Summer is always a fun time in Las Vegas. With the perfect weather, an abundance of things to do, and a lot of must-sees, the city is beaming with energy and life during the season. Add to that the good news that the city will be able to fully reopen at 100% capacity starting the first of June!
If you’re eager to get out of your home and visit our lovely city, here are some fun family activities in Las Vegas the whole crew can try as we head into the summer season.
While Las Vegas is ready to open its doors, it’s vital that everyone observes the Vegas Smart measures as well as health and safety protocols.
9 Things Your Family Can Do This Summer in Las Vegas
1. Go on a food trip.
If your fam’s a bunch of foodies, then you’ll surely enjoy the plethora of options Vegas has to offer.
Savor the best brunches over at Honey Salt, Hearthstone, and Peppermill. If you like cafés, be sure to check out Bad Owl Coffee Roasters, PublicUs, and Sambalatte. Burger lovers will love Shake Shack, Umami Burgers, and Le Burger!
Can’t decide on one place? The Lip Smacking Foodie Tour takes you on a guided culinary adventure to some of the top restaurants in the city. You’ll get to try their signature dishes and drinks, and enjoy a whole night of VIP experiences. If you want something similar but a bit more casual, the Finger Linking Foodie Tours offers self-guided tours to some must-try restos in Vegas.
Ready for dessert? Check out Ethel M, Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolatier, and Hexx Chocolate for some of the best chocolates in the country.
2. Learn history and see some art.
Learn and have fun at the same time at The Mob Museum where you’ll discover how gangsters, mafia lords, and mobsters helped make Las Vegas what it is today. The museum offers activities that transport you decades back – from interactive exhibits and immersive Prohibition-era distillery to recreated forensics and a speakeasy.
Want to see an Instagram-worthy Vegas spot that depicts the city’s colorful past? Head to the Neon Museum to see decades-old, preserved neon signs of establishments that have long departed. Catch Brilliant (a 30-minute immersive show that brings the signs back to life), and the special exhibit of Moulin Rouge that’s open until late summer.
Don’t miss out on the Arts District, where you’ll find creative murals, retro facades, and colorful graffiti. You might even score hidden gems from the vintage shops that line the district.
3. Spend time with marine life.
Las Vegas may be considered a desert by many, but there’s a lot of marine life thriving here.
Take the fam to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay to get up close and personal with reptiles, sharks, stingrays, and other marine species.
The Mirage offers numerous activities that you can do while watching dolphins as they swim by – yoga sessions, painting classes, and more.
Go on a fun, educational, trip to SeaQuest, a 31,000-square zoo aquarium that houses various species. Wander through the Amazon River, Icelandic fishing villages, and deserts and rainforests from around the world. Kids will love the hands-on activities like feeding otters, swimming with stingrays, and having birds perch on their arms.
4. Take the Pioneer Trail tour.
Want to avoid the big crowds when touring the city? Get on a 16-site route with The Pioneer Trail to learn about the humble beginnings of Vegas at your own pace.
From Springs Preserve to Biltmore Village, you’ll follow an interactive map to see historical sites and learn about the groups that settled in the valley long ago. Oh, and did we mention the tour is free?
5. Go on a day trip out of the city.
Looking to skip the hustle and bustle of Vegas and explore the beauty of Mother Nature?
Visit some of the best parks within and near the city like Clark County Wetlands Park, Red Rock Canyon, and Springs Preserve. These boast wildlife viewing spots, spectacular natural views, and one-of-a-kind flora and fauna. They also offer hiking trails, biking paths, picnic spots, and camping areas for outdoor lovers.
If you want more breathtaking scenery and a calmer pace, there are amazing road trip destinations close by. See the country’s biggest natural hole at Grand Canyon, visit Lake Havasu for exciting water sports, or enjoy the panoramic landscape at Valley of Fire.
6. Soak in the waters.
What’s summer without getting into the water, right? Take the whole fam for a day of fun at some of the best family-friendly pools in Vegas like Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Flamingo, and Mandalay Bay Beach.
If you want to add a bit more action, get away for the weekend at Lake Las Vegas. The whole fam can enjoy a range of activities – from golfing, massage, and spa treatments to boating, flyboarding, and paddleboarding. Within the lake is the Aqua Park, a famous inflatable playground that lets you bounce, slide, and zoom around on a flyboard.
7. Attend must-see Vegas shows.
From acrobats and jokesters to magicians and puppets, there are plenty of shows happening in Vegas that the whole family will love.
Cirque du Soleil shows like Mystère and O are now back to transport viewers to visually-stunning fantasy worlds through colorful sets, imaginative costumes, and amazing acrobats.
Be sure to catch live productions like Extravaganza, V – The Ultimate Variety Show, and Jabbawockeez. Have some great laughs at the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater.
8. Explore the Fremont Street Experience.
As one of the must-see spots in downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street Experience has a lot of activities, entertainment, and vibrant energies to offer.
On your evening stroll, you’ll be greeted by interesting characters, creative impersonators, street performers, and live music. Both sides of the street boasts bars, coffee shops, and gift stores.
Don’t forget to look up to see the Viva Vision light show – a giant video screen that displays immersive colors, lights, and music.
For thrill seekers, SlotZilla launches you from the world’s biggest slot machine across a zip line, or ride the waterslide to see sharks up close at Golden Nugget.
9. Of course, don’t miss out on The Strip.
No Vegas trip is complete without The Strip, so be sure to have this on your list.
Caesars Palace has a replica of the renowned Roman monument and the Trevi Fountain at one of its entrances. The Venetian takes you on an enjoyable gondola ride through the canal to enjoy detailed façades and beautiful ceiling paintings. Down the road, you’ll find Paris with a half-sized replica of Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Paris Opera House.
Head to the Bellagio for the world-famous fountains dancing to synchronized lights and music. Inside, marvel at their displays of flowers, plants, and other natural elements at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Ride the High Roller at the Linq Promenade for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. You can also head up the STRAT, the tallest freestanding observation tower in Vegas, for the best view of the city.
Summer is right around the corner. And with the city opening up back up to the new normal, you and the whole fam will never run out of things to do and enjoy.
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