Exploring the Hoover Dam with Kids in the Off-Season

If you’re planning a family trip to Las Vegas, a visit to the Hoover Dam is a must. Located just 30 minutes outside of the city, this engineering marvel is a great way to explore the history and importance of hydroelectricity in the United States.

We strung together a road trip in and out of Las Vegas and our first stop was the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam is a remarkable feat of engineering that was built during the Great Depression to harness the power of the Colorado River and provide electricity and water to the Southwest United States. Completed in 1936, the dam stands 726 feet tall and is made up of 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete. It not only provides renewable energy and water to millions of people, but it also created jobs and stimulated the economy during a time of great hardship in the country. Today, the Hoover Dam is considered a National Historic Landmark and a symbol of American ingenuity and resilience.

Parking at the Hoover Dam is relatively easy, with multiple lots available for visitors. Be aware that the parking lots do fill up quickly, especially during peak season. Parking is an additional fee.

If you plan on taking a tour of the dam, make sure to check ahead of time that it is open. During our visit in January, the tour was closed due to the elevator being out of order. Jeff has taken the tour before, but the rest of us are out of luck again. On a paid tour of the Hoover Dam, visitors can expect to see the inner workings of the dam, including the power plant and the turbines that generate electricity. They may also learn about the history and construction of the dam, as well as the role it plays in providing water and power to the surrounding areas. The tour may also include access to areas not available to the general public, such as the observation deck on top of the dam.

One unique feature of the Hoover Dam is that it straddles the state line between Nevada and Arizona. This means that there is a time change when crossing over the dam.

The Hoover Dam is a great destination for both kids and adults. Not only is it an impressive sight to behold, but it also has a rich history. It’s a great way to teach kids about the importance of renewable energy and the role of engineering in society.

If you’re looking for the best view of the Hoover Dam, head to the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. This pedestrian bridge provides panoramic views of the dam, and it’s a great place for family photos.

The Hoover Dam is a must-visit attraction for families traveling to Las Vegas. Even without taking the tour, there is still plenty to explore and learn about. With easy parking and stunning views, it’s a great day trip for families of all ages.


Elizabeth is a Type A, Attorney turned Stay-at-Home Mom, who moved her family across the Atlantic for an adventure. She can often be found out and about finding fun things for her littles to do. Elizabeth loves to read, craft and chat with friends. She will try just about anything and loves to share her experiences.

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