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25 Best Hoover Dam Tours from Las Vegas

best Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas

Walk across one of the world’s most spectacular engineering marvels on a Hoover Dam tour. Explore dramatic viewpoints before heading inside to discover what goes on behind the scenes.

Looking for an adventure? Then kayak down the river or take to the skies for some rather unique views. Tours can be combined with stops at the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire , and Red Rock Canyon.

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1 – Small-Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour With Strip Pickup

Small-Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour With Strip Pickup

Operated by: Mr Las Vegas Tours

At Hoover Dam: Photo stop on the bypass bridge – External tour

Your camera will be working overtime as you snap away at the dramatic views of Hoover Dam on this 3-hour tour. Visit all the best viewpoints including the iconic bypass bridge where a 1000-foot drop will send tingles down your spine.

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Colorado River as it snakes through the rocky canyon, then continue to Lake Mead for incredible panoramas and a bit of history. Round-trip transfers from Las Vegas are included.

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2 – Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas With Lunch

Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas With Lunch

Operated by: Comedy On Deck

At Hoover Dam: Walk on the bypass bridge – External tour

Beat the crowds on this early bird Hoover Dam tour, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere. Take an exclusive 45-minute “Walk on the Top” signature tour over the dam, learning insider secrets about the construction from an expert local guide.

Stand on the bypass bridge to see the dam from above, then head off for a hearty restaurant lunch. Stops at the Las Vegas Welcome sign and the Hoover Dam Museum in Boulder City are also included.

3 – Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with optional Skywalk

Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with optional Skywalk

At Hoover Dam: Photo stop on the bypass bridge – External tour

Many Grand Canyon tours include a stop at Hoover Dam so fuel up for the adventure ahead with breakfast en route to the West Rim. Visit the dam for mind-blowing photos from the bypass bridge then continue your epic journey through Joshua Tree Forest.

Check out spectacular viewpoints along the canyon rim, and for an additional charge you can try the Skywalk – a glass bridge suspended 4000-feet over the cliffs.

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4 – Grand Canyon West Rim Flight with Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon West Rim Flight with Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Gray Line Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Internal tour and views from the plane

Soar over the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon on a 70-minute scenic flight, and watch as the desert landscape unfolds through the large panoramic windows. Admire the dramatic face of Hoover Dam from the air, before enjoying superb aerial views of Lake Mead and Boulder City.

Back on the ground, you will head 160 meters into the walls of the Black Canyon for an internal tour of this incredible feet of engineering. This day trip includes lunch and transfers.

5 – Hoover Dam Guided Tour with Lunch & Lake Mead Cruise

Hoover Dam Guided Tour with Lunch & Lake Mead Cruise

Operated by: Gray Line Tours Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Internal tour and views from Lake Mead

Enjoy a special VIP guided tour inside the magnificent Hoover Dam before heading back above ground for a cruise on Lake Mead. Feel the breeze on your cheeks as you sail on an authentic paddlewheel boat, making sure your camera is handy for unique views of the dam.

After a light lunch, take a self-guided tour of a gourmet chocolate factory and explore a botanical cactus garden that is home to over 300 different species.

6 – Private Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Private Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: DETOURS American West

At Hoover Dam: Internal and external tour

This 4-hour Hoover Dam private tour takes in all the best views of this man-made marvel. Pop into the visitor center and explore the museums and exhibits, then head to the observation room to admire the enormous generators.

Visit viewpoints on both the Arizona and Nevada sides of the Colorado River, and continue up onto the bypass bridge for jaw-dropping panoramas over the Black Canyon and Hoover Dam. Walk along the crest of the dam for the ultimate thrill.

7 – Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

Operated by: Desert Adventures

At Hoover Dam: Views from the river

Paddle along the river as it meanders through the dramatic Black Canyon – keep your camera handy for photos looking back at the dam. The water is mostly calm so beginners are welcome on this full-day guided kayak tour. Picnic on a secluded riverside beach, take a dip in the hot springs, and hike through slot canyons along the way.

Watch out for local wildlife and stop at Emerald Cove to see the historic tramway and gauging station.

8 – Hoover Dam Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

Hoover Dam Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Big Horn Wild West Tours

Sit back and relax inside a luxury Hummer H2 on this half-day Hoover Dam tour. Join the Discovery Tour and explore several areas inside the dam itself. Ride the elevator down into the depths of Black Canyon, walk through rock tunnels, and check out the colossal power generators in the Nevada Wing.

Before leaving, stroll along the top of the dam and head up to the bypass bridge for the best photos. Panoramic stops at Lake Mead are also included.

9 – Personally-Guided Hoover Dam Expedition Tour

Personally-Guided Hoover Dam Expedition Tour

Operated by: Dean Outdoor Adventures

Enjoy a fun day of exploration and education on this 6-hour small group tour. Journey through Boulder City and Lake Mead National Recreation Area on your way to the dam and get a feel for the region.

Take a look at the visitor center and join a power plant tour to learn how this impressive piece of engineering works. Next up is a short movie about the history, before a walk along the top of the dam for staggering views.

10 – Valley of Fire & Hoover Dam Photo Tour from Las Vegas

Valley of Fire & Hoover Dam Photo Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Play In US

At Hoover Dam: Photo stops at bypass bridge and other viewpoints – External tour

Explore otherworldly landscapes and man-made marvels on this 8-hour guided tour. Head into the Valley of Fire State Park and stop at viewpoints to admire the stunning rock formations.

Continue traveling through the volcanic landscape of Mount Cleopatra towards Lake Mead, with lots of scenic stops in the Pinto Valley and Rainbow Gardens on the way. Then gaze down at Hoover Dam from the bypass bridge and other strategic overlooks to appreciate how well nature and humankind can work together.

11 – Hoover Dam Guided Tour with Lunch, Transportation & Helicopter Flight

Hoover Dam Guided Tour with Lunch, Transportation & Helicopter Flight

At Hoover Dam: View from the helicopter and internal tour

Admire the dramatic Hoover Dam from the air on this thrilling helicopter ride . Linger above the dam and Lake Mead for around 15 minutes, enjoying spectacular views and taking lots of photos.

Head inside the dam on a special government guided tour and discover the inner workings as well as the museum. Get the taste buds going with a deli-style lunch and take an independent tour of Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory, which also has a cactus garden to explore.

12 – Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Combo Tour

Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Combo Tour

Operated by: Adventure Tours

This fun-packed day tour begins at the Hoover Dam, where you will pop into the museum before heading to the Generator Room for interior views. Walk along the top of the dam for the ultimate thrill then swing by a local park famous for its bighorn sheep.

Traverse the colorful Arizona desert, stopping at Joshua Tree Forest, Eagle Point, and Guano Point for photos. Settle down to lunch on the Grand Canyon rim and explore the Hualapai Ranch boardwalk.

