Park
2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(866) 456-8894

www.adventuredome.com
Hours: Check website for times
Price: Junior Pass: $16.95 (Under 48 inches tall), Regular Pass: $27.95 (48 inches or taller)
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

It’s only five acres in size, but there’s a lot going on in Adventuredome. The theme park, which sits next the Circus Circus Hotel on the strip, has over 10 thrill rides and 20 attractions, including the world's largest indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. If you and the kids need something a little bit calmer, then take them on a pretend hot air balloon ride. The Drifters Ferris Wheel will gently carry them up and around.

Bellagio Fountains
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(888) 987-6667

www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx
Hours: Schedule varies
Price: Free
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

The Bellagio Fountains are the perfect backdrop for everything taking place on the Vegas strip. They’re elegant, stunning, and the orchestrated water show is like magic before your eyes. Your grandkids will love the different water dances and routines, as the fountains perform to an array of opera, classical, and Broadway music.

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV
(702) 494-2517

www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam
Hours: 9am-6pm (daily)
Price: Children (age 3 and under): Free, Regular Admission (ages 3+): $8
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

When the Hoover Dam was constructed in 1931, no structure of its kind had ever been attempted before. Today, the dam receives more than one million visitors a year! Although most are attracted to the immensity of it all (your grandkids will appreciate this too), the dam’s artistic design and surrounding statues, make it a cultural hot spot. (These were later added in honor of the workers that passed away during its construction.) Be sure to take advantage of the tour packages, sold separately from the general admissions.

Stratosphere Tower
2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 380-7777
www.stratospherehotel.com/Tower
Hours: Varies
Price: Child: $10, Adult: $18, Senior: $12
Age Range: Tween, Teen

Las Vegas is all about excitement and doing the unthinkable – even with your grandkids in tow. Stratosphere delivers the heart-pounding thrills and shrieks that’ll make this trip a memorable one. Take a leap from the 108th floor on the popular SkyJump, or even more daringly, at 64 feet over the edge of the Tower (at a height of over 900 feet) with the Insanity Ride. Anyone 15 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Las Vegas Natural Museum of History
900 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 384-3466

www.lvnhm.org
Hours: 9am-4pm (daily)
Price: Children (ages 3-11): Free, Children (ages 2 and under): $5, Adults: $10, Seniors/Military/Students: $8
Age Range: Elementary, Tween, Teen

It’s only natural for Las Vegas to have its own Natural Museum of History! With its already beautiful, rocky and mountain terrain, the city has a full history of wildlife stories and greenery. Your grandkids will particularly like the museums prehistoric and Dinosaur collections. Just wait until they meet the Dinosaur Mummy, Leonardo, the 23-foot plant-eater was naturally mummified before it was turned into a fossil.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve
333 South Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 822-7700

www.springspreserve.org/index.html
Hours: 10am-6pm (daily)
Price: Children (ages 5-17): $10.95, Adults: $18.95, Seniors (ages 65+): $17.05
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Long before the popular Las Vegas strip, there was the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, or "The Land of Northern Mysteries," as labeled on Spanish maps. This beautiful land, however, was indeed occupied by ancestors of the Yuman groups and Numa (Paiutes).  Although European explorers soon transformed the area, along with the actual Las Vegas strip and a midcentury boom, the Springs retain their resourceful flow today. Your grandkids will love exploring the preserve. Plus. there are garden workshops, trails, and other amazing adventures.

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(888) 987-6667

www.bellagio.com/attractions/botanical-garden.aspx
Hours:
January 9 – March 3: Chinese New Year
March 11 – May 13: Spring Celebration
May 21 – September 8: Summer Garden
September 16 – November 24: Fall Harvest
December 2 – January 5: Winter Holiday
Price: Free
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

The Conservatory and Botanical Garden, located in the elegant Bellagio Hotel, adds a different touch of class to this location’s already luxurious attractions. Enjoy a live musical performance by classical and jazz guitarists, offered every evening, or ask questions about the garden during a morning Q&A sessions with Mr. and Ms. Green Thumb. The garden’s most fascinating treat are the flowers and plants on display. Each plants, flowers and trees presentation are inspired by different seasons, whether the holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer and fall.

