So you want to walk the Las Vegas Strip? That’s great! Walking the Las Vegas Strip is the best way to immerse yourself in iconic Las Vegas attractions and truly experience this exciting city. However, for those who have never done it before, and especially if you are traveling with kids, you may have some questions like: Is it safe? What is the best time of day to walk the strip? How long does it really take to walk the strip? What route should I take? Etc. Well, that’s what this article is all about!
As a bonus, I will share with you my list of the best Las Vegas attractions along the Strip, with particular attention to kid-friendly insider tips and tricks to help you maximize your day (or night) of fun walking the Las Vegas Strip.
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Las Vegas Strip with Kids Tips
“The Strip” is a walkable stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that houses the biggest collection of popular Las Vegas Hotels. Here, I concentrate on the area of the strip between Mandalay Bay and Treasure Island. If you are traveling with kids, there are things you will want to consider in order to walk the strip safely.
1. Avoid crossing busy intersections when possible.
Drivers are wild in Las Vegas, especially the frustrated cabbies and rideshare drivers. Couple that with masses of pedestrians that tend to ignore basic crosswalk rules and you have a dangerous situation just waiting to happen. Luckily, there are many safe overhead bridges all along the Vegas Strip.
There is a bridge connecting The Mirage to The Venetian as well as bridges connecting Caesar’s Palace to Belliagio, Belliagio to Paris, Flamingo to Bally’s, New York New York to MGM, New York New York to Excalibur, Excalibur to Luxor, and more. See the map below for all bridge locations.
My favorite is that some hotels, like Luxor and Mandalay, and Bally’s and Paris have inside connecting passageways so you have the option of staying out of the heat for that portion of the walk.
If you want to avoid walking large portions of the strip all together, consider using hotel tram and monorail systems. There is a tram connecting The Mirage to Treasure Island and a monorail system that takes you from MGM all the way down to Sahara. It’s not as fun as walking the strip, but could be a good option for the return trip to your hotel after a good walk.
2. Walk on the right (southbound) side of the Las Vegas Strip.
It sounds silly, but in many places there is a big difference between the two sides of Las Vegas Boulevard. If you are walking the Las Vegas Strip with kids, I recommend walking on The Mirage/Caesar’s Palace/Bellagio side of the strip. It gets hectic and wild near Harrah’s and Flamingo. Not that the Harrah’s side is unsafe, it is just a different crowd. The Mirage/Caesar’s Palace/Bellagio is nicer, less congested, and has more of a family vibe.
3. Pace yourself and plan ahead
If you are walking the Las Vegas Strip with kids, don’t try to do too much. The Strip is long and remember, wherever you walk to you will eventually have to walk back. Some families will have the option of taking a taxi or uber back to your hotel if it gets too late, but for those of us with strollers and children that need a car seat, that may not be an option.
Also beware that hotels along the strip look a lot closer than they really are when walking. For example, Caesar’s Palace takes up a whole block alone! I suggest just planning to walk to a few hotels away from your starting point and see how it goes. I can tell you from experience, you really don’t realize how long the walk is until your doing it and it’s too late. It’s no fun walking back with extra tired and grumpy kids.
4. Best time of day to walk the Strip with kids
If you are walking the Las Vegas Strip with kids, you need to strongly consider the time of day. People do walk the strip during the day, but for heaven’s sake don’t do it if its triple digits outside! You don’t need to risk getting heat stroke while on vacation. Also, it is not nearly as pretty during the day – the greatest fun of walking the Las Vegas Strip (for me) is enjoying the unique glamour of all the sparkling lights.
You may hear people tell you that it is not safe to walk the strip at night, but that is not true. We do it all the time. Of course, you should use the same precautions you would use walking any city streets day or night. However, you do want to be reasonable with your timeframe and shouldn’t plan ton walking the Las Vegas strip with your kids after midnight.
I recommend starting your walk about an hour before sunset and continuing for about 2-3 hours round trip. During the summer time, that means walking the strip from about 7-9pm.
Las Vegas Strip Frequently Asked Questions.
Is Las Vegas Strip walkable?
Yes, the Las Vegas Strip is a walkable stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard lined with some of Las Vegas’s most iconic resorts. The strip is complete with barrier protected sidewalks, overhead pedestrian bridges, trams and even a monorail.
How long does it take to walk the whole strip in Vegas?
