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Father/Son Vegas Vacation Ideas?

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Father/Son Vegas Vacation Ideas?

I'm planning a Vegas vacation with my 18 year old son. The trip is scheduled for the summer of 2011. We'll be in Sin City for 7 days. Staying at Caesars. I am looking for some great father/son Vegas vacation ideas. What shows should we see? Restaurants? Sights? We're looking to spend some quality time bonding. All suggestions will be appreciated.

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I hate to say it cause I am not one of those never-take-your-kids-to-Vegas types, but 7 days is way too long to stay. Maybe spend a couple of nights on either end of a National Park trip? You can do Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce and Zion (or a variation) in the week that you have and it will be much more fun for him. Also, read Nash's TR for what not do do while in Vegas with young men...

My son is 18 and probably will not go back to Vegas till his 21st - which I am already counting down!!

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Agree with LakeAZ. My 18 y/o son went with me,(he wanted to go). Boredom set in rather quickly, and that was a two night stay. However, you may also want to look into which bands are playing at House of Blues@MB or The Joint@HRH. Overnighter to GC would be a great idea.

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Whoaa!!! Settle down taximan. No worries blue21. Granted 7 days is on the long side there are two keys for a good trip to vegas with your son. A rental car and lots of pre trip planning, mapquest, google earth ect. I've done this numerous times with my son. Red rock canyon, Valley of fire, Hoover dam, Las vegas motor speedway are just some of the available off strip things to do. If you guys are hobbiest of some sort, source out some local shops to hit too. Check for events going on during your stay, triple A baseball, concerts ect. Finally the strip, between the cirq shows sightseeing and great restaurants you guys will have er beat. Have fun, we sure do. Don't worry about the wet blankets on here but consider yourself warned about being prepared.


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UFC fight.... The Gun Store... 4 wheelers in the desert,,, manly things...

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I disagree with TaxiGuy that there is nothing for your son to do in Vegas. Yes, many people go to LV strictly to gamble and drink and if you took that away it might seem there is nary a fun thing left to do. But take heart! My DH and I barely gamble or drink, yet we LOVE LV! Our first trip there was for a business trip my DH had to go on and I was sorely disappointed thinking I would be bored off my rocker for the 4 days. BOY WAS I WRONG! Four days wasn't enough for me to see everything I wanted to see! I agree with the others, you will need to plan your trip wisely, but if you do, you will fill that 7 days in a flash.

Here is a list of things you might consider:

1. Stay at a resort with a great pool and spend tons of time in it (summer is brutally hot. Your son will probably want to spend a good deal of time here. PLUS, he will get to oogle the young gals in their tini-bikinis). Mandalay Bay has a GREAT pool area, complete with an 11-acre wave pool and a lazy river.

2. Go see tons of shows! Carrot Top would probably be right up your son's alley. Blue Man Group is another I think the younger crowd might like. There are a multitude of shows to consider. Pick a few and enjoy!

3. Take your son to the Bootleg Canyon Frightlines. They will pick you up at your hotel and take you out to the sight. This is a half-day event, zip lining through the desert. Your son will LOVE IT!

4. Another your son will get stoked over is the Sunbuggy Mini-Baja chase on the desert floor. You can each be a driver or you can ride along with him. It's 90 minutes of sheer exhileration as you chase (and try to catch...good luck) the lead dune buggy driver.

5. Horseback riding in the mountains. Although I would recommend you go on an early morning or evening ride as it will be very hot for the horses at that time of the year. There are some outfitters that offer sunset rides complete with a cowboy steak BBQ afterwards.

6. ATV riding in the desert or similar desert tour.

7. See all the attractions!!! It will take at least 2-days to see everything that LV has to offer the eyes. Do a "Things to do" search and have fun picking! Some things: Bellagio Fountains, Bellagio Conservatory, Dolphin and Tiger habitat, Sirens show, Go up the Eiffel Tower, Ride the Manhattan Express at NY, Go up to the top of the Stratosphere and ride all the extreme rides at the top of the roof, Go to the Titanic Exhibit, Classic Car collection at the Imperial Palace, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, Lion Exhibit at the MGM.

8. Take a trip downtown to Freemont Street and see the overhead lightshow and then have a good dinner at one of the recommended restaurants.

9. As others have said, take a trip out to Hoover Dam/Lake Mead. You can even spend the day on Lake Mead doing various lake related excursions.

10. Research and pick from a multitude of great restaurants and buffets and have a different dining experience for each of your seven days.

I hope some of this helps!!! Have a GREAT TIME bonding with your son! More dads should be willing to spend a week of one-on-one time with their sons. Kudos to you and good luck!

Edited: 18 December 2010, 16:37
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7. Re: Father/Son Vegas Vacation Ideas?

your a great dad!.

that being said i cant really help with suggestions other than some that were already made.i too had the chance to go with my sons on casino trips ...but in both cases they were 21 ,so our options were not limited to non casino fun.

you know him best,his likes ect ect. try spending some time exploring web sites like las vegas adviser and the like ,read show reviews and check out the strip casino sights for entertainment options.

enjoy that special time with your son..................they grow up way too fast

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Watch a Vegas 51's game:


By the summer they should have their roster refreshed with college players just picked up in the draft.

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Thank you, folks!....I've been to Vegas several times alone (first father/son trip). Even alone, 7 days flies by quickly in Sin City. So, I'm sure with son in hand, the days will pass even faster. I mentioned the Titantic Exhibit, Shark Reef Acquarium, Phanton of the Opera, Vegas-The Show, and Legends. The boy was very excited about all of these attractions! I expect he will spend time at the pool at Caesars (while I'm off gambling). Keep the ideas flowing.....I'm still interested!

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10. Re: Father/Son Vegas Vacation Ideas?

Check out the Pinball Hall of Fame. Great fun if you've got the slightest interest in old school pinball and video games.