As the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas offers much more than its renowned casinos and nightlife. This city has something for everyone, including student trips full of thrilling educational explorations of museums, historic sites and parks. With an increase of youth–friendly activities, Las Vegas has become a major destination for student travel.
Top Student Travel Attractions in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has many “one-of-a-kind” attractions for school trip planners to take advantage of. Situated under a five-and-a-half-acre glass dome, Adventuresome is the country’s largest indoor theme park full of exhilarating features, such as Disc’O which spins riders at 14 rotations per minute on its 100-foot coaster track. However, for a more tranquil experience, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum presents marine life, including exhibits focusing on the city’s ancient sea bed.
Other notable youth travel attractions consist of: Zoological-Botanical Park, Nevada State Museum, Pinball Hall of Fame, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas (Wax Museum) and Floyd Lamb Park.
Popular Sightseeing Tours in Las Vegas for Students
The Las Vegas Double Decker Bus of the Stars invites student groups to ride on the two level vehicle and enjoy a 75-minute sightseeing show on the Vegas Strip with performers depicting America’s most notable celebrities. Explore the haunted grounds of “Bugsby” Siegel, Redd Foxx, Liberace and Elvis on the Haunted Las Vegas Bus Tour. With a free-of-charge pick-up and return to the city’s hotels, the Mount Chestnut ‘Personal’ Tour takes students on a narrated excursion of an Alpine-style village surrounded by cliffs and pines (approx. 50 min. outside the city). The Las Vegas Mob Tour educates school trips on the city’s most infamous mobsters and crime happenings throughout its history.
Student Performance Venues in Las Vegas
Fort Cheyenne Convention & Event Center, in northeast Las Vegas, is a 12,000 square foot facility available to host a variety of functions. Located in the northwest, the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary Amphitheater is available for rent and serves as an outdoor setting constructed for entertainment purposes that primarily focuses on educational groups. The Neon Venus Art Theater, in the downtown area, has a 1,200 square foot performance space for educational workshops and small events. The Pavilion in Town Square Park offers a serene outdoor setting for concerts and special events. A multi-cultural all ages performance art venue situated downtown, The Box Office Gallery is a live music venue that features two stages in multiple rooms for rent.
Student Accommodations in Las Vegas
With over 150 hotels within 50 miles of downtown Las Vegas, over-night accommodations for school trips are not an issue. The Comfort Inn, located on Paradise Road, has 199 guest rooms and is minutes from the Hard Rock Hotel and McCarran International Airport. Near “the Strip” and Las Vegas Airport, Hampton Inn and Suites Airport offers 129 guest rooms. Holiday Inn Las Vegas is off the Vegas Strip and provides shuttle services to area hotspots. Homewood Suites by Hilton-Airport is also conveniently located less than five minutes from the Las Vegas Airport and area attractions.
Food & Dining for Students in Las Vegas
Local restaurants for student group travel include: Canter’s Deli, Rainforest Café, Cypress Street Marketplace, Fellini’s, Graziano’s Pizza and Fatburger.
Student Friendly Festivals & Events in Las Vegas
Here are several annual festivals and events in Las Vegas to look out for: City of Light Jazz Festival during the last week of April; The Great Crafts Festival in March; Gourmet Grazer in June; Art in the Park during October; America the Beautiful Music Festival in November.
Las Vegas offers student travel entertainment that is not only memorable, but educational as well. With the overwhelming amount of activities presented in this city, student group travel planners will not have an issue filling their itineraries.