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Home Travel Guide Current Travel Guide Current Travel Guide Las Vegas - 10 FREE Family Attractions

Las Vegas - 10 FREE Family Attractions

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The Best Family Adventures in and around Las Vegas - and it's all FREE!

 Las Vegas, the City of Lights is both fun and affordable for the family traveler. There are the fancy shops, restaurants, and shows that can be expensive, but there are many activities for families with kids of all ages that are inexpensive or free. Grab the kids and have fun with these 10 Free family attractions - all worth exploring while visiting Las Vegas. 

Walking the 4-mile strip between the Las Vegas resorts can be daunting, if not exhausting for Welcome to Las Vegas and Family Fun!the kids.  For a day-pass ticket at a price of $9 pp, kids under 5 free, your family can ride on the Las Vegas Monorail stopping at the hotels and tourist attractions. It’s well worth the price, it’s a hit with the kids, and the views are amazing.

1.    For Starters... Visit the Las Vegas Visitors Bureau and its variety of travel information centers throughout the city. Pick up free maps, discount and coupon books, and lots more information. Find a multitude of discounted and free lodging, food, and activities for the vacationing family.

2.    MGM Grand is the best place to start your family adventure. We parked in the free visitor parking lot and walked through the casino to the Lion Habitat.  Remember Leo the lion that roared at the opening of each MGM movie? Visitors can learn about his descendants. The glass windows and ceilings allow guests to see the lions up close. Afterwards, follow the signs to the monorail and board the train to the Flamingo Hotel.

3.    Flamingo Hotel is the first stop on the monorail. You can walk through the casino that The MGM Grand showcases the majestic lions.was Bugsy Siegel’s desert dream, to the wildlife habitat to see Chilean flamingos, swans, ducks, huge koi fish, and turtles all surrounded by lush landscape and waterfalls.  It’s a peaceful setting away from the casino’s ringing slot machines and bright lights.

4.    Caesars Palace is across the street and the elegant forum shops resemble ancient Roman streets. The Cheesecake Factory boasts a giant 50,000-gallon salt-water circular tank aquarium filled with over 500 brightly colored tropical fish. Divers feed stingrays, puffer fish, sharks, barracuda and clown fish twice a day.

5.    FAO Schwartz will keep all ages entertained with its one-of-a-kind toys, gifts and collectibles. Enter under a 47-foot wooden Trojan horse into the store with 3 stories to explore. The famous ice cream parlor serves some of the most delicious treats in Las Vegas. Take in the Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain for the Talking Statues show.  Lights dim, screens come down, and animatronic performers fight for control of Atlantis with smoke, music, water and lights.  It shows every hour from 10 am to 11 pm.

6.    Venetian Hotel is near the Harrah’s Imperial Palace stop.  You and the kids can explore the Grand Canal Shops and then walk to St. Mark’s Square to see the costumed actors and professional opera singers perform throughout the day. Stroll on over to the food court and Caesars Palace 50,000 gallon salt-water aquarium is not to be missed. watch the Gondoliers serenade visitors. Keep an eye out for the “living statues” in front of Ann Taylor’s store and St. Mark’s Square.

7.    Rio Hotel offers a Brazilian Carnival experience. From the Harrah’s hotel, take Harrah’s shuttle to the Rio Hotel.  Rio’s free Masquerade Show-In-The-Sky is fun for all ages.  You and the kids will enjoy the music, brilliantly colored costumes and unique masks. Floats are suspended from the ceiling soaring above the casino. There are 7 shows with the first starting at 3 pm. For a small fee, your family can ride on a float and wear a costume.

8.     Bellagio Hotel is at the Bally’s and Paris stop.  You can walk to the front of the Paris hotel and cross the street to the Bellagio Fountain Water Show. Every half hour during the day and every 15 minutes during the evening from 8pm to midnight, you and the kids will marvel at the show of water fountain acrobatics that pulsate to colored lights and the sounds of opera, musical show tunes and holiday songs. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

9.    Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour is off the Strip, yet worth the seven-mile drive to see how chocolates are made. The free tour offers a sampling of delicious chocolates with a stroll through a Botanical Cactus garden.

10.     Hard Rock Café and Hotel is a hit with teenagers and adults, which is another destination that is off the Strip and worth a visit. Ask for a free “Rock Tour” map at the concierge desk and take a self-guided tour of the Rock-n-Roll museum to see some amazing autographed guitars, costumes, and photographs.

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~ Jill Weinlein is a freelance travel writer who enjoys traveling around the world with her family. She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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