Las Vegas is one of our favorite road trips with kids, especially because it is a quick 3.5 hour drive from Los Angeles. When we need a break or getaway, we usually drive to Las Vegas. People tend to think Las Vegas is an adult destination only but it isn’t. It can be as kid friendly as you want it to be or as adult friendly as you want it to be. People also think Las Vegas is expensive, but again it can be as inexpensive or expensive as you want it to be. There are several cost-effective activities to do in Las Vegas and below I have highlighted 5 of them.
Cheap Things To Do In Las Vegas
Getting To Las Vegas
Dollar Car Rental
We usually drive our car to Vegas, but this time we decided to rent a minivan so that it’d be spacious and we could enjoy the drive. When I learned about Dollar Car Rental’s new debit-card policy, I was excited about it and decided to rent a car from them.
A few things to note about Dollar Car Rental’s new policy:
- The age restriction for renting cars with a debit card has been lowered from 25 to 20. This is especially important for young parents or college students who want to rent cars while they
vacation with their kids. This is also great if you are planning a long road trip and want to take along your niece or nephew who is a college student to help you drive.
- The incidental hold amount has been reduced from $350 to $200, plus the cost of the rental, for both debit card and credit card rentals, which means more money in your pocket while you are on vacation.
- Rentals booked more than 24 hours in advance will only require a debit card and driver’s license. Rentals booked less than 24 hours in advance, or rentals for Convertibles, Luxury and Premium vehicles, can still use a debit card but require two forms of identification and proof of return travel plans.
- Dollar Car Rental accepts all debit cards backed by Visa, Mastercard and Discover. As long as it isn’t a prepaid debit card, you shouldn’t have any issues renting a car.
All these changes above just show how committed Dollar Car Rental is enhancing their customer’s experiences and sets a new standard for family travel, and I love that
I wanted to try out this new Dollar Car Rental debit card policy for myself, so I made a reservation for a rental, more than 24 hours before our trip, which was very easy to do online and required no money down.
The lady who helped us out at the front desk was amazing, the customer service was great. She chatted with the kids and got them excited about riding in a new car. Overall, we had an amazing experience with Dollar Car Rental and we plan to continue to rent cars with them. Especially because I can reserve a car with a debit-card and their rental car rates were so much better than everything else that I came across.
What To Do In Las Vegas With Kids
Budget-Friendly Things To Do In Las Vegas
Once we were in Vegas with the kids, I was on a budget so I had to make sure to find inexpensive things to do in Las Vegas.
Budget-Friendly Things To Do In Las Vegas – Caesars Palace Show
The Caesar Palace Show is located at the Forum shops at Caesars Palace. This place has an amazing indoor set up which looks like it’s day time all day long. If you walk all the way to the end where the Cheesecake Factory is located, you can watch the Fall of Atlantis show which is very entertaining for kids. Watch out for the fire, if standing close it can get pretty warm. The show runs every hour starting at 11am. There is also an aquarium right there and the kids just sat there for over an hour watching all the fish inside. Their favorite “Mr. Stingray.”
Budget-Friendly Things Things To Do In Las Vegas – Mermaid Show
The mermaid show at the Silverton Hotel is one of the best free attractions in Las Vegas. The aquarium is filled with thousands of beautiful tropical fish, and most of all, live mermaids. The live show occurs every hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00pm-3:25pm and from 5:00pm-8:15pm, and on Sundays from 10:30am-3:15pm, and 5:00pm-6:45pm. You can also watch fish being fed, as well as spot a mermaid swimming every day.
Budget-Friendly Things To Do In Las Vegas – Walk The Strip
Walking the strip is totally free, and your kids will love spotting things like the Eiffel Tower and Lady Liberty. The Las Vegas Strip which is on Las Vegas Boulevard has so much to see in the day time and night. If you plan to walk the strip at night with kids, keep in mind that everything isn’t always PG. During the day is a much better option. Your kids will love bumping into their favorite characters and snapping a photo with them, just make sure to tip them.
Budget-Friendly Things To Do In Las Vegas – Wild Life Habitat, Flamingo Hotel
This 15-acre wildlife habitat is located at Flamingo hotel and is completely free to the public. Your children will enjoy seeing the flamingos, penguins, turtle, fish and lots more. It is open daily from 8am-8pm every day of the week. You can visit anytime, but the best time is during feeding time which occurs at 8:35am and 2:55pm.
Budget-Friendly Things To Do In Las Vegas – Discovery Children’s Museum
This is a cheap attraction for families in Las Vegas as it provides hours of all-day entertainment and cost $14.50 per person. When you visit the Children’s Museum, plan to spend the whole day. There are 3 floors of never-ending fun for children of all age levels. The adults tend to have just as much, or even more fun, than the kids.
Budget-Friendly Things To Do In Las Vegas – Ethel M Chocolate Factory
If you love chocolate and have kids who love chocolate as well, this is a great place to visit. You can explore the Ethel M. Chocolate factory on a free guided tour, and then enjoy free chocolate samples at the end of the tour. There is also a beautiful Botanical Cactus Garden with is the largest in Nevada.
If you haven’t been to Las Vegas, or taken your kids yet, better but it on your list! There is enough fun for everyone.
For more on Las Vegas, make sure to read Las Vegas Family Vacation.
This post is sponsored by Dollar Car Rental, however all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
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