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Families are increasingly well catered for in Las Vegas too. Circus Circus is a great hotel for kids, with daily big-top circus performances and America’s largest indoor theme park The Adventuredome its major draws. Excalibur Hotel is also hugely popular, not least for its Spongebob Squarepants 4D ride and Fun Dungeon video games arcade.
The Lied Discovery Children’s Museum in downtown Las Vegas is moving to a brand new cutting-edge facility in early 2013, with even more hands-on interactive exhibits to keep the kids occupied, while back on the Strip, M&M’s World retail store is always a wide-eyed hit, though not quite as much as Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay where more than 2,000 animals including sharks, rare Golden Crocodiles and turtles are on display.
Despite its reputation for fast living and high rollin’ excess, Las Vegas is also a great destination for couples. The breadth of the restaurant scene means dozens of options for an intimate tête-à-tête: try Le Cirque at Bellagio, Andre’s at Monte Carlo, or low-lit Sushi Roku inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for starters. Activities-wise, nothing can beat your very own Champagne picnic for two at the Grand Canyon, or a VIP overnight getaway with optional horseback ride and night at a Western-style ranch. Or opt for lazing around on deck all day, with a brunch, lunch or dinner cruise on Lake Mead. Back in the city, there’s plenty of relaxing to be had at the Strip’s first-rate spas, with couple’s massages the order of the day at luxurious Vdara, home to one of the smaller, quieter hotel spas in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is the weddings capital of the USA, so tying the knot in town is a piece of (wedding) cake. Whatever your budget and style, you can pick the perfect place for your big day from a wide range of venues and packages, whether you want somewhere small and intimate, grand and glitzy, or something downright wacky. Yes, you can even get married at a Drive-Thru chapel, on a Venetian gondola, aboard Treasure Island’s Pirate Ship or at the bottom of the Grand Canyon if that’s your thing.
Hotel options include a ‘Wedding in the Sky’ ceremony on the 103rd floor of the Stratosphere; in a flower-bedecked Gazebo at Tropicana’s four-acre garden, or a more traditional service at the opulent Legacy or Cherish wedding chapels at MGM Grand. Mandalay Bay has several venues to choose from, including the romantic Swan Court and Valley of the Falls, or even in the crystal-clear surroundings of Minus5 Ice Bar. And let’s not forget exclusive Bellagio, Wynn or The Venetian and their exquisite indoor and al fresco chapels, courtyards and salons. Choose from some fabulous bedrooms and suites if you’re coming purely for your post-wedding holiday, like those at the Four Seasons, THEHotel at Mandalay Bay, Caesars Palace and Palazzo.
Please Note: Hotels will require a credit card imprint when checking in to cover incidental charges. Charges will vary from hotel to hotel. One person must be aged 21 years and over in each room.