Las Vegas With a toddler and young kids

Las Vegas With a toddler 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! 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.

Bellagio Founations 

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.

M&M World

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

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.

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?

Everything you need to know about visiting Las Vegas with toddlers and young kids! Family friendly Las Vegas

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  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!

  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.

  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

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