Las Vegas’ tourism authority loves to boast about the 40 million annual visitors who flock to the casino gambling capital of the world.
But while a fair majority of those folks come for the unlimited selection of table games, slot machines, poker, and sports betting, many visitors to Las Vegas don’t gamble at all. Aside from the conventioneers just in town on business, a good chunk of the non-gambling population in Sin City is simply along for the ride.
Fortunately for people who don’t gamble, but still want to see the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, the city’s casinos have largely blossomed from hardcore gambling halls to full-fledged family-friendly resorts.
Most people find themselves on the famous Strip when they see Sin City for the first time, and while Las Vegas Boulevard’s iconic properties are definitely must-see destinations, once you’ve “been there and done that,” the area can get old in a hurry.
Below, you’ll find everything non-gamblers need to know about the four best family-friendly “off-Strip” casinos in all of Las Vegas.
1 – Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
If you love the Strip’s ability to inspire awe, through architectural flourishes and top-tier amenities, but you don’t like the idea of paying excessive premiums, you’ll fall in love with Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa.
Located about 25 minutes northwest of the Strip in the affluent suburb of Summerlin, Red Rock Resort is the crown jewel of the Station Casinos empire. Everything about the place just screams extravagance and luxury, but not in the haughty fashion that can be so off-putting in the Strip’s most sought-after properties.
There are family-friendly options for non-gamblers abound, including a huge 72-lane bowling alley, a 16-screen IMAX movie theater, and more than three acres of swimming pool space.
Kids will also get a kick out of Cyber Quest, a full-scale arcade complex boasting all of the latest video games, virtual reality (VR) experiences, and other technological wonders.
But the real draw for non-gamblers offered by Red Rock Resort can be found roughly 10 minutes away at the picturesque Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The rugged, yet gorgeous, terrain found at Red Rock Canyon is defined by crimson spires, desert hiking trails, and some of the most serene natural views found anywhere in the Silver State.
Red Rock Resort takes pride in connecting guests directly to the adjacent Red Rock Canyon, so you can sign up for morning horseback rides, guided hikes, or even kayak or rafting excursions that take you straight to the Hoover Dam.
Throw in a wide array of restaurants spanning the spectrum from affordable fare to 5-star dining, not to mention a full-scale shopping mall right across the street, and Red Rock Resort will keep you entertained for days before you ever notice the casino.
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa Contact Information:
- Address: 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
- Phone: (702) 797–7777
- Website: https://redrock.sclv.com
2 – M Resort Spa Casino
If you start out in the heart of the Strip then head southbound on Las Vegas Boulevard for 20 minutes, you’ll see a glimmering monument arise from the desert sands.
But this beautiful building encased in blue glass is no mirage, it’s M Resort, which has been dubbed the “one of the finest hotels in the world” by Forbes Travel Guide in every year since it opened in 2009.
One of the more unique family-friendly entertainment offerings designed for non-gamblers staying at M Resort is the Top Golf Swing Suite, an indoor arena which combines the links with cutting-edge VR technology. Using a large screen that simulates some of the world’s most famous golf courses, players take turns driving, pitching, and putting their way to glory in a series of immersive VR golf challenges.
While the teens are busy channeling Tiger Woods at the Top Golf Swing Suite, parents can head over to the Day Dream Pool Club. This 12,000-square foot swimming pool is for adults-only, with an ice-railed swim-up bar to keep your cold drinks cool, live DJs mixing the hottest hits, and an infinity edge design that feels like you’re floating away from it all forever.
After burning a bunch of calories doing your backstroke, a great way to refuel is by visiting the M Resort’s world-renowned Studio B Buffet. The Bloody Mary bar awaits for breakfast, mimosas are on tap for brunch, and over 300 dishes are served up by award-winning chefs.
M Resort Spa Casino Contact Information
- Address: 12300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Henderson, NV 89044
- Phone: (702) 797-1000
- Website: https://www.themresort.com
Five-Star Family Friendly Yelp Review:
“The hotel and casino are beautiful and so much calmer and easier than any other hotel I’ve stayed in while visiting Vegas.
Every single staff member we interacted with was friendly, and engaging. The valet was quick, restaurants easy to get into and had great food. Everyone went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. I visited Spa Mio and had great service.
The spa is gorgeous and relaxing. The pool is beautiful and it wasn’t crowded. Even the hotel gym is great!”
– Stephanie H., Los Angeles, California
3 – The Orleans Hotel and Casino
To reach the Orleans Hotel and Casino, you’ll ditch the Strip on Tropicana, going westbound for 10 minutes or so, then hook a right on Arville Street.
A member of the Boyd Gaming family, the Orleans is a no-frills off-Strip casino that still manages to feel warm and inviting to gamblers and non-gamblers alike.
While the games player in the house heads off to find blackjack or baccarat tables, you can take in a flick at the 18-screen movie theater or shoot for a perfect 300 game at the 52-lane bowling alley awarded “Best Bowling in Las Vegas” status by the local paper year in and year out.
And for the young ones, and the young at heart, the Orleans sports the Time Out Arcade, which is jam-packed with classic video games and the latest releases.
The Orleans Arena is an amenity that few other Las Vegas casinos can claim, with capacity for 9,500 guests and a schedule featuring over 200 live events every year. I’m talking everything from concerts by country music stars Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, the Shrine Circus and its high-flying show, Disney Live, and even NCAA basketball.
Orleans Hotel and Casino Contact Information
- Address: 4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103
- Phone: (702) 365-7111
- Website: https://www.orleanscasino.com
4 – South Point Hotel Casino and Spa
Taking a trip southbound down Las Vegas Boulevard for 15 minutes will take you to the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, but at first glance, you’ll swear you’re still on the Strip.
This place is massive, with a 24-story hotel tower and nearly 100,000 square feet of floor space. Like any great Off-Strip casino resort, the South Point is home to a modern movie theater, a sprawling bowling alley where sanctioned tournaments are held, and the Costa del Sur spa.
And just like the Orleans, the South Point has an adjoining arena to hold concerts, car shows, and a regular assortment of rodeos.
South Point Hotel Casino and Spa Contact Information
- Address: 9777 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89183
- Phone: (866) 791-7626
- Website: https://southpointcasino.com
Five-Star Family Friendly Yelp Review:
“My wife, teen kids, and I love staying at South Point Hotel, Casino. This hotel has excellent restaurants, a movie theater, bowling alley, pool, pretty much everything we need for an affordable getaway from our everyday, busy life.”
– David T., Torrance, California
Staying in an off-Strip casino resort is one of the best ways to save a few bucks when visiting Las Vegas. With that said, the off-Strip joints are generally known for focusing on the casino aspect of their operation, rewarding loyal locals with wider variety, better odds, and stellar service.
Thankfully, as the four casinos listed above prove, off-Strip venues can still provide the same level of balanced, family-friendly entertainment that has transformed Sin City into a destination for folks of all ages and inclinations.