Nothing says “summer” like a visit to a neighborhood public pool. Life in the desert means craving for water as a relief from the extreme heat, and your needs are met with everything from crazy wild rides at a water park to tame kiddie adventures at local recreation center outdoor pools.
Las Vegas has a storied past. From its first settling by pioneers, cowboys, ranchers, miners and its evolution to Sin City as fostered by the Mob and watched over by Law Enforcement, it’s a story of growth despite monumental obstacles, vision, graft, corruption, Atomic Testing and, finally, the Las Vegas we have come to love and appreciate. The story of Las Vegas is fascinating to history buffs from around the world, but the sheer impossibility of a paradise in the desert – as envisioned by Bugsy Segal and others – is the true story to be found at The Mob Museum.
There are ample opportunities to walk on the wild side in Las Vegas, and not all of them involve a stroll along the Strip! In Las Vegas and Henderson, you can also find bird and animal sanctuaries, trails, preserves, wetland parks and even a lion habitat where you can actually get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures in the wild. All these opportunities exist right within the greater Las Vegas area, so there is no excuse to avoid being one with nature.
Las Vegas has its very own Art District and is very proud of it. Welcome to the 18b Arts District, where, in true Sin City style you can find artists, musicians and food trucks! There are art galleries, vintage clothing shops, steampunk jewelry, bars. coffee shops, retro furniture shops and even a small theater company!
There are a fair number of concrete skate parks in Las Vegas and Henderson. Some are supervised, others are well-lit but are unsupervised areas. A couple of these parks are run by community centers, offering classes and emphasizing safety. Since a few parks are designated as experienced skate parks, make sure you’re up to snuff before you visit them, and also be forewarned that bowls may be shared with BMX bikers, so be prepared to wait your turn.
We all know that our pets are valuable members of the family, and nowhere celebrates this fact with more gusto than the Las Vegas area. As we celebrate National Pet Month, let’s remember those furry and fluffy friends with a number of their favorite places. From parks to “barkeries” and one of the best pet-friendly hotels around, there are definitely accommodating spaces for every member of the family when you live in or visit Las Vegas.
It’s going to be a summer of dinosaurs, revelations, mob connections and Nevada history as various traveling and new exhibits are added to the displays at Las Vegas’ excellent museums. History comes alive this summer and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn what it has to teach you.
Spring means festival time in Las Vegas. You can enjoy everything from food fests to Pirate Fest, wine tasting and jazz as well as the carnival atmosphere of an old-fashioned Spring Jamboree. No matter whether you are looking for something for the entire family or prefer something more adult, you can definitely find it when the weather heats up in Las Vegas.
Going to the gym seems to be a national pastime. Everyone wants to look their best, feel energized and be healthy, but kids sometimes make that goal difficult. Gyms have figured out the perfect solution by offering childcare and play rooms so you have the peace of mind to exercise without having to worry about finding someone to watch your little ones. The Las Vegas area has a few athletic clubs, gyms and fitness centers that encourage you to pursue a healthy lifestyle. even when you have small children.
CDs are great, iPods and MP3 players are convenient and other methods of storing your favorite music may fit your lifestyle, but when it comes to nostalgia and the real sound of vintage music, nothing is better than a record. The pop and sizzle found in a vintage recording and the quality of pure sound emanating from the record is something that collectors everywhere appreciate. The record sleeves and covers with their photographs and artwork bring back a simpler time, when music meant turning on the record player or turntable to hear the sounds of the greats. It was a kind of magic that simply can’t be matched by other forms of music recordings. Whether you visit a coffeehouse to browse among their stacks while taking in some great music, or choose to set foot into a music lover’s paradise, it’s all on display at the best establishments in Las Vegas.