PLAYTIME IN JULY
Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you have to shy away from the heat. Keep cool and check out our refreshing list of summer activities that are fun for all ages. From water parks and water sports to unexpected thrills such as sliding through a shark tank, maneuvering construction equipment and trying a dune buggy on for size, we’ve got a variety of excursions for you to set that adventurous soul on. Plus, discover your inner peace as you commune with nature, become entranced by aquatic creatures and watch wildlife in its natural habitat. July’s going to be a great month, so get out there and make the most of it!
This brightly colored water park in Henderson, Nev. is tons of fun for kids of all ages. It features a brand new aquatic experience never before seen in Nevada, or the world for that matter: The first ride of its kind to launch riders face-first and uphill at 30 feet per second, Turbo Blast proves that what goes up really must come down! On Spectacular Slide Nights (Fridays and Saturdays) the water park is open until 10 pm and features an evening show with DJs, fireworks and fire dancers. 900 Galleria Drive in Henderson, Nev., 702.850.9000
HENDERSON BIRD VIEWING PRESERVE
One of the most serene experiences in town is this 140-acre bird-lovers’ paradise; thousands of migratory fowl, as well as desert birds, make their home here, and you can even find turtles basking in the intense glow. The paved path that winds through the preserve is easy to navigate for all ages and is wheelchair accessible. We suggest making this your first stop in the morning; the facility opens at 6 am. 350 E. Galleria Drive in Henderson, Nev., 702.267.4180
LAS VEGAS SPRINGS PRESERVE
There’s so much to do at this thoughtful attraction that displays the history and culture of Nevada through a look at its founding fathers (and mothers), desert landscaping, indigenous wildlife and vegetation and oh-so much more. Watch out for a flash flood, discover the minerals and gemstones native to the land, learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, mingle amid the butterflies and explore the walking trails that this attraction, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has to offer. The interactive displays and videos alone could keep you busy for hours! Don’t forget to ven- ture outside for a look at the lizard habitat and gray fox. 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 702.822.7700 MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Fans of the Marvel universe are in heaven at this brandspankin’ new immersive attraction, which lets you explore the origins of your favorite Marvel characters. Your mission is to become a S.T. A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) agent by studying “relics” from Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Thor and many more. Do this by gaining access to intelligence files, classified studies and experiments; additional opportunies let you map the stars to find Asgard (we can’t divulge whether you come across Loki in this process) and battle Ultron. At the conclusion of the experience, new agents can purchase their personalized ID badge or simply retain a copy within the app, in case they are ever called upon to save the world. Treasure Island, 702.894.7626
RECREATION AT LAKE MEAD
Take to the waters of Lake Mead and fill your days with watersports. The open expanse of water is perfect for activities such as waterskiing, kayaking, canoeing, Jet Skiing— even scuba diving is permitted for those who are licensed to do so. The dramatic scenery is some of the most beautiful you will ever witness; towering, stark mountains, plateaus, desert basins of cacti and creosote bush, as well as verticalwalled canyons. In addition, Lakes Mead and Mohave offer some great sport fishing; be sure to ask about the requirements at the visitor center. You can also take advantage of a lazy summer day on the lake with a houseboat rental. There are also many coves and areas rife for discovery; you’ll find numerous accessible short hikes just about anywhere you go, so put on your explorer’s shoes! For more information, contact the visitor center at 702.293.8990.
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