Not only does playing basketball provide an excellent work out, it’s a lot cheaper and provides a fun option to running on the treadmill. Get together with friends before work for a few hoops or snag a spot on a team of strangers at the end of the day at the city’s best pick-up basketball locations.

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Henderson Multigenerational Center
250 S. Green Valley Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89012
(702) 267-5800

Price: $2 per year for parks card
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Henderson has put a lot of money into its parks and recreation centers and it shows in the 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Henderson Multigenerational Center. Hit the hoops in its full-sized indoor basketball court. The court schedule varies monthly, so check with the center before heading here for a game. Don’t worry about hauling your own ball out here, Henderson provides them to players any time.

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UNLV Student Recreation and Wellness Center
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 774-7100

Price: $25 a month
Hours: Mon to Fri – 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
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Located just 1.2 miles off the Las Vegas strip, UNLV maintains three bright and shiny indoor basketball courts for pick-up games. Find the courts on the third floor of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. For your $25 a month you also get access to the Recreation Center’s cardio equipment, weights, pools and jogging track, and basketballs for games. The center is open community members as well as students.

Life Time Athletic
10721 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 228-2611

Price: $50 day pass/free with membership
Hours:  Mon to Fri – 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Life Time Athletic has one regulation-size indoor basketball court with a cushy floor to put a little spring in players’ steps. It is located within walking distance of Red Rock Casino, a resort that attracts a fair number of fitness-oriented guests who bike, hike and climb in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Day-pass players may also take advantage of the pool, fitness classes and weight room in the luxe, three-story fitness center. Basketballs are provided.

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Sunset Park
2601 E. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
(702) 455-8200

Price: free
Hours: Sun to Sat – 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunset Park, the best park in Las Vegas, features 16 outdoor basketball courts. Ringside there are plenty of benches and picnic tables for players to kick back before and between games. Make sure to bring your own basketball for games here. Located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Valley, the park contains the last remaining dunes that used to cover much of the Paradise Valley area.

Gardens Park & Community Center
10401 Garden Park Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 562-4890

Price: free
Hours: Sun to Sat – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This pleasant kid- and dog-friendly neighborhood park is one of Summerlin’s most popular for spontaneous basketball games. It has one regulation-size outdoor basketball court surrounded by six hoops, so two half-court games may take place at the same time. There is no equipment available, so bring your own basketball. The courts are conveniently located near the restrooms and grills for post-game barbecues.

DK Howe lives in Las Vegas. She writes about the Strip, yoga and blue-water cruising for She is also a contributing editor for American Fitness magazine. Her work can be found at