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Trip List by Bradmarm

Las Vegas with Big Kids

22 Jul 2013  Arlington, VA, parent of 3 boys, aged 9, 13 and 15. We like history, the outdoors and video games.
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Places to go, things to see, with an emphasis on great experiences over spending $ on food, shows and shopping

  • 1. Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip
    Hilton Grand Vacations on the Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Don't need to be a member. Chose this hotel for 2-bedroom suite w/washer-dryer and dishwasher. Ate breakfast here. On quiet north end of Strip, need to travel by cab or bus to get to main Strip hotels and attractions.

  • 2. OnBoard Las Vegas Tours
    OnBoard Las Vegas Tours, Las Vegas, Nevada

    3-4 hour tour by bus and walking with tour guide. See several hotels and Welcome to Vegas sign. Great orientation for the week and well worth the time and money.

  • 3. Max Brenner Chocolate by a bald man
    Max Brenner, Las Vegas, Nevada

    In Caesars Palace Forum shops. Decent food, great desserts. After lunch here, you don't need dinner.

  • 4. Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
    Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Pretty good, especially dolphins.

  • 5. The Sirens of TI (Treasure Island at The Mirage)
    The Sirens of TI (Treasure Island at The Mirage), Las Vegas, Nevada

    Free. Very cheesy. Worth it if you have loads of free time.

  • 6. Mirage Volcano
    Mirage Volcano, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Interesting, free attraction. Runs hourly on hour at 7-11. If you get there early, try to find a seat off the Mirage entrance and watch volcano from the backside. Otherwise, you're jockeying for space on Las Vegas Blvd.

  • 7. Bellagio Fountains
    Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Beautiful, amazing, free. Must see. Lasts about 5 min. every 15 min. at night, so leave time to see a couple of displays.

  • 8. Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park
    Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Kids loved. Discounts are available from free magazines. Indoor themepark with fast food available for snacks.

  • 9. Vegas! The Show
    Vegas! The Show, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Discounts for this are everywhere. Nice show covers history of entertainment in Vegas. Nice singing and dancing, plus showgirls. Two comedy acts were highlights (trampoline comedian and bird trainer). In Planet Hollywood mall, so you can just go for mall food for a quick dinner.

  • 10. Evolution Expeditions Kayaking
    Evolution Expeditions, Boulder City, Nevada

    Hoover Dam tour picked up at hotel at 5:30 a.m. and returned at 4 p.m. Kayaks are easy to use; younger children accompany adults in tandems. Gorgeous views, bighorn sheep, hot springs. Awesome tour.

  • 11. Bonanza Gifts (World's Largest Gift Shop)
    Bonanza Gifts (World's Largest Gift Shop), Las Vegas, Nevada

    Advertises "If it's in stock, we have it!" Say they're the world's largest gift shop. Lots of stuff. Hilarious magnets and other objects may offend sensitive viewers.

  • 12. Roxy's Diner
    Roxy's Diner, Las Vegas, Nevada

    50s diner, singing waiters (though only sometimes). Decent food. Grilled cheese serves 2 and is delicious.

  • 13. Vroomvroomvroom

    Rental car reservation service. Note that cars probably will not come from the Strip, which is more expensive. But some companies offer pickup service to hotel.

  • 14. Atomic Testing Museum
    The National Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Need transportation from the Strip. Interesting museum. Look for photos of downtown Vegas with mushroom clouds in the background. Check Groupon for discount.

  • 15. Lotus of Siam
    Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Great restaurant in off-Strip shopping center. $10.99 lunch buffet is a treat.

  • 16. Pinball Hall of Fame
    Pinball Hall of Fame, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Huge array of working pinball machines. Many are lovingly annotated with information on age, origin, designers, etc. Off the Strip.

  • 17. Warehouse Wars Laser Tag

    Mostly 3-story, but in a few places 4-story laser tag arena in North Vegas. Look for discounts on Groupon. Mostly locals here. Kids loved it.

  • 18. The Mob Museum
    The Mob Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Don't confuse with Mob Experience at the Tropicana. This one is a real museum downtown, near Fremont Street. Excellent museum covers organized crime, the history of Las Vegas and relationship with various mob groups across the US, talks about different scams to skim money from the casinos, and how organized crime affected the entire nation. In real former federal courthouse where Kefauver hearings investigated organized crime. Could take up to 2 1/2 hrs for interested visitors.

  • 19. Fremont Street Experience
    Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Gotta see to experience being surrounded by neon, but not a long-term activity for kids. There isn't much to do (or places to sit) if you're not going to drink or go to casinos. Zipline is supposed to open by end of 2013.

  • 20. Luv-It Frozen Custard
    Luv-It Frozen Custard, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Old-fashioned frozen custard stand just north of the Strip (you need a car). A small number of flavors offered each day but custard made on location and lots of toppings. Tasty. No seats, eat outside or in the car.

  • 21. Hoover Dam
    Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Nevada

    Great side trip. If you don't have a car, many tours are available.

  • 22. Grand Canyon National Park
    Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

    About 5 hours from Vegas (4 from Hoover Dam). Well worth the drive, even if you're there less than 24 hours. Photos don't do it justice. To stay overnight at a lodge with a big family, you may have to reserve months in advance. Take the time to hike into the canyon even a mile or less. It's worth it--but bring lots of water.