side trip to Vegas/suitable with a 14 yr old?

Discussion in 'Las Vegas' started by albianne, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. albianne

    albianne Mouseketeer

    Sep 22, 2005
    Is there any point in taking a side trip to Vegas for a day or so if we have a 14 yr old with us. We have never been there and don't know if there are other activities besides gambling. Can anyone vouch for some good family shows or family friendly places to stay. Is it worth the drive or should we just concentrate on DL.
  2. azgal81

    azgal81 <font color=blue>I am such a big fan of color<br><

    Sep 14, 2005
    I love Vegas. I'm sure your 14 year old would love it as well I mean there is gambling and drinking but there is also the cool shows that go on along the strip. My boyfriends nieces love going and they are 12, 8 and 6. Go to and click on the attractions tab and it will list all the shows that go on at the different hotels. If you have a day to spare I would go. I don't know if it's the same from LA to Vegas but from Phoenix to Vegas there is only one rest area. It is horrible especially for a six hour drive so yeah plan for that!
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  4. Anewman

    Anewman <font color=green>Likes it topped with relish<br><

    May 13, 2005
    We(5 couples) just took our first trip in years without kids. We have all sworn that we will never take kids again.

    Yes there are plenty of activities that you can do with kids, but IMHO you can do similar things with them that will not require a 4 hour drive. But yes our kids do love vegas, because we have spoiled them unlike our parents did us when we where young. When we were growing up our parents would make us sit on a bench for hours while they played in restricted areas. But on our trips with the kids did all kinds of fun stuff with them, so no they consider vegas a KIDS vacation destination.

    Things my kids enjoy(13, 15).
    1. Star Trek Eperiance at the Hilton.
    2. All Sport Park, it has the worlds greatest batting cages/go carts/mini golf/rock climbing. Head south on the strip and turn left on Sunset(corner of airport), it will be on your right hand side.
    3. Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay.
    4. Lion habitat at the MGM
    5. White tiger habitat at the mirage
    6. Fountain show at the Bellagio.
    7. The Speed ride(roller coaster) at the Sahara.
    8. Bowling at the Orleans, they also have a movie theater. This is where the kids insist on staying.
    9. AdventureDome at Circus Circus.
    10. BUFFETS.
  5. manchurianbrownbear

    manchurianbrownbear <font color=green>Not very concise<br><font color=

    Jan 29, 2002
    We were there this summer with kids aged 6 - 14.

    We did a couple things on the list above and enjoyed them. We also liked M&M World. I think it was across the street from or next to MGM.
  6. Disney Hot Mama

    Disney Hot Mama DIS Veteran<br><font color=coral>Onion haters unit

    Feb 12, 2004
    I love Vegas and my two kids (7 & 10) do too BUT if I was coming into CA (we live here) to visit Disneyland I don't think I would make the 5 + hour drive there for one day. I think it depends on where you live and how long you will be here. If you truly have 2 days extra to spend I think you will enjoy it. If it is only one day the drive alone will take up most of the day. I would focus on the activities closer to DL, Knotts, Universal, Hollywood etc.

    As for what to do with a 14 year old there is lots to just see, tons of aracdes, moveis etc. My kids love it there and I never gamble. We just go once a year for fun.

    Good luck with your decision.
  7. diznefreak

    diznefreak Mouseketeer

    Feb 19, 2003
    We are making our first trip to Vegas too! We are new to Arizona.So there is only one rest stop?Are talking bathroom stops or both food and restroom? Thanks!!!This is good to know.
  8. Priorityonecb

    Priorityonecb DIS Veteran

    Sep 9, 2005
    Personally, I wouldn't do it as a day trip. When we combine DL and LV...we do at least three days in Vegas. We always stay at the Monte Carlo. The girls and I spend the entire day lounging at the wave pool and lazy river while dh gambles. We do M&M World, the white tiger exhibit, see the fountains at Bellagio in the evenings. But to drive 4-5 hours both ways to spend just the day...nope...I wouldn't suggest that.
  9. disneegrl4eva

    disneegrl4eva <font color=darkcoral>now we just need a secret ha

    Jan 18, 2004

    I have to agree...although your 14 yo would love it I dont think I would do a day trip there...this time around I would just concentrate on Disney...if your able to add a day or 2 to your vacation then a hotel in Vegas but if not I would say no :sad2:
  10. disneysteve

    disneysteve DIS meet junkie

    Sep 29, 2002
    We were there in August with my 10 year old DD and she had a ball. There is plenty to do besides gamble. And we were there for 4 days. Actually, DD just mentioned at dinner tonite that she'd like to go back to Vegas.
  11. happytraveller

    happytraveller Mouseketeer

    May 25, 2004
    Hi, myself and Ella 1,are doing vegas,staying at the luxor as an add on to DL. :cool1: Her DD 17 and my 3 kids 2 DS's13and 7 and DD9 cannot wait.We are spending two nights there.I'm expecteing to have a great time with the kids, as there is so much to do there and i cannot wait to visit the premium outlets there :goodvibes Has anyone been to those!
  12. disneedee

    disneedee Mouseketeer

    Apr 23, 2005
    a day in vegas, no,
    don't think anyone would enjoy a day in vegas
    vegas is like overload, you have to have more than a day just to figure out what you most want to do.

    even for a dis over planner a day in vegas would not work.
    there is so much stimulation and excitement in the air that plans go out the window and it takes longer to do what you wanted to do, and getting from one place to another takes longer to figure out and do than you planned on.
  13. klm2

    klm2 Earning My Ears

    Jan 24, 2008
    hmmm..needed a 10th post
  14. woody73

    woody73 <font color=darkorange>Enjoyed the Pumpkinmen<br><

    Jun 7, 2005
    A 14-year old might like the roller coasters at New York New York or the Stratosphere.

  15. orlandothebeagle

    orlandothebeagle Gotta love the beagles.

    Feb 2, 2008
    I loved the rides at the top of the stratosphere, lots of kids doing them, well 14yrs.

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