Las Vegas infamously tried to change course and re-market itself as a family-friendly destination in the ’90s, with a new wave of mega-resorts on the Strip. However, the “what happens here, stays here” mentality won out and Sin City embraced its reputation as a land of vices, where gambling, drinking and late-night partying defined its image.
But while the re-branding may not have worked, Las Vegas still has plenty to offer families. There’s just something about the city that appeals to all ages — the young as well as the young at heart.
It hit me the night before my wedding, when my fiancé and I invited friends and family to join our rehearsal dinner at VooDoo Steakhouse on the 50th floor of the Rio Resort. The restaurant is just west of the Strip and has a large outdoor patio for soaking in the views. I remember my two nieces — six and seven years old at the time — returning outside with their eyes open wide to check out the bright lights of the Strip over and over again. Vegas has a certain magic and energy that isn’t matched anywhere else in the world. It’s one of the reasons people return again and again to visit, often with their children in tow.
Vegas takes pride in having a naughty side — that will never change — but you can still book a family-friendly vacation. Just make sure to book the right hotels to maximize the experience.