Las Vegas is known as the happiest place on earth for adults and is filled with fun and excitement. There is plenty to do as a family if you travel to Las Vegas with your children. The most famous attraction is the Las Vegas Strip, but you will find a wide variety of other things to do, such as shows, rides, and even museums. Many hotels are attractions in themselves and include exciting architecture, shows, fountains, rides, and even dolphin shows.

01The Las Vegas Strip

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The Las Vegas Strip is what most people associate with the city of Las Vegas. Best viewed at night when the city comes alive with thousands of illuminated neon lights. Plan to spend a few hours wandering along the strip taking in the sights, including the enormous entertainment places that house hotels, shows, and dining options. To truly experience all that Las Vegas has to offer, you should stay in the heart of everything on The Strip.

02SkyPod at the Stratosphere

At 1,149 feet tall, the SkyPod at the Stratosphere offers expansive views of Las Vegas. A well-known feature of the Las Vegas skyline, KkyPod boasts the tallest observation tower in the United States, a restaurant and bar, a selfie-spot, and a wedding chapel. The adventurous can choose from several thrill-seeking rides. Fly 160 feet in the air at 45 mph on Big Shot. Spin at 3 Gs while dangling from SkyPod on Insanity. Or brave the X-Scream, a roller coaster that teeters off the edge of SkyPod at 866 feet.

03Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Shark Reef Aquarium, attraction at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Get ready for an undersea adventure at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium. The exhibit houses over 2,000 sea animals, including sharks, giant rays, endangered sea turtles, and even a Komodo dragon. Experience the life of an Aquarist with the Animal Encounters program, where you can feed the stingrays and crabs. Feeling more adventurous? Take a virtual, 3-D journey to the South Pacific where you can and swim with humpback whales and dive with exotic sharks in the Bahamas.

04Fremont Street

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In the older part of Las Vegas, known as Downtown, you will find the pedestrian-only Fremont Street. The area is home to many unique attractions, such as a five-block section that has overhead LED lights that illuminate the sky with different patterns as you walk beneath them. At night a music and lights show takes over the street at regular intervals. There are a number of shows and street performers on Fremont Street.

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05Marvel at the Luxor Hotel

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Shaped like an Egyptian pyramid, the Luxor is a well-known resort on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort features unique pyramid rooms with slanting windows and inclined elevators, which travel up the side of the building on a 30-degree incline. The brilliant and impressive Luxor Sky Beam can be seen hundreds of miles away on a clear evening.

06Helicopter Rides over Grand Canyon

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Enjoy an aerial view of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon from a helicopter ride. There are a number of helicopter tour companies in Las Vegas offering everything from a 15 minute flip over the city of Las Vegas to longer tours that take in the Grand Canyon and the scenery around Las Vegas. This is a great option for people who have limited time in the area.

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07Venetian Hotel and the Gondola Rides

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The Venetian Hotel is one of the grandest resorts in Las Vegas and is very popular with couples on honeymoon or for romantic getaways. Inside the hotel, you will find a shopping arcade that has been designed to resemble the streets of Venice. Some of the top attractions in Venice have been recreated in the hotel, such as the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. One of the most famous features of the hotel is the Gondola Rides along the canals. Enjoy a romantic moment aboard the Gondola's and pretend you are in Venice.

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08Paris Hotel and the Eiffel Tower

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The Paris Hotel is located on the Las Vegas Strip and is one of the best-known hotels in the area thanks to its iconic replica of the Eiffel Tower that stretches into the Las Vegas skyline. In the resort, you will find a selection of French shops and even a recreation of the Paris Opera house. The Eiffel Tower is forty-six stories high, and the observation deck offers incredible views of the city. On the forty-fifth floor, you will find the romantic Eiffel Tower Restaurant.

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09Bellagio Resort and Fountain Show

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Head to the Bellagio Resort to experience this large high-end hotel that is filled with attractions. At the resort, you will find the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory, a large spa, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The most famous feature of the resort is the grand fountain display at the entrance. Visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of the music and water display from the sidewalk.

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10Mirage Hotel Volcano

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One of the most iconic hotels on the strip, thanks to the volcano situated next to the sidewalk in front of the hotel. The volcano erupts at regular intervals, but the display is particularly impressive at night. Inside the hotel, you will find the Secret Garden that is home to a variety of exotic animals, including a pair of white lions.

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11High Roller Ferris Wheel

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Just off the Strip, you will find Linq Promenade and at the end of that street is one of the most iconic rides in Las Vegas, the High Roller Ferris Wheel. You can see the Ferris Wheel towering over the city in most aerial photographs of Las Vegas. The Ferris Wheel is 550-feet high, and a full rotation takes around 30-minutes. Each of the large cabins holds up to forty people.

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12Get illuminated at the Neon Museum

Tour through the history of Las Vegas through these vintage signs rescued from casinos and businesses over the years. Art lovers and history enthusiasts will appreciate this unique collection of iconic neon signs. Each sign tells the story of its creator, inspiration, and the role it played in Las Vegas culture. The Main collection features over 200 unrestored signs illuminated by ground lighting at sunset and numerous signs that remain lit at all times.

13New York, New York Hotel

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This hotel is visually amazing and is a replica of a section of the Manhattan skyline. Famous replica's in the hotel include the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Inside the hotel, you will find a version of 5th Avenue complete with high-end stores and restaurants. Thrill-seekers will love the giant roller-coaster that wraps around the hotel.

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14Caesar's Palace and The Colosseum

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Caesar's Palace is probably the most famous hotel in Las Vegas, and it features in a number of movies and TV series. The Colosseum is the resorts massive concert venue, and shows here are often sold out months in advance. Famous stars that have performed here for extended periods of time include Celine Dion and Elton John. The resort complex has a vast array of dining options and smaller shows to enjoy.

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15The Mob Museum

Discover the fascinating history of the ongoing battle between organized crime and law enforcement at the Mob Museum. Through multi-sensory exhibits and historical artifacts, get an insider's look at some of America's most notorious gangsters, including Al Capone, George "Bugs" Moran, Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, John Gotti, to name a few.