Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas When Under 18

By Sarah Dray

For those too young to gamble, Las Vegas might seem like a waste of time. However, there is much to see and do in Sin City even if the casinos are off limits. From street entertainment and thrill rides to unusual attractions, Las Vegas has much to offer to those under 18.

AdventureDome at Circus Circus

While the grown-ups are off playing golf, teens and kids can have a blast at this indoor amusement park. The 5-acre entertainment complex features a mix of thrill rides and old-fashioned carnival games, as well as live performers and acrobats. In addition, the park offers virtual reality games, an arcade and a rock climbing wall. Those who have golf on their minds can head to the park's 18-hole miniature golf course. Thrill rides include the Slingshot, which shoots riders 100 feet straight up with a force of 4 Gs, and the Canyon Blaster, the world's only double-corkscrew, double-loop indoor roller coaster.

AdventureDome at Circus Circus
2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 794-3939
www.adventuredome.com

CSI: The Experience

Teens can become crime scene investigators at this attraction located within the MGM casino and resort.
The attraction starts at a lab, where visitors learn some general scientific principles, real investigative techniques and chemistry basics that will help them solve a crime.
From there, they choose one of three crime scenes: A House Collided (about a car crashing into a living room), "Who Got Served?" (about a woman found dead in a Las Vegas alley) or "No Bones About It!" (about skeletal remains found by a hiker). The scenes have different levels of goriness, so teens can choose to their liking.
After a chance to go over the actual crime scene, visitors head to a hands-on lab, where they examine evidence, crime scene photos, study bones and DNA and try to establish cause and time of death.
The final stop is an office, where interactive stations are used to answer questions and test how close the participants' results were to what really happened. Everybody receives a certificate after the experience is over.

CSI: The Experience
MGM Grand
3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/csi.html

Stratosphere Las Vegas

Teens who are not satisfied with the rides at AdventureDome or who want a place where young kids are unlikely to be found should head to the roof of the Stratosphere tower to try three thrill rides.
Big Shot sends riders 160 feet straight up and subjects them to more than 4 Gs. At the top, riders will be 1,081 feet above the Strip, making this the world's highest thrill ride.
Insanity is a mechanical arm that extends 64 feet beyond the edge of the 866-foot tall tower. As if that isn't enough to raise your heart rate, Insanity also spins its riders with a force of 3 Gs.
X-Scream is the ultimate teeter-totter, sending riders 27 feet over the tower's edge, and then back.
Be warned, none of these rides are for those faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Stratosphere Las Vegas
2000 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 382-4446
www.stratospherehotel.com/thrills

About The Author

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications, including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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