Las Vegas with Toddlers and young kids

Las Vegas with Toddlers and young kids

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! However we decided that we wanted to try and visit Las Vegas with a toddler in tow and I am so glad we did. Las Vegas with toddlers is definitely a different experience to when you visit as a couple or with friends but in my opinion it is still a great place to visit. In this guide we round up the best things to do in Las Vegas with toddlers and young kids along with some great tips on accessibility and where to stay in Las Vegas with kids so you too can conquer Las Vegas with a toddler. 

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Updated: September 2019

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Is Las Vegas Accessible with toddlers and young kids?

We actually found it really easy to get around Las Vegas with toddlers. 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!

Best things to do in Las Vegas with toddlers on the Strip

Remove the gambling and the drinking, there are actual a few activities that toddlers will love along the Strip.

Bellagio Fountains  – the best kids activity on the strip

Toddlers will love the Bellagio Fountains and in my opinion this is the best kids activity on the strip. The light and sound show will delight any toddler and even older kids can’t help but be impressed. Our toddler wanted to watch it every time we walked past the Bellagio hotel!

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!

Bellagio Conservatory and botanic garden – a great free things to do in vegas with toddlers

Once you have seen the fountains definitely head inside the Bellagio hotel to see their conservatory and botanic garden. This is also another great free thing to do in Vegas however be warned as it is free it can get crowded. To make sure your  toddler enjoys this activity I recommend going early in the morning as it will be much quieter.  This is definitely one of the best free things to do in Vegas with toddlers. 

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. 

Tip: remember that in the Winter Vegas does get vcold so if you are travelling in Winter the pool shouldn’t be your deciding factor one where to stay in Las Vegas with family. 

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay with kids – one of the best things in Las Vegas for toddlers

If you are looking for something in Las Vegas for toddlers specifically rather than just something you can take them with you to then look no further than the 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! 

The aquarium isn’t the largest in the world however if you want your toddler to walk round it themselves it is a great size. The touch tank will be a particular hit with toddlers. 

I recommend buying your tickets online in advance as in peak season the queues to enter the aquarium can get quite long. Click here for ticket prices 

Top Tip: There is a food court next to the aquarium with lots of fast food options.

Gondola Ride at the Venetian

Toddlers in Vegas will love taking a gondola ride around the Venetian hotel. 

Top Tip: the queues for the gondola rides at the Venetian get long so try and go in the morning if possible to beat the crowds.  Be sure to get in the queue for the indoor gondola ride as this is the most impressive. 

Flamingo Hotel

The Flamingo Hotel is a sure fire hit with toddlers in Vegas. In the hotel grounds there is a small and even better free wildlife habitat where toddlers can see various tropical birds including of course Flamingoes! They also have daily feedings of the Pelicans so be sure to check the website for timings on your day of travel! 

Watch a toddler friendly Las Vegas show at Circus Circus

Circus Circus is one of the Las Vegas shows that has the most toddler friendly theming – let’s face it what toddler doesn’t love a circus. And the best thing about visiting Circus Circus Vegas with toddler? – It has a free show running  from 11:30 daily and it is one of the more toddler friendly las vegas shows. So be sure to add a visit to the world’s biggest permanent circus to your Vegas itinerary with kids! For more information and to check current timings click here

Adventuredome at Circus Circus

This should be combined with the above on your Las Vegas family itinerary. The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is basically a large indoor theme park. While there are lots of large rides toddlers in Vegas will enjoy the small children rides and the golf course too! 

See a Volcano Erupt – one of the best things to do in Las Vegas at night with kids

If you can keep your toddler up to 8pm then be sure to head to the Mirage Hotel to see the Volano erupt outside. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Las Vegas at night with kids. 

M&M World – one of the best things to do in Las Vegas with young kids

Let’s face it – what toddler doesn’t love an M&M! The M&M World is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas with young kids but just be prepared for the sugar high that will come after your visit. 

