Every year my kids look forward to our annual family vacation to Las Vegas. This year will be our seventh year. Many people disagree that Las Vegas is a good place for families with children, but we love it. My husband and I are not gamers or drinkers and we really enjoy spending our free time with our two children.
Las Vegas has a lot to offer besides gambling and nightlife. Every year there are more things to see and experience.
We usually visit Las Vegas every September right after Labor Day weekend. The weather is excellent and we can’t wait to lounge by the pool with cool drinks. We always choose a hotel with the best pool that is family friendly and don’t look down on us by taking down our guys. Our family’s top 3 choices are The MGM Grand, The Monte Carlo, and The Mirage.
#1 The MGM Grand
The MGM Grand has an amazing pool complex. In my opinion one of the best in Vegas. You feel like you have entered an exotic paradise with lots of lush greenery, beautiful flowers, fountains, and a small island connected by bridges. This massive 6+ acre paradise offers 5 pools, 3 hot tubs, and a lazy river. The lazy river was a hit with my family. It floats under bridges, through waterfalls and ends in a small waterfall lagoon that is a perfect splash pad for babies and toddlers.
I must admit that this paradise has some drawbacks. One drawback is that you need to rent a tube or raft to truly experience the lazy river. I think the rent is $15 per tube per day. The MGM Grand has been known to run special promotions where you can get the cheapest rent, free or 2 for 1. Before you book your room you should check the coupon websites for MGM (just go to Google and type MGM coupons Las Vegas on the hunt – Early Vegas is good). The second drawback is that the pool complex is quite far from the guest lifts. You have to walk along the boardwalk with shops and restaurants to get to the pool, but the walk is worth it.
#2 The Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo pool is much smaller compared to The Grand pool complex, but we enjoyed it regardless. They are kid friendly and that’s all that matters.
The Monte Carlo offers 3 swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and a children’s pool. If you’re visiting Las Vegas with young children, you’ll love the enclosed children’s pool with beach chairs for children. The wave pool with 3 foot waves was designed to simulate the ocean and is a blast for the whole family. If you want to swim, try the Lagoon pool. It’s a nice relaxing square pool with a waterfall. My favorite was the relaxing 400 foot Easy River Ride. There is also a tube rental but you can buy a tube inside their beach shop for around $12.00 and the rental shop will even blow it up for you. This is a real money saver for larger families or longer stays like us. After you’re done with it, why not pass the tube on to a new family?
#3 The Mirage
The Mirage pool is a series of pools connected by bridges and lagoons with waterfalls in a tropical setting. They used to have a water slide, but much to my kids’ disappointment, they closed it down. They offer raft rentals to float but we never needed one. You can request complimentary children’s life jackets. The pool is located near the guest elevators, on a small promenade with a few shops, cafe bistro, and ice cream parlor. If you decide to order a drink, take my advice and order a small size. If you don’t specify, they will bring you a great drink with an even higher price.
Just a word of advice: most pools in Vegas say they don’t allow you to store loungers at the pool, but they all do. If you don’t, you won’t get a good spot because hundreds of people before you ignored the rule. Live and learn.
Enjoy Las Vegas with children.
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