13 – Deluxe Small-Group Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Deluxe Small-Group Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Discover this famous historic landmark from the inside out on a 4-hour Hoover Dam tour. Soak up views from both sides of the Colorado River, and take a guided walk around the visitor center to learn about the dam construction.

Visit the observation deck and stroll across the crest of the dam for dramatic views of Black Canyon, and ride the elevator down to the generator room. Photo stops on the bypass bridge and at Lake Mead complete the tour.

14 – Helicopter Tour Hoover Dam – 6 Minutes

Helicopter Tour Hoover Dam - 6 Minutes

Operated by: Papillon Helicopters

At Hoover Dam: View from the helicopter

Hover 2,500 feet above one of the most impressive dams in the world on this exhilarating short flight. Skip the crowds on the ground by taking to the skies, with front row seats for all the best views.

Sit back and relax while listening to the in-flight narration and learn about the history of this national landmark. Soar over the vast waters of Lake Mead and see the Colorado River meandering across the desert from your lofty vantage point.

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15 – Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Gray Line Tours Las Vegas 

At Hoover Dam: Photo stops at bypass bridge and Penstock platform – External tour

If time is tight then this short tour to Hoover Dam will introduce you to all the main sights. Take a guided discovery tour with stops at the exhibition gallery and visitor center. Then head up to the Penstock viewing platform for those all-important photos.

Upgrade your tour to include a chocolate factory visit or a Lake Mead paddleboat cruise if you have a little longer. Stop at the famous Las Vegas sign on your return journey for more pictures.

16 – Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

Operated by: Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: View from the river and other vantage points – External tour

Combine a river adventure with a visit to the most famous dam in the US on this 6.5-hour tour. Hang on tight as you raft through the Black Canyon, floating close to the dam and bypass bridge for some very unique views.

Leaving the water behind, tick off all the top viewpoints around Hoover Dam, including the observation deck and on top of the wall itself. Remember to pop into the visitor center before leaving.

17 – Red Rock Canyon & Hoover Dam Half-Day Photo Tour from Las Vegas

Red Rock Canyon & Hoover Dam Half-Day Photo Tour from Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Walk on the dam and bypass bridge – External tour

Marvel at dramatic red cliffs and arid desert landscapes on this 6-hour private Hoover Dam tour . Stop at the dam before the crowds arrive in the morning and make the most of photo opportunities on the bypass bridge and the crest itself.

Then journey through the Mojave Desert to explore the beautiful Red Rock Canyon where unusual geological formations will have your mind in a whirl. Return transfers and your own personal guide are included.

18 – Mountain Bike Historical Tunnel Trail to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas

Mountain Bike Historical Tunnel Trail to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Photo viewing points – External tour

Let your wheels spin as you coast downhill through the Las Vegas Valley on this 7-hour Hoover Dam bike tour. The trail is relaxing and suitable for beginners. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including the famous bighorn sheep.

Catch your breath at scenic viewpoints along the way and enjoy a break on the scenic shores of Lake Mead where you can swim on warmer days. Pedal through several historic tunnels before exploring the observation points at Hoover Dam.

19 – Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & 7 Magic Mountains Tour

Las Vegas Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, 7 Magic Mountains Tour

Operated by: Max Tour

At Hoover Dam: Photo stop on bypass bridge – External tour

Become explorers for the day as you venture deep into the Mojave Desert, taking in three of the best attractions near Las Vegas. Wonder at the colorful Seven Magic Mountains art installation, then continue to Hoover Dam for spectacular photos from the bypass bridge.

Next up is the dramatic West Rim of the Grand Canyon, where you will follow winding hiking trails to scenic viewpoints. Courageous adventurers can try out the glass Skywalk for an additional fee.

20 – Las Vegas Private Tour: Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and Red Rock Canyon

Las Vegas Private Tour: Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and Red Rock Canyon

Operated by: Fun Group Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Various viewpoints – External tour

Feel like you are walking into a movie set as you explore the Valley of Fire State Park. This hidden gem is packed with flame-colored geological formations as well as ancient carvings and art.

Head to the world’s largest dam for staggering views into Black Canyon and across Lake Mead. Enjoy lunch and shopping at Las Vegas Premium Outlets, before continuing the adventure in the wilds of Red Rock Canyon. Keep your camera handy for all the bizarre sandstone towers.

21 – Las Vegas: Hoover Dam and Colorado River Full-Day Kayak Tour

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam and Colorado River Full-Day Kayak Tour

Operated by: River Dogz

At Hoover Dam: View from the river

One of the best views of Hoover Dam is from the water down below, so for the ultimate adventure jump in a kayak and paddle along the gently flowing river. Glide past the fish hatchery and explore Emerald Cave to admire the hidden green waters of the canyon.

Enjoy a spot of beach hopping before being rewarded with magnificent views from the base of the dam. Keep an eye out for bald eagles soaring overhead.

22 – Grand Canyon West plus Hoover Dam VIP Day Tour from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon West plus Hoover Dam VIP Day Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Adventure Photo Tours

Take in two of America’s best attractions on this VIP Hoover Dam tour. Head inside the dam to see the colossal generator room and walk across the top of the wall for eye-catching photos. Stop for pictures at Lake Mead and check out bighorn sheep in the local park.

The journey through the Arizona desert is just as spectacular as the destination – the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Here you will explore trails and enjoy traditional Native American dancing.

23 – Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Route 66 Small-Group Tour

Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Route 66 Small-Group Tour

Operated by: Coexist West Coast

At Hoover Dam: External photo stops

Beat the crowds and bag all the best views on this full day 3-in-1 tour. Stop for photos at Hoover Dam before heading off on historic Route 66 with a lunch stop at Seligman.

At the magnificent southern edge of the Grand Canyon you can hike along the Rim Trail, which is punctuated with dramatic viewpoints, visitor centers, and the Yavapai Museum of Geology. Alternatively, use the shuttle bus between overlooks if you want to save your energy.

24 – Private Grand Canyon West Rim and Hoover Dam Combo Tour from Las Vegas

Private Grand Canyon West Rim and Hoover Dam Combo Tour from Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: External views of the dam

Spend an unforgettable day discovering the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam on this fun-packed private day tour. Stand at the base of the towering dam to appreciate the scale of this engineering spectacle, and make the most of superb photo opportunities from different angles.

Meander through the ancient Joshua Tree Forest before reaching the canyon, where hiking to observation points is the order of the day. Tuck into a picnic with a view and explore the boardwalk of the Hualapai Ranch.

