Las Vegas has long had a reputation for the city’s over-the-top attractions and performances – and, of course, gambling. However, some take to the city in the desert on family excursions as well, and one writer has explained that holidays in Las Vegas need not be in the vein of its ‘Sin City’ reputation, or break the bank.
Writing for The Australian, travel journalist Christine McCabe documented travelling through Las Vegas with youngsters in tow.
“Not so long ago Vegas pitched for the family demographic,” she wrote. “Marketing strategists have moved on but the city is still great fun for those travelling en famille … like a theme park on steroids.”
Marking the experience as “good, clean fun”, McCabe noted that the city of Las Vegas was perfect for walks after dark to watch the street life – including stretch limousines, majestic fountains and spotlights shining out of the city.
Show time in the city need not be about adult themes either, she said, but rather can be a thrilling experience for the whole family. Eschewing the Vegas stereotypes of a solo singer show or show girls on display, the McCabe family opted for a tasteful show by Cirque du Soleil entitled ‘Love’, which is a tribute to the Beatles.
She also recommended the many animal attractions of the hotels and casinos, such as MGM’s lion habitat and Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium, noting that many of these attractions are free to behold.
From choosing well-placed hotels in Las Vegas and readying themselves for a walking tour, McCabe said: “After three packed days, we hadn’t dropped a dime.”