Friday, July 19, 2013

Family-friendly Vegas on a budget

Vegas is often seen as a party and gambling hub, but it can also be a family-friendly vacation destination. It's easy to spend big bucks there, but free and low-cost things abound as well. A recent family trip reminded me that you can keep both kids and adults entertained in Sin City.

Things to do ideas:

  • Visit the fountains and Conservatory at Bellagio. The Fountain show was recently voted TripAdvisor's top U.S. attraction. 


  • Circus shows, amusement park and arcade at Circus Circus. The shows start at 11 a.m. daily. My nephews and I played arcade games and I even won a Minion from "Despicable Me" for one of them.
  • Sirens of TI is offered nightly at various times. It gets pretty packed in the viewing area though, and getting out of the crowd took some time. 



  • Ride the New York, New York roller coaster, play games in the arcade or pose in front of Lady Liberty.

  • See the lions at MGM Grand.
  • Check out the inside of the Venetian and perhaps go on a gondola ride.

  • Watch a volcano show at the Mirage.

  • Explore the pyramid at Luxor.


Before the trip I looked on Groupon for deals. Among the specials I found: $20 for two at Ice Bar and $20 for a Paris pool outing for two with two drinks on Sunday-Thursday.

Another way to save: Look through coupon books found pretty much everywhere to find discounts on rides, attractions and shows.