High Roller Observation Wheel

Did you know that Las Vegas has the highest Observation wheel in the world? Neither did I! The High Roller Observation Wheel Goes up 550 feet in the air and one revolution takes about half an hour so just right for a toddler’s attention span. It is a great way to see Vegas from above. Perhaps the most impressive view is at night as you will get to see all the lights of the Strip but this is more expensive. 

To reserve your ticket click here! 

Take Your Photo at the Las Vegas Sign

Is any trip to Vegas complete without getting your photo taken with the Las Vegas sign? This is a great way to commemorate your toddler’s first visit to sin city but be warned the queues to et your photo taken at the sign can get crazy long. Try and go for around 8am to avoid your wait time especially if you are travelling to Vegas in Summer. 

Where to Stay in Las Vegas with a toddler?

The answer to where to stay in Las Vegas with a toddler 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 however I think I would have definitely picked a different 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

Off Strip Hotels without a casino

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.

Best things to do with toddlers in las vegas beyond the Strip (Best Day trips for Las Vegas with kids). 

There are loads of family things to do in las vegas off the strip – in fact our favourite things to do with toddler in Las Vegas tended to be off the the strip. Here are out top things to do in Las Vegas off the strip. 

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area 

Visiting Las Vegas with toddlers isn't complete without a day trip to Red Rock Canyon

Visiting Las Vegas with toddlers isn’t complete without a day trip to Red Rock Canyon

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

Looking for w hat to do in vegas with a toddler outside? 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 – the best toddler activities las vegas has on offer. 

This is an off strip activity but is is only a six minute drive away. This is one of the best toddler activities Las Vegas has on offer. There are plenty of hands on exhibits that kids but especially toddlers will love. 

Spring Preserve 

Spring Preserve is a 180 acre adventure site in Las Vegas. Theres a botanic garden, place to explore wildlife and a train that you can take through the grounds. We didn’t have chance to do this on our last visit to Las Vegas but is certainly on our Vegas itinerary for next time. 

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!

FAQS About Visiting Las Vegas with toddlers and young kids 

What about visiting Las Vegas with a Baby? What are the best things to do with a baby in las vegas? 

In many ways visiting Las Vegas with a baby is even easier than with a toddler as you have to plan less activities for them. I would recommend doing most of the fountain shows and outdoor things if you are visiting Las Vegas with a baby and advise avoiding hotels with a casino. 

Is las vegas a good place for family vacations?

Is Vegas a good place for family vacations? Overall I would say yes if you plan it properly. The only caveat to this is if you are looking to do lots of the shows and are travelling with a toddler you may find it difficult because of timings. However if you adjust your expectations I certainly think Las Vegas can be a good place for a family vacation. 

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?

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24 Comments

  1. September 3, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    I bet it was an interesting experience to visit Las Vegas with kids! I think the city has a lot more to offer than gambling, the hotels are beautiful and the restaurants really nice so it can be a good spot for a family vacation too.

  2. September 29, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I have only been to Vegas one time and it was not with children. I do remember riding the monorail and thinking “wow, this is super convenient!” You can also just take a taxi if something is further away. I would imagine there are more things there for children than you think.

    • September 29, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Yes monorail was great and bet essential in summer

  3. September 30, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    I personally can only take Vegas in VERY limited doses. We have done it with our kids – not toddlers and they loved the hoopla of it all. We stayed at the Nugget which has a water slide through a shark tank. Only in Vegas. I think it is an interesting stop in an itinerary that might include the beautiful natural options nearby, like you mentioned. But as a holiday destination, maybe not so much. Thanks for sharing your honest opinions with #FarawayFiles.

  4. February 4, 2019 / 7:04 pm

    It has been many years since I went to Las Vegas – definitely pre-kids! It was great but I’m not sure that I would head back with my toddler. As you say, there are many beautiful natural areas nearby, so I think I would be more likely to head to one of those areas. But it is good to know that anything is possible! #fearlessfamtrav

    • February 4, 2019 / 8:00 pm

      Yes it was nice to see the strip but hiking and outdoors stuff was it fave bit

  5. February 4, 2019 / 9:48 pm

    I definitely want to take the kids to Vegas! So much to see and do. Thanks for sharing good ideas.

