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Top Spots For A Barbecue In Las Vegas

June 7, 2014 5:00 AM

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Summertime means barbecue season, and the greater Las Vegas area is lucky enough to have numerous parks with grills to be used by picnickers who are enjoying a day outdoors. Whether it’s a state park, or a City of Henderson or City of Las Vegas park, you can be certain it has all the trimmin’s to help you enjoy your special day.
Sunset Park
2601 E. Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120
(702) 455-8200
www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks

Sunset Park is huge, with plenty of room for families to spread out and enjoy a picnic on the grass or at the handily located benches and picnic areas spread throughout the green areas. While you are there, you may want to play a game of tennis, baseball or basketball, take Fido for a run or even just enjoy a quiet time reading under a big shade tree while waiting for your burgers to cook on one of the convenient barbecues. The kids will love the duck and fishing ponds, where children under 12 don’t need a fishing license to try hook their own rainbow trout or catfish. This is truly a park for everyone in the family.

Floyd Lamb State Park
9200 Tule Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89131
(702) 229-8100
www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Floyd_Lamb_Brochure

Floyd Lamb Park is and was a State Park. At 680 acres, this is the largest green oasis in the Las Vegas desert, featuring lush vegetation, wild critters, lakes and incomparable views of the Spring Mountains and Sheep Mountain Ranges. This is a natural park, with the historic Tule Springs Ranch tucked within its boundaries. Here, visitors can learn about a real ranch and about early Vegas. You will find grills and picnic tables throughout the park, so it’s easy to make a day of it enjoying the beauty of nature and the historical aspect of Las Vegas.

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Acacia Park and Demonstration Gardens
50 Casa Del Fuego St.
Henderson, NV 89012
(702) 267-4000
www.cityofhenderson.com

Acacia Park is a cultured park within the boundaries of the City of Henderson. It features barbecues and covered picnic shelters, a dog park, lit multipurpose fields and a ball field, a playground, restrooms and – a favorite of children – a splash pad on which to play. The park also features a meandering walking path. The convenience and amenities makes this a logical addition to the perfect spots for a barbecue in the Las Vegas area.

Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve
1990 Patrick Lane
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 267-5707
www.cityofhenderson.com

Whitney Mesa is a new jewel in the crown of Henderson parks. This nature preserve lets guests enjoy the unique mesas and rock formations, an active stream and many different plants and animals. There is a one-mile trail with interpretive centers and kiosks, but this is also a place where school children visit the Outdoor Science Library as part of their education. Located just beside the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, it’s the perfect place to introduce families to the diverse wildlife still visible in this area. You can hike up the mesa, or enjoy a picnic under the shelters or a barbecue while taking in the amazing views and walking trails.

Lone Mountain Park
4445 N. Jensen
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 455-1905
www.clarkcountynv.gov

Lone Mountain Park has one thing that not all parks in Las Vegas have: an exquisite view of the Lone Mountains bordering its perimeter. Here, you can play basketball, hockey, enjoy a game of tennis or just take a walk. Tots can safely play in the enclosed, fenced playground while you watch them interact with other kids. Older children will enjoy the educational opportunities and more challenging play areas. You can reserve a picnic area with grills if you have a family outing, or you can just enjoy a day in the shade. There are gazebos, shaded picnic spots and so much space to explore.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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