Las Vegas is known for having an impressive number of casinos, bars, and nightclubs, which are obviously adult activities. But there are also plenty of fun things to do in Las Vegas with teens!
In fact, you can visit the Entertainment Capital of the World for a week with a full itinerary and never even walk into a casino. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best things to do in Las Vegas with teens.
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Best Things to do in Vegas for Teens
Below you’ll find a variety of family-friendly attractions in this desert city, from mind-blowing shows to thrill rides and viral exhibitions. Keep reading for amazing ideas for your Las Vegas family vacation!
1. Ride Dune Buggies in the Desert
You might think of the concrete and neon Vegas Strip when you think of Las Vegas. But the city’s location in the middle of the Mojave Desert makes it primed with exciting opportunities for outdoor adventures!
Sunbuggy offers family dune buggy tours and hotel shuttles in the Las Vegas area. Head out to the Vegas Dunes Off-Road Recreation area and spend the day racing.
You can fit anywhere from 1 to 6 people in a dune buggy with all the different-sized vehicles available. Anyone age 4 years and up can drive one of the low-to-the-ground carts!
2. Las Vegas Rock Crawlers
There’s nothing like the adrenaline-pumping fun of off-roading in a modified Jeep Wrangler! Las Vegas Rock Crawlers takes families on guided tours to some of the most beautiful desert locations around Vegas. Choose from a variety of day tours to Nellis Dunes, Red Rock Canyon, and Valley of Fire.
Teens will love scrambling through rock pits and racing over sand dunes with nothing but blue sky overhead while you take on the Las Vegas landscape in the distance! While drivers have to be 21, anyone ages 2 and up can be a passenger, and no experience is needed with Rock Crawlers’ expert guides.
If Jeeps aren’t your thing, there are also plenty of places to go ATV riding near Las Vegas.
3. Hiking Red Rock or Valley of Fire
If you’re looking for more outdoor things to do in Las Vegas with teens, take them on an unforgettable hike through some of Vegas’ most beautiful landscapes with stunning red sandstone cliffs.
Twenty minutes from the Strip is Red Rock Canyon with 113 different trails that range from short, easy trails to challenging rock scrambles with rewarding desert views. Calico Tanks Trail, Calico Hills, and Children’s Discovery Trail are great options when hiking with teens.
Another option is to take an hour-long scenic desert drive out to Valley of Fire State Park. The different trails take you past stunning rainbow-colored formations, historic petroglyphs, and petrified forests!
4. Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix
For some friendly indoor competition, try go-kart racing at Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix. You can try your skills out on 4 different tracks, racing at speeds up to 47 miles per hour!
This place is perfect for ages 14 and up, but there’s also a kiddie-kart track for younger kids. Even though the longest race is 6-minutes long, track time is super affordable, and you get a discount the more you purchase.
The tracks are outside, and there are also kiddie amusement park rides. Inside, you can dine on a menu of pizza, sandwiches, wings, and more or play arcade games in the game room.
When you’re looking for fun things to do in Las Vegas with teens, don’t skip out on TopGolf. In true Vegas fashion, it’s part of the MGM Grand Resort. Even those unfamiliar with golf will fall in love with the experience of setting up your party in a private swing bay and choosing from different fun golf games!
TopGolf Las Vegas is spread across five different levels, the bottom two being for all ages with a restaurant and bar, live music venues, and climate-controlled swing bays with views of the Strip.
6. Stratosphere Adventures
Of course, the teenagers will want to go on all the rides in Vegas, so start with a visit to the SkyPod at the Strat Hotel. The 900-plus-foot skyscraper is open to the public with restaurants and an observation deck with 360-degree views of the Nevada horizon. But the most exciting part about SkyPod are the thrill rides that sit on top of it!
Shoot more than 900 feet up SkyPod‘s mast in the Big Shot or dangle over its edge while spinning at sharp angles on the Insanity! Adventure loving teens can try the SkyJump where they leap off the tower. There’s also a heart-thumping roller coaster on top of the skyscraper that literally takes you over the edge for a bird’s eye perspective of the city of Las Vegas.
7. SlotZilla on Fremont Street
Did you know that you can ride a zipline along the streets of Sin City? SlotZilla is a slot machine-themed thrill ride that’s perfect for anyone looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience!
You can choose between the 77-foot-high Zip-Zilla or the 114-foot-high Super-Hero Zoom. In thirty seconds you will be flying at up to 35 miles per hour either 2 blocks over the entire Fremont Street Experience or 5 blocks under the Viva Vision canopy.
