Craving a cool get-away from the oppressive heat of the desert? Are you longing for a pool in which you can splash, a wild and crazy ride down a water slide, or an extreme thrill or two that will give you the experience of your life? It’s all to be found in the Las Vegas area! From the mild to the wild, the perfect spot for families to the right place for a group excursion with friends, check out the sights and relish in the refreshing water.
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center Outdoor Pool
1575 Galleria Dr.
Henderson, NV
(702) 267-5850
www.cityofhenderson.com

This great activity center/pool opens on Memorial Day and is a “summer home” for many locals who love to splish, splash, slide and play. You’ll find shallow play areas for tiny tots, a ‘sprinkler’, mist-ers, different water slides for various ages and more. The pool is open until 6:00 p.m. most summer days but please phone for accurate hours. It’s large, it’s entertaining and it’s the perfect place for the kiddies on a hot morning or afternoon.

Cowabunga Bay
900 Galleria Dr,
Henderson, NV 89011
(702) 850-9000
www.cowabungabayvegas.com

Cowabunga Bay is more than a water slide. This has been a daily or weekly destination for many locals since it opened a couple of years ago. You’ll find some of the most exhilarating water slides in town for all ages, beaches, pools and lazy rivers. There’s even an arcade in which you can cool off and take a break from the water fun. Beach Blanket Banzaii is perfect for families as you twist and turn on the exposed slide. Breaker 1 9 is for the older crowd with its more traditional wild tubes. You may want to thrill to Point Panic (midnight ride in the darkness), the revolutions of Rock-A-Hoola, the surfing rides or more. Rent a cabana and make a day of it if you prefer.

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Cambridge Recreation Center
3930 Cambridge St.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 455-7169
www.clarkcountynv.gov

If you’re trying to plan a play date for your kids and their friends or if you want to spend an enjoyable morning or afternoon at the local rec center, Cambridge has the outdoor water park that’s perfect for your needs. There’s a large slide for older kids and shallow water play areas for the wee ones. Admission costs are very reasonable and you can even buy family passes if you prefer. Please call or visit for summer hours. Swimming lessons may also be available.

The Tank
129 East Fremont St.
In Golden Nugget Casino
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 385-7111
www.goldennugget.com

You don’t have to be staying at the Golden Nugget to visit this awesome pool. The $30 million complex houses a 200,000 gallon shark tank that allows you to get up close and personal with the resident sharks and exotic fish. Thrill to sliding down the three-story Shark Chute with clear passage through the Shark Tank, only to splash into the main deck pools. There are cabanas for you and your friends where you can luxuriate in the private service and catering you deserve on your adult get-away. Voted the best pool in Las Vegas, you can bet that you will have the experience of a lifetime, whether lounging in the pool or taking that ultimate thrill ride.

Wet ‘n Wild
7055 S. Fort Apache Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148
(702) 979-1600
www.wetnwildlasvegas.com

This venerable attraction draws throngs of people on hot desert days. Wet ‘n Wild is more than water slides, it’s a genuine recreation area with a dozen water-based slides, a variety of pools & rides for all ages, plus picnic areas for groups or families. Thrill to the Tornado, the Rattler, Royal Flush Extreme or Canyon Cliffs or “chill out” in an inner tube at the Colorado Cooler! Have you ever heard of slide-boarding? It may just be the thrill you’ve been looking for. Kids love Paradise Fall, with it’s interactive play complex, slides and a huge tipping bucket to keep them cool. Even the youngest guests love Kiddie Cove with 3 pint-sized slides.

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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..