My boys can't wait for our annual family vacation in Las Vegas every year. This year will be our 7th year. Many people disagree that 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 boys.
Las Vegas has so much to offer besides gambling and nightlife. Each year there is more to see and experience.
We usually visit Las Vegas in September just after Labor Day weekend. The weather is superb and we can't wait to relax by the pool sipping cold drinks. We always choose a hotel with the best pool that is suitable for families and we will not look dirty when bringing our boys down. The 3 best choices of our family are the MGM Grand, the Monte Carlo and the Mirage.
# 1 MGM Grand
The MGM Grand has an incredible aquatic 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 paradise of over 6 acres offers 5 swimming 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 lagoon with waterfall which is a paddling pool perfect for babies and little ones.
I must admit that this paradise has some drawbacks. One of the drawbacks is that you have to rent a tube or a raft to really explore the lazy river. I believe the rental is $ 15 per tube per day. The MGM Grand is known for organizing special promotions where you can get the cheapest, free or 2 for 1 rental. Before booking your room, you should check the websites with coupons for MGM (just go to Google and type in MGM Las Vegas coupons for research – early Vegas is a good one). The second drawback is that the aquatic complex is located quite far from the guest elevators. You have to cross the promenade with shops and restaurants to get to the pool, but the promenade is worth it.
# 2 Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo pool is much smaller compared to the Grand aquatic complex, but we enjoyed it anyway. They are child friendly and that is all that matters.
The Monte Carlo offers 3 swimming pools, a hot tub and a children's pool. If you're visiting Las Vegas with small children, you'll love the enclosed children's pool with children's beach chairs. The wave pool with 3 foot waves was designed to simulate the ocean and is an explosion for the whole family. If you want to swim, try the Lagoon pool. It is a beautiful and relaxing square pool with a waterfall. My favorite was the relaxing 400 feet from Easy River Ride. There is also a tube rental, but you can buy a tube inside their beach store for around $ 12.00 and the rental store will even blow it up for you. It is a real money saver for large families or to stay longer like us. After doing it, why not pass the tube to a new family.
# 3 The Mirage
The Mirage pool is a series of pools connected by bridges and lagoons with cascading waterfalls in a tropical setting. They had a slide, but to the disappointment of my children, they closed it. They offer the rental of rafts to float, but we never needed them. You can request free life jackets for children. The pool is located near the guest elevators just down a little promenade with a few shops, a café-bistro and an ice cream shop. If you decide to order a drink, follow my advice and order in small size. If you don't specify, they will bring you a huge drink with an even higher price.
Just a word of advice: most Vegas pools say you are not allowed to keep lounge chairs by the pool, but everyone does. If you don't, you won't get a good spot because hundreds of people before you have ignored the rule. Live and learn.
Enjoy Las Vegas with children.
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