Las Vegas has a reputation for being a wild place to gamble and party like there’s no tomorrow. But there is another side to Las Vegas that includes tourist attractions, shopping, great dining experiences and family-friendly entertainment. If you are under 21 and not legally allowed to drink in the US, Vegas can still be your playground.
Here are some epic Las Vegas experiences to pass the time until your 21st birthday.
Cirque du Soleil’s world-class act usually has several different shows happening in Vegas and many more worldwide. The creative, innovative and artistic performers wow audiences who amaze at the contemporary circus-style production. The astounding feats, the effects and music, the stunning costumes and the awe-inspiring atmosphere make it a memorable evening that will be a vacation highlight.
In the middle of the desert might be the last place you expect to find one of the biggest aquariums on earth. The Shark Reef Aquarium is home to an impressive collection of sea life, including crocodiles, giant rays, fish and turtles. Swim with the sharks, feed the turtles and learn all about the amazing underwater world.
Blackout is an innovative restaurant where you eat a multi-course meal without lighting to enhance your other senses. The sensory experience is a novel concept with fine dining with waiters wearing night-vision goggles. At the end of your meal, what you ate will be revealed. It is a fresh, fun and exciting way to dine.
For some retail therapy and bright lights, head to Fremont Street, which was part of the original downtown LV area. See the free Viva Vision light show, bop to free live music performances and shop till you drop.
This funky museum features vintage neon signs that have been retired but still look cool. The non-profit organization that runs the museum is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. Lots of hip Instagram moments to capture here.
Soak up the atmosphere by strolling along the 4.5 miles of the Las Vegas Strip. Highlights are the choreographed Fountains of Bellagio, the High Roller observation wheel draw and the erupting volcano at the Mirage.
The conservatory and gardens at the Bellagio is a stunning indoor garden that changes with the seasons. It’s an impressive sustainable creation with five main themes every year, including Chinese New Year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus it’s all blooming free.
The chance to see master illusionist David Copperfield perform his unbelievable magic show happens in Vegas. You won’t believe the tricks and illusions he can create. With all the impressive shows in Vegas, this one is right up there with the best.
In the green jungle setting, you can see rare white tigers, lions, leopards and other endangered species. Siegfried And Roy’s Secret Garden also includes a dolphin inhabitant where you can learn about sea life and watch these beautiful creatures up close in their watery home.
Fly LINQ is the only zipline on the Las Vegas Strip. Adrenalin will be pumping as you fly through the air 12 stories above the LINQ Promenade. The views are amazing and the fast ride is exciting, reaching speeds of up to 35 mph.
See Las Vegas from the sky during a peaceful hot air balloon ride that gives amazing views of the urban sprawl and desert. Getting up early is totally worth it and you get to see the hot air balloon be inflated before your safety briefing and departure. The ride will be scenic, inspiring, and exciting as you gently drift upwards, ride through the skies then land back on the ground.
For a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory moment, you have Ethel M. Take a tour and see mass production of chocolate products, walk around the giant cactus garden, and of course, sample lots of delicious chocolate flavours before hitting the gift shop for some takeaway treats. You can even take a chocolate tasting class if you are a serious chocolate lover.
This replica of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris is quite impressive, and it’s not expensive to ride to the top in a glass elevator where you can take in epic views of The Strip. It is half the size of the real French landmark. If you are scared of heights, you can see the impressive light show from the ground every half hour from sunset until midnight. There is also a fine dining restaurant on the 11th floor.
These are just a few of the many exciting and entertaining options for under 21s who arrive in Las Vegas. There is something for everyone under 21 with many free activities to enjoy. Las Vegas really does transport you into another world where anything is possible. For an action-packed, high vibes vacation, you have to see Vegas. Elvis is waiting there for you. Have fun and stay safe!
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