10 Family-Fun Things To Do In North Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas isn’t just about the high life and gambling, explore the hidden activities perfect for families who want to break away from the busy strip.

1. The Planetarium

Las Vegas Strip (view North from Tropicana intersection)
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For all you space lovers this is the ideal place to explore and discover the wonder of the universe. The Planetarium, though small, is incredibly popular and fills up quickly, so be sure to get there early.

The Planetarium

Address: 3200 E Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas, NV 89030, USA

Website: The Planetarium

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2. Madame Tussauds

Jessica Simpson at Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas
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A great way to spend a morning or afternoon, full of various celebrities, actors, musicians, and historians. Interactive scenes such as Jerry Springer make great photo opportunities to take home to treasure. Opened in 1999, this Madame Tussauds was one of the first to open in America.

Inside the attraction is split into several categories for you to explore at your leisurely pace; Viva Las Vegas allows you to be a Vegas showgirl or roll with the casinos. The Marvel experience is a fantastic way to end the visit, with a 4D movie getting you involved in the action.

Madame Tussauds

Address: 3377 S Las Vegas Blvd #2001, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

Website: Madame Tussauds

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3. SeaQuest interactive aquarium Las Vegas

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The SeaQuest Aquarium is a great way of educating children on a fun day out, with snorkel sessions with tropical fish, stingrays, and various species available. Admission starts from just 9.95 USD, and there are over 10 categories which hold exhibits including lizards and Amazonian creatures. There is a great photo opportunity at the end where you meet mermaids, to complete the trip!

SeaQuest Aquarium Las Vegas

Address: 3528 S Maryland Pkwy #340, Las Vegas, NV 89169, USA

Website: SeaQuest Aquarium Las Vegas

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4. Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
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See how one of the most famous magician duos took care of the animals used in their past magic shows. The animal sanctuary at the Mirage hotel hosts tigers, lions & panthers, plus bottlenose dolphins. The animals are well cared for, with the first thing you see being the dolphins enjoying themselves swimming and jumping between pools. You can also go to the underwater section and see them; sometimes they get really close to the glass! The next section of the garden is the lion and tiger enclosure; there are white tigers and lions on display, most enjoy simply relaxing in the shade.

Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden

Address: 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

Website: Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden

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5. Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Las Vegas Natural History Museum (14479990133)
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The original aim of the museum was to educate through exhibits to give visitors a better understanding of the importance of the history of Las Vegas. Since then, the museum has obtained its own multi-million dollar, world-class collection, and created an exciting and interactive learning experience.

From the desert to the ocean, from Nevada to Africa, from prehistoric times to the present, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum takes young and old alike on a learning adventure around the world.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Address: 900 Las Vegas Blvd North, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

Website: Las Vegas Natural History Museum

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6. Springs Preserve

The Cactus Garden of the Springs Preserve
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Springs Preserve is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District. The district consists of country trails, nature walks, and displays. Attractions include the butterfly habitat, where you can watch beautiful butterflies in their natural homes. Tickets start from as little as 3 USD to the attraction.

Springs Preserve

Address: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107, USA

Website: Springs Preserve

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7. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon NCA
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Managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area, The Red Rock Canyon is a great way to explore the beautiful nature and colorful views of the canyon. Popular with visitors, there’s a variety of things to do such as the 16 hike trails, camping, and the education center. Hiking trails are a great way to see plants and an array of wildlife such as mountain goats, the gray fox, and mule deer.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Address: State Highway 159, Las Vegas, NV 89161, USA

Website: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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8. Neon Museum

Aladdin Lamp Neon Museum - panoramio
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The Neon Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and arts purposes. Several of the signs have been restored for public display. Due to the nature of the collection, the museum is only available through guided hour-long tours. The tours are offered seven days a week, which vary throughout the season. The Boneyard collection is outdoors, so remember to dress accordingly, and the tour sells quickly so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Neon Museum

Address: 770 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

Website: Neon Museum

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9. Discovery Children’s Museum

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts & DISCOVERY Children's Museum
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Originally named Lied Discovery Children Museum, the three-story museum is opposite to the popular Smith Center. The museum is jam packed with 9 fun-filled exhibits. It’s a big hit with parents from all over the country visiting, as they can bring their kids here for a great, educational time.

Discovery Children’s Museum

Address: 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas, NV 89106, USA

Website: Discovery Children’s Museum

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10. Craig Ranch Regional Park

Sea Chanters visit North Las Vegas
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The perfect place for picnics and playtime in the park. With four civic plazas, three dog parks, two lighted competition baseball fields, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, community gardens, eight reservable ramadas, as well as a skate park and expansive open spaces for you to enjoy at a leisurely pace, you can definitely kill a few hours here.

Craig Ranch Regional Park

Address: 628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032, USA

Website: Craig Ranch Regional Park

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Family fun times

With plenty to see and do for all families, whether you like museums or being active; there is something for everyone. Whilst the Las Vegas strip is fun and exciting, North Vegas has fun and educational things to make your trip more than just gambling.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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