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5 FREE THINKS TO DO IN LAS VEGAS FOR FAMILIES
5 Free Activities Families Can Enjoy While in Las Vegas. Yes, Las Vegas is a mega playground for those over the age of 21. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a family side, too.
Here are five free activities families can enjoy when they visit Las Vegas:
– Silverton Hotel Aquarium
Free and open 24 hours, the Aquarium at the Silverton (southwest end of the Las Vegas Valley) offers the entire family the opportunity to enjoy over 4,000 exotic fish, 160 species, in a peaceful, relaxing environment. Get there at the right time and you’ll see mermaids swimming among the fish and divers feeding stingrays.
Mermaids are scuba-certified and have a background in swimming or dance. During the feedings, a guide answers audience questions while divers offer information about the fish.
– Clark County Wetlands Park
If you want a fun outdoor experience in Las Vegas that’s free and great for the entire family, head over to the east side. At the east end of Tropicana Avenue, you’ll find the Wetlands Park.
This nearly 3,000-acre park offers peace and solitude amidst a lush habitat of willows, cattails, and small woodland creatures. Follow the walking and biking trails beside slow-moving streams and small ponds. Be sure to bring your camera, wear comfortable walking shoes, visit during the morning or late evening on extremely hot days, and bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Park hours are from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.
– Pinball Hall of Fame
At first, you’d think a place with the name Pinball Hall of Fame would look like any of the other fancy buildings you find in Las Vegas. You’d be disappointed. Instead, it looks sort of like a warehouse, inside and out, with its plain white walls, concrete floors, and wall-to-wall pinball machines in 10,000 square feet.
If you (and your kids) love pinball games from the 1950s to the 1980s, you’ll love this place. Located on Tropicana Boulevard, it’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (midnight on Friday and Saturday). While admission is free, you’ll want to bring lots of quarters. The games work and the proprietor Tim Arnold donates the money collected to the Salvation Army.
– Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo
While you would expect to find flamingos at the famous Flamingo Hotel & Casino, you and the kids will find much more here. A variety of ducks, beautiful swans, koi fish, and gorgeous surroundings, will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.
Enjoy a stroll along walkways that zigzag past streams and waterfalls, and wrap around ponds and grassy areas. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with two live feedings daily.
– Circus Shows at Circus Circus Las Vegas
Now that the Biggest Show on Earth (Ringling Brothers) has announced its closure, where can you go to enjoy jugglers and acrobats? You can go to the Las Vegas Strip, of course.
Circus Circus Hotel Casino has the “World’s Longest Permanent Circus.” However, it offers only 60 seats, so be sure to get there early. Don’t worry if you miss the show, you can hang out at the nearby midway that boasts over 200 games to play. While the circus is free, the games are not. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily (later Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
Next time you think about booking a vacation, don’t ignore Las Vegas because you think it isn’t family friendly. Remember there are plenty of things to do that not only don’t cost money, they let you enjoy quality time with your children.
Find free things to do in Las Vegas with this guide from O-Vegas.com!