PLAY­TIME IN JULY

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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!

COWABUNGA BAY

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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