Las Vegas may be best known for gambling, nightclubs, and drinking, but don’t let the reputation fool you. Las Vegas is more than just nightlife. It boasts some incredible attractions, shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, many of which are suitable for visitors of all ages. Here are 10 of the top things to do in Las Vegas if you are under the US drinking age of 21.
Catch the Jabbawockeez in Action
One of the headlining acts based in the Luxor Hotel and Casino, Jabbawockeez is an eight-man dance crew specialising in hip-hop, theatrics, and mysterious costumes. Kids, teens, and adults alike will recognise the signature moves and style of the Jabbawockeez, who were the winners of the very first seasons of America’s Best Dance Crew. The performances, which are held several times each week, are high-energy and thrilling as well as suitable for all ages.
Watch Love by Cirque du Soleil
Performed in a special theatre designed specifically for this wonderful show, Love is a must-see attraction for anyone who loves the Beatles, dance, and incredible choreography. Although the centre of the show is unquestionably the world-famous songs like “She Loves You,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “Help!”, there is also a touching plot that revolves around love, loss, and happiness. Don’t be surprised to see people dancing in their seats, and be prepared to be amazed by the elaborate props and incredible talent on stage. Kids will love the whimsical touches, teens will appreciate the high-energy performance, and all ages are welcome to the show, which is located in the Mirage.
See the Shark Reef Aquarium
The Mandalay Bay is home to the Shark Reef Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums on the planet. It holds more than one million gallons of water at a time, no easy feat when you remember that Las Vegas is right in the heart of the desert. For under $20 apiece, visitors will be able to see everything from crocodiles to hammerhead sharks. There are even exhibits where you can touch baby zebra sharks and rays.
Explore the Conservatory at the Bellagio
In order to attract visitors of all types, most of the major resorts along the Las Vegas Strip boast incredible attractions. One of the most popular is the conservatory, an amazing indoor garden that showcases colourful flower displays throughout the year. There are five major themes the Bellagio conservatory embraces over the course of 12 months, including the Chinese New Year, the flowers of spring, summer patriotism, Thanksgiving and autumn harvest and, finally, the world-famous Christmas display to round out the year of floral beauty. As a huge bonus, entry to the conservatory is completely free, leaving room in your budget for more attractions in Las Vegas.
Dine at the Tournament of Kings
Combining dining and entertainment into one epic event is the Tournament of Kings, a dinner show held at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. The show features knights jousting, real horses, and an impressive arena. You’ll truly enjoy finger-licking foods, because utensils are optional, as you cheer for the knight you want to win. It’s loud, exciting and memorable, and it can be a great way to spend the evening in Las Vegas. The show is popular with kids, but the later show each night is geared toward teens and adults.
Climb to the Top of the Eiffel Tower
As the name might suggest, the Paris Las Vegas is themed around all things French. The biggest attraction at the resort is the replica Eiffel Tower, which is exactly half the size of the original tower in Paris. For a minimal charge, you can ride a glass elevator 460 feet into the air, which offers some of the best views on the Strip. Forget about buying postcards to remember your trip, because this spot is a dream come true for taking great pictures on your vacation.
Take a Gondola Ride
If you thought a real gondola ride couldn’t be found outside of Italy, think again. The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas is designed with an Italian theme in mind, and this extends to the indoor canals built right in the resort. True Italian gondoliers straight from Venice paddle you through the water in a hand-crafted gondola, and you can opt to hear a story or even an Italian song along the way. This is a must for romance, but it can also be a fun adventure for travellers of any age.
Walk the Strip in the Evening
To beat the heat and soak up the sights, touring the Las Vegas Strip at night can be a great idea. Be sure to stop at all the attractions along the way, which include the regular shows at the Bellagio fountains, the nightly pirate performance at Treasure Island, and the erupting volcano at the Mirage.
Experience Fremont Street
Fremont Street is part of the original Downtown Las Vegas, and it can be a thrilling place to shop, dine, and explore. For anyone on a budget, the nightly Fremont Street Experience is a fabulous option for all ages. Bands, dancers, and performers of all varieties gather near the Viva Vision canopy and provide entertainment in between light shows, concerts, and more. More than 25,000 travellers head to Fremont Street every day to soak up all the excitement it has to offer, and there are no age restrictions in place.
Get Out of the City
Sure, Las Vegas offers plenty for visitors of every age. Sometimes, however, the most fun can be had just outside of the city itself. Hoover Dam, for instance, is less than an hour away by car. Other attractions with natural scenic beauty include breath-taking landscapes in the nearby Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon, both of which are less than 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.
These 10 suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the fun you can have in Las Vegas at any age.
Do you have any 20 and under suggestions for a Las Vegas vacation?