Let’s face it, Las Vegas is more fun if you’re over the age of 21. After all, they don’t call it ‘Sin City’ for nothing.
However, travelling with a family can still be entertaining in Vegas — you just need to know where to go.
Pleasing younger children is far easier, but how do you keep the stroppy, never pleased teenagers happy? If you have kids in their early to late teens, here’s some of the best things to do together in Las Vegas.
Walk the Las Vegas strip
The first thing you see when touching down in this flamboyant city is the iconic Las Vegas strip. Any of the ginormous-sized hotels with its casinos, shopping malls and entertainment should be enough to preoccupy a teenager.
The choice is endless: Visit Caesar’s Palace, The Venetian, Paris, MGM Grand, or The Mirage.
Bellagio Las Vegas is famous for its free water show that’s entertaining for all ages. The fountains of Bellagio are a water, music and light spectacle that plays in front of the Bellagio hotel. Check the website for the most up-to-date timings for performances.
Be sure to also take the family to visit Fremont Street. After the Las Vegas Strip, it’s the second most famous place to visit, and the ‘old Las Vegas’ brings a taste of great nostalgia. It’s great for sightseeing as well as plenty of photo opportunities.
Do note, that while no-one under the age of 21 is allowed to stand next to slot machines or game tables, they are able to walk through the casino.
Las Vegas is renowned for being big on fun and adrenalin, and there’s no hair-raising way to enjoy this, than by trying one of the many rides on offer.
The most terrifying is the Big Shot at the Stratosphere. Hold onto your seats as this ride propels you 160ft into the air in just 2.5 seconds.
You’ve probably seen many photos of the Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York Hotel, and now it’s time to try it.
This looping rollercoaster features a 180-degree twist and dive manoeuvre, so it’s probably best to ride this on an empty stomach! Inside, there’s also an arcades centre in case you prefer your entertainment on the ground.
Adventuredome at Circus Circus is the world's largest indoor theme park. It has bumper cars, an arcades centre, plus the Canyon Blaster rollercoaster with speeds of 55mph.
Get out of town
It’s easy to forget that there’s more to Nevada than just Las Vegas. There’s many places to visit in the state that are only a short distance away from the city.
Red Rock Canyon is around a 30-minute drive from Las Vegas, and is well worth a visit. The area of 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert is of global geologic interest, and it’s easy to see why.
Fawn over the rock formations, natural beauty, and of course, the vivid colours of the rocks. This natural work of art that took millions of years to create, is commonly known as Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
If you visit Las Vegas during the winter months, why not fit in a spot of skiing? You might not associate Las Vegas with snow, but outside the city, it does frequently occur.
Mount Charleston is around 35 miles from Las Vegas, and with an elevation of 7,500ft, it’s more prone to receiving snow. There are many resorts offering skiing and sledding in the winter, as well as hiking in the spring and summer seasons.
Take in an exhibition
Teenagers may be fascinated by some of the exhibitions and museums in the city. The National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement, also known as The Mob Museum, is one such example. It’s a former federal courthouse where hearings on organised crime were held in 1950.
Visitors will see the courtroom and exhibits, as well as walk though the stairwells and corridors. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.
Another exhibition that might interest the teenagers is the Titanic exhibition, currently on at the Luxor Hotel. The 25,000-sq-ft exhibit features over 250 authentic artefacts recovered from the wreck site of the famous doomed ship.
Highlights includes the ship's whistles, floor tiles from the first-class smoking room, and an unopened bottle of champagne. It’s a real step back in history, and with no Celine Dion in sight! Buy your tickets here.
A perfect selfie opportunity awaits at the Neon Museum. It’s the place where all the old signs from casinos and businesses in Las Vegas basically come to rest.
There are more than 100 neon signs, including a restored lobby shell from the now closed La Concha Motel that’s used as the visitor centre. To get the best experience from the museum, book a guided tour. They take place daily, but check the website for more information on opening hours and prices.
Catch a show
When in Vegas, there’s no question that you’ve got to catch a show. Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere is clean, family fun that teenagers are sure to enjoy. Book your tickets here.
If classic rock music will get them more excited, take them instead to see The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage Las Vegas. It’s one of the best, and regularly sold out, shows in town, celebrating the Beatles and their music. Come together at LOVE and buy your tickets here.