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    04-09-2012, 02:36 PM
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My husband might be headed down to Vegas for a work related function towards the end of the summer and I was thinking maybe my son and I would tag along. (He's 8). I saw there are some zoos and aquariums there and some type of indoor amusement park, a childrens museum, wax museum, and then the CSI experience but I'm wondering what else is there?

I want to see the Hoover dam and I'm thinking we'd be close to the Grand Canyon? This is going to sound really stupid but are there beaches there?

What can a person do there? Are there rodeos?

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    04-09-2012, 02:40 PM
I was just there a month ago. The Grand Canyon was like 4 hours away, the way we went. It was really neat though and worth the long drive. Turns out it is actually huge, who knew. No one in my family is very comfortable with heights so it was interesting.

There's a big aquarium at Mandalay Bay that was really pretty. Some of the stores are kid-friendly, like the M&Ms Store and the Coke store. You could go to some shows to like Blue Man Group, that's very kid-friendly.
    04-09-2012, 02:41 PM
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Mandalay bay would be our hotel if we go. That's where the event is...
    04-09-2012, 02:45 PM
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I was there in May last year. IT was in the high 90's then. So, in summer it will be same or higher. But very dry heat.
Hoover dam is about an hour away driving. The Grand Canyon is more like 3 hours or maybe more, driving, each way. No beaches there, you are on the rim.
The hotels ALL have pools, some more magnificent than others but all are lovely.
There are lots of things to see for free, too. Most of the hotels/casinos have some kind of display or show that is available for tourists on a regular schedule, like every half hour on the hour. You have to read about them and plan to be there. Or, they have areas that are open and you just walk through.

Plan on doing a LOT of walking. And outside, too, in the heat. But, it is really doable because you go soon into perfectly airconditioned places to cool off.

I found people there to be suprisingly happy and friendly, not jaded or sour as I would have expected for such a tourist town. Most of them said they really liked living there and it's a good place to bring up a family (not the Strip, though)

If you have only a short time, I would just stay around the hotel, skip Hoover dam and do stuff on the Strip or in the old "downtown".

I wanted to see the Neon Museum, but you have to get reservations well in advacnce.

The drive through the Red Rock area was really nice and only a half hour from the STrip. There was one hike (only about 3/4 mile each way) that went up to a tiny but refresshing waterfall. So, gorgeous and so different from my verdant home.
    04-09-2012, 02:45 PM
There aren't any beaches in Nevada, since it's a land locked state. It's not really near the Grand Canyon either, which is in Arizona. If you wanted to make a trip to the Canyon, it's about a 4-5 hour car trip from Las Vegas. Certainly doable, but not something I'd consider for a same-day trip.

The Hoover dam tour is definitely something you could do in one day though, as it's only about 40 miles from Las Vegas.

The only rodeo I know of is the National Finals Rodeo that are presented every year in Las Vegas, but they're in December.
    04-09-2012, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
Mandalay bay would be our hotel if we go. That's where the event is...

Madalay BAy has a stunning pool! One of the very best there. And the shark experience/aquarium is nice, but I am used to aquariums so this one is nice but not so large.
    04-09-2012, 03:06 PM
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Land locked. That just sounds... Yuck. Now I'm picturing dirt and sweat.

The hike to the waterfall sounds pretty, more my style. I was thinking me and little butt would spend our days swimming and maybe hit some childrens museums and that aquarium. I was hoping there was more country stuff close by like a state park or something. I'm not real big on crowds and people.

Husband will be busy during the days so it will be just me and the boy and while I'm a very capable person at home... I don't like strange places... Me clingy in wierd places...
    04-09-2012, 03:13 PM
You're silly!

You could think about visiting Valley of Fire State Park. It's about 55 miles outside of Vegas.

You might also want to consider Zion National Park. It's about 3 1/2 hours from Vegas, but I hear it's gorgeous.
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    04-09-2012, 03:18 PM
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I know nothing about Vegas and truthfully... the internet searches are casino casino casino bar bar bar... weddings... blah...

I did see a mob museum that might be fun.

What about Native American Culture or even Hispanic culture? I love the jewelry and the artwork... anything like that in the area?
    04-09-2012, 03:23 PM
You have some amusement type rides at circus circus, they've just recently closed the lion exhibit at MGM, treasure island has the sigfried and roy stuff (dolphins, tigers, etc.), as mentioned mandalay has the shark reef. It's going to be a LOT of walking and honestly, even though some places try to market vegas as a family place, it absolutely is not.

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