Las Vegas Family Travels

Gondola UNIVERSITY at The Venetian gives students an opportunity to learn the basics of piloting a gondola and navigating their own vessel.

Ah, Vegas, the city of sin and... kids? That’s right. Think you can’t bring your family to Las Vegas? Well, think again. We’ve found a few great hidden gems that the city has to offer to families.

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Las Vegas, at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

Your little one will think you really are a superhero when you bring them to the Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. The S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (or the Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is an immersive and educational experience that completely transports visitors to the world of The Avengers. Within the S.T.A.T.I.O.N., visitors are taken to the official headquarters of the Marvel Universe and given access to intelligence files, classified studies and experiments around the origins of The Avengers, all the while training to become an agent. Fans of the series will recognize tons of Marvel equipment, including Captain America’s uniform and shield; Bruce Banner’s laboratory; uniforms and weapons of Hawkeye and Black Widow; Vision’s birth cradle; Ant-Man’s helmet; and more. Agents can also map the stars to find Asgard, making this all-ages Vegas attraction really out of this world.

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Gondola University at The Venetian Las Vegas

Limited to just nine participants a day, The Venetian Las Vegas’ new Gondola University is an exciting and unique experience that answers the most-asked question to The Venetian’s gondoliers: “How can I become a gondolier?” Open to students ages 13 and up, the program begins with a primer on the history of Venice, the city whose famous aquatic transportation inspired the hotel. Students then learn the ins and outs of piloting a gondola before going through “Rowing 101” and gaining hands-on experience in navigating their own vessel. The day ends with an official Sash and Scarf ceremony that mimics the ritual performed by The Venetian Las Vegas when a new gondolier earns their stripes after training. Graduates will also receive a gondola hat and T-shirt, a souvenir photo and a degree certificate from Gondola University.

The West Rim Drive, Fly, and Float Adventure Tour, by Pink Jeep Tours

A great way to get your family off the Strip for a while is the all-day Pink Jeep Tour to the Grand Canyon. Your day starts with a custom pick-up from your Las Vegas Strip hotel. Tour vehicles come equipped with car seats for children ages six and under and weighing below 60 pounds. Note: Children under two aren’t permitted on the tour, as mobility is a necessity for this adventure. As you head toward the Grand Canyon — passing Lake Mead, crossing the Mojave Desert and driving through a Joshua Tree forest — your tour guide will point out some eye-catching views. At your arrival at the Grand Canyon, you’ll board a helicopter, which will fly you 4,000 feet down into the canyon before you land and board an excursion boat for a 10-minute ride down the Colorado River.

Once back on land, adventurers are guided to viewpoints of the West rim of the Grand Canyon, where you’ll have time to eat an included BBQ lunch. Before departing the Canyon, we suggest purchasing a ticket to the Skywalk experience, where the brave can extend 70 feet out beyond the rim on a glass walkway, seeing the Canyon floor thousands of feet below them. On the ride back to your hotel, tours make a final stop at the Hoover Dam, so have your cameras ready!

Vegas Indoor Skydiving

Not brave enough to jump out of a plane just yet? Vegas Indoor Skydiving has got you covered. Children weighing more than 40 pounds have the opportunity to experience this simulated free fall. Vegas Indoor Skydiving provides even the youngest adrenaline junkie in your family the opportunity to feel like they’re flying without ever leaving the building. A 1,000 horsepower motor keeps divers high above the ground in a safe, indoor, vertical wind tunnel with winds reaching up to 120 miles per hour. Every flyer before taking off must attend a training class covering the basics of how to indoor sky dive, which includes proper body position, flight technique and hand communication signals used in the tunnel as well as safety procedures. We recommend wearing athletic gear like tennis shoes and socks for this one; your instructor will provide you with a flight suit, earplugs, goggles and helmet that can be worn over your street clothes.

Ultra Strip Limo Tours by Presidential Limousine

Why shuffle around the crowds of the Vegas strip when you can have a professional take you to the spots you want to see? Treat your kids to a ride they’ll never forget: a limo around Las Vegas. This private, three-and-a-half hour night-time tour takes you to all the famous Vegas Strip hot spots, such as The Las Vegas Sign for taking photos; the water, music and light show at the Fountains of Bellagio; the Mirage Volcano Explosion; and the Fremont Street Experience, complete with a laser light and sound show, shops, food and an indoor zip line. Limos are available with anywhere from six to 20 seats (perfect for a family). The ride comes with complimentary water for everyone and champagne for adults.

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