Months Visited: August
With 3 active children our family enjoys activities that include hiking, beach days, excitement, and adventure. We also appreciate some down time as well though, taking time to relax and see new or interesting things together. We are willing to go off the beaten path but we also like to include some of the top tourist attractions in an area as well. Our days are usually packed full when we travel but we do not like to rush or miss anything. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 17 years, Boy age 12 years, Boy age 10 years.
Description: The Nevada Nuclear Test Site is the location where the US Military has tested out a variety of weapons and nuclear bombs. Tours of the site are free but these must be arranged in advance and reservations are required. Anyone who takes the tour must be dressed appropriately, sandals and shorts are not allowed. The Department of Energy reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any tours due to operational reasons. Visitors to the site must be at least 14 years old, and the tour is not recommended for pregnant women or anyone who can not handle a long bus ride over uneven terrain. This is one of the Las Vegas area attractions that many people do not know about, and it offers views of some of the spots were nuclear weapons have been tested in the past. Make sure to follow all of the instructions given and pay attention to any warning signs that are posted. Many items are prohibited on the tour, including cameras, tape recorders, binoculars, and firearms.
Our Experiences: Our tour of the Nevada Nuclear Test Site was extremely interesting, but also a little scary yet exciting at the same time. We stopped at Frenchman Flat, which was where the first nuclear test was performed on January 27 in 1951. The Sedan Crater was fascinating, and it was the test area for a thermonuclear device which was detonated more than 600 feet underground. Our tour also covered Doomtown, Survival City, and the News Nob Beach area. This stop is a fascinating place for anyone who is interested in history or nuclear weapons testing. Be prepared for a desert setting though, and you must bring your own food and drinks since these are not provided or available on the tour. We spent about an hour on these bus going to the site, and then around an hour coming back. Most of our day was spent on this tour but it was worth the time that we spent.
Description: Some of the top Las Vegas area attractions are the extravagant shows that are held here. Most of the big casinos along the Las Vegas Strip have their own shows, with a variety of entertainment from comics to circus performers to singers. Each show offers something different, and most of these are reasonably priced for the area. Some shows sell out a month or more in advance, so if you are coming to Las Vegas and there is a show that you must see make sure to book your tickets early.
Our Experiences: A trip to the Las Vegas area would not be complete without taking in a show here, and we chose Hypnolarious because it was family friendly and funny. The entertainer kept choosing people from the audience and would then hypnotize them, making the person do funny things. The kids enjoyed the show and they really liked the dog which is part of the act. This was a fun and relaxing stop for everyone.