Discovery Children’s Museum
833 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 382- 5437, (702) 382-3445
www.nowtowow.org
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 9am-4pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 12-5pm
Summer Hours:
June 1–September 3: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Price: Children (ages 1 & under): Free, Children (ages 1-17): $8.50, Adults: $9.50, Seniors: $8.50
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

If you’re looking for an activity that will allow you to bond with your grandkids, then you should schedule a stop at the Discovery Children’s Museum. This museum specializes in hands-on exhibits that explore science, art, culture, and early childhood development. In this favorite family destination, there are over 100 interactive exhibits in science, arts and culture to enjoy.

Centaur Art Galleries
3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 737-1234
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday:11am-7pm
Price: Free
Age Range: Elementary, Tween, Teen

Yes, lots of art lives in Las Vegas – and you and your grandkids can discover it at the Centaur Art Galleries. Here, you’ll be able to find not only find a huge selection of fine art works, but most importantly works by some of the most significant artists in history. From Rembrandt to Renoir, and Picasso to Dalí, your little artists will appreciate all there is to find at Centaur.

Madame Tussaud Las Vegas
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 2001, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 862-7800 

www.madametussauds.com/LasVegas/
Hours: 10am-9pm (daily)
Price: Children (ages 6 & under): Free, Children (ages 7-12): $15.95, Adult (ages 13-59): 425.95, Senior (age 60+): $18.95
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

You can’t go wrong with a visit to Madame Tussaud Las Vegas. Your grandchildren will enjoy posing next to Lady Gaga, imitating Michael Jackson and getting up close and personal (well, almost) to their favorite celebrities. What’s more, Madame Tussaud Las Vegas lets your grandkids actually touch the figures. Don’t be scared, you too can join in on the fun and pose with your favorite characters.

LOCAL UNIQUES:

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
3900 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 492-3960

www.hmns.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=499&Itemid=521
Hours: 10am-10pm (daily)
Price: Children (ages 3-11): $20, Adults: $27, Seniors (age 62+): $ 20

It happened over a century ago, yet the Titanic–the largest moving object of its time–continues to stir and fascinate those that hear the storyline; personal stories that are the strongest elements of The Artifact Exhibition in Las Vegas. This tour will provide you and your grandkids with a close look at the passengers, their history and tragic end. The exhibit’s collection includes plats, cups, postcards, and even playing cards.

The Blue Man Group, Theatre Venetian
3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 492-3960

www.blueman.com
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 8pm, Saturday: 7pm and 10pm, Sunday: 8pm
Price: $65 per person (ages 3 & over)

A trip to Las Vegas isn’t complete without attending a good show. Since 2000, this death-defying acrobatics performance has fascinated audiences with their blue hues, music, and part-comedy act. What’s more, the performers don’t speak and use their eyes, facial expressions and gestures instead. Your grandkids will love the surprises, jumps and, leaps this group has in store. 

Sugar Factory American Brasserie
3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 946-7000

www.sugarfactory.com
Hours: Daily (24 hrs.)
Price: $$ (varies)

Mention the words sugar, sweet treats and Paris Hotel in one sentence to your grandkids, and they’ll be flying to the Sugar Factory in no time. Considered the strip’s sweetest spot, this restaurant is part-attraction, part eatery and for your family – all fun. Though the menu features classics like pizza, burgers, pastas, salads and steaks, their breakfast options, served all day, and their dessert menu are the standouts.

The Roller Coaster, New York-New York
3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 740-6969

www.newyorknewyork.com/attractions/the-roller-coaster.aspx
Hours: 10:30am-12am (daily
Price: $14 per person (53” and over)

Sure, you’re in Las Vegas, but The Roller Coaster will give you a great taste of New York with its New York subway-themed station. What begins with a 180-foot lift is quickly followed by a few loops and dives known as the “heartline” twist. There’s nothing like it in the U.S. and the only other ride like it is in Japan’s Hamanako Pal Pal Park. Talk about an international ride! So grab your grandkids (if they’re 53” and over) and enjoy the ride.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 731-4768

www.vegasindoorskydiving.com
Hours: 9:45am-8pm (daily)
Price: $85 per person

Skydiving is a unique sports and Vegas Indoor Skydiving offers families the safe, comfortable environment for it. They can hop into a wind tunnel and fly as the facility’s large fan stimulates the experience of skydiving. It’s the best thrilling experience, without the jumping out of anywhere part. We guarantee this is a story that won’t stay in Vegas!

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