Las Vegas – the City of Sin! Perhaps not the first destination that springs to mind when thinking about a family friendly holiday destination in the US! On our Round the World Trip it made sense for Vegas to be a stop based on our other itinerary points but I was apprehensive about whether it would be a good destination with the toddler – so did we enjoy it?
The answer I’m afraid is mixed. There were bits we loved and bits we didn’t so here is our honest opinion and tips about doing Las Vegas with a Toddler!
Is Las Vegas Accessible with a toddler?
We actually found it really easy to get around Las Vegas with the toddler. There is a monorail system that works on the strip. You can get on and off easily with a stroller and it provides a great way to get from one end of the strip to the other quickly.
Tips for exploring the Las Vegas Strip with a toddler and young kids
- Explore by day as the nighttime can get rowdy
- Use the monorail especially in summer as it can get hot and uncomfortable for littles.
- Vegas can be expensive and shops with toddler essentials few on the strip so make sure you pack your day bag well!
What to do with a toddler on the Las Vegas Strip?
Remove the gambling and the drinking, there are actual a few activities that toddlers will love along the Strip.
Toddlers will love the Bellagio Fountains. The light and sound show will delight a toddler. Our toddler wanted to watch it every time we walked past!
Depending on the day of the week the show either runs every 15 or 30 minutes, for the best part of the day on weekends and from 3pm on weekdays.
As an added bonus watching the fountains is one of the free things you can do in Vegas with kids!
Las Vegas Pools
Most of the Strip hotels have pools which toddlers will love. It is worth researching which of the pools and hotels are more family friendly and remember that in the Winter Vegas does get cold.
Mandalay Bay Aquarium
What toddler doesn’t love an Aquarium right? As this is at one end of the strip make sure you call in and look at its neighbor the Luxor too! Try to get to the aquarium early to avoid the crowds!
There is a food court next tot he aquarium with lots of fast food options.
Gondola Ride at the Venetian
For toddlers who like boats, head to the Venetian and take a gondola ride around the hotel.
Let’s face it – what toddler doesn’t love an M&M!
Where to Stay with a Toddler in Las Vegas?
This is a tricky one. Be sure to do plenty of research as some hotels have more of a party atmosphere than others. We stayed at the Luxor which is one of the more budget hotels on the strip. The facilities are fine but nothing outstanding however it is right next to a Monorail stop which makes it very convenient for those traveling with toddlers and young kids.
If I had my time again I think I would have definitely picked a hotel on the strip that didn’t have a casino so children don’t have to walk through the smoke filled casino area!
List of Las Vegas Hotels Without Casinos
- Four Season Las Vegas
- Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Off Strip Hotels without a casino
- Palms Place Hotel and Spa
- Platinum Hotel
- Hilton Garden Inn – has a free shuttle to Mandalay Bay
If you are unsure about whether you want to stay on the strip or whether you are more interested in activities off the strip you might want to consider an off strip hotel. Many of these are also casino free which might be a better option when traveling with littles.
Day Trips With a Toddler From Vegas
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Just a short 40 minute drive away from Vegas Red Rock National Conservation Area. A scenic drive with 26 hikes shooting off from it, the canyon is great place to see with toddlers.
- Valley of Fire State Park
Just under an hour away, Valley of Fire is a beautiful natural area that toddlers will love! The above are also great as stops on a road trip from Vegas!
- Discovery Children’s Museum
An off strip activity – six minute drive away that children will love investigating and exploring.
- Hoover Dam
- Less thank 30 miles from Vegas, the Hoover dam is a perfect day trip from Vegas! It will be especially of interest to those at the older end of the age bracket with an engineering mind!
Overall opinion of Las Vegas with a toddler
We had a great time exploring Vegas, but more so the surrounding areas than the strip itself. I wish we had stayed off strip and travelled in when we wanted to as in the end we spent more time in the surrounding areas than in Vegas itself. Part of me thinks that it would be a better experience when the kids are old enough to watch some of the amazing Vegas shows or perhaps as a couples break. However, I don’t regret going as we really enjoyed exploring some of the outdoor and more natural activities that Vegas surroundings have on offer
Would you or have you ever taken a toddler to Vegas? What are your thoughts?