25 – Hoover Dam: National Historic Landmark Half-Day Tour

Hoover Dam National Historic Landmark Half-Day Tour

Operated by: DETOURS Nevada

Gasp at jaw-dropping views into the depths of Hoover Dam and take a tour to discover what goes on behind the scenes inside this man-made marvel. Explore the power plant observation room and watch the huge generators in action.

Back outside you will see Lake Mead, and admire views from both the Nevada and Arizona sides of Colorado. Finish with a flourish by heading up onto the bypass bridge for the ultimate vantage point looking back over the dam.

Hoover Dam tours are one of the most popular day trips from Las Vegas . Whether you want to explore inside the dam, walk across the rim, or include a stop at the Grand Canyon, there are several trips to choose from.

Compare these Hoover Dam tours to find out which best suits your itinerary.

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Where Was National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation Filmed?

By Alice Nichols

National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation is a classic comedy movie that has been entertaining audiences since its release in 1997. The movie follows the Griswold family as they take a trip to Las Vegas, hoping to have an unforgettable vacation filled with fun and excitement.

But have you ever wondered where this hilarious movie was filmed? In this article, we’ll explore the filming locations of National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.

Las Vegas Strip

The majority of National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation was filmed on location in Las Vegas, particularly on the famous Las Vegas Strip. The opening scene of the movie shows the Griswold family driving down the Strip and passing several iconic landmarks such as the MGM Grand, New York-New York, and Excalibur hotels. The scene was actually filmed during a real parade that took place on the Strip.

One of the most memorable scenes in National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation takes place at Hoover Dam. This famous landmark is located on the border between Arizona and Nevada and is a popular tourist destination.

In the movie, the Griswold family takes a tour of Hoover Dam and Clark (Chevy Chase) accidentally floods one of its generators. The scenes were actually shot on location at Hoover Dam.

Mirage Hotel & Casino

The Mirage Hotel & Casino is another iconic Las Vegas landmark that makes an appearance in National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation. The hotel’s iconic volcano erupts during one scene in which Clark tries to win back his lost money at a casino. This scene was also filmed on location at The Mirage.

Other Locations

In addition to these major locations, several other spots around Las Vegas were used as filming locations for National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation. Some scenes were shot at McCarran International Airport, while others were filmed at the Stardust Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

In Conclusion

National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation is a classic comedy that has become a fan favorite over the years. The movie’s use of iconic Las Vegas locations adds to its charm and humor. From the Las Vegas Strip to Hoover Dam, the filming locations of National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation are as unforgettable as the movie itself.

  • Las Vegas Strip: The majority of the movie was filmed on location on this famous street.
  • Hoover Dam: One of the most memorable scenes in the movie takes place at this famous landmark.
  • Mirage Hotel & Casino: This iconic hotel and casino makes an appearance in one scene.
  • Other Locations: Several other spots around Las Vegas were used as filming locations for National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.

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Where was Vegas Vacation filmed?

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Las Vegas, Long Beach, Hoover Dam, Jean, Mesa

Location Types

Hotels/Motels, Restaurants, Studios

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Boutique Hotel, Luxury Hotel, Hotel/Motel-style, Resort

About Vegas Vacation

In his feature directorial debut, Stephen Kessler helmed Vegas Vacation. The 1997 comedy film is the fourth National Lampoon’s Vacation release. Elisa Bell penned the screenplay based on Bell and Bob Ducsay’s written story.

The movie follows Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his family as they embark on a Las Vegas vacation. Picking up from the third film, a sizable bonus Clark receives from Frank Shirley, after the approval of a food preservative product he assisted in conceiving, also allows him to splurge on his vows renewal.

His wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) and their daughter Audrey (Marisol Nichols) aren’t too thrilled about the Sin City trip, knowing that it isn’t the most family-friendly place. On the other hand, their son Rusty (Ethan Embry) is stoked about the getaway.

In Vegas, a series of misadventures befall the Griswolds, starting with their visit to the Siegfried & Roy show. They also visit Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his wife Catherine (Miriam Flynn), who is Ellen’s cousin.

The Griswolds agree to enjoy a solo “alone day,” leaving each family member to their own devices. Clark ventures into the casino to quench his gambling addiction, and he keeps losing to Marty (Wallace Shawn), a snide blackjack dealer. Having chewed more than he can swallow, he ends up burning a hole in the family’s finances by losing $22,600.

A Frank Sinatra (Toby Huss) lookalike helps Rusty get a fake ID, and under the pseudonym Nick Pappagiorgio, he soon becomes one of the casino’s high rollers. As for Audrey, she shadows Vicki (Shae D’lyn), Eddie’s free-spirited daughter who is an exotic dancer.

Learning that Clark has lost a chunk of their fortunes, Ellen and the kids leave him. Clark soon realizes that he has hit rock bottom. He stops caring about the lost cash and instead shifts his focus to getting his family back.

Vegas Vacation Locations

After initial delays, the slate went down on the Vegas Vacation production in May 1996. The filmmakers expected to get the bulk of filming in southern Nevada within 10 days and shoot the rest of the movie in California studios.

Filming on-location in Las Vegas was meant to take up the last two and a half months of production. By June, the production unit was recording at Hoover Dam with John Robotham stepping in as Chase’s stunt double.

Jerry Weintraub, the film’s producer, and his wife Jane Morgan got hitched at the Chapel of the Bells in the ‘60s. The Vegas chapel served as one of the movie’s film locations, and Weintraub had a cameo in the movie as Gilly from Philly.

Vegas Vacation film sets were set up at the Las Vegas Video Sound Production Center. Here is a recap of some of the best scenes from the film and details about their real-life filming locations.

Vegas Vacation was the first film in the series that didn’t have the National Lampoon title. It was also the first Lampoon movie that John Hughes didn’t write. It was also the fourth time that the filmmakers recast the roles of Rusty and Audrey,

Clark tells his family about the trip scene in Vegas Vacation

Long Beach, California

Clark tells his family about the trip scene in Vegas Vacation

The film opens with Clark driving his SUV home, and we hear the radio DJ announcing that “it is 4.22, Thursday in Chicago, Illinois.” He is absent-mindedly looking through a brochure featuring The Mirage on the front cover. He gets home and breaks the news to his family about the planned Vegas holiday.

Picking up from the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, he cashed in on assisting with the development of a food preservative that guarantees freshness for years. Shirley keeps his word and extends Clark a sizable cash bonus, which allows him to take his family on a trip to Vegas with a vows renewal as part of the itinerary.

While the radio implies that the Griswolds live in Chicago, the house scenes were filmed in Long Beach California. The city is a rich cultural hub with 50 square miles of photogenic filming areas.

Some of the highlights include the permanently docked Deco line, RMS Queen Mary, and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Start your journey towards exploring the Vegas Vacation location aboard buses 121, 93, 92, 173, or 232.

