You can plan a fun trip to Las Vegas with adult children that offers something for everyone. Read on for what you must do when you visit Las Vegas.
My husband and I considered many destinations when planning a trip with our adult children and their spouses earlier this year. But Las Vegas stood out. From immersive experiences and thrill rides to fun bars and themed restaurants, the Entertainment Capital of the World had something for everyone.
Planning a trip to Las Vegas with adult children presents unique challenges, starting with finding activities everyone will get excited about. This guide provides suggestions for things to do, where to eat, where to drink, and planning tips.
Things to Do in Las Vegas
Finding things to do that both you and your adult kids will enjoy isn’t always easy. While you’ll want to involve them in the planning (see more below), these activities serve as a good starting point.
Located in the Area15 entertainment district, Omega Mart is an immersive experience that seems like a typical supermarket. At first. Soon, you realize the products are a little odd, though. (Tattooed chicken, anyone?) The mystery continues as you step through one of several wormholes into a world with a mystery to solve.
Omega Mart isn’t the only reason to visit Area15. The entertainment district has virtual reality rides, a bar with ax throwing, an overhead zipline, an arcade, an interactive cinema, and indoor golf. Purchase an Adventure Pass, which includes admission to Omega Mart. Several onsite restaurants and bars make spending an entire day here possible.
A visitor favorite, the Neon Museum contains over 200 neon signs from Las Vegas hotels and businesses. You can tour the grounds during the day but come at night when 24 signs are lit in the Main Boneyard. For an additional fee, you can also watch the 45-minute Brillant! Jackpot show, which illuminates signs in the North Gallery. A combination ticket is also available.
Want an indoor museum for the summer months? Check out the Mob Museum. It houses exhibits on organized crime, ranging from Prohibition to the mob in Las Vegas. If you’re all over 21, don’t miss the speakeasy and distillery in the basement. You can buy tickets online and be ready to go.
FlyOver Las Vegas
Like Disneyland’s Soarin’ Over California ride, FlyOver LasVegas simulates a flight over the city, complete with dips, turns, and the sensation of wind and mist. As Vegas scenes are projected on a 52.5-foot-wide screen, you’ll even smell iconic scents. Need an even bigger adrenaline rush? Check out the High Roller Observation Wheel or thrill rides like X-Scream.
Las Vegas can get pricey, especially if you pay for your adult children. Give your bank account a break with a few free activities, like the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Housed off the Bellagio’s lobby, this 14,000-square-foot garden changes based on the season and offers an excellent backdrop for selfies.
Red Rock Canyon Conservation
If your family loves the outdoors, head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The scenic lands 17 miles west of the Strip have more than two dozen hiking trails. There’s also a 13-mile scenic drive. At the visitor center, you can learn about area flora and fauna, drop by the tortoise habitat, or pick up a souvenir in the gift shop.
More to Do in Las Vegas
Need more ideas? These attractions are good options for parents and their adult children in Las Vegas.
- Freemont Street Experience
- The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
- Cirque du Soliel (or similar show)
- Fountains of Bellagio
- Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum
- Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf
- Lip Smacking Foodie Tours
Where to Eat in Las Vegas with Adult Children
Las Vegas has so many excellent restaurants that it can be hard to narrow down to the few you can visit during your trip. Here are some worth considering.
If you want to treat everyone to a Las Vegas buffet, make reservations for the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. The impressive buffet has over 250 dishes, from Asian and Mexican favorites to vegan options, and features a seafood bar and carving station. It’s not cheap, though. You’ll pay $64.99 for everyone over the age of 10.
This German restaurant serves steins of cold beer and traditional dishes like sauerbraten and currywurst. (You can also order a hamburger or chicken sandwich.) But it’s not just about the great beer and food. As a family, you can raise a glass as live music plays, take a ski shot or play lawn games like cornhole.
Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen
Based on the popular television series, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen has an open kitchen concept that lets you watch the Red and Blue teams at work. Although the teams aren’t competing, it feels like you’re on the set of the show. Just be prepared for the price tag. Ramsay’s signature Beef Wellington is $69.95, and a side of mashed potatoes will set you back $14.95.
Block 16 Urban Food Hall
There are several food halls in Las Vegas, but Block 16 Urban Food Hall tops the list for the quality of its restaurants. Think Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and Bang Bar by Momofuko. If that weren’t enough, this food hall in The Cosmopolitan has a secret. Behind an unassuming door with a picture of a donkey is the hip tequila and mezcal bar, Ghost Donkey.
Where to Drink in Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ bars rival its restaurants for creative menus and unique experiences. Assuming everyone is over 21, consider adding one of these best Las Vegas bars to your itinerary. (Most have non-alcoholic options for those who don’t drink.)
Lost Spirits Distillery
Located at Area15, this rum distillery samples its rums and sells pre-made cocktails while circus acts, musicians, and dancers perform on multiple stages. You are encouraged to walk from act to act, taking the entire spectacle in as you drink. Tickets, which include the show and rum samples, are required.
The Golden Tiki
Decorated with tribal masks and palm-thatched roofs, this tiki bar crafts tropical favorites like the Mai Tai, Painkiller, and Navy Grog. For $1 more, you can have any drink topped with extra rum and set on fire. Make reservations before you go. Frankie’s Tiki Room is another option.
Millennium Fandom Bar
Don’t let the name fool you: Millennium Fandom Bar is devoted to all pop culture, not just Star Wars. Inside, guests—sometimes in costume—sip cocktails with names like License to Kill, The Sorting Hat, The Dude, and In Groot We Trust. You can even order the infamous Blue Milk of Star Wars fame.
Minus 5° Ice Bar
On summer days, take refuge from the heat at Minus 5° Ice Bar. Featuring more than 100 tons of ice, the bar serves frosty drinks in carved ice glasses and boozy hot chocolate in steaming mugs. Parkas and gloves are available, and you can take photos in front of ice sculptures or while sitting in chairs made from ice.
Tips for Las Vegas with Adult Children
Involve everyone in the planning. Start by asking each person what their primary goal is. Do they want to gamble, see a show, eat at a particular restaurant, or just lounge by the pool? Is there any activity they are interested in, like visiting Omega Mart?
Plan something for everyone. Try to incorporate a suggestion from each person. Work that into the itinerary if someone wants to visit the Mob Museum. If someone wants to experience the best of Las Vegas, set aside a day to explore the Strip.
Schedule free time. Since our kids were with their spouses, we had a date night when each couple could make their own plans. It allowed everyone to do an activity that didn’t make the final itinerary. For example, my husband and I went to an upscale steakhouse while our daughters went to separate shows.
Have the money talk. Las Vegas can get expensive. Before you go, clarify what you intend to pay for and what you won’t. We offered to pay for meals, including a buffet, but let the kids know they would need to pay for any shows or gambling they intended to do.
Consider an Airbnb. There are advantages to staying in a hotel on the Strip, but we found staying in a short-term vacation rental ideal. First, a vacation rental provides an escape from the Strip’s sensory overload. Second, you can save money on meals. Most importantly, you can spend time together as a family watching TV, playing games, or in the pool.
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