Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Kids love crashing through the waves at this pool -- the only wave pool on the Strip.

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 Kids love crashing through the waves at this pool -- the only wave pool on the Strip.
Kids love crashing through the waves at this pool -- the only wave pool on the Strip. The lazy river pool has a flowing current, which kids -- or adults -- can float along inside an inner tube. Like at the wave pool, Mandalay Bay keeps a lifeguard on duty here. The Mandalay Bay's 1.6 million gallon Shark Reef Aquarium features all kinds of sharks, endangered green sea turtles, piranhas, rare golden crocodiles, moon jellies, sawfish, and giant rays. Admission is $16.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under. If looking at sharks through the glass isn't enough for you, the hotel's Dive With Sharks program allows for a closer encounter. The Mirage has endless ways to keep kids entertained, including its man-made volcano, which erupts nightly from 8 p.m. to midnight at the top of every hour. Other attractions include Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, which is home to white lions, white tigers, panthers, leopards, and bottlenose dolphins. It costs $15 for adults, $10 for kids 4 to 12, and nothing for children 3 and under. Long, colorful fish tanks span the length of the front desk at the Mirage. Homemade ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurts are served at the colorful Coconuts cafe. MGM Grand's 6.6-acre, five-pool complex features a long, winding river pool with waterfalls and fun, cavelike grottoes. In addition, there's a fun waterfall flowing into the main pool area. At the Rainforest Cafe, kids will enjoy the rain forest decor, periodic mist showers, and animatronic gorillas. The MGM Grand's lion habitat, a glass-caged area with a waterfall, a tree, and a rock outcropping, is free for guests and nonguests alike to view. The cage isn't the lions' permanent home; they are well cared for on an 8.5-acre ranch 12 miles away. Excalibur's castlelike exterior enchants kids from the get-go. Arcade games and old-fashioned carnival games at the Fantasy Fair offer a more family-friendly form of gaming. In addition, the video games and air hockey tables at the Fantasy Fair arcade offer plenty to keep older kids entertained. Excalibur is also home to the SpongeBob SquarePants movie ride, which is sure to keep young kids smiling. The hotel's signature feature is its 67-mph roller coaster that takes off from the lobby and wraps around the hotel. The hotel also houses one of the biggest arcades in Las Vegas -- like the roller coaster, it's all a throwback to New York City's Coney Island. Strolling through the faux New York City neighborhoods and eateries is a little like walking through a Disneyland village. Kids -- and parents! -- will love trooping up the 460-foot-high Eiffel Tower Experience for the exhilarating views (behind a safety grate). Kids of all ages adore the colorful pastries at Lenotre. It's hard to top the Golden Nugget's Tank Pool, a three-story waterslide that runs through a shark tank. This 3.5-foot-deep pool with spray fountains is very popular with children. The Hilton also offers an activity lounge with table tennis, billiards, chess, foosball, and several board games. The larger of the hotel's two pools is a kids' paradise, with a large Mayan pyramid at the center, slides, and a waterfall. To increase safety, the waterslide is supervised by a Cancun Resort staffer. Inside the resort, kids can stay busy in the activity lounge, which has a foosball table, pingpong tables, arcade games, pool tables, and a television.
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