8. Ride the High Roller and Zipline on FlyLINQ
You’ll love the breathtaking views from the Fly LINQ zipline which is 12 stories high and carries you along at 35 miles per hour! Zip between the skyscrapers of Las Vegas toward the base of the massive High Roller Observation Wheel.
For a different view, ride the High Roller itself. It’s the largest observation wheel in North America at 550 feet tall. Open till midnight, the 30-minute ride will give you sparkling memories of the neon Strip set against the night’s desert sky.
9. Pinball Museum
You’ve never seen anything like the Pinball Hall of Fame. It’s hard to miss with its two-story “PINBALL” sign directly across from the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign on The Strip.
Inside, there are wall-to-wall pinball machines dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. You’ll also see candy vending machines and some of the most popular arcade games of all time.
The Pinball Museum is thought to be the world’s largest pinball collection. They aren’t just for show, they are for playing too! Almost all the games have been fully restored and you can play them for 25 or 50 cents each!
10. Mob Museum
Las Vegas has attracted unseemly characters since the city broke ground. A visit to the Mob Museum will teach you all about the real-life stories of the most notorious crime families in Las Vegas and beyond!
You can walk through exhibits and see artifacts, hear the legends, and learn the truth about famous mobsters. There’s also the relationship between organized crime and law enforcement that gets highlighted with fascinating exhibits like the Crime Lab and the Firearms Training Simulator! You can also learn about the mob’s heyday during prohibition with the Distillery Tour.
11. Boneyard at the Neon Museum
One of the most popular things to do in Las Vegas with teens is the Neon Museum. It’s a collection of rescued and retired Las Vegas neon signs, some of which date all the way back to the 1930s!
See the Boneyard, an outdoor exhibition space that’s divided between the Main Collection and the North Gallery. It’s like walking through a graveyard of neon signs!
Some of the neon lights in the Main Collection have been restored while others are unrestored, so there’s a mix of textures and eras, making for interesting things to see everywhere you look.
The North Gallery is full of unrestored signs for an even more eerie feeling. You can take self-guided tours or book a night tour to learn about the history of different signs.
Exhibitions like Area15 will soon become you and your teens’ favorite things to do in Las Vegas. This immersive entertainment venue is like an arcade but from another universe!
Try out different art-based experiences that use all your senses as you play games and walk through art galleries. You can ride the zipline through the entire Area15 building, challenge an AI machine, or play a variety of VR games from golf to role-playing games.
The venue also includes more than one immersive art gallery, like O’Keefe: One Hundred Flowers. Here you’ll walk through a virtual garden and see different pieces by the celebrated artist.
Even the dining at Area15 is an other-worldly experience like a floating bar, interpretive dishes, and immersive dining room experiences!
13. Omega Mart
In Las Vegas, you’ll find Meow Wolf’s permanent exhibition, Omega Mart. It’s just one of the few exhibits inside Area15. This interactive storytelling game takes you through an art experience that plays with different themes.
With the background of a grocery store, you’ll complete challenges, walk through immersive art galleries by local artists, and look for clues to complete the Omega Mart storyline.
14. Titanic Exhibit
If you’re fascinated and heartbroken by the tragic events of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, head to the Luxor hotel for their Titanic exhibition. Get the detailed timeline so you know what happened.
Walk through realistic replicas of passenger cabins, the boat’s starlit decks, and even the stunning Grand Staircase. You can peek at hundreds of artifacts pulled from the underwater wreckage itself. There’s even a real piece of the ship’s metal hull that weighs 15 tons!
15. Real Bodies Exhibition at Bally’s
You may have heard about the Real Bodies Exhibition, and you can finally see it at Bally’s! It’s a fascinating way to look at human anatomy, with a variety of different scientific and art-based exhibits.
Learn how the real human bodies were preserved and learn about the human body from the perspective of different sciences like psychology, sociology, medicine, and more.
There are a variety of different displays to walk through like the kinetic sculptures that actually move so you can see how the body creates motion. Learn about the brain and see the full size of the human nervous system. We promise the teens won’t complain!
16. MARVEL Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N
The Avengers STATION exhibition is a kid-friendly experience that the whole family will appreciate, especially if you’re a Marvel fan!
This exhibition uses different Marvel superheroes like Thor, Captain America, and Ironman to spotlight different STEM topics. Each gallery presents a different theme like engineering. history, or technology as you work your way through challenges to become a certified member of the Avengers Station!
17. Viva Vision Light Show
If you’re looking for free things to do in Vegas with teens, head to the bright lights of the Fremont Street Experience.
