Visiting Vegas with Teens: 5 Fun and Interesting Things to Do

Are you traveling to Las Vegas with your teenagers in tow? Are you looking for things to do in Las Vegas with your teenagers? If so, you’re in luck! This vibrant city offers plenty of activities to keep your teens entertained and engaged. With so many great local attractions, it is hard to narrow it down to just a few things to do. But, after a fun family trip to Las Vegas, Buddy and I are sharing our top picks for things to do when visiting Vegas with teens including activities both on and off the strip!

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The National Atomic Testing Museum provided us with free tickets for our visit, and The Neon Museum provided us with 50% off discounted tickets for our visit, however all views and opinions expressed in this post are our own and based on our first-hand experiences.

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Buddy playing Particle Quest at Area 15.

5 Things to Do When Visiting Vegas with Teens

1. Play at the arcades on The Strip

Las Vegas has a huge selection of arcades! Whether you’re looking for classic games or the latest VR experiences, you’ll find it all in Las Vegas. And teens generally love arcades, which makes them a great place to spend some time when you visit Vegas with teens.

There are so many family-friendly arcades to choose from! Below is a list of just some of the arcades on The Strip in Las Vegas.

And many of the hotels have their own smaller arcades. If you are staying at a different property and do not feel like walking to another hotel to visit an arcade, check out the place you are staying. Chances are, they may have an arcade.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a photo of the arcades we visited. So here is a photo of The Vegas Strip instead.

When we visited Las Vegas, we went to the Fun Dungeon at Excalibur and the Big Apple Arcade at New York New York. We wanted to visit the Midway at Circus Circus but ran out of time. Unfortunately, we did not play many games at the two arcades we visited. Buddy wanted to save his pennies for other activities.

Buddy, our in house travel teen expert, says “The arcades in Las Vegas, I honestly think they are kinda cool. But we didn’t play at them because we were saving money for our other summer family trip.”

For up-to-date information about the arcades on the strip, check out their websites at the links above!

2. Ride the Big Apple Rollercoaster

The Big Apple Rollercoaster at the New York New York is a fun family-friendly attraction perfect for families with older children and teens. The thrill ride zips through the Las Vegas version of New York City taking riders speeding by recreations of New York’s iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Teens will enjoy the Big Apple Rollercoaster & Arcade. It is one of the few attractions in Las Vegas that is geared specifically towards teens.

Buddy and I rode the Big Apple Rollercoaster at sunset during our most recent trip to Las Vegas. Having spent time on the coasters in Circus Circus on earlier trips to Vegas, this was Buddy’s first time on the roller coaster in New York New York. Next trip, we will check out the rollercoasters on the STRAT!

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Buddy says, “The roller coaster was pretty thrilling. Honestly, I was a little bit scared because I have been out of practice with riding roller coasters, but it was fun! My number one tip is don’t be afraid like I was. I recommend this roller coaster for teens. Just don’t eat before you go on the ride! And stay and play in the arcade afterwards.”

When I was a teenager, my brothers and I went through a roller coaster afficionado phase. I definitely enjoyed riding the Big Apple Rollercoaster with Buddy! I may have enjoyed the ride even more than he did. And we took our trip as the full moon was rising over The Strip in Las Vegas. It was a beautiful sight to see before the coaster’s first 76-foot drop!

For the most up to date information on the Big Apple Rollercoaster, check out the website!

3. Spend the day at Area 15

For our next recommendation, we are heading off The Strip to the nearby Area 15.

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Buddy at Brainstorm in Area 15.

Area 15 is an experiential entertainment district in Las Vegas that offers something for everyone. From interactive art installations to live music and restaurants, the district is also home to a variety of activities and attractions. And with its convenient location just off the Las Vegas Strip, Area 15 is a great place to visit with teens. Just make sure you visit before 10pm! After 10pm Area 15 becomes 21+ and teens are no longer allowed.

There are many things to do and see at Area 15. From the Mega Mart to Wink World, to the Van Gogh Immersive Experience, to the Birdly Virtual Reality Flight Simulator, to the Emporium Arcade! In addition to the attractions, there are also places to eat on site as well as stores with candy and sodas from all over the world. If you are looking for a way to keep your teens entertained in Las Vegas, Area 15 has something for everyone.

Depending on what you want to do or see, there are different price points for Area 15. You can purchase experiences a la carte and you choose the activities that most interest your teens and best suits your budget! Area 15 even offers a free entry pass. While you can purchase tickets to experiences on site, purchasing online ahead of time is recommended in case things sell out.

We visited Area 15 with the free entry pass. But Buddy ended up paying for two attractions. Here is what he had to say.

Buddy’s Thoughts on Area 15

“I liked the free tickets to Area 15 but most of the attractions are not free. The attractions are really cool and high tech, and I am disappointed we did not go to them because we had free tickets. But I paid for Particle Quest and Brainstorm. It was $14 for both. The Particle Quest was $8, and Brainstorm was $5.

