One of our favorite places to go as a family is to Las Vegas! I know, you are thinking...family vacation, Vegas? No way! But it really is a fantastic destination for a family.
We love to stay at the MGM Grand on the strip...if you book well enough in advance, you can usually get a great rate. We spend our days next to the Lazy River, usually renting a cabana. The cabanas have a private patio with 4 deck chairs perfectly situated under misters that keep you cool during the hot summer days...there is a table with 4 chairs under the canopy, a fully stocked fridge, TV, changing area, 2 inner tubes to play on the river, and best of all, a cabana boy that brings you food and drinks all day! (For a charge, of course!) Then at about 5pm, we make our way upstairs to our rooms, have nice long hot showers, and we are ready for a night on the town.
Some of our favorite places to go for dinner are the Rainforest Cafe right there at the MGM, or Benihanas over at the Hilton. We also love to go to the Star Trek themed restaurant, Quarks, or to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville! If we are to pooped to go out, the MGM buffet is amazing, and you can usually get a coupon for buy one, get one free!
If you've had enough poolside entertainment, head over to Circus, Circus Adventuredome! It's not the same place as when we were kids! (Remember the tacky clowns and sticky cotton candy?) It's now a state of the art theme park with lots of fun things for the kids, including teenagers!
If theme parks aren't your thing, then head over to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. It's an amazing collection of aquatic life that everyone just loves! Walk across the bridge to Luxor's Atrium for their IMAX theatre and IMAX themed rides and attractions.
So next time you are thinking of a quick getaway, consider the City of Lights!