Clark causes a leak at the Hoover Dam scene in Vegas Vacation

Hoover Dam, Arizona

Clark causes a leak at the Hoover Dam scene in Vegas Vacation

After visiting Cousin Eddie and Catherine, the group embarks on a tour of Hoover Dam led by a guide called Arty. Welcoming them for the tour, he says, “I’m about to take you through a fully functional power plant, so please, no one wander off the dam tour, and please take all the dam pictures you want.”

Clark gets separated from the rest after he accidentally causes the dam’s interior walkways to start leaking. His attempts to fix the leak using chewing gum prove futile.

As the roaring waters become more menacing, he has to climb his way out of the scaffold. The rest fail to hear his cries for help but eventually, Clark gets to the top of the dam.

The Hoover Dam, at the Nevada Border, served as the setting for the epic Vegas Vacation action scene. It took several takes, a series of bolts, and ropes to film the scene, 637 feet above the power plant.

It is equally as thrilling to view the concrete arch-gravity dam while on a kayak tour. While in the area, plan a visit to Lake Mead and go on a wildlife sighting expedition while crossing the Memorial Bridge.

The family visits Cousin Eddie scene in Vegas Vacation

Jean, Nevada

The family visits Cousin Eddie scene in Vegas Vacation

Eddie and Catherine live at a former hydrogen-bomb test site in the desert. When the Griswolds visit, Eddie welcomes them with a cooled chicken lunch cooked on a hot radiation rock.

Unsurprisingly, Rusty got sick after devouring the meal. Brings to mind Uncle Eddie’s response when Clark asked him if anyone ever told him that he was bad luck. Cousin Eddie responded, “Those were my mother's dying words. But I guess if your body is covered in third-degree burns, and your foot's caught in a bear trap, you tend to start talking crazy.”

The Cousin Eddie house scenes were filmed in Jean, Nevada. The small commercial town, formerly known as Goodsprings Junction, doesn’t have any residents. However, most people living in the nearby communities of Sandy Valley and Primm list their mailing addresses in Jean, where the main post office rests.

The Vegas Vacation location has hosted several art exhibit installations including the 1962 “Study for An End of the World, No. 2.” Michael Heizer's 1968 zig-zag trench installation and Ugo Rondinone’s 2016 “Seven Magic Mountains” are other exhibits the town has hosted.

Ellen joins Wayne Newton on stage scene in Vegas Vacation

Mirage Hotel & Casino, 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard

Ellen joins Wayne Newton on stage scene in Vegas Vacation

On the second night, the family scores tickets to a Wayne Newton concert. Ellen also receives a beautiful dress to wear to the event, and she gets to share the stage with the musical maestro.

Unknown to her, Newton became enraptured by her the first instance he saw her on the crowded casino floor. The next day, when each family member sets off on an alone day, Ellen spends time with Mr. Las Vegas. Hearing that Clark works in food preservation, Newton delivers the memorable line “What a gas.”

Weintraub’s connections helped the Vegas Vacation production unit gain access to the Mirage Hotel & Casino. The late producer was close friends with the then establishment’s owner, Steve Wynn. Portions of the casino, including the Siegfried & Roy show and the resort’s diving dolphins, closed down during filming.

A bulk of the scenes were filmed at the Mirage, including when Rusty wins four cars from playing the slots. Buses 119, DEUCE, 202, and 203 can get you to the Mirage Hotel & Casino.

Clark and Eddie gamble at a rundown casino scene in Vegas Vacation

Klondike Hotel and Casino, 5191 Las Vegas Boulevard

Clark and Eddie gamble at a rundown casino scene in Vegas Vacation

Following Clark’s downturn at the blackjack tables, Uncle Eddie comes to his rescue. He digs up the cash buried in his yard, and the pair set off to a local rundown casino hoping to win the money Clark lost back.

While at the casino, they play a series of fake games, and Clark remarks, “Eddie, this is great! They don’t have these games at the Mirage.” That includes variations of “Coin Toss War,” “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” “Guess Which Hand,” and “Pick a Number from 1 to 10.” Continuing with the running shtick, they also lose all of Eddie’s money.

The now-defunct Klondike Hotel and Casino at 5191 Las Vegas Boulevard is where they filmed those scenes. Also known as the Klondike Inn, the Vegas Strip casino had roots in 1962, and in 2004, the Royal Palm Las Vegas purchased the premises.

The Palm Vegas intended to convert the property into a condo hotel resort and casino but their plans never materialized. They had since demolished the Klondike, and in 2008 Harley-Davidson bought the lot and set up a dealership on the land.

The Griswolds meet Mr. Ellis scene in Vegas Vacation

Garden Arena, MGM Grand Hotel

The Griswolds meet Mr. Ellis scene in Vegas Vacation

In a bid to get his family back, Clark gathers them to gamble away the last two dollars in his pockets saying, “Oh, Keno! This is easy.’ They adopt a lonely elderly man (Sid Caesar) for the night, who they meet while playing the game.

The man wins the game but in the burst of joy, he passes out. He comes to long enough to share a message with Clark before dropping his winning ticket. Clark tells Ellen that the old man instructed him to take the ticket. Sadly, the paramedics arrive to declare him dead.

The Griswolds find out that he was called Mr. Ellis and all he ever desired was to connect with a friend. At the last minute, Clark dives in for the winning ticket, and the cash allows him and Ellen to renew their vows. Clark also offers Eddie $5,000 for his kindness.

The Garden Arena, found within the MGM Grand Hotel at 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard, served as a Vegas Vacation film set for some casino scenes. In its almost three decades of existence, the MGM Grand Garden Arena has hosted hundreds of events.

The hotel offers top-notch services, with amenities including concierge service, in-room dining, top golf, and access to a pool complex. Get to the MGM Grand Garden Arena via the LVM Monorail or bus 119, 201, or DEUCE.

Wayne Newton also opened up the doors of his Casa de Shenandoah for some of the Vegas Vacation” scenes. Other notable filming locations include the Neon Museum, O’Shea Casino, and the Fremont Street Experience. Club Paradise on Harmon Avenue, just across the Hard Rock Hotel, is where they filmed the scenes where Vicki hooked up Audrey with a dancing gig at Club Areola.

According to IMDB, the production also filmed scenes at the Mojave Desert, Sands Hotel at 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, and the McCarran International Airport. In California, Baker and Orange provided backdrops for some of the film’s scenes.

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Vegas Vacation is the fourth film in the National Lampoon's Vacation series, and the first one not to bear the National Lampoon name in the title. In this 1997 film, Clark Griswold ( Chevy Chase ) takes his family to Las Vegas .

