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Old 09-11-14, 02:30 AM   #1
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Hey all, looks like I'm taking the family to San Fran (2 nights) and Vegas (6 nights) next month. Any advise on what to do and what not to do with the family (wife and 3yo) would be awesome.

Start in SF, we're off to Alcatraz and staying near fisherman's wharf.

With Vegas it seems that the various casinos on the strip have plenty to offer, Counts kustoms, hoover dam, rent a charger and drive to Zion national park?

Anything else kid friendly you guys would recommend?
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Old 09-11-14, 07:09 AM   #2
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Anything else kid friendly you guys would recommend?
humm, maybe Circus Circus for a meal with the 'circus' going on?
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Old 09-11-14, 07:31 AM   #3
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We go to Vegas pretty much every year, with our now-7-year-old. 3 years old is a touch harder, because some of the stuff I'd recommend (arcade at NYNY, and go kart racing at Pole Position Raceway) he/she probably isn't quite ready for yet. But we did take ours when he was 3, so here goes:

Rule 1: bring a GOOD stroller with a nice umbrella, like a lightweight Maclaren. Vegas is a LOT of walking, and it's nice to have a place to throw your stuff so you don't have to carry it.

The most kid-friendly hotels are the Excalibur and Circus Circus. CC is pretty run down, but has the Adventuredome theme park and the trapeze act. Don't even bother trying Wynn/Encore, as (at least the last time I was there), they HATE kids and will try to push you out as quickly as possible, while making you miserable while you're inside.

Couple of fun family-friendly attractions, in no particular order:
Adventuredome at Circus Circus, mentioned above
Ethel M. Chocolate Factory, out in Henderson (15 mins from the strip)
Paradise Gardens at Flamingo
High Roller observation wheel (550 feet high!) at the LINQ
The LINQ in general--there are fountains, live music, lots of restaurants, and the Purple Zebra slushy shop
Car Collection at the Quad--we took my son when he was 3 or 4 and he loved it
Gondola rides at Venetian/Palazzo
Fountains at Bellagio
Volcano and secret gardens at Mirage
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Moving statues in Caesar's are currently closed for renovations, not sure when they're re-opening
Yard margaritas at La Salsa (lots of locations)
Rainstorm in Miracle Mile shops at Planet Hollywood

Kid friendly shows:
Nathan Burton Comedy Magic (Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood)
Mac King Comedy Magic (Harrah's)
Cirque du Soleil Mystere (Treasure Island)

That's all I can think of at the moment, but if anything else comes to me I'll post it. Feel free to ask any additional questions as well.
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Wish I could recommend more(I live in Vegas), but I really don't do any of the tourist stuff here. There is a scenic drive through Redrock Canyon just on the outside of town, and Mt. Charleston to the northwest(I still haven't made it up there yet).

But being from Southern Utah, I can definitely recommend Zions. It's beautiful.
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I was at circus circus just last week (did not stay there). Went there for "The Steakhouse" and it was great. Highly recommend it if you're looking for some good steak that's not terribly expensive. Just don't mind the rest of the hotel while you're walking through.
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Old 09-13-14, 03:42 AM   #6
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Awesome, thanks guys. Really appreciate hearing from people who've been there, obviously loads of stuff on the net telling trying to sell me stuff so it's nice to know what is actually good and as importantly good to know whats not.

We're all booked to stay at the MGM, looks like we'll be in a decent location. We'll have a busy few days to try get through some of the list above!
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Thanks, neither are that family orientated (maybe depends on the family) and I can drive a Lambo at home for a similar cost. Quite keen to head to a shooting range as we just don't have the same range of weapons down this way.
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Definitely take in some shows if you can especially Cirque du Soleil.. Paris has a great steakhouse and the restaurant at the ifel tower over looking the City is nice.... Each Casino usually has a free show during the day and Geko mentioned some great things to do as well.... Where planning a trip sometime next year.... Can't wait....
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Tip number one. Never call San Francisco San Fran. It's just not done here. We cringe when we here it. Seriously lol. Commonly used names are Frisco, The City, or just San Francisco. Ok so while you're here and only spending a couple of days here you're pretty much limited to touristy stuff. Are you renting a car? If you don't plan on crisscrossing the city or neighboring cities you really don't need one. You'll probably pay 30-40 a day to park at your hotel. Let alone all the parking fees within the city. They do sell an all you can ride daily pass for muni which is the bus/streetcar/cable car transportation company. I think it was like $15 a day. You can also take advantage of services like Uber or Lyft. If you are staying in fishermen's warf a must is to ride a cable car. Be prepared to wait in line to ride one. There are only 3 routes. The Hyde St/Powell route is the longer route and passes by Lombard st. You can jump on and off along the way. Golden gate bridge is also a must. Yelp is your friend for food recommendations. There's every single kind of food here with no single one being more prevalent than the other. Off The Grid is a moving food truck gathering. Great options for foods. Mainly locals... not many tourist catch on with it. Look it up online and try to fit it in. Especially if you're here in a Friday night. There's really so much to do here. If you guys had more time here is recommend less touristy stuff but with only a few days you should get that in.
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for SF i would say explore the city and food ahah. they have some pretty good food to try and its nice to walk around the city.

for vegas, drink and gamble but with your kids circus circus and shows they have around the another casinos
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