Family Friendly Las Vegas Nature Tours

Written by: Jamie Baker in 2012

A Las Vegas family vacation is definitely the right decision. There are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas with kids; it is jam-packed with attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy!
With breathtaking helicopter rides and guided tours displaying the majestic Grand Canyon’s beauty, a Las Vegas family vacation is one to remember!

a) Red Rock Canyon Tour: this majestic Canyon is rich in geological wonders. Families can enjoy the relaxing and picturesque 13 mile drive around the National Conservation Area, featuring views of the vibrantly colored sandstone Calico Hills, Indian roasting pits and native rock carvings at Willow Springs. Next on the itinerary is Spring Mountain State Park. Its numerous springs provided water for the Paiute Indians and early settlers. Past owners of the onsite ranch include Chester Lauck and millionaire Howard Hughes.

b) Deluxe Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tour: an executive deluxe flight over the Canyon South Rim. The plane lands in the famous Grand Canyon National Park, which the whole family can walk through enjoying the fabulous panoramas. A gourmet box lunch taken at Bright Angel Lodge is included. An upgrade can be purchased to add the 25-minute helicopter flight, with splendid views of 55 miles of the innermost Grand Canyon region.

c) Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour: among the things to do in Las Vegas with kids is the thrilling 90 minute roundtrip helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon, via Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. This includes a tasty champagne picnic under a genuine native American Ramada shelter 3,200 feet below the rim. A recorded commentary is available through the onboard headphones.

d) Black Canyon River Rafting Tour: the ultimate Las Vegas family vacation should include this remarkable rafting trip. The magnificence of the Black Canyon and the Hoover Dam is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Knowledgeable guides describe the area’s fascinating geological history.

e) Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ranch Adventure: the Grand Canyon’s magnificence can be experienced from onboard a luxury ’Pegasus’ helicopter. This awe-inspiring flight lands at the historic Grand Canyon Ranch, past home of settlers and outlaws, for a horse drawn wagon ride to a western style repast, entertainment and ranching activities.

Time permitting, additional things to do in Las Vegas with kids include a gondola ride, a visit to Madame Tussauds famous waxwork museum and the Las Vegas Double Decker Bus of the Stars.

About the Author:
Jamie Baker has traveled extensively with her kids across the United States and overseas. She is a travel and lifestyle expert currently working for VegasKids.info where she writes about Las Vegas for kids and families.


Top 5 Las Vegas Kids Tours
Written by: Jamie Baker in 2008


Are your kids bored with their usual summer activities? Can't drag them away from their computer games or video games? Why not give them a totally one-of-a-kind experience?
Take them on a Las Vegas Kids Tour. Yes, there's more to Las Vegas and its famous "Strip". There's a whole new world of fun and adventure waiting just outside the city limits.
Check out the top five Las Vegas Kids Tours that are sure to give your children level 10 excitement and tons of fun.

A) Top Las Vegas Kids Tour number 5 is the Self Drive Hummer to Grand Canyon West Rim. Dad or Mom gets to drive the young ones on their very own rented Hummer and explore the magnificent Grand Canyon at their own pace. For kids who are brave enough, the stroll within the glass walls and floor of the Skywalk will be pure excitement. This horseshoe-shaped bridge is raised 4,000 feet above the canyon floor! The Skywalk's founder wanted to give visitors the experience of "walking the path of the eagle".

B) The number 4 top Las Vegas Kids Tour is the Black Canyon River Rafting. This is one smooth cruise down the Colorado River between the cliffs of the Black Canyon. Aboard large, safety-ensured, motorized rafts, kids will delightedly squeal when they see desert big horn sheep, osprey and great blue heron making their appearances in the breathtaking landscape. Don?t forget your camera. Great photos are taken here.

C) Grand Canyon West Rim Tour with Helicopter and Boat Combo tour is the number 3 top Las Vegas Kids Tour. It's one of the tours that take you and your family up in the air in a million-dollar copter. The children get to gaze at the spectacular scenery and hold their breath as the helicopter slowly drops down to the canyon floor. You take a pontoon ride down the impressive Colorado River then get on a shuttle bus afterwards to head for the Eagle Point for the tour of the Hualapai Indian Village. Their handmade crafts and jewelry are priceless remembrances of this trip.

D) Land Sailing Desert Adventure takes the number two spot of the Top Las Vegas Kids Tours. If your kids love racing on their feet or racing on their bikes, they will absolutely fall in love with racing across the Nevada Desert on land sailers that catch the mighty winds to move. There's a free lesson on how to maneuver the sailers as well as practice time before actually taking to the desert. Join the mini-regatta and win prizes. One totally unique tour the older kids will remember for a long time.

E) The number one top Las Vegas Kids Tour is the Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ranch Adventure. In just approximately four hours, kids get to ride a helicopter across the awesome Grand Canyon, ride a horse-drawn wagon through a forest and spend time with real cowboys at the Grand Canyon West Ranch. They can even try out some of the ranch activities like horse-riding. It is certainly an unforgettable tour they can't wait to tell friends about back home.

More tours and activities await you and your kids. If your children love rocks, try the Red Rock Canyon Luxury SUV Tour to see spectacular rock formations. For children who love watching the sunset, the Sunset Helicopter Tour is simply perfect. There are also a lot of tours that provide amazing panoramic views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Each tour will surely leave you and the kids breathless.


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Jamie Baker has traveled extensively with her kids across the United States and overseas. She is a travel and lifestyle expert currently working for VegasKids.info. One of her favorite topics is to write about Las Vegas kids tours such as the ones for the Grand Canyon. She lives in California with her husband and three children.