Ah, Las Vegas — the city of glitz and glamour. This might come as a surprise but Las Vegas is a great destination for a family vacation if you have teenagers. With plenty of activities to keep your teen entertained and learning, there’s no reason why you can’t have a fantastic family trip to Sin City. They’ve got a bit of everything including roller coasters, fun shows like Blue Man group, interactive exhibits at interesting museums, and great shopping. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do with teenagers in Las Vegas.
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What to Do to Keep Teens Entertained on a Trip to Vegas!
This is not your typical Las Vegas list. We assume that you already know that you can visit the Hoover Dam, the botanical gardens inside the Bellagio, ride the Big Apple Coaster at New York New York, and that Circus Circus has rides and games. Instead, we are bringing you lots of things to do with teens that are likely not highlighted anywhere else, but they should be because they are just as great.
Attractions & Museums
Las Vegas isn’t all about gambling and entertainment — it also has several attractions and museums worth visiting if you want your teen to learn something while having fun. Or if you just need a break from the heat. Vegas is one of the sunniest cities in the US! Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Mob Museum or explore the secrets of science at the Discovery Children’s Museum — both located downtown near Fremont Street Experience — or take a tour of Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park — it’s one of Nevada’s oldest sites — located near Charleston Boulevard and Main Street. Not interested in any of these, don’t worry, there’s something for every taste from unique museums to luxury karaoke rooms to the scariest escape rooms you’ve ever encountered.
FlyOver Flight Ride “Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies”
FlyOver in Las Vegas is the Strip’s premier flight ride attraction. Take your teens to see Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies. Featuring incredible footage captured in remote areas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the film spotlights areas unreachable to most, providing a rare glimpse into the most isolated and untouched areas of the mountain range.
Las Vegas visitors will explore Canada’s snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, picturesque valleys and dramatic vistas as they travel over Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks amongst other spectacular locales. Purchase tickets in advance.
Meow Wolf has created an energetic showcase with a whole host of local artists. The Mega Art Zone is a graffitied spot that deepens the existing Omega Mart narrative while showcasing the talents of more than 40 local Las Vegas artists. Meow Wolf founders and artists traveled from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Las Vegas to work in collaboration with local artists. The creative team worked overnight and into the early morning hours over four consecutive nights while AREA15 was closed to create the new Mega Art Zone. The finished installation features two functioning vending machines filled with mini art available for the public to purchase, so everyone can take home a little piece of local art. Buy tickets in advance.
When you go to Meow Wolf you are already at Area 15 and there is a lot more to do here. You can do the Birdly VR simulator. Our family all did the same course to see who would win. Inside the Asylum Arcade, you can do the Grand Prix Racing Sim and again the family can race each other. Noah won because I hit Jonah and ruined his chances. Also here is Wink World a super weird experience that you can walk through.
ARCADE at Horseshoe
Designed by Aria Group, the 7,000-square-foot arcade is illuminated by a glow of bright neon lights and offers a high-energy, multi-sensory experience for all ages and skill levels. The venue features more than 80 supersized games, including classics like Skee-Ball, air hockey, Rock the Rim and an epic claw machine, Big One Extreme. Additionally, players are transported into immersive adventures via virtual reality with games like “King Kong” and “Mission Impossible,” a four-player interactive gaming experience. The ARCADE will feature an enhanced and refreshed bar
Play Arcade Games at Dave & Buster’s
Dave & Buster’s is a great place for teens (and adults!) to let loose and have some fun. With over 200 arcade games, it’s easy to spend an afternoon here. And if you get hungry, they have a full restaurant and bar menu to keep you fueled up for more gaming fun.
King Tut Exhibition at Luxor Hotel & Casino
Teens will enjoy Discovering King Tut’s Tomb, a reimagined show about the monumental discovery of the celebrated Egyptian Boy King that will open 100 years after renowned Egyptologist Howard Carter first laid eyes on the preserved tomb. Discovering King Tut’s Tomb will recount the story of the discovery of the tomb through the lens and voice of Carter.
