Summer is here! The kids are out of school and the sun is shining every day. Road trips and cross-country vacations are fun, but you don’t have to leave town to make special summer memories. Here are some of our favorite ways for the whole family to have fun and make memories right here in Las Vegas, without leaving town or breaking the bank.
History, Art, and Culture
Take the Pioneer Trail Tour
Drop in at historical sites along and learn about the humble beginnings of Las Vegas. From Springs Preserve to Biltmore Village, the Pioneer Trail’s free interactive map will teach your family about the groups that settled in the valley and the historical sites that make Las Vegas, well, Las Vegas.
Visit another dimension.
Unpredictable and mind-bending, Omega Mart is the newest interactive experience from Santa Fe’s most famous art collective, Meow Wolf. Omega Mart is an extra-dimensional supermarket where you and the kids can explore portals leading to extraordinary, art-filled worlds to play in.
Visit sea creatures in the desert.
Dive into a world of discovery, learning, and adventure at SeaQuest Las Vegas. Travel through rainforests, deserts and even the dark depths of the seas. Exhibits and activities delight families and children of all ages. Splash with the stingrays, feed the toucans, and visit the sharks, before ending the adventure with a selfie with the snakes.
Peek at the future by looking at the past.
The Springs Preserve commemorates Las Vegas’s dynamic history while also providing a future for a sustainable future in the Mojave Desert. With museums, galleries, outdoor concerts, a botanical garden with butterfly sanctuary, trails through scenic wetlands, and wildlife zones, Springs Preserve is the perfect balance between educational and recreational.
Picnic at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Once used as a luxury retreat, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park’s preserved historic buildings and ranch house itself date back to the 1860s. The buildings are open for exploration by the whole family. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shaded picnic areas. Then walk off your meal with a hike along one of the many surrounding trails, or take a nap on the grassy meadows under the abundant trees.
Floyd Lamb Park
Floyd Lamb Park is a 680-acre park with many large ponds full of plant and animal life, lush vegetation, lakes, and views of the Sheep and Spring Mountains. Wander the trails and see how many different animals you can find – burrowing owls, ducks, geese, peacocks, and rainbow trouts. The best part of the park is the paths, picnic tables, and open grass area — perfect for enjoying a calm outdoor trip and watching interesting wildlife in all their natural glory.
About two-thirds of Sunset Park has been developed for team and solo recreation for all ages. Bring another family to enjoy a friendly game of basketball, tennis, volleyball, softball or frisbee golf. Bring Fido to the dog park. Or simply bring your kids to the playground and enjoy lunch in one of the shaded picnic areas. Next time you’re there, check out one of the walking trails to see the natural dunes – the last remaining ones from what once dominated the Las Vegas valley.
Arbors Tennis and Play Park
Home of Summerlin Tennis Club, Arbors Tennis and Play Park boasts five outdoor lit tennis courts, a stadium court, and a well-stocked pro shop. This park also has a lit basketball court, picnic pavilions, open play areas for children of all ages, and “Arborville,” a tricycle track specifically for toddlers.
Fox Hill Park
One of Summerlin’s most popular parks, Fox Hill Park is perfect for adventurous kids of all ages. With 20 play structures–including a 32-foot climbing tower, forts, and the Orange Beast–you and you kids can also get your thrills on zip lines, embankment slides, swings, and a disc golf course. Don’t forget your picnic basket!
Heritage Bark Park
Don’t forget Fido on your family day out! Heritage Bark Park was designed with feedback from actual pet owners and dog park regulars. The five-acre park has something for every canine preference: agility courses, dog water fountains, dog bone-shaped benches, four different open running areas, and the Splash Pad, a water-filled area for pups to play around!
Make The “Everyday” Special
Whether you’re taking the family out for an educational adventure in Las Vegas’s museums and art exhibits, or spending the day in nature, Melita’s Table will take care of your picnic lunch! Pack a healthy, fresh, and satisfying picnic of a Beautiful Bowl or Jack Asada Burrito, Chips and fresh Guacamole, and gluten-free Artichoke Bites to make your day out even more special!