To legally enter a Las Vegas casino, you must be 21 or older. Taking this to heart, many families with children, teenagers, and even young college students shy away from Vegas, keeping it on their "to-do" list until everyone hits that magic age. Don't fall victim to this erroneous way of thinking. Here are the top five ways to have a great time in Las Vegas if you're under 21.

1. Watch Shows

Watch Shows

After casinos, stage shows are probably the next thing that comes to mind when people think about Las Vegas. The city has a ton of shows, from Cirque du Solei performances to the Blue Man Group to David Copperfield, along with a host of comedies, intense magic shows, and concerts by famous musicians. There is a diverse array of shows with different styles and themes to choose from.

2. Go on a Day trip

Go on a Day trip

Day trips are another source of excitement and are a great way to explore the Las Vegas city. You can tour the two national landmarks, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, in one day since they are close to Las Vegas. Or take a short trip to Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas. It boasts some beautiful natural landscapes.

3. Walk the Strip

Walk the Strip

Talking a walk along the 42-mile Strip is a great idea to beat the heat and soak up the sights, especially at night when the Strip is all lit up and filled with people. Stop at all the attractions along the way, including the regular shows at the Bellagio fountains, the nightly pirate performance at Treasure Island, and the erupting volcano at the Mirage.

4. Experience the thrill rides

Experience the thrill rides

Las Vegas boasts several unique thrills that you won't find anywhere else. At Stratosphere Tower, there's Sky Jump Las Vegas. You'll be strapped into a harness, leap from the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Tower and undergo a controlled free fall to the ground below. Be prepared to fly solo, as only one person can jump at a time. If anything, enduring this thrill alone only adds to the suspense.

5. Test your driving skills on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Test your driving skills on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

If you're a car lover or racing fanatic, this is a rare opportunity you don't want to miss. You will need to be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license to drive. If you are below 18, you can ride along in the passenger seat with a professional race car driver as they bolt around the track.

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