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  • Adam Westing : Wayne Newton, who in this movie uses his ladykiller singer persona to disguise being a Handsome Lech , and has no qualms about trying to steal away Ellen from Clark.
  • Arch-Enemy : Marty the blackjack dealer is this to Clark.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me : Why Mr. Ellis gave his winning Keno ticket to Clark right before dying .
  • The Bad Guy Wins : in part thanks to Marty's smug behavior, Clark is goaded into gambling away the family's bank account trying to one-up him.
  • Big Eater : Ellen, after she refuses Clark's proposal to get remarried .
  • Rusty's prize cars. After he wins a couple in the second act, they're not seen again until the movie is about to wrap, when Rusty interrupts Clark's ending aesop about family to point out he has a few more belongings than he arrived with. The family ends up driving each one home. Rusty : Dad? You see those four cars over there? They're mine .
  • The Cameo : The family takes in a Siegfried and Roy show, where Clark is brought up on stage for part of an act.
  • Continuity Nod : In each of the movies, Clark is flirting or distracted by another woman. In Vacation , it was the girl in the Ferrari. In European Vacation , it was the dancing girls at the French Burlesque show. In Christmas Vacation , it was the sales girl. In this movie, it's Lady Luck herself (and, briefly, the girl in the Ferrari again).
  • Cool Car : Thanks to dumb luck, Rusty wins not one, but four of these at various slot machines. The film ends with the family each driving away in one.
  • Darkest Hour : Clark winds up gambling away all the family's bank account, leaving them with nothing but the couple of dollars Ellen has on her. In desperation, they put it all on a Keno lottery ticket and predictably lose, leaving them completely broke and away from home. However, the elderly man they've befriended next to them has the winning numbers, and gives them the ticket as a Last Request in the middle of a fatal heart attack .
  • Funny Photo Phrase : Rusty obtains a fake ID from a Frank Sinatra impersonator who pulls out a giant driver's license-printed board with a cutout and an old camera. He hands the board to Rusty and says, "Just stick your head in the hole and say 'Joey Heatherton.'"
  • Early-Bird Cameo : A Club Areola advert with Cousin Vicki is seen before she shows up in the movie and is identified as such.
  • Hair Memento : Wayne Newton gives a lock of hair to Ellen Griswold.
  • Heat Wave : Cousin Eddie and his family live in the Nevada desert, where it's so hot he doesn't even need a grill to cook chicken, he simply throws it on a rock. Eddie : Chicken's almost ready!
  • Help, I'm Stuck! : Audrey, annoyed that the family is taking up all the limo windows, uses the sunroof to take in the Vegas Strip, only for Clark to accidently close it on her. By the time they free her, she has a giant welt across her stomach.
  • Hollywood Law : The under-21 Rusty obtains a fake I.D. so he can gamble. It might slip past the guards and pit bosses if he was interested in playing nickel slots, but then he starts winning cars, and then he has the cars sent to a random outskirt motel. Ironically, Ethan Embry wasn't of legal age either, but Marisol Nichols (Audrey) was.
  • Ironic Echo : The girl in the Ferrari returns. Clark flirts with her once more...until he looks in the back seat and sees she has a baby in the backseat. She shrugs, and drives off.
  • Just Here for Godzilla : In-Universe example. Although Clark tells his family Vegas would be a fun place for a vacation because of the shows and sights, really he just wants to go there to gamble.

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  • Lighter and Softer : Unlike the previous and subsequent Vacation films, Vegas is notable for being the only installment to be rated a family-friendly PG. It still has its share of crass humor and language, but nothing on the level of the famous f-strikes in the original film and Christmas Vacation .
  • Lonely Together : The Griswolds, on the brink of being broke, befriend an elderly man named Mr. Ellis in the Keno area, who is friendly but alone, and Clark says that for the duration, he can be part of their family. This leads to the man giving his winning ticket to Clark with his dying breath, with the personnel on the scene noting Ellis was a frequent guest in the hopes someone would just say "hello" to him.
  • Mess on a Plate : Eddie takes a broke Clark to a cheap Vegas buffet, filled with low-grade food including a vat of blue-colored and yellow-colored gruel, somehow distinguished as "chicken" and "beef". Cousin Eddie is apparently a fan. Eddie : I'll have some of the yella, and don't get cheap on me.
  • Mile-High Club : Clark and Ellen try this, with predictably bad results, leaving them covered in blue airplane-toilet fluid.
  • Minor with Fake I.D. : Rusty gets a fake ID so he can gamble.
  • Mundane Made Awesome : Clark Griswold getting money out of an ATM. Filmed in such a way it looks like he's getting money out of a slot machine.
  • Schmuck Bait : The "Guess the Number" table that Cousin Eddie takes Clark to. Really, the person running that table can easily lie about what number he's thinking.
  • Silent Whisper : How the elderly Keno player tells Clark to take his winning ticket, as he's about to die. He then winks at Clark before finally keeling over. Ellen : What did he say? Clark : I think he said take the ticket.
  • Sunroof Shenanigans : Audrey gets stuck in the sunroof after Clark tries to roll his window down, unknowingly pressing the button that makes the sunroof close. She tries to wave down other drivers for help, but they assume she is waving at them or dancing.
  • The Casino : Clark is immediately enthralled by the casino and gets addicted to gambling. Even when strapped for cash, Eddie takes him to a dollar casino with games such as War, Rock-Paper-Scissors, Which Hand? and Guess The Number.
  • The Talk : Subverted. Rusty: "Dad, if this is about sex, I already know." Clark: "Oh... good talk."

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Rusty: I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car.

Clark Griswold: How did you win four cars?

Rusty: You know, put in a dollar, win a car. Put in another dollar, win another car...

Clark Griswold: Give me the keys. Audrey, you drive the white one; Ellen, the red one

Clark Griswold: , Rusty, you drive the Mustang, and I'll drive the big, black one

Clark Griswold: . After you, Mr. Papagiorgio.

Rusty: Isn't there legalized prostitution in Vegas?

Cousin Eddie: I haven't seen a beatin' like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose.

Clark Griswold: Thanks for the pick me up Eddie.

Rusty: Holy crap, Wayne Newton's hittin' on Mom!

Clark Griswold: It's all part of the act, Russ.

Wayne Newton: You got a lovely wife, Clark.

Clark Griswold: Yes, that's why I entered into the sacred bonds of marriage with her.

Cousin Eddie: It is a blazer out there. You're lucky you got air conditioning in here like mother nature intended.

Clark Griswold: Eddie, has anyone ever told you you're bad luck?

Cousin Eddie: Those were my mother's dying words. But I guess if your body's covered in third degree burns, and your foot's caught in a bear trap, you tend to start talkin' crazy.

