Vacations in Las Vegas are almost always filled with loud noises, lots of people, and stimulating activities. So, how in the world can you have an autism-friendly vacation in Las Vegas?? Well, there are so many ways to make that possible! Over the years, I have discovered that this city has quite a few autism-friendly things to do. If you plan your vacation in Las Vegas carefully, your autistic child shouldn’t have too many problems throughout your stay. In fact, I guarantee every family member will have so much fun, as you explore this fascinating destination.
Autism-Friendly Vacation in Las Vegas
Where to Stay in Las Vegas
There are too many hotels to count in Las Vegas. I recommend you stay on The Strip, so you are closer to all the action. When you stay in one of these hotels, you won’t need to add travel time to your day every time you want to visit the heart of the city.
One of my favorite hotels is the Bellagio. If you manage to get a room that overlooks the fountains, your autistic child can watch the dancing water every fifteen minutes to half an hour. Inside this hotel, there is a botanical garden. There are also five swimming pools for those times when you just want to relax and have fun.
A limo ride from the airport to the Aria Sky Suites is possible when you stay at that hotel. Waterfalls are waiting for you at the pools at The Mirage.
If your autistic child, and the rest of the family, love the beach, Mandalay Bay should be at the top of your list. Soft white sand leads down to the pool area. The kids will love riding the tides in the wave pool or going down the lazy river in a tube.
As you can see, there are so many autism-friendly hotels to choose from on The Strip in Las Vegas. I would love to chat with you while planning your vacation in Las Vegas and determine which one is best for your family.
Best Autism-Friendly Things to Do in Las Vegas
See a Blue Man Group Performance
The Blue Man Group is known for its loud sounds and lots of action. However, they do hold special performances throughout the year for people on the autism spectrum. If you decide that you want to attend a Blue Man Group performance that is autism-friendly, I can work with you to find out when those performances are being held. We can then plan your vacation in Las Vegas around those dates.
Check Out the Discovery Children’s Museum
The Discovery Children’s Museum is the perfect option for a few hours when your autistic child requires structure. There are three floors filled with interactive exhibits and activities. Many of these activities will help your child work on their occupational therapy skills, as well as their critical thinking skills.
Explore the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
As long as your autistic child doesn’t mind a short thirty-minute drive, you can easily escape to Red Rock Canyon for the day. This natural area is much closer to the Grand Canyon, as well as the Hoover Dam.
When you arrive at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, you will have the option to choose between numerous activities. Hiking and horseback riding are the two most popular options. If you don’t think your autistic child will do either of those things, you can always drive along the scenic route. It is thirteen miles long and filled with spectacular views.
Visit the Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
You won’t find any zoos in the heart of Las Vegas. That doesn’t mean you will need to skip this activity during your vacation. Instead, you can venture into Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. You will find this attraction at The Mirage.
The first area you will see when you arrive is the dolphin pool. Your family can watch from above or head to the underground area to watch the dolphins below the water. Once you have seen enough of the dolphins, it will be time to enter the Secret Garden.
This is where white lions, leopards, and white tigers live in a lush forest. You can easily go between the dolphins and garden area throughout your visit.
Go On a Gondola Ride
At The Venetian, there are canals that wind along the inside and outside of the hotel. Gondolas are available to take families like yours on a relaxing ride through those canals.
The gondola rides normally take about fifteen minutes. I recommend asking the gondolier to not sing in Italian during your ride unless you know your autistic child will not be overstimulated by everything that is going on.
Visit the Flamingos
Flamingos live behind the Flamingo Resort on The Strip. Simply walk through the resort and go out back to enter the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. This habitat is comprised of fifteen acres and is filled with all sorts of wildlife.
Your family will love seeing the flamingos, pelicans, and koi fish. You may even spot a parrot or two up in the trees.
Ride the High Roller Observation Wheel
One of the best ways to see phenomenal views of The Strip is to take a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel. You can’t miss this massive Ferris wheel next to The Linq. There are twenty-eight pods that are fully enclosed.
As long as you plan your ride carefully, you will be able to have your own pod. This will make it much easier for your autistic child to enjoy the ride without a lot of strangers being around.
Go to the Top of the Eiffel Tower
As long as your autistic child isn’t afraid of heights, you can also see gorgeous views of The Strip from the top of the Eiffel Tower. It is important to understand that there will usually be quite a few people at the top at a time. Therefore, this may not be a good idea if your autistic child doesn’t enjoy being around a lot of people in smaller spaces.
Planning an autism-friendly vacation in Las Vegas isn’t difficult if you think outside the box and choose your attraction visits carefully. You may not be able to head up to the top of the Eiffel Tower to see The Strip lit up at night, but it is still just as stunning during the day. So, don’t think you are missing out on something, just because you need to do it during off-peak times. I would love to connect and start planning your autism-friendly vacation in Las Vegas. I will make sure your whole family enjoys what this city is known for, but in a way that your autistic child has an amazing time too.