The immersive display begins with a passageway to the burial chamber and unfolds with animations that illuminate the process of mummification and its significance to ancient Egyptian culture. Additional galleries trace the 100 years of King Tut and explore archeological practices today. Pods of virtual reality chairs enhance the visitor experience, allowing guests to take a deeper dive into the exploration of King Tut’s tomb. Purchase tickets in advance.
Perception Digital Art Museum
Perception Las Vegas, is a newer museum with immersive and high-tech digital art installations. Leonardo: The Universal Man. Chronicling the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, one of history’s greatest thinkers, the hour-long, three-part journey will transport guests into the mind of the Renaissance master. da Vinci changed the perception of humankind through his visionary ideas, science and art. Three distinct, 360-degree gallery exhibits will envelop guests in da Vinci’s works, studies and findings as an architect, engineer, alchemist, artist, philosopher and sculptor.
What to scare your teens badly? Take them to one of the newest escape room experiences, Escape IT. Inspired by one of the most horrifying film franchises of all time, “IT”. Located in the heart of Las Vegas and spanning more than 30,000 square feet, Escape IT is a revolutionary new take on the traditional escape room experiences, offering fans two multi-room escape adventures that bring to life “IT,” the highest grossing horror film of all time, and its blockbuster sequel “IT Chapter Two.”
This unparalleled attraction has more than 20 interactive rooms, state-of-the-art special FX, lighting, animatronics, and live actors create a fully immersive and terrifying experience. There’s no turning back as guests put their skills and critical thinking to the test, navigating some of the films’ most iconic locations including the infamous Neibolt House, the Losers’ Clubhouse, the Derry Canal Days Festival, and sewers below Derry, all while trying to escape the clutches of Pennywise, the Dancing Clown. Book this escape room in advance.
Escape Blair Witch
Neon Lights Night Tours
Rail Explorers Las Vegas, the year-round, all-ages, outdoor-adventure attraction featuring pedal-powered rail bikes, offers guests a spectacular Neon Lights Night Tour, seven nights a week. This distinctly dazzling, novel and memorable experience takes guests on a pedal-powered, four-mile journey astride a colorfully illuminated rail bike.
In addition, guests are encouraged to bring their best blacklight attire and glow sticks. Guests pedal the Rail Explorers rail bikes four miles downhill from the Nevada State Railroad Museum to the Railroad Pass picnic area, where they may relax in the signature red Adirondack chairs. Each experience concludes with a ride aboard a historic train back to the tour’s starting point.
PanIQ Escape Room at Grand Canal Shoppes
PanIQ Room offers guests a unique entertainment experience, featuring multiple next-generation escape rooms. Players are placed in a room and have 45 minutes to accomplish a mission as they search for clues, complete puzzles, crack codes, and take on other challenges.
At the Vegas location, among other themes, adventure seekers can explore underwater ruins in Atlantis Rising, learn the art of magic in Wizard Trials, travel back in time in A Steampunk Story, or play with the paranormal in The Haunted Manor.
Paradox Museum is an experience like no other where your family can explore illusions, puzzles, and mind-bending art all in one place! My teenager loved it and was impressed by how interactive the museum was, allowing him to touch and play with everything. It’s definitely one of the cooler things you can do in Vegas that’ll leave you feeling both entertained and perplexed at the same time. Buy tickets in advance.
Museum of Selfies
Museum of Selfies is an interactive exhibition provides guests premium selfie opportunities featuring works by artists from around the world. Museum of Selfies is located on the Promenade next to the Welcome to Las Vegas gift store. A family-friendly attraction, Museum of Selfies features iconic photo opportunities made famous by celebrity visitors at its Hollywood location, such as the mind-blowing Upside-Down room, the joyful Emoji Pool, the optical illusion-filled Bathroom Selfie and many more.