Rusty: Can't you just wrap me up in a blanket and roll me across the bed again?

Rusty: So I says to him, I said "Get your own monkey!"

Clark Griswold: Where the hell is the damn dam tour?

Hoover Dam Guide: I am your dam guide, Arnie, please don't wander off the dam tour and please take all the dam pictures you want. Now are there any dam questions?

Cousin Eddie: Yeah, where can I get some damn bait?

Clark Griswold: Twenty.

Marty: Twenty. It's a push!

Clark Griswold: Hey, its a tie! I didn't lose!

Marty: That's it, Griswold! Now you're freakin' dead!

Marty: Read it, Griswold, that sign isn't there to hold the table down.

Clark Griswold: What can I do with five dollars?

Marty: Buy a bullet, and rent a gun?

Wayne Newton: Ellen, I've always been a moral man. But my resolve is melting in the light of your blinding smile.

Ellen Griswold: Um, maybe you're just hungry, would you like some more pasta?

Clark Griswold: I've lost three hundred dollars in fifteen minutes?

Ellen: Clark. Are you feeling lucky tonight, Sparky?

Clark: Not right now, honey. They're teaching me baccarat.

Clark: Here, make the seats good.

[begins pouring coins into the Maitre d's hand]

Maitre d' : No...gratuity...necessary, sir. Right this way.

Jilly: Kid, you made me a lot of money tonight. Hey, you like gettin' massages?

Rusty: By who?

Jilly: [sarcastically] By who...by me. Meet me in the spa tomorrow at 10 o'clock.

Clark: You need any help with the grill, Eddie?

Eddie: No thanks, Clark. Don't have one. [throws chicken onto a rock]

Audrey: OK, what happened to you last night?

Rusty: [giggles]

[Audrey and Rusty sit down to breakfast]

Audrey: Coffee

Rusty: Me, too.

Ellen: Make it three.

Clark: [to waitress] Four coffees it is.

Clark: Kids!

Audrey: Daddy, don't shout.

Clark: What do you say we each have an 'alone day', where each of us can go out and explore the city of Las Vegas in their own way.

Ellen: Clark, I don't think that's such a good...

Rusty: Thanks

Audrey: See, ya.

Clark: Don't worry, honey. You're gonna love it. See ya.

Security: Have you seen a guy named Nick Papagiorgio?

Clark: Yes, he took my wallet. He's over there.

[at Club Areola]

Security: Your usual table, Mr. Papagiorgio?

Rusty: Not today, Jimmy.

Clark: You're in deep trouble, my friend.

Ellen: Clark. Are we lost?

Rusty: Yeah, dad. What block are we on?

Clark: Very funny, Rus.

Rusty: I wanna gamble.

Clark: Russell. I never want to hear those words come out of your mouth again. Gambling is a very serious business.

Clark Griswold: That's nothing, it's a...birthmark.

Clark Griswold: Hard six coming out.

Clark Griswold: It's my long-life food preservative. The FDA finally approved it!

Clark Griswold: Eddie, This is great! They don't have any of these games at the Mirage.

Clark Griswold: His name is not Papagiorgio. His name is Rusty Griswold and he's a C+ student!

Clark Griswold: Don't think unnatural thoughts about your cousin, Rus.

Clark Griswold: ...and he want's to enter that garden, with a knowledge, and a mulch...

Clark Griswold: Oh, Keno! This is easy.

Clark Griswold: My pen burst. (after hotel employee notices Clark's arm is blue from falling in the plane's toilet)

Ellen Griswold: (after an attempt to have sex with Clark in the bathroom goes horribly wrong) I'll never fly again.

Ellen Griswold: Clark, this is a family trip. Can you try to stay with the family.

Ellen Griswold: Could be worse...you could be pregnant again.

Ellen Griswold: You find the Clark Griswold that I married and you tell him that I'm at the Mirage!

Ellen Griswold: I love what you've done with the kitchenette.

Ellen Griswold: Well, I don't know what you would do with your horses, because, Clark likes to use the garage for the cars and the lawn mower.

Ellen Griswold: I've got news for you Clark. I haven't said yes, yet.

Rusty Griswold: Couldn't you just roll us around on the bed again.

Rusty Griswold: Who would have thought my sister had the legs of a thoroughbred. Am I right?

Rusty Griswold: It's expensive having an entourage.

Rusty Griswold: Security: "No corrective lenses tonight Mr Papagiorgio?" Rusty: "No sir, I do not require them."

Rusty Griswold: Holy crap, Wayne Newton's hittin' on mom!

Cousin Eddie: Clark, have you ever tried to swim with the dolphins?

Cousin Eddie: [to Wayne Newton] Do you need a bodyguard? I'd die for you!

Cousin Eddie: Aw, she's got her mother's looks and her daddy's sense of balance.

Cousin Eddie: My garden's spittin' out 50-lb tomatoes.

Cousin Eddie: Hey, kids. Round-up time!

Cousin Eddie: Oh, yeah. That's from when I sold my kidney. I figured with all the advancements in modern science, I'd better sell it while someone still wanted to buy it. Smartest thing I ever did, Clark.

Cousin Eddie: Ahh Uban Coffee you know you can sprinkle that stuff on anything, ice cream, mashed potatoes or just eat it straight out of the can for a quick pick me up.

Cousin Eddie: Don't worry, he's with me.

Cousin Eddie: It's a bust, Las Vegas fun police, hand over your chips. ha ha ha ha

Cousin Eddie: I gotta warn ya Clark – they don’t play the same games that they do at them regular casinos

Cousin Vicki: Lord is my witness, I hate this heat! If it isn't gluing your butt to the truck seat it's making you sweat like a farm animal!

Cousin Vicki: In this world, you’re either up on the stage in the spotlight, or down in the pit serving drinks

Cousin Vicki: Honey, these boys ain't much to talk to, but, if you want a night away from your cat... they're more than fine.

Jilly - That's it, kid. Now all we have to do is teach you how to dress.

Roy - What a great audience.

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Scene In Nevada: Vegas Vacation

Scene In Nevada: Vegas Vacation

Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Ethan Embry, and Marisol Nichols, Vegas Vacation is a 1997 comedy filmed on location in Las Vegas, NV. In this fourth installment of the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, Clark Griswold (Chase) takes his family on vacation to Las Vegas where they go through a series of misadventures.

