Parents’ Travel Guide: What to Do in Las Vegas
Explore an aquarium, enjoy in-room treats and relax by the pool on your next family vacation to this bustling city.
Updated January 12, 2015—Discover Las Vegas’s vibrant lights, casinos and many attractions with a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, where families can enjoy tranquility and also step into the buzz of the Strip. Explore the city with these kid-friendly suggestions and see why it’s known as Entertainment Capital of the World.
- Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is a beautiful, non-gaming hotel, located at the quieter, south end of the Strip.
- The Hotel occupies floors 35–39 of Mandalay Bay, so guests have signing privileges and access to amenities at both hotels.
- Kid-friendly attractions dot the Strip’s flashy hotels and casinos.
- Mild weather and an ideal climate make the city enjoyable all year round.
- Stay on the Strip or venture beyond to see Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam or even ski in wintertime.
What the kids will love
- VIP treatment. In-room treats, kid-sized robes and slippers, personal bath amenities, and kid’s menus in all hotel restaurants.
- The view. Kids can gaze out the window at neon lights.
- The 11 acres (4 hectares) of Mandalay Beach, which includes a wave pool, three swimming pools, a lazy river and plenty of sand to play in.
- Shark Reef Aquarium, North America’s only predator-based aquarium. Spend an hour or two with more than in-residence 2,000 animals, some of which you can even touch.
- The sights. Here, people watching and striking attractions are a favourite pastime.
- Roasting s’mores on the PRESS poolside outdoor patio after dinner.
- Edutainment next door at the Luxor including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Bodies… The Exhibition.
What you will love
- Enter a deep state of relaxation during a Desert Oasis Stone massage or Vitality C facial.
- FarmHouse Fresh Strawberry Smash moisturizer, also at the Spa. This effective natural moisturizer looks good enough to eat.
- Endless shopping. From boutiques to designer brands, Las Vegas has one of the most exciting retail scenes.
- A well-deserved night out. Babysitting can be arranged with just two hours’ notice so you can dine at one of the city’s many critically acclaimed restaurants. Make an evening out of it and see a show-stopping performance.
- Golf on The Strip at Bali Hai Golf Club (a three-minute walk from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas). The Concierge can arrange tee times at multiple courses.
- Recently renovated, tech-savvy guest rooms and suites that are reminiscent of the glamorous Art Deco era.
- The Hotel’s express room service menu has items that can be delivered in 20 minutes or fewer.
- To-go gourmet roasted coffee, fresh juice and pastries are available in the morning at PRESS.
- Buffet. Bayside Buffet, located in Mandalay Bay, offers everything from sushi to pizza in an all-you-can-eat setting. Kids four and under eat free.
- Reminiscent of an Italian trattoria, Veranda specializes in authentic wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta. Try the signature La Pasta Cotta Nel Vaso, an artichoke pasta cooked in a jar with seafood and caciucco sauce. Should your stay fall over a weekend, definitely book a table for the Veranda weekend breakfast buffet. Venture into Mandalay Bay, too.
- Relax in the cosy PRESS indoor/outdoor lounge. The evening menu offers delicious wood-fired flatbreads, a gorgeous charcuterie and cheese board, fireside desserts and other bites that are perfect for an early family dinner.
- From Wolfgang Pick to Charlie Palmer, choose between a number of celebrity chef restaurants inside Mandalay Bay. Not only does STRIPSTEAK earn accolades for its steak, but the trio of steak, duck fat fries and shishito peppers are a culinary dream.
- Reserve a table at Rick Mooran’s RM Seafood for a light, sustainable seafood lunch of kani sunomono (a salad with king crab, honey, lime juice, cucumber) and sushi.
5 family to-dos
1. Brunch splurge. The weekend breakfast buffet at the Hotel’s Veranda is a doughnut lover’s paradise, where all ages head to the hot doughnut machine to layer toppings of choice. Treat yourself to more than one but be sure to leave room on your plate for charcuterie, more desserts, hot and cold breakfast favourites, and delicious healthy options (like the egg white frittata). Parents will enjoy the gourmet bloody mary bar.
2. Day trip. Gorgeous Red Rock Canyon is just 15 miles (24 kilometres) from the Strip. Drive around and have a look at the wild burros or get out and hike. Trails are appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness. Learn about the native animals, plants and geology at the Red Rock visitor center.
3. Tram it. An easy way to see more of the Strip without too much extra walking is to hop on the tram between Mandalay Bay and Excalibur. From Excalibur, take the walkway to New York-New York. Have a look at the jellybean Statue of Liberty and play some games in the Coney Island Emporium. Ride the roller coaster, if you dare. Cross the street to MGM Grand and head down to the M&M store. Lots of local colour and performance art entertains passers-by at street level. The new High Roller is currently the world’s tallest observation wheel, offering 360 degree views of the Las Vegas valley.
4. Show time. Talk to the Concierge about finding an age-appropriate Las Vegas show. If magic, jousting, acrobats or Blue Men appeal, grab some tickets and enjoy an evening to remember.
5. Pool time. The Hotel’s heated private pool tends to be less hectic. Relax together with some poolside snacks and refreshments.
Read Katie’s post “7 Reasons to Take Your Kids to Las Vegas” on Lajollamom.com.