Las Vegas is known as the city that never sleeps. The round-the-clock vibrant lights, casinos and memories of bleary-eyed trips from your youth might have you wondering how kid-friendly this destination is. Or, perhaps you’re wondering if it will be as fun with the family—because, let’s face it, sleep can make or break a family vacation.
All the more reason to stay at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, where families can enjoy tranquility and step into the buzz of the Strip. It’s truly the best of both worlds. You might be surprised by how much there actually is for kids to do in Las Vegas. It is the Entertainment Capital of the World, after all.
● Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is a beautiful, non-gaming hotel, located at the quieter, south end of The Strip.
● The hotel occupies floors 35-39 of Mandalay Bay, so guests have signing privileges and access to amenities at both hotels.
● Nestled in among the big, flashy Strip hotels are kid-friendly attractions that probably weren’t on your radar in a past life.
● The mild weather makes Las Vegas a year-round destination. On the off chance the weather isn’t cooperating, there’s still plenty to do.
● Stay on The Strip or leave it to see Red Rock Mountain, Hoover Dam or even ski in wintertime.
● If you don’t take the family, you may never go!
● VIP treatment: in-room treats and bath toys, kid-sized robes and slippers.
● The view: Gazing out the window at neon lights.
● The 11 acres of Mandalay Beach that includes a wave pool, three swimming pools, a “lazy river” and plenty of sand to play in.
● Spending an hour or two at Shark Reef Aquarium, North America’s only predator-based aquarium. More than 2,000 animals in residence and you can even touch some of them.
● Taking in the sights: people watching, attractions… I was surprised how much my four-year-old just enjoyed just looking around.
● Entering a deep state of relaxation during a Desert Oasis Stone massage.
● FarmHouse Fresh Strawberry Smash moisturizer, also at the Spa. It looks good enough to eat (I almost did, accidentally), but it’s the most effective natural moisturizer I’ve used in a while.
● More shopping than you can handle. From outlets to every designer brand, you can think of, Las Vegas has it all.
● A well-deserved night out. Babysitting can be arranged with just two hours’ notice so you can dine with your man at one of the city’s many critically acclaimed restaurants. Go big and see a show while you’re at it.
● Golf on The Strip at Bali Hai Golf Club (a three-minutes’ walk from Four Seasons Las Vegas). The concierge can arrange tee times at multiple courses.
The treasure chest in the lobby. While it looks like a part of the hotel decor, inside is a big selection of age-appropriate toys for young guests.
*The hotel’s Express Room Service Menu has items that can be delivered in 20 minutes or fewer. Need we say more?
*Buffet: What’s a trip to Las Vegas without heading to a giant buffet? Bayside Buffet, located in Mandalay Bay, offers everything from sushi to pizza in an all-you-can-eat setting. Kids four and under eat free, and during busy times, the Concierge can call to see if there’s a wait or not. Starbucks and McDonald’s are nearby, too.
Each day from 4 to 7 pm, the hotel offers five specialty cocktails and five small plates for $5 each at the garden terrace Verandah Bar. Should your stay fall over a weekend, definitely book a table for the Verandah weekend breakfast buffet. Venture into Mandalay Bay, too. Not only does STRIPSTEAK earn accolades for its steak, but the trio of steak, duck fat fries and shishido peppers are a culinary dream.
1. Brunch splurge: The weekend breakfast buffet at the hotel’s Verandah is a donut lover’s paradise. All ages head to the hot donut machine to layer toppings of choice on fresh, warm donuts. Treat yourself to more than one. Leave room on your plate for charcuterie, more desserts, hot and cold breakfast favorites, and delicious healthy options (like the egg white frittata).
2. Day trip: Gorgeous Red Rock Canyon is just 15 miles from the Strip. Drive around and have a look at the wild burros. Get out and hike. Trails are appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness. Learn about the native animals, plants and geology at the Red Rock Visitor’s center.
3. Tram it: An easy way to see more of the Strip, without too much extra walking, is to hop on the tram between Mandalay Bay and Excalibur. From Excalibur, take the walkway to New York-New York. Have a look at the jellybean Statue of Liberty and play some games in the Coney Island Emporium. Ride the roller coaster, if you dare. Cross the street to MGM Grand and head down to the M&M store. Lots of local color and performance art entertains passers-by at street level.
4. Show time: Talk to the concierge about finding an age-appropriate Las Vegas show. If magic, jousting, acrobats or Blue Men appeal, grab some tickets and go.
5. Pool time: Park the family near a pool. The private pool at Four Seasons tends to be less hectic. Splash around. Enjoy some food and drinks. Take pictures. Relax.
*Babies: Cruising the Strip and pool time with mom and dad.
*Toddlers: The kids-only wading pool. Playing in the sand. Looking at sharks and petting rays.
*Kids 5-10: A gondola ride at the Venetian. The massive M&M store. Dolphin Encounter at The Mirage. Swimming.
*Tweens and Teens: The hair-raising Manhattan Express roller coaster at New York-New York. The wax celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s. Arcades galore. Mandalay Beach.
At one point during our stay, just for fun, my husband and I discussed what we would do in Las Vegas if our daughter wasn’t with us. We both wholeheartedly agreed that visiting Las Vegas as a family is different, but it works. Seeing more of the city while well-rested and in daylight was certainly a new and welcome experience.
Read more on Las Vegas in Four Seasons Magazine.
Read Katie’s post “7 Reasons to Take Your Kids to Las Vegas” on Lajollamom.com.
Katie Dillon writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site covering parenting, travel, cooking with kids, home management and local happenings. After seven years of expat life in London and Hong Kong (Four Seasons Place in Hong Kong was her home for four years), she is now grounded in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her husband and preschool aged daughter. You'll also find Katie active on Twitter and Facebook.
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