I’m thrilled with the way these photos turned out. I really love the urban feel of the setting. I want to say a big thank you to Elissa for letting me be her model for the day and sharing these beautiful photos with me. To learn more about Elissa and find out her rates, head over to her website elissarangel.com or check out her Instagram @elissarangelphotography.
Whenever I tell people that I live in Las Vegas, they are always surprised. A lot of people have a preconceived assumption that Las Vegas is Sin City and it’s no place for a family. That’s not true at all. I had about 5 months of life in Las Vegas before I found out that I was pregnant with Jack. Ask me what the best night clubs and shows are in Vegas and I have no clue. Ask me what to do with kids in Las Vegas, I could go on and on. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, there is a place for everyone in Las Vegas.
I have quite a list of places to visit. I’ve listed my favorites below. I’ve been to almost everyone, except for a few, but I’m sure I’ll visit them all soon. My husband suggested that I list them in order, but that’s just too hard to do. I did go through and rate my top 10 favorite places first, then the rest are in random order.
Container Park is by far my family’s favorite place to go. It’s a short walk down the street from the Freemont Experience (not always the greatest place for kids). We love that there is something for everyone here. Jack loves the slides and large blocks for building and Kevin and I love that we can get a beer and some yummy food. There is shopping, food, drinks, concerts, and even a Dome theater.
Kids or no kids, you have to see a fountain show if you’re in Vegas. Jack goes crazy watching the water spray up. I love the beautiful view and atmosphere. It’s a great place to take pictures! I can never put my phone down every time we visit.
4.) Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
We love the gardens at the Bellagio too! It’s a beautiful garden that is always dressed up for the season. It’s a great place to go year round.
5.) Eiffel Tower Experience*
Can’t afford to take the whole family to Paris? Well, Las Vegas has you covered. The Eiffel Tower Experience is a great view for the whole family. We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower last summer, but what I really love to do is just walk around the hotel and check out the little shops and cafes.
6.) The High Roller*
If the Eiffel Tower isn’t a good enough view, try the high roller. It’s a fun way to view the entire valley in one of the world’s largest ferries wheels.
7.) The Park
We love the Park. There are plenty of restaurants that are family-friendly. It’s right outside T-Mobile Arena if you want to catch a Golden Knights hockey game. Plus you are only a quick walk away from New York, New York with a roller coaster and Hersey’s World.
8.) Town Square
At 12,000 feet above sea level, Mount Charleston is a perfect escape from the Las Vegas Strip. If you come in the winter, you can enjoy skiing, sledding, and other fun winter sports at Lee Canyon. In summertime you can escape the desert heat by heading to higher elevations for some hiking.
Most tourist don’t even realize that only 30 minutes from the Las Vegas strip, you can find the beauty of the Mojave desert. Red Rock is the perfect place for a drive, family hike or a family photo shoot.
11.) The Hoover Dam*
20.) Boulder City
21.) The Lion Habitat Ranch*
22.) Cowabunga Bay Water Park*
23.) Wet n’ Wild Water Park*
24.) Madame Tussauds Museum*
25.) Seven Magic Mountains
The best part about this list is that more than half of these places are free!! I’ve stared all the places that you have to pay. I think that you would be surprised just how kid friendly Las Vegas can be.
Although the summers are very hot, I’d say 9 months out of the year are pretty much perfect. I don’t even mind the cooler winter days. My child may never know what frost, dew or slush is, but we are only 40 minutes away from some pretty great sledding and skiing on Mt. Charleston. We feel like we can never run out of things to do. We are close to so many national parks and if we want to go to the ocean, we are only a 4-hour drive.
Kevin made a comment to me the other day after looking at all the “Pray for Vegas” pictures on Facebook. He said that the Las Vegas skyline describes Vegas perfectly. There is a little bit of every city in our skyline. A little of the New York skyline, a little bit of Paris, Rome, Cairo and more. Not many people are actually born and raised in Las Vegas. Most of the people living here are from all over the country and world, that’s why our skyline is so perfect for our city. Las Vegas is a little bit of everyone and so many people love this city. In the last 3 years, Las Vegas has become my home and no matter where life takes my family and me, Las Vegas will always have a special place in my heart.
Here are some pictures from just a few of our many family outing out and about in our town, Las Vegas.
|Our first night out on the strip when we first moved to Vegas|
|I took this picture 2 weeks ago when we were walking around the strip on Sunday after getting lunch.|
|2 months ago we went to the top of the Effie Tower.|
|A favorite family spot for us is always The Linq.|
|Last fall at the Bellagio. This is one of my favorite spots.|
|Eating Graham crackers on the High Roller last spring.|
|My little Vegas born baby checking out the strip|
Nelson was a gold mining town in the 1800s and early 1900’s, with a bit of a dark history. There are a few original buildings still standing, along with lots of antiques to create the perfect ghost town atmosphere. I felt like I was on a movie set. A lot of people go out to Nelson for photoshoots, and I completely see why. The town makes the perfect backdrop for photographers.
Here are some of the pictures my husband and I took. I didn’t get as many as I would have liked, because Jack was keeping me extremely busy.