The Brainstorm is legit! It will read your brain waves! It’s kind of scary at first but it is kind of cool.

I do recommend both Particle Quest and Brainstorm. And I I highly recommend Area 15 for teenagers. Not just highly, super recommend.

My number one tip is to pay for some attractions because they are really cool and if you kind of feel left out if you don’t pay for anything. Also, if you want to go to the Mega Mart you need to buy your tickets in advance. Things add up but it is worth it.”

Yvonne’s (aka Mom) thoughts on Area 15

I agree with Buddy. Tickets to the larger experiences in Area 15 would have been nice. But I chose not to splurge on the experience this time around. The prices on the experiences at Area 15 can add up quickly. It is nice to have a free option. And I was pleased with our free entry tickets this time around.

My favorite thing at Area 15 were the interactive mirror installations inside and the sculptures and artwork outside. I recommend checking out the sculptures at dusk because there is enough light to see the sculptures that are not lit up but enough darkness to admire the ones that are.

I also loved the mini house of mirrors in the sculpture garden of Area 15! So much so, we filmed a Movement Postcard on site!

We spent about 2 hours at Area 15 and as Buddy mentioned, he only did two activities! If you plan on doing a more immersive experience, plan on spending more time there. You can definitely spend all day at Area 15! Honest parent moment, it was a little bit boring as a parent to sit and watch him do the Quest. But watching the Brainstorm was fun. Parents, you may want to splurge and buy yourself the activity ticket as well!

For the most up-to-date information on Area 15, check out their website.

4. Visit the National Atomic Testing Museum

The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas is a great off the strip family-friendly attraction Visitors can learn about the history of atomic testing in the Nevada desert, see exhibits on the science of nuclear weapons, and even experience simulated nuclear blasts. This is a really great place to visit with teens who are interested in science, engineering, and history. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the National Atomic Testing Museum is definitely worth a visit.

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But don’t take my word for it, here is what Buddy had to say.

“I do recommend people visit the National Atomic Testing Museum; you will learn a lot. I learned how the whole nuclear thing works and how the Nevada Test Sites we built and done. It was a good experience.”

“The number one thing I recommend people to see in the museum is the video, the ground zero video. That’s where they have a thrilling presentation with steam, lights, and strobes. The film is about a nuclear blast, and it gives you a lot of contexts about what is going on during a blast and the history of the Nuclear Test Site. So, I liked that. The video was very thrilling.”

“My favorite thing about the National Atomic Testing Museum was literally almost everything. It was a good museum. Yes, if you are a teenager interested in nuclear testing and nuclear devices in general, you should visit this site.”

Buddy and I have a blog post dedicated to the National Atomic Testing Museum sharing our Top 4 Reasons why Families Must Visit the Museum. And for the most up-to-date information, visit the website.

5. Visit the Neon Museum

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas is a must-see for families visiting the area. The museum features an extensive collection of neon signs, many of which were once installed on the famous Las Vegas Strip. The museum is also a great place to visit with teens and older kiddos. And it is open in the evenings when other attractions might be close to visitors under the age of 21.

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Buddy loves The Neon Museum. Here is what he had to say.

“I liked the guided tour. It was pretty astonishing to see all neon signs. And how they told the story about Vegas. It kind of made me want to learn more about the history of Vegas and the neon signs as well. And Brilliant! was kinda cool. It was kinda cool to see the old signs come back to life. I recommend it. My favorite thing about Brilliant! was that the lights were synched to the music.” 

“I do recommend the Neon Museum for teenagers, especially if you are into lighting and into Vegas history itself. And yes, I would go back and visit again.”

Interested in visiting The Neon Museum? Check out our blog post 5 Tips for Visiting the Neon Museum for more information. And for the most up-to-date information, visit the website.

Las Vegas is known for its gambling and nightlife, but there are fun activities for teens to do while visiting the city on a family vacation. Are you planning a trip to Las Vegas with your teens? What activities are you planning on doing when you visit Vegas?

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21 thoughts on “Visiting Vegas with Teens: 5 Fun and Interesting Things to Do

  1. These are all great suggestions. I actually rode the roller coaster at the New York New York Hotel it was really fun. I’ll make sure to check out some other sites mentioned on the list.

  2. Such a perfect post to help families out there! I never thought there were that many options in Vegas for teens, but you have proved me wrong! Thanks 🙂

  3. I had never heard about the National Atomic Testing Museum or Neon Museum until you shared about them, but now I’d love to visit both!

  4. I love this! I really enjoyed Vegas with my husband – and we never gambled once. But I never thought about all the things our girls would enjoy, too. It’s a whole paradigm shift on Vegas!

  5. Love these suggestions! I’m such a big kid so want to do all of them! Area 15 looks really cool, even if you do have to pay for some of them. I enjoyed the recommendations from Buddy!

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