New vignettes exclusive to the Las Vegas location include the Private Jet Experience, an installation built to give all visitors the chance to plunge themselves into the world of luxury. Visitors are encouraged to use their smartphones and selfie sticks to make the most of the opportunity to capture hundreds of stunning photographs. Coupon: 17-20% off admission.
Vegas Chocolate Tours
Teenagers can now explore the sweet side of the destination with a variety of tour options from Vegas Chocolate Tours. Guests can choose to take the Vegas Deluxe Chocolate Tour which includes a guide, transportation and an extended exploration of all things chocolate in Las Vegas, or choose to take the new walking-only Vegas Chocolate Tour or Sweet Tastings Tour which includes a visit to Coca-Cola World for tastes of the iconic beverage from all over the globe. You can also book an Underground Donut Tour in Vegas or a Taco Tour!
KAMU Ultra Karaoke
KAMU Ultra Karaoke is the first high-end karaoke club on the Las Vegas Strip. Boasting an unrivaled experience with the ultimate in luxury and technology, KAMU is how Vegas does karaoke. Guests can sing away in the comfort of one of 40 of KAMU’s upscale singing suites at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, in the Palazzo Tower. They allow minors in until 10 PM. Book a room in advance.
Visit Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Las Vegas. It’s a pedestrian mall located downtown where street performers, art displays, and music come together to create an amazing atmosphere. It’s perfect for families too because there are plenty of restaurants and shops catering to all tastes and ages. Plus, the light shows are something else!
See Some Shows
Las Vegas is home to some world-class shows featuring everything from sports events to musical performances. While many shows may be too mature for your teen, there are still plenty suitable for younger audiences. Check out Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” at The Mirage, which features Beatles songs; Blue Man Group at Luxor Hotel & Casino; Kà by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand; Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay and “The Voice: Neon Dreams” at The LINQ Promenade – all great shows that will provide teens with an unforgettable experience.
Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jabbawockeez, the world-famous dance crew, performs TIMELESS, five nights a week at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. TIMELESS, is a sonically hypnotic voyage into the visionary minds of the masked members. Familiar favorites and brand-new routines are supercharged with innovative production elements, breathtaking visuals and a mesmerizing laser effect. The show takes the audience along for a ride as the beloved characters land on earth from outer space, in search of the quintessential music playlist that spans generations, locations, and musical genres.
The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil
The BeatlesLOVE show is a vibrant and thrilling tribute filled with breathtaking aerial artistry, colorful visuals and high-energy choreography on a 360-degree stage. The fan-favorite show recently celebrated its 16th anniversary, further solidifying it as one of the most popular productions in Las Vegas.
“Potted Potter” – The Harry Potter Parody
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody casst its spell on Las Vegas with the hit, family-friendly show at the The Magic Attic showroom inside Bally’s. Potted Potter will have you flying off your seat (or broomstick) with laughter. The perfect show for muggles, witches and wizards of all ages, this production of the boy-who-lived’s story combines all seven books into 70 hilarious minutes. The cleverly curated show includes all of your favorite characters, perfect Potter props, and even a live Quidditch game.
If your teens are looking for an adrenaline rush, there are several activities they can try out. From ziplining across Fremont Street or the Grand Canyon, driving a race car around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, or even rappelling down Slotzilla at Fremont Street Experience—there’s no shortage of thrills available in Las Vegas.
The West Rim offers a unique opportunity for adventurous teens to explore the Grand Canyon by air and by land. Guests begin the adventure by flying via helicopter below the rim of the Canyon where they will land and board pontoons to experience the wonders of the Grand Canyon from the calm waters of the Colorado River.
The Helicopter-Pontoon tour is available seven days a week and departs from the Grand Canyon West Airport in Peach Springs, Ariz. Pricing per person begins at $199 and includes a round-trip helicopter flight to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and a 15-minute pontoon boat ride along the Colorado River.