  6. February 5, 2019 / 2:22 am

    I took my kids to Vegas when they were little. They loved the aquarium and the hotel pool the best.

  7. February 5, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I went to Vegas on a work trip when I was pregnant, and I definitely didn’t fall in love with it, especially those smoke-filled casinos! We’ll be stopping in on our Grand Adventure down the west coast of the Americas next year, showing the children the key sites. They’ll enjoy the fountains and the Venetian I think. We might try and get tickets to a show too (they’ll be 7 and 9). Good tips re non-casino hotels and staying off strip. #fearlessfamtrav

  8. February 5, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    Really useful article Leona. I’d love to visit Vegas but I might wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy it all with me so perhaps I’ll arrange a family trip for my 60th..! #Fearlessfamtrav

  9. February 5, 2019 / 2:19 pm

    We used to go to Vegas for the weekend when we lived in Southern California pre-kids. Took our three children back and it was a VERY different experience. Worth stopping off at but I wouldn’t go for a holiday with kids. So much to do on the doorstep though!
    #fearlessfamtrav

  10. February 6, 2019 / 12:38 am

    I can’t wait to get to Las Vegas. We talked about it for later this year but it looks like it’s on the backburner for now. Our kids will be older by then though, so no toddlers in tow but these are great tips!

  11. February 6, 2019 / 8:26 am

    I reckon a trip to Vegas would be great fun with kids, although I’ve only been pre-kids personally. But they’d love the tackiness and the Grand Canyon is super easy to get to. Perhaps we’ll give it a shot! Super useful article! #fearlessfamtrav

  12. February 6, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    This is a very useful post with good tips re where to stay etc. I haven’t been to Vegas but have had conversations with friends who’ve taken children since it’s a good stopping off point when you’re travelling to that part of the US from the UK. #fearlessfamtrav

  13. February 7, 2019 / 12:48 pm

    I went to Vegas with my parents when I was about 15 and it blew my mind! I didn’t really pick up on the gambling much, but loved the Bellagio fountains and seeing the fake Eiffel Tower. The activities you did with your toddler sound super fun for littles though! I’d definitely think about taking my young kids if I was travelling nearby. #fearlessfamtrav

  14. I would never have thought of Las Vegas as a family destination, and , like you, I probably would have enjoyed the surroundings more than the city itself, even though my kids are older than yours.
    #fearlessfamtrav

  15. February 7, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    Such a different way to see Vegas, shows you it’s not just a playground for the grown ups lol! #fearlessfamtrav

  16. February 7, 2019 / 9:33 pm

    I went a couple of years ago sans kids. It wouldn’t have crossed my minds to take the kids before reading this.

  17. February 8, 2019 / 11:35 am

    We haven’t been to LAs Vegas in years! I’m thinking kids would probably love the glitz of it all and all the entertainment that goes on at the hotels. Useful tips here for anyone travelling to Vegas with small kids #fearlessfamtrav

  18. February 8, 2019 / 8:59 pm

    I love your honesty here. And I don’t think it would have been a top destination forums to visit either. However it does sound like a fantastic launching pad for some seriously impressive sights! #fearlessfamtrav

    • February 8, 2019 / 9:17 pm

      Thanks lovely – I think it’s really important to be honest! While I didn’t hate it there are a lot of caveats to visiting with kids

  19. Tony Singh
    June 29, 2019 / 11:31 pm

    Visited Vegas with our 4yo a few years back….. stayed at Ceasars……… was fun but even this hotel was a bit smokey and lots of walking…. Going next month with my 6 and 10 age kids for a quick 4 night trip . Staying at the Trump Hotel which is not on your list for some reason? Non smoking , non gaming hotel with an amazing pool …. not super busy… a 5 star without the 5star price imo … free shuttles to the center of the strip and short walk to mall (for food) and wynn.
    We are going with no itinerary and im sure the kids will love it.

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