What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. This is a well-known motto that usually describes the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Generations of movies and stories from friends have probably given you the impression of Las Vegas as a party city. Although there are definitely endless party opportunities throughout the city, it can also be an ideal vacation for families. Visiting Las Vegas does not mean you have to party and gamble to have a good time. In fact, you can experience an entirely different side of Las Vegas as a family with early check-ins and day stay hotels. Create lasting family vacation memories with a day stay hotel and these unique family friendly Las Vegas experiences.

Gondola Rides at the Venetian

Venetian Gondolas

Traveling to Venice might be out of the family budget, but you can still experience Venice in the heart of Las Vegas. You will float along the Grand Canal, taking in the unique and historic sites of the city. The Gondola ride is located at the Venetian and offers both indoor and outdoor rides. Enhance the romantic nature of the experience with your spouse or bring the kids for a memorable Venetian experience. This daycation family friendly activity is perfect for all ages.

The Big Shot at the Stratosphere

You don’t have to wager your hard-earned money to get your adrenaline pumping. Las Vegas is full of exciting amusement rides, including the Big Shot at the Stratosphere. The Big Shot ride shoots you up 160 feet into the air, allowing you to take in the beautiful sights of Las Vegas at roller coaster speed. Take advantage of a day booking hotel and then take in the Big Shot at night-time for an even more exciting experience.

Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat


Las Vegas may not be located along the ocean coastline, but you can still get up close and personal with dolphins! With a variety of water experiences, including painting with dolphins, yoga with dolphins, and the opportunity to actually swim and train with the dolphins, this is the perfect family friendly experience. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a snow lion or white tiger. Each of these experiences provides you with photographs to capture this once in a lifetime experience. Imagine adding these photographs to your family album!

Madame Tussauds of Las Vegas

Lucille Ball @ Madame Tussauds

Las Vegas is full of glam and star power. You don’t have to sit outside the famous hotels in hopes of spotting your favorite celebrity. Instead, take a family visit to Madame Tussauds of Las Vegas and meet all of your favorite celebrities in wax form. The wax museum has a wide range of celebrities, from sports figures, movie stars, musicians, and even super heroes. Every family member is sure to find a favorite. See how many celebrities you can spot and capture a photograph with your favorites.

The Aquarium at Silverton

Low on funds after taking in all the exciting family activities of Las Vegas? The aquarium at Silverton is a free event that is perfect for all ages. In fact, it is voted as one of the best free attractions in all of Las Vegas. Stick to your family spending budget by spending the day viewing some of the world’s most exciting tropical fish, stingray, and sharks. You might even get to interact with a mermaid or two! This educational experience even gives you the opportunity to feed the fish yourself. Finish the day off with a relaxing half day stay at a local hotel.

Tournament of the Kings at Excalibur

Excalibur's Tournament of Kings

You simply can’t visit Las Vegas without taking in one of the historic and famous dinner shows. While all of the shows in Las Vegas may not be family friendly, this one sure is. Guests can experience a three-course dinner while watching a live show of King Henry and his knights. The performers will put on a memorable show, riding around on horses, jousting, and entertaining you and your family, while you taste some of the best flavors of Las Vegas.

Vegas! The Show

This show may be geared toward older family members, but it still falls under the perfect family friendly Las Vegas activity. Vegas! The Show gives you a little bit of everything. You can enjoy some of the most famous tunes of the historic Rat Pack and Elvis Presley while viewing some of the most iconic Vegas showgirls. The showgirls are outfitted in traditional Vegas style attire, including everything from the brightly clad jewels to the large and colorful feathers. This highly rated show gives viewers a feel of the old Las Vegas.

Lake Mead

Sunrise at Lake Mead

You don’t have to stay in the busy city to find exciting family friendly Las Vegas entertainment. Travel just outside the city lines to view the famous man-made Lake Mead. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States, spanning across Arizona, California, and Nevada. This man-made body of water is perfect for water enthusiasts and beach going families. You can get the best of both worlds with Lake Mead. You have all of the excitement on the famous Las Vegas strip and you are just a short drive to the beach. Rent a boat for the day and take in Lake Mead from the water.

Take a Much Needed Break

Family travels can be overwhelming. You might find it beneficial to rent a day stay hotel during your Las Vegas travels. Children often need midday naps, meals, and breaks from the excitement of travel and a dayuse hotel is the perfect solution. Arrange a stop at the Best Western McCarran Inn, located a day stay transit hotel near the airport, or the La Quinta Inn of Las Vegas, located at 4288 North Nellis Blvd. Both of these hotel choices have day rates that give you a much needed midday break from your family friendly Las Vegas travels. Take advantage of the hotels on site concierge services, room service, and air-conditioned rooms.

Book Your Family Friendly Las Vegas Trip

The city of Las Vegas is often not considered when planning a family vacation. The city is mistakenly thought of only as a singles or party city. However, with the right amount of planning and taking advantage of any of these family friendly Las Vegas activities, you can turn Las Vegas into the perfect family friendly vacation. Head over to HotelsByDay, where you can take advantage of the early check in rates or day use hotels, which are perfect for the traveling family. Book your Las Vegas half day stay today!

Image Credits:

“Venetian Gondolas” by David Stanley via (CC BY 2.0)

“Pretty Kitty” by allison via (CC BY 2.0)

“Lucille Ball @ Madamma Tussauds” by Daniel Ramirez via (CC BY 2.0)

“Excalibur’s Tournament of Kings” by Gunther Hagleitner via (CC BY 2.0)

“Sunrise at Lake Mead” by Andrew via (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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Heather Hardy

Heather is an avid writer and reader. When she is not reading all the latest novels on the best sellers lists, she is writing her own content and creative forms. She is also a yoga enthusiast and loves to learn about anything and everything. She looks forward to new writing projects and a good cup of coffee in the morning.