When most people think of Las Vegas, they think of laying by the pool and walking the Las Vegas Strip. With the incredible range of options in our city, from classic Vegas, outdoor adventures and desert wildlife to museums, games and fun for the kids, there's even more for you and your family to enjoy. We’ve made it easy for you and thought of some great options to help you get to know your community.

Outdoor Activities in Las Vegas

  • National Conservation Areas: A low-stress way to get outdoors is visiting some of the many recreation areas around the Valley. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers miles of hiking trails to explore, along with a 13-mile scenic drive, horseback riding, rock climbing, and a spectacular desert landscape. In the Henderson area? Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area features hiking, biking, and equestrian trails to explore and is one of the premier rock art sites in Southern Nevada.

  • Lake Mead: Located just 40 minutes from Las Vegas, Lake Mead is a water paradise. Created in the 1930s after Hoover Dam blocked the Colorado River, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is an artificial lake that provides a way for locals to cool down when the seasons change and the temperature rises. Boaters, fishermen, swimmers, and those who just want to enjoy the sun and sand can visit Lake Mead. The most accessible region from Las Vegas is Boulder Basin and features marinas, a visitor center, and multiple amenities for visitors. 

  • Hoover Dam: While it’s considered to be a tourist destination by many, walking across Hoover Dam is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. Visitors can walk across the dam itself or the Pat Tillman/Mike O’Callaghan Memorial Bridge that serves as the entrance to Nevada from Arizona. Both provide great views of Lake Mead and the desert beyond. Those interested in the history of the dam can visit the visitor’s center and learn more about its fascinating background.

  • Skiing/Snowboarding: Although the majority of the year in Las Vegas is sunny and warm, just northwest of the valley are Mount Charleston and Lee Canyon for those who want to experience the cold and snowy winter weather. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 30 serviced snow trails and 3 lifts, and even those who just want to play in the snow can join in the fun at Lee Canyon’s tubing area. 

Kid-Friendly Activities in Las Vegas

  • Discovery Children's MuseumFormerly the Lied Discovery Children's Museum, the Discovery Children's Museum was create to enhance the educational experience of children living in Southern Nevada. The interactive museum features travelling exhibits and ongoing programs in science, history, arts and health that make topics fun and easy to understand for kids.

  • Bonnie SpringsBonnie Springs is a favorite of local kids who spent their elementary school years visiting this former mining town turned "ghost town". You can experience life in the Old West, riding horses and watching reenactments of gunfights.

  • Fall of AtlantisEvery hour, animatronic statues come to life with fire and water effects to portray the fall of Atlantis. At only 11 minutes long, this is a quick stop in the Forum Shops that is a part of every essential Vegas to-do list.

Las Vegas Museums & Art

  • The Mob Museum: Explore a dark but fascinating side of Las Vegas at The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. This modern museum, formerly an old federal courthouse and post office, provides a one-of-a-kind view of the history of the mob and the role it had in the creation and history of Las Vegas.

  • Neon MuseumGet a unique perspective on the history of Las Vegas at the Neon Museum as you explore the retired signs of the hotels that came before the Strip. Come for a tour at night to see the signs as they would have appeared back in their glory days.

  • First FridayOn the first Friday of every month, artists from all over the valley come together in downtown Las Vegas for a night of local artwork, special art installations, food trucks, and live music. It's a good place to learn the local art scene and explore the downtown area.

  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum: Explore the geology, biology, and history at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Located down the road from Cashman Center and a short drive from downtown Las Vegas, the Natural History Museum is fun and educational way to spend an afternoon.

  • Nevada State MuseumLocated at Springs Preserve, the Nevada State Museum works to advance the understanding of the history, pre-history, and natural history of Nevada, with everything from Nevada's state fossil to historic Las Vegas glitz and glamour. Travelling exhibits ensure that each trip to the Nevada State Museum is a new experience for visitors new and old.

Fun & Games in Las Vegas

  • Pinball Hall of FameThis museum's website describes itself as "pinball and nothing but pinball for 10,000 square feet". The Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club houses and displays over 150 machines, the largest collection of pinball games in the world. Bring a pocketful of quarters and your "A" game!

  • SlotzillaLocated on the Fremont Street Experience, the Slotzilla zipline gives you a bird's eye view of the world-famous light show on Fremont Street. Schedule a ride after sunset to get the full experience.

  • Las Vegas AviatorsThe Oakland A's Triple-A affiliate plays at local Las Vegas Ballpark located in Summerlin. Catch a summer baseball game and watch the stars of tomorrow before they go pro. Try to attend before the heat of the summer hits and make sure you watch for Finn the Bat Dog!

Las Vegas Plants & Animals

  • Mandalay Bay Shark Reef AquariumExperience undersea exhibits dedicated to some of the most dangerous and strange animals in the ocean, including sea turtles, sharks, and even a 10 foot Komodo Dragon. Certified scuba divers can also swim in the shipwreck exhibit with some of the aquarium's most interesting creatures.

  • Clark County Wetlands Park: This local gem is little known but provides award-winning educational programs to students in the area. Clark County Wetlands Park provides habitats for over 300 species of plants and animals and offers the perfect educational activity for children. With a variety of activities planned for children and families, like discovery walks, park volunteer events, and arts and crafts times, the Wetlands Park helps groups explore nature in a fun and fulfilling way.

  • Springs PreserveWest of downtown is a desert paradise called the Springs Preserve. This family-friendly Las Vegas attraction houses a collection of different animals, Mojave Desert cacti and succulents, and a narrated train ride. Springs Preserve hosts movie nights and special events throughout the year so you can enjoy this piece of Las Vegas beauty. 

  • Ethel M Chocolates: At Ethel M Chocolates, you can explore the four-acre botanical cactus garden outside of the boutique chocolate shop. The garden features over 300 species of desert plants and is one of the world's largest collections of cacti. The chocolate factory tour isn't that bad, either!

Tourist Activities in Las Vegas

  • Bellagio FountainsYou've seen them in every movie with every musical accompaniment. See them in person every 15-30 minutes and see how many different versions you'll watch! Make sure to also step inside the Bellagio to see the Conservatory change with every season.

  • The High Roller: A true standout on the Strip, the 550-foot tall High Roller wheel is taller than both the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. The 30 minute ride gives you an amazing view of Las Vegas Boulevard that's not to be missed. 

  • Fremont Street ExperienceWhile the lights of the Strip are among the most famous sights in the world, the Fremont Street Experience takes those lights to new heights. This canopy of lights over downtown Las Vegas provides an incredible experience of light, sound and color. Walk Fremont Street and catch the visuals from the ground or ride the Slotzilla zipline for a unique view of the show!

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