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Much of Vegas Vacation was filmed at The Mirage , including the Siegfried & Roy show . Other shooting locations in and around Las Vegas, NV included:

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  • Wayne Newton’s home, Casa de Shenandoah ( source )
  • Neon Museum ( source )
  • Downtown Las Vegas / Fremont Street Experience ( source )
  • Hoover Dam ( source )
  • Chapel of the Bells ( source )
  • Soundstages at the Las Vegas Video Sound Film Production Center ( source )
  • Club Paradise ( source )
  • Jean, NV ( source )

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“- Cousin Eddie: I haven't seen a beatin' like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose. - Clark Griswold: Thanks for the pick me up Eddie.” Randy Quaid - Cousin Eddie Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“You don't know when to quit, do ya Griswold?... Here 's an idea : why don't you give me half the money your were gonna bet, then we'll go out back, I'll kick you in the nuts , and we'll call it a day!” Wallace Shawn - Marty
“- Rusty: Dad ? - Clark Griswold: In a minute Russ. - Clark Griswold [talking to Cousin Eddie]: You see the promise of material possesions can often blind one to... - Clark Griswold: [Rusty taps Clark on the arm] What is it, Russ? - Rusty: Those four cars over there... they're mine. - Clark Griswold: What do you mean they're... they're yours? -...” (continue) (continue reading) Ethan Embry - Rusty Griswold Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“I'll have some of that there yella'... and don't you get cheap on me ya hear ?” Randy Quaid - Cousin Eddie
“- Wayne Newton: Very special lady. - Clark Griswold: That's why I entered into the sacred bond of marriage with her.” Wayne Newton - Wayne Newton Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“You're in food preservatives? What a gas.” Wayne Newton - Wayne Newton
“I don't care if you ruined my life. I love you!” Miriam Flynn - Cousin Catherine
“Nice place for a pearl necklace .” Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“It is a blazer out there. You're lucky you got air conditioning in here like mother nature intended.” Randy Quaid - Cousin Eddie
“Don't think unnatural thoughts about your cousin , Russ.” Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“Bet with the bank. Bet with the player. Nine is a natural.” Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“- Clark Griswold: Audrey! What are you doing? Ten years of tap dancing lessons and this is the way you repay us? - Audrey Griswold: What? You told me to get a summer job.” Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold Marisol Nichols - Audrey Griswold
“ Sorry , my pen burst in the... altitude.” Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“- Pit Boss: No, uh, corrective lenses tonight? - Rusty: No, I do not require them.” S.A. Griffin - Pit Boss Ethan Embry - Rusty
“Who knew, my sister has the legs of a thoroughbred? Am I right?” Ethan Embry - Rusty Griswold
“Have you ever swam with the dolphins? Them things are hard to catch!” Randy Quaid - Cousin Eddie
“- Hoover Dam Guide: Welcome everyone. I am your dam guide, Arnie. Now I'm about to take you through a fully funtional power plant, so please, no one wander off the dam tour and please take all the dam pictures you want. Now are there any dam questions? - Cousin Eddie: Yeah, where can I get some damn bait?” John Finnegan - Arty, the Hoover Dam Guide Randy Quaid - Cousin Eddie
“Isn't there legalized prostitution?” Ethan Embry - Rusty Griswold
“Oh My God! It's Wayne Newton! Can I be your bodyguard? I'd die for ya.” Randy Quaid - Cousin Eddie
“- Rusty: Holy crap, Wayne Newton's hittin' on mom ! - Clark Griswold: It's all part of the act, Russ.” Ethan Embry - Rusty Griswold Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“- Marty: Come on, Griswold, You think that sign is there to hold the table down? - Clark Griswold: What can I do with five dollars ? - Marty: Gee, I don't know. Buy a bullet and rent a gun ?” Wallace Shawn - Marty Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“- Ellen Griswold: Oh my Lord... Rusty! - Girl in Hot Tub: Oh, you must be lost. This is Mr. Pappagiorgio. - Clark Griswold: His name is not Pappagiorgio! His name is Rusty Griswold and he's a C+ student ! Now out of the pool, let's go young man! Now!” Beverly D'Angelo - Ellen Griswold Hayley Mortison - Girl in the Hot tub Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“Where the hell is the damn dam tour?” Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“Pick a number? ! I'm great at that! Coin toss!! Eddie, these are my games!!” Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
“Clark, its not the way it looks. We were just having pasta.” Beverly D'Angelo - Ellen Griswold
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From circus shows to roller coasters, Las Vegas is full of attractions and entertainment for the whole family.

" Sin City " may not be at the top of your list for a family vacation, yet there's more family entertainment in Las Vegas than most realize.

Families who visit can admire an array of wildlife and sea creatures, as well as exquisite botanical gardens with thousands of plants. Of course, Las Vegas is also home to one-of-a-kind theme parks and water parks that can keep little ones busy for days.

Read on to see our list of fun things do in Las Vegas with kids, as well as which Vegas hotels offer the best amenities for children.

Adventuredome at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Debuting in 1968, Circus Circus is one of the older properties on the Las Vegas Strip , but it remains popular thanks to its plethora of on-site amenities, including its family-friendly attractions. The property's indoor amusement park , The Adventuredome, is home to roller coasters, arcades and family rides, along with mini golf and free circus acts. Older kids can take part in indoor rock climbing or virtual reality games, while younger children ride the carousel or play bumper cars.

Mandalay Bay Beach

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When it comes to things to do in Las Vegas with kids, it's hard to beat the pool and beach area at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino . This world-famous aquatic playground features 11 acres of amenities, including a 1.6 million-gallon wave pool, a meandering lazy river and a lagoon for swimming. Families can rent a private cabana and have food and drinks delivered poolside throughout the day.

Springs Preserve

Springs Preserve , which sits less than 10 miles north of the Strip, is a 180-acre cultural institution that aims to showcase Las Vegas history in a family-friendly environment. It's home to the Origen Museum, which details the historic evolution of Las Vegas, the Nevada State Museum, children's playgrounds, galleries and a sprawling botanical garden that's worth a visit on its own, according to travelers. Regular events are also held here, such as fossil digs and guided garden tours.

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Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

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Whether you have teens or tweens in tow or you're looking for things to do for toddlers in Las Vegas, a stop at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is worth it. This 14,000-square-foot indoor and climate-controlled botanical garden at the Bellagio is transformed and reimagined every season to ensure there's always something new to see. Considering a horticulture staff of more than 100 workers maintains the botanical garden and the grounds of the hotel, you're bound to be impressed by the flora and fauna found inside.

Discovery Children's Museum

The Discovery Children's Museum aims to teach kids about science, technology, engineering and art through interactive learning experiences. Exhibits include "Water World," which features interactive models of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Bypass Bridge to help youngsters understand the power of water, and "Fantasy Festival," which encourages little ones to use their imaginations with its life-size pirate ship and medieval castle.