The Las Vegas Strip is 4.2 miles long, so how that takes you depends on you. You also have to consider that you will likely be popping into various hotels and spending some time seeing different attractions. Walking the entire strip could easily take an entire day.
Is it safe to walk the Las Vegas Strip?
Yes, it is safe to walk the Las Vegas Strip. Like any other large city you should always use precautions and be aware. Stay on the Strip and you should be fine. If you look at the Las Vegas Police Department crime map, violent crimes are minimal on the strip. This is a tourist location and there is a heavy police presence, which makes it one of the safer areas of Las Vegas.
Is it safe to walk the Las Vegas Strip at night?
Yes, it is safe to walk the Las Vegas Strip at night. Like any city, the day time is always safer, but that doesn’t render the strip at night unsafe. When traveling anywhere, be aware and use regular precautions.
Can you walk the Las Vegas strip with alcohol?
Yes, it is legal to consume open containers of alcohol while walking the strip. It is not, however, legal to carry glass. You will often see people carrying cocktails served in long plastic half-yards.
Las Vegas Strip Family Attractions
The Mirage Volcano
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Erupting nightly, you don’t want to miss the iconic Mirage Volcano. Starting at 8:00pm the famous volcano erupts every hour on the hour until 11:00pm. It is a brilliant display as fire dances across the water to pulsating drum beats. Now that the Hard Rock has recently purchased The Mirage (as of publication in August 2022), there is no telling how long this iconic Las Vegas Strip attraction will be around, so make a plan to see it soon!
Caesar’s Palace Forum Shoppes
3500 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Along the Vegas Strip and inside the grand Caesar’s Palace Hotel is an upscale mall known as the Forum Shoppes. Inside you will find a huge selection of shopping, dining and entertainment options. There is even a free show that the kids will love called The Fall of Atlantis. Hot Tip: One of my favorite spots for a family-style Italian feast is Carmine’s inside the Forum Shoppes.
Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes & Gondolas
3377 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Step off the Vegas Strip and be transported to Venice at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. For some family-friendly fun enjoy a nice meal or shopping along the canal with The Grand Canal Shoppes. Take a relaxing ride in a gondola as they take you around the mall or outside along the strip.
Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel
3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
View the Las Vegas Strip like never before from the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. This 46 story half scale replica of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France features a viewing platform and upscale restaurant.
M&M’s Las Vegas
3785 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
This a fun and colorful M&M shop fill either interactive displays, clothing and home decorations. If you love M&M’s, then you will love this huge multi-level showcase. You’ll find colors of M&M’s you’ve never seen before and you can even customize the message printed on your M&M’s.
Fountains of Bellagio
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Experience the wonder of this magical water show outside the Bellagio. This free Vegas Strip entertainment show lights up the night sky with music and synchronized fountain dancing. It is an incredible site to see in person and one you should not miss when walking the Las Vegas Strip.
The Park Outdoor Entertainment
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
This exciting family-friendly dining and entertainment district is located between the New York New York Hotel and The Park MGM. The Park features a collection of restaurants, bars and entertainment. You can grab a seat on one of the many outdoor patios to enjoy a cool drink and live music. Check out the 40-foot tall, Dance Bliss, a structure of a dancing women that illuminates with various colors at night.
Park MGM, 3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
If you love Italian food, then you will love the vibes at Eataly in the Park MGM. This upscale Italian food hall is complete with restaurants, quick-service options, bars and groceries. Come hungry, because you will want to try everything from fresh pasta dishes to delicious charcuterie boards. Start with an Italian aperitif, before enjoying a crisp glass of wine. Kids will love the Italian lemonades and more.
Big Apple Roller Coaster
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Located at the New York New York Hotel and Casino, the Big Apple Coaster and Arcade is a favorite for those seeking some thrills and gaming fun. It also makes for a great stop for those walking the Vegas Strip with kids. The Big Apple Coaster soars above the Vegas Strip as it twists and turns around the New York City skyline.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Chocoholics beware! This delicious experience is right off The Park inside the New York New York Hotel and Casino. Here you will find exclusive flavors of all your favorite Hershey treats, as well as all the classics. Grab a Hershey milkshake or fresh baked cookie to enjoy while shopping. Don’t leave with some merch showcasing your favorite Hershey treat!
That’s A Wrap!
Walking the Las Vegas Strip is a must! You and your family will have a blast strolling through this exciting city as you take in all the sparkling lights, entertainment and attractions the Vegas Strip as to offer.
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