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LasVegasSignEveryone has heard the slogan – What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  And I am sure that many things happen in Vegas.  It is the gambling capital of America.  I have a feeling that it is the wedding capital as well.  Las Vegas is known for its casinos, shows, and dining.  There is so much more to Las Vegas than its never-ending nightlife.

If you are traveling to Vegas with kids, there are many attractions to keep them entertained.  Following in the footsteps of Circus Circus, many hotels have added kid-friendly activities under their own roofs.   Kids and adults alike will enjoy Wet ‘n’ Wild, a playful-themed amusement park.  The park boasts over 25 slides and attractions.  At Discovery Children’s Museum, kids can explore more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

M&MCSI: The Experience is another hands on experience for crime scene investigator wannabes.  Three crime scenes and two state-of-the-art labs are available to help with cracking the case.  Bob young and old will marvel at the colorful display of the candy-coated treats at M&M’s World which also offers T-shirts, caps, and limited-edition lithographs.

Las Vegas is also home to several museums including the Natural History Museum, Mob Museum, and the Neveda State Museum.  The Pinball Hall of Fame features 141 pinball machines showcasing popular games from the 1950’s through the 1990’s.

For an out-of-town adventure, Nevada Southern Railway offers authentic train rides to learn about Boulder City and the Southwest Dessert.  At Red Rock Canyon, visitors can hike, picnic and view plant and animal life under 3,000-foot-high red rock formations.  The Zoological-Botanical Park is fun for the whole family with exhibits of endangered animals and exotic reptiles.

Shopping is plentiful in Las Vegas.  The Showcase Mall is the ultimate shopping and dining experience while in town.  It’s anchor is M&M’s World but is also home to many others including World of Coca Cola, Adidas, souvenir shops, ethnic stores, and art galleries.  Hard Rock Cafe is housed inside the Showcase Mall covering three-stories featuring a restaurant, bar, gift shop, and even a concert venue.  A must see!

I traveled through Las Vegas while on vacation with my parents when I was 15.  I was too young to gamble and my parents were not into the shows.  We drove through in the middle of the day and it must have been at least 100 degrees that day.  I was in awe of the buildings, the granduer of the casinos, the amount of traffic.  I could only imagine what it would have looked like at night with all the lights.

As we drove through, we passed the MGM Grand.  My jaw dropped when I read on the marquee that Mac Davis was appearing that night.  I begged my parents to go.  They said we would have to get dressed up to go and it was too hot.  We pulled a travel trailer without air conditioning behind us.  I offered to pay for a hotel room – of course, I had no money of my own and had no idea how much a room would cost.  I offered my allowance for the next year if we could go.  That was almost 30 years ago and I still have not seen Mac Davis perform in person.

We did stop at a restaurant just outside of town for dinner and a small grocery store for some road trip supplies.  I was amazed to find slot machines in both the restaurant and grocery store.  But, of course, I was too young to gamble.  I did convince my parents to play a couple of dollars while I watched.  That was as close as I could get to gambling at the time.

Las Vegas is a unique town.  It has a vibe and excitement all its own.  Have you ever been to Las Vegas?  What shows did you see?  What other attractions did you visit while in Vegas?  Leave me a comment to share your Las Vegas experience.

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