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The Ultimate List of Kid-Friendly Aquariums, Farms & Zoos in Las Vegas & Henderson

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We all know how much our kids love to experience new things, so what better way to experience them than through the farms and zoos in Las Vegas, Henderson, and beyond?

To my surprise, there are actually quite a few places around Las Vegas that offer families the opportunity to view, (sometimes) pet, and enjoy animals in a safe setting.

Check out this ULTIMATE list of kid-friendly things to do when it comes to visiting our animal friends.

Visiting Zoos in Las Vegas For The First Time?

If you have yet to visit one of our aquariums, farms, or zoos in Las Vegas or Henderson, here are some tips, so you can be prepared:

  • Purchase tickets ahead of time, if needed
  • For outdoor activities, bring lots of water, sunscreen, and some sort of shade (hats or umbrellas, if allowed)
  • Bring an extra set of clothes for the little ones (just in case they get dirty/wet)
  • Extra Cash is a great idea for snacks and souvenirs

Remember, it gets really hot where we live, so come prepared so you can enjoy every minute!

If you want to get a more VIP experience, be sure to ask what offers are available (group discounts, private tours, etc.).


Lion Habitat Ranch

Location: 382 Bruner Ave, Henderson, NV 89044

Hours: Must book tickets online for a time slot

Cost: Locals: Adults: $20, Children (ages 4-14): $10 or free /purchase of adult ticket, *Children ages 3 & under are free

The Lion Habitat Ranch is a federal 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. We strive to educate guests about our animals and how they can take part in conservation themselves.

P.S. Enjoy the Habitat Ranch on your birthday with FREE admission (proof of birthdate required).

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Aquarium at Silverton (+ Mermaid Shows)

Location: 3333 Blue Diamond Road Las Vegas, NV 89139

Hours: 24/7 (Shows vary)

Cost: Free

The signature 117,000-gallon reef aquarium will transport you to a tropical oasis where you can admire thousands of tropical fish, and three species each of stingrays and sharks. In addition, the Mermaid Lounge features two 500-gallon jellyfish aquariums lit with LED lights.

Gilcrease Sanctuary

Location: 8103 Racel Street Las Vegas, NV 89131

Hours: Vary

Cost: Free, Donations appreciated.

Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is dedicated to providing a safe-haven for animals of all types while providing educational and cultural experiences for all visitors.

The historical seven-acre property offers a serene home retreat for over 500 exotic birds and domestic animals that have found a refuge when their owners can no longer care for them.

McKee Ranch Foundation

Location: 8982 Dean Martin Dr Las Vegas, Nevada 89139

Hours: Vary

Cost: Free, $5 Suggested Donation

Come and enjoy the rural aspect of life we have to share. Be sure to bring carrots & crackers to feed the animals.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Location: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161

Hours: Recommend going during daylight hours

Cost: Free

A thirteen-mile (one-way) scenic drive leads to trails, narrow canyons, sandstone cliffs, and riparian areas that attract roadrunners, rufous-sided towhees, white-throated swifts, loggerhead shrikes, and several upland birds.

Sea Quest Las Vegas

Location: At Boulevard Mall, 3528 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Hours: Daily | 11am-7pm

Cost: Adults: $16.95, Children (ages 4-12): $10.95, *Children ages 3 & under are free, Senior/Military: $13.95

Are you ready for an exciting journey around the planet? Touch, feed, and interact with animals from five continents, right here in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Secret Garden & Dolphin HabitatPERMANENTLY CLOSED

Location: At Mirage, near the pool entrance

Hours: Daily | 10am-6:30pm (last admission at 5:30pm)

Cost: Nevada Residents: Adults: $20, Children (ages 2-11): $14, *Children ages 1 & under are free

Come face-to-face with some of nature’s most exotic and majestic creatures at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Explore, learn and play in an enchanting world of Bottlenose Dolphins, White Tigers, White Lions and Leopards, right in our backyard.

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Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Location: At Mandalay Bay

Hours: Daily | 10am-6pm (last admission at 5pm)

Cost: Adult: $22.00, Seniors (65+): $18.00, Children (ages 4 – 12): $15.00, Children (3 & under): Free

See more than 2,000 animals, including sharks, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha and a Komodo dragon. This unique exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you’d ever find in the wild.

Springs Preserve

Location: 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107

Hours: Thursday-Monday, 7am-1pm (temporary hours, outdoor only)

Cost: Varies, however membership available starting at $30

Get up close with some of our most famous desert dwellers including Gila monsters, lizards, desert cottontails, a gray fox, a pocket gopher, snakes and scorpions.

The Farm

Location: 7222 W. Grand Teton Drive Las Vegas NV 89131

Hours: Year Round | Saturdays & Sundays from 9am-4pm, extended days/hours in October

Cost: Adult: $6, Children (old enough to walk): $4

The Farm offers visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with many different animals, including chickens, peacocks, ducks, a goose, turkeys, goats, pigs, horses, cows, a mule, a llama, rabbits, cats, tortoises and more.

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The Wildlife Habitat

Location: At Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel

Hours: Daily | Dawn to dusk, Pelican feedings: 8:30 am and 2 pm

Cost: Free

The habitat is filled with exotic birds, fish and turtles. Home to a beautiful flock of Chilean flamingos, a colorful collection of other feathered friends such as Ring Teal ducks and Sacred Ibis, and two brown pelicans joined the habitat from a pelican rescue in 2012.

In addition to our namesake, you’ll find swans, ducks, koi fish and turtles living at the habitat.

Get out there, Southern Nevada Moms!

We cannot wait to see what aquariums, farms, and zoos in Las Vegas that you’re family visits. Be sure to tag us on social media @SouthernNevadaMoms & #SouthernNevadaMoms so we can see!

Plus, we might feature you on our accounts! See you out there Nevada moms!

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Leanna Carson is an expecting mama via IVF and a serial entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves sharing all things family-friendly as well as local spots most don’t even know about! She co-founded Nevada Moms in 2018 and it has become the #1 Family Guide to Nevada experiences, activities, happenings, and more.

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