Even Las Vegas locals benefit from the perks of hotels and attractions around the city. In fact, showing a Nevada driver’s license can allow the license holder to enjoy discounted rates or even free access to events and establishments. The Las Vegas Valley also offers many free child-friendly attractions and family bonding activities.
Families consider checking-in at family-friendly hotels so they can enjoy Las Vegas treats meant for younger guests. With the tight competition among hotels, Las Vegas accommodations usually offer many enticing amenities, such as free use of pools, health centers and gyms, and also free attendance to fitness classes, child-friendly events, and family bonding activities.
Family-friendly Hotel Amenities
The perks of checking in Las Vegas hotels include free provisions for hotel amenities, such as fitness and relaxation services and even promotional coupons for claiming free or discounted merchandise items, spa treatments, dining establishments, city travel packages and VIP passes to Las Vegas shows. At the same time, there are many hotel attractions that are available to just about anybody, without the requirement of being hotel guests. Families can enjoy strolling around the Chocolate Fountain of the Bellagio. They can also explore the Venice-inspired indoor shops and gondolas under a real-looking replica of a clear, blue sky at the Venetian.
Visitors can take many free food tours around the city. A few minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, families can take the free tour at the Coffee Roasters of Las Vegas where they can learn more about coffee and tea production and their health benefits. At the end of the tour, guests also receive free coffee samples. Children can learn more about dairy products at the nearby Anderson Dairy where they also receive free ice cream treats after touring the facility. Chocolate lovers can visit at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden where freebies and sweet gifts abound after the tour. M&M’s World is also another chocolate wonderland where children can freely explore a rainbow wall featuring the 22 different M&M’s colors, a $275 M&M’s guitar and a sparkling M&M’s bling made of Swarovski crystal.
Tropical and Aquatic Attractions
Las Vegas has many tropical and aquatic attractions filled with valuable plant and animal species. Families can tour around and take photos and videos in these free-for-all tourist areas. They can stroll around the lush foliage and refreshing oasis of the Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio and the Tropical Rain Forest at the Mirage. Children can freely view the aquatic animals of the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay and the Mermaid Art Gallery at Silverton. Wildlife attractions, such as the Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo and the Lion’s Habitat at MGM Grand, are also favorite attractions of young tourists.
Scenic Driving Areas
Scenic driving in Las Vegas allows families to enjoy not just man-made attractions but also the diverse mountain ranges and natural tourist attractions within the city and nearby areas. They can take souvenir photos around the many sightseeing spots, vistas and overlooks including Las Vegas’ famous Red Rock Canyon and the nearby attractions such as Mount Charleston, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. The Las Vegas Springs Preserve offers free access to trails, gardens and children’s playgrounds for various family bonding activities. It also features four trails leading visitors through an educational, cultural and environmental history of the Las Vegas Valley.
Picnic and Garden Areas
Filled with natural red and white sandstone cliffs around, the Calico Basin Red Springs at Red Rock provides free access to picnic tables, fire grills, restrooms and parking areas. It features many natural springs feeding the abundant vegetation. It also attracts a variety of interesting wildlife. Another place where parents can take their children for picnic and bonding time is the Clark County Wetlands Park, a 2,900-acre nature and wildlife habitat bordering the Las Vegas Wash. It flows past the Frenchman Mountain and the red sandstones of Rainbow Gardens. There is a visitor and education center within the area and it offers visitors a chance to examine the rich wildlife around Lake Mead and learn how to protect and preserve the lake and the entire Colorado River System.
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