From amusement park rides to animal exhibits and shows, there are lots of activities that make Las Vegas a great vacation destination for the whole family.
The most family friendly hotel in Las Vegas is Circus Circus. This Hotel and Casino is designed for families with children, from the world's largest permanent circus right in the middle of the casino to the Adventuredome amusement park. The Adventuredome is America's largest indoor theme park, which is enclosed under a five and a half acre glass dome. The park has rides for real thrill seekers as well as rides for youngger children.
At the North end of the Las Vegas Strip, the Stratosphere has rides that teens and older children may enjoy. On the top of a tower at an amazing 921 feet off the ground you'll find three rides: Insanity The Ride, X-Scream, and the Big Shot. The Big Shot is the most popular ride which shoots you up at 45 miles an hour up 160 feet in the air in a matter of seconds.
Another activity families can enjoy together in Las Vegas is Madam Tussauds Interactive Wax Museum at the Venetian. People can pose with and take pictures of figures of over one hundred celebrities and icons including Johnny Depp, Barack Obama, Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Brad Pitt, and many more.
The Mirage also has attractions for the whole family in Las Vegas with the Secret Garden and the Dolphin Habitat. The Secret Garden is the home to many lions, tigers, and leopards including Seigfried and Roy's tigers. In the Dolphin Habitat, visitors can stand by and view the dolphins or they can get more involved with the trainer for a day program where they are able to get in the water and interact with the dolphins.
The Mirage is not the only place in Las Vegas where you can observe wild animals. The MGM Grand has a lion exhibition representing the iconic MGM roaring lion logo. The MGM Grand's lions take shifts in the exhibition, traveling back and forth between the hotel and their permanent home at a 8.5 acre ranch. There will generally only be a few lions in the exhibit at any given time, but there are actually thirty-one lions in all.
Another animal exhibit in Las Vegas fun for adults and kids alike is the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, which features many different species of sharks, fish, and turtles. Even after seeing the Shark Reef, your wild animal experience at Mandalay Bay is not over, because this hotel and casino is also home to the Las Vegas production of the Broadway musical The Lion King. This awe-inspiring musical is fantastic entertainment for people of all ages. Even though tickets are somewhat expensive, this stunning show is worth the money and no trip to Las Vegas is complete without seeing a great show.