Do you like being outdoors? If so, the areas right outside of Vegas is filled with fantastic hiking, mountain climbing, trail running, wildlife watching, and more at Red Rock Canyon
(not to be confused with the casino of the same name). Personally, I freaking LOVE red rock.
This isn't the best video but it gives you an idea:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGqJpAEJL18
This time of year you can go skiing or snow boarding just an hour's drive away at Mount Charleston
or go for a boat ride/jet ski etc. in Lake Mead. During the summer, Mt. Charleston is a good hiking area since it's so much cooler up there. There's a shuttle
that goes from Town Square (south Las Vegas Blvd - where there's a Whole Foods) to Mt. Charleston on the weekends.
If you like to bird watch I recommend going to the Wetlands
or the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
. Birders who come to visit are amazed by the wide variety of birds we have out here. My father in law and his ornithologist wife got a few "life birds" here!
FYI, there's a place called Springs Preserve
. It's interesting and fun... you might want to visit, but it's essentially man-made. It's probably best for children/families. Other things for children/families include the Children's Museum
, tons of parks and libraries all over the place, Circus Circus Adventure Dome
, Stratosphere Tower Rides
and other roller coasters and shows, and more.
And if you like to jump, there's SkyZone
which is an indoor trampoline "park". It's like 20 tranpolines all put together so you can bounce from one to another. You can play dogeball or basketball on trampolines, too. So fun!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx1-q0KP3NI&list=UUo19hhQaGfXufSW4PbL6rxA&feature=plcp
And there are skate parks all over too, indoor and outdoor ones. If you like to workout there are a million gyms because there are so many performers who live here and other people interested in staying fit/athletic. There are a lot of golf courses and two public inexpensive ones. Henderson and Summerlin have some good running paths and some decent cycling lanes if you're into that. There's some sort of race at least once a month (check http://www.active.com/
and type in "las vegas, nv" to find events).
Museums and history stuff too: The Atomic Testing Museum
, The Mob Museum
, Erotic Heritage Museum
. Skip the Natural History Museum and the zoo. Ick. But you might like the Neon Museum
or the old Mormon Fort
We have a Ballet
too. The developing Smith Center
will have more of that kind of thing.
Oh and there's Floyd Lamb Park
, which is an odd place. It was where married couples stayed for a month to get Nevada residency so they could get a divorce. Well, now it's a park with tons of animals including all these free-raoming peacocks and some really mean geese.
Of course, we also have the usual stuff like movies, bowling, etc. Hope that helps
Oh, forgot to add: there are a couple gun shops and a shooting range near Floyd Lamb Park. It's totally not my thing but some people who come here to visit seem to like the idea of being able to shoot things.
And lastly, if you happen to play some poker and you happen to lose and there happens to be a nerdy overweight Jewish guy with glasses who "took" your money, rest assured that your money is going to help fund my animal advocacy. That's my husband