Las Vegas with Teens?

Dec 10th, 2007, 11:58 AM
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Las Vegas with Teens?

I'm wondering if it is worth it to take two teenage boys to Las Vegas. Logistics of an upcoming trip make it a convenient add-on but it is not the kind of trip we normally take as a family. Aside from Hoover Dam, what else can we do to enhance the trip and make it of more substantive other than hotels, restaurants, shows.....? DH and I are not gamblers. I wouldn't mind a day lying by the pool, but other than that....??? Thanks for your ideas and suggestions!


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Dec 10th, 2007, 12:09 PM
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You can take day and night trips to the desert (jeep or horseback) and some of the big resorts are catering more to families (Mandalay Bay has a great pool for kids)but in my opinion if you don't gamble at all, it would be kind of a waste.
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Dec 10th, 2007, 12:12 PM
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I (unfortunately) am in Vegas quite a bit on business. I do not understand why anyone brings children there. I see tons of parents pushing children in baby strollers outside in 100' heat in June...I don't get it. It's just my opinion, but I don't see what a child can do in Vegas that he couldn't do at the local Holiday Inn pool.
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Dec 10th, 2007, 12:24 PM
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Might also want to check that a particular pool is even open when you will be there.
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Dec 10th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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Gee, what a Holiday Inn you must have!
Ours doesn't have a roller coaster, nor does it have live lion or white tiger exhibits. There's no thrill ride at our Holiday Inn that shoots you in the air like the Straosphere, nor a several acre game arcade. Most kids love malls, but ours is nothing like a couple of those in Vegas -- like the shops of Caesar's for example. Our Holiday Inn doesn't have a huge theatre showing O or Mystere or LeReve or any of the other major shows -- yours does? We live in Florida so there's no Red Rock or Valley of Fire to explore here, and the only smallish man made bridge just doesn't hold a candle to Hoover Dam. And the local Holiday Inn pool is just a pool, no comparison to the water park or lazy rivers of the Vegas resorts.

But I'd love to check out this Holiday Inn you mention if it offers half the stuff that Vegas does for teens. Were you kidding, cfntmpn? Surely you weren't being serious.
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Dec 10th, 2007, 12:56 PM
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Okay, keep the nice replies coming! The attractions that are at the hotels - the coasters, etc - are there fees for those, and if so, are they high?

I feel the same way about babies and toddlers in strollers at Disney, miserable in the heat...but I've got a 13 and 17 year old. I'd like the trip to be part educational (they are both engineering types, so Hoover Dam is perfect), nature types, typical teens (shows) and they enjoy a pool with waterslides.

Please keep the feedback coming - it's really helpful.
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Dec 10th, 2007, 01:02 PM
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There is loads to do for non-gamblers like you, your children, and me.

Despite its detractors, Las Vegas is one of the great tourist destinations of the world.

It is heaven on earth for teenage boys and others who are into kitsch and camp.

Some highlights are wandering around The Venetian, watching the dancing waters at Bellagio, and going to cheap afternoon shows, such as "Mac King."

Just heed the warning, given above, to not put your teenage boys in a stroller and push them around town on a hot day.

Have fun.

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"The attractions that are at the hotels - the coasters, etc - are there fees for those, and if so, are they high?

Yes. and Yes.

Here's a fun link for roller coasters in Vegas:
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Dec 10th, 2007, 01:18 PM
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At my age, the kids could put ME in a stroller and wheel me around.

Thanks for the coaster link. I forgot that DH and kids are all coaster fanatics. They get one ride each so we can stay on budget

I guess if we combine kitsch with culture in the way of nature and engineering it would work.....
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Dec 10th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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Hoover Dam
Ethel M Chocolate Factory (free)
Helicopter or plane to Grand Canyon
Roller Coasters and rides
See Mystere or O (Cirque shows)
Red Rock Canyon (only a few miles)
Zion National Park(3 hrs away)
See Volcano errupt
See Belagio fountains
Good shopping in Vegas
Eat at the Burger place in Mandalay
Indoor skydiving

A warning- I have found most of the pools at Vegas are somehow freezing cold in 100 degree weather. Maybe, thats just something we have experienced, I dunno.

We have taken our 13 year old daughter there a couple of times. We are not comfortable with Vegas and she isn't either. However, we always have a good time. We are not the sin-city type. But there is a lot to do there and see. It is an education just seeing the strip. I would think a couple of days would probably be enough for your boys. We did a 3 day Raft the Grand Canyon this past summer using Vegas as our base. It was great. We spent the day before and day after Vegas. Saw Cirque show,good food, and enjoyed Forum shopping.
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Dec 10th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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I have taken teens to LV twice and have had a great time each time. I do want to warn you that the boys will see some things you may not be comfortable with. Drunk adults walking along the strip with drinks, call girl cards littering the sidewalk, pussy cat dolls dancing on the bar in the middle of the casino, etc. I'm not saying anything against it, I'm just saying that it is part of LV's "personality". I use it as an opportunity to talk to the kids about those subjects.

Great reply Neo.
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Dec 10th, 2007, 02:39 PM
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Yes, I agree, it does give us an opportunity to talk about these things - which we have encountered in different ways in our travels. I'm intrigued by Red Rock and Zion, which I remember visiting years ago - it seems like a vacation of extremes.

Which hotels would you recommend that are not too kitschy, not too overpriced, have a great pool - or is that combo unreasonable? I remember Circus Circus when I was a teen - I can't deal with that. Something more low key as a place to chill?
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The Flamingo is usually reasonably priced and is centrally located. Excalibur is also reasonably priced, but is also at the far end of the strip. It has carnival-type midway games, and because it is kid-friendly, it is crawling with kids of all ages.

In addition to spiro's list, there is a Gameworks arcade, Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay, Auto Collection at Imperial Palace, a Harley-Davidson Cafe. Plenty to keep teens busy, besides just the spectacle of the whole thing.
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Just beware that there are things like massive billboards of girls in thongs on the strip. A lot you may not want your kids to see just walking down the street.

That said, don't miss the Fountains at The Bellagio.

That said, when are you coming? Most of the pools are now closed for the winter and it is too cold to swim.
Dec 11th, 2007, 06:29 AM
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Will teenage boys be offended at images of girls wearing tongs?
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Dec 11th, 2007, 09:30 AM
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What is the opposite of "offended"?
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wearing tongs >wearing thongs<
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I think a lot of teenaged boys would like to find a girl who really knows how to cook. If she's wearing a pair of tongs around her neck, maybe that's a GOOD sign? A garlic press on a chain, however, might be a little off.

Meanwhile, what's with the warnings about billboards of scantily clad women? Do we think that if we don't allow teens to see such things while they're with us, they won't see them on their own either -- or hopefully won't even know what a female body looks like?
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Dec 11th, 2007, 03:34 PM
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We'd be coming in April.

I'm just laughing about the boys' being offended about anything from tongs to thongs to stripper handouts. I was telling older DS about the stripper handouts and he said "cool". Considering the constant assault they have from the media, paper handouts that I can grab out of their hands and dispose of seem like something we can handle.

We have taught the boys, btw, to appreciate both tongs and thongs. Red blooded American boys. They have their priorities straight
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Actually, we didn't see a single handout for stippers/escorts or whatever they call them.

Las Vegas seems to be trying to clean up that problem.

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