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High Roller Las Vegas Strip Observation Wheel

Located adjacent to The LINQ Hotel & Casino , the High Roller invites families to soar 550 feet above the Las Vegas Strip for stunning 360-degree views of Sin City. The observation wheel – the largest in North America – takes a half-hour to complete a revolution, and families can relax in safety within a fully enclosed cabin. The High Roller also offers a "STEM Family Field Trip Guide" that helps parents teach kids about topics like engineering, velocity and speed.

Shark Reef Aquarium

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Kids who enjoy thrills and marine life may also love the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. This glass-enclosed water feature is home to more than 2,000 animals, including giant rays, sharks, green sea turtles and a Komodo dragon. Children can even see flesh-eating piranha, which are known for how quickly they devour their prey.

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey, Pennsylvania, isn't the only destination with this beloved attraction . Chocolate lovers of all ages can also enjoy Hershey's Chocolate World in Las Vegas. Bring the kids for a few hours of chocolate tasting and shopping within the New York-New York Hotel & Casino . Notable attractions include an 800-pound chocolate sculpture of the Statue of Liberty and a station that lets you customize your own chocolate bars.

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

This interactive Las Vegas exhibit at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino is the perfect place to take youngsters who love Marvel characters like Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man. Kids can spend the day exploring the history, genetic profiles and technology of their favorite characters before assembling case files on each one. The end goal is to become a qualified member of the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. – a feat accomplished by only the biggest Marvel fans.

Bellagio Fountains

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If you're on the Las Vegas Strip and looking for a way to break up the day, head to the exterior of the Bellagio to wait for the famous fountains to shoot water up to 460 feet in the air. The Bellagio Water Show, which is accompanied by music and lights, takes place every 30 minutes from 3 to 7 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight on Monday through Friday. On weekends and holidays, this free show takes place every 30 minutes from noon to 7 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Fun Dungeon at Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Excalibur Hotel & Casino looks like a giant castle, so it's not surprising there are kid-friendly activities inside. One attraction for kids is the Fun Dungeon, an arcade with more than 200 games for children of all ages. Highlights include the world's biggest Pac-Man game, 60 arcade games and 10 different sports games. An area called Kiddie Land also features 10 different rides for the little ones in your crew.

Las Vegas Helicopter Tour

Fun things to do with kids in Las Vegas

If you really want to wow your kids in Las Vegas, take them on a helicopter tour for unbelievable views of the Las Vegas Strip . While Las Vegas helicopter tours vary in terms of time and scope, most fly directly over the dazzling lights of the city for a new perspective on landmarks, such as the Bellagio Fountains, Caesars Palace and downtown Fremont Street .

M&M's World Las Vegas

Shopping for chocolate is always fun, but that's especially true in the 28,000-square-foot, four-level M&M's store location in Las Vegas. Visitors can create their own M&M's with the help of a personal printer and a selection of colors and logos. Race fans will also love the on-site replica of Kyle Busch's M&M's sponsored NASCAR.

Las Vegas Shows for Kids

Look for family-friendly shows that might work for your kids based on their ages and interests. Some of the most popular Las Vegas shows for kids include Jabbawockeez at the MGM Grand and the Blue Man Group and America's Got Talent Las Vegas Live, both of which can be found at the Luxor Hotel & Casino.

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The Big Apple Roller Coaster

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New York-New York Hotel & Casino has its own thrilling roller coaster that travels more than 67 mph with a 180-degree "heartline" twist and a drop of 203 feet. More than 1.4 million people ride this coaster in any given year, and it's worth a visit for teens and tweens that love heart racing excitement. Keep in mind: Individuals must be at least 54 inches without footwear to ride.

SeaQuest Las Vegas

Seaquest lets kids get up close and personal with an array of land and sea creatures, ranging from sharks to Asian otters and kinkajou – a small monkey-like animal that uses its giant tail to glide through the forest canopies of Central and South America. You can even snorkel with stingrays, sharks and tropical fish in a giant aquarium.

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The Hoover Dam is just a 40-minute drive southeast of Las Vegas, yet the dramatic change in scenery makes it seem a world away. You can drive the family to Hoover Dam yourself, or you can book a guided tour with transportation from Las Vegas. Either way, the Hoover Dam is a sight to behold thanks to its history as a modern marvel of engineering and its views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving

For the daredevils in your family, there's the adrenaline-pumping Vegas Indoor Skydiving. With the help of a vertical wind tunnel, participants will feel like they're skydiving, but with safety features like a mesh trampoline floor and foam padded walls. The basic package includes training, all the equipment you need and plenty of wind tunnel time. Your kids will love the thrill of soaring through the air without a parachute and the feeling of free-falling with wind speeds of up to 120 mph. Note that height and weight limits apply.

Tournament of Kings

Kids of all ages will love the Tournament of Kings, a Las Vegas dinner and show experience that's held at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino. This performance explains the tale of King Arthur with the help of knights, horses and exceptional storytelling. The swords used during the show are even made of real titanium, and they often create sparks during battle sequences.

Lion Habitat Ranch

Located in nearby Henderson, Nevada, about a 15-minute drive south of the Strip, the Lion Habitat Ranch provides the perfect backdrop for experiential learning. This ranch is home to all kinds of animals, ranging from lions to tigers and a giraffe. Guests can take a tour behind the scenes to learn about the feeding, bathing and watering of the property's magnificent creatures. Select tours also let you feed the animals by hand.

Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas

Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas is a water park with rides and slides to suit kids of all ages. Attractions include tube slides, a wave pool, body water slides, a lazy river and a collection of slides for the park's youngest visitors. The park is only 20 minutes southwest of the Las Vegas Strip, and it's open seasonally during warm weather months.

Downtown Container Park

Located on Fremont Street, Downtown Container Park is an open-air center that offers dining, shopping and live entertainment. You can enjoy some family fun on a large climbing structure with several winding slides known as The Treehouse, or during a free concert or movie on the park main stage. Dining options also abound, with restaurants that offer everything from sandwiches to tacos to bubble tea.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Fun things to do with kids in Las Vegas

Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

A visit to the Madame Tussauds wax museum could easily blow your kid's minds. Museum visitors can see lifelike wax figures of sports and music icons, such as Muhammad Ali, Shaquille O'Neal, Tupac, Aaliyah and Miley Cyrus. A virtual reality experience and a Marvel Universe 4D movie are also available. You'll find the museum inside The Venetian .

The STRAT Hotel SkyPod

High atop the Las Vegas skyline, you'll find the SkyPod at The STRAT . The SkyPod is located on top of the STRAT's 1,149-foot-tall resort tower, which is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. The SkyPod features several restaurants and an observation deck that was remodeled in 2019. Visitors can also book three different over-the-top rides, all of which propel thrill-seekers over the edge of the tower.

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