Las Vegas will never be mistaken for Orlando, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly destination to bring your clan together, you can definitely find it here. While the huge glamorous casinos get all the publicity on the famous Las Vegas Strip, there are several places right next door that offer smart, safe alternatives with the bonus of having access to all the fun and excitement, without having to give up any of the luxury. Staff at any of these establishments can help you make arrangements for the best family-friendly things to do in Vegas, so all you have to do is grab the kids and show up!
Marriott’s Grand Chateau
You definitely feel like you’ve arrived somewhere special when pulling up to Marriott’s Grand Chateau, which is every bit the fantasy destination as the big casinos surrounding it. Your family walks into your private villa, complete with a full kitchen, soaking tub washer/dryer, televisions with DVD players, and plenty of space for everyone’s luggage across the 820 square feet. And that’s just the one bedroom! You can also upgrade to the two- or three-bedroom villas, ensuring you’ve got ample space for everything from kids’ toys to beauty products. Once you decide to venture out of the room, you take advantage of the rooftop pool and bar, fitness center, on-property mini-market, and kids activity center. Your group can easily get around from the Grand Chateau’s prime location—it’s only a short block from the Strip, within walking distance to CityCenter and the Cosmopolitan.
Sure, you’ve brought the family, but you still want a traditional Vegas vacation. Elara, Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel is the perfect compromise of the two. It’s attached to the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino through the Miracle Mile Shops, meaning you have quick access to restaurants, shops, and entertainment. You stop by Gordon Ramsay BurGR for a bite of the famous Farm Burger, which features duck breast bacon, English sharp cheddar, and a fried egg on the patty. That should be enough to keep you full to fuel a bit of retail therapy, and through any one of the great shows on the Strip that are entertaining for the whole family, from music to magic, and everything in between. When your family needs to take a breather back at the hotel room, you toss those shopping bags aside and sink into the red leatherette couches, admiring the floor-to-ceiling views of Vegas. The kids will enjoy the Bellagio fountain show and the volcano at the Mirage, but, of course, there’s no harm in staying close to your room and enjoying a soak and sun on Elara’s private pool deck.
The Signature at MGM Grand
When you look down the Strip, you see three similar towers: The Signature at MGM Grand. Connected to all of the action at traditional MGM Grand, this is one of the best places to blend a family-friendly trip with a classic Las Vegas experience. You spend your nights sleeping peacefully on luxurious beds in the spacious Signature suites, which can come with high-end kitchenettes and extra sofa beds to accommodate your family’s needs. During the day, you head to the heated pool area—there’s one for each tower—that even has grills, in case you’d rather make some burgers instead of going out. But, of course, eating out is what you do in Vegas, so you won’t want to miss Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, where the kids love the barbecued shrimp and you enjoy some of the best seafood on the Strip, along with a mojito with fresh mint. Every night you can find a different kind of show, from David Copperfield to Cirque du Soleil, that keep you entertained without leaving out the kids, who are in awe of what they see. That’s about all you can ask for out of a vacation.