If you are a Las Vegas resident or plan to visit our beautiful city this summer, this is for you! We’ve got the full line-up of fun summer activities for all ages. We know it can be tempting to hibernate in your air-conditioned house during the blazin’ Vegas summers. But trust us, you will want to leave the house for these awesome adventures!
1. Lake Las Vegas Aqua Park (ages 6+) – This massive floating aqua park has only been around for a couple of years and is open by reservation this summer. There are tons of inflatables to play around on that even adults will enjoy. You can schedule a 45-minute or 90-minute time block at the park. After you finish at the aqua park, you can walk around the scenic villages at Lake Las Vegas and even enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants there. Paddleboards and kayaks are also available to rent at Lake Las Vegas.
2. Ice Skating at Lifeguard Arena – The Lifeguard Arena is the Silver Knights practice facility (feeder team for the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team). Not only can kids and adults take skate/hockey lessons here, but they also have open skate times for the whole family to enjoy. This is an awesome way to escape the Vegas heat for a while.
3. Splash pads – There are lots of splash pads throughout Vegas and Henderson. Click here for a map of all the locations. Your little ones will love running around in these. Round up a crew of friends and hit the splash pads.
4. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay – Nevada residents get a discount on their tickets at the Shark Reef Aquarium. You can see over 2,000 animals all within one exhibit. Sharks, turtles, rays, and even a Komodo dragon are a few of the things you might see while visiting.
5. The Mob Museum – The Mob Museum, otherwise known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is a nonprofit organization with several hands-on activities. The goal of the museum is teach you about the history of organized crime and how it has impacted our society. Some of the topics the exhibits cover include prohibition, cartels, crime labs, and how law enforcement investigates crimes. They also offer a discount on tickets for Nevada residents.
6. Rock Climbing at the Henderson Multigenerational Center (ages 8+) – This is a great activity to get some exercise and is fairly inexpensive. Tickets are $6 per hour per person. There is also a game room, a jogging/walking track, and a pool at the facility.
7. Area 15 – There are several different exciting experiences within Area 15, including the Mega Mart, axe throwing, indoor golf simulators, zip lining, and an arcade. Be ready for bright lights and bright colors…truly a psychedelic experience you should give a try!
8. Fishing at Lorenzi Park Pond, Floyd Lamb State Park, or Sunset Park – Fishing is a great activity for early in the day or later at night when it cools off a bit. Sometimes a simple day of fishing is just what you need to get outside, soak up some sun, and relax.
9. Kayak at Lake Mead – Enjoy the beautiful outdoors on some kayaks. Willow Beach is a great starting point for kayaking, though there are several other places you can start. You can always take a splash in the lake if you get to0 hot on the kayak!
10. Mt. Charleston Hiking/Camping – It is quite a bit cooler up in Mt. Charleston and can still be suitable for hiking and camping in the summer. Bring lots of water and check the weather before you go. Mary Jane Falls and Bristlecone Trail are two great hiking options. Lee Canyon is also open in the summers for scenic chair lift rides, axe throwing, archery, disc golf, dining, and other activities for youth.
11. Shaved Ice at Purple Penguin – Because what’s better than shaved ice on a hot summer day?! At Purple Penguin, you can even add some ice cream to the bottom of your snow cone. The 3 locations open this year are at 129 S. Water St, 10490 S. Decatur Blvd, and 390 E. Silverado Ranch.
12. Wet’n’Wild – Another great option if you are looking for something involving water! You can buy a pass for the season or a single day admission. There are attractions specifically for children and others for teenagers and adults. Whether you like to relax while floating down the lazy river or go down extreme water slides, they’ll be something for you.
13. Let off some (legal) fireworks – Make sure you buy fireworks from licensed stands that are labeled “safe and sane.” If you are not into doing your own fireworks, there will be several locations including The Strip, Red Rock Resort, and Green Valley Ranch Resort with firework displays on the 4th of July.
14. $2 Tuesday at Pop – Every Tuesday, this local soda shop offers 32oz sodas with unlimited mix-ins for $2 each! It’s the perfect stop to get out of the house and enjoy a cold drink. They also serve popcorn and cookies if you want a snack with your soda.
15. Pinball Hall of Fame – Here you will find the world’s largest collection of pinball machines. Not only can you look at these vintage machines, but you can actually play on them. It is great idea for a family outing. The Pinball Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization and the proceeds are donated to the Salvation Army.
16. Topgolf – Las Vegas is one of the lucky spots where Topg0lf is located. Nevada residents get 25% off the regular walk-in pricing. If you want a more budget-friendly option, go early in the day (before noon) when the prices are lower. You don’t have to be amazing at golf either – you just have to hit the ball and have some fun!
17. Tour the Allegiant Stadium – If you are a Raiders fan or football fan in general, you’ll love this. You will get a behind the scenes tour of the stadium and learn about the history of the Raiders. The tour goes about 75 minutes and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are pricy, but locals get a discount.
18. Go to Escapology for an escape room – This is not your average escape room. You will be impressed with the high technology and creativity at Escapology’s escape rooms. Get a group together and pick the escape room that sounds the most interesting to you.
This list is not exhaustive, but hopefully it gave you some good ideas to get started. Do you have anything to add to this list? Connect with us on social media @wpinsure – we would love to hear from you!