Vegas Off-Road Race Truck Experience
SPEEDVEGAS Motorsports Park—the most exhilarating elite driving destination in the world—now includes an extreme truck racing experience: Vegas Off-Road. This rugged, adrenalin-fueled course thrills those who want to take the experience off the pavement and onto the dirt track. Vegas Off-Road features the only off-road track experience in Las Vegas. This 1-mile course consists of nine challenging turns, three massive jumps, ramps and top speed capabilities.
Guests can pilot specialized, custom-built high-performance Baja race trucks designed with huge travel suspension to absorb large bumps, dips and jumps while drivers travel at high speeds and soar up to 10 feet in the air on the private dirt track. Guests who want to compare their racing line with a pro, or who simply don’t want to drive, can experience the full adrenaline potential of this thrilling experience as the passengers of a pro racer.
Vegas Superkarts features a newly redesigned and renovated supercar racetrack optimized to offer the most exciting and safe driving experience possible. Teens who like to go-kart will love this place.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving
If your teen has ever wanted to experience skydiving without actually jumping out of an airplane, then they should definitely try indoor skydiving in Las Vegas! This activity involves “floating” on air inside a vertical wind tunnel while being guided by experienced instructors. Not only is it incredibly fun but it also teaches teens about aerodynamics and physics—all while having an unforgettable experience!
It is incredibly loud here so if your kids don’t do well with extremely loud noise skip this. Book in advance here.
Las Vegas ATV Tours
For those who don’t have their own ATV or RZR but still want to experience all that off-roading has to offer, check out Las Vegas ATV Tours. They provide guided tours through some of the most popular trails in the area, including Valley of Fire State Park and Nellis Dunes. Plus, they offer single-day and multi-day packages so you can customize your adventure however you’d like. Coupon: 56% off a Two–Hour Off–Road ATV Tour of Nellis Dunes for One
We have an entire post dedicated to the off-roading opportunities in Las Vegas. ATV Adventures in and around Las Vegas
Wet n’ Wild Water Park
Wet n’ Wild water park covers more than 20 acres and features 25+ fun attractions including thrill rides teenagers will appreciate. If it is crowded I recommend getting the line pass in order to be able to ride every ride. That’s what Jonah and I did when we went. Here’s a coupon for a $24.99 single admission, 38% off.
Cowabunga Bay is another great water park to go to because let’s face it. Vegas is hot most of the year and you will want to be in a pool as much as possible. We liked the lazy river here, the wave pool, and the huge water rides. And, you can get a Dole Whip here! It’s one of the only places outside of Disney you can get one.
If you’re looking for an exciting activity to do with your family while in Las Vegas, I highly recommend the FlyLinq Zipline. This zipline is not only the longest on the strip, but it’s also conveniently located at The LINQ Promenade. Trust me, your teens won’t be able to resist the thrill of soaring over the bustling crowds of Vegas. Plus, with its safe design and experienced staff, you can have peace of mind while watching your kids have the time of their lives.
Quite a few people go all at once so all four of us were able to race each other. I won! Sadly, they do not take a photo of you on the actual zipline, just some odd photos before you go down. Book tickets in advance.
Thrill Rides at the Strat
At the top of The Strat Hotel you will find several rides including the Big Shot and X-Scream. I tode the Big Shot and it scared me so bad I couldn’t bring myself to do the X-scream! Get discount tickets for the rides at The Strat.
Where to Stay
We recommend staying at Mandalay Bay Resort with teens because they have a fabulous pool area with a wave pool and a lazy river. They also have a small aquarium on-site that’s pretty good, Shark Reef Aquarium. Our second Las Vegas Hotel recommendation with teens is Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.
Las Vegas has so much to offer both parents and teens alike! From mesmerizing light shows on Fremont Street Experience to thrilling skydiving lessons indoors, there are tons of activities that will keep your teen entertained and learning at the same time. So if you’re looking for the perfect family trip that everyone will enjoy, consider taking your teen to Las Vegas! You won’t regret it!