Across the five-block pedestrian mall, you’ll find overhead canopies displaying the Viva Vision Light Show, a free light show held every night between 6 PM and 2 AM. The high-tech screen of canopies features a lineup of music-based light shows with hit songs by the likes of Shakirah or the Killers. Walk among the high-resolution images while you shop or simply sit and watch the show!
18. Bellagio Fountains Nighttime Show
The Bellagio Fountains Nighttime Show is one of those iconic free things to do in Vegas that shouldn’t be missed! The fountains in front of the famous Bellagio Hotel are beautiful on their own, but the 15-minute show is moving as the fountains interact with music that plays in the background.
There are free shows every day from 3 PM to midnight, but I suggest aiming for one of the shows at happens right after sunset the ultimate experience!
19. See a Las Vegas Show
Seeing live performances should be at the top of your list of things to do in Las Vegas with teens. You can’t go wrong with a Cirque du Soleil show, and you can choose from 6 different shows at 6 different hotels!
See Blue Man Group at the Luxor Hotel, serving up music, artist performance, and tons of laughs. For an iconic Las Vegas experience, you can experience David Copperfield’s latest show at the Las Vegas Hotel. There’s also America’s Got Talent Las Vegas Live at the Luxor with an exciting show and a line-up of the biggest acts from the TV series!
20. Catch a Game
Sports fans won’t be bored in Las Vegas with teams like the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders that relocated from Oakland, California in 2020. You can catch a home game at the Allegiant Stadium. Between games, you can take a tour of the stadium with an up-close look at the locker rooms, and private suites, and even walk out onto the field.
You could also catch a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game or see the Las Vegas Lights FC play soccer.
21. Shark Reef Aquarium
Visit the Sharf Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Resort and enjoy 2,000 different animals from both land and sea. You can see a tropical fish or even a Komodo dragon. Walk through the peaceful jellyfish exhibit or enjoy the breathtaking shark reef tunnel! When you purchase your tickets, you can also include add-ons like turtle feeds or shark feeds.
22. Check Out the Most Instagrammable Spots in Vegas
Another free thing to do in Vegas with teens that everyone loves to do is find the most Instagrammable spots! Make memories and document your experience at places like the famous Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Boulevard. I also recommend places that are a short drive away like the fascinating Seven Magic Mountains on I-15 heading south.
Back on the Strip, don’t miss out on the big hotels like the Bellagio, the Venetian, and Container Park. Treasure Island is a gorgeous hotel, and Paris Las Vegas is quirky and fun!
You can theoretically walk the length of the Strip through downtown Las Vegas but remember that you’re the desert and the sun is beating down! Bring lots of water, wear good shoes, and don’t push yourself if you’re not used to the weather.
23. Shopping in Las Vegas with Teens
Take the family shopping at some of the best retail spots in the world. There’s the gorgeous LINQ Promenade mall with all of the best shops, plus fun stores like Socks and Bottoms and the famous I Love Sugar!
Caesars Palace has the Forum Shops with all the exclusive brand names and high-end restaurants. For the ultimate luxury shopping at stores like Gucci, Fendi, and Chanel, go to the Via Bellagio Promenade.
24. Day trip to Hoover Dam
A short drive from Las Vegas (less than 45 minutes) to the Nevada/Arizona border is the Hoover Dam, one of the most impressive historical landmarks in the United States.
At the dam, there’s a parking lot near the visitor’s entrance. You can take a self-guided tour through the site, as well as historic exhibits. Then you’ll go out on the dam’s observation deck for unbelievable views of the Colorado River!
If you prefer, you can pay a little more for guided dam tours and power plant tours. They take you deeper into the dam itself and you get to hear interesting information from your knowledgeable guide.
25. Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
While you’re in Las Vegas, you could also take a day trip to the Grand Canyon. It also makes for a good stop on the way to or from the city. The Grand Canyon is another US landmark that has to be seen to understand why it’s so magnificent!
There are so many different ways to see this national park, but I recommend taking a helicopter tour, especially if you’re only spending a day here. You get a great perspective of the canyon that stretches all the way to the horizon and deep into the gorge down to the waters of the Colorado River at the bottom.
Las Vegas with Teens Doesn’t Disappoint
Las Vegas is an exciting city with the best of everything! It’s packed with history, luxury, art, entertainment, amazing food, and thrilling rides. You might want a classic Vegas vacation filled with live shows and famous hotels. Or maybe you’re looking for once-in-a-lifetime experiences like exhibitions and off-roading in the desert. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find tons of great things to do in Vegas with teens!